Curious as I am to learn more about the universe, its laws and all what is connected, I had a deeper look at James and his wife Salle Redfield’s website (www.celestinevision.com). The articles are very nice, easy to read and understand – even for a non native English speaker like me : ) One article’s heading -“Why Prayer Is Necessary” – was jumping into my eyes.
I asked myself these questions: “When did you pray the last time Nalan?”, “For which reason?” and “Has there to be a REASON?”… and more…”Can’t you just be grateful and thank God for the marvelous things that happen in your life at these days?” Well, I think I can… Knowing is good, but putting things into practice is better. That’s what we mostly have to work on it.
Here is the shortened version of the article, with some comments of me : )
“When we think of prayer, questions always arise. If the divine creator behind this world is omnipotent, wouldn’t this Being know what is needed before we do and give it to us? Why doesn’t he? What is the purpose of prayer?
Some spiritual traditions deal with this issue by assuming God requires prayer as a test of loyalty or conviction before help is granted. Other traditions hold that prayer is merely an exercise in communication and reverent listening, and that all outcomes follow some divine plan and are outside our influence anyway.
[So here is my first comment or rather note: life is based on choices WE make and these choices create our future, so there is no divine plan, which is a default and can not be changed. Nicolas wrote about this in his two articles in the category “Archetypal Healing Tarots”. I recommend to have a look at them – hopefully again : ) ]
But today, I believe a new consensus is forming based on our direct experience about prayer. Dr.Larry Dossey in his classic book, Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, surveyed the best of existing prayer research and found several important findings: One is that the longer and more intensely the people pray, the greater the effect. Another is that the greater the number of people praying, the more powerful the outcome.
[My second note: The more people would pray TOGETHER for peace on earth, the less war, fights and povertiy we would have.]
But he also found something else: the more affirmative and faithful the prayer, the more it works, which may be the most important finding of all. Certainly a prayer in which we aks for help is effective, but there is something more powerful and centering that happens when we voice prayers in a more affirmative way.
Look at the Lord’s Prayer in the Christian tradition for example. It is not, “Will you give us our daily bread?” It is expressed as an affirmation, “Give us our daily bread.”
[Did you read my post about a book excerpt from “Conversations with God”, starting with the sentence “The correct prayer is never a prayer of supplication, but a prayer of gratitude…”? This post gives the same idea.]
I think what we are discovering is that we have more influence in the outcomes of our lives than we ever thought possible. When we affirm that something will be given to us in our lives, or that some outcome will occur with others, we are directly engaging an energy of creation that flows through us into the world and acts to bring about our request. What seems to be happening spiritually is that we, in our free will, are placed in pronouncement in ourselves; it’s like an energy of prayer that flows though us first as it flows into the world. Saying someone is crazy is to have a prayer effect that calls for them to be exactly that way, crazy. This tends to bring the exact same craziness into ourselves.
Never before have we so understood the old adage, “Be careful what you pray for.” Our thoughts and prayers have the energy tor bring into existence our intentions, and so our responsibility is clear. We have to engage only in positive affirmations in all situations — in conversations, in our most hidden thoughts, and certainly in group efforts to amplify this power to uplift the world. […] ”
Wow, what a wonderful article…