Affirmative Prayer Week 2 – Part 2

Part 2 of week 2/6, Affirmative Prayer: What is it and why Should I Care?

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Follow along below as we continue with IV. of the class outline. Again, further explanations begin with *.

IV. God: Traditional vs. Metaphysical

A. Traditional God

* How does traditional Western Christianity perceive God?

1. Is to be feared

* Which came first – the chicken or the egg?

Which came first – the fear of God or the contradiction between love and fear?

We don’t know and it doesn’t matter. However, there is often a contradiction between a loving God and one that should be feared.

My question to the class was: How can you love something you fear? How can you fear something you love?

To me, you can’t! You either feel love, or you feel fear. Love is the abundance of good, and fear is the lack thereof. So, can you both love and fear God? Metaphysics says no.

Can you respect God? Be in awe of God? etc? Yes. But where there is fear, there is always lack.

It’s this fear-lack that is stressed in traditional prayer. People fear God because He is powerful, mighty, all-seeing, all-knowing, and things we’ll get to – angry, jealous, and so on. It’s as if people don’t know what God will do with His power – sound like a human construct to you? Will God “like” me? If He does I can love Him. If I don’t know what He’ll do, or He hates me, I must fear Him.

I believe the only thing we ever fear, is the unknown. Traditionally we hear, “Only God knows…” As in, “You have no power over your life.” That doesn’t feel good.

But, we can hear the same thing in Metaphysics, and look at it differently.

“Only God knows…” But God is within you, so you can know too!

So, is God something or someone to be feared? You choose!

2. Vengeful

* God gets revenge. This is Old Testament stuff here, but it’s still so engrained in our society! If we don’t act as God wants, He will judge us or even cast us out entirely.

Also, if we mess with God’s people, we will be plagued by something. Whether locusts, boils or “just” fear and guilt, we will surely be plagued, until we do what God wants.

Do our parent-child relationships look like this today? We don’t want to admit it, but they do…

Imagine this: Parent takes child to church. Child misbehaves, runs around, talks during prayer or meditation, so parent takes something away. Or yells, or says, “If you don’t behave, I won’t…” or “You won’t…” Classic do what I want or I’ll plague (fear or guilt) you into it. Why? Because I am vengeful and my love is conditional.

Never has history repeated itself the way it does in our homes. And if this is so obvious, even just to some of us, how much more do we repeat this to ourselves, in our own minds, hearts and souls?

Do you want to be in a relationship with a God who gets revenge? Even if He’s on your side now, He may not always be. So then, who will get His wrath? That’s right – you will!

Even in the expressions we use, there is a vengeful God. Someone mentioned having good weather for instance, and hearing, “Well we’re gonna pay for that!” As if we can’t have more “good” than “Bad”. How sad!

And there’s always, “Bad things come in 3’s.” Because the traditionalists know, there’s a limit to how much of God’s good we can receive!

3. Angry

* When I was a child and learned that God is angry, I didn’t want to pray anymore. Yet I also heard that God is love, and that love does not anger. So I didn’t know what to believe, and still didn’t want to pray.

It’s no wonder the traditional God seems so far away, or that we feel so undeserving in many religions! It starts early – with our very idea of what God is.

4. Jealous

* It seems that in traditional religion, we remember the words and the feelings we attached to them. But we don’t remember, or even know, the meaning behind them. I read up a little on God’s jealousy, and what I found surprised me. When translated the word jealous means zealous. So that God’s jealousy, means He wants to protect something dear to Him.

In this way God’s jealousy seems less overbearing. But at first hearing, who would want to have a relationship with a jealous God?

Here and otherwise traditional Western Christianity wraps itself up in the letter of the Word, rather than the Spirit. I know I experienced this as a child, and clearly I’m still coming to terms with some of it.

If I, as an ever-unfolding metaphysical student, am still acknowledging and addressing these deep issues from childhood, how many more of us are too? How many of us wish we could leave the trap of tradition and know, in an intuitive sense, something better? All we know is that we don’t like jealousy in people, and we don’t like it, the way we understand it, in God either. Knowing what we don’t want is a good place to start, as long as through the God-Power within, we realize what we do want!

5. Gives to “the chosen ones”

* You have to be special for God to give to you. Good enough, deserving enough, worthy enough, prayerful enough, religious enough. You must be chosen by God, then you’ll receive “the keys to the Kingdom.” But not without a lot of hard work, prayer and supplication – mind you!

But traditionally, are we ever good enough for God? Many religions still say no. You know – original sin, all have sinned, the heart is deceitful – need I go on? So many messages in Christianity still stress that we are unworthy and always will be.

So why bother trying?

6. Allows bad things to happen

* Plus, if “only God knows,” then only God controls things. And things are not always good. So God allows bad things to happen? But why? No one ever had a satisfactory answer to that one.

B. Metaphysical God

* In contrast, how do we view these aspects of God in metaphysics? Well, first of all we leave behind all confusion and start with a clean slate! Thank God!

1. Universal

* “I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves.

“For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve safety and power by creating bigger walls to keep out the unfriendliness and bigger weapons to destroy all that which is unfriendly and I believe that we are getting to a place where technology is powerful enough that we may either completely isolate or destroy ourselves as well in this process.

