‘In my opinion, if we petition a power outside ourselves to make something happen, selfish or beneficial, then we are petitioning in vain. This is just wishing something would happen. When I was a child, that bike I prayed for never came; not until I worked hard for it did it finally appear.’ – Scott Osterhage, Prayer And Meditation
Prayer is believed to be the communication between man and a Higher Power. Many people pray because they believe that somehow, prayer can make their lives better. They believe prayer can help them become better people and make Infinite Intelligence/God give them whatever they want.
I believe in the existence of a Higher Power and I think prayer can work. However, I believe taking action is bigger than prayer because I realized that most people who get the things they want usually work towards getting them. Conversely, those who pray but don’t take action seldom get what they want.
If you want a good life, you can get it if you work hard regardless of whether you pray or not. Many atheists are living their dreams despite the fact that they seldom prayed. Massive action was responsible for making them live the life they wanted.
However, even though prayer MIGHT not give you whatever you want, it has great psychological impacts. Prayer can make you feel peaceful during difficult situations as it makes you believe that a Higher Power is working on making your life better. It’s easier to stop being fearful and anxious when you pray and trust that God will end all your problems.
Therefore, prayer can help you psychologically, but if you want good shit you must take action. For instance, if you want to have good relationships with people, you must sharpen your social skills. If you want to open yourself up to opportunities, you must be willing to take risks. And if you want to live your dreams, you must be willing to take action that moves you towards them. Prayer will not give you these things if you don’t take action that leads you to them.
Today, people make a big mistake of leaving everything to God instead of taking action. I live near a church and I’ve seen people who pray 100 times a day but their lives have never changed
People must know that the universe cares more about their actions than prayers, and it will give them what they DESERVE and not what they pray for. Maybe prayer works, but ACTION is more effective in helping you get whatever you want. I once read somewhere that prayer only brings whatever you want in the spiritual realm, but action brings it into the physical world. So, pray, but always remember to TAKE ACTION.
‘When You Pray, Move Your Feet.’ – African Proverb
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All Religions Are Basically the Same; Top 7 Similarities between the Major Religions
‘God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by a rope.’ – Ramakrishna
I believe it’s foolish and unspiritual for an individual to believe his religious beliefs are right, and other religious beliefs are wrong because all religions preach the same things in different ways. Here, I’ll enlighten you by discussing the top seven similarities between different religions so that you strive to learn something from all religions instead of being judgmental.
1.Believe in the Existence of a Transcendent Place/State
All religions believe in a transcendent place/state. Christians call it Heaven, Muslims call it Jannah, and Buddhists call it Nirvana. These faiths believe there is no suffering in this place/state since it is characterized by happiness and peace.
2.Believe in the Creator
All religions believe in the existence of a Higher Power which created the universe. Christians call it God, Muslims Allah, Hindus Brahma, and African Traditional Religions (ATRs) had a variety of names for this entity. I’m not sure how Hinduism characterizes Brahma, but I’m certain that Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe their Creator is all-powerful, omnipresent, and omniscient.
3.Provide Ways of Overcoming Suffering
Islam, Christianity, and ATRs believe prayer can help an individual overcome suffering, while Buddhism teaches that practicing the Noble Eightfold Path liberates one from suffering.
All religions encourage giving. For instance, Christianity encourages generosity because ‘The Lord Loveth a cheerful giver,’ while Islam claims Zakat (charity) results in blessings and purifies a giver’s heart.
Moreover, Buddhism encourages generosity because it paves the way to enlightenment while ATRs provided thousands of reasons for generosity through proverbs such as ‘atendaye mema atalipwa zizo.’
Meaning of the proverb – the one who gives will be paid.
5.Believe in Celestial Beings
All religions believe in the existence of spiritual entities. For instance, both Muslims and Christians believe in angels, while Hindus believe in deities such as Shiva, Ganesha, and Hanuman. Besides, ATRs believe in spirit guides.
