Prayer: Where Did it All Go Wrong?


Whether you are someone who never skips prayer time, a ‘once in a blue moon’ beseecher or an affirmation junkie — there’s something you need to know about the different modalities of prayer and the one action that actually makes it work…

A Wooly Topic

image015I was watching Gregg Braden’s, ‘The Science of Miracles’(if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do), and a couple of pennies dropped. The revelation had to do with the way we — in the western world — are taught or believe we should pray. It’s all wrong!

“The feeling IS the prayer, not anything you incant on a loop.”

I was raised a Roman Catholic and, at an early age, already developed a big problem with the system of ritualistic recitals of verses and prayer during mass. I would witness the older folk getting up to perform a stanza, then sit down…then get up to incant something else, then sit down, then kneel, then up again, kneel again, sit — rinse, wash and repeat. I was so confused!

In my experience, there was no feeling (and very little understanding) infused into what was being said. I would look at these grown-ups intoning the words from their handbooks and they reminded me of robots — or to coin a rather poignant modern phrase: sheeple (no wonder the congregation is referred to as ‘the flock’ and Jesus is ‘the Shepherd’).

The only feeling I ever got going to church was utter boredom — sorry, but it’s the truth. Suffice it to say, Roman Catholicism wasn’t my bag and the church and I parted ways — I’m the black sheep, baby!

Humour aside, I’m not out to bash religion nor to offend anyone — my philosophy is ‘each to their own’ — I just want to emphasize the importance of the feeling part of prayer which is the true essence of the motion.

Feel it to Reel it

In ‘The Science of Miracles’, Gregg Braden says that when we pray in western culture, we are usually asking for something — ‘let there be peace in the world’, ‘I’m begging you to let me make my bills this month!’, ‘please heal my sick mother and I promise I’ll visit her more often’. The very asking or praying for something implies that you do not have it. Ping! Praying for something that is not in your life is sending out feelings of lack. I often hear questions like this: ‘But I don’t have it in my life, how can I lie and make believe it is there?

It’s really quite simple. This cause and effect universe works on vibration, energy and frequency — so what you put out is what you’ll get back. Feel lack and you’ll bring in more lack. Pray for something that you clearly see you are not experiencing and more ‘not experiencing it’ will be yours. With all the Law of Attraction teachings, we are told that we need to feel as if what we want is already ours. You’re not kidding yourself, or ‘lying’ to yourself when you change your frequency to feeling the said manifestation. You are merely aligning to the assigned emotion to bring it in.

All it takes is a tweak. Tweak your emotional dial to feeling that what you ask for is already present in your NOW moment and you’re feeling will be reeling it in. In fact, you won’t even need to bring it from the ‘outside’ to your ‘inside’. If you can feel it on the inside, it is yours — you may only need a couple of dimension shifts to actually see it in your reality but know it’s there and those preferred dimensions will be aligning themselves to you pronto! Patience, in this case, is certainly a virtue worth practicing.

Gregg Braden recounts a story of a friend who wanted to pray for rain in his village. He didn’t recite any drawn out invocations — he simply felt the feeling of what it was like to have squishy mud between his toes and the smell of the village after a heavy rainfall. And, voila, the rains came down and the floods came up only a few days later.

Come on Capetonians, get your Noah on!

Oh, What a Feeling!

The feeling IS the prayer, not anything you say on a loop. If repetition gets you to the feeling, then great — but always remember it’s the feeling of having what you want and not how many mindless ‘hail Mary’s’ you do (*confession flashback*).

Want peace in the world? See soldiers putting their weapons down, children safely playing in the street, people shaking hands and hugging each other, smell the fragrance of flowers being passed about and feel the dust being kicked up as the masses dance for joy. Feel the relief, feel the love, feel the celebration.

Want more money? See the cheque deposit in your bank, smell the grotty but welcome odour of the notes — fan yourself with those wads of cash, see what you’re going to do with all that money: see yourself boarding that plane or buying all those beautiful plants for your garden, smell the roses (yes, literally!). Feel the freedom, feel the contentment, feel the gratitude.

The simplicity of pray is to invoke a feeling — to feel its existence already clear and present in your life. It’s fun, especially if you can turn it into a game that you play daily. If you can brush your teeth twice a day, you can take time out to pray once a day.

Hang Ten

Here’s how I pray: I get comfortable on my couch and put my feet up. I take three deep breaths. I set my phone timer for 10 minutes and I go into a deep meditation. I get utterly absorbed in a daydream about what I want and how it feels to have it (let your imagination run riot!). I give oodles of gratitude throughout.

You won’t believe how quickly those 10 minutes fly by and it always ends with me having a massive, beaming smile on my face coupled with feelings of blissful elation that last well into the day.

No-one likes boring ritual or any kind of rigid task, so make your daily prayer/visualization time pleasurable — something to look forward to. There’s nothing more important than making time for this, it’s your future investment.

Are you feeling it?

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What Ancient Egyptians Can Teach Us About DNA and Cloning

A Fascinating Theory About DNA

Todays blog is not going to be an article as such, just a theory that I am going to put forward to you.  So let’s put our thinking caps on and take a swim back over the tides of time to ancient Egypt, a lost culture that I believe to have been about more than slaves and self-righteous, pyramid/tomb building Pharaohs.

Resurrection vs Cloning

Let’s stretch our imaginations here and try to see this with different eyes.  The ancient Egyptians used to mummify their corpses, with, what we think, to be a thought to the soul being resurrected in the same body at a later stage.