“If we decide that the universe is neither friendly nor unfriendly and that God is essentially ‘playing dice with the universe’, then we are simply victims to the random toss of the dice and our lives have no real purpose or meaning.

“But if we decide that the universe is a friendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to create tools and models for understanding that universe. Because power and safety will come through understanding its workings and its motives.”

“God does not play dice with the universe,”

–Albert Einstein

God is universal. In fact, God is the Universe itself. God is everywhere – and you thought your cell phone plan was that good!? 😀

Ask yourself, as Einstein does, if the Universe is friendly. Then, ask yourself if God is friendly. If you get a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’, ask for clarity and guidance. In order to pray effectively in metaphysics, we need to accept the basic premise that God is Universe or universal consciousness.

2. Life-giving and Life itself

* God is life-giving. The only reason we have life, is because God gave it to us.

Yet, beyond giving, God is Life itself. God is our Life. People who don’t like the word God, often use the word Life, Source or Lifeforce. This is because Life runs through all things; and so does God-Presence.

3. Beyond ego, cannot experience anger

* It is the personal ego that gets angry. You didn’t do what I want, so now I’m mad. That’s fine. Yes, it’s ok to be angry! But there’s also more to life than that. Anger is not ultimate reality, and neither is the ego that creates it.

Therefore, God, which is ultimate reality, is beyond ego. God cannot experience anger. God can’t be angry with you or because of you, and you can’t experience the wrath of God’s anger. Because God cannot be angry!

4. Creator and substance of all, cannot be jealous of itself

* Just as God is life-giving and Life (period), God is also creator and substance.

A potter is a creator. The potter creates with clay. So potter is creator and clay is substance.

God is creator. But God creates from itself. So God is creator, and the stuff each creation is made of. All at the same time!

Things in the physical world are made of, for instance, clay. But ultimately, that clay is made of God’s substance. God creates everything from itself. So everything is made of: God.

You wouldn’t be jealous of something you made. No, you would be proud that you created it, and you would let it fulfill its purpose. So it is with God. God cannot be jealous of anything. To be jealous, as we usually understand the word, would mean God thought the creation was better than He.

God does not think that. God is creator and substance. To be jealous of something, would mean that God is jealous of himself. I ask you – Who would do that?

5. Gives to each creation as much as it will receive

* We can block the flow of God’s good to us. And we often do… But God’s purpose, as Universal Life, is to give each creation everything.

If a creation, a person in this case, blocks that flow, then they don’t receive the good. But that is not God’s fault. That’s your block.

God’s true nature is to give. But God can only give as much as any creation will receive. God does not force the giving onto us.

Know that God gives as much as we will receive. And know that if you feel you’re not receiving good, you can change that. Because God does want to give to you!

6. Knows neither good nor bad

* Nothing is good, or bad to God. This was a difficult one in class. Of course, someone mentioned murder, rape, child abuse, mass homicide, suicide and other acts. And I shared, as compassionately as I could, that while these acts seem hurtful to us and seem so real, they are not ultimate reality.

God, in its universal, timeless, limitless knowing, power and presence, does not label things as good or bad. We do. God sees the whole picture. We don’t.

But we can choose to look beyond what we do see. To see the reality of God. If we don’t do this, we’ll remain in turmoil, confusion, anger and fear. And we’ll keep wondering why these things happen.

If even for a moment, we can look beyond, we can know peace. And peace always begins, as the song says, “with me.” Within.

And to be a little blunt, does every murder affect you? No, because there are a lot of murders you never hear about. Or you hear about them, and because you didn’t know the people, or see the mass report of violence, you remain unaffected.

Just as you don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to, you don’t have to be toppled emotionally by every violent event you hear about. Truly, you don’t.

These events, like everything in our lives, are just circumstances and experiences. God is still there, within. It seems many are not aware of that. But it’s still True.

Go back to the question of whether the Universe is friendly. Reread the Einstein quote, and look within to find your own answers. That’s all I or anyone can authentically urge you to do.

You hear many things. But they don’t all stir up negative feelings. So know that with God, you can have peace, no matter what takes place around you. And the best news, again: God is within, so you don’t have to look very far!

7. See also article – What is God?

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Prayer Partners

Everyone who has expressed interest in having an affirmative prayer partner, now has one.

We use positive intention, perception of ultimate/God reality, intending the highest good, and allowing of the God-Mind to work through us, in prayer with and for each other.

Partners contact each other personally by phone, email or in person as they feel comfortable. Some have chosen to treat/pray at their own convenience and check in weekly with their partner.

If you’d like more information or want to pray with a partner, please contact me.

I also provide Professional Metaphysical Practitioner services. Having a Practitioner can be helpful in seeing good where there appears to be none, and as a supportive presence while you look within for the answers that are true for you.

Both prayer partners and I, as a Professional Metaphysical Practitioner, hold all personal information in confidence. Anything you share is kept between you and the person you chose.

As always, if you have any comments, questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me!

Affirmative Prayer Week 2 – Part 1

This is week 2 of 6 of Affirmative Prayer: What is it and why Should I Care? This week is split into 2 parts for easier reading.

