Waiting for an Answer … Are You Listening?

Have you been asking or praying for help, ideas, or for an answer, yet despite your fervent and frequent requests, no answer or help appears?

Maybe you are not listening.

Recently,  I read a passage in the book Miracle Power for Infinite Riches, by Joseph Murphy.  He tells of the morning routine of one very successful businessman.  In his routine, this businessman has a 15 minute silent period every morning.  During this time, he affirms that he is being guided and will receive the right words, decisions, and blessings.  He further states “the quickest way in all the world to get an answer to a problem is to turn over your request to that center of quietness, knowing the answer will emerge.  Many times the answer comes within an hour, although the answer may come a few days later, or perhaps a week later, but it always comes when he is preoccupied with something else.”

After I read this passage, I realized that the best way to listen for answers, or at least to create the formulation for answers to come later,  is to set aside a time each day for silence.   If 15 minutes seems like too much, how about 5 minutes? or 3?   Just get started – going into silence feels so refreshing that once you have mastered silent listening with just a few minutes, you may find that you deliberately make time for more.

Deepak Chopra, an endocrinologist who  became a spiritual leader and founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, indicated that he finds time for yoga and meditation every day. This apparently has helped him find answers and direction because not only does he run The Chopra Center, but he has also authored 65 books.  In a recent issue of O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, he gave a brief guidance for quieting your mind – How to Quiet Your Mind During Meditation.    This may help if you are having difficulty getting to silence.

It’s hard to hear or recognize an answer  to your problem if your mind is filled with static, or if you just keep repeating your question like an overtired toddler.  If you are struggling with a problem, define the problem as simply as you can, ask for an answer, and then silently listen and watch for the solution.

In peace,



“Many answers to what you seek don’t lie “out there”. If you look inwards, you’ll find the answer has been in you all along.”  – Celestine Chua, The Personal Excellence Blog

“In the morning, O Lord,  you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”- Psalm 5:3 NIV

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”
-Lao Tzu

“Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level.”
– Eileen Caddy

“Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

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