On the path where relationship is a means for coming to self-understanding, it is necessary to clarify the difference between loving and being attached. This is a most basic distinction, because so much of what we experience as attachment, we call love. In fact, most of the institutions around love, such as marriage and family, are actually ways of protecting our investment in attached situations.
Loving someone is glorifying who they are in their uniqueness. Consider a flower. You see a flower that is really beautiful to you. You want to glorify that flower in its own natural setting, or else you want to pick it and possess it. Those are two entirely different ways of being. Love creates a thankful glorification of the flower. You love the other you want to see the other thrive, enjoy, and grow. You want to see them become more of who they are, nor matter what that entails. That’s the truth of love. It is unconditional.
Attachment is quite different. You want to pick the flower, sever it from its roots, and make it yours. You want to appropriate the beloved, make him or her be what you want them to be, conform to what is convenient for you in the relationship. Attachment is not care for the other; it’s care for oneself. This distinction has to be understood: Are you loving, or are you attached?
If you are attached, you are going to experience the pain of jealousy and envy. It follows that these uncomfortable states of being become the opportunity to see within yourself the truth of attachment. Not theoretical understanding, but existential awareness of attachment at its very roots…..more awareness…more growth through relationship.
Everything in creation is manifested through energy. In Indian philosophy this energy is known as prana. In China, it is referred to as qi (or ch’i), in Japan as ki. It is akin to the Greek concept of pneuma and the Melanesian mana. The name is not important, though. What is important is what it is and what it does. It can be aptly described as the “universal life force” because that is exactly what it is – the force of life, which exists throughout the universe. It is life itself. And even more remarkable than this, we can all invoke and use this energy simply by the power of thought.
When we want something the desire makes us magnets for energy. We use our minds, consciously or unconsciously, to direct this to bring about a certain result. This is the power of creative visualizations , or intention, but it is not real prayer.
Real prayer is not a device for trying to get whatever we want. It is an expression of love. To pray properly we must unchain the shackles of selfishness from our hearts and condition the energy we invoke with the power of love.Think of love as the vehicle in which the energy travels to its destination. As the great yogi Swami Vivekananda put it: “The moment you have succeeded in manufacturing love out of prana you are free.”
The efficacy of prayer
The efficacy of prayer is not dependent on the whim or favoritism of a mythical overlord, whom some mistake for the great divine source. On the contrary, it is exact in the way that a science is exact. In fact, it is a science – albeit one of which few scientists seem to have much understanding. It is a scientific formula for sending energy, conditioned by love, from the person praying to the focal point of the prayer.
It matters little what you call the Divine Source, be it God, Brahma, Allah, Jehovah, Great White Spirit, The Way, Heaven, or anything else. The love in your heart is infinitely more important than the creed in your mind. Prayer is not for the chosen few; it is for everyone. It is the birthright of people of all faiths – and even of none – to experience the benefits that dynamic prayer can bring.
We can all help to improve the world and our own lives, this very moment, by being a channel for the limitless energy of love, whether this be manifested in thought, word, deed – or prayer.
In truth, I’m not my body, my race, religion, or other beliefs, and neither is anyone else. The real self is infinite and much more powerful- a complete and whole entity that isn’t broken or damaged in any way. The infinite me already contains all the resources I need to navigate through life because I am One with Universal energy. In fact, I AM Universal energy.
I gratefully receive the blessing of unconditional love.
My heart softens and opens.
The blessings of love fill my heart with a sweet rose perfume.
I let go. I feel safe and held. I know that I am always loved.
I am grateful now and always for love’s protection, intervention, guiding my hand and tender grace in my life, in all ways.
May I always know myself to be worthy of love and love myself truly so that I can truly and freely give love to others, to the world.
May all beings everywhere truly know love…….
This is who you really are in relationship to all there is. All the reflections that you perceive are but the universe. There is a piece of you in everything in existence. Every facet, every side, every reflection that is before you, are also other people so therefore is a piece of you in others too. You are part of them and they are part of you. Your soul is not separate from others or from all there is. Humans tend to singularize everything. The concept of a separate individual soul is not what you might have thought or been told. It’s much grander, much more tangled and convoluted than that. It’s so much bigger. It’s a quantum and it’s an “entanglement phenomenon” that many scientists have been recently discovering and observing and it is now science’s spookiest phenomenon.
And yes, it might be “spooky” to you, perhaps it’s frightening for your ego, for who you think you are. Yet I want you to consider that in actuality there is nothing supernatural in this concept, because ultimately in nature there is no separation. There is no division in spirit. Only from your linear third-dimensional perspective.
Ultimately, and as you expand your consciousness, you will not discover but realize that any perceived division is an illusion. For the Creative source of the universe, the soul is expressed through a behold singularity yet is unified into the totality, the oneness. The ONE which is compromised by countless expressions including the unmanifested nothing-ness. In other words, your “individual” beingness is theirs too. There is a piece of you in everyone and everything in existence. Each of US is like a facet of a jewel, reflecting a unique perspective of the same truth, while at the same time echoing and illuminating each other. This is the Oneness which again is an illusion of the “ones” who perceive that. You are not part of the Creator, you are the Creator and your creation, the whole universe, is an illusionary Hall of Mirrors!