I would like to invite one and all to join me in a daily meditation or prayer for humanity and the world. For the sake of simplicity, I am going with a time that I have seen suggested elsewhere: 3pm EST.
If you don’t need any more info than that, then scroll on down to the bottom of this post and sign up for daily email reminders (coming soon). Or join the Facebook group for a bit of uplifting camaraderie.
But, for those that are not sure, or those who just want to know more, I would like to share a bit of my why, a bit of why I believe it is helpful, and also some simple prayer ideas.
Why Prayer, Why Now?
If you follow the news, you are well aware that the world has a lot of problems. I discuss the news cycle a bit on my homepage, and talk about how too much news is not conducive to happiness! 😉
That said, events in the US of the last election cycle and all that followed, the worldwide pandemic, and the climate change crisis have drawn me back into more active participation in news and world events. Whereas before I mostly concentrated on doing my part in a local way, these daunting issues we face seem to me to require participation in a bigger way.
For me this does mean “of this world” actions–like speaking up and sharing facts about bad behavior and misinformation, donations to causes, wearing a mask and getting vaccinated, voting etc… I consider all this as getting into “good trouble.” Speaking up and speaking out and supporting and taking action for moral and loving reasons.
But it really can get overwhelming and a bit depressing! Much like the words from Ablaze:
You may be overcome with darkness and a sense of hopelessness
But it won’t matter if you keep the core connected to the onenessAlanis Morisette
Staying connected to the oneness. That is key to finding joy amidst a world in turmoil (and the world is always in turmoil. Today’s challenges are perhaps a bit more existential 🙁 but the turmoil is nothing new)
Some leaders–like Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi–are able to take the turmoil head on with non-violent tactics and a spiritual perspective. John Lewis comes to mind as a recent example. It’s quite admirable, in my opinion. If you have ever been belittled or treated as “less than,” you can probably empathize with how hard it can be to “turn the other cheek”–it’s certainly not something everyone seems able to do, though spiritually speaking, it seems to be the way.
So one way to participate in the world when trying to bring more fairness and prosperity and justice and care is actions “out there” based on kindness or spiritual principles. One caveat: Sometimes change is wrought by riotous behavior–this country was founded on a violent revolution, for example. I understand that path too! When frustration and anger at injustice and harm boils over.
It’s just not something I want to consciously pursue as I try to help create a better world for all. 🙂
Which brings me to the point of this post and my plan/hope to inspire a large group to come together on a daily basis to meditate/pray for humanity and the world. This is not really a new idea, but typically when I see it, it’s planned for a single day. The Peace Intention Experiment is one example. Unity has one every September. There are others. 🙂
The “big” prayer days/events are nice. However, I have always wondered why there wasn’t something daily. Recently, I was looking through a book from my library of books: The Miracle Club, by Mitch Horowitz. It had been awhile since I last looked at it. At the end of the book, he mentions this very idea–a daily coming together in thought for the good of all. In fact, this is where I got the idea for the time of 3pm EST. 🙂 As Mitch explains:
Christian tradition holds that 3 p.m. is when Christ died on the cross. A popular Catholic devotion calls it “The Hour of Great Mercy.” It is a moment when people everywhere (varying by differences in time zone) pause in prayer, silent unity, and good intentions. This time is used not only for personal wishes but also for wishing others well, perhaps praying for someone’s recovery from illness–anything that is needed in your life or that of another.”Mitch Horowitz
I stopped attending church not long after I got to college. I simply prefer to immerse myself in spiritual ideas and practices on my own. The one thing I can’t do on my own, however, is “gather.” 🙂 You know, when Jesus said, “Where two or three gather in my name, I am there with them.”
The idea of the power of gathering is really interesting. Turns out, you don’t have to gather in person. Lynne McTaggart discusses this in her book, The Power of 8: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World.
This book is based on actual experiments (the author was an investigative journalist) that offer evidence that “thoughts and prayers” can have actual impact in the world. Now, I understand that thoughts and prayers have gotten a bad rap 🙂 And I understand why. They seem to be offered too freely and without actual action or commitment to performing the prayers. They also often come without any tangible help. Truthfully, a combination is the best approach–the tangible help is more immediate, but the thoughts and prayers can change underlying conditions.
So why prayer and why now?
My desire to promote large scale prayer/meditation for universal good at this moment in time has arisen from my tendency to be overwhelmed with the myriad issues in the world around me and my desire to “fix” things. As I have gotten more involved with news etc….I see so many specific needs! I have my own prayer practice, but have been feeling the desire to “gather.” Not physically, but in thought and intention.
So–I believe thoughts and prayers can actually be beneficial to the world, especially if augmented by the power of gathering and consistency.
