Today we have our very own prayer expert, Ms. Kate Loving Shenk and she can help you look at prayer in a whole new way. We are always looking for remedies for our problems and Kate introduces us to Prayer Prescriptions: Spiritual Remedies For Long Lasting Health. Even though prayer can be used for finances and relationships without health they will suffer. So it is a good thing that Kate addresses how to use prayer for long lasting health.
Prayer Prescriptions: Spiritual Remedies For Long Lasting Health Is A Prayer
It began November 1, 2009 when I started the 365 day Prayer Blog challenge, and continues to this day. Writing prayers everyday was a necessity at the time. My beloved dog Mukunda had a tumor on his snout that would take his life two months later. Mukunda’s soul mate, Ulysses, got sick less than a year later, and he threatened to move on. But the prayers saved his life, and also my own.
Daily prayer allow me to see all of life through a prism of grace and humor. The light that filters through is a rainbow of clarity and precision. Now my spiritual practice revolves around prayer and praying. These are not the foxhole kind of prayers that a soldier, who may never have prayed a day in his/her life, suddenly begins as bombs comes splintering towards her platoon. Nor are they prayers to a male god or a female god. Nor are they strictly Christian in nature, although Christ Consciousness flows through all of them.
Prayer is like meditation. The moment we drop these practices and think we don’t need them anymore, life challenges sweep in to teach us that the stress brings us faster to our knees with acute suffering than if we were practicing daily as a way to transcend the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortunes.” Prayer and meditation may bring us to our knees, too, but as an act of thankfulness for all the beauty in our lives.
What does Prayer Teach Us?
Looking back over a year of the prayers and the many themes running through them, I am reminded of a river which took us along in her flow. The Conestoga River which runs by our house is a lesson in how rivers dance from moment to moment. For one thing, she never looks the same because of the light which gives new dimension to the current. Captured light is a real joy to all five senses and helps to develop the sixth sense of intuition, too.
Whereas the writing of 365 prayers is an accomplishment of “doing,” the real gift of these prayers is the aura of “being,” given to anyone who reads them. They have at their heart a happiness of non-striving, allowing all of us to strive for nothing more than to “be”: calm,
peaceful, serene, loving and kind.
These prayers also have at their core a gift of helping us to question our thoughts. They help us to let go of the deep attachment we have to thoughts of judgment, criticism and suffering. These kinds of thoughts are at best, unreliable and inaccurate.
Most of all, let us be kind, first of all to ourselves. The Dalai Lama says compassion is not a luxury but a necessity as we take the next step forward. Compassion is as important to the earth as recycling and getting off the grid. So let us practice compassion today in the spirit of being, without concern of doing it the right or the wrong way! Surrender to “what is” in a spirit of Love.
Prayer Is Insight
For those of us moved by prayer, we realize that subjects arise that stir within us the direct experience of unceasing change that turns the wheel of life.
Perhaps we see that we can dwell peacefully and wholeheartedly in this lifetime even in the face and the promise of aging, illness and death. In this spirit of acceptance and peace, we may have caught a glimpse of our true selves: eternal and infinite beings. We are not anything we may have previously thought we were. We certainly are not our aging, our youth, our illness or our death. We are not our wealth, our poverty, our hopes and our dreams, nor are we our ambitions.
When we face great change in our lives, we may suddenly realize that what we thought was important, the money, the job, the perfect family; when all of these things are thrown into the cauldron of life’s messy lessons, we can only hope to dwell peacefully in the belly of suffering, so that we re-emerge as a humble human, free of ego, content to live finally here: The only moment there is.
Prayer Is Gratitude
Thank you for showing us that our prayers today are Kindness in motion. Kindness as endless love, giving the endurance to overcome those things that without Love, is unendurable. Kindness as Patience and Humility, stepping back and allowing life to enfold without any need to control it. Kindness always waits for us to use it, for it is changeless and eternal, like Love is.
The power of Kindness is the Power of Prayer: both break down the barriers that prevent us from experiencing the great river of endless Love. For we are the River. We are the Love.
And how shall we receive the Prayers as we Pray them?
Today is the day to receive prayers of all kinds: Prayers for happy endings; Prayers for triple rainbows; Prayers for multiple shooting stars! I pray that my heart receives one crystal clear insight and carries it forth to all I meet today: Patients, friends and family.I pray that my heart opens to receive love even though I am not always aware of the Love that exists everywhere. I pray that my awareness of Love’s Presence only grows and expands and filters through every mind, simultaneously.
What happens after writing a never ending series of prayers?
After over 600 days of writing and praying prayers, I have come to experience the powerful healing that prayer unleashes in the physical body and the spirit and the beautiful pulsating effect prayer has in healing receptive living beings near and far.
The more we work in harmony with the cosmic level of Universal Laws, we realize that life is really ruled by prayer and grace rather than by so called negative forces, such as revenge, un-forgiveness and retaliation. Nor is life ruled by the goings on of the world.
If we seek rational explanations for why an illness, a death or an accident occurs, we will rarely come forth with a thinking process that leads to peace of mind. Rational explanations seem to tread into the guilt, shame and blame areas of thinking and thus do not help or heal.
These revelations are a relief to me. They release me to explore the realms of prayer and grace, knowing that while these are uncharted territory, they yield great love and support in the journey.
Prayer is not a passive activity. Often prayers are answered by introducing an answer in the area of Allopathic or Complementary Medicine, for instance, and action is required to implement the solution the prayer offers. Prayer does not replace common sense in our search for answers to life’s more difficult challenges.
In fact, perhaps a daily prayer asking to sharpen our common sense in accordance with our mystical sixth sense is the answer to softening many a blow that comes our way.
Taken From The Introduction Of Prayer Prescriptions: Spiritual Remedies For Long Lasting Health
I’d like you to stop by my author blog. There’s a lot going on there and we’ll have an opportunity to connect there. Please be sure to introduce yourself!
Kate has been a practicing RN/CRNP for 28 years, and currently acts as a Labor And Delivery Nurse, which is very special, indeed.
Additionally, Kate is planning further “Prayer Prescriptions” books surrounding aging gracefully and Prayer Prescriptions For The Love Of Our Companion Animals.