If you haven’t already done so, please take in week 1, as it’s the foundation for the rest of this class.

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Feel free to follow along below as we continue with III. of the class outline. Again, further explanations begin with *.

III. Prayer: Traditional vs. Affirmative

* As you read this, think about how much you identify with. What feelings about traditional prayer, if any, do you still have? Do you have negative feelings about prayer that you want to sublimate with positive ones?

A. Traditional prayer

* This is prayer as it’s often taught, and what is implied in and about prayer, in Western Christianity.

What do you do in traditional prayer?

1. Petition (to beg, pray, request, plead, ask, beseech)

* These are synonyms of petition, from the dictionary. I looked them up and found it interesting that “pray” itself is one. So automatically, as a mass consciousness, humans think of prayer as having to petition, beg or beseech for something. Is that a good feeling?

2. Supplicate (to implore, beseech, beg, entreat, pray, plead)

* Again, we see plead, as well as implore. Not “Ask and it shall be given,” but “Plead and…” Well, we’re not sure what might happen after that…

What feelings underlie begging, pleading and imploring? Often these are feelings of guilt, fear, lack, and unworthiness. Am I good enough to be heard? Is what I’m asking important enough to be granted?

The idea of traditional prayer often goes something like this:

God is the all-powerful King, and feels so far away. SO in order to have a prayer heard, much less answered, I must be humble, lowly, begging and even apologetic that I’m even trying to get to God’s ear for a moment to make a request.

And then, even if God hears me, my request will only be granted if my petition is good enough to stir up God’s compassion and pity.

Also interesting is the concept of kneeling to pray. I didn’t read further into this, to see what others say. My personal sense is that kneeling comes from this obligation to be humble in prayer, submitting yourself to a much higher being – one you will never be even close to.

Ritual is another element in traditional prayer. If you want something from the King, you don’t just go to him and say, “Hi King, can I have this?” Sure you can, if you want to lose your head! But, if you complete the ritual, kneeling, praying say 3 times a day, and if your prayer is sincere and humble enough, knowing you’re not worthy… Then, the King may grant your wish.

I realize I’m painting a bleak picture here. However, in traditional prayer, that’s often the feeling people have. I’m bringing this out so that your own personal feelings about prayer come to the surface for you. There, you can respond to them and decide which feelings and beliefs serve you, and which don’t. Then, you’ll re-program positive beliefs about prayer for yourself, if you choose to.

3. Doubts that prayer will be heard

* If people really knew their prayers would be heard, they wouldn’t feel the need to plead, beg, beseech, implore, and so on. The doubt exists first though. We don’t doubt because we plead. We plead because we doubt. Keep this in mind as we continue.

a. Is unsure whether prayer will be answered

* Because you doubt that your prayer is heard, you naturally(?) are unsure whether the prayer will be answered.

Students in class brought up how we don’t always know how prayer will be answered. And sometimes it’s not answered in the way we think it should be. This is true, but it’s not what we’re getting at here. This is the simple idea of whether a prayer will be answered at all. In traditional prayer, doubt is often so integrated in the mind, that people aren’t even sure they get an answer of any kind.

4. Places Christ above oneself

* Whether Protestant or Catholic, traditional Western Christianity sees Christ as better than us. That’s got to be the understatement of the year, at least! These religions stress that Christ was a man, but is God’s Son; he’s special, chosen, the Messiah. In short, Christ is almost a hero, as in a fairy tale or myth.

We, as ordinary praying individuals, can never hope to do what Christ did. We will never be equal to Christ; in fact, it’s blasphemy to even think equality is possible.

Christ is Christ, and we’re just mankind. Christ is to be followed, but we’ll never teach or preach or heal or live as He lived.

Remember that these are traditional views, and it gets better from here! 🙂

5. Repetitious, to be sure it is heard

* Simply put, repetition is used in traditional prayer as part of the ritual I mentioned above. The question to ask is this: Why are you praying repeatedly? If it’s because you’re not sure it took the first time, don’t know if you’re getting an answer, etc, uncertainty is the motivation. Unfortunately, this is often the case in traditional prayer.

B. Affirmative Prayer

* And then there was Light! Sorry, I’m just re-realizing that traditional prayer doesn’t serve me in the slightest, and I’m grateful to be on more positive ground!

So, what do we do in affirmative prayer/metaphysical treatment?

1. Declare (to proclaim, announce, state, pronounce, assert, decree)

* Now don’t these feel better? To declare, pronounce or decree something, means you already know, and expect it to be so. You’re positive that “so it is,” even before your “prayer” has begun. I like the synonyms above, which I also found in an online dictionary. Choose some that feel empowering to you, and know this is what you do in metaphysical prayer treatment.

2. Realize (to understand, perceive, comprehend, see, carry out, bring into reality)

* To realize, means to make real. But since my English teachers taught me not to use the word in the definition, I’ll say this. To realize, means to decide what is illusion and what is true for you. It means choosing what you give power to and what just doesn’t matter. (See week 1 for more on giving power to negativity.)

So you can see how realization, as it applies to prayer, means to perceive, understand, comprehend, or see.

