The Eclipse of Prayer
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The Eclipse of Prayer

A visual eclipse of prayerWhat does a picture of an eclipse have to do with prayer?

After searching, searching on a quest for a visual symbol for prayer, and ruling out praying hands and angels, I came upon this.  Prayer for me is an activity in which I let my own ego self be eclipsed by my higher spiritual Self and thereby touch the hem of the garment.  Prayer is a state in which we are able to interface with the Divine and feel its presence take us over, blocking out all negativity, conflict, judgement, and doubt.

I also love the darkness and the light in this picture.  It expresses for me the the Womb of the Universe and the Birth of the Light into the world.  For me, this is the process of prayer in which we encounter the fullness of Creation in ourselves--the light and the dark of us--and the unlimited connection we have with Spirit.

How do we pray?  There are as many ways to pray as there are ideas of God.  I can only share what i have come to understand, and if that touches you, try it.  Whatever you read in this blog is for your consideration and the not the truth of the universe.  No one can dictate your prayer life to you, only encourage it.

How do I pray?  I pray in several ways. I pray in many places, in many states of mind, and at all times.  Even in the midst of turmoil and anger, I pray that my Higher Self will prevail.  When I see someone else in trouble or despair, I pray that they may feel the presence of the Holy Spirit guiding and comforting them.  When I am in Nature, I pray feeling my oneness with all life.  When I am sitting in my living room, I center myself in the Silence, letting go of every distraction that enters my mind.  

Often, in the middle of the night, I will pray the ancient prayer of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, descending with my mind into my heart and there encountering God.  There it is safe to confront my demons, my pain, my negativity, my judgement, and my grief and losses.

The greatest and most constant path I pray is gratitude and thankfulness for all the blessings I have in my life...even those that feel like trials and tribulations.  For I know, without a doubt because it has always been so in the past, that there will be a lesson that will prosper and bless me, and in turn, others as well.

I have a friend, Joanie Levenson, also a singer and minister, who professes to be a "promiscuous prayer," meaning that she will pray anytime, any place, with anybody.  I feel the same way as she does.  There is never a time, place, or occasion where prayer is not appropriate.  Prayer honors everyone in every situation, no matter what their beliefs or lack thereof.  At times, it may be a silent prayer for guidance, or a positive, powerful prayer for Divine Order or Intervention.  Sometimes, it is an inner assertion that I am one with God and God is one with me and others.

Since I am a singer, I have a song for everything, according to my friends.  When I think of prayer, I think of a line from an old Buffy Ste. Marie song...."Magic is Afoot...God is Alive."  When we affirm the Presence and Power of that One Universal Creative Force, then there is a seeming magic.  Of course, it isn't magic at all, but Divine Order and Power being displayed and demonstrated for us.  But it often feels miraculous and magic, which brings us the elation of Oneness with something greater than ourselves.

Do you remember a song Michael Jackson recorded called, "Smile?"  Let's replace the word "smile" with "pray."

Pray, though your heart is aching
Pray, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...
If you pray.

Pray through through your fear and sorrow
Pray and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Pray, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...PRAY.

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