I'm not afraid to say it: I am freakishly out of alignment with myself... and that's completely okay. It's REALLY hard to get in your own flow and even harder to keep at it. Actually, I'm just now beginning to fathom and experience what being in the flow really means and how precarious this balance is. You have to monitor your thoughts constantly. You have to check in with yourself multiple times a day, check in with your body check in with your heart check in with your head and make damn sure everything is working together because the moment you lose your focus is when things go south. And bam you're back where you started, stuck in a loop of negativity and you feel as though your life is slipping out of your hands. But that's only your perception of it! Your energy isn't going anywhere. Your creative juices are flowing, you just don't have access to them because of your own obsessive fearful thinking. And again, that is completely okay as long as you're able to recognize what's happening. Awareness is power. It's okay to have the negative thoughts IF you know you are thinking them. Awareness ensures there is enough space between you and your thoughts, to allow Source to flow through and manifest your positive intentions.
I was asked an excellent question earlier this week. Oftentimes when I recommend that someone prays, they go "But I don't know how to?" with a hint of embarrassment in their tone. There is a lot of fears and misunderstandings around it because we tend to associate prayer with religion but really, it doesn't have to be a religious act. Prayer is a tool that you can use regardless of your belief system.
Whether you pray to Jesus, Allah, Yahveh, Thor, Shakti, Hecate, Quetzalcoatl or Satan really doesn't matter. Your beliefs are the fruit of your own experience and they are not to be judged, ever.
Prayer is an act of surrender, not weakness. You are opening your heart, stating that you need help and that you are ready to receive it.
So how does one pray? It's entirely up to you but I can give you a few tips to figure it out. First, who/what are you praying to? Who/what do you feel the most comfortable addressing at this time? I don't always pray to the same entity. Sometimes I'll pray to my guardian angel, sometimes to Isis, sometimes to Jesus, sometimes to myself!
Then, what do you need help with? Make a clear statement. Be thorough and don't be afraid of talking too much. You will get emotional. That's very good. If you start crying it means you are praying with all your heart, which is the home of the soul and guarantees that your prayer will be heard. In my experience, a prayer with tears holds a lot of power!
Don't worry about following a script. A prayer doesn't have to be this beautiful poem; it needs to flow and feel natural and easy. Do what feels right for you, always. You will know when you are done. You should feel a sense of relief from opening your heart and surrendering your will to the powers that be. You will feel the warm embrace of the universe and you will know you were heard. If you have any doubts, ask to receive a sign that your prayer was heard.
You can pray in your head or you can say it out loud, it works the same. It's all about the strength and authenticity of your intention. Do not be afraid to be vulnerable. A prayer is a statement and a release. Be as honest as possible. It's all in the heart, babes.