Throughout my life I've had a deep connection with a world beyond the physical. I've felt the presence of loving energy surrounding me, guiding me and sometimes even communicating through me. As a motivational speaker and author, I've surrendered to this undeniable guidance to help me fully express the work I am here to bring forth. Whenever I invite this presence into my life, I always, without fail, receive intuitive guidance.

You can call this guidance whatever you want. Call it the energy of love, call it spirit, call it Higher Power, call it angels, call it whatever resonates with you most. The fact is, we all have the capacity to connect to a presence beyond our physical site. We are all being guided.

The only obstacle is the fact that we forget. From birth onward we build up a wall that separates us from the loving presence of spiritual guidance. In time we forget to call on it, and then we forget it's there altogether. We begin to rely on reason and logic and the beliefs of the physical world. We renounce our metaphysical connection and in effect we lose our greatest source of power. Henry David Thoreau said, "I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do."

When I first opened the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel, I immediately felt reconnected to my spiritual presence. I felt a strong inner knowing that this book was going to be a powerful piece of work that would reignite our collective spiritual faith. While reading the very first story in the book, I got chills all over my body.

The story happened to be about someone I know and I admire deeply who lost her son in the Sandy Hook school shooting. In the story, Natasha Stoynoff describes how her good friend, the late Norris Mailer, planned to send her a message from beyond using the word "Scarlett." When an overworked Natasha was contacted about helping a grieving mother from Sandy Hook write a book about the messages she was receiving from her son, Natasha was going to say no… until she heard the mother's name — Scarlett. And the relationship was cemented when Scarlett told Natasha that her mother was visiting and she had just finished reading a book by Norris Mailer!

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I felt overwhelmed with joy to see my friend Scarlett mentioned in the book. This was no coincidence. It was guidance that I was on the right track and that I was meant to write the foreword. Spiritual guidance comes in many forms. In this case it came through the text of this book.

We all have our own ways of connecting to the spiritual realm. Maybe you connect through inner visions, or maybe you receive strong intuitive thoughts. Possibly you connect through writing, speaking or creative projects. In many cases you may receive guidance through songs, words people say or even technology. Our loving guides are working through us at all times; they are always present. We receive this guidance in ways that are authentic to who we are. We receive it in a way we will be able to believe.

If you have felt the desire to strengthen your connection to your spiritual guidance, you are in the right place. It's likely that you were guided here to read this. Use this knowledge as a catalyst for creating more flow, synchronicity and ease in every area of your life. Remember that you are never alone. Remember that you are always touched by an angel.

Adapted from the foreword written by Gabrielle Bernstein to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Touched by an Angel by Amy Newmark. Copyright 2014 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. Published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a registered trademark of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

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