A few comments about E.A.'s most recent newsletter…
I have lived practically everywhere on this planet from California and Oregon to ancient Celtic Battle grounds in Europe and majestic Zen monasteries in Japan.
I always find myself coming back to the mountains and the deserts of the Southwest in the U.S. There is definitely a freedom, a vast emptiness, that doesn’t seem to be found anywhere else. I can disappear into the mountains or deserts here for days, even weeks, never to be bothered once by anyone. Beautiful land.
In any case, I wanted to address the power of prayer. In my experience, prayer is mostly ineffective because it is used as an act of supplication. The words are weak, usually affirming your own lack of power, pleading to some entity outside of yourself, to help you.
“God, give me strength, give me money, don’t make my life so hard, etc.”
What you are basically telling your unconscious mind is “I am weak, I have no money, my life is hard.” Since on that deeper level of mind you are the creator, you just may not have made that conscious realization, your mind says, OK, manifest more of the same.
If you ever see a powerful Shaman pray, you will undoubtedly notice a few things. They pray in deep trance, directly connected to their own God-Self. It is no longer a prayer to an outside entity, but an affirmation that their Spirit or God they are praying to, and their own SELF are ONE.
They may use ritual gestures to deepen the level of prayer, and they always affirm their prayer as an experience that is already happening. There is no doubt in their mind that what they want is already existing, and they simply recognize this and align themselves with that new reality.
There is no need for gratitude, worship, demands. You simply assert that you and the Creator, the Absolute, are one and the same, and you will experience the greatest power you have ever known.
My two cents…