God, Am I Talking To Myself? (Part 8)

Why do you ask for gifts past given?  Don’t you know my heart.  Why do you beg me for things granted from the start?

I knew you and loved you before you were born and sent you not on a journey forlorn.  The door to the storehouse will open for you and there you find all that preceded desire.

But what is the key of entrance to gain and how to obtain the riches there.  Belief is the answer, none other will do.  That alone will release the treasures to you.

I’ve walked beside you in a dimension so near, beyond your vision and my voice to hear.  But take heart my child for the time is here, that in person, I will soon appear.

God, Am I Talking To Myself? (Part 7)

Does how we pray effect the outcome of our prayers?  Is it the most important aspect of prayer?  “Rather than asking that the outcome of our prayer come to pass, we acknowledge our role as an active part of creation and give thanks for what we are certain we have created.  Whether we see immediate results or not, our thanks acknowledge that somewhere in creation our prayer has already been fulfilled.”  “The secret is that when we ask for something, we acknowledge what we do not have.  Continuing to ask only gives power to what has never come to pass” (Isaiah Effect, Gregg Braden, pp 166-168).

If we have been given the thought or desire for something, is it because we have already been given the gift?  Are the thoughts and desires like an announcement from the Creator.  Some cultures pray on this premise.  Certain groups of American Indians will not pray for something, for that is to suggest or to recognize that it hasn’t already been granted.  Many Tibetan Buddhists believe that one must “feel” the result and pray in a state of “compassion” in order to realize the object of prayer.

If all gifts have already been given and all prayers have already been answered, it seems the only useful and appropriate prayer is one of gratitude.  Is there a mythical warehouse where God has stored every conceivable  fulfilled desire for us and all that remains is for us to enter the door, and proceed down the aisle with our name on it, and possess the beautifully wrapped package?  Perhaps the “begging” petitionary prayers of most Christians, the “wrestling with God” encounters are not answered because they already have been!  “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).

To be continued….

God, Am I Talking To Myself? (Part 6)

Has everything that has, or will occur, already happened?  Imagine that we are standing together in an absolutely dark room.  We can see nothing.  A door is pushed open slightly allowing light in revealing a small table and chair.  Again the door is pushed further open resulting in our being able to see a couch and coffee table.  Finally the door is swung wide open making us aware of carpets, drapes, lamps and pictures.  They were there all along.  We only gradually became aware of their existence.

Some sub quantum physicists theorize that we choose our reality.  Like a menu in a restaurant, we, we select from many options.  Those choices, be they conscious or subconscious, become our reality.

The human body is fundamentally a hydro-electric plant, comprised of 75% water that is charged with light energy.  In his amazing two volume edition of Messages From Water, Masaru Emoto demonstrates through photography the dramatic power of music, prayer, and thought on the intricate and complex crystal structure of water.  Classical music, for instance, will create crystal structures of breathtaking beauty whereas hard Rock will produce twisted and ugly images from the same water. Similar dramatic effects are seen by simply expressing and saying words of love to the water.  More amazingly, beautiful patterns will result when words of kindness or love are written on paper and held up against the sample of water.  Perhaps, we do create reality by our choices!

To be continued….

God, Am I Talking To Myself? (Part 5)

Dr. Bruce Mosely, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center in Texas, astounded himself and his staff with an experiment published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002.  He performed knee surgery on two groups, one received a lavage or a debridement, while the control group was taken into surgery but no procedure was actually performed.  The recovery rates in both groups were the same.  Many in the control group who could barely walk before surgery, could now run!

In Genie In Your Genes by Dawson Church, PhD he reports that placebos cure patients in about 35% of all cases.  Irving Kristol, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Connecticut, analyzed the results of numerous drug studies for depression and found that about three quarters of the entire effect of antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft is due to the placebo effect.  Kristol later published a second study, a meta-analysis of forty-seven studies of antidepressants from the  FDA database.  He found that an average of 80% of the effect of the drugs was due to the placebo effect.

In the realm of quantum physics there is an often verified experiment known as the Observer Effect.  Light which is beamed to a recording target location arrives in either a particle or wave form depending upon the intention of the scientist performing the experiment.  In other words, the scientist controls the nature of light with his thoughts!! (Nature Journal, February 26, Vol. 391, pages 871-874.)

