“Personally, I believe that prayer is a sending out of vibrations from one person to another and to God. All of the universe is in vibration. There are vibrations in the molecules of a table. The air is filled with vibrations. The reaction between human beings is also in vibration. When you send out a prayer for another person, you employ the force inherent in a spiritual universe. You transport from yourself to the other person a sense of love, helpfulness, support—a sympathetic, powerful understanding—and in this process you awaken vibrations in the universe through which God brings to pass the good objectives prayed for. Experiment with this principle and you will know its amazing results.” —Norman Vincent Peale
This is an excerpt from The Power of Positive Thinking. The author goes on to explain that he has a habit of praying for people as he passes them and he shares lovely stories of how this works is his life and examples of the choice to bless those around us. I read this a few weeks back and I loved it. I believe in the power of prayer. I believe our life is a living prayer. I believe our creations are offerings of prayer. I believe our intentions and actions are prayers instructing the universe. I believe we speak to our truest self when we pray. I could go on. I suppose I believe a lot of things about prayer. I often tell people I will send them prayers for whatever they may have going on in their lives. I always remember at least once in that very moment. Whenever people randomly pop into my thoughts, I often remember to send them a prayer. I try to remember to keep the prayers going. I am sure I could improve my prayer habits with regards to consistency. Prayer shouldn’t be pressure though, I’ll just chug along and experiment with different ways of enhancing my prayer life and have complete faith that it will go well. I like that plan.
Yesterday the idea of praying for people as I pass them popped into my head. I began blessing people as I passed them on my drive to drop my daughter at her lesson. I was having so much fun and filling up with so much joy that I shared my prayers with my son in the backseat on the way home. When we got back into the car the next time, we continued blessing people together. It was a thrill to find someone to send a prayer to. It felt right. I realized that if we cultivate this practice of blessing people we merely pass on the street, it will bless all those we come into contact with. I always try to brighten the day of those I interact with, but I think this all goes much deeper than that. I think this habit can tie us to our purpose and bring more meaning to our days and our dearest relationships. It is sort of like plugging into the universe and the moment we are in.
Blessing strangers as we pass has profound impacts for us and for the strangers. Our blessings go out in infinite miraculous ways we will never fully understand. It’s too miraculous for understanding. In addition to the miracles, this habit of prayer can build joy and strengthen our love for all. It then can extend to those we are familiar with. Familiarity can erode the true purpose and joy of the relationships we are blessed with. The practice of prayer can bless the interactions with those we are most familiar with and keep us fresh in the moment and able to see the blessings and constant change around us. As we pray for and bless what is before us, we must see it more clearly. We will see our loved ones as they are in the moment, rather than the image or memory we have of them in our heads. We will be more alive to the present and more in touch with our purpose and the various ways we can bless this world. We can become at home with the idea that we have the power to bless everyone around us. We can become better at blessing strangers, acquaintances, those nearest and dearest to us and the entire universe as we go. When we bless another, we bless ourselves and we strengthen the bond of oneness that we have with all we can see and all that we cannot.
Let’s experiment with all the wonderful ways we can use prayer today—blessings to strangers, art, kind words, smiles, knowing glances, gentle touches, loving thoughts, creativity, stillness, helpfulness, forgiveness, good old conversation with God and the universe, quiet reflection, deep asking, faithful knowing, complete attention, deep listening…the list goes on and on. Prayer is so many things. The power of it is real and true. In our hearts, we can hear how to practice today. Sending you love and joy through my prayers today and always.