The heinous events lately here as well as in other parts of the world, and I mean lately in a very loose sort of way, always seem to initiate a cry to pray for…(insert whatever it is we’re supposed to be praying for). There are even voices that claim to know that the world should stop praying and that we better fix our own problems (with bombs perhaps?). I get that prayer in the traditional sense always seems to come from a place of feeling inferior, overwhelmed maybe, and seeking outside help. That may be so for many still. It surely appears that prayer has kind of fallen out of favor for many. It’s just not a “thing” anymore. This may have to do with many turning away from religion, as prayer is closely associated with a faith. (Funny how literally in every faith there’s prayer somewhere though).
In my belief system, and yes, that’s all it really is, just how I managed to line up my beliefs into a seeming structure of order, prayer is essential; as is meditation. Prayer would be talking, meditation listening – but who am I talking to, who am I listening to? In my belief, I talk and listen to source. Source is the non-physical, greater part from whence a “spark” came to incarnate in my body. That is the connection to the powers that I believe are greater than those of the physical world. Now when a disaster strikes, I may pray harder, with more urgency perhaps – this comes naturally for me, as I feel more and more the connectedness with all other people who are grieving and suffering. Energetically, prayer has a very direct way of affecting everything. The contrast of the disaster creates immediately the improved version, e.g. a peaceful world. Source then becomes that version and people lagging a bit (or a lot) behind, turn their attention to the contrast situation that has brought about the new creation, therefore finding themselves feeling bad, which indicates a state of misalignment. Now add prayer to the mix – yes, prayer will add fuel to the new creation and hence, source always being the giver of what has been asked, ups the ante and sends out the new creation energy pattern with increased intensity.
Usually, as a human being, I’m somewhat in resistance at all times. (Resistance to experiencing source energy unhindered) Sometimes more, sometimes less. That level of resistance exists whether source has upped the ante and sends out massive new energy waves, or not. When source answers the prayers energetically with this increase of energetic intensity, (because prayers really do get answered) I have the same level of resistance with more energy bouncing against that and I feel the effects by feeling pretty lousy. The mind wants to make sense of it and blames the heinous contrast events that gave rise to it all in the first place, which creates further misalignment. It takes us people a while to line up with such immediate large scale new creations, but it would be good to focus on what we want instead and pray that we can align swiftly, rather than ask for more source energy based on the idea that some other-worldly God-figure may swoop down and fix it all for us … well, in a way it’s happening that way, just we (humanity) are the extensions of source here on Earth. We are actually praying to ourselves if that makes any sense at all.
So, yes, always pray, meditate, it’s the communication between you and source. It’s vital for an aligned lifestyle. Do not listen to those who say to stop praying, for prayer is that intimate re-connection with who we really are and to stop that would be counter-intuitive in my opinion. I feel that the contrasting events that give rise to the call for prayer is actually one of the positive aspects, if I may say it that way (no offense intended anywhere). People waking up to prayer is important, for by turning away from religion, they have also turned away from prayer and a (re)turn to prayer is a good thing and should never stop.
Prayer done right, connects with source and will open one’s heart. There may be tears of release flowing, as we reconnect with source in a conscious manner, that is not a sadness, but a sense of relief that one is well under way to find that connection many of us so crave.