The word “prayer” conjures up all kinds of scenarios in the mind. At best, it’s an oft-neglected spiritual practice. At worst, it’s a formulaic duty prescribed to us by some religious authority. As it turns out, prayer is much simpler than most of us realize.
You are a spiritual being in physical form, and in order to animate your physical body, your vital force energy, also known as chi or divine spark, is present with you here in the physical. The non-physical realm is where the fullness of who you are, or your Higher Self, exists. Along with an entire team of Spirit Guides, Teachers, and Angels, your Higher Self guides you every day through impulses, synchronicities, and dreams.
When you consciously ask for guidance or assistance, some of this creative vital force energy is transferred to the non-physical plane, and your Higher Self can take your intention and manifest the desired outcome. Without your conscious intent, your Higher Self cannot create for you, as doing so would override the free will of your physical incarnation. This conscious asking, this transference of power, is all that prayer is.
Prayer is simply the process of setting an intention and asking for help. It does not have to heavy, formal, or even directed at any particular Being. The more you pray, the closer the relationship between you and your Higher Self becomes, bringing you more into alignment with who you really are at soul-level.
A friend of mine begins her prayers this way: “Anyone, anywhere, anytime who has love for me, please help.” I encourage you to find your own way to pray. Experiment and see what feels good. There’s more support available to you than you could ever imagine. All you have to do is ask.
In the early days of Facebook, I posted a series of notes called “Midnight Confessions,” humorously detailing my history of juvenile petty crime.
I chronicled a dine and dash, the time I stole an ornament from the Christmas tree at the Governor’s mansion, and that I had been the mastermind behind the tortilla incident of ‘95. “They flew like Frisbee’s over her yard,” I admitted, “all five hundred of them.”
People thought it was great and kept asking for more, which propelled me to dig even deeper into the things I’d hidden for so long. Hey, I had an audience to please.
I realize in retrospect that the midnight confessions marked the beginning of my getting real and honest about who I am. Because it was funny, I felt safe to explore it. I could turn some of my most shameful moments into Facebook fodder, and it was healing.
Do you have moments of shame that would shift if you could see them through a new lens? Is there something from your past that you could start to laugh about? It doesn’t have to be an announcement on Facebook; it could be a phone call to a friend.
What I’ve found is that many things I’ve done that I consider “bad” were in my best interest after all. What better way than through experience can you learn what resonates with who you are and who you want to be?
Could you take a long, tender look at your darkest places and see them outside judgement? See them as evidence that you were crying out or lost or beautifully bold or following your instincts. Then could you forgive yourself?
It might be too scary or overwhelming to face the motivations of a lifetime of behaviour. That’s okay. Maybe for now all we can do is stop judging ourselves, stop judging each other, and start laughing. And maybe that’s enough.
For more inspirational moments, you can find Laura Geiger (Intuitive and Artist) at SweetReunionStudios.com