Prayer is a powerful window of communication with the divine.
It’s only in recent months that I’ve come to value prayer in this way and the recognition of its power has made a huge impact in my life, even in a short period of time.
If you’re like me, you grew up understanding prayer to be sometimes formal, sometimes a conversation with God, and sometimes a desperate plea for his intervention during a crisis. I withdrew from formal religion many years ago and dove into spiritual book after spiritual book. I read everything I could get my hands on around angels, near death experiences, heaven, life after death, consciousness, energy, law of attraction, universal law, science of the mind and yes, I’m still reading, still very much exploring. I love it.
I felt I was (and still do believe) that I am in constant communion with God/the Divine/Source. But I was overlooking a powerful ingredient to the recipe of both manifesting and aligning to my highest purpose and highest good. Prayer.
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In the online course I created, The Divine Way of Manifesting: A Simple, Effective and Deeply Spiritual 5-Step Method to Creating What You Desire I was able to tie it all together – finally.
Meditation, Clarity, Intention, Visualization, Prayer, Gratitude, Emotional and Energetic States, Belief, Release and Letting Go – leaving it in God’s hands.
Here I sit, in the midst of immense joy with the birth of my second son, who is now 3 weeks old… while I’m also enjoying the presence of my 5 year old. And yet, the feelings of needing to do more keep creeping up on me.
The day is gray and looks to be threatening rain. It is chilly outside. Baby has nursed and nursed and nursed and my sleep has been broken for weeks. I feel as though I’m living in a cave, in a way, with no real desire or energy to get out and do much of anything. It also feels right to stay home and cuddle with my newborn and go nowhere. To stay put. To enjoy these moments – they are so fleeting.
Honestly, I mostly just want to stare at him. He’s an answer to prayer. He’s beautiful, peaceful and a dream come true. I marvel at our ability and the divine spark that brings forth new life. It is a wonder. A miracle.
At the same time, I run businesses. Those businesses have responsibilities and those businesses bring income. The need to be ‘doing something’ is strong on some day, less so on others.
I find myself wanting to trust that the divine timing will be there. Inspiration for new work. New clients. New helpful content (hopefully, like this blog article 🙂 ) will be there when the time is right. In the meantime, I’m taken care of. Supported by the universe. There is no need to worry, fret or wreck myself working til all hours. Just trust.
I’ve been remiss on my meditations, my prayer, my affirmations, my intentional silence and connection with God. Hey – I’ve been a little busy. But I know that these practices fuel me and ultimately make me a better mom. It’s essential that I include them in my life.
So, today, feeling the strong tug to ‘do something’ I got out my computer… to be ‘productive’. But I made the wise decision to use the 5-step process first.
Closing my eyes, I began to meditate. The trickiest thing about meditation sometimes is simply just to stay in it. (See podcast episode # 83 on itunes: The Trickiest Thing about Meditation)
Once in the meditation and resisting the urge to go DO something that popped into my mind, I went into intention. What did I want to pray about, what did I want to happen? A feeling.
I could feel this unease in the middle of my chest. It was an emotion I couldn’t quite put my finger on. But it was there, sure as the world. I didn’t like it.
It had been there all the while, but the silence of the meditation really brought my awareness to it. I observed it, felt it and stayed with it for a little while. But ultimately, I decided this was the very thing I would pray about and leave in the hands of God.
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I began my prayer in earnest…”Dear God, Thank you for this beautiful life you have given me…” I continued on with thanks. “God, I know that there is a plan and a purpose to my work. And I’ve been so immersed in the wonderful and tiring details of motherhood that I have not been focused on my business responsibilities. God I ask that your love and light guide me. Help me to feel a release of tension, of worry, of stress. Help me to know that trust and love are all that I need. Help me to feel amazing about every aspect of this beautiful time in my life. Lord, with your guidance all things are possible. There is a wealth of potential for everything I desire and motherhood,new life, is evidence of that faith. God please lift this emotion from my heart and help me to see the unfolding of things on your timeline. Help me to trust that it is all there for me at just the right time. Help me to remember how taken care of I am… how supported. God thank you for your love, light and guidance always.”
With these words, I began to imagine and really see images of my future life – what I desire.
I saw myself laughing and playing with my boys, everyone thriving. I saw my business thriving. I saw myself speaking to audiences and sharing inspiration, helping others to walk in love and their own power. I saw myself driving the new car I’ve been so excited about buying.
I saw all of this and more. And with each image, my emotional state (or vibration) raised and raised. The yucky feeling in my chest had lifted. There was a lightness overtaking me now and even, an excitement.
I finished my prayer, “I leave this in your hands God. I place all of this in your hands. Thank you. Amen. And so it is done.” I felt a sense of satisfaction and relief, and came out of the meditative prayer.
I was not sure before what I should be doing with myself. In the hour or more of baby sleep, there is an endless list of things that need to be done. Laundry… playing with my 5 year old… sleep… cleaning… sending out work-related emails… Not knowing what to do to be most productive was part of what was giving me that uneasy feeling. I have a list of at least 15 things I need to be doing for my businesses right now. Where to start?
After the prayer, and the release of emotion and tension, I was curious to see what I was inspired to do next. Know what it was?
Writing this blog article.
This article came to me in a flash and honestly, I’ve written it all in the course of about 20 minutes. That’s inspired action. That’s what I so desire.
It’s my intention to uplift you. And in doing so, I uplift myself.
I’m here in absolute joy with my family and I need to remember to accept the present moment as just that – a present… it’s an absolute gift.
Everything else that needs to be done is a perception that is sometimes based in fear, worry or ego. When it is inspired, it flows. I remember this and experience it again and again.
Walk in love, trust, faith.
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