In my last blog post, I spoke about prayer. It came to me that prayer may have a negative connotation for those of us who have recovered from some type of trauma or addiction (one day at a time), and even for those of us who didn’t experience trauma or addiction (but who still would like to improve their relationship with God).
During our life’s journey, we may have been told that praying is something done by those who are weak, or that there is no God or, worse yet, for some of us, prayer is the very thing that the very person who had hurt us did all the time.
Each of us has our own very special relationship with God, so let’s try to just concentrate on your relationship, not someone else’s, because whatever their relationship with God is (either they don’t believe in Him, or they hide behind Him, or whatever the reason) remember that it’s their relationship, not yours.
Each relationship with God is unique. It is ours; no one can improve it but us. Which means no one can tell us it doesn’t exist. Religions can tell us how to pray, when to pray, etc., but I am talking about spirituality here, not religion. Religion works. There are thousands and thousands of saints and sages who have become God Realized by following the path of their religion. I have met and witnessed some of them.
Keeping prayer simple is just a matter of you talking/communicating with God. That’s it. Yes, traditional prayer works, but so do our own private prayers.
Remember, we are talking about improving our conscious contact with God. Try to recall what you would do to thank someone for helping you, or what you do to express your love for someone. But what if that person isn’t nearby or you can’t communicate by phone? How else would you express your love or gratitude; maybe by writing a note or a letter?
Imagine writing a love letter to God thanking your beloved Mother and Father for all you have. This, too, is prayer. Imagine writing a love poem to God…a song, creating a dance, etc. I am sure there are other ways that you can communicate with God and I’d love to hear about them from you. In fact, with everything you do in life, you can simply think of God first and say “I do this for the highest good of all involved.”
Prayer works. It fills the hole that we may sometime feel in our lives. And who is it that we are acknowledging? We are acknowledging and allowing the Light to fill us from within and shine outward…a Light that has always been there, just waiting for us to turn it on. Prayer is one of the switches.
Peace and Love,