Category Archives: Prayer

Right Prayer Is Awesome

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Are Your Prayers Self-Defeating?

In the last post, I ended with a promise to explain the insanity of trying to use Truth to improve your life. The fictitious runner’s story below is used to make a point.

For sixteen months, Imogene Franklin pushed her body through a tortuous training program. In the upcoming race, she wanted to beat the world record for the fifty-yard dash. On the day of the race, Imogene does something strange. At the starting block, she pulls a rope from her waistband and ties it around her ankles. The gun fires. The racers are off. Imogene, ankles tied together, falls flat on her stomach, scraping the side of her face. Why, after all those months of training, would she tie her ankles together? It was a self-defeating act. Wouldn’t you agree?

Did you make the connection between Imogene and people who are trying to use Truth to fix their lives? There is a connection.

Most likely, you are like many of our other readers. You agree that God is the only Presence. You believe that God is All. You, I’m sure believe – even know – that God is Perfection. Not merely perfect, but Perfection Itself. As God is omnipresent Perfection, there is no spot where Perfection is not. According to what you say you believe, this Perfection has to include every aspect of your life – the whole shebang!

Denying God’s Omnipresence But Still Wanting It

“Praying” with the intention to improve any aspect of your life is denying God’s Perfection being that aspect. Praying to improve any aspect of your life is affirming the absence of Perfection in and as that particular aspect. It’s like tying your ankles before the gun goes off. It’s self-defeating.

It does you no good to start your praying with the absence of God. Denying God’s ever present Perfection while hoping for it is being double minded. Nothing good can come from it. Reader, inherently you know that God is changeless. “I am the Lord thy God and I change not.” If God’s Perfection is not already present in, through and as the entirety of your life, it will never be present.

The thing to do is to realize that the allness of Perfection is all that there is as your life, mind, being and body. The thing to do is to realize that this Perfection is the only experience.

Betty, Joel Goldsmith, and Practical Prayer

Is it practical to not pray about your problems? Is it practical (as suggested in the previous post) to take your prayerful attention completely off of your seeming problems? It’s the most practical thing you can do. The following is a true story.

During one of my seminars in Arizona, I met a woman named Betty (name changed). Betty was a friend and student of Joel Goldsmith, founder of The Infinite Way. At the time of this story, Betty was a middle-aged woman seeking direction and purpose in her life. She was too vibrant to rock her life away watching games shows on television. Betty craved a purposeful and successful life. However, Betty knew that praying for purpose, success and money were spiritual no-nos. Remember, she was a close friend of Goldsmith’s. The core principle of Infinite Way is praying only for a realization of God. As impractical as this seemed, God-realization was her only focus.

On a trip to Washington, DC, Betty and a friend dined at one of those hifalutin restaurants in northwest DC. Her dinner companion excused himself to go to the restroom. While waiting for him to return, Betty fiddled with her linen napkin. She twisted and looped it into a unique shape. As soon as she was done with napkin-twisting, a beautiful and richly dressed woman came over to her table. Pointing to the napkin, she said to Betty, “Where did you get that?” Betty answered, “I just did this while waiting for my dinner companion.” The woman told Betty that she was the queen of some small country and was here visiting the embassy. “I am having a dinner hosted by the state department and would like to have 1000 of those for the guests. Can you have them for me in three days?”

Betty, a former restaurant owner, said “Yes.” Quickly she assembled a team of people to make the intricately twisted napkins for this royal occasion. This was the start of a high-end tableware company that became a multi-million dollar business.

Did she pray about her problem? No. Was her God-focused prayer practical? You decide. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God … and all things shall be added unto you.”

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Prayer Project — It’s Fixed

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I’ve been alerted that people have not been able to order the Prayer Project for several months.  I looked into it and saw that some changes had to be made.  Everything is up and running now.  My apologies.

Now, you can get the Prayer Project.

Try This For Your Best Year Yet

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Move Beyond Resolutions For Your Best Year Ever

Did you make any resolutions for the new year? Why? What are you hoping to accomplish? A better you? A better life? Please answer these questions.

