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donderdag 10 februari 2011

Micro-Managing God: Hoe we bidden, maakt wel degelijk een verschil

(Spirit of maat) I find that the lessons my guides like to share with me are often brought to my attention in my normal waking life. This month it happened while I was reading my morning email. I have noticed that the national media seems to have a new tragedy or disaster each day for which groups of people are gathering to pray. Someone famous died, someone went missing…something somewhere in the world is always being deemed a tragedy. With each person who is ill, with each unfolding world situation, my email box fills with announcements of group meditations and prayer times to address the situation. I'm betting yours does too.

And I have noticed things about this process. The invitations for most meditation events I receive include notes that the meditation energies are to "heal" or "bring peace" to a person or situation on the planet. The more personal emails request me to "send light and love" or good thoughts, prayer and energy towards curing illness for someone or helping with a difficult family matter.

This sort of goal-oriented prayer has never felt accurate to me. One morning as I was wrestling with how to address another round of these emails, I heard a sentence being formed out loud in my head.
"The more unencumbered by personal intentions your prayers are, the more effective they are."

While I attributed the sentence to one of my guides, the idea was not new to me. Growing up as the eldest granddaughter of a minister, I had heard the Bible story of Jesus' overheard prayer "…not my will, but Thine be done" each Easter. As a mystically inclined seeker of the Divine, I know it from passages in the Bhagavad Gita and the teachings of Yogananda. And in the world of energy healing, I immediately recalled the ways in which several teachers have shared this same philosophy with me.

Ken Page points out that whenever we send energy, even "love and light", we are opening ourselves to an energy exchange. Something will come back to us from the person or situation we are targeting with our prayers. I would add that the more our intention is to change a person or situation, the more the energy that comes back to us will also try to change us!

Drunvalo Melchizedek points out that we live in a polarized world. In this world where there is both good and evil, right and wrong, we create both aspects of whatever we wish for, even though our intention is to create only one aspect. When our prayers are formed "for the good" by our mental capacity, an equal amount of our energy is also creating the opposite effect.

I find that Newton's Third Law of Motion, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" applies to how we pray. If we indeed pray for what would appear to be a "good" outcome to any situation, then we are also unconsciously putting an equal amount of energy into praying for a "bad" outcome.
How can this be? My metaphysical answer is this: Because we live in a spiritual world based on Free Will, we as a group of souls decided to create polarity. On a practical level this means that what appears to me as "bad" might actually be the catalyst for a much larger movement of Spiritual growth.

In our human form, we are not able to see the larger picture of events that are working themselves out. It is only natural for us to pray for that which makes us more comfortable, happier, and healthier. But our soul's journey is to explore how we, while in human form, create comfort and ease, generate joy and find balance in our physical bodies.
While our personality would prefer to jump to the end of our soul's learning process and enter into a perfect life, our soul wants to learn all that is possible while here in human form. And sometimes that includes the experience of discomfort in order to motivate useful changes in our lives.

In a study done in the 1990s, hospital cardiac patients were prayed for in directed and non-directed prayer, as well as a group that received no prayers. (This was a small study, probably funded as part of the CAM studies, most likely related to a university hospital. If you know this exact study please let me know as I have lost the original published article)
Patients were split into three groups. One group received no prayers, and did the least well in terms of their physical recovery. A second group received prayers of directed healing to their medical situation. "Please heal the heart of _______" might be an example of this sort of healing prayer. The third group of patients received non-directed healing. "May God's will be done in the life of _______".
Not surprisingly the third group of patients had the highest recovery rate.
In similar studies, Spindrift Research ( showed that prayers for the healing of living beings such as mold, yeast, and soybeans helped them recover from injuries and grow significantly more than those same plants that did not receive prayer.

In the study involving soybeans one group of soybeans were oversaturated with water while another group was not given enough water. Both groups of the soybeans were set out to receive prayers. Most of those praying did not know whether the soybeans they were praying for were too dry or too wet. Some soybeans received directed prayers (God let the soybeans have more moisture in order to sprout well) while other soybeans received non-directed prayer (may the soybeans receive whatever they need). "With non goal-directed prayer, the group of over-soaked beans gave off water and moved down toward normal, and the under-soaked beans took on water and moved up toward normal. The different needs [of the soybeans] were met." The group of soybeans receiving directed goal prayers remained both over saturated with water as well as too dry. The potential within the soybeans receiving non-directed, non-goal oriented prayer to bring themselves into balance was tapped into by the energy of the prayers. This same inner potential to achieve balance was not successfully accessed by those soybeans receiving directed goal oriented prayers.

This is a strong lesson that healers are reminded of often. Letting ourselves honor, especially during times of great need, the innate intelligence of God that lies within each person or situation allows the power of Spirit that is already present within each person or situation to shine more brightly. Telling God how to heal a person, bring peace to a situation or fix a perceived problem actually constricts the movement of Spirit, and thus the potential healing that God would desire to bring through that person or situation.

I have no doubt that it is easier to pray for a soybean to follow its own inner intelligence than to find within ourselves a space of neutrality and compassion from which we can pray without a fixed goal for those we know or for painful world situations. This is perhaps one of the most difficult lessons we, as humans, have decided to learn. Healing and prayer are not about results. Healing and prayer happen when we allow our own compassionate heart to open and simply be with another's pain. In this way God is awakened from within, and Love is remembered.

Norma Gentile

Source/bron: Earth matters

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