Monday, October 17, 2005

# 67 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS & the power of prayer

Self-fulfilling prophecy has to do with the way our expectations become results. It is accepted theory that a negative state of mind leads to a negative outcome, but at the same time, a positive state of mind can overcome insurmountable obstacles. Now add to that the power of prayer. Though the jury is still out, I know that most of us, all of us, even atheists, would fall to our knees and plead for spiritual intercession if suddenly we found ourselves in the midst of massive floods, mud-slides, or an earthquake. And Doctor’s? Though no doubt somewhat skeptical about the power of prayer, more doctors than we will ever realize go into operating rooms with a simple prayer for guidance on their lips.

And then there is power of the mind. That’s another process that defies hard scientific proof but still it continues to demonstrate itself in ways that make scientists and researchers suspicious that it works.

Now normally prayer is a request for intercession from a God. So perhaps ‘prayer’ doesn’t correctly define what I am talking about today. I am talking about mental supplications without addressing them to anyone in particular. But even at that, without addressing a deity, without a conversation opener that says, “Hello, God”, we tend to be mindful that God, or the forces of nature, or power of the mind, or something of a spiritual nature is listening.

And how many of us that believe in the power of prayer, or the power of life’s forces, or the power of the mind, also believe that this power is strengthened to its ultimate maximum when people all over the globe engage in the same hope and the same petition. Strength in numbers is a philosophy that is solidly attached to our context of mind when it comes to internalized thoughts, prayers, and supplications.

So where am I going with all this ramble? Back to our undeniable assumption that there is strength in numbers. All over the globe, in the hearts and heads of thousands, tens of thousands, maybe even millions of people, a unity of thought is taking place. Floods, fires, and earthquakes have solidified us in one common thought. Our faith is in doom and destruction.

A huge population is of the common mind that “it is going to get worse before it gets better”. Some because of the ‘Greenhouse Theory’, some because of the melting polar cap, some because of pollution, some because of Bible prophecy, or other phenomena. And you know it. The worst of all these negative supplications is the supplications of the religiously self-righteous who look around them and literally wish and hope for a disaster to befall all of us because alongside them we are so boldly sinful. So now, for all these various reasons, we have hoards of people, inadvertently engaged in a common supplication without even realizing it. And if our theory is the power of change is dependent on strength in numbers, it just won’t do for us all to be of this kind of common mind.

3 Comments:

Blogger Colleen said...

You are so right, I have thought about this too. I totally believe in the power of the mind and if you go about your life feeling needy for example not enough money not enough love the universal machine takes this as a message of lacking and then provides just that more lack. But if you go about feeling thankful for what you have then it will provide more of that. Scary!!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Esther said...

I do believe in the power of prayer and one thing in particular that you said spoke to me...someone is listening. The peculiar feeling of being all alone, but not alone at all? Know what I mean?

2:02 PM  
Blogger Roberta said...

Hi colleen. Nice to have you stop by. Your sample of being needy rather than thankful is "right on" when it comes to self-fulfilling prophecy.

I guess esther that someone is listening because for every action there is a reaction (though perhaps not always the one we hope for or contemplate)...even prayer.

9:45 AM  

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