Modern prayer researchers currently identify four modes
of prayer used in the west today. Does an additional mode exist? Is
there a fifth mode of prayer that allows us to participate in the
outcome of the events within our bodies as well as the world around us?
Recent findings in remote temple sites where these traditions remain
today, combined with new research into some of the most sacred and
esoteric traditions of our past, lead me to believe that the answer is
Much of our conditioning in western traditions for the
last one and one half millennia has invited us to "ask" that specific
circumstances in our world change through divine intervention; that our
prayers be answered. In our well-intentioned asking, however, we may
unknowingly empower the very conditions that we are praying to change.
For example, when we ask, "Dear God, please let there be peace in the
world," in effect we are stating that peace does not exist in the
present. Ancient traditions remind us that prayers of asking are one
form of prayer, among other forms, that empower us to find peace in our
world through the quality of thought, feeling and emotion that we create
in our body. Once we allow the qualities of peace in our mind and fuel
our prayer through feelings of peace in our body, the fifth mode of
prayer states that the outcome has already happened.
Quantum science now takes this idea one step further,
stating that it is precisely such conditions of feeling that creation
responds to, by matching the feeling (prayer) of our inner world with
like conditions in our outer world. Though the outcome of our prayer may
not yet be apparent in our outer world, we are invited to acknowledge
our communion with creation and live as if our prayer has already been
Through the words of another time, the ancients invited
us to embrace our lost mode of prayer as a consciousness that we become,
rather than a prescribed form of action that we perform upon occasion.
In words that are as simple as they are elegant, we are reminded to be
"surrounded" by the answer to our prayers and "enveloped" by the
conditions that we choose to experience. In the modern idiom, this
description suggests to us that to effect change in our world, we are
invited to first have the feelings of the change having happened.
As modern science continues to validate a relationship
between our thoughts, feelings and dreams with the world that surrounds
us, it becomes more likely that a forgotten bridge links our prayers
with that of our experience. The beauty of such an inner technology is
that it is based upon human qualities that we already possess. From the
prophets who saw us in their dreams, we are reminded that in honoring
all life, we accomplish nothing less than the survival of our species
and the future of the only home we know.
Comparing Modes of Prayer Through the Example of
Logic-based prayer: asking for intervention
- We Focus upon present conditions where we believe that peace
does not exist.
- We may feel helpless, powerless or angry at the events and
conditions that we are witness to.
- We employ our prayer of asking by inviting divine intervention
from a higher power to bring peace to bear upon individuals,
conditions and places where we believe that peace is absent.
- Through our asking, we may unknowingly affirm the very
conditions that we least desire. When we say "Please let there be
peace," for example, we are declaring that peace is not present in
a particular situation. In doing so, we may actually fuel the
condition that we have chosen to change.
- We continue to ask for intervention until we see the change
actually come to pass in our world.
Feeling-based prayer: knowing that our prayer
is already answered
- We witness all events, those of peace and those that we see as
the absence of peace, as possibilities without judgement of right,
wrong, bad or good.
- We release our judgement of the situation by Blessing those
conditions that have caused us pain. The Blessing does not condone
or consent to the event or condition. Rather, it acknowledges that
the event is part of the single source of all that is. (Please see
the book, Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion,
- By feeling the feelings of our prayer already answered, we
demonstrate the ancient quantum principle stating that the
conditions of peace within our bodies are mirrored in the world
beyond our bodies.
- We acknowledge the power of our prayer and know (feel) that
the focus of our prayer has already come to pass.
- Our prayer now consists of:
- acknowledging the peace already is present in our world by
living from the knowledge that such changes have occurred.
- empowering our prayer by giving thanks for the opportunity
to choose peace over suffering.