But what is “carry out?” In this case it refers to demonstration – the act of making a prayer the reality that you live. Before you can demonstrate in physical form, you need to realize, bring the prayer into your own realm of possibility. Realization is a big part of metaphysical treatment.

You must always come to your own realization. Even if you use the services of a Metaphysical Practitioner, a prayer ministry, a minister, or a friend or family member, all of which are great supports. Still, realization must take place in your own consciousness. Learning to realize things for yourself, is like as the saying goes, teaching a man to fish and feeding him for a lifetime. People can assist, but no one can do this for you.

How do you realize something? Not from your personal ego, that’s for sure! Realization involves daily, or more than once a day as needed, giving up your ego. Don’t worry, this is not painful! You’re just allowing the presence of God-Mind within you, to control your life and realize your prayers through you. The more personal ego we give up, the more divine control we actually have!

Ego control is fleeting. Divine control is unchanging. Things around us change; we know that. But divine Truth does not change. We can experience the control, the peace of this unchanging Truth when we give up the fleeting “happiness” that comes from ego.

3. Knows that prayer is heard

* Basic metaphysics says that we are all one. So if we pray, we know our prayer is heard, by the very nature of our being one with whatever is “hearing”. I.e. we are one. We ask. We also hear. There is no separate being that hears us.

Where traditional prayer involves doubt, affirmative prayer is founded on faith. This doesn’t mean we never doubt. It means we have more faith, than doubt. For this you only need 51% faith, if you have 49% doubt. It’s a balance. As long as the scale is tipped more in a positive direction, you’re on the path to building faith and eliminating doubt from your mind.

a. It follows that because prayer is heard, it is also answered

* We take this a step further believing our prayers are answered. Again, we may not know how, or when. But that doesn’t matter here. We know we are heard. And we know the Universe/God responds to our vibration. Therefore, no prayer goes unanswered. Prayer, whether in thought, words, or feelings of desire, is vibration. And the Universe must, and does respond to it. This response is our answer.

4. Anyone can pray as effectively as Christ

* This might be shocking to some people. And even if you accept it, it may not feel true. So I recommend meditating on this for a few moments, asking for clarity, truth and understanding to integrate this into your conscious and subconscious mind.

It does not say anyone except ___ (your name). Anyone can pray as effectively as Christ. You can pray as effectively as Christ. And not after you learn, study, practice, sweat, and try! You can pray as effectively as Christ, now!

But how did Christ pray? He saw what he wanted (asked for it) and said thank you. Christ had complete faith that his prayer would be answered. In fact, he saw the answer before he saw it in front of him. Believing is seeing; not seeing is believing. When he had the realization of the answer in his mind, Christ said thank you.

And who or what was he thanking? “The Father within me that doeth these good works.” We see the Father as the God-Power and presence within everything and everyone. So we, too, thank the Father that works through us.

5. Repetitious, as treatment of your own consciousness

* The goal of metaphysical treatment is to bring the mind into alignment with our prayer, until it becomes real to us. This is why we use repetition – to continually lift up our consciousness to the level of prayer made manifest in our lives. It’s not because we don’t know the prayer is answered. It’s because the more we focus the mind on a prayer’s manifestation as if we already have it, the more quickly we perceive its answer.

Repetition is for us. It’s not for God or for anyone else, even those we pray for. It’s for our own mind, to bring our thoughts and other mental processes into alignment with the good we ask for in prayer.

As always, if you have any comments, questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me!

Self-sufficiency + Independence = Impossible

In the U.s. today, many communities have Earth Day celebrations. They focus on living in harmony with nature, cooperation, environmental responsibility, and the general idea that we are one with this planet. Which means, whether we like it or not, we’re also one with all the others, including people!, who live here too!

So I ask you: If this is true, how can we also push for self-sufficiency and independence?

Answer? We can’t! There is no such thing as self-sufficiency as we understand it. And there is no such thing as independence.

Even if you are self-sufficient, growing your own food, raising your own animals, spinning yarn, dying it, and weaving it into cloth… Even if you live in an intentional community, even if you’re a monk in a spiritual community. You are not self-sufficient.

No matter how much you appear to do for yourself, something else is always living out its purpose. And that helps you live out your own.

Spiritual communities like convents, monasteries, and ashrams exist because there are also “other worlds”. That is, some people realize that what exists doesn’t serve them, so they create other structures and communities. However, if they hadn’t experienced the contrast of the secular world, their outward, spiritually-oriented society would not exist. It wouldn’t need to. Without contrast, the desire for such a world wouldn’t have been born.

Yet, as cloistered as some communities are, and as isolated as many more people are within themselves, there is still no such thing as independence!

Everyone is interdependent. On a physical level, you have a house because you own it. You either have or had a mortgage, and the only reason you had that is because of the bank that “gave” it to you.

Or, you have a rented house. It’s yours to live in because you pay someone rent. Or you live with someone else. In any case, if you have a house, it’s your house. Yet yours is not the only ego involved here! Someone built your house. Had it not been for the builders, there would be no house.

Whatever exists in your life, comes from somewhere. That “somewhere” is God, Spirit, Source, The Universe, Life itself. In its infinite wisdom and joy, this Energy sees fit to use circumstances, other people, thoughts, feelings, and tangible and intangible things, to manifest your desire.

