I decided to compile all the elements – the prayers, the poems and the paintings – into a book in the hopes that anyone who took the time to let the words and images really wash over them might get a dose of what I had experienced in their creation -- a taste of the sacred.. It took me four years between the conception of the idea in 2012 and the publication of the book late this spring.
The prayers were all written for the cover of the Order of Service at the Center for Spiritual Awakening (then Pacific Coast Church) in Pacific Grove, where I am associate minister. Congregants kept reporting to me that they had pasted them up on their refrigerators or on mirrors in their bathrooms and that they were still referring to them years later. After hearing this from a number of people, it occurred to me that perhaps if I put them all together in some form it might be a useful resource..
The prayers are tailored to address a specific need or desire.. Say, for example, a person is feeling alone and that nobody cares, the prayer entitled “Support” might help them dissipate these fear-based beliefs and feel more empowered..
All the prayers follow a format designed to bring the person praying into alignment with the spiritual essence that lies at the core of every one of us.. The prayers are not “to” something out in the ethers somewhere, they are prayers “ from” a place of consciousness connection with the Spirit within.. The connection is actually cultivated by the structure of the prayers.. It is a form developed by Dr. Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, a teaching that elucidates the “golden thread of truth” that weaves through all religious and spiritual traditions..
I'll tell you more about the hows and whys of this type of prayer and talk about how the poems and paintings came into being in my next posting.