“Prayer is not asking for things -- not even for the best things; it is going where they are.” Gerald Heard
Prayer brings us to the heart of spirituality. Prayer is an experience of relationship with the Transcendent realm. It is the point where the depths of human struggle with the world, with other people, and ourselves and conflicting forces within us, intersect with our highest and most expansive sense of the spiritual dimension in communication and communion. We invoke, we ask, we praise, we give thanks, we adore and surrender.
Prayer takes many forms. In affirmative prayer, we accept with confidence and strength the goodness of life, love, health, prosperity, through our Oneness with God as the Source of all Good. With scriptural and formal prayer we leverage a collective force that spans generations and traditions energized by their history. Yet, the simple, instinctual cry, "Help, me!" may be the most common prayer. Chanting, singing, writing, dancing, drawing can all be forms of prayer. As Rumi says, "There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again," as we reach toward something greater than our narrow sense of circumstances to a solution, or a freedom, beyond.