Experience the Consciousness-Changing Benefits of Impactful Prayer

What exactly is prayer?

Prayer is directed thought.

You can be an atheist, agnostic, religious, or spiritual person to practice effective prayer. 

A particular religious belief, or lack of belief – does not matter because:

Prayer is reminding you of who you are in relationship to life.

Prayer can be talking to yourself, talking to the universe. It can be talking to a god of your understanding or through religion.

"It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without heart."

- Mahatma Gandhi

Prayer Can Take Different Forms

Whether you are talking to yourself in prayer or to the universe, which is the same thing, it is a reminder that you are part of the whole of life.

 There are three primary forms of prayer:

  • the first is “thank you,” which is the highest form of prayer
  • the second highest is an “acceptance” or “forgiveness” prayer
  • the “give me” prayer – although not wrong, it is the lower form of prayer. It is prevalent to ask for things in prayer, but doing so reminds you of the division and lack you have when you speak “give me” prayers.

Let’s delve deeper into the types of prayer: 

  • Acceptance prayers remind us to accept what already is the case. It is beautifully summarized in:

"God, grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference."

- Reinhold Niebuhr

  • Gratitude prayers remind us of what we have been given as a gift by the universe. This is a genuinely humble prayer, and it opens your heart. Ultimately, it helps you to transcend the ego (that thinks things should be different) and awaken.

Prayer Changes Our Consciousness

When we effectively pray, we are not praying to change things or circumstances.

We pray to transform ourselves, to raise our consciousness.

In offering a “thank you” prayer, you give thanks and appreciation for what is already here.

This is a powerful tool for living a fulfilling life, to live a life of more depth, usefulness, and appreciation.  A gratitude prayer teaches us to learn to be grounded in reality, because after all, nearly all negativity is a mind-made projection. 

When you practice gratitude, you shift the focus of attention from no to yes, from “life will be fulfilled someday” to “nothing is missing at this moment.” Over time, there will be less negativity in your psyche, and your energy will be freed for proactive thinking and pleasant emotions.

"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that will change forever how we experience life and the world."

- John Milton

Being Present Brings Greater Awareness – and Gratitude

We take so much for granted. It is the simple things we should take the time to notice, to be grateful for.

Take a moment and click on the above link for my video. I’m in nature, going down a beautiful trail. 

During my walk outdoors, I have two choices:

  1. I can think about myself, which will usually be something negative, problematic, or just a daydream that is not useful, OR
  2. I can be grateful for the beautiful abundant life that is here. As I view the beauty, I can say thank you. I can also give thanks for my health or for anything else that I appreciate.

What's the point of prayer?

It brings our attention to now, to here, to what is the beloved.  It is beneficial and uplifting to acknowledge how sacred and beautiful things are.

Prayer is to get in touch with your heart, a way to say, yes, I am part of life. It leads to the direct understanding that you are one with life – this is awakening.

Prayer Is Not About Religion

Religions can be beneficial, but they can also be cult-like.  

What do I mean by that? There may be the belief imparted to you that if you leave a particular religion – if you don’t believe what they believe – you’re going to burn or somehow be punished.

That’s just not true, but it is a great way to control people by keeping them afraid. 

Most of the time, we walk around with a feeling of existential aloneness – almost like everything is a threat. That’s why we need spiritual practice.  

The mind wants to be part of groupthink. It wants to believe, “I have now found it, I am safe!” 

I’m talking about finding happiness, peace, finding something sacred in your life. Isn’t that what you’re really looking for?

Perhaps the more effective approach is for each of us to find happiness that doesn't depend on what happens.

"A day without prayer is a day without blessing, and a life without prayer is a life without power."

- Edwin Harvey

I invite you to see what you can give thanks for today. 

Then try it for several days – and see the results. 

If you’d like to see more of my perspectives on living an awakened life, spirituality, finding fulfillment & more, subscribe to my YouTube channel, where we are always adding new, thought-provoking content.

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