Saturday, July 29, 2006

#48 Carnival of Healing- A Peace Prayer

With more chaos and fighting breaking out in the Middle East and beyond, my heart goes out to the innocents who are having their lives ended or ripped apart by the blasts. So many homeless, so many hurt. Putting aside the politics involved, let�s look at the lives being lost. Mothers and wives want their soldiers to return home, children expect to have homes to return to. This 48th edition of the Carnival of Healing is a Peace Prayer for them - A Carnival of Global Healing.

The blog world is filled with people�s thoughts and political opinions, but that is not our mission. Our mission today is one of prayer. We do not always understand what higher meaning may exist within the actions of others, but we can understand that we have the ability to communicate on a global scale and join forces of our own in prayers of peace.

Rallies around the globe call for peace and ceasefire. The pope calls for all followers to implore from God the "precious gift of peace", while another man in Virgina is arrested for wearing a peace t-shirt. Where does common sense end and senselessness begin? With an obvious picture that shows us a great need for joining together in prayer. Christopher at Intuitive Living reminds us that we are all alike in front of the Almighty.

How do we pray? As unique as we each are, so are our ways to pray. Prayer does not need to conform to a specific set of rules, or only happen in a church, synagogue, temple, or facing Mecca. While all those methods of prayer are sacred, so is a simple whisper asking for help, or lighting a candle with intention. There are many ways to pray.

There is a field
Out beyond ideas of wrong doing
and right doing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
~ Rumi

Mevlana who is also known as Rumi, was a philosopher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him and to his disciples all religions are more or less truth. Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, his peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to people of all sects and creeds.

Listening in silence , we can open our minds and hearts to feel the peace within that we are asking for. The Street Prophets offer a Prayer Closet for anyone to post their prayer request so that all may add their good energies and intentions. �I welcome all people to join in as the power of prayer/good energy is undeniable. If you have any favorite prayers or passages or quotes or meditations, please send them.� Woodsong offers a Hummingbird prayer.

Prayers stretch across time, adding to Eclectic Itchings' exploration of what evangelical Christians can learn from esoteric movements like Wicca, NeoGnosticism, Yoga and Zen. Does prayer exist beyond dogma, beyond words? Maybe it�s simply about Attention and Intention.

Science Musings blog writes about Attention being the highest form of prayer:

"In the 'prayer of the heart' we seek first of all the deepest ground of our identity in G_d. We do not reason about dogmas of faith, or 'the mysteries.' We seek rather to gain a direct existential grasp, a personal experience of the deepest truths of life and faith." A quote by Thomas Merton, he continues, "We discern this truth in direct and simple attention to reality."

"Intention is a powerful tool in the acceleration of personal evolution, because our intentions change the way the world responds to us. Just as a water crystal is affected by the energies around it, the world is affected by the intentions we have for giving and receiving from it. Strong, coherent intentions have a resonance. They induce a response in the world from everything that has a similar quality-the world literally sings a song to us as we walk through it!

It is this vibrational relationship with the world that creates synchronicity. People, resources, and events seemingly appear from nowhere to respond to, and connect with, our intentions. It is this flood of connections that allows highly-intentional people, and highly-intentional organizations, to create in really big ways." � from The Savvy Quester by Kevin Kaiser.

In prayer, take someone's hand and listen in silence, open your heart and ask for peace. It is with my deepest intentions that I offer my prayers for peace, and I ask everyone that reads this Carnival of Healing to post a comment, a thought, a prayer, or an intention below so that our energies combine to create a vibration of global healing.

With Many Blessings and Prayers for Peace & Global Healing,


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