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy, PhD, D.D. contains many examples of the life changing techniques of the power of positive thinking and affirmation.  Not only are fortunes obtained in this manner, but “miracle” healings from cancer and most other diseases, are frequently realized.

To be continued…

God, Am I Talking To Myself? (Part 4)

Why don’t we see those definitive answers to prayer, those miracles performed like Jesus.  He said that if we had faith in him that we would do even greater things than He did (John 14:12).  When is the last time you saw someone raised from the dead in His name or a deformed, thalidomide baby grow new legs?  One commentator has confined those Bible promises discussed above as pertaining only to the preaching of the gospel to the world.  But that is not what they plainly say on their face.  We are on shifting sand if we have to start making excuses for non performance and so narrowly qualifying the promises so as to make them inapplicable to most situations.  There have been numerous prayer studies performed, largely by Christian doctors and universities, no doubt in hopes of proving that prayer is a powerful healer and that it does produce the results that the Bible suggests it should.  However, a  close and rigorous scrutiny shows the results to be soft, vaguely positive but unarguably not clear and decisive like the healings of Jesus.

Do we answer our own prayers?  Is the “belief” factor, that Jesus invariably commented on each time He performed a healing or a miracle, a crucial factor?  Author Gregg Braden, (The Isaiah Effect and The Divine Matrix) shows a video during his lectures of 3 non Christian healers in concert causing a large bladder cancer tumor to disappear in 3 minutes.  Their method is to simply recite that “the tumor is gone” while believing and feeling the end result.  They do such “miracles” on a regular basis.

To be continued….

God, Am I Talking To Myself? (Part 3)

“All things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matt 21:22).  All things?  A world cruise on a luxury liner, a new BMW?  How about just healing Auntie of the vile cancer!?  “And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14).  Anything?  Are such requests unlimited in number and scope, or must there be no more than three in number per lifetime and be confined to such things as finding those lost keys or wallet?  Ever prayed for that neighbor that cut off his hand at work to grow a new one, kind of like the lepers Jesus healed that presumably grew new fingers or perhaps noses?  “Delight yourself also in the Lord; and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Ps 37:4).  How many of you have desired to win the Mega Lotto?  I would be thrilled to receive the “mind of Christ” and have a “new heart and right spirit” but so far, and I’m 74, nada!  These kind of texts are numerous and could fill several pages.

Perhaps these texts don’t really mean what they seem to say on their face and contain some conditions, that first must be fulfilled.  “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb 11:6).  In my case I certainly do believe that God exists or I would not be writing this post, and have sought Him for most of my life.  Having fulfilled the two conditions, where are the answers?  “You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:3).  There goes the new BMW but what about the neighbor who got his hand cut off at work?  “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Ps 66:18).  This should pretty well cover all those unanswered prayers, for “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and have a righteousness “that is as filthy rags.”  But wait, Psalm 103:1-3 says, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.  He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.”  There’s that word “all” again.  Most Christians would argue vehemently that God always forgives all sins, but get pretty quiet about the “heals all my diseases” part.  You can’t have one without the other.  He either does both or He doesn’t do either!

To be continued….

God, Am I Talking To Myself? (Part 2)

In the hilarious and entertaining film, A Shot In The Dark, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau and George Sanders as Benjamin Ballon, there is a scene that demonstrates my feeling, all to often, regarding the God of my prayer life.  Inspector Clouseau, a buffoon, utterly destroys the magnificent pool table and cue sticks of Benjamin Ballon, as he stands by dispassionately observing, with the deadpan boredom of the ultra rich, Clouseau flailing about like the fool that he is.

This near total lack of any demonstrable response to my thousands of prayers, has been the greatest impediment to a happy and peaceful relationship with God.  In fact, it has been my greatest source of anger.  I cannot recall the countless times that I have quoted “God’s word” back to Him.  The Bible promises, ascribed to Jesus Himself, that I have read to Him straight from my King James Bible ; while near death and struggling for my own life, as well as the lives of others.  I recall all too vividly the many times I held my saintly mother’s hand and prayed for her while she lie dying in extraordinary pain.  Trying my best to pray sweetly and kindly, for her sake, while inside I screamed out in anger at God for His total lack of response.

