Prayer Versus Meditation

Get a free psychic reading right now at PsychicAccess.comThe subjects of prayer and meditation, and the difference between the two, come up fairly frequently when I do spiritual counseling.

Prayer

I’ve heard it said that “religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell, and spirituality is for people who have already been there.” I don’t believe either are exclusive. A person can be both religious and spiritual, and a person can choose to be only one, or neither. I am not a particularly religious person, but for me to be effective when I read others, I have to be firmly connected to what I call “The Universe”. Others might call it God, Goddess, the Holy Ghost, Source, the Light, and many other names.

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays ~ Søren Kierkegaard

Prayer is where I express my gratitude and ask to be shown the next right thing to do. Spirituality is a state of mind, a way of life, the way you think about others, the way you treat others. All that’s really necessary is the faith that there is something greater than just us.

I watched a National Geographic program several years ago that explained that everything in the world, all the plants, all the animals and insects, and humans share the same basic DNA at the very core. I see my “Creator” as the Universe, and I see my role here as small, but significant. My influence is small, but far-reaching. And when I pray, it’s to the Universe.

I feel like any time we acknowledge that there is something bigger than ourselves, we are tapping into the entire DNA string of the cosmos: everything that once was, currently is, and one day will be.

I’ve seen pictures of a water molecule before, and after prayer, and also when someone expresses hatred or anger or love.  There is a significant difference in the appearance, shape, and even the color of the water molecule before and after.

In 2006, the New York Times published a study using several prayer groups. They had “mixed reviews” overall. While prayer seems to help the ones we love, it doesn’t seem to do much for strangers. Stanford University published a study in 2010 which confirmed that healing prayer actually does work.

Meditation

Meditation has been practiced since ancient times, it is how you find your center, clear yourself, listen for the answers. In meditation we can check progress of a personal, inner goal, align our physical self with our psychological self, balance chakras, heal ourselves, almost anything. It can be used to alleviate stress, calm anxieties, control pain, help you sleep better.

The methods and purposes of meditation are as diverse as the people who meditate. Most experts agree that there are four basic elements needed for meditation.

A quiet location. I have a comfy chair in the basement that I go to, where I won’t be bothered, and I use incense to change the energy in the room. Any quiet corner is all you really need.

A comfortable position. This part changes fairly often.  Sometimes I cross my legs under me, other times I have my feet flat on the floor. The main thing is to be comfortable.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

Something to focus your attention on. This changes often too.  Candle flames are great to focus on. I have a few crystal balls I sometimes use, or sometimes I just regulate and focus on my breathing. A simple, single syllable word, like “one”, for example, can also do the trick. You can also opt for a guided meditation, in which you would listen to someone else taking you step by step where you need to be in your head to accomplish what you want to do. There are CDs and downloadable audio files specifically for this purpose, if you don’t have someone in your area who offers this service.

An open mind. Thoughts will cross your mind, just acknowledge them without judgment and let them pass. They will come up, no matter how hard you’re focusing. If you just dismiss them, or deny them, they will continue to come up.

I usually combine prayer and meditation, and these are very personal habits, do what’s right for you. If it doesn’t work at first, keep trying.

About The Author: Indigo is an Indigo child, her gifts have been handed down through generations, and she has used them since she was a teenager. Using a unique blend of, tarot, astrology, numerology, psychology and clairvoyance, she is able to give you the most information in the shortest time possible to help you find a way to change your situation. She has been a spiritual advisor in her community for 20 years and continues her education, while fostering the gifts she has handed down to her grand-children. You can get a reading from Indigo at PsychicAccess.com.

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