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  • #84432
    Jude
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    Linda, ditto what Alevia said! That is beautiful!! :)

    #84597
    capistrano
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    I do pray the rosary every morning after I do my meditations. I just got in the habit of it months ago. I also have conversations with God and my guides and with those who have crossed over. I think about them and their lives and all the special memories, the funny and the serious. I send the white light to family members who are still here who may be having a difficult time in their life and I ask that their burden be lighter or that they are given the strength to bear it. Whatever feels right and comes from my heart usually does it for me. Cathy :musicnote :musicnote

    #84604
    canadianmom
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    Hi Irish!
    I’m Catholic, and say what’s called a heart prayer every night before bed. I thank the good Lord for the day, for the many blessings (the people I’ve met that day), for peace for those who find it hard to let go and say good bye, for the safety and guidance for my family, and for my own safety while I sleep, and for guidance, and protection as I continue on the journey of life.

    I hope this helps! :)

    #87002
    RDMyers65
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    Perhaps, being non-Christian, I see prayers a bit differently than most. Yes, often times, a prayer is asking for something that is needed, however, that is not the most important thing to prayer. There are many I know who only pray when they need something or it’s convient for them. To me, that is wrong. A prayer is merely communication. Pure and simple as that.

    If you had a friend who all they ever do is speak to you when they want something from you, how would you feel. Come to think of it, I am sure we all have friends like that or have in one point or another in our lives. You wouldn’t feel very appreciated.

    But, if you have a friend whom you can share your ups as well as downs, laugh as well as cry, and above all appreciate, then that friendship becomes stronger. This is all prayer really is, and should be. Communication among you and those who love you, even if they are deity or on the other side.

    #87003
    Joe100
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    I was born into a loving Catholic family and for many years followed the teachings. However… I soon realised the most important asset is Faith, regardless of birth religion. I simply open up to the Greater Good and ask for whatever I wish – as long as it serves FOR the greater good. I feel the original teachings have been victim to the hands of Man and therefore warped over time. I’m sure the scripture will even out in time, but until then I’ll go straight to “the boss”

    #87006
    powerfulpug
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    It has been interesting for me to this thread, because it has been something I have been struggling with for a while. I have decided to keep my prayers simple and to include those in my family,both here and on the other side, friends and the people and families I work with( I work in a large childcare center). I pray that those around me find a way to be safe, happy and leave the baggage they carry behind. Sometimes I write prayers for members of my family, but have yet to share them. I hope someday to trust that it would be a positive, but they don’t share in my spiritual views and I don’t want the conflict. Maybe I’ll find the courage I need to share.
    Sheila:)

    #87017
    Silly
    Participant

    My daughter said she never prays. I told her, maybe not consiously, but she does. All it takes is a warm loving thought about another person. Wishing someone well. Things like this, is all like praying. I told her you don’t need to be in church, bend on your knee or even clasp your hands and have your eyes closed. It’s all in the thought.
    My oldest daughter, says her prayers. Everyone has a way they get their thoughts to God across. Some people like to light a candle.
    I believe that if it comes from the heart, it will be heard. I have my own way of praying that is comfortable for me. Sometimes I feel that I need to reword it, that it wasn’t enough, but that too comes from the heart. Prayers are free, and easy to give. Just say another one, and know that the person will recieve it no matter how it’s worded.
    God Bless
    Silly:musicnote

    #87018
    radiantglow
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    I think I do or have done all of the above. LOL I also believe it is more about communication, whenever and however you feel like doing it at the moment, than about asking for things or giving thanks. I ask for things and give thanks, too, though, of course. I love and use all different kinds of prayer at different times.

    I also try to communicate with spirit guides and angels. I think spirit guides are the artists formerly known to me as guardian angels. I’ve come to believe Mary Magdalen had a much more central role in things than we are taught and I’ve believed in God as both father and mother from childhood. Sylvia Browne gives this aspect a separate name which is interesting to me. But the prayer methods are the same – a mix of everything.

    The only other ways I haven’t seen mentioned yet is a prayer I used to do whenever things were really, really bad: I would visualize God in her motherly form, holding me, smoothing my hair, letting me cry in her lap until I felt better. Mostly a wordless prayer. It’s very comforting to me, but it’s true that prayer is very personal.

