Val is a life-long student of unexplored human potential and many challenges that self-honesty throws at us on that path.
To Whom Do We Really Pray?
As we all know, praying is a part of a religiously motivated ritual, in which we are addressing our God and asking Him for a blessing of some form. And then we also know, or should know, that prayers statistically mostly stay unanswered -- but we still continue praying, as if hoping to catch our Maker in a better mood or something.
Quantum physics is offering us another form of "praying", where a deity is omitted from the equation, and the whole responsibility for the outcome is dumped squarely on our lap.
Which normally calls for asking: To whom we are supposed to address our prayer, if not to our God.
First, let us be clear about our definition of God, from which the whole problem may arise. What we need to do is to realize one crucial thing:
God is not our concept of God, while we are not wired in our heads to make any mental constructs but through conceptualization. The very fact that, apparently there are "many available deities", should tell us that our deliberate, or indoctrinated concept of God is merely one of the "versions" of Him.
Thus we are basically praying to a figment of a collective imagination.
If our prayers, or whatever we end up calling them in this post, are to work for us, we have to de-personalize our God, that is, remove that image of a bearded dude from those holy illustrations, giving Him all bunch of human attributes -- like He "sees, "forgives", "punishes", etc.
Well, in other words, we have to stop creating God in our own image".
(I don't even understand why is the muscular gender ascribed to God).
So, let me give you some news, ready or not.
Nobody knows who or what God is, but out of our intellectual arrogance we pretend to have answers to those most unanswerable questions, while we don't even understand our own nature, which is colossally evident by our clumsy models of coexisting.
A humble definition, if we would really insist on one, would be that God is the universal principle of creation, with laws by which everything exists and interacts.
And once that we can accept that, we can treat all God-given things as neutral, not working either for, or against, our best interests.
"He" -- and I will be using this pronoun no matter how male-chauvinistic it sounds -- created something like electricity, and He doesn't care if we use it for cooking our dinner or to electrocute ourselves -- it's our responsibility what we do with all God-given things.
He is the creative principle behind all harmony, which by definition debunks the story that He created us in His own image, because we have used the last few millennia to mostly create as much disharmony as we "humanly" have been capable of. Our history will attest to it.
Now, back to prayers.
He created quantum realm with infinite potentiality, some of it life-promoting, some of it life-demoting, and it's up to the quality of our thinking and emoting what we are drawing out of that pool of countless possibilities.
We are like radios with our individually cultivated range of frequencies with which we can catch those life-promoting universal broadcasts, or those crappy ones.
It's a Particatory Universe, Grasshopper
Some of the top brains in existence are telling us that we are living in a participatory universe.
That means, that we are -- whether we like it or not, whether we would rather be exempted from it or not -- constant participants in the creative scheme of events on this planet, and particularly in our own life.
In a strictly quantum sense, we are praying at all times, because, by our conscious and unconscious states of mind, we are collapsing into manifestation everything "happening in our life".
So, when we look around ourselves, in the mirror, and inside ourselves, we see the perfect reflection of what we have been creating and co-creating with those people that we included in our lives.
All our "human condition" starts with our wrong. wrong, wrong belief that someone, or something outside of our personal space is responsible for our life's bliss or crap.
We've got that highly scientific expression for things going wrong: "Shit happens", and somehow it goes hand in hand with another one: "No one is perfect".
Well, "shit" doesn't just "happen". we, or in co-production with those within the orbit of our life, make it happen. And no amount of their negativity could possibly cause it on its own, if our vibes were of a higher frequency.
Capacity for conscious "praying" has to be cultivated.
By now, I must have made it pretty clear that we are also -- unaware of it -- broadcasting into universe some crappy prayers, along with those good ones. The problem arises as our mentality is calibrated by our survival instinct to mostly produce crap, in form of some 70-80% of daily thoughts being negative.
Why so? It stems from that survival instinct, which, due to stresses of life, mostly self-inflicted, has become trigger-happy to interpret even those innocent appearances and events as "threatening".
And then it becomes an addiction, so that we are pissed just because everybody else is damn pissed -- as our survival mechanism figures how it must be a good strategy to be always on guard, if the whole herd is doing it.
And now, we might as well introduce something like a mental function that I am calling "Spoiler". I am even capitalizing it, while seeing it so prominent in the hierarchy of our mental forces.