Why It Works: We’re All Connected
This video below was posted on Earth Day by Heart Math
I love the idea of connectedness, and I have spoken elsewhere about the idea of oneness with God/something bigger than my self. Heretofore this was largely a mystical concept. One of my favorite Biblical quotes is “In Him we live and move and have our being.”
But science, and in particular quantum physics, speaks to this idea of reality also. The spiritual quote above sounds a lot like this:
“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.Max Planck, German Physicist
We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
I am not going to try to convince anyone of what I believe to be the truth of unity. 🙂 It’s not really vital to the heart of this project. It was primarily shared for the purpose of explaining why I personally think this type project is worthy of your participation. 🙂
The notion is not a new one. ”…for centuries, prophets and sages have suggested that one tenth of one percent of humanity, working together in a unified effort, may shift the consciousness of the entire world (Gregg Braden, Isaiah Effect, p.237).”Cate Vissell
Larry Dossey, a medical doctor and author of a lot of cool books, has a book about prayer. Prayer and meditation and positive vibes are useful tools for the religious and non-religious alike, imo. Even if you doubt our connectedness, a daily practice of consciously turning away from reality to focus on love and goodness, and to know that you are not alone in this practice, can have positive effects.
Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you’re still with me, I hope it means that you will join me (and one tenth of one percent of humanity)! So we’ve agreed to “meet” in thought/spirit. Now what?
There is no one right way to pray, imho. 🙂 That said, for this type of gathering, there is meant to be a unity of focus–namely peace and harmony for humanity and earth. Meditate/pray for one minute for worldwide peace and harmony
I will share some of my favorite ways to pray for things that feel too big for me, but, of course, you are welcome to pray or meditate or imagine in whatever way suits you!
This is an ancient Hawaiian practice based on the idea that what we see “out there” is related to our mental programming and, of course, the idea that we are all connected. And as we clear our own judgements and biases, as we “judge not by appearances, but judge righteous judgment,” (cool how there is often the same sentiment in different religions) the outside picture changes.
It is said that you don’t really have to believe the ideas behind the prayer for it to work–for you skeptics out there. 🙂 I use this prayer a LOT. I like that it is simple, easy to say by rote, and I find it comforting.
Here it is:
In essence you are using
- Repentance–apologizing for not seeing past the appearance, with a spiritual awareness
- Forgiveness–asking for forgiveness
If you want to learn more, there are lots of good books and YouTube videos. But for our purposes, take a deep breath at 3pm, and repeat these 4 phrases for the full minute (or longer). You may find yourself using it more and more throughout your days.
And, yes, there’s a mug for this (it’s what I do 🙂 )
I talk about the Golden Key on the page that discusses New Thought. As Emmet Fox, the creator of the Golden Key, liked to say, this practice is simple, but not easy.
In essence, what the Key calls for is taking your thoughts and focus off of the problem, and thinking about God instead. A good aspect of God for this daily meeting would be Love or Intelligence. Fox lists 7 main aspects of God: Life, Love, Truth, Intelligence, Principle, Soul, and Spirit.
So, if you choose this mode, at 3p, for a solid minute you think of God as Love (or whatever). This might look or feel different for each of us. If I were doing it, I would likely recall moments of grace, moments of feeling loved, moments of appreciation for nature. Or, I might also visualize humanity as within God (like the Biblical verse) and just sort of feel the love and harmony.
This is the last idea I will share. This method is based on health science –a biofeedback loop kind of thing. It’s actually a great way to begin a prayer/good vibe session 🙂 This is from the HeartMath Institute.
- Shift your focus to your heart and slow your breathing–envision as if your heart is doing the breaths
- Activate a positive feeling–gratitude, appreciation, love
- Surrender to the feeling, let it fill you
That’s the HeartMath aspect. From here you can practice any form of prayer I have mentioned or that you like. Or add this visualization:
- Imagine your heart filled with love like a shining light. Let the light expand and fill your body and then your house, your neighborhood etc…until the whole world is included. Enjoy the scene in your mind’s eye for a minute or two.
Visualization is an interesting practice in and of itself. I share my own healing using visualization here.
So there you have it. A plan to gather in spirit and intention for a daily mediation or prayer for humanity and the world. Please share this with friends and family and anyone that you think might have an interest. If you want reminders, you can sign up for them here or on my home page (coming soon). Full transparency: email lists do cost money to maintain, and so if you sign up, I will likely sometimes send you emails about my products or products I think are worth a look. 🙂 You can always unsubscribe. The reminders are meant to be helpful–not a bother!
I personally set my phone alarm for 3pm when I first get up. A watch alarm would also work. Thoughts and prayers have gotten a bad rap–partly deserved, as I mentioned. But I hope to grow a big community of positive-minded people. Join the Facebook Group Here . Let us be a beneficial presence in the world!
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