“What if they never meant to ‘re-embody’ their existing dead selves but to mummify their ‘blueprint’ (as in DNA) for future cloning of themselves…”

I don’t think this is the case, or not at least initially.  The vital organs were also taken out of the body and mummified in jars.  Strange, it may seem, if the soul were to awaken in its former body minus a few vital organs?  But let me play devils advocate and say that maybe a few temple priests would be on hand in such an event and quickly be able to reassemble the organs in the body.  That is quite a stretch though, wouldn’t you say?

Bear with me, I’m getting there…

The Book of the Dead

I am reading the Egyptian Book of the Dead by E.A. Wallis Budge (published in 1895) and I came across something that interested me.

Mummification or DNA Preservation?

He said that the Egyptians had a very clear concept of death and that there was no dispute that they believed the soul to journey to heaven whilst the flesh decayed in the earth.  So why mummification?

Here’s where my theory gets interesting.

What if they never meant to ‘re-embody’ their existing dead selves but to mummify their ‘blueprint’ (as in DNA) for future cloning of themselves, on the off-chance that their soul may return to the Earth plane and they had the choice of re-existing as a previous form?

Even Thoth in the Emerald Tablets of Thoth stated that his soul passed through the Halls of Amenti numerous times for different incarnations on the earthly plane.  What I feel he suggests is that each carnation saw him in a different vessel but with full memory of who he was previously.  Something that we fail to do upon reincarnation, or most of us, at least.  It is very rare indeed for us to remember a previous lifetime, why is this I wonder?  Are we a species with amnesia and why?

“..ancient Egyptians went to great lengths to mummify their dead whilst seemingly fully aware that the soul went on without the body, the body was left to decay.”

Wallis Budge mentioned that it is a perplexing dilemma in the world of Egyptologists, that the ancient Egyptians went to great lengths to mummify their dead whilst seemingly fully aware that the soul went on without the body, the body was left to decay.

New Information Provides New Answers

No offense to Wallis Budge, but what would he have known about DNA in the late 1800’s?  Never mind of cloning!

He goes on to say, which just anchored this concept for me, that and I quote:

‘They believed in an incorporeal and immortal part of man, the constituent elements of which flew to heaven after death;  yet the theologians of the VIth dynasty had decided that there was some part of the deceased which could only mount to heaven by means of a ladder.’

Ha!  A ladder?  Have you seen the structure of a DNA double helix?  It sure as hell resembles a spiralling ladder to me!  And, again, Wallis Budge did not have this information back in the 1800’s, so how could he compare it to DNA?

They even go on to call this ladder the ‘Ladder of God’ which strikes a remarkable resemblance to Gregg Bradens theory in The God Code which states:

“God eternal in the body”

Which was an encryption (much like the binary codes of a computer matrix) that certain open-minded scientists have found embedded in each strand of DNA.

So, I have stated my case but

  •  what are your thoughts on this?
  • Does it change the way you see ancient Egyptians or even ancient civilizations as a whole?
  • Have we forgotten some kind of long lost culture and spiritual science?
  • Is humanity experiencing divine amnesia?
  • Are we a species in galactic quarantine trying to rediscover our routes and potential?

You be the judge.


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Got It — Inner Art Expressed!

Please recap on last weeks article HERE.

I left off with saying that I still felt something was wrong.  An inner imbalance, something was crying out!

What Could Possibly Be Amiss?

I sat on my couch looking at my painting, still feeling that something was out of alignment.  Do I still have to dig even deeper?

“If you don’t try, you’ll never know…”

A voice seemed to be asking me questions in my head.

Higher Guidance from my Higher Self (HS)?

HS:  What are you feeling?

Me:  Constricted.

HS:  Why?

Me:  I want to paint bigger.

HS:  A-ha!  You’ve been wanting to do that for the past 2 years now.  What is stopping you?

Me:  Big canvas is expensive and it means more paint and materials — I also want to experiment with different materials and it is all costly.

HS:  If you don’t try, you’ll never know.  Take the expense risk just for one week and see how it goes.

Me:  OK.

Stepping Out of the Box

It dawned on me how I put myself in a box.  I subconsciously and consciously limit myself by talking myself out of something for whatever reason.  And usually, they are not good reasons.

“You’ve got nothing to lose except living with regret for not trying.”

If you don’t try, you’ll never know.  So try and at least you can say you have taken that step.  If you succeed — great!  If you don’t, well then just see it as feedback.  You’ve got nothing to lose except living with regret for not trying.

So with that in mind, I came up with this:

I have called it ‘The God Code after the revelations that Gregg Braden has discovered that we possess a code in our DNA that literally translates, in Hebrew, to ‘God Eternal, in the body’.

I also had an epiphany to use all 4 senses whilst painting, I mean why not?!?  Before I started I got the distinct message that I was going to paint something that was healing and enlightening to the observer.  So I wanted to incorporate smell, touch, spirit and sound (I left taste out, for obvious reasons — unless you want a tongue full of chemicals!).

So this painting has been infused with:

  1. Rosemary and Lavender (I instinctively chose these two out of my garden.  When I later looked up the properties, you guessed it, lavender is for healing and Rosemary is for remembering — which you could say would be ‘enlightening’).  I made a tea out of it and used it in my brush water.  I also lit myrrh incense which is apparently good for tranquility.
  2. Prayer for the observer to obtain healing and enlightenment through the art/visual resonance (trying to emulate Dr. Masaru Emoto‘s fine work with water and the effects that positive words and emotions has on it).
  3. Bach.  I played my Bach CD on repeat until I was finished with the painting.  So it is infused with sacred, cosmic sound.
  4. Different textures.  I used a great granulated paint that is awesome to touch.  I also used a glass liner to add some raised pattern effects.

Let me know what you think?  What comes up for you when you look at this painting?  Come on, let me have it — the good and the bad.