During lunch today, I find Iyanla Vanzant’s prayer contact site: www.iyanla.com
contact. How lovely, I think to myself, that people can request prayers when in need. As I contemplate her web page, a new thought comes into my awareness. It is a spark of creative impulse that desires to be heard. This is how messages from the divine flow through me. This new thought in my mind, begins: “Prayer is a whisper from the universe.” What? I thought prayer was a request to the universe. Many times the messages I receive do not start out sounding logical. I just need to let the words flow without questioning them.
I have learned the importance of honoring the creative impulse right away, in the moment, from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic. I take out a piece of paper to write down what is coming through. I must detach from my questioning mind to receive these messages. Therefore, I do not retain them in detail when I am finished. Many beautiful and important words of a message are lost, if I just witness them without recording them onto paper. Before I can write a word, a gentleman enters my office with an emergency situation about the office plumbing. The critical time for receiving the message is lost, my lunch time expires, and I must return to work.
I forget completely about the message until I allow myself to get into bed early. I begin pondering if I want to continue reading Big Magic, which is on my night stand, or see if any new messages desire to come though by writing? That is when I recall the prayer message from this afternoon. I wonder if I can still tap into this message. Is the creative impulse for this particular message still there? I begin by writing the phrase I remember from lunch and the message that desired to be know, unfolds effortlessly. I share it with you here:
Prayer is a whisper from the universe, the universe within us, to the greater universe which appears to be outside of us. Prayer is a whisper to please remember us and our loved ones. Please help us with our knowing of your presence. “Universe fill us with remembrance” is what we really pray for, no matter the words.
If we have lost our way, find us. If we are afraid, love us unconditionally. If we are ill, please heal us. Many are the prayers of the universe within us, but no prayer is greater than this: “Help me to love others”.
The communication comes to its natural close. I am in awe of the message and filled with gratitude that this message of prayer remained close, so I would witness its wisdom and share it with you; because the greatest reason to receive these messages is to share them.
I turn out the light and nestle into my bed pulling the sheet close around me. Filled with love, I close my eyes and offer my whispered prayer: “Please help me to love others, please help me to love everyone”. Will you join in this prayer?