Prayer is our most potent
tool to contact God
What is Prayer? Why Pray?
Traditionally, prayer has been seen most commonly as a way of invoking the attention of some distant deity to gain a benefit or avoid a loss. The effectiveness of prayer was thought to depend on the worthiness of the one praying, the earnestness of the petition, and some bargained promise of behavioral change.
Prayer is a cornerstone discipline for our community at our Community. Our approach is fundamentally different than traditional prayer. Rather than hoping to catch the attention of a God on a throne in the sky to persuade Him to change His thinking about us, we believe the only purpose of prayer is to change our own thinking-about the nature of God, and our own nature.
We believe there is a Creative Intelligence (the Universe, God, Spirit, the Quantum Field) that can be used by any person to create greater health, prosperity or love in mind, body or total life experience.
Change Your Thinking and Keep It Changed
The practice and use of this Creative Intelligence is what we call affirmative prayer or Spiritual Mind Treatment. The essence of this derives from the ancient saying, that it is done unto you as you believe. So as we realize that the thinker of the thought is first cause to his experience, to experience something different (a healing of any condition), the habitual way of thinking must change.
Hence the practice and discipline of affirmative prayer is designed to keep us in alignment with whatever we wish to experience. The manifestation of that which we desire already exists in the present moment and is simply awaiting our moving into conscious alignment with it.
In our community, those who wish to do Spiritual Mind Treatment for others may become licensed as a Practitioner. Although there is a fee for their services, no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. We welcome your Prayer Request.
Prayer is unique to humankind and has been practiced from time beyond memory. We encourage you no matter who you are, what you believe or how you pray, to pray always... for the health and well being of the planet, for peace and harmony in our time and for an expansion of love in the hearts of all! For we are all in this together!
There are different kinds of prayer. In Science of Mind, we focus on a particular type of prayer that we call Spiritual Mind Treatment. Spiritual Mind Treatment is affirmative, recognizes the allness, oneness and wholeness of God and humanity, and focuses on Spiritually treating the mind so that we experience a transformation in our root beliefs and through our newborn faith actualize the answer to our intention. We do not believe that desperate, pleas are the type of the prayers that result in having our requests fulfilled.
There are five steps in Spiritual Mind Treatment
This scientific formula is delightful because it is provable. We do not say it is the ONLY way to pray, but we are quite confident that once you learn how to do it and experience the results. You will affirm with us that this is indeed the best way to pray.
So who do we direct our prayers to? We believe that we are all of God, the One Mind. We can call this mind Brahma, or Christ, or many other words that humanity used for God, but the word we use for God only changes ourselves and not the Divine Presence that is always in our life. The power and vitality of prayer lies in the awareness of our union with this power and presence. Our approach to Spirit is direct, through our own consciousness. "The Kingdom is within."
"It shall be done unto you as you believe." In dealing with the Divine, we are dealing with a force we cannot fool. God can do for us only what It can do through us. If our prayers are for love, we must be receptive to love and be love. If our prayers are for abundance or prosperity, we must be open to receive it! If we find that our prayer is "not answered", then we must go within asking, "What is it I need to know, understand, allow?" We ask Divine Power within you to clearly guide us. The answers are always within.
Remember, we can always pray! Long prayers, short prayers, out loud, alone, or with someone else. Although we teach Spiritual Mind Treatment, which is a specific formula, we believe that prayer is always good and something to do Now and always. God, the Divine Mind, listens to the intentions within our hearts.
Prayer Works! We encourage you to sign up for our Foundations Course and discover the power that is always there, always within and through your experimentation to prove it for yourself.
"Our Prayers are fulfilled through rising to the challenge we are experiencing such that our faith is kindled from a spark of inchoate desire to a mighty flame of faith through our inner transformation and we become the answer we have been seeking" ~ Dana Allen
More things are wrought by prayer Than this word dreams of. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
We do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all To render the deeds of mercy.
~ William Shakespeare
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~ John Muir
Prayers are heard in heaven in proportion to our faith. Little faith gets very great mercies, but great faith still greater. ~ Spurgeon