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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Yesterday I shared that I am committing to a 40-day practice which I am calling my Revolutionary Self-Care Reboot (click on the link for my plan). I am trusting that the right rituals and messages will find me in the next 40 days, and so of course this prayer practice found me this morning.
It is called the Prayer of Light, and I have recited it often during Kundalini Yoga classes and meditations. It found me from a website called Rootlight, which has amazing music and healing spiritual practices. I have decided to do this prayer each morning in the next 40-days as part of my practice; here's the practice directly from the Rootlight site; I have added an mp3 link if you want to listen to this beautiful prayer chanted; just click on the link under the picture of these beautifully balanced stones.
You can devise your own way of reciting this prayer. Here we will suggest the following two ways, verbal and silent. Regardless of which you choose, remember that this prayer is beautiful and potent, yet simple. It is in Simplicity that we find Divinity. After surrounding yourself with the vibration of love, peace, and light send its energy, now residing in you, into your immediate surroundings. Include all people known and unknown, as well as the entire universe with its stars, the Sun and the Moon. Allow the positive vibrations of love, peace, and light to penetrate your parents, children, siblings, friends, godchildren, nieces, nephews, home, and pets, regardless of their behavior and what they do, or do not, give you. Allow its vibratory energy to infiltrate all that you tend and care for, all that you love most deeply. Think about the troubled areas of our world where unknown and known faces suffer. As you begin to perform the ritual of extending the energy of love, peace, and light to all become aware of the feeling of love, peace, and light entering your heart and expanding into a tingling uplifting presence. Now, shift your thoughts and focus on the heart itself, with its feeling of expansion, love, peace, and light. Directions for Method 1 (verbal):Sit calmly and be still. Close your eyes in order to center yourself and when you are ready, recite the prayer of Love, Peace, and Light. You can do so in prayer pose or any other posture. Please refer to the words below.
The Prayer of Light
Love before me Love behind me Love at my left Love at my right Love above me Love below me Love unto me Love in my surroundings Love to all Love to the Universe
Peace before me Peace behind me Peace at my left Peace at my right Peace above me Peace below me Peace unto me Peace in my surroundings Peace to all Peace to the Universe
Light before me Light behind me Light at my left Light at my right Light above me Light below me Light unto me Light in my surroundings Light to all Light to the Universe
Directions for Method 2 (silent):Use your breath as you work with the prayer by trying the following three part breathing exercise. Remember that all breathing should be done through the nose. Again, if you do not know the prayer by heart, please refer to the words that appear above.
Part I - Inhalation: As you inhale, mentally repeat the first verse on love. The entire inhalation should last the time it takes to mentally recite this verse.
Part II - Hold Breath: After you've inhaled love, hold the breath. With the breath held, mentally repeat the second verse on peace.
Part III - Exhalation: As you begin to gently release the held breath, mentally repeat the third verse on light. The entire exhalation should last the time it takes to mentally recite the third verse.
Continue for three to eleven minutes. Doing the prayer of Love, Peace, and Light in this way causes you to feel and experience these three principles, while helping you to slow the breath down. You should perform this exercise as slowly as possible. Eventually, you will slow the breath to approximately one breath per minute, with each of the verses taking twenty seconds. Do not, however, concentrate specifically on the time as you do this exercise. The slowing of the breath will not only come naturally, but also it will improve your health. For matters of health and healing through the breath refer to the bookThe Divine Doctor. It is critical that you remember that words are powerful. They are living things, servants and slaves to our will, and they will seek to find a way to manifest in shape and form. We must be aware of our magical power and creative inheritance, and take responsibility for what we say, manifest, and do. More than ever before, this is essential. Recite the prayer of love, peace, and light, and make amends, heal yourself and help the world. In addition to practicing the prayer of Love, Peace, and Light as explained, simply listening to it also has tremendous benefits. Dim the lights in a quiet room, and light a candle. Lie down comfortably on your back, allowing yourself to completely relax. Play the last track on the CD Healing Fire or Blissful Spirit. Both contain the prayer of Love, Peace, and Light. Put your CD player on repeat mode and listen to this prayer for at least eleven minutes. Many healers allow their patients to listen to this prayer as they receive treatment, as they have found that it magnifies the benefits of various therapies. It is very important to add here, the architecture of this prayer is what makes it work. There is a precise order or structure to it, that creates the perfect healing impact.