So whatever you have, is from, and because of, God. That’s why in metaphysics we sometimes call God “First Cause.” Our own thoughts are cause too. They create things with the same creation process as God does. But even behind our thoughts, is the First Cause, the ultimate reality, that is God.

So, the “bad” news is, no matter how self-sufficient you think you are, you will never, ever get there!

And the good news is, no matter how alone you feel, you are never, ever alone!

Source is with you always. God is there, even if you deny it. And no matter what you experience in life, you are never independent. There is always someone, or something working to fulfill your desires. It may be unconscious work on their part, and yours! But it’s God’s universal work–work meaning action. Through the universal, good action of God-Mind, your desires are fulfilled.

The means of fulfillment, the “how”, often comes through other people, events, circumstances, a piece of paper here or there, or a process of some kind.

So you cannot be independent or self-sufficient on this beautiful Earth Day, or on any day!

But what you can be, is gratefully interdependent on your Source, God-Power, and all the other creations (children of God-Light) who live here!

Embrace wholeness as your true nature. Embrace your connection to Earth and all things. Honor your connection to other beings, not just Earth, on this day we set aside to celebrate the divine harmony and order of God-Nature itself.

Affirmative Prayer Class Week 1

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Affirmative Prayer Week 1 Notes

Crisis Prayer

To begin, we read this
Crisis Prayer
from Centers for Spiritual Living, another New Thought Metaphysical organization. I ask that you read the prayer and allow it to calm and comfort you as needed.

This prayer was written in response to the acts that took place in Boston and elsewhere earlier this week. As people who study and live metaphysical principles, we can choose not to become caught up in traditional responses to violence. However, we often need to respond in some way. Here, you can experience affirmative prayer as universal, calming and opening. You can also glimpse the best attitude of prayer – one of peace, love and understanding, even though we still don’t condone the acts that have been committed.

Your Personal Background

I asked class participants these questions. Think about your own answers, or even write them down. This is just a starting place to understand your feelings about prayer and any experience you’ve already had with affirmative prayer.

1. How do you feel about prayer in general? I.e. is prayer for the weak? A last resort? A routine in your day?

Do you pray regularly? Do you think you “should” pray, but still don’t do so? Has it seemed like a waste of time for you?

Do you believe that prayer can be a valuable spiritual practice? If not, will you suspend your disbelief? 🙂

2. How familiar are you with affirmative prayer? Have you learned one of the many step-by-step methods that are often a great place to begin?

Do you attend metaphysical meetings where prayer is used? I use prayer in my talks, meetings and services/celebrations. However, our particular Unity doesn’t stress prayer. We have a prayer box and a prayer team. But to my knowledge, no one ever instructed the prayer team in affirmative prayer. Thus this class…

Think about your current understanding of affirmative prayer. Do you understand it at all?

Class Outline

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Affirmative Prayer Class Outline If you prefer another format, email me and I’ll make sure it’s accessible for you to read and use.

The sections of the outline we covered are reproduced below, with notes beginning with *. These notes are transcribed from our live class discussions.

I. Other Names for Affirmative Prayer

* These are words you may find in books or other metaphysical settings to describe the method of prayer many of us use.

A. Positive prayer (so named for its positive statements/affirmations)

B. Scientific prayer (often used with step-by-step guidelines for prayer)

C. Effective prayer (more mainstream books use this term)

* Rightly done – that is, with the right attitude, this is the most effective form of prayer.

D. Spiritual Science prayer (used in general metaphysics; I use this term myself sometimes)

E. Spiritual Mind Treatment (often used in Religious Science/Science of Mind)

* What are we treating?

1. Personal consciousness

* There is universal consciousness (God, cosmic Mind, God-Mind, etc). We are all part of this consciousness. At the same time, this consciousness is individualized in, and as, each of us. It’s this personal aspect of universal consciousness that we treat in prayer.

2. Personal mind/ego

* We treat any sense of personal identity we’ve created. You are not your job, your children, your income… In treatment we make this real to ourselves, bringing our awareness back to our true identity. This ultimate reality is Spirit, Source, God, the Universe – and in treating the personal ego, we expand further into Truth.

3. Perception

* Treatment improves the way we see, sense, feel and perceive things. With improved perception come improved feelings. Suddenly, things don’t bother us as much, people aren’t as annoying, and all because we have a new perception after treatment.

Another aspect of perception is size. We seem to have agreed, as a human mass, that some things are bigger than others. Financial problems are bigger than paper cuts. Car accidents are bigger than forgetting your lunch. Manifesting 10 million dollars is bigger than getting a good parking space.

None of this is true! Looked at from the framework of ultimate reality/oneness, nothing is bigger than anything else. There is no big. There is no small. There is desire, and there is fulfillment. Treatment of our perceptions helps us to integrate and live by this Truth.

4. Thinking

* How do you spend your valuable thought time? Are you even consciously aware of most of your thoughts during the day?

