your ear, and come to me; listen to me, and your soul shall live; and I
will make an everlasting covenant with you ...."
55:3, Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Text, George M. Lamsa's
Translation from the Aramaic Of The Peshitta
There is so much in the scriptures
and other ancient spiritual writings that inform us to
"listen" ... and to "trust" in G-d. It is
especially important in our hectic contemporary culture for us to
"listen" for this is the only way for us to realize the ideas
and guidance that we require to be truly alive to life ... to feel
confident and secure in our relationship with G-d and with life itself.
Synonymous with the word "soul" in the scriptures is the word
"consciousness" ... as we are all woven into the life of the
Spirit the understanding of these two words is essential for us.
Throughout the scriptures we can read that we have a soul, but the
ancients didn't give us much more to go on except that our soul is
always seeking a greater awareness of the image and likeness of G-d
within us. That is, our ability to take dominion and authority
over our life experiences. It is this self-confidence that
develops into the self-reliance that all of us want for our life, either
consciously or unconsciously.
prayer is not conditioning God to your needs, but conditioning your
needs to the activity of God. ... it is vital that you catch this
point. Prayer is not trying to reach God, or inform God, or tell
God all about your troubles. It is to know God as the infinite
resource within, and to expand your self-realization. ...
Challenge yourself to become aware of the presence of God. ...
When you pray, God doesn't go anywhere or come from anywhere. And
you don't go anywhere. You simply remove the blinders from your
eyes. You become aware that you are an expression of God, and that
God is a deeper dimension of yourself expressing himself as you.
There is no need to bargain with God, to coax a reluctant God to work a
miracle on your behalf. If this is your purpose, then, as Jesus
told his disciples, "You ask wrong: (James 4:6). God knows
your needs, and God is the answer. As Tennyson so aptly puts it,
"Closer is he than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet."
Butterworth, The Universe is Calling
The great Eric Butterworth is
explaining the "consciousness" necessary for our prayers to
get the good results that we seek. Jesus said the same thing.
When we pray from the problem, or from the illness, the debt, the
financial struggle or the loneliness, we are praying wrong. When
Jesus effected the healing of the man's withered arm, He didn't see a
withered arm but saw beyond it to God's perfect creation for the man ...
He saw the "result" of his prayer of faith. As Eric
Butterworth states, "God
is a deeper dimension of yourself expressing himself as you" ...
and in this, we can know that beyond our human comprehension, there is
Something that is amazing Power, Spirit and Intelligence that awaits our
recognition and identification with It. And to repeat the mystical
revelation of Tennyson, this Something that we call G-d, "is closer
to us than breathing." We have the freedom to choose whether
to recognize this as the truth or to dismiss it. G-d is infinite
Presence, or as Jesus stated, "G-d
is a Spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and in truth." Yet,
the Spirit never imposes Itself on us and neither rewards us, favors us
or punishes us. Our rewards and punishments are always
Our prayers are formed
in our "conscious mind" but are "caused" from that
which is "believed to be true" in our soul or consciousness.
If we believe that there is Something Greater than we are both present
and active in our life, then our prayers become more affirmative of that
which is health, happiness, prosperous and confident. And so as we
"listen" for that which arises from the depths of our soul to
guide us, we are identifying with this Something Greater and our state
of mind becomes one with the power, spirit and intelligence that we have
come to accept as true for us.
We think, speak or write our prayers and we do
this both consciously and unconsciously. In the scriptures we
read, "pray without ceasing" and in this we realize an
instruction to be "conscious" of what we think, speak and
write, for these are filled with the words that either connect us with
the Power of the Spirit or negate the Power of the Spirit to work for
us, through us. Let's look at what the great Eric Butterworth
wrote about this: "...
it is important to put into words only those things that you will be
happy to see taking place in your life. For negative thoughts,
anxiety and worry, are prayer treatments, and quite effective too.
You may be saying, "Oh, I don't like the signs being given off by
the economy. I am so fearful that my investments will fail."
You have invested energy in a negative image, and you will get results.
Take hold of yourself. "Stir up the gift of God within
you." Get yourself on a life-affirming level. It is a
critical moment for you. Turn the vibration around, so that you
with the positive flow." We can go
all the way back to the Book of Job in the Bible to see that this is a
"law of mind" that "works without ceasing" as we
read Job state, "that which I have greatly feared as come upon
me." And the Master Mind Jesus states, "it is done unto
you, as you believe." None of this is "new" or a
"secret" ... for the truth is changeless. We pray with
our consciousness ... our new conscious awareness that there is good for
us, and we can have it.
your ear, and come to me; listen to me, and your soul shall live" Command
your mind to "Be
Still" ... be still, and know that "I Am G-d" ... be
still and know that I Am present and available ... here and now ... I Am
not a someday G-d or a Sunday morning G-d ... "listen" and
your soul shall live and your soul shall sing!
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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