30 Days of Healing Prayer

In Barnes & Noble last year, I found a book on the clearance table: 365 Prayers for Healing.

In it I found pages and pages of prayers And poems from all over the world, across time and cultures.

In my Facebook group, “Spiritual Learning Pittsburgh”, I posted 1 prayer every day for 30 days to guide members on a journey of healing contemplation.

This weekend, in celebration of the birthdays of my daughter and granddaughter; I’m kicking off that journey again in honor of the healing power that is the collective generations of women in a family – in my family.

Like the differences between the many women in my family tree, the beliefs and traditions shared on this journey will be diverse. They will also, like the women in my lineage, share a common core strength and connection to Spirit.

I know that each person will find a blessing in the words shared and the sentiment underneath each post.

Here’s the healing meditation/prayer for Day 1:

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner’s Path

“May God, the Giver of all wisdom, beauty, and well-being, bless all who love Her with these gifts, and grant that Her blessings may be generously shared.”

~ Marchiene Vroon Rienstra

Help in Times of Need

Cloud angel.pngI often speak and write about the useful guide for life that is represented in various holy texts, like the Bhagavad Gita and the Bible. I find them most useful, not for their predictions about the next world, but in their sharing the struggles of life for people across time along with the opportunity to glean universal wisdom from the tales.

Ancient peoples did not have writing as a medium for common folk. Many stories were passed down through an oral tradition for many years until in various cultures, some form of documentation emerged to capture them but oral traditions have the great benefit of capturing more of the texture of the times; the flavor of the circumstances and therefore, weave rich tales for us to enjoy and from which to learn.

Such is the story of the prophet Elijah in the Hebrew scripture/Old Testament:

And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.”  Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.  And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”  So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights… [1 Kings 19:3-8]

Here’s some context: Elijah had just shown the power of the God of Israel over the idol Ba’al and in the process had killed hundreds of the prophets of Ba’al, which didn’t make Queen Jezebel very happy. Metaphysically this is a lesson on the power of TRUTH over falsehoods, and it is a triumphant lesson but when we continue to read we see that even truth-telling has its risks as we see the great prophet Elijah running away from the threat of the Queen-of-False-Ideas (Jezebel).

He was so committed, and showed great skill in speaking truth to false prophets and power, and yet a short time later, he is running for his life and ready to give up; to roll over and die.

After a long day of running, he arrives at a broom tree where he laid down and fell asleep. He is awoken by someone touching him and when he wakes up he sees food cooking on a fire, and water to drink. This happens a 2nd time and enables him to have the strength he needs to continue the long journey ahead of him.

In the Bible it is noted that an “Angel of the Lord” came to him. We don’t see many of those around today in full biblical regalia, but all of us have been ministered to by Angels in our lives, and often we don’t realize it until we look back on the situation.

Sometimes when we are doing the right thing (speaking truth to false prophets) it can create trouble in our lives. It doesn’t usually rise to the level of being chased by an angry Queen, but it can feel that way if we have left a job, lost our standing in a group of our peers/colleagues, or have come under criticism for what we believe or support.

This story reminds us that no matter how dire the situation, it’s important not to lose sight of our past accomplishments, and to have faith in our vision, our Truth. People are all around us who are not only able but, willing to help us. When we quiet our mind and let go of the negative energy of our despair they will show up and give us what we need for our continued forward journey.

It’s easy to become consumed with fear, anxiety and negativity. This ancient lesson reminds us to calm down and know that we are provided, always and in all ways.

When we are walking a path of Light, no matter how difficult it may seem; when we stay grounded in what we know is right for us, are impeccable in our word and deeds; we can be assured that there are Angels ever-present who can and will help us along the way.

(C) 2017 - Practitioners Path

 

Begin where you are right now

“Don’t look at how little there is – start with what you’ve got, and God will add the increase!”    ~ Edwene Gaines

When I teach prosperity it is not uncommon for someone to pull me aside at the break or contact me afterward to explain that while they enjoyed my presentation, this “stuff” really couldn’t work for them because,… and then they launch into a laundry list of all the barriers they have to prosperity in their lives.

They’ve missed the point – entirely – and I have to fight feeling like a total failure at this point.

I have mentioned the movie The Secret many times, and while I remain grateful for its explosion into the mainstream and the introduction that it provided to many people seeking deeper spiritual learning (me included); the mass media presentation of the Law of Attraction has created a whole strata of folks who believe that if they’re not living like Jack Canfield or Oprah Winfrey …they’re failing. This superficial treatment of spiritual law has also created a false sense (for those who don’t study further) that all they have to do is think, and stuff shows up (like the red bicycle in the movie).

I prefer Wayne Dyer’s explanation as I believe it more accurately portrays how spiritual law works. He explains that we attract what we ARE, not what we think about. A few years ago I watched his then-new movie, The Shift and I have to confess while I liked it; it did not speak to me the way that it has more recently when I watched it. It’s available at Hay House, and many libraries also have it in their collections to borrow, but I digress.

My point is that we can all attract prosperity; increase our abundance and expand our Good,…but we have to start where we are; begin with who we are. One step at a time.

Look around. Give thanks for what you have, and take a little step forward. If you want to be more athletic but you’re out of shape, get up and start walking; park further away from the office, and take the stairs as often as possible. Work up to jogging or dancing or lifting weights, and recognize that there is a journey to all we want to achieve.

Prosperity and abundance are no different. Look around at what you do have, and give thanks for all of it. Feel the gratitude for this Good and know that it comes to you from the Universe (or God, or Spirit). As you recognize, celebrate and feel gratitude for what you have, you open yourself to the flow of MORE into your life and as you recognize this increase you will instinctively know how to continue to allow more into your life.

We don’t move from french fry cook to regional franchise manager in a week, and we won’t go from struggling with lack to millionaire’s row overnight. True abundance is a journey that begins right here where we are, and unfolds one step at a time.