It is said that we ask God through prayer and we listen to God through meditation. It is through this continual cycle of communication from us to our Higher Power and then from a Higher Power back to us that helps us to begin to see what is called emotional sobriety.
As we come to rely on this relationship with our Higher Power we start to notice the freedom we have craved, freedom from our childhood survival traits. We can begin the journey towards our Higher Power in the knowledge that our Higher Power understands us better than we understand ourselves. We begin to rely on this faith and trust in the same way that a goat relies on his ability to stay rooted on the side of a mountain.
And as we find freedom from our childhood survival traits, we become more aware of when we slip back into using them in our adult lives. This often happens in times of stress or when we move away from the program and it's daily actions.
When we move towards our survival traits we will see that we struggle in our relationships, we lose self-respect and we lose sight of living in the present moment.
In order for us to increase the strength of our faith, we must improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power. This brings us clarity together with the understanding that we don't need to ‘people please’ others in order to make us feel OK. We take steps towards being our true selves in relationships with people we love.
And each time we do this we are rewarded with positive changes in our lives, feeling connected to a Higher Power and, in due course, experience the miracles that come with working a Program like this.
Life is like being in a small boat on a river. The river flows downstream and sometimes we cannot see what is around the river bend. However we continue in our small boat - bobbing along - trusting that all will be well when we go around the bend.
Many of us have been trying to swim against the flow it’s taken it's toll. Stress, confusion, anxiety and depression have dominated our lives. By sitting back and going with the flow we learn to accept the natural order of things that our Higher Power has waiting for us.
Some of us have experienced prayer at the most extreme times. We ask ourselves how our Higher Power allowed us to endure so much pain. We have slumped to our knees, put our heads in our hands and begged God to help us. Our prayers were answered. Didn’t we make it through the dark shadows of that night?
Now we can look back and ask ourselves, whose plan were we following? We begin to discover the supremacy of handing our will and our lives over to a power greater than us. We do this every day, every hour and, sometimes, minute by minute.
In prayer we talk to God. This can be in any formal prayer with eyes closed and hands clasped. But it can just as easily be a commentary, thoughts or a letter. This can take place in the formality of a recognized religious building, but it can just as effectively take place at home, at work or on a walk. Prayer is not complicated; it is simply directing our attention towards our Higher Power.
By consistently praying for one month we begin building a strong relationship with our Higher Power. We begin to see what our Higher Power's vision is for us. We start to trust that our Higher Power will also give us the tools to carry out that vision. Nothing is shown to us that we can’t fulfill.
Meditation is how we listen to our Higher Power. There are many ways to meditate and one such way is Mindfulness (click on this link to discover a mindfulness meditation). There are books, courses, videos, teachers and apps. All tools are equal when it comes to meditation because there is no one correct way to meditate.
The goal of any meditation is to quiet thoughts so as to hear the word of God. As we tune into ourselves, we tune into the God within us. We find peace and serenity and these two states of mind help us to drop anxiety, chaos and tension. We are then more open to the word of our Higher Power.
History shows us how the great spiritual seekers all used meditation to improve their conscious contact with their Higher Power. This is not new. For us, however, it maybe very new and we start with caution. Why caution? That’s because meditation quiets the mind and, for many of us, we have never experienced a quiet mind. This may bring us in touch with some feelings that our chaotic minds are trying to avoid.
But we don’t use that as an excuse not to start; we simply start to meditate for a short time and then increase the time until we feel the connection to our Higher Power.
Pray every morning.
Pray every morning and meditate every evening.
Pray & meditate every morning and only meditate every evening.
Pray & meditate every morning and every evening.
Some of us also have a God Box. This is a special box a special box in which we put our written requests to God. We write down on a small piece of paper what we want and then slip it into the God Box. Follow this for one month and become surprised and delighted at the Miracles that conspire.