What are your thoughts on prayer? Do you believe only the religious can pray? Do you believe only the religious will be heard?
Since I was a little girl, my grandma would tell me to pray to Jesus Christ and my angels. I had countless conversations with him, most of which consisted of me asking him for things I wanted….that toy, my own room, a certain boy to like me. She would tell me to give him thanks and to pray for the people I loved. Being that my grandma was Catholic, she would do this intricate prayer, addressing all the Saints and then Jesus Christ. When she did this, I thought it was the real deal, like a full access entrance into the ears of God himself. I continued praying throughout my teen years and even more so when I became Christian at age 17. I went as far as knocking on people’s doors and asking them if they needed prayer. I remember the look on this one ladies face, confused about my gesture. To my surprise, she allowed me into her house where I held her hand and prayed for her family. Looking back at it now, I’m honestly amazed at the courage I had to do those things, but the sense of compassion I felt during those times were unforgettable.
At the age of 21, I fell out of Christianity and out of my conversation with God. I associated God with religion. I believed that only the religious could pray and that because I was no longer a believer in the church, my prayers would not be heard. I went for 9 years without peeping a word to God. There were so many moments where I wanted to connect to this Source again, but I felt that if I did, it would somehow make me religious again. This is a common problem I hear with my clients in therapy. The issue of associating religion with prayer and feeling as though they are somehow unworthy of conversation with God because they aren’t affiliated with a religion. I’m here to tell you that this is a misconception. We have access to this Source anytime and anywhere.
Throughout college and graduate school, I began realizing that we are the creator’s of our own reality. I found so much freedom in psychological studies, especially that of Cognitive Psychology where I learned about our mental processes and how we are learners of our environment. Every meaning I have created has been taught to me by my parents, society and my environment. Just as I learned these beliefs, I can choose to unlearn them and instead create a belief system that is more supportive to my happiness. During this period of unlearning, I spent a lot of time in nature. In those those moments, I would inwardly give thanks to the beauty that surrounded me. I noticed that when I did this, the same familiar feelings of warmth and wholeness would come over me as it used to in the past. I also noticed the feelings of connection with God (aka the Source, Universal Consciousness, our Greater Power) when I would listen and empathize with my clients or when I would be present with the people & the surroundings around me. Today, I also access this connection with God in meditation, Tarot and my daily morning gratitude. There are insurmountable ways of connecting with our Higher Power. This Universal Consciousness is with us at all times, everywhere.
It’s been 6 months since I started conversing with God again. I now know that I have access to this source of love and power at any time. I don’t need to be in any particular setting or even use any fancy words to gain it’s awareness. Why? Because God is consciousness and consciousness is everywhere. God is in the tree’s, the sun, the moon, the stars, in you, in me and in everyone around us. Everyone has their own version of what God is and none of us are bound to those beliefs. Prayer (aka conversation) with this source is available to us at all times. Whether we believe in something greater than ourselves or not, our words omit messages to the Universe that are heard. So speak with this consciousness as much as you’d like. And as my Grandma would say, give thanks for what you have and for what will come. Gratitude is the best way for receiving. The Universe, God, the Source, whatever it is you want to call it, this energy responds to our emotions and our innate most desires.
Start establishing your relationship with God today and allow for new insight and healing into your life. All you need to do is talk 🙂