CHURCH TALK - AH-SO ON PRAYING
We wish you good afternoon and we thank you for inviting us here to
talk to you this afternoon. I have spoken with you before and the name
I use when I come back to you is Ah-So.
I wish to talk to you this afternoon on the subject of prayer. I am
sure you have all, at sometime, prayed, even those who were in a state
in which they did not believe in a higher guiding spirit. It seems to
be instinctive in the human mind to pray in some sort of way when in
moments of distress.
There are many concepts of God. He is usually thought to be
omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. He knows all, he has all power
and he is always present. He is present in every atom of the universe
and so the question may be asked "why is it necessary to pray? If God
knows everything he knows the situation in which you are in, he knows
what help you need. So why do I need to pray? Is not prayer, in a
way, an "out" showing that one has little faith?"
You pray in order to bring yourselves into a stronger link with that
higher spirit. The act of praying can bring to you some calmness. It
can calm your fear or your worries. And with that calmness there is a
greater link with Spirit and consequently we can help more than if you
are still tense and nervous and anxious.
Perhaps more words have been written on prayer in the religious
literature than almost anything else. You have been given many ways of
praying, many prayers to repeat. But if you follow a strict formula
you lose your natural spontaneity and when you repeat a prayer many
times, unless you are careful, it can become mere repetition of words
and your mind is elsewhere. Repetition of words does bring results if
you are concentrating on them, but it is an inefficient way. You must
concentrate on the words, you must think what you are saying and this
brings into play, will-power, as we have said to you before,
imagination is stronger than will-power. As soon as you use will-power
you re-introduce an amount of tension, and tension gets in the way of
the link with spirit.
So then you may ask how do I suggest you pray?
Hold in your mind the picture of what you want, hold it there. If
someone, or some place, is the subject of your prayer, picture it as
clearly as you can. Perhaps it is necessary for you to send love to
that person or place. Just hold the feeling of love in your heart as
you are picturing in your mind what you want. You see, to do this you
need to be relaxed and the relaxation will increase and with increased
relaxation, the contact with us is improved and you will be better able
to understand the circumstances you are in and the benefit of those
circumstances for you. You will understand better how the situation
arose and how to deal with it. For you are in a material world and it
is usually necessary for you to take action in the circumstances you
are in, and this method, bringing you the greater understanding, you
will know more easily what is the right way for you to behave.
There are times when you will be in a situation in which you can do
nothing. In this case the greater contact with Spirit will help you to
achieve a measure of acceptance and, again, understanding and strength
to continue to the end.
There is much help available for you from our side of the veil. We
wish so often to bring it through to you, but your vibrations of worry
and tension and nervousness make our job much more difficult.
There is in your world at the moment, much conflict, much fighting and
bloodshed and war. Many of you are probably praying that these
conditions will pass. We would ask you all to join in sending loving
vibrations in the manner I have suggested. Hold in your mind the
picture of the part of the world that you wish to bring peace. And
hold the feeling of love and peace in your heart. Those feelings will
go to the area of the world you are thinking about. You do not need to
will it to go, it will just go. We would like each of you to do this
at a certain period or time each day. It does not really matter what
time - just a few moments whenever it is convenient for you. Would you
like now to try that?
Sitting comfortably, select a part of the world where there is trouble,
picture that place - you may form a picture of the map in your mind,
perhaps you have seen a picture on the newsreels you might prefer to us
that. And now hold thoughts of love and peace. Picture the people
sitting down to talk instead of fighting ... picture them agreeing ...
picture them coming to a decision that will benefit all.
With greater co-operation between you and the Spirit World and your
guides, you can do much to soothe the world and to guide it through
this period of change.
This period has, as its main focus, the mixing of the races. The
different races are mixing, travelling about the world much more than
ever before and we are trying to guide the world through this period
and we ask you to help us in this way.
As is the custom with those of us who speak through this medium, we
would like to have just a few moments of peace and meditation as we
leave you. There is a golden light over this room now - picture the
golden light raining down on you and bringing peace and love to all of
Just hold that feeling for a few moments and open yourselves up to us.
(A few moments of silence, then, quietly):
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