You Are In My Thoughts And Prayers

Blog Post – Prayer  –  5/28/15

“You are in my thoughts and prayers.” When we say that do we actually make contact with God and pray for that person or is it kinda like when we say “Have a nice day”—is it just a way to end a message, a conversation or a meeting?

Here are some thoughts about Prayer from Eric Butterworth in his book, “Discover The Power Within You.”

The “call to prayer” is heard in all languages, by innumerable religions the world over. “Pray about it is common advice to the troubled heart. “Prayer changes things” and “the family that pray together stays together” are popular slogans stressing the importance of prayer. But what do we mean by prayer?

The word “prayer” has no absolute meaning in our day. It means one thing to the child who says, “Now I lay me down to sleep.” It means another thing entirely different to the person who says his “Our Fathers” unthinkingly in a monotonous drone. It means one thing to the person who sits quietly under the trees in a wordless adoration of life and nature and with a receptivity to the “still small voice” of Spirit. It means another thing to the congregation of the preacher who gives a twenty-minute prayer that is eloquent and studied, and that touches every area of human need. (It is said that some ministers give their best sermons in prayer.)

A study of all the prayer practices within the Christian family of denominations is interesting and revealing. We find prayers of flattery, expecting a vain God to be moved by praise. There are prayers of pleading and supplication, for coaxing a miracle from a reluctant God. There are prayers of vain repetition, where the asker hopes that if he prays long and loudly enough, an apparently inattentive God may hear and respond.

This is the key to understanding prayer—and the prayer idea that Jesus outlines. Prayer does not deal with a capricious God. It is a technique for achieving unity with God and His limitless life, substance, and intelligence.

Prayer is not something we do to God but to ourselves.

It is not a position but a disposition.

It is not flattery but a sense of oneness.

It is not asking but knowing.

It is not words but feeling.

It is not will but willingness.

Prayer becomes a sacramental ritual that is performed by professionals, or it is the experience of reading “prayers” from a book. This simplifies the process. But it also leaves a sense of frustration and an absence of any real sense of communion.

We haven’t understood the “secret place” of unity with God. The results of prayer may be humanly astounding, but they merely demonstrate the art of unifying ourselves with the creative source of all good.

Men of all times have deluded themselves with the belief that outward acts which seem to be easy can be made to take the place of interior changes in thought and feeling which seem to be more difficult. How easy it is to fall into the practice of buying and wearing ceremonial garments, repeating set prayers by rote, using stereotyped forms of devotion, attending religious services at prescribed times, and still leave the heart unchanged.

We must work to alter the concept of God as the “answer man,” the “super-doctor,” “the divine warehouse,” and the concept of prayer as the great “spiritual slot machine.” Remember, “God is Spirit and they that worship must worship in Spirit and in Truth.”

Often someone may say, “I haven’t prayed much lately, because I have had no problems to pray about.” This person has missed the whole idea of prayer. Most certainly, problems may be solved through prayer, but that is only a secondary value. The most important purpose of prayer is lifting ourselves to a high level of consciousness where we can be conditioned in mind and body with the all-sufficient Life, substance, and intelligence of God.

Jesus says, “Do not pray to be seen praying. Do not pray because you think you should pray. Do not pray to heal your arthritis or to get a better job. Pray to re-establish your contact with divine power, and ‘all these things shall be added to you.’ ”

Unless we pray in “Spirit and in Truth,” prayer is simply a cold business transaction: “God, if you will heal my condition, or get me that promotion, or stop the war, I will give my life to you all the rest of my days.”

Prayer is to lift your consciousness, not God’s. “Your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.”

How do you ask the sun for sunlight? By getting out into the sun. How do you ask electricity for light for your lamp? By turning on the switch. How do you “ask” God for what you want? By getting into the Spirit. It is not something that God must do for you. It is what you must do for yourself to enable God to do for you that which it is His ceaseless longing to do. “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

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Neale Donald Walsch has this to say in his book “Conversations With God,” Book One.

