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Jul. 29th, 2007 | 07:01 pm
posted by: sermoa in interfaith

Dear community,

I have come to a happy understanding that all religions have something to offer, none have got it all right, and none have got it all wrong. I don't go to church anymore, but i enjoy watching "Heaven and Earth" on a Sunday morning which is a current affairs discussion show, with an emphasis on faith of all religions. This is all very good, and i am happy to be in this place, spiritually.

The only trouble is, when i pray, i don't know who to pray to. I mean, i don't really know how to begin my prayer, who to address when i am speaking. I think i believe more in a universal spirit than a God of any sort, but i'm really not sure how to address this universal life-force in prayer. Can anyone understand what i mean? Have you any suggestions for me?

By the way, i read a lovely quote recently:

When you ask Me for counsel, you are asking yourself. Asking Me is not looking to outside influence. It is as inner as you can get.

So What Is Your Question?
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Drem'Wk'R

ThePriest says: Names of God

from: dremwkr
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
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At the risk of being declared a heretic I have a few suggestions:
It begins with a question of what you are confortable/what works for you.

I have a story about it:
When I was a little boy, I asked my Grandfather Who was his parents? I did this because Mom and Dad had parents, and my other Grandma at the time I knew had a Mom because she lived a short distance from my house. My grandfather told me his now father was God ever since his dad died. This lead me to understand that even if my parents gone, God remains, and that I would never be alone in the world or in the world to come. I cannot express how much comfort and strengh in spirit I found when I came to understand that I was a child of God, even before I had Earthly parents. I found profound connection and desire to serve others when I thought of them as my brothers or sisters that I was born, developed, played, and was bonded with since before the creation of the physical universe. That in every member of Mankind, there was that connection to God the Father, the Creator, the Source of Light, Love, and Lovely.

The Native Americans call God, Grandmother in the same concept. My Brother-In Law (who is a gentics scientist) calls God, "Heavenly Parent" or "Heavenly Father/Mother". His wife, (also a genetics professor & athithest) call God, "Heavenly Delusion". Latter Day Saints call God "Heavenly Father". For me, I call God "My Boss" or simply "Pa". In leading others in Prayer I always call Him, "Father" or "LORD". I have a friend that is a Pagan that calls God "she". My islamic friends call God (directly translated) THE GOD. The reason that I always refer to God as "He" is because in proper english, if you don't know the gender of someone you call him/her "He". George Washington and Thomas Jefferson called God "Creator". In Babalon 5 the Centari Ambassitor call God, "Great Maker". Jews call God "LORD" (Adonei).

I guess a lot depends on weather you understand God as personal or impersonal, or even both in modality or paradox. Alsw important is how you understand YOUR connection to God.

I hope this helps.

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aimee

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from: sermoa
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
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That was lovely; thank you so much.

I also have a nice story to relate. I spoke about this to my partner last night, who found a suitable prayer in a prayer book. We sat down, prayed the prayer together, and then sat in silence together, just meditating. I felt a very powerful connection of our souls to the one universal soul, and also to the soul of the person i was praying for. I realised that, actually, words were the least important part of my prayer. :)

I think "Heavenly Parent" will work nicely for me, too. Thanks! :)

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aimee

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from: sermoa
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
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I think i agree with you. The previous commenter used the phrase 'my boss' which i don't like. Saying 'God' kind of implies that, and i don't feel comfortable with having a God in charge of me, i'd rather choose to cooperate and work together with the natural forces in this universe.

Meditation seems to work well for me :)

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Drem'Wk'R

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from: dremwkr
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Its OK not to be comfortable with the phrase "my boss". I am an ordained Priest, so I am a servent to ALL. I consider the Christ to be my older brother, and for me, following Him as my Master works for me. I try always to do what He would do ("Think like the boss") and strive always to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit which is an intutive skill.

As I understand it Prayer does not require a human face to focus on, I understand it to mean heart to heart focused "tune-in" or "link-in" to access the transendent to have a unitary state with it to gain the intristic communication that is part of the experience.

My wanderings in "non-physical" realms (remember an a DreamWalker) that taught me nothing has to be actively spoken to have extraordinary or even perfect communication. Furthermore, I have come to feel like this kind of communication, in light of ourselves at core spiritual beings, is natural, "the talk of home".

I know this sounds wild to most people, but I sense you grasp what I am talking about.

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aimee

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from: sermoa
date: Jul. 31st, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
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You know what, i think i do get what you're saying. Communication is not just words after all. Thank you.

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geascian

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from: geascian
date: Jul. 30th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Well if you don't know who to pray to, then just open your self to whoever / whatever is out there.

Sometimes the name of the divine is to be found in stillness an silence.

BB

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aimee

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from: sermoa
date: Jul. 31st, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
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That's wonderful, thank you! :)

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