Speaking Quantum: The Power of Beauty, Blessing, Wisdom and Hurt
Excerpt from Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer,
Greg Braden (click here to go to Greg's web site)
Hay House, 2006
From the ancient writings of the Gnostics and Essenes, to the native traditions throughout the Americas, hurt, blessing, and beauty are acknowledged as the keys to surviving our greatest tests. Prayer is the language that allows us to apply the lessons of our experiences to the situations in our lives.
From this perspective, "wisdom" and "hurt" are two extremes of the same experience. They are the beginning and completion of the same cycle. Hurt is our initial feeling, our gut response to loss, disappointment, or the news of something that shocks our emotions. Wisdom is the healed expression of our hurt. We change hurt into wisdom by finding new meaning in painful experiences. Blessing, beauty, and prayer are the tools for our change.
Twentieth-century Christian visionary, Reverend Samuel Shoemaker described the power of prayer to create change in a single, poetic, and perhaps deceptively simple sentence. "Prayer may not change things for you," he says, "but it for sure changes you for things." While we may not be able to go back in time to undo the reason that we hurt to begin with, we do have the power to change what the loss of loved ones, the shock of broken promises, and life's disappointments mean to us. In doing so, we open the door to move toward a healing resolution of even our most hurtful experiences.
Without understanding the relationship between wisdom and hurt, our experience of pain may seem senseless, even cruel, and continue, as the pain cycle remains open-ended. But how are we to remove ourselves from life's hurt long enough to find the wisdom in our experiences? When we're reeling from a loss, a violated trust, or a betrayal that was unthinkable only hours or moments before, how are we to find refuge from our emotions long enough to feel something else? This is where the power of blessing comes in.
Blessing Is the Release
"Blessing" is the ancient secret that releases us from life's hurt long enough to replace it with another feeling. When we bless the people or things that have hurt us, we are temporarily suspending the cycle of pain. Whether this suspension lasts for a nanosecond, or an entire day, makes no difference. Whatever the period of time, during the blessing a doorway opens for us to begin our healing, and move on with life. The key is that for some period of time, we're released from our hurt long enough to let something else into our hearts and minds. That something is the power of "beauty."
Beauty Is the Transformer
The most sacred and ancient traditions remind us that beauty exists in all things, regardless of how we interpret those things in our daily lives. Beauty is already created, and always present. While we may modify our surroundings, create new relationships, and move to new locations to please our ever-changing ideas of balance and harmony, the building blocks that go into such beauty are already there.
Beyond an appreciation for the things that are simply pleasing to our eyes, beauty is described by wisdom traditions as an experience that also touches our hearts, minds, and souls. Through our ability to perceive beauty in even the "ugliest" moments of life, we may elevate ourselves from our experience long enough to give new meaning to our hurt. In this way, beauty is a trigger that launches us into a new perspective. The key, however, is that it appears to be dormant until we give it our attention. Beauty awakens only when we invite it in our lives.
Our Lost Mode of Prayer
Late in the 20th century, experiments confirmed that we're bathed in a field of energy that connects us all with the events of our world. Given names that range from the Quantum Hologram to the Mind of God, research has shown that through this energy, the beliefs and prayers within us, are carried into the world around us. Both science and ancient tradition suggest the very same thing: we must embody in our lives, the very conditions that we wish to experience in our world. We find the instructions for a lost mode of prayer that help us to do just that, hidden within some of the most isolated and remote locations remaining on earth today.
In spring 1998, I had the honor of facilitating a 22-day pilgrimage into the monasteries of central Tibet, searching for evidence of an ancient and forgotten form of prayerthe language that speaks to the field that unites all things. The monks and the nuns who live there shared the instructions for a way to pray that was largely lost to the West in the fourth-century biblical edits of the early Christian Church. Preserved for centuries in the texts and traditions of those living upon the roof of the world, this "lost" mode of prayer has no words or outward expressions. It is based solely in feeling.
Specifically, it invites us to feel as if our prayer has already been answered, rather than feeling powerless and needing to ask for help from a higher source. In recent years, studies have shown that it is this very quality of feeling that does, in fact, "speak" to the field that connects us with the world. Through prayers of feeling, we're empowered to take part in the healing of our lives and relationships, as well as, our bodies and our world!
"Research has shown that through the quantum field connecting the universe, the beliefs and prayers within us, are carried into the world around us." excerpt, GSB