In Neale Donald Walsch’s book Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, the author details his own discussion with God. The book opens with Walsch writing down his most important questions about life, without expecting any answers. To his surprise, he finds himself responding to his own questions, from a different perspective, which he interprets as guidance from a higher power.

This tool can work for you whether you consider yourself a believer, an atheist, or agnostic. The concept of God, or a sense of the divine as the entirety of everything that has been, is, and will one day be, can be an important psychological and spiritual touchstone. Connecting with your representation of God in a verbal way can be a powerful way to access meaning and wisdom when encountering personal obstacles, or tackling big questions, such as “Why am I here?” or “What is this life about?”