Everyone would like for this so-called new year to be popping with success. People are craving a new and improved life. Most are hoping that this is the year that all their dreams come true. But, reader, you know that as high as these hopes are at the beginning of the year, things usually don’t work out that way. For a lot of folk, the new year ends up a dead ringer for the old year.

In this post, I’m offering you a suggestion that, if followed, will yield greater benefits than all of your resolutions – even if stuck to.

Here is the suggestion.

Take your prayerful attention off of your problems – completely. Stop trying to use Truth (God) to fix the seeming broken places of your life. When you pray, (contemplate, or whatever name you call it,) stop trying to heal your body, repair your relationship, get something, or get rid of something. This includes even the hope that something good will result from your praying.

Instead, let your prayers be for the joy of knowing and experiencing God.

I don’t usually use the word “metaphysical” in these posts, but for the moment the word serves my purpose. Because it is above (meta) all so-called physical phenomena, the suggestion above is the most metaphysical practice there is. It is the only true spiritual practice.

Putting It Into Practice

You may be asking, “How do I put this into practice?” The simple answer is to examine your motive. Whenever you “pray,” ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” If it is to fix, heal, or get, know that your prayer is off track. Then, ask yourself this question: “Am I willing to do this just for the joy of knowing, experiencing and contemplating the nature of God?” If your answer is an unqualified “Yes,” then proceed with your praying.

If, however, your answer is “No,” ask yourself one more question: “Am I willing to do this just for the joy of knowing, experiencing and contemplating the nature of God?” Willing is the magic word. If you answer “Yes” to this question, proceed with your praying.

Dealing With That Pesky Little Voice

As you read this are you thinking, “Allen, I get it, but when I sit down to pray that way, this little voice says ‘You’re lying. You really want to get healed. You really want to change this situation. You are not really interested in God.’”

Continue with your praying. Don’t fight this “voice.” It really is nothing. Let it “speak” and proceed with your praying. Soon, two things will happen. First, that “voice” will no longer even whisper to you. Second, you will find joy, even ecstasy, in praying just for the joy of knowing, experiencing and considering the nature of God. Now, you are on track and “cooking with gas.”

Reader, enjoy the Infinite Goodness of God’s Presence as your very life and being. In the next post, I will explain why this works.

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Have You Called Several Practitioners Without Results?

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The first time I called a practitioner was for employment – or so I thought. Within a few days, job offers poured in. I called the practitioner again and said, “Please stop. I decided I’m not ready to work.”

The second time I called a practitioner, I was in a financial crisis. In a few days, the supply came in. Then, there was the time when I just left the Emergency Room. The doctor said unless I had an operation tomorrow, things would go badly for me. I called the practitioner and was healed within hours.

Reader, to tell you the truth, a Pink-rumped Rosefinch could pray for me, and the results would be similar. It seems that I’ve always responded to prayer. But, this post is not about me. This post is for those of you who seem to get no help from a practitioner.

Marie Watts (of The Ultimate) told me many times that she never received help from a practitioner. During her time in Christian Science, she was acquainted with some of the best practitioners in the movement. Yet, they were not able to help her.

Then, she said these words, “Allen, when a person has tried many practitioners without receiving help, it’s because they are able to do the work themselves.” I believe this. I sincerely believe that if you have tried one practitioner after another without getting help, you can successfully help yourself. Don’t be afraid! You can do it.

Below are two approaches for “doing your own work.”

LAY IT ON THE LINE

In this approach you lay out all the troubling appearances that seem to be real, and then you ask (God Consciousness) what is really going on?

For example, “It appears that my eyes are red and swollen. It seems as though my vision is blurry and out of focus. These are the appearances, but right where this trouble seems to be happening, what really is going on?” Then, you listen. If no answer comes forth immediately, repeat and listen. Don’t lose heart. Consciousness will reveal what is true.

SKIPPING APPEARANCES ALTOGETHER

If there appears to be trouble in your experience, it’s not what it appears to be. It looks troublesome, and it may even appear to be life-threatening, but it’s not. This troublesome thing is drawing your attention to some Truth of God.