Treatment is used to improve our thinking. A positive attitude is essential; so are positive thoughts. However, it’s possible to “fake” positive thinking, to show it off to others, but still have underlying negative beliefs. Treatment addresses the underlying foundation. So improvements are made from the subconscious, outward. With continued treatment, positive thinking becomes more authentic.

Prayer is also called
F. Metaphysical Treatment

G. Prayer Treatment

H. Healing Treatment

* “Healing” refers to bringing your consciousness back to a state of wholeness. It is not a cure or a treatment in the sense of a doctor’s or medical professional’s.

Treatment goes beyond the physical appearance (meta-physical) and lifts up your consciousness which created any physical appearance. When you create from an uplifted consciousness, you create better physical experiences.

I. Treatment (my favorite, for the reasons above)

* I offer the following as further explanation of treatment.

Treatment means going within and contacting the God-Presence that is always at the center of your mind.

The only thing we can truly treat, is consciousness. We can intend a treatment for a physical condition, such as a broken leg. However, all we’re really treating, is your consciousness (thoughts and conscious and subconscious beliefs) about that condition.

We don’t refuse to see the broken leg. But we refuse to give it power over us. In treatment we give power back to the Spirit within us. We establish to our own mental satisfaction, that something has more power than the broken leg. We recognize that this Power dwells within us; so how can a broken leg be anything more than an appearance?

We acknowledge that the broken leg, though it may seem so real, is not all there is. It’s not the end of things, not the be all and end all. There is more, beyond this. And we bring our consciousness back to “more” in a positive sense.

Imagine 2 people, each with a broken leg. The first person thinks: I have a broken leg. Guess I’ll do things differently for a while. Some rest might be nice. I wonder what I can read, learn, catch up on, or who I can re-connect with while I’ve been given this time?

The second person thinks: Oh no! Now my leg is broken, and I can’t go to work. I could lose my job. With my job loss I’ll lose my income. How will I provide for my family? What can I do with myself while I’m stuck in bed?

The first person has accepted the appearance and is embracing it for the good that can come out of it.

The second person is climbing up the walls of his/her mind… And can’t get away from it, because the mind is something we always carry with us!

The first person hasn’t given the broken leg any power. Instead, the power goes to, what positive things can I do now?

On the other hand, the second person is letting the broken leg control what is going on in the mind. I.e. worry, stress, concern, anxiety. This person is projecting what could happen, as if it were already true! A broken leg does not need to have that much power over anyone!

During metaphysical treatment, we sublimate negativity into positivity. We take the power of fear away and replace it with love, possibility, understanding and Truth.

An important note about treatment: Someone else’s healing does not come through you! You may be a participant, you may allow God-energy to work through you and flow to that person. But when someone is healed, it’s because their consciousness has risen to that level where the healing can take place. It’s not because of you specifically, or your practitioner.

Parents sometimes have trouble with this. In some organizations it is said that treatment of a child comes through the parent. This is simply not true in the sense that it’s often understood. On this premise, if your child isn’t healed after treatment, you must be a bad parent, or you don’t have enough faith… So how do you feel? Guilty? Unworthy? Pretty rotten, and your child still isn’t healed!

You are not responsible for anyone else’s healing! Practitioners hold the space, a safe place in consciousness where, when the recipient is ready, healing can take place. But the recipient must accept the treatment. This acceptance goes beyond words. A person can say they accept the treatment and are ready to be healed. However, underlying beliefs can still exist, that keep the healing from manifesting right now.

This is why we assert: The only thing to treat, is consciousness.

Metaphysical Practitioners do not heal; we do not cure; we do not treat in any medical or physical sense. Our treatment is spiritual only, unless we are specifically qualified to offer other services in conjunction with metaphysical treatment.

If a Metaphysical Practitioner tells you to stop taking all medications or prescribes any substance (vitamin, pill, etc), perhaps you should find a different practitioner. A good practitioner will respect any choice you make. If you choose medical treatment as well, find a practitioner who respects that choice.

Some people choose only metaphysical treatment. That is their personal choice. However, treatment works in conjunction with any and all other therapies, modalities, medications and anything else you choose as a tool in your return to conscious wholeness.

II. Benefits of Affirmative Prayer

A. Aligns daily attitude with God-Mind

* Why? Because prayer is only as effective as we allow it to be. If we pray 10 minutes daily, and spend 23 hrs. 50 min. doubting our prayer “worked,” that means our attitude isn’t in alignment with our prayer.

Matching our attitude with God-Mind, highest good, the best outcome, allows our prayers to be answered. It’s been said, “God can only do for you, what He can do through you.” This is a true statement.

So what do we get when our attitudes are aligned with God-Mind?

1. Peace of mind

2. Reduced stress (mentally, emotionally and physically)

* I believe that treatments for health are so important. As long as we’re on this planet, we live in physical bodies. And we need to physically care for them. However, we also need to care for them spiritually. Unlike some traditions, Metaphysics doesn’t specifically encourage fasting, certain diets, sexual practices, exercises, programs, etc. What it does encourage, is unity and harmony in the psycho-physical unit, that is, the mind-body.

Treatment for health, and for anything, opens the mind-body energy field, allowing health to manifest. This automatically means reduced stress and a lighter feeling. It may be subtle at first, but meditation and prayer time, is time well spent.