6.Encouraged Moral Behavior
Buddhists encourage moral behavior through the Noble Eightfold Path while Christians encourage this behavior through the Ten Commandments.
Conversely, Muslims encourage moral behavior because it pleases God while the ATRs believed moral uprightness was good for the society’s well-being.
7.Have Holy Places of Worship
All religions have special places for performing spiritual practices. Christians perform praise and worship in the church while Muslims pray in the mosque. Moreover, African cultures and Hindus use shrines to worship their gods.
Instead of judging religions that provide teachings that differ with our spiritual beliefs, we must study them because doing so we’ll provide us with several spiritual insights that our religions fail to provide. Lastly, studying various religions will enable us to pinpoint spiritual truths that we won’t notice if we believe ours is the only true religion.
Peace be with you
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The Most Hidden Secret of the World’s Greatest Inventors
Since I was young, I wondered how the world’s greatest inventors such as Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, and Benjamin Franklin, made amazing inventions that most people can’t make. I knew that besides hard work and focus, there was something else that enabled these folks to make extraordinary inventions. I thus studied several inventors to pinpoint this ‘something else’ and I discovered it after two years of research.
It dawned on me that most inventors deeply believed in spiritual forces and performed spiritual practices hence raising their state of consciousness. This higher state of consciousness provided them with extraordinary levels of intuitive intelligence that enabled them to make extraordinary discoveries. For as Jonathan Black put it, ‘throughout history, highly intelligent people have immersed themselves in esoteric philosophy. They have used secret techniques to work themselves into altered states of consciousness in which they can access an abnormally high level of intelligence. (Jonathan Black, The Secret History of the World).’
I used to wonder how an individual, particularly Graham Bell, could invent a practical telephone that could enable communication between people separated by thousands of kilometers. I wondered how he knew that an electric current could carry sound from one phone to another. I then realized that Graham Bell believed in spiritual forces as he embraced theosophy. He also performed spiritual practices that heightened his consciousness levels and enabled him to see reality differently.
Besides Graham Bell, Isaac Newton also made several discoveries because he embraced occultism, which enabled him to attain a higher level of consciousness that allowed him to see things clearly. For as Jonathan Black observed, ‘scientists like Pythagoras and Newton suggest that by means of these peculiar kinds of altered states they were able to discover new things about the world, to see its inner workings and understand patterns that are perhaps too complex or too large for the human mind to grasp with its every day commonsensical state of consciousness (Jonathan Black, The Secret History of the World).’
Also, Michael Faraday, a great contributor to electromagnetism, made his discoveries because he was always in a higher state of consciousness. Faraday saw the Creator’s spirit in everything. I believe this perception of life raised his state of consciousness hence enabling him to understand electromagnetism.
Besides scientists, Mary Wigman, a famous dancer, also embraced esoterism. It is believed she invented unique dancing styles because she transcended her egoic consciousness and achieved a higher state of consciousness.
That being said, a higher state of consciousness, which is mostly awakened by deeply embracing spirituality and performing spiritual exercises such as – deep prayer, deep meditation, and yoga – was the hidden secret of most inventors. This state of consciousness awakened their intuition, which is the gateway to higher knowing, hence enabling them to discover things that many folks can’t. Besides, this higher state of consciousness enabled them to achieve a relaxed state of mind that enabled them to see things clearly.
For this reason, most of us aren’t making discoveries because we are in the egoic state of consciousness. We are too attached to our egoic self, which usually leads to a chaotic mind that kills our intuitive powers, hence preventing us from making amazing discoveries.
We must thus embrace spirituality and its practices since it will enable us to transcend our egoic selves and access our higher-self-consciousness. This state of consciousness will increase our perception levels and allow us to have a deeper understanding of reality hence enabling us to make extraordinary discoveries.
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Black, Jonathan. (2013). The secret history of the world. London: Quercus.
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