You wouldn’t know it looking at me today, but I was once a devoted Atheist. I was born into a Mormon family, but Sunday services actually did more to break my faith than to build it. By the tender young age of nine, I had a very confused, bothered, and disturbed relationship with religion. I knew something wasn’t right and that I wasn’t hearing the whole truth (or — lets be real — the real truth). This plus my parents divorcing and my mother turning to other churches and ideologies led to me completely dismissing any possibility of God.
Years later, I’ve put countless hours into discovering the wisdom of ancient texts, suppressed truths and history, and making the connections that connect the dots between past and present, religion and history, “true” and “untrue.” My learning, questioning, and contemplating have led to some incredible discoveries. I’m no Atheist these days. Of course, I’m not about to say “I believe in God” because my concepts of God/Source/Divinity/Universal Mind go far beyond anything I ever learned in any church. But I live a deeply-spiritual life that isn’t reserved to Sunday services. I live it and think it and breathe it every single day of the week.
(Note: I’m hoping that this year I’ll be able to get it down to every single hour or even every single moment, so stay tuned. And for the love of God! Help a woman out and cross your fingers and say a prayer for me, would ya?)
THE JOURNEY OF A PRAYER JUNKIE
I use to abhor the idea of doing anything associated with religion, but these days? I pray like a Jesus freak. I will pray when I wake up, when I’m in the car, when I’m out walking, or even when I’m at work. No place is off-limits from my famously-quick or notoriously-long prayers complete with a knowing smile or a tiny tear of thanks. However, I’m an Equal-Opportunity Prayer, and my whines have been directed to every deity and illumined being I felt any sort of connection with. I’ve wailed towards the heavens calling to the Indian devas Ganesh, Kali, and Lakshmi. I’ve prayed to India’s very own born-and-bred Paramahansa Yogananda and Mahavatar Babaji. I’ve whispered requests and thanks to Bast, Sekhmet, Isis, and Thoth of Egypt’s famous pantheon.
Recently, my studies and exploration have led to me doing the unthinkable… Praying to God and Jesus (plus regular calls to Mother Mary and Mary Magdelene). I would have never guessed that was coming, but it’s about doing what works.
But as much as I love prayer. As much as I need a prayer fix in everyday life. Sometimes I feel lost. Sometimes that connection just isn’t there. Sometimes, it feels as though I’m just praying to dead air.
I’ve been determined to figure out why this is, and I’ve been hellbent to find the magical prayer formula that turns my prayers into magical spells and the incantations of miracles. I want a prayer that doubles as an irresistible magnet of divine manifestation. I want a prayer that’s rich in faith and knowing.
And this is what led to me making Dr. Wayne Dyer my very own Jesus.
THE POWER OF BELIEF
Praying to a man? An old bald man with a belly? A man who had more money than I had grievances, embarrassments, and regrets? This is sounding a little ludicrous, I know. Depending on your beliefs, it may even sound like the ultimate sin. But before you jump onto Photoshop to plaster a 666 on my forehead, we should talk about the power we call “beliefs.”
Yesterday, and again today, I was listening to Jim Kwik’s talk with Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory. He says that each and every person has genius and superpowers just waiting to be unlocked, and the key to unlocking them lies in environment, habits, and values. Most of all, it lies within our beliefs.
Kwik uses the example of runner Roger Bannister and the “impossible” four-minute mile. It had been proclaimed by professionals that it wasn’t possible to run a mile in less than four minutes. More than that, they claimed that it would bring certain death. Death via heart explosion. Can you say intimidating?
Personally, this exploding heart theory warrants a legit reason for not taking up running, so I’m going to go ahead and use it. But I digress!
Anyway, Kwik points out that it had been believed for years that it was impossible to beat the record time of 4:01. Yet, on May 6th of 1954, Bannister ran across the finish line with a time of 3:59. He did it! And guess what? Less than two months later, Bannister’s rival did it too. And he beat Bannister’s time for yet another new running record!
The point here is that things are only impossible as long as we believe they’re impossible. The moment we accept that something could indeed happen, we open up the (many) doors of possibility.
In this same talk Kwik says to Bilyeu, “I’m looking for hope and I’m looking for help.” This is precisely why I made Wayne Dyer my own personal “Jesus.”
THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
The idea of praying to Dr. Dyer — or “Father Dyer” as I call him — probably still sounds ridiculous or blasphemous. But before you jump down to comments to tell me to burn in hell, let’s contemplate some things about the subconscious mind.
In Mark 9:23 of Young’s translation of the bible it is written, “Jesus said unto him, ‘If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.’” Belief is everything when it comes to prayer, because our beliefs are our declaration of what is or isn’t possible. And no matter how long we pray or who we pray to, we can’t expect prayers to be answered if we believe we’re unworthy or we’re certain we’re asking for the impossible.
Florence Scovel Schinn sums this up quite well in her book The Secret Door To Success.
“’They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.’ Seeking the Lord means that man must make the first move. “Draw near to me and I will draw near to thee, saith the Lord.” You seek the Lord by making your affirmations, expecting and preparing for your good. If you ask for success and prepare for failure, you will receive the thing you have prepared for.
I tell in my book, The Game of Life and How to Play It, of a man who asked me to speak the word that all his debts be wiped out. After the treatment, he said, “Now I’m thinking what I’ll say to the people when I haven’t the money to pay them.” A treatment won’t help you if you haven’t faith in it, for faith and expectancy impresses the subconscious mind with the picture of fulfillment.
Whatever you feel deeply is impressed upon the subconscious, and manifests in your affairs. If you are convinced that you are a failure, you will be a failure, until you impress the subconscious with the conviction you are a success. “
And this is why I pray to my dear “Father Dyer.”
POWERFUL BELIEFS FOR AN EMPOWERED SUBCONSCIOUS
One of many translations of the bible writes that Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” As with so many things in the bible, this has been taken at face value and used literally. But there are many who say that asking in Jesus’s name doesn’t mean you simply add, “In Jesus’s name” to the end of your prayer.
To the people Jesus was speaking to, this meant directing their prayers to Jesus. Having prayers answered by some unseen and unknown God can seem as fruitful as farting against the wind — but Jesus? The saw Jesus commit miracles. If you saw a man multiply bread and fish, heal the unhealable, and walk on water, you could put some stock into the idea that a simple prayer could iron out your marital issues or financial problems. Right?
This is why I pray to Dyer. Because he is a real man to me. I have felt his wisdom and seen his power, and I know that this warm and loving man would stand for my happiness without a moment’s hesitation. Praying to Jesus, or God, or Aphrodite doesn’t cut it for me. There are times where I’m desperately in need of faith and belief. These are often times where praying to an invisible divinity only drains my faith in the possibility of a (pleasant and advantageous) change in tides.
When I pray to Dyer, I have no doubt that he would listen and want to help me. And I know that he would be more than happy to impart a little wisdom or a few blessings upon me. And while this act might sound blasphemous or ridiculous, we know that because of the subconscious mind and the powers of belief… If it works then it works. If I believe it’s possible, then I open the doors to receiving blessings and miracles.
Fortunately, I also believe that it isn’t blasphemous and it won’t get me sent to hell. Conveniently enough, I also believe that hell doesn’t exist. It works for me! Now what works for YOU?
Dyer said, “You’ll see it when you believe it.” What do you want to see? What do you believe?