#14 PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Prayer is normal for people
Prayer is a normal function of the ordinary person.
There may be no intent to direct it to any divinity, but people explode with praise, gratitude, concern, and contrition. These are the unfocused raw materials of prayer under all kinds of normal conditions.
How to begin
Place: Give yourself twenty minutes or so a day of real downtime by yourself. Find a spot you can go to, have a chair, notebook, Bible and any other items you want to 132
use, stored there. Make it your holy place.
Time. Get up twenty minutes early, or reserve twenty minutes before bed. This is your time for yourself. See this as an indulgence, a kind of spiritual ice cream snack. It is not a duty.
Green is for ground: The green wire in a circuit is there to safely discharge current when short circuits occur or static builds up. Take all your active emotions and enumerate them and present them to God.
• Anger, resentment, and frustration all qualify. Just lay them out in detail. Allow the energy of which those emotions are made to ground out through contact with the divine, just like a short or a static buildup in an electrical circuit goes to ground through the green wire installed for just that purpose.
• Fears: Fear is a deeper emotion than anger, therefore it is harder to access or admit. Lay out before God those things of which you are afraid. Fear comes in different sizes. There is terror, fear of disaster, impending stress, and just vague tensions over having to do things. Putting your fear in prayer allows for those sick feelings that accompany fear to again be grounded out. Let this emotional energy ground out through contact with the divine.
• Hurt and loss: This is the deepest of the three emotions. Loss of someone close, an object, a friendship, an opportunity, are all losses of different magnitudes. Ground out through your prayer contact all the energy of hurt and loss. Leave it, and don’t take it back. The important thing is to remember the loss.
With each of these emotions, establish the circuit which will keep that emotional energy flowing and grounding it out, rather than having it stored in your subconscious or soul. That energy is really bad for you and causes a lot of trouble over time. Feel free to tell God all about the stinking situation, then let that energy go.
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