We often complain about the way things are, but what kind of requests have we been sending to the Universe?
In this text, Byron Katie shares her idea about prayer and presents us with a beautiful insight into what we should ask for.
May we be reminded of the Love that we are. May we release, each day a little more, all the barriers we have created that prevent us from recognizing the immutable Being that we’ve always been.
I often say that if I had a prayer, it would be this: God, spare me from the desire for love, approval, or appreciation. Amen. I don’t have a prayer, of course, because I don’t want anything but what I have. I know the benevolence of life. Why would I pray for something different, which would always be less than what’s coming? God is another name for reality. It’s complete, it’s perfect, it fills me with the utmost joy. The thought of asking for what isn’t never even arises.
But if I still believed my thoughts, I would pray for one thing first: to be spared from the desire for love. This desire causes nothing but confusion and misery. It shuts down the awareness of what you already have in reality. It’s painful to seek what you can never have outside yourself. I say “can never have” because obviously you don’t understand what you’re seeking. If you understood it, the seeking would be over. Because you think you know what love looks like, what it should or shouldn’t be, it becomes invisible to you. It’s the blind seeking what doesn’t exist. You beg, you plead, you bend over backward and do all sorts of other emotional acrobatics in this unending search for happy endings. Only by seeking the truth within will you find the love you can never lose. And when you find it, your natural response is appreciation.
This would be my one prayer, because the answer to it brings the end of time and space. It brings the energy of pure unlimited mind, set free in all its power and goodness. When you stop seeking love, it leaves you with nothing to do; it leaves you with the experience of being “done,” in a doing that is beyond you. It’s absolutely effortless. And a whole lot gets done in it, beyond what you think could ever have been accomplished.
— Byron Katie
This is James’ second instalment on the theme that the Miracle Choice game is a gift:
What gift have you given yourself as a facilitator?
What an opportunity to find out that giving and receiving are the same. That your healing and someone else’s are the same thing. You find out you are connected in such a deep way to the game, the players and the moment that you know that you are the gift. You are the compassion. You are love itself.