Prayers are Powerful Reflections of God

14 Nov

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Prayers are spoken, sung and chanted in churches, temples and mosques around the world.

Prayers, mantras, or chants – the spoken word – are at the heart of the world’s spiritual traditions, East and West, whether as the Jewish Shema and Amidah, the Christian Our Father, the Muslim Shahadah, the Hindu Gayatri or the Buddhist Om Mani Padme Hum.

Perhaps the practice is so widespread because people of many religions instinctively recognize the effectiveness of spoken prayer.

In the Jewish mystical tradition, Kabbalists teach that by calling upon and meditating on the names of God, we can tap into an infinite source of power to restore peace and harmony to this world.

Catholic tradition tells us that Saint Clare of Assisi saved her convent during an attack by Saracens when she held up the Eucharist and prayed aloud.

Hindu writings contain powerful accounts of yogis who have used mantras for protection and wisdom, to enhance their concentration and meditation, and to help them achieve enlightenment and oneness with God.

No matter what religion you practice (or none), you can add decrees to your devotions. Decreeing is a very effective and powerful way to harness the power of spoken prayer for positive change—for yourself, your nation and the planet. It is the divine key to personal transformation, world transformation and spiritual transformation!

It’s a spiritual axiom that whatever you put your mind on and whatever you pour your heart into will come true. That’s why our thoughts and dreams, our hopes and visions are all-important.

And that’s why what you think about while you are praying or decreeing makes a big difference in how effective your prayers and decrees are. It’s the mind-body connection.

If your mind is concentrating on your Higher Self or on the flame in your heart while you pray, you are energizing yourself with that light and taking on those spiritual patterns in your body.

If, on the other hand, you put your attention on negativity or lower vibrations, you will take on those patterns. That is why, for example, violence on TV or in movies is not a healthy diet for children or adults.

We must always keep our eye on the positive outcome. We must visualize the highest good we can imagine—peace on earth, brotherhood, a clean environment.

For what we together focus on, we will create.

Both mystics and scientists have demonstrated the benefits of repetitive prayer.

Hindus and Buddhists tell us that repetition allows the mind to focus on God.

Repetitive prayer is more prominent in Eastern religion than in Christianity, but it is still an important part of religious life in the West. Protestants sing hymns and offer lengthy prayers, depending on the denomination. Catholics recite the rosary repeating the Our Father and the Hail Mary, celebrate the Mass, sing hymns and experience peace in the sounds of ancient Gregorian chants. (The Cathars used to repeat the Lord’s Prayer as many as forty times a day.)

Jewish mystics described a similar feeling after repeating the names of God. They called it a transforming moment in which they entered the highest state of consciousness possible for human beings.

The Eastern Orthodox Church has also preserved a tradition of repetitive prayer.

From the Buddhists and Hindu mala (Sanskrit “garland”), to the Catholic rosary, Anglican prayer beads, to the Muslim misbaja many faiths have a form of prayer beads to track their repetitive prayer rituals.

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But for centuries, skeptics pooh-poohed repetitive prayer as a superstition without measurable benefit, often confusing Jesus’ remonstration against rote prayer to include all repetitive prayer. Now, science has come to the aid of religion—a doctor at Harvard Medical School documenting beneficial physical effects from repetitive prayer, including the very prayers that monks used for centuries.

Many who decree have also felt this oneness with God.

For centuries, mystics have been telling us that sound actually creates matter. (A mystic is someone who seeks direct contact or union with God.) Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish mystics believe that the Word creates and pervades everything that exists.

But, the sound by which all things are created isn’t just any sound. It’s the Word of God.

In the Bible John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Interestingly, in the ancient Hindu Vedas we read, “In the beginning was Brahman with whom was the Word, and the Word is Brahman.”

Mystics believe the world is a reflection of infinite combinations of sound patterns. They say that all things, from the biggest star to the smallest flower—and even you and I—are coagulations of sound waves.

On a cosmic scale, there may be evidence that sound has left its imprint on the galaxies. Some scientists argue that the galaxies are not arranged at random but in a regular pattern of clusters. Now researchers are suggesting that it was primordial sound waves that helped create this pattern of clusters.1

In the field of cymatics, Prof. Hans Jenny, a Swiss scientist, found that sound waves passed through various kinds of malleable matter, such as paste and sand, caused the formation of geometric patterns.

Following Jenny’s lead, photographer Alexander Lauterwasser photographed the patterns on the surface of water set into motion by the sound of pure sine waves, vocal music and music by Beethoven. Looking at these patterns, we can begin to imagine how creation by sound might occur.

The more one studies these things, the more one realizes that sound is the creative principle. It must be regarded as primordial. No single phenomenal category can be claimed as the aboriginal principle. We cannot say, in the beginning was number, or in the beginning was symmetry, etc. These are categorical properties which are implicit in what brings forth and what is brought forth. By using them in description we approach the heart of the matter. They are not themselves the creative power. This power is inherent in tone, in sound.   – Hans Jenny

We can harness that sound force for positive change. The mystics of East and West have connected with the power of creation by repeating spoken mantras and the names of God.

Many people are discovering that if they use the energy of sound properly, they can create positive change in every area of life.

By ultimate knowledge of sound, man can not only create, but he can also destroy. This is why the masters and gurus of the East require long periods of testing and proving of the chelas before each level of greater power can be bestowed by the giving of the inner secrets of the Word.

Nevertheless, the use of sound is available unto anyone who makes the effort—and upon the magnitude of effort rests the degree of control, power and spiritual attunement that comes into our lives.     – Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Prayer is sound and has power. The power of God.


1. See Sound Waves May Drive Cosmic Structure, Science News 151, 11 January 1997.

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