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Sacrifice ~

egoThere are some occasional hints that Creator considers prayer and praise offerings as significant as any other offering. (See Leviticus 7:12 & 19:24), perhaps even more so. This is something many churches have learned to practice, singing praise songs for a good twenty minutes before anything else begins. But, I want to look at why these should or would be considered a sacrifice to Creator. Throughout the Holy Writs, from Bangkok to Cairo, there is much said about the release and renouncing of the Egoself.

It is, in fact, a difficult thing, dealing with the egoself, that part of us which is the pride of head_and_brainlife. When we believe that we have accomplished all that we have done with no help from other humans or Spirit, we become rather unbearable in our dealings with others. We become “prickly” and “proud”, making no attempt to be diplomatic when speaking or acting out our plans. This is part of human nature, part of the programming in the human brain, taking pride in accomplishment so that we can survive in a tough world. However, it is a bit of programming that needs to be placed in a subordinate roll if we are to function as creatures within a structured society.

Our Creator knows full well how we are made, and I believe this is why there is recognition in the holy writings that we must sacrifice this tendency to pat ourselves on the back and learn to praise, pray and give thanks for all that comes into our lives, and even the opportunity to learn. When we learn to do this, we begin to deal with life through our own spirit, rather than through our own ego. It can be a wonderful experience, as much of the learning that comes through our spirit is intuitive and flows more cleanly between the heart and the head, allowing us to deal in compassion with our fellow travelers.

Sacrificing the ego is not an easy thing, it is the practice of humility, of knowing when to be silent and when to speak. It means working always with an eye toward the needs of others so that they may function and contribute to the “cause” as well as possible. One other thing. Sacrificing our egoself may be more difficult than laying down our physical lives, as that is a once for all sort of move, but sacrificing the self-praise “machine” is an action that must be repeated hour by hour, day by day.

“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.” Deepok Chopra

As Dr. Chopra points out, be careful, you might end up truly happy if you learn to sacrifice the egoself.

Prayer ~

Do you pray aloud? Or maybe you pray silently, in your mind. Do you “picture” G-d when you pray? Do you focus on an object or perhaps a flame? Do you think of your prayers as going out from you? Or maybe inward, toward your “inner light”? Is praying about reciting a shopping list? Or is it about praise? Why did Y’shua combine a couple of prayers from Jewish tradition and call it sufficient, as though to recite the one prayer in every circumstance would be all we would ever need to do? Was this supposed to be “it”, or a pattern on which other prayers were to be formed, understanding that if we grasped the reason for each phrase of that prayer, we would know how, when and what to pray, always?

Each sect of each belief system has it’s different traditions about this particular act of faith that vary so widely that in all of it’s permutations, it is often difficult to believe that one extreme is related to another. How can a Pope’s supplication for the people have the same weight in God’s ears as the prayers of a child? Yet, there are many who believe the Child’s sincere prayers are heard long before the adult’s no matter the earthly “station” of the adult.

Prayer is something about which I have more questions than answers, yet, it is not that Hashem has not answered my prayers, many times. In fact, all of my prayers get answered, it’s just that some get answered with a “no” rather than a “yes”. However, Hashem has often enough said even “no” in such a way that I knew that my prayer had been “heard”, lest I believe I was simply “blowing in the wind”.

How to get a “Demonstration” of the Power of Prayer
by Emmet Fox

HERE is one way of solving a problem by Scientific Prayer, or, as we say in metaphysics, of getting a demonstration.

Get by yourself, and be quiet for a few moments.  This is very important.  Do not strain to think rightly or to find the right thought, etc., but just be quiet.  Remind yourself that the Bible says Be still, and know that I am God.

Then begin to think about God.  Remind yourself of some of the things that you know about Him – that He is present everywhere, that He has all power, that He knows you and loves you and cares for you, and so forth.  Read a few verses of the Bible, or a paragraph from any spiritual book that helps you.

During this stage it is important not to think about your problem, but to give your attention to God. In other words, do not try to solve your problem directly (which would be using will power) but rather become interested in thinking of the Nature of God.

Then claim the thing that you need – a healing, or some particular good which you lack.  Claim it quietly and confidently; as you would ask for something to which you are entitled.

Then give thanks for the accomplished fact; as you would if somebody handed you a gift.  Jesus said when you pray believe that you receive and you shall receive.

Do not discuss your treatment (prayer) with anyone.

Try not to be tense or hurried.  Tension and hurry delay the demonstration. You know that if you try to unlock a door hurriedly, the key is apt to stick, whereas, if you do it slowly, it seldom does.  If the key sticks, the thing is to stop pressing, take your breath, and release it gently.  To push hard with will power can only jam the lock completely.  So it is with mental working.

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.

Every time I explore more about Emmet Fox, I find there is a depth of knowledge there that is as helpful today as it was in 1950, his last year on the planet. Do you remember this?

Love Will Conquer
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
no disease that enough love will not heal;
no door that enough love will not open;
no gulf that enough love will not bridge;
no wall that enough love will not throw down;
no sin that enough love will not redeem . . .

It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble;
how hopeless the outlook;
how muddled the tangle;
how great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world . . .

Emmet Fox

You used to see these posters all over the place years ago, perhaps we will again. God bless your prayers!

Su

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