by Andrew Smith
Many spiritual traditions speak of a set of common themes interwoven into the notion of ‘40’ - ritualistic cleansing, purification, prayer, inner reflection, stillness in preparation for a renewal of spirit and ultimately a re-birthing of the light within. The internalised conflict and soul testing that takes place within each of those stories ends in a common result - an orb of light bathes the protagonist in a glorious radiance of light, having emerged from a cave, mountain top or desert illuminated, enlightened and at peace!...
For some of us, the word prayer invokes feelings of power-under, being small while making entreaties to a god that is big and far, far away. Some of us might associate prayer with guilt, as in “I don’t pray enough” or more likely, “I am _(lazy, unenlightened, lame, etc)_ because I have not kept up with my spiritual practice.”
But there is no shame or blame in the spirit world that we choose to engage with in shamanism. There is only love...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: This is probably one of the most beautifully spiritual and visually meditative pieces I've ever experienced. Watch and listen to experience the majestic wonder and healing benefits that this video offers. Be sure to watch until the end to read the "Native American Prayer" by Chief [John] Yellow Lark...simply Divine. This video also has one of the most ethereal horses I've ever seen in it.
Intuition & Symbols
by Dr. Steven Farmer
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
One morning when I was saying my morning prayers, a sacred ritual I do every morning before I get up and get going into the day, I caught the flutter of wings out of the corner of my eye and watched as all of the birds that had been feeding outside my bedroom window scattered...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: I am constantly reminded that I am supported in my life's work and in life in general. I love the wonderful reminder of this article that messages and guidance can show up in so many ways. For me, they are especially magical when embodied by an animal.
Norm and fellow experts discuss the heart versus the mind, the power of prayer, and the need for ritual.
Editor´s Note: Yoga has many purposes. Not only creating supple muscles or helping you stay grounded, but sending out energy and love to others. In many yoga classes, the yoga teacher may ask you to set an intention…that's similiar to what is being depicted in this yoga sequence. Sean Corn demonstrates the graceful and athletic movements that channel energy and love to a person or culture.
by Brent Atwater
There is a technique for everything, including prayers. Although emanating from your heart and soul, prayers can be refined to produce better results through the following suggestions on how to verbalize your prayer requests...
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: In this article, Brent Atwater has honed in on and refined the art of Prayer. These prayer suggestions will sharpen your asking skills, and you will quickly notice a shift in how and when your prayers are answered.
a letter from Auriol de Smidt to Michael Williams
Here is a true story for you:
When I was thirteen my mother, a nurse, found herself nursing me in a little country hospital in Africa, with a very serious attack of typhoid fever. No antibiotics at that time...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Over the past 9 months, I struggled with an unexpected illness. Fortunately, I received the treatment I needed, have recovered, and am feeling much better thanks to the many prayers and blessings sent to me by family and friends—near and far. Together with the medical treatment I received, this positive energy, I believe, contributed to my healing.
I hope Auriol's story brings some of its blessing to you.
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