In this approach, you simply ask in prayer, “What is the Truth that I most need to know now?” Or, for those who are rattled by the duality of such a question, you can ask, “What is the Truth that I am knowing right now?”

Reader, I’ve used both approaches. When something seems so horrific that it knocks me off balance, I opt for the first approach. Either way, your focus is not on healing but knowing what IS. I repeat the words of Marie Watts, “Allen, when a person has tried many practitioners without receiving help, it’s because they are able to do the work themselves.”

You can do your own work!

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Be Still and Know

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What words of greater comfort, sweeter compassion or tenderer love and understanding could ever be whispered forth into expression? “Be still and Know.”

Beloved, let this day be to you a new day, a moment in your experience in which, if you are believing in fear and doubt, loss and separation, suddenly there opens to you a marvelous transparency of vision, when you hear the Voice of your own Soul; when you see the wonder of Life divine.

What woe cold not be hushed, what pain could not be appeased, what lack could not be satisfied by the loving acceptance of these inspiring words – “Be still and know.” Into the daily life of us all comes the need that mental storms, or turmoil, should be silenced; that the waves of fear, or the darkness of despondency be rebuked; that the mighty vision of Insight should be our refuge or our release.

Therefore the joy of certain Victory is yours. Sense is delivered from its nightmare of bondage, and its deliverer is the Truth. If before you rolls the Red Sea, if around you thunders the tempest and the uproar of dashing waves, even then be still and know that You are “The Way,” – You are the uncovered, dry land over which You shall walk to victory, to triumph and glory. Though the waters may look turbulent, angry and threatening, yet beyond, before your vision lies the Promised Land. The Power which separates these waters into a bank on either hand, so that we walk unharmed on solid, dry foundation, is that same Presence in you which bids “Be still and know.”
(by Lillian DeWaters)

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Haven’t Experienced Revelation? Here’s Help

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Sitting In The Silence, But No Revelations

“Allen, I’ve sat in silence for years, but nothing happens. No revelations, no illumination – nothing. I’ve read your books and have practically memorized Joel Goldsmith’s, but I can’t figure out what in the h**l I’m doing wrong.”

Reader, is this where you seem to be? I’ve been there. It’s frustrating. It’s disheartening. After a long while of “nothing’s happening,” you just go through the motion of silent praying, but you don’t expect anything to come of it. It’s maddening!

Don’t Be Discouraged. There Is Only One Mind.

Because I have been there, I’m offering the following suggestion to newbies in order to bypass this phase, and to the disheartened, to finally find fulfillment.

But first, reader, take a look at the premise that undergirds the suggestion.

God is All. There is only One Mind, and that Mind is the full Revelation of Truth. This is “your” Mind right now.

The mind that has never experienced Revelation – the unillumined mind is no mind at all. It is non-existent.

In short, at this very moment, you are a fully Illumined Identity. You, reader, are Revelation Itself.

Now that you have read, understood and accepted the premise, let’s move on to the suggestion

Try This For Thirty Days

Before you start your silent prayer, acknowledge that you are already fully Illumined. Acknowledge right now that you are the full Revelation of Truth. STOP reaching out for Truth. Instead, settle into “your” fully illumined Mind.

Try this for 30 days, but remember, no reaching out. Settle in.

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The Joys Of Contemplation

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Someone recently asked me, “Allen, how do you contemplate?” Ultimately, reader, you will have to find your own way, but below are the three ways I contemplate.

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My favorite way is to sit in silence for a few moments. Slowly, I repeat the words “I Am.” After two or three repetitions, Consciousness usually stops on the word “I” revealing that “I” is boundless, universal, and impersonal.

Effortlessly and without planning, I find myself contemplating a spiritual Truth. At this point, rather than a sense of doing something, my experience is one of being the contemplation.

This way is easy, relaxed, and totally effortless.

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Since 1998, I’ve kept a “Spiritual Journal.” I have five of them, and scribbled on their pages are many of the revelations I “heard” in silent prayer.

