As I was looking for material to put together for our Oct meet up, something very beautiful started to happen. The word Prayer seems to have many connotations depending on what you were looking for.
This is the gist I was able to extract out of it. The prayer we say was directly indicating our level of consciousness. I was able to personally say what level of consciousness I live based on the prayer I was doing.
I clearly remember my childhood days, we were taught to do the prayer every night before going to bed. Very simple prayers and seems to be funny when I look back. The prayer itself was describing the “God of courage “and the last statement would be I seek your grace that’s it. When I had exams I used to say another prayer which described the appearance and valor of the “God of knowledge” and the last statement would be I seek your blessings. So these prayers served for any mundane material acquisitions.
When I got somewhere into my teens I clearly saw through it, unless I make an effort to study, these prayers are not going make any miracle. That is when I started to use affirmations. Now what is interesting is, the author Joseph Murphy in his book “The Power of Your subconscious mind” is pretty much interchanging the word affirmation with prayer. And he goes to the extent of saying unless you get your sub-conscious mind fixed you are not going to get the result you desire.
Now I am at the stage where I am practicing Meditation for the last 10 years. And we do have a prayer as part of the practice. And that prayer amazing is more towards the goal of becoming divinized.
It is very interesting to see the 3 level of consciousness and the prayers relating to them. I started digging to some of the prayers offered around the various religions and cultures and ethnic groups, I was able to clearly see the distinction in them.
Below is the material from the 6th session handout.
In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect,
Whole, and complete, and yet life is ever changing.
There is no beginning and no end,
Only a constant cycling and recycling
Of substance and experiences.
I am one with the very power that created me, and this power
Has given me the power to create my circumstances.
Every moment of life is a new beginning point
As we move from the old. This moment is a new point
Of beginning for me right here and right now.
All is well in my world.
~ Louise Hay
We meditate on the glory of that Being
who has produced this universe;
may He enlighten our minds.
~ Swami Vivekananda.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen.
~ Mother Teresa.
- So what does Prayer mean to you?
- What are the different Prayers that you have come across?
- Steps to effective Prayer:
- Acknowledge or admit the problem.
- Turn the problem over to the subconscious mind, which alone knows the most effective solution or way out.
- Rest with a sense of deep conviction that it is done.
7 Tips on How to Pray from Norman Vincent Peale
Prayer is one of the greatest skills in the world. It is the spiritual power that flows from God into our daily lives. Astonishingly, prayer illuminates problems, lifts weights, overcomes obstacles, restores health, and brings many astounding results.
1. What should you say when you pray?
Just talk to God as a child would talk to a father whom he loves and with whom he feels in harmony. Tell the Lord everything that is on your mind and in your heart.
2. Talk to the Lord in simple everyday speech.
Do not use an exaggerated formal speech. You would not talk to your father that way, and He is your Heavenly Father. In public prayer, it is perhaps proper to address God more formally. But in personal, private prayer you might, for example, say “You” to God rather than “Thou.” This does not diminish respect for Him but serves to make the relationship more natural.
3. Tell God what you want.
Tell Him you would like to have it if He thinks it is good for you. But also say and mean it, that you will leave it to Him to decide, and you will accept His decision as best for you and others involved. If you do this regularly it will be possible for God to give you the wonderful things that you should have. It is frightening, the marvelous things we miss because we insist upon something else, something only a fraction as fine as He wants to give us.
4. Practice praying during the day.
For example, talk to God as you drive your car. If you had a friend with you, you would talk to him or her, would you not? Then imagine the Lord is there, for He is, and just talk to Him about everything. If you are waiting for a bus, talk with Him. But at night, when you go to bed, I recommend that you kneel by the bed and pray. However, if this has been your custom and if it has become merely a formality, get into bed, relax and then pray.
5. Words are not always necessary when you pray.
Think how good God is, how kindly, and that He is by your side guiding you and watching over you.
6. Try helping others by your prayers.
Pray for the troubled or the ill. Pray for your loved ones, for people you do not like, and for those who have not treated you well. It will do more for you to pray for those you resent than for those you love. If you doubt this, try it for six months and see what happens.
Prayer is an emanation of power. Select some person who may be a problem to you and shoot prayers at him. Conceive of yourself as surrounding him with healthy prayers, goodwill, and faith. I have seen the most astounding, almost unbelievable, results.
7. Do not make all your prayers into the form of asking God for something.
Let your prayer consist of all the wonderful things that have happened to you. Name them, thank God for them and make that your whole prayer. You will soon find that these prayers of thanksgiving grow longer and longer, and you will have more and more things for which to thank God.