Prayer is often a controversial topic in spiritual life
because of its identification with religious dogma. Often it has been done as
an empty ritual. It’s associated with rote worship, ignorance, and the
misconception that to pray means that one is “less than.”
Despite this negative
association, true, deep, sincere, and heartfelt prayer is one of the most
powerful and moving spiritual endeavors a person can do in a spiritual healing meditation. Sometimes
it is less of a discipline and more of a pleasure.
The thing is, if you are
going to pray in meditation, do so because it comes from your heart, not
because you think you have to; and not the prayers you may have been taught,
but to which you feel little or no connection. Your prayer may be of a
religious nature or it may not; it may have words or it may not; whatever it
is, make your prayer authentic. Make your prayers real and appropriate to your
day and what you are facing and feeling at the time of your meditation.
Sometimes your prayers will be very specific, sometimes very general.
Most people have experienced a very natural form of prayer
during times in which they’ve felt the most anguish — times in which people
have felt extreme anxiety or torment about something. This kind of situation is
actually a very real and natural form of prayer. Certainly it is not the prayer
of religions, but it is actually a time in life when we feel deeply about
something, and when we have an openness and an intense desire to receive help.
These are things that are at the core of true prayer. The vulnerability and
openness that often come during times of anguish help us receive some kind of
insight, comfort, or clarity that helps relieve our torment and anxiety.
"Prayer is really asking for the truth. You sit there and you do not understand where to go, what to do. Fill your mind with prayer: “Show me the way. Show me the light. Show me how I can find the truth that I know is there”. What is this Love of God? What is this experience that saints and sages throughout the ages have spoken? How is it that a man sits alone on a mountaintop for years in stages of ecstasy, feeling such incredible love and bliss, yet no one is around? What is it that he is touching? What is it that he is seeing? What is it that he is hearing? What is it that he is experiencing? It is nothing that you can see with these eyes and ears, and your mind and your senses. It is love. But it is unlike any love you have known on this plane. It is a love that satisfies all desires. It is truth. But it is not just some knowledge. It is a knowing which satisfies all hunger and thirst for knowledge.".