Sometimes, I pick up one of the journals and flip to a page. Then, I contemplate the revelations on that page. The joy of this approach is that I am contemplating Truths that have already been revealed.

Contemplating Truths that have already been revealed always opens the door to fuller knowledge and experience of that Truth. It is wonderful.

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Another way I contemplate involves the Bible or some other spiritual literature. Reader, has this happened to you? While reading a book of Truth, does a word or sentence pop out as if it is demanding more of your attention?

When this happens, I don’t keep reading. I stop and contemplate that word or sentence. Sometimes I ask Consciousness, “What is it I am to perceive here?” I may have to do this more than once, but when the answer is revealed, I feel like I’m going to explode with joy.

Reader, here is what I don’t do. I never contemplate with the idea that this contemplation is going to fix something. Furthermore, I realize that Truth is always true whether I am contemplating it or not.

Many people have questions about the why’s of contemplation and prayer. Those questions are answered in The Prayer Project.  Just a click away.

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The Hospital Visit

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Do You Dread The Hospital Visit?

“Allen, those uncomfortable pockets of silence are darn near torturous. I sit there watching them [the patients] struggle to put on a brave face while in obvious agony. All the while, Allen, my mind scrambles to find the right words to say. Finally, I just stand up and say ‘I’ve got to hurry now before rush-hour traffic.’” These are the words of a man describing why he hates the hospital visit.

Do you dread the hospital visit? Should you ever have to make a hospital visit, this brief post will make that visit a joy-filled experience. Reader, be conscious of this: You are the Light of the world. Make that visit in the power of your God-Being. In any hospital visit, there is only one thing to remember: YOU ARE NOT THERE TO SAY ANYTHING. YOU ARE THERE TO KNOW THAT GOD IS ALL.

Stand On The Rock Of Truth

Standing on and as this solid Rock of Truth is all that is required. From this high point, the right words will flow from your mouth as effortlessly as the river flows downstream. And maybe no words will come at all, but it does not matter.

Sitting in that hospital room, mindful of God’s Allness (and nothing else), don’t be surprised if later you get a call saying, “What did you say to Aunt Nancy? She appreciated your visit so much. She said you really inspired and lifted her spirits.”

While hearing these words, you may think to yourself, “What did I say?” But it wasn’t what you said. IT WAS WHAT YOU WERE KNOWING AND BEING that inspired, uplifted and revealed God’s Presence.

When you stand on and AS the solid Rock of Truth (God is All), every word that you say is inspiring and empowering – even a joke. Yes, even your laughter rings with Truth, and the pockets of silence echo God’s Allness.

Stop worrying about what to say and just be concerned about what you know.

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You Are Invited To Participate

It’s been years since Absolutely Yours has called for an “All-Hands-On-Deck” project. I think that now is a good time to invite you (and every other reader) to participate in this 30-Day I-Am-Already-Enlightened Prayer Project.

The Foundation Of This Project

Reader, you are sincere about God being All. You are sincere about honoring your God Identity, and you are sincere about experiencing the kingdom of heaven now (in this lifetime). If these are false assumptions about yourself, stop reading this post.

If you made it to this sentence, I can safely assume that you frequently contemplate God’s Allness. Perhaps you sit in short (or long) periods of silence listening for the “still small voice.” This is good, but this “Project” is going to tweak what you are already doing. Read on!

Starting With God’s Allness

Starting from God’s Allness as your base point, you have to agree that God is the only Mind or Awareness. And, don’t you agree that this Mind is not seeking more Light, but is the Light Itself? Aren’t you included in this Awareness? Let me rephrase that. Isn’t this infinite, omnipresent Awareness, that is Light Itself, the very I that you are? Please answer me.

The Inevitable Conclusion

This means that right now – right as you read this post, you are totally and completely enlightened. You are not a seeker after the Light, but rather, you are the Light Itself. Reader, if you were not completely enlightened (or illumined) right now, God would not be All.

