How to pray
In King Yoga we say that the spiritual path is not about hoping to God for random miracles. Instead, it is about your ability to make miracles happen!
Prayer is one of the many ways in King Yoga that we can all help to create miracles – in our own lives, yes, but more importantly in the lives of others who need this help.
This is not prayer in the conventional sense of asking God for a favor, but in the yogic sense of radiating spiritual energy.
This post is the second in a series from a book called Prayer Energy, written by international bestselling author Richard Lawrence, with Mark Bennett.
In our first post, we answered the question of what to pray for. This is essential prior reading for anyone learning how to pray. It includes the types of prayer to avoid, and what types of prayers to use instead.
In this second post, you’ll find a simple technique taught by Master of Yoga Dr George King that anybody can use to send energy to those in need. Follow the steps and experience it for yourself!
1. Stand or sit quietly for a few moments with your back as straight as is comfortable, breathing deeply and evenly, with your eyes closed. Then raise your hands so they are roughly parallel with the top of your shoulders, palms facing outwards, fingers together.
2. Visualize a scintillating white light coming down from above you into your head, charging every cell of the brain with its vibrant power. Take this energy down through your neck and shoulders, on through the chest and out to the front of the heart chakra, a few inches in front of the breast bone. Charge this center with the bright, white light.
3. Then, visualize the light coming from the shoulders down through the arms and into the hands. Now direct this energy outwards, so you have a stream of healing white light flowing out from your palms and heart chakra. You are now ready to say your prayer, which is normally done out loud. You can direct the energy wherever you choose, whether it be to a person who is ill or to a region in crisis, visualizing the person or the region not as they are, but as they could be – glowing with spiritual happiness and wellbeing.
4. When you have finished, brush your right hand over your left, away from you. This acts as a seal for the energy and is symbolic of completion of the practice. These hand positions are known in the east as mudras, a word particularly associated with Tibet.
Even without mention of a Divine Source, this technique will still have some power, but I would strongly recommend that a request is made of the Divine Source – whatever you like to call it. This can help to raise the prayer’s energy and empower it, by the conscious recognition of the truth that the energy we are using comes from a source greater than ourselves.
Likewise, it is a good thing to end a prayer with a few words of thanks to the Divine Source. Our thanks are not needed, of course, but since we have received something, expending some energy in thanks acts as a token repayment, giving a certain balance to the ritual being performed. Thankfulness also acts as a positive affirmation that a prayer will be effective – otherwise there would be nothing to be thankful for. This confidence in your ability, providing it is not presumptuous, serves to empower the prayer.
Another reason to offer thanks is that it is a way of saying “This is over”, helping you to detach from the action, which you should always do rather than worrying about your prayer’s effectiveness. Such concern, despite being well intentioned, can interfere with the uplifting energy you have sent out, since all our thoughts produce mental energy, and the mental energy of doubt is counterproductive.
Don’t miss the other posts in this series on prayer:
This extract has been taken from the book Prayer Energy. Exploring a wealth of traditions and outlining Master of Yoga, Dr George King’s brilliant technique of dynamic prayer, this beautifully illustrated new hardback, by international bestselling author Richard Lawrence, co-written with Mark Bennett, reveals a profound connection between positive thought and powerful change. Anyone purchasing this book will also receive a free copy of A Book of Sacred Prayers.
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About the authors
Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe and a Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. He has devoted his life to the work of his Master and personal friend, Dr. George King (1919-1997), who founded the Society. He is also an international bestselling author of more than 10 books.
Mark Bennett is the co-author of two books, both of which he wrote with international bestselling author Richard Lawrence, namely Prayer Energy and Gods, Guides and Guardian Angels, which was voted “best book on spirituality 2007” by readers of Kindred Spirit magazine. He is the youngest International Director of The Aetherius Society, whose teachings he chose as his spiritual path at an early age.