3. Living your true purpose

* It always feels better to be doing something you love! Your true purpose won’t make you feel anything less than great! The more you pray effectively, the more you *easily* live your own purpose. You live on-path, and it’s not a struggle!

4. Increased happiness

* Even people who seem unhappy all the time, probably want to be happy deep down. Ultimately happiness is all we really want. The house, the money, the good job, the family, anything we could possibly desire… We only want these things because we think they will make us happy. Or they should, or could be part of our happiness. Maybe they are! But really, all we want is happiness itself.

5. Awareness and acceptance of choices and opportunities

* We’re all familiar with the victim consciousness. I have no choices. Things happen to me all the time. I have to do this. I need to struggle.

Prayer is cumulative. And the more positive prayer energy you accumulate, the more you will move upward from victim consciousness. Now, you’re aware that you do have choices. No matter what happens, you can choose how to respond.

In class I brought up negative trends. “Bad things come in 3’s” and so on. Negative trends probably will happen from time to time in your life. The important thing, and the thing you can control, is your response to them.

It’s not the trend or circumstance that matters, it’s how you respond to it. And that response, is a choice only you can make.

So now you know you always have a choice. Next comes acceptance of opportunities. As soon as you see a choice, you also see opportunities opening up for you. When you accept them, you realize there are more!

6. Achieving goals

* If you’re running a marathon, finishing is a concrete goal. You can even see when the achievement is close; you see the finish line. But many goals aren’t so physically apparent. These goals in particular, are the ones we achieve through treatment. Physical form can’t help but follow the achievements of, say, calm, centered mind, peaceful feelings, spiritual connection above all, and the knowing that, as Einstein said, we live in a “friendly universe.”

With treatment as a tool, you don’t need to struggle to achieve any goal. Whether physically-oriented or not, life flows better, you’re open to possibilities, and goals are achieved more often and more quickly.

Also recognize that goals often have steps. Be grateful for each step achieved! Being grateful allows more good, thankful feelings to come to you. As your appreciation expands with each step toward the “big one,” you come closer to the big one itself. Be grateful for the journey, as well as the destination!

7. More physical and mental energy

* As we allow prayer to work through us, we’re freed up. We’re expanded, and we experience a lightness in mind and body. Gradually we notice we have more physical and mental energy, more time, things don’t take as long as they used to, we’re not as bone-tired at the end of the day, and more.

Along with this, be mindful of what you read, hear, and think before sleep. Every now and then, I still do what I call the sleep experiment. I’ll fall asleep reading an action-oriented novel, a mystery, something suspenseful, etc. And when I wake up, I notice I didn’t sleep well, maybe had bad dreams, and generally feel less rested.

But, when I meditate before going to sleep, read positive poetry or metaphysical things, or listen to relaxing music, I sleep much better. I wake up earlier, feel grateful for the new day, and know the day will be positive.

8. Inspiration and creativity

* Inspiration, by its very nature, is divine! Creativity is divine, too! There are so many ways to be inspired, and to express that as creativity. When we mention creative people, we often think of writers, cooks/chefs, artists, craftspeople and so on. But just by living, we are being creative! We create our lives each moment of each day, through our thoughts, words and actions. And we create *from* what underlies these thoughts, words and actions. TO live our best lives, we must be open to divine creativity being expressed through us. Prayer opens us to creativity, and lets us be open more of the time.

9. Opening to intuitive sensing and knowing

* The God-Power within us already knows. What does it know? Everything! Having a regular prayer practice allows us to tap into that intuition that is already ours in a spiritual sense. Our intellect is not worthless! But for best results, it should be guided by an inner sensing, an intuition from our God-Power. We can live by intellect alone. But we can live well when spiritual intuition guides our lives.

Opening to intuition means just that: opening to what is already there. You already possess divine knowing! You’re not gaining anything; you’re just shifting your awareness, your mind and consciousness, to the place of that intuition. It can be a comfort to realize you don’t have to “go out and get” this. It’s already there; just allow it to be in your life.

10. Expressing Truth in your own unique ways

* Truth is Truth is Truth. That is, ultimate, divine, universal Truth. So why are you here? To express Truth in ways that satisfy your soul’s purpose.

There are billions of musicians in the world! And there is always room for more! Why is that? Because even when 2 singers sing the same song, or 2 people play the same part on the same instrument, they express something different. The notes may seem the same. But the emotion, the energy, the spirit they interweave, is their own.

You are unique, an individualized expression of Truth. And no matter how you seem to be the same as others, know that you are unique. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t exist.

Prayer, along with other tools, can help you express your own uniqueness. When you do, you are happy, you’re living on your purpose, and your light will shine so that others will shine their lights as well.

B. Relieving pressure from the psycho-physical mind-body, so it can be uplifted from the problem, to the solution

* Each of us is a psycho-physical unit. We have a mind (psycho) and a body )physical). They interact as a unit – what the mind does, affects the body; and what the body does, affects the mind.

Prayer acts to relieve pressure from the whole unit. It takes mental pressure off the mind, and physical pressure off the body. The result is that we expend less energy carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders.

