Wishful thinking doesn’t work. If we tell ourselves good luck will happen, it remains obstinately in the future, . If we enthuse: I will be a good skier – sure, our subconscious responds. Some day, but not now; meantime we break a leg.
Does the same work for prayer? I had been using the loving-kindness meditation as my personal prayer. My version went: May I be safe, healthy and happy; may I live with ease (that is go with life rather than fight it). I end with May I dwell in the beloved, which is to me living steeped in loving kindness to all – rather than hassle, competition and irritation.
Then I happened upon the writings of Neville Goddard and the puzzle pieces fit:
- Our world is the mirror of our subconscious beliefs. We are like radio receivers translating information our senses receive into a concrete world. We make manifest the universe as we perceive it.
- Our beliefs are Impressed on our subconscious by our feelings. Our subconscious doesn’t care about truth or reason; it faithfully brings about what we feel. I learnt long ago never to use illness as an excuse to get out of something. Within 24 hours, I would be sick – with the sore throat or flu, I had so glibly conjured up.
So what about prayer? The mere act of asking for health etc. was underlining the fact that I was NOT healthy. So I changed my prayer to positive statements: I am safe, I am happy …. And with each affirmation, I consciously FELT the state. I felt the wrapped round feeling of security, the pulsing of health through my body, the joy of happiness.
It helped that I had done something similar after my spinal fusion. Every day I imagined how my body would feel, walking freely and easily. It was based on Dr. Herbert Benson’s theory of “remembered wellness”. It worked spectacularly and I went from a wheel chair to running upstairs, light on my feet as a teenager. The snag was I never thought to imagine sitting comfortably or moving my sacrum. Both activities still give me great pain.
Of course, changing from supplication to statement removes God from the picture, so I included gratitude. I thanked God or the Universe for the health I was affirming.
So why was I surprised, when two weeks later, I caught my diary entry, “I feel well – healthy. It is like physical joy – being in tune with being. I feel at ease, living in the Beloved.” The feeling was so strong and right that I kept remarking on it – to Bill and to my doctor. Literally, the words of my prayer made manifest. I wasn’t expecting it, it just happened. Despite chronic pain, my body believes it is healthy and that knowledge is felt deeply within.
Loving kindness meditation – link
One Minute Meditation on Four Words by Sebastion Dako
Peace Full – link
Relax More, Try Less by Neville Goddard and Tim Grimes
Timeless Healing: the Power and Biology of Belief by Herbert Benson, MD