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Lately I can feel God more than ever directing my path, pointing me to where I need to go, showing me the book I need to read, the person to talk to, the friend to do a little something for, giving me wisdom, strength, and love.  I’m so thankful for Him, he heals my heart and body more each day, sometimes the speed of it all is almost overwhelming, if I stop to think of it too long, yet I know it is just right, and just what I need.

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I am exploring the concept of energy healing.   I feel very drawn and called to healing right now, and I have no idea what direction I am headed in, although it all feels like it fits together with the other skills that I know I have.  Energy healing in particular has become an area of great interest.  It is rather interesting though as most energy healing information seems to come from people with very different beliefs from me.  That said, I find that I do believe that energy healing is an important healing form.  I’m still figuring out what it is and how it works, but I believe it is opening oneself up to healing from God, and that the “healer” is really just a person who is there acting as a physical connection for that person.  I am very interested in learning more, I’d love to take some classes, but the only ones I have found in Idaho Falls so far seem to be very, very pricey far out of my budget.  I am most intrigued by Calyco healing, although I haven’t been able to find as much as I’d like about it, but the Calyco class is super pricey.   I believe this is an area that needs to be treated with care, and at the same time I am very excited about deliving into it.  Logically I think it would make sense for me to find an energy healer and experience what it is like, but right now, at least for the moment, I feel like that is not what God wants me to do, so I am trying to figure out what exactly He wants me to be doing in this area right now, as it is quite clear to me that He is guiding me to something in it.   I can totally trust Him to teach me the way He wants me to do it, but it would be so much easier with a regular instructor or mentor.  Plus I’m stuck wonering how on earth I will ever have anyone to try it on if I do figure out how.  He keeps reassuring me though that if I learn what I need to the people who need me will come.  The most I know at this point beyond that is that there I am developing some synergy of counseling, coaching, and healing.

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I am on the cusp of something major.  My spirit is singing, my heart is open and flooding my body, the excitement and energy are pouring through me.  Am I ready?  I will be when the time arrives.  The word I hear is healer.  Allowing God to heal others minds, emotions, and spirits through me.  An honor I am excited and intimidated to take, but one that fits all of the visions I have been having for several years. 

I have a vision, a vision of who I am.

I have a vision, a vision of women gathered together to support one another’s spiritual journeys.

I have a vision, a vision of a place women can gather together to rejuvinate, learn, grow closer to God, and return to their families brimming over with His Spirit. 

I have a vision, a vision of love, peace, joy, and healing.  Of seeing others healed in the way I myself have been healed.  Of seeing others freed in the way I have been freed.  Of being to others what others were for me.

I have  vision from God, I’m going to do it.  I know he will help me, I just need to have the courage to move forward.

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“I just breathe God in and hope, somehow to breathe God out again.”  Joan Chittister Called to Question

Is that not the perfect desire?  To breathe God in, fill ourselves with Him, until we are so full of Him that everything we say, do, and even “breathe”  is Him.  So that everything that comes out of us brings Him to others?

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I just posted, a few moments ago, a quote from Joan Chittister about prayer.  I just finished her chapter on prayer in her book  Called to Question.  In it she discusses how once we reach a certain point in our relationship with God, prayer often does not even include words, instead it becomes a time where we focus on God, and where learn about ourselves, and how to see and act in line with what God wants.  I believe this is true, although it is certainly not the only type of prayer I believe is real prayer.  I was writing my notes on the book, and found myself expounding on what I see as 3 types of prayer (I’m sure there are others, these were just the ones that came to mind).

–  Need Focused Prayer – This is probably the type of prayer that most people think of when they think of praying.  In this type of prayer we go to God with our requests, concerns, praises, joys, and sorrows.  We go asking for helping, looking for guidance and solutions.  This prayer is generally done in a quiet setting, involves us telling God all about whatever is on our mind, and HOPEFULLY listening for his answers, wisdom, and guidance.  These are important because they give us an opportunity to gain wisdom about the concerns of our mind and heart, and to gather God’s wisdom and desires on those particular issues. 

– Communicative Prayer – This is the type of prayer that can sometimes look to outsiders like we have lost our mind.  This type of prayer is the day to day communication with God as we go about our daily life.   It is the discussion we have with God in the car on the way shopping, or as we do the dishes, it may involve something important or may just be sharing our thoughts with God or listening to those pieces of revelation we get from His Spirit as we go through the day.  This is important because it keeps us constantly attuned to God and His will for us.

– Immersive Prayer – This I believe is more the type of prayer which Joan Chittister was speaking of.  This is the type of prayer where we immerse ourselves in God.  I’ve heard it referred to as becoming “one with God”.  This type of prayer often doesn’t even involve words, and some people might not even consider it prayer at all.  In these moments, we put ourselves in a place void of distractions and commune with God.  We become immersed in His presence.  These are often the moments when we receive major, life-altering revelations and visions (although we can receive such revelations and visions at anytime, at these moments we are often more open to them).  These are also the moments when we can feel ourselves being refreshed and renewed.  Our spirits feel as if they are One with the Heavenly Father.  These prayers are deeply spiritually satisifying,  and yet afterward leave us yearning for more.  They build in us a strong desire for more and more of God.  They consume our minds, renewing in them the desire to be like God, to see as He sees, to act as He desires, to love with His love.   This type of prayer is critical above all others, and is the type of prayer that we least often make time for, and that is not often taught.  Most people I know who pray in this way learned to do so only because of the yearnings of the heart and the guidance of God, few where actually told this type of prayer was even a possibility.

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Real Prayer

I’ve been reading “Called to Question” a spiritual memoir by Joan Chittister for a few days.  Last night I was reading a section about prayer and just had one of those moments that you read something and it says exactly what you think, but in a way more eloquent than you ever could.    This passage is so profound to me I will no doubt end up writing about it for days to come, in fact I want to meditate upon it, memorize it, make it part of me.

“I don’t pray,” people say to me.  And I say back, “Neither do I.  I just breath God in and hope somehow to learn how to breathe God out as well.”

The purpose of prayer is simply to transform us to the mind of God…. We go to prayer to be transfigured ourselves, to come to see the world as God sees the world, to practice the presence of God, to put on a heart of justice, of love, and of compassion for others.  We go to become new of soul.

Wow, that’s all I’m going to say in this post, because I want to give you a moment to think on it and digest it.  I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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An interesting, and very true quote from Soren Kierkegaard:

“The immediate person thinks and imagines that when he prays, the important thing, the thing he must concentrate upon, is that God should hear what he is praying for. And yet, in the true, eternal sense, it is just the reverse: the true relation in prayer is not when God hears what is prayed for, but when the person praying continues to pray until he is the one who hears, who hears what God wills. The immediate person, therefore, uses many words and, therefore, makes demands in his prayer; the true man of prayer only attends.”

Time spent listening in prayer is always as productive or more productive than time spent talking.

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