40 Days, 40 Years, 40 Prayers

Day Thirty Eight

“Our prayers alone are not enough.”  President Barak Obama insisted today when he was speaking about the mass shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.  True.  Prayers are not enough, if we only pray when there is a tragedy!

Prayer is not something we need only resort to when things are horrific.  Prayer must be a vibration we sustain constantly and consciously.  I envision a world in which we can look in one another’s eyes and pray to, pray with, pray for, pray at, pray around, and pray into one another.  There will be no awkward feelings, no embarrassment, no fear of vulnerability, no timidity, no mockery when we finally, really communicate through prayer.

Forget about polite conversation.  Forget about heated debate!  Forget about lectures and intellectual discourse and gossip and trash talk and talk shows and small talk!  Forget about texting and blogging and storytelling!  I want prayer.

I want only to communicate to you with my prayer, with my conscious prayer, with my desperate prayer, with my passionate prayer, with my mother’s prayer, with my lover’s prayer, with my teacher’s prayer, with my appellate prayer, with my infinite prayer, and with my silent prayer! 

In this world that I am imagining, two dear friends, let’s name them Dearest and Beloved, sit to have tea.  Here is what their connection through spoken prayer will sound like:

Dearest:  Oh, Great Mystery, teach us how to trust.

Beloved:  Teach us how to trust our hearts.

Dearst:  Trust our minds.

Beloved:  Trust our intuition.

Dearest:  Trust our inner knowing.

Beloved:  Trust our sensory system.

Dearest:  Trust the blessings of our Spirit.

Beloved:  Teach us, Great Mystery, to trust these things so that we may enter our Sacred Spaces.

Dearest:  Teach us to love beyond our fear.

Beloved:  So that we may walk in balance with the passing of each glorious Sun.

Dearest:  Sat Nam!  Amen.  Hallelujah!  Glory be!

Dearest pours a little more tea into Beloved’s cup, and they continue to sip while they watch the sunset and allow their co-created prayer to merge with the silence.

I think John Lennon would agree with me in imagining this “brotherhood of man” or, in this case, infinite partnerships in prayer.

Dearest Beloved Mystery, please guide us all through times of deep grief that we may move through yet another tragic incident with consciousness and grace.  Please serve those who suffer most, serve them the perfect energies to help them experience comfort, relief, forgiveness, compassion, healing, strength. May we all take the conscious steps needed to make this a world that enjoys more peace and less violence.  May we give more attention and love to peaceful pursuits and images and songs.  May we turn our heads, our eyes, and our ears away from the glorified and gratuitous violence in films, music, and media.  May we continue to give more and more glory and attention to our own inner knowing, our spirit, our breath of life.  May we continue to give more and more glory and attention to our friends’ inner knowing, spirit, and breath of life.  May we continue to give more and more glory and attention to strangers’ inner knowing, spirit, and breath of life.  May those who have passed from this Earth plane find peace.  May they merge into beloved light.  Akal.  Akal.  Akal.

Sat Nam!


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