God: You will not have that for which you ask, no can you have anything you want. This is because your very request is a statement of lack, and your saying you want a thing only works to produce that precise experience—wanting—in your reality.

The correct prayer is therefore never a prayer of supplication, but a prayer of gratitude.

 

When you thank God in advance for that which you choose to experience in your reality, you, in effect, acknowledge that it is there…in effect. Thankfulness is thus the most powerful statement to God; an affirmation that even before you ask, I have answered.

Therefore, never supplicate. Appreciate.

Neale: But how then can I be truly grateful for something I know is not there?

God: Faith. If you have but the faith if a mustard seed, you shall move mountains. You come to know it is there because I said it is there; because I said that, even before you ask, I shall have answered; because I said, and have said to you in every conceivable way, through every teacher you can name, that whatsoever you shall choose, choosing it in My Name, so shall it be.

Neale: Yet so many people say that their prayers have gone unanswered.

God: No prayer—and a prayer is nothing more than a fervent statement of what is so—goes unanswered. Every prayer, every thought, every statement, every feeling—is creative. To the degree that it is fervently held as truth, to that degree will it be made manifest in your experience.

When it is said that a prayer has not been answered what has in actuality happened is that the most fervently held thought, word, or feeling has become operative. Yet what you must know—and here is the secret—is that always it is the thought behind the thought—what might be called the Sponsoring Thought—that is the controlling thought.

If, therefore, you beg and supplicate, there seems a much smaller chance that you will experience what you think you are choosing, because the Sponsoring Thought behind every supplication is that you do not have now what you wish. That Sponsoring Thought becomes your reality.

The only Sponsoring Thought which could override this thought is the thought held in faith that God will grant whatever is asked without fail. Some people have such faith but very few.

The process of prayer becomes much easier when, rather than having to believe that God will always say “yes” to every request, one understands intuitively that the request itself is not necessary. Then the prayer is a prayer of thanksgiving. It is not a request at all, but a statement of gratitude for what is so.

Life’s Big Question #5 – Life In Prison or the Death Penalty?

When I hear discussions about the question of sentencing someone to life in prison or giving them the death penalty, it seems most agree that the death penalty is the ultimate punishment. This has been confusing to me because, in my view, the death penalty would send the person to that “better place” we always talk about; and, if it’s punishment we’re looking for, what kind of punishment would that be? I’ve decided that to believe the death penalty is the ultimate punishment then there has to be a belief in Hell, a place “down there” somewhere, a place of eternal torment. Since I believe that Heaven and Hell are right here, right now, depending on the choices we make, then life in prison would be that place of eternal torment and the death penalty would be an escape from Hell. What do you think?

 

Blog Post 4/16/15 Some Thoughts about Thinking by some wise Thinkers…

Some Thoughts about Thinking by some wise Thinkers

“I first give you the Key that will unlock every mystery that now hides from you the secret of My Being. This Key when you once know how to use it, will open the door to all Wisdom and all Power in heaven and earth. Yea, it will open the door to the Kingdom of Heaven and then you have to but enter in to become consciously One with Me.

This Key is “To THINK is to CREATE,” or “As you THINK in your HEART, so is it with you.” Stop and meditate on this that it may get firmly fixed in your mind.

A Thinker is a Creator. A Thinker lives in a world of his own conscious creation.

When you once know how “to think,” you can create at will anything you wish, whether it be a new personality, a new environment, or a new world.” Joseph Benner

“All that is required is to know this. For you are the creator of your reality, and life can show up no other way for you than that the way in which you think it will.

You think it into being. This is the first step in creation. Your thought is the parent which gives birth to all things.

Thought is pure energy. Every thought you have, have ever had, and ever will have is creative. The energy of your thought never ever dies. Ever. It leaves your being and heads out into the universe, extending forever. A thought is forever.

