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’m not sure if prayer affects 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. Besides this, it’s difficult 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. Moreover, it’s hard to disprove that prayer cannot change external events because sometimes we experience coincidences
Therefore, although I doubt whether 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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Who Am I? – Discovering My True Self
‘I’m not a body with a soul, I am a soul that has a visible part called the body.’ – Paulo Coelho, Novelist
Recently, I wondered who I really am after realizing that I am neither my body nor my mind. I discovered that my body has its own mind as it performs bodily tasks on its own. It fights diseases, digests foods, and detects temperature without my help. Besides, I discovered that some bodily functions, such as hair growth, skin cell growth, and muscle movement continue after death. For this reason, it dawned on me that I am not my body because it can somehow function without me.
Besides my body, I realized that I am not my mind because my mind can think on its own. Sometimes I might want to quiet the mind through meditation, but it continues thinking. Also, I might want to focus on positive thoughts but my mind refuses to cooperate. I thus discovered that the mind is not me. Instead, it’s a gift from Infinite Intelligence that enables me to think and imagine.
Realizing that I am neither my body nor my mind enlightened me that I am a spiritual entity in a human body. I discovered that I am an individualized part of the Great Spirit that created the universe. This insight made me leap with joy as I realized that just like a drop in the ocean possesses all the properties of the ocean, I also possess all the qualities of the Great Spirit because I am part of it.
I then realized that I seldom enjoyed life because I never identified myself with my true identity. Instead, I always identified myself with my body, mind, and ego. I worried when my mind entertained anxious thoughts, and I felt bad about my body because it didn’t qualify for the society’s beauty standards. Primarily, I discovered that I seldom enjoyed life because I paid too much attention to my social status, self-image, and financial status, which are all products of the ego.
For this reason, my primary mission from today onwards is to transcend my body, mind, and egoic-self, and live as my true self because I know my life will completely change if I live as my true self.
You must also join me in my mission because our sufferings will end when we live as our true selves. Nothing in the external world will disturb our peace of mind, and we’ll interpret everything positively when we live as our true selves. Moreover, although we might continue loving our material possessions, we’ll detach from them and therefore, we won’t feel bad when we lose them.
We’ll also stop dwelling on our difficulties, and we’ll stop living in fear. As well, we’ll experience mysterious synchronicities and our minds we’ll be quiet. Lastly, solutions to difficulties will become clearer, and we’ll always be in a state of Love, Trust, and Surrender.
‘As you expand your awareness as to who and what you really are, you get to make choices that liberate you from limitation.’ – Michael Beckwith
May the universe bless us with the ability to live as our true selves as soon as possible. Amen
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Top 7 Intriguing Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About
Many great folks lay emphasis on gratitude. For example, Oprah Winfrey advises us to always write down five things we are thankful for before we sleep. According to her, thankfulness creates more goodness in one’s life. For as she said, ‘The more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because – for sure – what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.’
I thus had to practice gratitude and research about it because many great folks, especially Oprah Winfrey, encourage it. It then dawned on me that gratitude is important because of the following reasons.
Since gratitude makes you focus on the wonderful things life has given you, it gives you hope as it shows you how life always ensures that you have amazing things to be thankful for. In other words, it gives you hope by showing you the many ways in which the universe/life/God provides and cares for you.
2.Improves Your Health
Gratitude is good for your health since it boosts heart health and makes you sleep better. Moreover, gratitude, like most positive emotions, improves your health because it boosts your immune system and lowers blood pressure.
3.Fosters Empathy and Compassion
Thankfulness reminds you that you are more blessed than billions of people across the world. It reminds you that you have more to be thankful for than orphans, beggars, the ill, the deceased, and so on. For this reason, it makes you aware of other people’s suffering and forces you to help them.
4.Gratitude Raises Your Vibrational Frequency
You are a vibrational being, emitting a particular frequency. This frequency determines what you’ll attract in your life. Gratitude raises this frequency hence enabling you to attract good things in your life easily. For as for Rhonda Byrne, the television writer and producer, pointed it out, ‘Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you’ll attract much better things.’
Besides Rhonda, Joe Vitale, a renown author, also noticed that ‘when you move into an active state of sincere gratitude, your whole being lights up and your energy quickens, and this high vibration acts like a magnet to bring your good to you.’
5.Makes You Focus on the Present Moment
Since gratitude makes you focus on what you have right now, it makes you more present.
6.Shifts Your Focus from Your Problems
When facing difficulties, gratitude shifts your focus from your problems to your blessings. For this reason, it prevents you from contracting mental conditions – such as depression and chronic anxiety– which arise when you focus on your problems.
You become envious towards people when you focus on the negative side of your life. For this reason, gratitude eliminates envy because it shows you that, just like the people you are envious towards, you are also blessed with wonderful things.
You must make thankfulness a year-round habit if you want to experience the above, and many more benefits of gratitude. Remember to point out three to ten things you are grateful for every day, and reflect on how millions of people across the world don’t have them even though they want them.
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