The Power of Prayer

The terms  ” power of prayer” and the “power of thought” are so closely linked that the interpretation is identical.  Prayer actually deals with the mind or the ‘changing of the mind or thought patterns’

We often turn to prayer to calm, uplift and renew us.  Hence this means it affects our thinking.  When we change our thinking we change our world.

 Prayer releases the highest form of energy in the universe, as it links you with a God energy, which is your source”.

“When you pray, you stir into action an atomic force.  You release a potent spiritual vibration that can be released in no other way.  Through prayer you unleash a God energy within and around you that gets busy working for you and through you, producing right attitudes, reactions and results.  It is your prayers that recognize and release that God power.”  ( The Dynamic Laws of Prayer by Catherine Ponder).

As a young girl I learned about the power of prayer from a group of nuns whom I frequented every second weekend or so for many many years.  I spent long periods of time in prayer in the chapel of the convent I visited and it was there that I began to appreciate and understand that one did not approach prayer as a way of ‘pleading with God for something we desperately needed and wanted in our lives’, but as a way to make conscious contact with God.

How often have you seen movies where one came to crossroads in their lives and went down on bended knee and cried out ” God, I know I never come to you for anything but if you grant me this one little thing I promise I will never bother you again”.  That is prayer?

That is a desperate attempt nothing short of grabbing at a straw and hoping ( though secretly doubting).

Prayer should not be our ” last resort’ when all else has failed.  Through prayer we connect to the God within.  When we turn to praying as our first option on every occasion we learn to become proficient in communicating with our Source.  As we look within, quiet the mind, body and emotions, it changes our energy or vibrational frequency thus attracting to us   ideas, inspiration and solutions to problems that we would not have otherwise thought of if we had turned within.

” Through prayer, you tap the operation of higher laws of supreme mind and spirit.” ” Your imprisoned thoughts and pent-up negative emotions go free and dissolve, as a higher energy floods your being and your world.” ( The Dynamic Laws of Prayer by Catherine Ponder).

There are so many ways to approach prayer: meditation, relaxation, affirmations, through periods of silence and more.  Because we are all so unique one method of praying does not fit all.  However the end result is what we want right?

Catherine Ponder was one of the first authors to influence and help change my own thinking.  She is considered one of America’s foremost inspirational authors and is a minister of the nondenominational Unity faith – long known as ‘the pioneer of positive thinking”.  She has been described by some as the ‘Norman Vincent Peale among lady ministers”.

After reading Catherine Ponder’s book  The Dynamic Laws of Prayer , you will not longer consider prayer as a dull practise.

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Wealth- it begins in the imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge”  Albert Einstein.

I had dropped in to visit a friend one Saturday afternoon and as we were talking about the usual things like our families, work, and so  had asked him if he had remembered to play the 15 million lottery for that evening as I knew he’d never miss out on doing. 

He answered “No, are you kidding?  What on earth would I do with 15 million dollars? I just couldn’t imagine having that much money”.  He opted not to play the lottery that evening because the pool prize of 15 million dollars was more than he could imagine having.  It was just simply unthinkable!

It was at that precise moment I had an epiphany about wealth, our imagination and the law of attraction!

What exactly is imagination?  Imagination is the ability to form mental images or visualise what has clearly not arrived in the physical plane yet!   Our imagination ( using visualisation) is integral in attracting what we want into our lives. 

We attract that which we can mentally accept.  This is why practical goal setting is so important for beginners.  Starting with realistic goals – ones that we can mentally accept is very important.  It would be futile to start off with goals that we could not imagine possible or would not seem achievable – to you.

For example:

It would be far easier to accept that in 12 months time you could be earning twice the income you are earning now.  This to the mind seems a far more realistic  goal than imagining you will be an instant millionaire  overnight.  That is more wishful thinking and given that we usually back wishful thinking with negative emotions such as disbelief, this would not be possible.

However this does not mean it is not possible.  But if you can’t imagine it so, then it will not be so!

Creation began in the imagination.  It was first conceived in the mind.  And as with anything in our lives that we create it all begins in our minds, in our imaginations before it manifests in our 3D world.

We only needs to look at our inventors,or read their life stories to discover that they all had a common denominator – and that is that they concieved their inventions in their imagination first!  They had seen in their minds eye, the very object of their desire, even before they could crystallize it into a real tangible object!

If something existed in one’s imagination, in ones mind then it was just a matter of time before it became real.  For the universal law of creation works like this:  all you need to do is hold the mental image  in your mind for long enough  until it becomes your reality.

Without the imaginations of our inventors  who held in their minds the pictures or ideas of what they wanted to create, as well as their burning desire to succeed and not accept defeat, no matter how many times they seemed to ‘fail’,we would not have the commodities, conveniences, comforts, technology and lifestyle we have today.

In our imagination resides the seeds of our wildest dreams, hopes and aspirations.  the seeds of our future reality.  We draw unto us that which we hold in our minds – the law of attraction.  We mould our reality based on our thoughts.  Our outer experiences are always created in our imagination first!

As children we used our imagination to conjure up anything we wanted.  And didn’t seem so easy then?  As children we did not see the barriers – not that there are any, but as we grew we were conditioned to believe otherwise.

Our imagination is by far the most valuable tool that we have at our disposal.  It is by this process we create our reality – that which we want to see realized in our lives.