Today is Easter Sunday, so I think this post is appropriate.
A little background:
As a youngster, I attended three different religious denominations: the faith of my paternal relatives, the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints—RLDS (not Mormon), and, after my aunt and uncle adopted my younger brother and me, I worshiped in Pentecostal and Baptist churches.
I grew up going to church and Sunday school every week and was baptized by immersion at age eight, the age of accountability, I was told. My childhood was centered on the Christian religion. I memorized Bible verses and the Ten Commandments; I learned about Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, the birth and death of Christ; I said my prayers before bedtime and gave thanks for my meals, and I could recite the Lord’s Prayer from memory. All this, I believe, provided a well-grounded understanding of how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost operated in human lives, and what was required of us in order to someday reach heaven.
As an adult, I returned to the church of my parents, the RLDS, at which time I began to study and compare the various religions, including Catholicism. Each group insisted they were the only true church. But somewhere inside of me, I could not believe any of them were. While each group claimed to believe in and worship the same god, there were discrepancies which drove them apart. When someone is searching for spiritual guidance, which among the various “true” churches was the ONLY true religion, the one we could trust to save us from hellfire and usher us into heaven at some point in the future? Either they were all true, or none were. Why the bickering? After a time, I was pretty much done with organized, man-made religions.
Leaving much of that behind, I became acquainted with yoga, metaphysics, and parapsychology. With the expansion of my spiritual knowledge through an intense study of Eastern religions, transcendental meditation, mind-body connection, and other mental disciplines came understanding and clarification of how Mind, Body, and Spirit operate in our lives—Universal Mind (God, the power), Body (the Christ), and Spirit (the Holy Ghost). This trinity—one mastermind existing in three persons—combine to create the energy through and by which all life is created. The laws outlined in the Bible are immutable, unchangeable universal laws, and are there for our use on this plane.
Further study of how the subconscious works, through dreams and brainwashing, for example, taught me that communication via the subconscious mind (spiritual mind) is made possible by the use of images as opposed to the spoken words of a human language. Pictures are the universal language to communicate from the material to the spiritual plane. Our subconscious understands our dream images more than mere human words, so these images are filed in our minds forever.
Which brings me to prayer—you thought I’d never get to this point, right? You may be surprised to learn that prayers also work with images. Now, let’s go back and examine The Lord’s Prayer from our Bible:
Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day
Our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those
Who trespass against us.
. . . .
“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” What does this mean? It means that everything in heaven is already perfect, and we should expect it to also be done on earth as it is in heaven. We don’t even need to ask in actual words, because spirit works with images. To pray for healing, for instance, we visualize an image of the patient as already healed. We try not to see the imperfect or unhealthy situation on this person’s body. Instead of dwelling on the imperfection or disease, we try not to see it at all. Because what we see in our mind’s eye is what manifests in the physical.
God made this law simple; man has twisted it so much as to be unrecognizable.
Mankind has for centuries been praying for peace while visualizing images and scenes of war. This will not work, because visualizing what you don’t want will bring you more of the same. Every Christmas, we sing “peace on earth, good will toward men,” to no avail. For centuries, this has not worked, because people’s minds are filled with images of war, suffering, and heartache. Is it any wonder there has been no peace? There will be no lasting peace until the day we stop visualizing war and destruction; the day we give up our violent movies, books, and video games, and pound our weapons of war into plowshares.
We have become a culture of violence. Some people have said, “I played violent video games all my life and haven’t gone out and murdered anyone!” While that may be true for most of us, negative images seek other negative images in weak minds, take root, create a blueprint in the mind, and finally snap to actually create the violence.
Praying for healing works the same way. All over Facebook, people ask their friends to pray for their healing, but those prayers seldom work. And the reason they don’t work is because the prayer-givers—although sincere—can’t get the images of their friends’ illness out of their minds. As a result, the patient often becomes worse. Then we hear, “Well, it was God’s will.”
No, God’s will is good health for everyone, but not everyone knows how to find it.
The trick is to replace the sick image with a healthy one. This takes tremendous practice and mental energy to counteract such illness. But here’s one thing to remember: If you believe your Bible, it has already told you to pray and give thanks as though it’s already been done.
And it has been done. If you believe man was created in God’s image, you must believe that God’s image of us is perfect. We are children of God, and as God is perfect, so too are we. On the spiritual level, we are already perfect. It cannot be otherwise if we are created in God’s perfect image.
The Bible tells us not to pray as the heathen do, by standing on the street to be seen of men, but instead to enter into our private closet to pray.
So, do not pray for me … unless you can conjure up a healthy, happy mental image of me.