Newsletter March 20, 2017
More About Prayer
I’ve forgotten my Divine Identity during challenges of all kinds. We usually forget our Divinity in the heat of human experience. It is only later that we come back to our knowingness of our Divine Identity.
We get better at staying in our Divine Identity by continuous spiritual practice. Every time we come back to our True Nature we get stronger. It’s like exercising, The more we practice (workout), the stronger we become. Our growth, however, seems to be like the old story of trying to walk in the wind and ice. For every two steps forward, we slide back one. But, we eventually reach our destination.
We can also understand these steps backward by what Charles Fillmore called “chemicalization.” By that we mean a state of spiritual confusion that happens when our embedded beliefs battle against the introduction of new spiritual ideas. Psychologists call this cognitive dissonance. The old embedded idea resists replacement, and the mind must either reject the old idea or replace it with the new one.
We are conflicted, and often immobilized until there is some resolution. In terms of claiming our healing, for instance, we may become more ill. But as the new belief in our Divine perfection we see a return to a healthier state.
I experienced this when I had my triple bypass. As the anesthesia wore off and I awakened, I began focusing on my speedy healing. However a day later, the doctors came in and told me that I had contracted MRSA in the OR, and they were going to have to remove my sternum. Boy, what a slap in my Spiritual Identity. Not only was I not healing quickly after that second surgery, but the wound wasn’t healing. I spent the next six months in isolation with a continuous IV of Vancomycin. The second surgical incision did not heal correctly. It started closing wrong. So, in addition to being on the IV, I had a suction, called a Wound Vac, attached as well.
I had come to the realization of my Higher Self. Trutyh in Prayer. I had to deny the physical appearance of my condition had any effect on my True Self as a Divine child of God who did not inherit disease. That was repeated until I healed, much as Myrtle Fillmore did with her TB.
In Unity, we use a five part prayer format.
1. Relaxation. We let go of what ever tensions and stress that we are carrying at the time Often we can tell how tense we are by the tension in our shoulder and neck muscles. So a good cue as to how much we are relaxing is how our shoulders sag.
2. Concentration. Quite your mind and begin to concentrate upon the Spirit of God within you. Feel the presence of God within you.
3. Meditate. Open your mind and become still. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 40:10, RSV). Or as we see on the wall of so many Unity centers, “Peace, Be Still.”
4. Embrace the Silence. In the Silence of your soul, know you are one with God. Allow this realization to permeate your being. The Silence is where we make contact with our Divinity.
5. Give Thanks. Jesus taught us to give thanks in all things. He proceeded or ended every prayer with thanks. It is in gratitude that we grow in the blessings of our True Nature.
(Taken from Unity Five Step Prayer Process, located at: www.Unity.org/resources/unity-five-step-prayer-process )
Erick Butterworth suggests that we write out exactly what we want in as much detail as possible and lay it aside. Do not think about it during the prayer process. Trust the Spirit.
Next week I’ll discuss how to formulate denials and affirmations and apply them. I’m trying to keep these lessons on prayer short so you can read and digest them.
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