The first step in learning to monitor your thoughts; to think about what you are thinking about. When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts—think again! You can train yourself to do this. (Look at how well you’ve trained yourself not to do it!)

The universe is just a big Xerox machine. It simply produces multiple copies of your thoughts.” Neale Donald Walsch

“You are the only one who creates in your experience—no one else. Everything that comes to you comes by the power of your thought. If there are changes you would like to make, it will be of great value to begin telling a different story—not only about your body, but about all subjects that have been troubling to you. As you begin to positively focus, getting to feel so good about so many subjects, you will begin to feel the power that creates worlds flowing through you.

What you do in terms of action is far less important than the thoughts you think, the way you feel, your vibrational balance, or the stories you tell. When you take the time to find vibrational balance, the physical effort you apply will yield wonderful results, but there is not enough action in the world to compensate for that misaligned Energy. From your place of alignment, you will feel inspired by the beneficial behavior, just as from your place of alignment, you are inspired by detrimental behavior.” Abraham

“As a man thinketh, so is he.” James Allen

“To do things in a way you want them, you will have to acquire the ability to think the way you want to think. Every

Person has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think truth regardless of appearances is laborious and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work a person has to perform. Sustained and consecutive thought is the hardest work in the world. This power can only be acquired by getting hold of the basic fact which is behind all appearances: that there is one thinking substance, from which and by which all things are made.

Then, we must grasp the truth that every thought held in this substance becomes a form and becomes a visible thing. When we realize this we lose all doubt and fear because we know we can create what we want to create. We can get what we want to have and can become what we want to be.

As a first step, you must believe these three fundamental statements:

There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates,          and fills the interspaces of the universe.

A thought in this substance produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

A person can form things in his thought, and by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the  thing he thinks about to be created.” Wallace D. Wattles

More thoughts on Life’s Big Question #4

What lesson has it taken you the longest to learn? For me it is both ACCEPTANCE and PATIENCE!

Here are some more of my thoughts on these subjects…

With regard to ACCEPTANCE, having cared for my husband with Alzheimer’s for 5 years—that experience was my lesson in ACCEPTANCE. It was a very painful process to see the love of my life taken away one brain cell at a time! I had the choice of letting it kill me too or somehow coming to terms with “What Is.” I learned that stress and unhappiness are created when “What Is” is different than what you want or expect. So ACCEPTANCE comes to your rescue. So, over time I learned to ACCEPT that all this was my lesson in ACCEPTANCE!

I come by JUDGEMENT naturally—I inherited it from my father :-) I used to say about him “Here come da Judge!” So, ACCEPTANCE of not only circumstances but individuals with their personalities and beliefs continues to be an ongoing process. I’m comforted in knowing that life is not a destination but a journey and that eventually I will get it right.

Here’s a priceless Quote from the movie, “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”… “Everything will be fine in the end and if it’s not fine, it’s not the end.”

I would like to share this as an example of ACCEPTING “WHAT IS”…

“Thinking isolates a situation or event and calls it good or bad, as if it had a separate existence. The deeper interconnectedness of all things and events implies that the mental labels of “good” and “bad” are ultimately illusory. They always imply a limited perspective.

This is illustrated in the story of a wise man who won an expensive car in a lottery. His family and friends were very happy for him and came to celebrate. “Isn’t it great!” they said. “You are so lucky.” The man smiled and said, “Maybe.” For a few weeks he enjoyed driving the car. Then one day a drunken driver crashed into his new car at an intersection and he ended up in the hospital, with multiple injuries. His family and friends came to see him and said, “That was really unfortunate.’ Again the man said, “Maybe.” While he was still in the hospital, one night there was a landslide and his house fell into the sea. Again his friends came the next day and said, “Weren’t you lucky to have been here in the hospital.” Again he said, “Maybe.”

