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Overcoming the cold of aloneness
Recently it has been in the news that there is a loneliness epidemic in the world. It’s easy to understand how this could be the case. In the last couple of years many people have been isolated, unable to see friends and family and even work colleagues. But loneliness obviously isn’t a new emotion. All of us have experienced it at some stage, whether it be feeling physically alone and isolated, unsupported by those around us, or we may feel that just nobody understands us. It can take a toll on our physical and mental health.
In 1961, the Master Jesus gave a prayer in which he hints that the reason we feel alone is because we are separated from God:
Oh mighty God,
Let thy wondrous power flow
Through the minds and hearts
Of these dear sweet ones–now,
So that this power in its warmth
May overcome the cold of their aloneness;
So that they may feel again
Their affinity with Thee.
We are all sparks of God, so in that way, we cannot be separated from God. But in our limited state of evolution, we are unable to fully realize this. We see other people as different nationalities, different religions, and so on. We don’t truly appreciate that all life is one, and all life, even a rock, is a part of God.
Everyone on the spiritual path goes through periods of loneliness. In fact, you may find that you feel more loneliness after actively starting on a specific spiritual path, but this will not last so we should not be disheartened or give up. Dr. George King, a Master of Yoga, speaks about this in a lecture from 1962:
So we lose our so-called friends and what happens. Other friends come who are real and true and lasting and honest and good. Far greater friends than ever we had before. We might feel our times of loneliness. Before a man gets illumination, he must go through a period of loneliness. We’ve been through this period. Stark, terrible loneliness. But out of this comes a greater companionship than ever we have experienced before. So we do not lose by this.
The feeling of loneliness is unpleasant. But we have control over our minds, and we are able, through practice, to overcome this feeling, or at least make it so that it does not overwhelm and hinder us. This control over the mind is difficult, and takes lifetimes to master, but we all can take steps towards it.
Loneliness should not stop us from progressing on our spiritual path, as this is what our basic self wants. In the lecture ‘Do not let your basic self fill your heart with hate’, Dr. King says that your basic self will try to fight your spiritual progression by using its “super weapon” – loneliness.
If we keep going forward spiritually, practice controlling our minds and listen to our higher selves, we will progress, and this feeling of loneliness will be more manageable and we can focus on progressing back towards God.
Break away from your own troubles by concentrating upon the sufferings of others.
If you live a life helping others to overcome their sufferings, you will automatically begin to break away from your own troubles. The more we detach from our own suffering, the less we will be affected by it, and then we can focus our energy on helping others. This is the path of service, breaking away from our own troubles by doing our best to help as many people as we can.
One of the best ways to serve is through prayer. Prayer is not making a wish to an old man on a throne in the clouds. It is a powerful way to send energy through you to the focal point of the prayer.
In a prayer class, Dr. King mentioned that the loneliness we feel, can actually help us in our prayers. We can use this understanding of the feeling to become better prayers:
[I]t’s not until a person has suffered great sorrow, loneliness and sadness, that they can pray. I think after this time they can pray . . . I don’t mean a prayer so much of desperation, but they have so much feeling for others that they can then pray. That’s why all initiates have to go through a period of loneliness.
Loneliness, along with everything we go through, can help us to serve others better. Seeing loneliness in this light can make it more manageable. We can see that it is just another lesson in life, and turn this negative feeling into a positive result, by helping someone else.
The Prayer for Spiritual Workers is an ideal prayer to say when you are feeling lonely. It was a prayer given by the Master Jesus, through the mediumship of Dr. George King on December 22, 1962.
The Master Jesus says of this prayer:
Say this prayer with your heart and with your Soul, when the world is cold to you–and you will be warmed. Say it when you are down–and you will be lifted. Say it when you are alone–and you will be comforted by a presence.
It is a very beautiful and powerful prayer.
Prayer For Spiritual Workers
Oh mighty God, I bless all those
Who, because of their limitations,
Would smite me.
Oh mighty God, I bless all those
Who, because of their weakness,
Would not heed me.
Oh mighty God, I bless all those
Who, because of their ignorance,
Would defile you, through me.
And I ask, oh mighty God, oh wondrous power,
That your strength may be given to me now;
So that I might be fortified by this,
So that I might go forward bravely into the world,
And despite reception, send forth my love of thee,
Throughout all races of man.
Oh mighty God, give me the power and strength,
To rise above my karmic weakness,
The deficiencies in the pattern of my evolution,
So that I might evolve and become stronger,
Aye, and even stronger, in thy everlasting light.
Oh God, thy will be done.
So the next time you feel lonely, say this prayer and remember that you are not truly alone as this is only a temporary feeling. Then send out your prayers to help the world, and know that you are taking a small but significant step back to God.
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About the author
Lisa Rosser is a full-time staff member at the American Headquarters of The Aetherius Society in Los Angeles. Lisa has had a keen interest in spirituality for over 20 years. She is particularly passionate about helping others and world healing.
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