Since I was a kid, I’ve been praying to Infinite Intelligence/God for blessings because I believed prayer has power over external events. However, my recent contemplation on prayer made me wonder whether prayer influences external events. I started thinking that prayer might be purely psychological as I realized that the main effects of prayer are mental.
Prayer eliminates mental disorders, such as intense anxiety and severe depression, because it makes us believe that God is taking care of everything.
However, I’ve never witnessed how prayer directly influences external events. People pray for peace, but war prevails. People pray for a safe journey but still die in accidents. Some students pray to God to help them pass their exams, but they fail terribly, and terrorism continues although millions pray to God to end it. For this reason, it’s hard for me to firmly claim that prayer affects external events.
Although I highly doubt if prayer affects external events, I still wonder why many ancient cultures prayed. I’ve studied the religious practices of several ancient cultures and realized that most of them were prayerful. The Akamba, Greeks, Arabs, Egyptians, and many other cultures prayed to God to bring rain, kill their enemies, and protect them. I wonder why ancient cultures firmly relied on prayer to change external events.
Did they witness prayer influence external events or did they just believe that their gods heard their prayers and could change external events in their favor?
It’s reasonable to believe that God can hear us and change external events because Infinite Intelligence is everywhere and has power over everything. On the other hand, it’s impossible to disprove the power of prayer over external events because our understanding of the relationship between Infinite Intelligence/God and the physical world is limited. Besides this, it’s hard to disprove that prayer cannot change external events because sometimes we experience coincidence
Therefore, although I doubt if prayer affects external events, I still advise people to pray. Maybe Infinite Intelligence programmed us to pray because prayer makes circumstances work in our favor. Perhaps prayer attracts God’s power and gives us the ability to change external events.
Anyway, we’ll never really know how prayer works, but we must pray to be on the safe side. Maybe prayer can affect both our psychological health and external events when we pray sincerely, or in spirit.
What are your thoughts on prayer? Is it purely psychological? Does it influence external events? Feel free to air your ideas on prayer in the comment box below.
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5 Important Facts About Intuition You Must Know Right Now ( Intuition Part 3)
Intuition or direct knowing, is present in all of us because we are all connected to Infinite Intelligence. I’m fascinated with intuition because it’s responsible for the world’s greatest discoveries. Besides this, it also guides people and helps them align with their life purpose.
My interest in intuition has enabled me to realize the following significant facts about intuition which I’m so happy to share with you.
1.You Can Tell the Difference Between the Ego Voice and Intuitive Voice
The ego voice is always concerned with the past, and it makes decisions based on fear. It often makes you anxious and insecure because it’s always worried that something terrible might happen. Furthermore, it regularly advises you to go after material things and makes you fall out of alignment with your life purpose.
On the other hand, your intuitive voice usually advises you to follow your life purpose and
2. Spending Time in Nature Awakens Your Intuition
Nature provides a calming experience because it relaxes the mind. Moreover, the sounds of birds, crickets, and other animals quiet the mind.
We only connect to our intuition when the mind is relaxed or quiet because it’s easier to hear the intuitive voice when the mind is in such states.
3.The World’s Major Religions Believe in Intuition
Christians, Buddhists, and Muslims believe in Intuition.
Christians and Muslims believe intuition is a gift from God. However, Christians believe the Holy Spirit enhances intuition while Muslims believe that strong faith and a pure heart strengthen the intuition. On the other hand, Buddhists think intuition is a part of faith, and spiritual practices such as meditation and mindfulness awaken our intuitive abilities
4.Most Experts Rely on Intuition
Most businesspeople, managers, and investors rely on intuition when making quick decisions. Moreover, intuition helps them pinpoint the correct information from large amounts of data.
However, studies show that only the intuition of highly trained and experienced professionals is right because these folks have been exposed to large pieces of information, related to their fields of study, for an extended period.
5.There Are Several Ways to Awaken Your Intuition
Most spiritual leaders believe meditation, mindfulness, yoga, and prayer awaken your intuitive powers. They claim that spending time in nature and being in the present moment awaken the intuition. Also, some believe that trusting life or aligning with its flow awaken the intuition. All these methods are reliable because they calm the mind hence allowing you to hear your intuitive voice.
My interest in the topic of intuition has enlightened me about the above facts about intuition. For this reason, I will continue studying intuition and thinking about it so that I discover more enlightening facts about this inner voice. Hope you’ll be available when I release the next awesome post on intuition
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Does Polytheism Make More Sense?
Monotheism is the belief in one God, while polytheism is the belief in many gods.
After studying ancient cultures for a while, I realized that most of them were polytheistic. Most ancient African, European, American and Asian cultures believed in many gods. They believed in the gods of wisdom, gods of wealth, gods of nature, gods of warriors and so on. Ancient folks prayed to particular gods for particular things. If an individual wanted wealth, he would pray to the god of wealth, and if another wanted luck, he would pray to the gods of luck and good fortune.
Besides this, some ancient cultures worshipped many gods but believed in a supreme God that dominated other gods. For example, the Greeks believed Zeus was the King of Gods, but they also worshipped the other gods.
Furthermore, while studying ancient cultures, it dawned on me that polytheism is older than monotheism. Sarah Johnson agrees with me for she wrote, “polytheism is always the older or ‘primary’ and monotheism the newer or secondary type of religion (Sarah Johnson, Ancient Religions).” It, therefore, appears that monotheists borrowed the concept of God from polytheists.
However, most people believe polytheism is a form of paganism. Little do they know that the concept of one god appeared after people unified polytheistic gods into one Supreme-being. Some scholars even argue that monotheism began when Akhenaten, an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, forced Egyptians to practice monotheism.
I’m sometimes tempted to believe polytheism makes more logical sense than monotheism. Sometimes I wonder if God can hear all our prayers, answer them, and guide all of us at the same time. Maybe it’s true, as polytheists believe, that God rules over other gods that assist him in guiding us, and listening to our prayers. It also makes sense that if one wants wisdom and wealth, she should pray to the god of wisdom and wealth, instead of praying to the King of Gods/God.
Perhaps God’s only duty is to provide life to the universe while other gods’ duties are to take care of us and guide us. Maybe we even have guardian gods that help us deal with life and fulfill our destinies.
Lastly, is it sensible to argue that all ancient cultures believed in many gods because they were primitive, or because it was logical to believe in many gods? Moreover, why did various ancient cultures which never met, coincidentally believe in many gods? Maybe it’s because these gods existed.
Anyway, the idea of many gods should be taken seriously because it might be the secret to freedom and understanding the higher realms. Maybe monotheism was created because it prevents people from realizing the true nature of the higher realms and it’s easier to control people who believe in one God.
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