This wise man’s “maybe” signifies a refusal to judge anything that happens. Instead of judging what is, he accepts it and so enters into conscious alignment with the higher order. He knows that often it is impossible for the mind to understand what place or purpose a seemingly random event has in the tapestry of the whole. But there are no random events, nor are there events or things that exist by and for themselves, in isolation.” –Taken from “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle, pgs. 196-197

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With regard to PATIENCE, all I can say about this at this time is that AT&T Internet service is providing my current lesson in PATIENCE–aghhhhhhhhhh!!

I LIVE WITH A BULLY!

 

I LIVE WITH A BULLY!!

My bully never lets anything go by without some comment, remark or evaluation. “Your not smart enough,” “You’re too old,” “Something is wrong with you,” “You can’t do it,” “You never finish anything,” “This is too hard,” “You’re stupid,” “You are hopeless.” “You can’t afford that.” “You’re not good enough.” And, if that is not enough, she plagues me with guilt about what I shoulda, coulda, woulda done.

What is your Bully saying to you? Our Bully is our Negative Self-Talk. Self-talk is a running internal dialog and commentary on everything you see and do. It is what we say to ourselves but would never dream of saying to our friends.

Negative self-talk can influence our self-esteem, outlook, energy level, performance, and relationships with others. It can even affect our health determining how we handle stressful events, or how easily we replace unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones. It creates our emotional states making us feel either calm or worried.

Negative self-talk is usually a mixture of half-truths, poor logic, and distortions of reality that perpetuate negative emotions, such as pessimism, guilt, fear, and anxiety.

In the beginning, you probably formed these negative ideas about yourself from things you heard from a parent, a teacher or some other authority figure. Now, as an adult, you have made them a part of your own personality. In effect you have let those people take up residence in your head and determine for you how you live your life.

Okay…knowing that, now what? Self-talk, both good and bad, is present in everyone all of the time. You can, however, learn to train your mind so that it is your servant and not your master.

First you must become aware of your self-talk. Begin to notice when it shows up. When you catch your negative self-talk, just take a deep breath, relax, and remove yourself from the situation. Get up and stretch, or take a walk, or get a drink of water in order to interrupt your train of thought and get out of the negative place in your mind.

Write down some of your negative thoughts and then ask yourself “Are the things I’m saying to myself really true? Or, are there other possibilities and meanings that I could get from this situation?”

Then replace your negative thoughts with realistic, positive thoughts by developing what are called positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are statements of what you want to be, do or have in the NOW. Here are some guidelines:

Personalize your affirmations with words like “I,” “me,” and “my.”

Make your affirmations state your own goals, wants, and values—not someone else’s.

State your affirmations in the present tense, “I am healthy and strong,” I have all the money I need right now,” “I live in peace and harmony.” If affirmations are in future tense (“I will…”), the future never comes.

Make your affirmations believable and realistic so that you can say them with sincerity. You can begin with small, believable and easily achievable statements and then work your way up to bigger accomplishments.

State affirmations for what you “do want” not what you “don’t want.” To say “I don’t eat junk food,” only focuses your attention on the  behavior you don’t want. Instead say, “I eat nutritious foods.”

Make affirmations short and easy to remember. Catchy slogans stay with us longer than essays.

    Maintain your positive self-talk by repeating your positive affirmations often. Fill your mind with uplifting ideas. Comfort yourself when things go wrong. Let your self-talk be like the soothing, supportive words of a counselor, friend, or mentor. Remember…

Just as gardeners cultivate their plots keeping them free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits they desire, so may you tend the garden of your mind, weeding out all the useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, you will sooner or later discover that you are the master gardener of your soul, the director of your life.

—James Allen

Life’s Big Question #4

What is the lesson it has taken you the longest to learn?

For me it has been and continues to PATIENCE followed closely by ACCEPTANCE!!!!

Life’s Big Question #3

If you could ask God one question, what would it be?

