Effective prayer has been a passion for most of my life, even before I read something in 2000 that I saw as definitive of that path. From then on, I devoted myself to changing my life’s work to incorporate prayer as healing.
Effective Prayer as a Way of Life
The healing prayer I embrace is more effective than asking for what we don’t have. It begins by praising and feeling what we do have, then what we’d like to experience, before it appears. It’s perfect faith.
Jesus, the greatest Siddhe Master, demonstrated this, notably when calling Lazarus forth from the dead. He thanked the Father Within. He praised the ‘answer’ by stating, “I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people…” (John 11:42)
The book I referred to? The Isaiah Effect,* by Gregg Braden. In it he tells the story of witnessing the Native American Prayer for Rain –
Effective prayer: to see rain to drought and douse fires
We don’t hear much about the fires raging through the Western United States, or the flooding in South Asia. National and world news agencies focus instead mostly on the recent flooding in Texas, and now the new hurricane bearing on the Bahamas. Most people say, pray. Do they mean the anxiety-filled prayer of desperation, or as I recommend here?
Whether our prayer is for areas experiencing too much rain, wind or flooding, or those facing the wild forces of raging fire, we can approach the situation with calm. We can praise the quiet, gentleness of needed, saturating rain, just as we can praise the drying sunshine and calm seas in areas requiring that.
The world has many other challenges, which you can see as its arenas of war, tyranny, misunderstanding, and delusion. Individuals have the right, wherever they live, to pursue a life of liberty and happiness, yet they may live in areas where this is not championed or permitted. While we may not be able to help directly, we can treat them spiritually with effective prayer. It’s the world energy healer’s prescription.
This form of prayer is helpful also for dealing with personal challenges. Treating conditions of health, well-being, harmony, success, and financial abundance can, at the very least, bring poise and alertness. To live in cooperation with spiritual law can help you recognize more options than you might see at first, and then make effective choices.
A Lifetime of Prayer and Learning How to Pray
Over the years of my adult life, I’ve lived and studied the path of effective prayer. I also worked on my consciousness to clear old programming that otherwise made it more difficult to pray correctly.
At first there wasn’t much available to help me on my mission, since gleaning what I could about effective prayer meant real detective work. There was no internet and, depending on where you lived, libraries or teachers of the mysteries were limited.
I scoured the Bible, sought scientific works on how the mind operates, and paged through complex treatises on comparative world traditions. I asked those I met in my travels about mystery schools like those described in novels like Lost Horizon,* by James Hilton, but my only answers were quizzical looks.
Finally I met a lovely older woman, a family friend of my late yet always BFF. The woman was a ‘spiritual advisor’ who taught me meditation and helped me understand my own visionary gift. In time, I had inner experiences that catapulted me toward what I sought.
The precise method I had come to during all that seeking was confirmed in my reading of Braden’s book in 2000
I already knew effective prayer is not some sort of ‘stop-gap measure.’ I found it as effective as a means to build up my treasury of understanding and illumination, as it was a practical help in daily life. I just praised The Divine. From that built up reservoir of experience and faith, I could also turn to prayer when emergency struck. This is building and having what my late teacher called, ‘momentum’.
Before I read this particular book, I’d been perfecting what it describes, having learned much from my first teacher about incorporating the divine physiology that through me knows and helps me feel what I visualize. And, having lived through hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, etc., this form of prayer was effective for calming my nerves, too. It freed me to transcend personal challenges, and personal transformation goals.
More and more I consciously practiced this as a way of life. Braden’s book was a confirmation of this connection with the Invisible Glory that at times makes itself visible in answer.
That’s why in my prayer I emphasise the praising of what is, followed by praising what I’d like to see. I still strive to perfect even this, not as a human achievement but a check on my humility and openness to grace.
When distractions otherwise make it easy to forget, this mode of prayer is the answer, because it has nothing to do with opinion. It’s not stating things from the human level of politics, personal persuasion, etc. It’s placing all that in Divine Hands that see beyond our view.
Excerpt from The Isiah Effect by Gregg Braden provides an example of effective prayer
Below is the passage, which I’ve excerpted from Braden’s book I refer to, The Isaiah Effect*.
‘The path between man and the forces of this world begins in our hearts. It is here that our feeling world is married to our thinking world. In my prayer, I began with the feeling of gratitude for all that is and all that has come to pass. I gave thanks for the desert wind, the heat, and the drought, for that is the way of it, until now. It is not good. It is not bad. It has been our medicine.’
Reading just that far gives enough clues about how you can praise, because it’s not asking. And, further down, it still isn’t asking, yet it is more.
Consciously choosing to feel ‘The New Medicine’
To continue with the passage, here is how to shift into the knowing part of prayer:
‘Then I chose a new medicine, I began to have the feeling of what rain feels like. I felt the feeling of rain upon my body. Standing the stone circle, I imagined that I was in the plaza of our village, barefoot in the rain. I felt the feeling of wet earth oozing between my naked toes. I smelled the smell of rain on the straw-and-mud walls of our village after the storm. I felt what it feels like to walk through fields of corn growing up to my chest because the rains have been so plentiful. The old ones remind us that this is how we choose our path in this world. We must first have the feelings of what we wish to experience. This is how we plant the seeds of a new way. From that point forward,’ David continued, ‘our prayer becomes a prayer of thanks.’
‘Thanks? Do you mean thanks for what we have created?’
‘No, not for what we have created,’ David replied. ‘Creation is already complete. Our prayer becomes a prayer of thanks for the opportunity to choose which creation we experience. Through our thanks, we honor all possibilities and bring the ones we choose into the world.’
As I said in the beginning of this post, prayer is my passion, and the foundation of my life’s work. If you’d like me to pray for you in this manner, here is a program for just that.