I was speaking to a friend the other day about prayer. He said that he's now realised that instead of praying the way he was taught as a child and using prayers from the Bible or religious sources, he can pray any time and anywhere using his own words.
I told my friend that I believe prayers go on all the time at a conscious and unconscious level.
I believe conscious prayers occur when I: put out an intention to either have an experience or to share an experience such as sending love and peace; use affirmations, decrees and mantras; use prayers that already exist from Scriptures.
I believe unconscious prayers fall into two categories: my preoccupations and thought forms being generated in Mind. Here are a few examples of both categories of unconscious prayers.
A few days ago I noticed a poster in the library advertising "Silver Surfers Day" for senior citizens who have never used the Internet. I thought my mother might find it interesting as she's never been online though she knows what it looks like. After browsing the website, I jotted down a telephone number which she could use to find out where the nearest online centre is if she's interested. When I went home I told her about it but forgot to give her the telephone number.
Today, I noticed a flyer someone had dropped through the post about "Silver Surfers' Day" with details. They've even booked places for people interested. All my mother needs to do is call the number.
In a recent article, I wrote about my need for an elastic band that had to be a particular size. During my walks, I ended up finding the perfect one I had envisioned. After using it for a few days, I started thinking that I wish it was now smaller. There's no pleasing some people. Hehe! Guess what? When I came home yesterday, I noticed 3 small elastic bands on the doormat which were just the perfect size (unless I change my mind again). Our local postie (postman) had obviously heard my call and responded in kind.
The above two experiences are examples of my personal preoccupations as prayer.
On the bus this morning, I suddenly had a thought that instead of getting off at the stop I intended to get off at, it looks like I'll be walking from Liverpool Street. It didn't make any sense why I'd had the thought. A few minutes later, the driver turned on the Announcer which said that the bus was now terminating at Liverpool Street. Now it made sense why I'd had the thought, I had obviously picked up on the driver's intention.
When I got off I could easily have waited for another bus but there was a traffic jam. I figured it was quicker to walk. On the way, I noticed a man standing outside Starbucks who asked me if I would like to try some Caramel Cappuccino Swirl which were in little cups. I took one and sipped it on the way. It tasted yummy. I also noticed a van driving by with the company name "Tastes."
My experience where I pre-empted the driver's intention is an example of thoughts being generated in Mind which I only pick up if they are relevant to my needs. Otherwise, I tend to just ignore them.
In a universe of ideas, I believe prayer is actually ideas communicating with like ideas.
Every moment is a prayer.
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