I would ask God WHY did you deliver your messages in such a way that they can be interpreted in so many ways and then twisted and spun to suit the desires of individuals and groups of individuals. WHY make us guess, speculate and hypothesize, why not be straight up and just tell us the way it is—I have read that had you done so this would have put your believers at the time in danger. Well, just let me say it has created all kinds of problems not the least of which has been eternal wars!

 

Excerpt from “The Impersonal Life”

y”…And here you are, Soul aweary and hungered, and not knowing where to turn, To You, I AM come.

Yes, to all of you who hunger for the true “Bread of Life,” I AM come.  Are you ready to partake? If so, then arouse yourself, Sit up.  Still your human mind and follow closely My Word herein spoken.  Or, you will turn away disappointed once more, with the aching hunger still in your heart.

I!

Who am I?

I Who speak with such seeming knowledge and authority?

Listen!

I AM you, that part of you who IS and KNOWS; WHO KNOWS ALL THINGS, And always knew and always was. Yes, I AM You, Your SELF, that part of you who says I AM and is I AM.”

 

 

Life’s Big Questions #2

Life’s Big Question #2

What do you think happens when you die?

If this is all there is, then what is the point? I’ll tell you what I believe tomorrow.

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Well, I promised my answer today to the question “What happens when you die?” Well, I believe there will be 70 tall, dark, and handsome hunks waiting just for me!! The Devil made me do it!! Teehee!!

Seriously, I believe that death is simply stepping out of an old overcoat (my body) and stepping into the next room—the spiritual dimension—the place where my Soul, my Spirit returns–the place from whence it came. You will notice I didn’t say anything about or Heaven or Hell. That’s because I don’t believe in them at least not as places we go when we die—they are places we create right here on earth. I believe that the Kingdom of Heaven lives in us as our very personal soul connection—it is palpable—we can feel it. I believe that Hell is our separation from God believing that He is separate from us—out there somewhere. I’m hoping someone will engage in this conversation with me—there is so much to talk about 😉

 

 

The Impersonal Life by Joseph S. Benner

Great love still abounds in this world for the departed “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley. Elvis made a larger-than-life public contribution to the world of music, while privately seeking a path to spiritual peace and higher love. Joseph S. Benner’s The Impersonal Life, was Elvis’s favorite book next to the Bible. He gave out copies by the score to friends and acquaintances.” His biographers describe Elvis as a spiritual seeker who felt there was more to his mission in life than achieving incredible fame and fortune through performing. The Impersonal Life was the book Elvis had been looking for all his life.” It was 1964 when Elvis received a copy of the book from a friend. He began studying it constantly and underlining passages. Clearly, he had found a message that spoke to his heart and soul, one that answered those burning questions that blocked the way to his peace of mind. He longed to be in touch with the Divine and feel that he was connecting to and sharing that Divine energy called love. Joseph Benner felt called to channel the words in The Impersonal Life and first published it anonymously in 1914. In his Introduction, he identifies the voice speaking through him in the book: “More than all, try to realize that the ‘I’ speaking throughout the Message is the Spirit within, your own Soul, the Impersonal Self, the Real You.The great blessing of the Message is that, if you are ready, the ‘I’ speaking herein will continue to speak direct to you from out your own heart, after you lay aside the book, and in so intimate and convincing a way that It will make clear all your problems, be to you a fount of Wisdom and Strength, and bring you Peace, Health, Happiness, Freedom—an abundance of everything your heart desires.” The publishers of the Graceland edition of The Impersonal Life, with Elvis’s picture on the cover, call it “The Little Book in which Elvis Found the Light.” They cite the dozens of copies of the original book that Elvis bought and gave away to his friends, saying, “You have to read this!” I couldn’t agree more that this book contains precious wisdom of the life-changing kind. It spoke to Elvis in the voice he was seeking and it speaks to me—I read it three times within the first week—it is food for the Soul. You can get a Kindle edition on Amazon.com for $2.99—it is only 109 print pages. I would love to hear your thoughts on this book.