Another Way to Pray
by Leslie Sann
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.
~ Carl Jung
I’d like to suggest an unconventional way to pray, it’s called creating a Living Vision. The definition of pray: (verb) to make a request to a god or spirit. To pray is to take action. Making a request is one of the most powerful of actions. If I ask you for a glass of water and you bring me one, I have now created a glass of water when moments before I had none.
When we create a Living Vision we are making a request for something to manifest. We are opening ourselves up to be a co-creator with That Which Is. The energy that is the source of all life.
I see my Living Visions as prayers. They are heartfelt requests for greater expansion and growth in my life.
My Living Visions describe the what. The how is often unknown to me. Thus, as with any prayer, we surrender to something greater and ask for guidance in manifesting our request.
I begin my prayer, my Living Vision, with the statement, “This or Something Greater for the Highest Good of All Concerned”. This is my surrender statement. I’m giving my request Up, and I open to receive that which serves best.
This is how to do it:
- Begin by creating sacred space within yourself that is quiet and inwardly focused. You may choose to light a candle. Clear space on your desk. Close the door. Shut down your phone and your computer.
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply into your belly, quieting the mind, focusing on your heart.
- Imagine your breath moving through your heart as you inhale and exhale.
- Allow yourself to touch into what is your heart’s true desire, what you really want.
- Open your eyes. Begin to write on a clean, blank piece of paper. Begin with the open-ended sentence, “What I really want is ___.”
- Allow your pen or pencil to move without hesitation. Write down anything and everything that comes to mind.
- Ask what you want in all areas: health, finances, relationships, career, fun, spirituality, recreation, home, personal growth, etc.
- When you are done, stand up, stretch, take a few deep breaths.
- Sit down again. This time pick up the pen with your non-dominant hand. Ask the question, “What do I really want?” and begin writing. It is possible you may discover even more of what you want.
- When you are done, stand up again, stretch, take a few breaths, perhaps drink some water.
- Now look at what you wrote. Take out a different color pen. Scan the paper and the words and circle those items that make your heart sing. This isn’t a mental process. Trust yourself to know which items are the ones you really want. Make sure you have at least one item circled in each area of your life.
- Now, write a story, “A Day in the Life of Me.” Imagine it is five years in the future (or one, or two, you decide) and you have just awakened from a restful night’s sleep into the life you really want. Write out in the present tense what your day is like.
- “Here I am laying in my deliciously comfortable bed, looking out into an amazing view of distant mountains as I hear birds singing and the gentle sound of the little creek that runs by my bedroom window. ….”
- Be sure to write the words, “This or Something Greater for the Highest Good of All Concerned” someplace on the paper.
Suggestion: Read your vision aloud to yourself consistently. Daily is good.
This is another way to pray. You are calling yourself forward into the energy of Creation. You are asking to partner with that energy to manifest what you ReaLLy want, if it serves the greatest good.
Choose to take action on your vision. Prayer without action is not prayer. We are met at our point of action
Blessings & Joy,