This past week I had a conversation with Kate Wallinga for her podcast, Ignorance Was Bliss. One of the things we talked about was spirituality and the difficulty some people have with the concept of God as a man with a white beard in the sky. I was a little surprised by my response to that. I said that to me, God was a feeling of love, acceptance, support, and protection. Kate liked that. And I liked it too. I’ve never talked about God in that way before.
Later I was thinking about one of the spiritual teachers I follow, Gregg Braden. In his work he combines science and spirituality and his main focus is on how powerful our heart is. Since everything is energy, love is the most powerful of all the energies.
I often listen to Gregg’s videos on YouTube, or on Instagram and one of the things he talks about is how centering our prayers in our heart to send out powerful emotional energy, is much better than using words.
Gregg tells a story in some of this videos to illustrate this fact. He was out walking with one of his Native American friends in the hills in New Mexico near his home. As I remember the story, they were experiencing a drought at the time and his friend was going to pray for rain. When they reached the location his friend had chosen, the two of them stood in silent prayer. After a few moments, Gregg’s friend said, “Okay, we can go now,” and they left. Later that day, the rain started. The weather reports had not predicted rain. But this was an extremely heavy rain storm which lasted for a day or two complete with flash flooding. Gregg asked his friend what he prayed for to get that much rain. His friend said, “I didn’t pray FOR rain. I felt, smelled, and heard the rain. I experienced what it was like to be in the rain.” To me that’s how God comes to us. We feel her/his presence. Our heart swells with love. We feel accepted and protected as if no matter what everything is going to be okay.
This past monsoon, I decided to try Gregg’s friend’s method of praying. We really needed a rainy monsoon season. Since I’m not very proficient in this kind of prayer, I took time every morning to feel, hear, and smell the rain and we did have good rains during monsoon. So now, instead of trying to quiet my mind during my daily meditation, I touch my heart and feel all the love and support that is always present. All I need do is tap into it and I’ll get the messages I need when I need them.
When I’m tempted to fall into fear, I remember Gregg’s friend and stop to center my attention on my heart. It can be daunting to live through times like now, when everything around us seems to be crumbling. I mean we get used to life being a certain way. But change is inevitable. We don’t have to panic. We’re never alone and are always supported even if we don’t think we are. All we have to do is ask for help and expect that we’ll get an answer.
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Have a fantastic weekend.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden ©2021
Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.
Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.
The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.
Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.
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