In relieving this pressure, we let ourselves be uplifted. Whatever you’re experiencing has a level of consciousness. If you’re on the same level as a problem, you will experience it.

However, when you lift up your consciousness, you experience the solution! Your desire is fulfilled; the problem, isn’t anymore, and you’ve expanded your awareness.

C. Allowing the natural healing agency (God) to work through you

* God is wholeness. “Healing” means wholeness. So healing is God’s natural power. This is why we call God the natural healing agency. In prayer we open to that agency, and let it work through us, to flow into our lives.

D. Conversing with your inner God-Power, opening to its full expression as and through you

E. Experiencing God-presence fully (meditation is the highest form of prayer)

* True, meditation is the highest form of prayer. In deep meditation we’re completely open and we let the God-Mind be in control of our lives.

Prayer, as we’re speaking of it now, is only a little less than the meditative experience. It’s a conversation with the God-within. We may not be as completely open to God-Presence as we are in deep meditation. But we’re getting there.

I like prayer for its conversational benefits. Who better to converse with than your Higher God-self? Most effective is to spend time in prayer, and separate time in meditation. This way we benefit from the conversation and the deeply meditative experience where God truly lives as us, and where there is no more sense of personal ego.

Conclusion

We ended with a few moments of meditation. I asked class participants to commit to spending some time in prayer this week. All you really need is positive intention, the desire to converse with your own God-Self, and a little time. Treatment does not take long! It can, especially if you go into deep meditation along with prayer. However, you can pray any time, anywhere.

I ask that you, too, make a commitment to yourself to spend some time in prayer each day.

Prayer Partners

We will be forming prayer partnerships in this class. Two people will pray for each other, using affirmative prayer techniques, starting next week and as long as they wish to continue.

If you would like a prayer partner, please contact me! THhose in the live class will pray together, and online participants will be matched up on a first come, first served basis. Everyone who wants one, will have a partner.

I also provide Metaphysical Practitioner services. Contact me if interested.

As always, if you have any comments, questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me!

Heart-image – New Thought Song

Companion song to The Heart of the Matter. I’m thankful for expressions of Truth, in all their forms that come through me!

Heart-image Lyrics

Instrument: Lady – tenor Flea ukulele

S: = spoken

Refrain:
You have a heart, don’t you?
Just look inside, won’t you?
And let yourself see the truth.
Is there a dark shadow,
Or a cave, a grotto?
If you want to, you can choose something new!

S: And why would I want to do that?
1. Because the image that you hold
Is what will unfold in your life.
And any error in heart –
It pulls you apart,
Leaving strife when life could be nice!
Refrain:

S: But what could I choose?
2. The greatest image of you –
The Spirit of Truth, is divine.
But mental thinking alone
Can’t bring you back home –
That’s inside, don’t hide, ’cause it’s yours and theirs and mine!
‘Cause
Refrain:

S: And how do I choose it?
3. This metaphysical stuff –
It isn’t a bluff or a dare.
While living this life you know,
You can make it your own
And be aware, you care, living “God is everywhere”:
That means in you!
‘Cause
Refrain:

If you want to, you can choose something new!

Affirmative Prayer: What is it and why Should I Care?

This live class is just what it seems. We discuss traditional prayer vs. affirmative prayer, describe different prayer methods, and ask ourselves “To whom, or what, are we praying?” Handouts, activities and meditations included.

Online version will be posted the day after each live session.

Details:

* What? Class – Affirmative Prayer: What is it and why Should I Care?

* Why? To improve your relationship to God and prayer, and create a joyful prayer practice that works for you.

* How? Through discussion, prayer/treatment, meditation and hands-on activities

* Where? Unity of Reading
4443 10th Ave.
Temple, PA 19560

* When? Thursdays for 6 weeks, beginning April 18, 2013, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Specific dates are: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 and 5/23.

* Cost? Free – donation accepted

* Who? Taught by Rev. Crystal (New Thought Metaphysical Minister)

The Heart of the Matter – Metaphysical Talk

Message shared 4/14 at Unity of Reading.

Updated 6/30/2013
Today it was brought to my attention that instead of being more general, I mentioned one spiritual leader in this message. I apologize for this and ask forgiveness from anyone who felt hurt. It was also said that this message is contrary to the teachings of Unity. While I will not speak for Unity, I affirm that the message upholds my own and other common New Thought metaphysical teachings. Thank you for your understanding and compassion, now and always!

Following are companion readings:

Excerpt from Jesus Christ Heals

by Charles Fillmore
pp. 5-6

Perfect health is natural, and the work of the spiritual healer is to restore this perfect health, which is innate and can be spoken into expression. Our ills are the result of our sins or failure to adjust our minds to Divine Mind. “Man hath authority on earth to forgive sins.” When the sinning state of mind is forgiven and the right state of mind established, man is restored to his primal and natural wholeness. This is wholly a mental process, and so all conditions of man are the result of his thinking. “As he [man] thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

Proverbs 23:7

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Affirmation

My heart is open to the truth that I am made in God’s image. All my conscious and unconscious thoughts, the words I speak, and all actions I take sprout from these roots of divine truth. I allow my heart, mind, body and soul to be made new whenever needed, so that God is made manifest through and as me. And so it is!