The Bliss Blog

The Bliss Blog


Prayer Is Portable

When we consider prayer, most folks think about petitioning, asking, begging, pleading, cajoling for something we believe we don’t have. Instead, I prefer to think of prayer in terms of gratitude for what is already in my life and what I am inviting into my life.

When I was in attending The New Seminary, I wrote something called Prayer Is Portable with the idea that it is something that need not be done in an edifice such as church, synagogue, temple or mosque. It is not necessary to have an intermediary such as priest, minister, rabbi or imam.  There is a direct line between our hearts and that of the “God of our understanding.” (to use a 12 step recovery term)

 

Gregg Braden shares a story called Pray Rain in his book Secrets of The Lost Mode of Prayer. I had heard him tell it during a presentation he offered in Philadelphia a few years ago and have heard it many times since then. It never fails to amaze me.

Gregg tells about a time of drought in northern New Mexico, when a Native American friend asked him to join him for an early-morning hike to a medicine wheel so he could pray rain. They walked for a couple hours to a circle of stones on the ground divided by an X or stones within the circle. Gregg’s friend explained that the wheel itself had not power, but was a place of focus for the one invoking the prayer. His friend then took off his shoes, stepped into the circle, honored the four directions and his ancestors,. placed his hands in prayer position, closed his eyes and stood soon motionless.

After a few moments, he said he had finished and was ready to leave. Gregg said “Already? I thought you were going to pray for rain!”

“‘No,’ he replied. ‘I said that I would pray rain. If I had prayed for rain, it could never happen.'”

“He began by describing how the elders of his village had shared the secrets of prayer with him when he was young boy. The key, he said, is that when we ask for something to happen, we give power to what we do not have. Prayers for healing empower the sickness. Prayers for rain empower the drought. ‘Continuing to ask for these things only gives more power to the things that we would like to change,’ he said.”

Gregg’s friend explained: “I began to have the feeling of what rain feels like. I felt the feeling of rain on my body, and what it feels like to stand with my naked feet in the mud of our village plaza because there has been so much rain. I smelled the smells of rain on the earthen walls in our village, and felt what it feels like to walk through fields of corn chest deep high because there has been so much rain.”

It started to rain the next day and continued on for many days.  That is the way of things. When we live AS IF something is already so, then we can live into it more fully and freely.

 



  • sdgdsh

    welcome to :======http:// http://www.findsoso.com====
    Open the wardrobe is not yet found love after another the
    right clothes? So, also waiting for? Immediate action bar!
    Welcome to sure you will find
    what you need. Moreover, the company has a good reputation,
    product quality standards, at reasonable prices. Over the
    years, has been well received by overseas friends for their
    support. Therefore, please rest assured purchase.
    welcome to :======http:// http://www.findsoso.com ====

Previous Posts

There's No Place Like Home
It's Halloween as I am writing this. I just washed off the silver makeup, glitter and red lipstick that covered my face for a few hours when I was out and about tonight. My newly dyed hair is Manic Panic Ultraviolet. Nestled under the covers, I was perusing Facebook when a writing prompt snagged me.

posted 10:46:20pm Oct. 31, 2014 | read full post »

What I Asked For
Making the rounds on Facebook today:  "Everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for."  Another one of those inscrutable statements that can be interpreted in various ways. My take is that it isn't blaming as much as it is highlighting that we have such power, even on a

posted 11:13:33pm Oct. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Noah and The Mensch
Please note that I am not a biblical scholar, so this blog comes from a place of curiosity and the workings of my own mind, rather than theological knowledge. This past Saturday, I sat in the sanctuary of a suburban South Jersey synagogue, surrounded by family and friends of my 13 year old cousin

posted 3:12:56pm Oct. 28, 2014 | read full post »

True Colors
I saw a post on Facebook this morning: "If someone shows you their true colors, don't try to repaint them." This lesson has long been with me. It has been at the core of many co-dependent and dysfunctional relationships/friendships throughout my life. When people have crossed paths with me, somet

posted 12:03:50pm Oct. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Sunrise Sunset- Blissful Book Review~
    "Sunsets are love notes written directly to you and last lines are always the same. Life is too short and too precious to dwell on anything other than gratitude."- Gabe Berman Awe and gratitude are two of my favorite words; sunrises and sunsets two of Mother Nature's most d

posted 7:58:58am Oct. 24, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.