    And I pray in traffic and when I see planes overhead, etc. for God to keep us / them in the palm of your hand until we / they get safely where we’re / they’re going.

    I love the Hail Mary and say it often, especially when I hear on the news someone has died or if I hear sirens outside. I pray for whoever it is and say thanks it’s not for me or mine today. I love the rosary but rarely get through a whole one. It’s long! And I love Mass. I pray a lot of personal prayers during Mass.

    I actually don’t really believe that souls who have crossed over need our prayers much, though they might like communicating with us. I could be wrong but for now it doesn’t ring true for me. They are better off than we are. I don’t pray for them except around Halloween, All Saints’ and All Souls’. You can remember someone with love any time though. To me, that is not prayer.

    I have various saints I call upon in various situations and likewise, at different times I pray to people on the other side to look over those who are still here and to use some of their pull with God. LOL As an example, I ask my grandmother to watch over my father a lot these days, to come around him and help and comfort him if she can. Or, if I pray to Mary (Mother of God) about him, I use his name and mention my grandmother, whom she of course knows, that he is Sarah’s son, because Mary was a mother, too and I know she will understand…

    I don’t know. That looks kind of loony typed. LOL Prayer loses a lot when you try to talk about it or verbalize it. It seems a bit odd or silly, even though it’s not. I rarely pray out loud (or kneel) except at Mass or some similar group function. Silent or whispered seems better to me. (Btw, I was protestant, went to Catholic school, and converted to Catholicism some years ago.)

    I might ask for help or knowledge, in a way, from someone who has crossed over… not that I expect specific, clear cut answers any more than I do from God. For me, it really is just like talking to them though, silently in my head. It’s informal. I often do it while I’m walking. I say whatever I want and let it go. I don’t ask for ‘signs’ or anything from them. Only once or twice directly from God and I’m still not that comfortable with the idea of ‘testing’ God. I don’t make deals either.

    Lately, I have come to believe that when you are suddenly thinking of someone who has died, when you might not normally think of them all the time, it is because they are around you and ‘thinking of’ or trying to communicate with you. If that is not something John says, I probably got it from Sylvia Browne. It resonates with me.

    When I was a kid, they used to say if you were suddenly thinking of someone (who’s alive) that you hadn’t thought of in a long time, it meant they were thinking of you, too. I’m not sure I believe that. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.

    I tend to believe it more of people who have crossed over somehow. So now, when that happens to me, I usually say something to them silently, however brief or vague. It’s a comforting thought anyway.

    Sorry for rambling. HTH

    #87026
    SusanAT
    Participant

    Its me again. I have learned a little something since I first posted on this site. Its about “praying your life experiences”. A friend mentioned it to me and I found a little book on it. Its something most of us do every day and don’t consider it praying. Its going over events in our day and trying to think of ways that we could have handled things better, more patiently, more honestly and making the decision to handle the situations a little differently if we face them again. It can be as simple as how we greet people each day or how we deal with our children, our husband/wife etc. Its when we try to see the Truth in our daily events….God is Truth. I analyse how I handle situations all the time, and have for many years but never thought of it as a form of prayer but I guess it really is if we do it honestly and with a loving spirit.
    Just thought someone out there might be able to relate.
    Susan

    #87030
    Joe100
    Participant

    Originally posted by SusanAT
    Its going over events in our day and trying to think of ways that we could have handled things better, more patiently, more honestly and making the decision to handle the situations a little differently if we face them again

    That maybe all there is to it??? ;)

    #87037
    a_p_
    Participant

    Originally posted by powerfulpug
    It has been interesting for me to this thread, because it has been something I have been struggling with for a while. I have decided to keep my prayers simple and to include those in my family,both here and on the other side, friends and the people and families I work with( I work in a large childcare center). I pray that those around me find a way to be safe, happy and leave the baggage they carry behind. Sometimes I write prayers for members of my family, but have yet to share them. I hope someday to trust that it would be a positive, but they don’t share in my spiritual views and I don’t want the conflict. Maybe I’ll find the courage I need to share.
    Sheila:)