Spoiler Making Our Prayers Inefficient
Let us become aware of the fact that our stresses of life have not become any smaller because we have developed a certain tolerance to them. Beside, those outer stressors somehow managed to get internalized into an inner battlefield of opposite tendencies.
That's why we badly want to lose some weight, but we can't do it in a cool fashion, so, making a big deal of it, we get marinated with cortisol and adrenaline which put some more fat on us instead.
It's that Spoiler at work, which always makes sure that the vulnerable ego prevails, and no empowering with prayers, inspirations, or self-motivation succeeds at producing changes.
Now, let's face it, folks, in most cases we either pray because there is a lack of something, or we want to prevent a lack or a loss.
So we are approaching prayer with a "concern" about a possibility of something unwanted happening, which we want our God to remove for us.
And then it turns out that our God is too busy creating some new universes as to be bothered with our problems which we should be fixing ourselves.
Really, If I kept asking my father day after day for something, and he didn't show any response to it, I would start looking around, for maybe in his good heart he provided everything necessary for me to discover, so that I could do it by myself.
And God, or whatever you want to call that Supreme Intelligence, actually did provide for us all we need.
But our Spoiler, that re-active part of our nature, only knows about someone or something outside of us to cater to our needs -- whether political, religious, medical -- to replace that powerful mind of ours.
So that we either give a credit and thanks, or we blame -- "those others", including "good / bad luck".
And that's the frame of mind with which we are approaching our prayer performance. Of course, we give it a feeling of something divine going on between us and our God, but the Heavenly Dude just keeps reminding us of that maxim:
"You reap what you have sown", and as it starts involving everything that we predominantly think and feel daily, the maxim gets somewhat less of a biblical interpretation, like: "Crap in -- crap out".
By the way, I read from some "God-loving " writers about their highly intolerant, if not hateful attitude about those of opposite political party; and then I wonder, why with that kind of mindset even bother having a God, why bother praying.
Really, what's the deal of singing "God save America", as all that such believers are doing is their very best to tear apart the unity of their people, and by doing that, not really making America worth saving in the eyes of their God.
Quantum field is waiting for our right prayers.
When they are really right, they get answered -- and then it doesn't even matter who, or what, we are crediting for it.
Work with quantum, and then thank Fairy Lady, or Lady Fortune, or one of the available Gods of the religious variety in celestial real estate -- whatever suits you best.
But no matter what -- keep your Spoiler out of equation, insists on being pro-active, not reactive. Cultivate high frequency vibes filled with enthusiasm, and love for life.
Clarification of Faith
It may come as contrary to what most people believe, but "faith" doesn't mean counting on any benevolent entity or earthly authority to fulfill our wishes.
Faith is a state of mind in which we envision our wishes as already fulfilled and with joy in our heart we feel grateful for it.
Again, not giving a credit to anybody or anything outside of our personal space for the good outcome, but rather a deep satisfaction that our vibes have successfully drawn it into our life from the infinite field of potentiality.
Thus, feeling "grateful" feels more like "winning".
Now,of course, we have to express gratefulness to people when they gave us something, or in any way participated in manifestation of our desires.
Reusing the metaphor with electricity, we don't thank God for providing it for us -- but thank ourselves for knowing the difference between using it for cooking dinner and electrocuting ourselves. That should cover so much of God-given things, including our very minds, which, of themselves, could either make us or break us.
I never forget that saying: "Mind is an obedient servant, but a cruel master".
So, how do you ultimately use your mind for praying?
If you want to prosper financially, don't experience yourself as someone "in a need", be satisfied with what you already got -- and more of the same will come to you.
If you want to be healthy, don't complain about your bad health. act as a healthy person as much as your physique is allowing it. Smile more, laugh more, have a straight posture, chin up, see yourself as healthy person in the theater of your mind. Welcome your discomforts and pains, go beyond your condition no matter what it may be. People have beaten cancer by doing it.
Love life and you'll get more reasons to love it.
Remember, by complaining about our conditions, whether a bad health, or financial hardships, or a "bad political status quo" we are feeding our Spoiler which thrives on conflicts -- which will surely affect the outcome of your prayer.
We have to see our role on this planet at the source of our reality. Then prayers take up a new meaning in which we use our inner Garden of Eden for planting some roses, not weeds, for those days of reaping, to fill that precious vase we call our life.
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© 2021 Val Karas