What about all those Bible texts that encourage prayer and promise “miracles” that seldom, if ever, happen?  Were these the “words of God” or Jesus, or merely the Bible authors beliefs that surely God must be as generous and gracious as they hoped?  Let’s look at some of the “promises” and hold them up to the light of reality and actuality.

To be continued….

God, Am I Talking To Myself?

Have you been blindly praying for years without ever checking the results?  Is prayer’s value just cartharsis, talking it out?  Have we been sent into a war zone without any reliable communication with headquarters?  What is prayer?  What are the “response” expectations from God?  A personal appearance or audible voice reply?  What is the percentage of prayers actually answered in the affirmative, provable with solid evidence and not excused away with the lame “God sometimes answers yes, and sometimes no according to His will.”  This apologetic certainly lets God off the hook from having to stand behind the Bible promises that arguably appear to guarantee a 100% grant rate to things requested.

If the apologetic is true, then why pray at all?  God is going to do what He wants, when He wants.  Why frustrate one’s self by continuing to ask, only to be denied all, or a vast majority of the time.  My personal record of petitions answered in the affirmative throughout most of my adult life is about 1%.  As an example, everyone I have ever prayed for to recover from a serious illness has died.  Don’t ask me to pray for you, unless you’re looking for a way out of this world!!

Is Deism the only rational position for those desiring to believe in God?  A God who has wound up the watch, only to leave it to run down on its own.

To be continued…

Hampster On A Wheel

When I was a kid growing up, hamsters were the “hot” pet to have.  Easy to take care of, low cost and they didn’t run away, although they thought they did.  Most hamster cages came with a big wheel inside that allowed the hamster to run furiously forward but go nowhere.  How many of us are human hamsters under the illusion that we are really going somewhere?

In today’s tough economy many people are working two or three jobs to make ends meet, not realizing that they have no more buying power than they did a few years ago while working only one job.  Dollar inflation and the rising cost of goods, keep them in the same financial situation no matter how hard they run.  “the harder they try, the behinder they get.”

Do you remember that guy or gal in high school or college that you were really crazy about, but despite all your advances, nifty little gifts and invitations to the movies, you never got anywhere.  Running hard on that wheel, but right where you started.

Have you ever been angry with God because your mother died way too young or you lost your son in a skiing accident?  How dare He tear these people out of your life and your love.  And to add insult to injury, there was no answer forthcoming to your questions about these tragedies no matter how much you yelled or plead.  The wheel spinning faster than it ever had, but you hadn’t moved an inch.

Do we get nowhere often because we are chasing the wrong things, playing the wrong game and are using the “wheel” as our method of forward motion?  Have we been misdirected by notions embedded in our culture and our psyche, like “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” or success equals money?  Do we need to dismount the wheel and instead board a canoe floating with the current down the river of life?  In so doing will we then realize peace and abundance beyond our imagination, all the while effortlessly arriving at our destination?

“As A Man Thinks In His Heart, So Is He” ( Part 3 )

In the 1050’s, Yale University professor Harold Saxton Burr named the bioelectrical energy system the “electro-dynamic field.”  Based on over twenty years of experiments, he argued that illnesses, both psychological and physical, show up in the energy field long before they manifest as concrete pathologies.  Conversely, the physical disease could be treated by restoring balance to the energy system.  Degenerative diseases may be the result of energy blockages and loss of cooperation among the energy systems of the whole network of life.

Essentially, everything in the universe as we understand it is energy.  Every atom in the body vibrates at a certain energy level.  Collectively, each of us has a unique individual “energy signature.”  We are all electromagnetic entities.  Our soul has a field of a certain vibrational frequency.  When we consciously bring our minds and hearts to a similar vibration, so that they are functioning in the same vibrational range as our soul, then there is resonance between them, and reciprocal communication between their energies.  This allows healing to flow effortlessly through to the body.

Physicist Arthur Eddington observed: “the stuff of the world is mind stuff…The mind-stuff is not spread in space and time…Recognizing that the physical world is entirely abstract and without ‘actuality’ apart from its linkage to consciousness, we restore consciousness to the fundamental position.”  The reality picture of the soul becomes the reality picture of the body.

“I THINK, THEREFORE I AM”…Rene Descartes