Whether you pray or not. Spiritual, religious, or not. The power of prayer is well-documented. It is similar in many sense to the power of meditation and deep visualization.
Greg Bradden’s book: Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer: The Hidden Power of Beauty, Blessing, Wisdom, and Hurt rediscovers prayer and examines our mode of praying.
The book shows that most there is a certain way to pray that many of us have forgotten. The way we pray now is much different than how our ancestors prayed — and possibly how most religious figures taught us.
Praying is a way to feel the reality that we are asking for in order for it to manifest. It is not a way to re-assert our current reality or present the way things are in order to gain pity from God. It is in actuality a way of ‘vibrating’ and aligning to the reality we want. And also being able to visualize with great intent.
Prayer also comes with gratitude. The most effective prayer as all of these factors. This excerpt from the book is a great primer to bring prayer into our lives, to effectively create abundance, more blessings, more joy.
“He began by describing how the elders of his village had shared the secrets of prayer with him when he was a young boy. The key, he said, is that when we ask for something to happen, we give power to what we do not have. Prayers for healing empower the sickness. Prayers for rain empower the drought. “Continuing to ask for these things only gives more power to the things that we would like to change” he said.
I think about David’s words often, and what they could mean in our lives today. If we pray for world peace, for example, while feeling tremendous anger toward those who lead us into war, or even war itself, we may inadvertently be fueling the very conditions that lead to the opposite of peace! With half of the world’s nations now engaged in armed conflict, I often wonder what role millions of well-intentioned prayers for peace each day may be playing, and how a slight shift in perspective could possibly change that role.
Looking back at David, I asked, “If you didn’t pray for rain, then what did you do?”
“It’s simple,” he replied. “I began to have the feeling of what rain feels like. I felt the feeling of rain on my body, and what it feels like to stand with my naked feet in the mud of our village plaza because there has been so much rain. I smelled the smells of rain on the earthen walls in our village, and felt what it feels like to walk through fields of corn chest high because there has been so much rain.”
David’s explanation made perfect sense. He was engaging all of his senses—the hidden powers of thought, feeling, and emotion that set us apart from all other forms of life—in addition to the senses of smell, sight, taste, and touch that connect us to the world. In doing so, he was using the powerful and ancient language that “speaks” to nature. It was the next part of his explanation that touched my scientific mind, as well as my heart, and truly resonated with me.
Following the prayers of rain, he described how feelings of thanks and appreciation were the completion of the prayers, like the “amen” of Christianity.
Rather than giving thanks for what he created, however, David told me that he felt grateful for the opportunity to participate in creation. “Through our thanks we honor all possibilities, while bringing the ones we choose to this world.”
Research has shown that it’s precisely this quality of gratitude and appreciation that releases the life-affirming chemistry of powerful hormones in our bodies and strengthens our immune systems. It’s these chemical changes within us that quantum effects carry beyong our bodies through the conduit of the mysterious substance that appears to connect all of creation. In the simplicty of a knowledge offered long ago, David had just shared this sophistacated inner technology, as the widom of our lost mode of prayer.
If you have not already done so, I now invite you to try this mode of prayer for yourself. Think of something that you’d like to experience in your life — anything. It may be the healing of a physical condition
for you or someone else, abundance for your family or finding the perfect person to share your life with.
Whatever you’re thinking of, rather than asking for it to become present in your life, feel as though it has already happened. Breathe deeply, and feel the fullness of prayer fulfilled in every detail, in every way.
Now, feel the gratitude for what your life is like with this prayer already answered. Note the ease and release that comes from the giving of thanks, rather than the longing and yearning that comes from asking fir help! The subtle difference between the ease and the longing is the power that sets asking apart from receiving.”
– excerpt from The Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer by Gregg Braden.