A voicehearer’s path ~

Posts tagged ‘prayers’

A Visualization Prayer ~

the-power-of-prayerA loving friend just sent me a powerful visualization prayer to use in my current circumstances. Among the elements is a bolt of lightning empowering the hands in prayer. Wow! That asks for help from the beings known as the Wakayan in Native American Cosmology, powerful beings who like to help the people. I love that visualization, but I have a word of caution for Christians who call on the help of these wonderful spirits.

The Wakayan are inclined to let your prayers backfire onto you if you are too “controlling” in your prayers. They are also inclined to be watchful that one’s prayers are neither too ‘proud”, nor “judgmental”. It is best when calling on their help to be praying for needs where you have no negative feelings, as your negativity will wash back onto you. The Wakayan are not picky about your religion, nor do they seem to care the color of your skin. They care about how you walk you walk and how you walk your talk. One of the things I have been taught about these Holy Helpers is that compassion is a chief criterion for receiving their help. If you are a person who is inclined to help others, they are more inclined to help you than if you were a loner or one who takes rather than gives.

I am not trying to discourage you from calling on these wonderful beings for help. They are powerful and capable and willing. I am simply cautioning you that if you are not willing to live a life respectful to Spirit and others, you may not want to call on these particular helpers.

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Shiny rocks ~

petrified-woodI have always adored shiny rocks. I collected them as a child. I remember my mother asking me one time what were all those boxes under my bed, and she made me pull them out so she could see them. I had a lovely collection of river stones and arrowheads and Indian beads. I thought they were fun to collect, and besides, if I had my floor all covered with stones right up to the springs, no monsters could stay there and scare me at night. Well, think about the logic, it worked, didn’t it? I didn’t see one monster while I had those rocks under my bed! She made me take them back outdoors. Pssst, I kept a few, and would trade them with my other stone rainbow_4opfriends back and forth. OK, so I was a little off-center, what else is new? Now, with all the New Age shops and all, I get to collect pretty rocks, and only look silly to the folks who label the NewAgers as kooks.

When I moved to Texas I only kept some of my stone friends. Most went back to the Mother Earth. I have a friend who paints river rocks, she does a nice job, and they look collectible when she gets them done. The Native Americans value the stone people as friends, and I think that is perhaps what drew me to the culture as much as my father’s ancestry.

I found a white holey stone once, and my teacher told me to keep that, because it meant that the river spirits liked me and would protect me. I still have that friend. I wear a jade pi now, a circle that represents heaven and earth.

“Jade held a special place in Chinese religion; a place accorded no other substance. It was the link between earth and Heaven, 2282the bridge from life to immortality. It was a conduit, a conductor, the embodiment of man’s highest thought, just touching upon the divine. In religious ceremonies the Emperor often used jade as we might a telephone, except that when he held up the jade Pi form and spoke through it he spoke to Heaven. And through jade, Heaven was said to send its blessings in return.”

Jade: Stone of Heaven, Richard Gump, 1962

Jade, then is a prayer stone, and I treasure it thusly. In fact, that has long been my connection with stones. I think of them as solid prayers. When I give a stone to someone as a gift, I will meditate on what to give and then find the stone that best suits their need in color and shape. Color being the key to the sense of prayer with each. I have no diamonds, as much because even an uncut one the size I would want is exorbitantly priced. I love the way a properly cut diamond shines the rainbow when the sun shines through it. My mother’s used to catch the sun and splay little bits of rainbow scattered all over the walls and furniture.

helioI didn’t feel quite so whacked when I found out as a teenager reading the Bible, that the breastplate of the high priest was a cage that bore twelve stones to signify the 12 tribes. I guess Hashem likes stones, too. Are they “spiritual?” I don’t know, but they work for me much the same as prayer beads work for others. I sometimes use the mantra, “Aum mani padme hum.” when I am meditating with my stone friends and thinking of the prayer needs of others. The “a” in aum stands for the manifest world, the “u” for the transitional world within ourselves where things are coming into being through our thoughts, and the “m” stands for the unmanifest world, so essentially the aum stands for the “All that Is”, the rest of the phrase is loosely translated as a request for enlightenment toward compassion for all living beings, and therefore very much a request for healing for those on my prayer list.

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