    I am so glad to see this…..as I don’t “pray” I surround folks with a heart full of love……. that seems to do it for me….. I get a profound sense of peace and a fullness I can’t describe.
    I also do light candles for folks that have crossed and just stand and talk to them……. the friendly glow of the flame during the day reminds me of them every time I see it…..and I get a warm feeling for them and for me
    ap

    #87048
    Linda Baldwin
    Participant

    It’s interesting that this thread was in my email. I posted a reply so long ago that I didn’t remember it. I guess it came to me today because I needed it. There must have been 15 replies since my post, but the site waited until today to let me know that there was a “reply to the thread that I subscribed to”.

    Like everyone on the east coast, 23 days of rain is starting to get to me. I’ve been having a mini depression, but trying to use the down time to go inward. So, this was the state of mind I was in when, while driving home from work, I thought of a cousin of mine who is battling cancer. I wished I could stop in and see them but I didn’t know which house they lived in in a huge neighborhood.

    I forgot about it until two days later, I was told that my cousin passed away that same day that I thought of him.

    I went to his veiwing last night and was overcome with feelings of love. I kept seeing the light ripple near his casket during the prayer service. I felt completely present in the moment and I talked to my cousin.

    I came to my computer this morning and saw this thread. I feel like my cousin is talking back in his own way.

    Prayer is communication that is prayer. Just being present and not turning communication into supernatural, but just natural is my form of prayer. I think my cousin is trying to convey that to me.

    Thank you for everything.

    Linda

    #87052
    Silly
    Participant

    Linda,
    Sorry to hear about your cousin. I will remember you and your cousin in my prayers.
    I think that your cousin was communicating to you, and you did notice at the time, and then again at the viewing. It seems like it was a beautiful moment, always live in the moment! I’m glad that you did talk to your cousin. I’m sure he was aware.
    I had a similar experience while bringing my sister to visit with my Uncle in Oct. We stopped by, and I had a feeling he was in the hospital. Turned out that he was in the hospital as I had thought. He is ok now, but realizing that our feelings are usually right on, is an eye opener.
    God Bless you and your family,
    Silly :musicnote

    #87064
    Pam B
    Keymaster

    Originally posted by Joe100

    Originally posted by SusanAT
    Its going over events in our day and trying to think of ways that we could have handled things better, more patiently, more honestly and making the decision to handle the situations a little differently if we face them again

    That maybe all there is to it??? ;)

    I think it’s a good starting place :) Caroyln Myss calls this (paraphrasing) “calling your spirit back from the places you shouldn’t have sent it.” The Catholics call it “going to confession.”

    John Edward refers to the “life review” when we get to the Other Side. Why wait? If we did this more often here on earth, we’d be more appreciative of those in our lives, and we’d live truer to our values. Instead of getting caught up in the moment and saying so often, the things we wished we hadn’t said, or doing what we regretted later. We’d think first, “oh wait, I don’t want to have to discuss this with myself when I examine my conscious later on.”

    I think it’s more prayer with “self” — preparing for prayer to come, with the divine. A good practice, :thumbsup: that I don’t do often enough.

    #87071
    naomi
    Participant

    How timely for me, too, to have read this thread. I don’t get here very often anymore. Just seems I’ve got so many other things taking up my day. But, tonight I thought ” I wonder what’s going on over at the Friends’ site”. Then I was drawn to read this thread.

    I had an incident at work today that is just what Pam is relating above. On the ride home I thought over a gossip session I had with two other women and felt really ashamed at being so disloyal to other folks I work with every day. I thought about how I would have been a much better person had I kept my mouth shut and not added my two cents worth just so I’d feel a bit more important for 5 minutes.

    I have recently become aware of the fact that my circle of relatedness is widening. I feel I am praying for the individuals who have had a part in my life (or are in my circle of spirits) by just remembering their existence. Sort of like touching base with them. But, now I have become aware that the lady who I see at the church where I walk everyday is now a member of my circle as well as the my doctor and her nurse. I become more and more curious about how all these others fit into the plan I am currently living.

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