“Sought through prayer, meditation, and mindfulness to improve my conscious and consistent contact with my spiritual higher power to know and express from my most intuitive and highest-wisdom self at all times.” ~New Thought Sobriety version of the 11th step
“Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” ~11th Step from the Big Book, traditional version
Through Science of Mind / New Thought principles I learn I have always been creating my experience through my infinite connection to my spiritual Higher Power, whether consciously or (most often) unconsciously.
Through working the 12 Steps of AA and reflecting back over past experiences, I learn that this power has always had my back even when I was clueless, felt underserving, or tested it carelessly.
Through prayer and meditation I learn to become aware that this power is instantly available to me through these channels, and I can access it, lean into it, touch it, sense it, know it, and trust it any time.
Unlike most people I know, meditation comes easier to me than praying. We didn’t pray in our household growing up. We didn’t meditate either actually, but somehow meditation resonated with my individualized perception of how this all works. It felt like I didn’t have to do it a specific way. In fact it felt like I didn’t have to do anything at all other than to practice coming back to “inhale, exhale.” It felt unrestricted.
Conscious contact to this thing called God in my unenlightened years seemed unlikely if not impossible. God was something in the distant past, actively interceding in events thousands of years ago, if I believed what the Bible said, which I didn’t.
When I found my way into recovery (ironically via God actively interceding, I now believe) I had to recognize I really didn’t know how to meditate or pray, then find a way to overcome and explore. Willingness to learn both.
The steps of affirmative prayer in Science of Mind does offer a wonderful structure and I have to remind myself to make this more of a standard part of my regular spiritual practice, alternating with meditation that which seems most suitable for the particular moment.
The Serenity Prayer is a good one for me, though I tend to resist repeating the exact same verbiage over and over so as not to go rote, which leads to lack meaning for me.
I like “prayer” as an active description of me, as in “I am a pray-er.” Prayer as a noun is a category that I am gaining more comfort with, as in reciting a “prayer.”
The prayer and the prayer – same word, different perception… it’s always in the perception. Note to self: Become the prayer AND the prayer.
Are you more comfortable with prayer or meditation?
How do you combine the 2 forms of conscious contact to enrich the experience for yourself?
How do you handle indecision or feeling lost? Do you pray for inspiration, an intuitive thought or a decision? Do you relax and meditate on it?
In gratitude, harmony and support,