Do You Experience God?

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

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Title: Do You Experience God? Author: Margaret Paul, Ph.D. E-mail: Copyright: © 2004 by Margaret Paul Web Address: Word Count: 800 Category: Spiritual Growth, Spirituality


Connor, a man in his late 40ís, has achieved everything he ever thought he needed to feel happy and secure. He owns a successful business, has a wonderful wife and two children, and a beautiful home. Yet when you look at him, he doesnít look happy. He looks empty, with no sense of vibrancy about him.

His wife, Brianna. also has everything she ever wanted Ė a husband, children, financial security, successful work and a beautiful home. When you look at her, you see a person filled with aliveness and vitality, friendliness and joy.

What isrepparttar 122321 difference? Why are these two people, each who haverepparttar 122322 same outer things, so very different in their energy? The answer is that Brianna has a strong connection with God while Connor has no spiritual connection at all.

The longer Iíve worked as a counselor,repparttar 122323 easier it has become for me to tellrepparttar 122324 difference between people who know and experience God and people who donít. It isrepparttar 122325 difference between Connor and Brianna. It isrepparttar 122326 difference between being full fromrepparttar 122327 inside or inwardly empty.

Itís not that Connor doesnít want to experience God. He says he really wants to. He seesrepparttar 122328 difference between him and Brianna and he says he wants what she has. He sees his parents as empty and he says he doesnít want to end up like them, with no sense of passion or purpose in their lives.

Yet Connor does not experience God, andrepparttar 122329 reason is simple: he places a higher priority on having control over money, employees, what people think of him, his wife, and his children than on being a loving human being. He says he wants to be loving, andrepparttar 122330 times he is loving he feels great, but it never lasts because his desire to control is greater than his desire to be loving. He is afraid if he is loving to himself and others his business will suffer, he will have less money, he will lose friends. His ego wounded self tells him that if he is open and loving, he will be taken advantage of, and that isrepparttar 122331 last thing he wants. So his primary intention is to protect against what he fears rather than to be loving.

Petitioning for Your Needs

Written by Isaac Nwokogba

PETITIONING FOR YOUR NEEDS copyright 2004 Isaac Nwokogba

Word Count: 1731

Human beings are blessed with a unique gift:repparttar gift of prayer or petition torepparttar 122319 Infinite for our needs. A religious person would call it prayer; others may call it petition or meditation. There is a clear distinction between petition and meditation, however. Meditation is generally a passive process, but in a petition, we actively communicate withrepparttar 122320 Infinite Source. The word "petition" itself conveysrepparttar 122321 significance ofrepparttar 122322 process. In human law, once a suit is filed or a legal proceeding is initiated, certain processes are put in motion. Regardless of who we are or our station in life,repparttar 122323 legal process takes its course.

Natural laws operaterepparttar 122324 same way, no matter who triggers them. As soon as we petition for our needs, we put into motion certain natural processes that will bring aboutrepparttar 122325 manifestation of what we petitioned for.

If justified and done properly, petitions are always granted - always. Petitions are granted not onrepparttar 122326 basis of our religious beliefs or affiliations nor onrepparttar 122327 basis of righteousness or unrighteousness. Petitions can be conscious or unconscious. Forrepparttar 122328 majority of us, our unconscious petitions are granted more often than our conscious ones.

Why are our unconscious petitions granted more often? The answer is simply that in our conscious petitions - due to ignorance, lack of clear thought, superstition, or unconscious behavior - we tend to contradict ourselves and therefore prevent our petitions from becoming alive and manifestingrepparttar 122329 things we petitioned for. To me there is no contradiction betweenrepparttar 122330 terms "granting of petitions" and "manifesting our desires." If we create something that does not contradict cosmic laws, it manifests (and can be said to be granted) in accordance with those laws. And petitions that do contradict these laws are either returned torepparttar 122331 sender or ignored - not granted.

For petitions to be granted, they must be done properly, to conform to certain conditions:

∑ We must be sincere in our petitions. ∑ We must be careful that what we ask for is actually what we need. ∑ Our petitions must not be detrimental to others. ∑ What we ask for must benefit not only us but others as well. ∑ We must haverepparttar 122332 knowledge that our petition will be granted. ∑ Above all, we must release our petitions torepparttar 122333 Universal Mind for them to be manifested.

These conditions may sound philosophical, but personal experience will convince you of their truth.

Being sincere means we ask for something because we need it and not because we want to be like or better than someone else, prove something torepparttar 122334 world, or satisfy our ego.

Determining what we need is probably extremely difficult for most people. As an illustration, if you have no car, no money, no job, and face an eviction, what would you ask for? We must reduce our need torepparttar 122335 lowest common factor. By asking forrepparttar 122336 wrong thing, we risk not receiving an answer or receiving something we may not be particularly happy with.

We must determine what is most essential for life, and we must trust inrepparttar 122337 Universal Mind to provide it inrepparttar 122338 best possible way.

If our petition would give us, for example, power to avenge prior wrongdoing by someone else or in any way allow us to harm or punish someone,repparttar 122339 chance of that petition being granted is very slim.

The more benefit our petition would bring to others,repparttar 122340 greaterrepparttar 122341 chance that it will be granted. But it is not up to us to say, "If my petition to winrepparttar 122342 lottery is granted, I will do this or that for my neighbor because he or she needs it." As noble as it may sound, we must be careful about making such decisions regarding others. As I have pointed out, it is difficult enough to determine what we ourselves need much less what someone else needs.

Manifestation is not always obvious. Therefore, knowing when our petition has been granted is not easy and often requires a series of personal experiences that build confidence rather than just faith. If seeing is believing, then experience is knowing. We must have confidence that our petition will be granted until we have had enough experience to cause us to recognize that it has been granted.

The last condition is probablyrepparttar 122343 most critical. If allrepparttar 122344 previous conditions have been met but you fail to release your petition torepparttar 122345 Universal Mind, you can be sure that your petition will not be answered.

We've all hadrepparttar 122346 experience in which what we want does not occur, and then, suddenly, it happens when we least expect it. Wouldn't it be nice to want something and have it happen right then? It seems that it often happens as soon as you have begun to give up or let go or released your thoughts. Once we have determined exactly what we need and have metrepparttar 122347 other conditions, we must releaserepparttar 122348 petition torepparttar 122349 Universal Mind to bring it about inrepparttar 122350 best possible way. We must be careful not to carryrepparttar 122351 petition with us twenty-four hours a day torepparttar 122352 point that it becomes a worry. We must petition, release our thoughts, and forget about them until our next prayer or meditation period.

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