A colleague recently asked me to answer the following question. It was such a good question, I found myself writing far more than I expected, and thought it would make a perfect blog post:
What spiritual practice or technique have you found most effective in getting you through these difficult times?
I use a variety of practices and techniques, and really don’t know which is the most effective. Maybe it’s just one simple thing, or maybe it’s the combination of all of them that is the most effective. I really don’t know. The important thing is to find something that works for you, whatever it may be.
In an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way,
Prayer and affirmations — I pray every morning to be guided by Spirit throughout the day, and I affirm every day that I am in touch with Spirit, every moment, and that I am guided to create the life of my dreams in an easy and relaxed manner, a healthy and positive way.
I carry around a list of my goals as affirmations, and read it often. I affirm that my work has a great impact in the world, and that New World Library increases sales and profits by a specific amount every year. The very first affirmation on my list is this:
I am guided by spirit, every moment, doing God’s will.
I am at peace with what is,
and I am filled with grace, ease, and lightness.
Healing and prosperity meditation — Several times a week I lay flat on my back and do a simple meditation I adapted over the years from The Art of True Healing by Israel Regardie:
Every day, in every way,
I relax completely, from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. Then I “run energy” throughout my body, and imagine it is nurturing and healing every cell in my body. Sometimes that’s all I do; sometimes I add this affirmation:
I am getting better and better.
At other times I do a variety of things, including sending healing energy to others, or asking for and then listening for guidance about particular issues in life.
“To offer no resistance to life
Sometimes I do a prosperity meditation while deeply relaxed: I surround myself in violet light, and imagine the light radiating throughout the world, sending my messages of light and success with ease to all who are receptive to it. Then I surround myself in blue light, and imagine wonderful abundance flowing to me from all over the world as a result.
Reading and listening to Eckhart Tolle — The words of Eckhart Tolle invariably bring me ease and lightness. I discovered The Power of Now nearly ten years ago, and I am still slowly working my way through the book. For months, I read the same phrase, over and over, every day:
is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness.”
— Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
My evening prayer — Almost every night, I say a prayer with my son before he goes to sleep. He first says his prayers, and then I say these words — I imagine these words deeply affecting my whole body as I say them:
We close our eyes and see a field of light.
And we feel that light in every cell of our bodies,
nurturing and healing every cell.
And we know that light, and life, and love,
is who and what we are,
now and forever.
Those words feel as if they have a powerful positive effect. Sometimes I repeat them during the day, and find them calming and nurturing.
Be well, be in peace.
Our altar — I have an altar in my bedroom — a long table with a white tablecloth. On the altar is a picture of Jesus, radiating light from his heart.
Buddha sits in silent serenity, having no cares whatsoever.
Yemanja, the Venus of Brazil and so many other countries, is rising out of the ocean and showering us with abundance.
The Magician from the Tarot deck is doing his magic, holding his right arm up to the sky, dreaming of his castles in the air, and pointing to the ground with his left hand, creating the foundations for his castles on solid earth.
There are dozens of more things on my altar: Pegasus, the winged horse; Ra, the Sun God from Egypt; Padma Sambhava, the magician who brought Buddhism to Tibet, meditating in a crystal cave; Father Cicero, the beloved priest in Brazil who is now a saint; a nativity scene; angels all around, most of them playing music; pinecones, pyramids, rocks, incense holders, candles, magic books, crystals, Hindu sculptures, African dancers and goddesses, books I have written, The Power of Now, and much more.…
My theory is this: You never know what will work and what won’t, so why not try a whole lot of different things? Keep trying different things until you find something you just naturally do repeatedly, something that connects you in some mysterious way to your powerful subconscious mind — and, when that happens, powerful changes happen in your life. Your subconscious mind begins to work for you rather than against you, and your whole world changes.
My prayers to Jesus have changed my life and my world — or maybe it was my prayers to Buddha, or to Yemanja. All I know is that my prayers are answered. How it works exactly remains a great mystery. We don’t need to know how it works, though; we just need to set it in motion, through whichever process works for us.
Bottom line — Do something every day to remind you of what you know. Find whatever works for you — prayer, affirmation, asking for guidance, taking walks, sitting in silence.
Find the source of your inner guidance, and connect to that guidance every day. It will show you what steps to take next, and — more important — it will show you how to live every moment with grace, ease, and lightness.
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Marc Allen is a renowned author, composer, and speaker. On the day he turned thirty, Marc cofounded New World Library with Shakti Gawain, and as the company's president and publisher, he has guided it from a small start-up operation with no capital to become one of the leading publishers in its field. He has written numerous books, including The Greatest Secret of All, Visionary Business, The Millionaire Course, and The Type-Z Guide to Success. For more information, visit MarcAllen.com.