Before we get to the “Project,” there’s one more question. Do you contemplate Truth and sit in silences hoping to be more enlightened? Do you hope for Illumination? It’s okay if your answer is “yes,” but you must be aware of the implications.

Hoping for more enlightenment and Illumination is starting from the false premise that you are a seeker after the Light rather than the Light Itself. Reader, nothing good can come from a false premise. It’s time to get back on track. I promise you that nothing but good can come from this “Project.”

Starting The Prayer Project With The Tweak

Starting on February 1, I am asking you (and all readers) to contemplate the following idea (not necessarily the exact words) for 30 days.

As God is All, and all that I AM, I am totally illumined and enlightened right now and always. I am the Light Itself. I am Illumination Itself. I AM the full understanding of Truth, for I am Truth Itself.

Feel free to change the words to suit what works for you, but keep the same basic ideas. Follow this with a period of silence – [here’s The Tweak] not seeking the Light, but being the Light. Let your Consciousness surge and soar as Infinite Awareness.

The Challenge goes through March 1, 2016. After the 30 days are over, please write and let me know about your experience.

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The Way Out of Grief, Sadness, and Depression

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Grief Is Unbearable Because …

Somehow the subject of death popped up in the conversation. Responding to the man sitting next to me, I said, “Should a loved one appear to die, the first thing I’d do is call a Practitioner.” A woman sitting at the other end of the table said, “It’s a little late for that, isn’t it?” Without a moment’s hesitation I said, “No! The seeming loss is bad enough, but the grief would be unbearable.”

Grief is unbearable because it is not a natural state of Mind (God). Mind’s natural state is unfettered revelry in Its unchallenged and unopposed Allness.

Reader, answer these questions:

  • Can you steadfastly be aware of Perfection’s unopposed Allness and entertain one moment of grief?
  • Can you bask in the awareness of Love’s boundless Allness and be sad?
  • Is it possible for you to dwell in the awareness of uninterrupted Completeness and be depressed?

Your Mind’s Natural State

Mind, the Mind you are, is this constant awareness of Perfection, Love and Completeness. This is “your” Mind’s natural state. Connect the dots and you clearly behold this fact: Joy is the natural state of the Mind that you are.

The bleak greyness of grief is like a millstone around the neck of joy, drowning it in a sea of sadness. And, sometimes the pull of grief seems inescapable. Many people ask, “Allen, don’t you think there are times when grief is justified? After all, even psychologists talk about the stages of grief.”

What Do The Psychologists Know

Reader, perhaps you have asked the same question. But ask yourself this, “What mind are the psychologists talking about? Aren’t they talking about a mind that is conditioned by appearances and the drama of human experience? Are they knowing the Unconditioned Mind that is God?” Again, connect the dots: If psychologists are not talking about the Mind that is God, are they talking about any mind at all?

In the stillness of prayer, you have known times when you experienced a realization of God’s Allness. You experienced a deep peace, didn’t you? And there was joy too, wasn’t there? Many times you experienced one or both. Peace (and/or joy) always accompanies revelation.

Reader, have you ever realized God’s Allness and experienced sadness? How about grief? I’m sure your answer is “No!” Why not? Because peace and joy are natural states of Mind. Sadness and grief are not.

This Always Works For Me (It’ll Work For You)

Whenever I’m feeling a little down (which is not that often), I do this one thing and it always works. I pray. My prayer is just for greater realization of the I AM that I AM. I’m not praying to feel better. I’m praying for a grander realization.

If the first prayer doesn’t reveal the I AM, I pray again. I repeat this every fifteen minutes until I realize more of this I AM Presence. At some point Truth is revealed. God is experienced. A joy takes over my entire being, and I realize I am Joy.

After the first time I did this, I understood the full implication of the experience. I understood that Joy is the natural state of Mind. I perceived that sadness, depression, and grief are unnatural (unreal) states of Mind.

Don’t Do It

Reader, don’t accept grief. Don’t accept depression. Don’t accept sadness. JOY IS YOUR NATURAL STATE OF MIND AND YOUR NATURAL WAY OF BEING.

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