Every day I get an invitation to add a friend to LinkedIn. Suddenly, I wonder how LinkedIn am I to the one who gave me life?
We would all like to think that our prayers are reaching heaven’s gates, but how sure are we that we pray correctly? Does it matter how we pray? Does God simply listen to our hearts? Or is everything left up to chance?
If we go to the Christian bible we find Jesus teaching us to pray using the “Lord’s Prayer.” In each of the lines of this prayer are foundational, specific messages and metaphors for us to follow as we pray daily.
- a list of things I want, like a Christmas list to Santa;
- a time in desperation we cry out to a God we have no relationship with; and
- going to a daddy and asking him to take care of your life without giving any of your own energy.
- A Connection with Spirit, usually found through quietness and listening;
- a relationship with God and spirit, and also with yourself;
- a living, walking, breathing, moving dedication to be a conduit for God; and
- prayer is most importantly, loving one another, as yourself
So, when we begin to think that prayer is about wants and desires, we already stand amiss. The first phrase Jesus says is, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” This prayer doesn’t sound like Jesus asked for anything more than the will of God to express itself through him and in the earth.
“Lead us not into temptation,” is another example of prayer. Life is about temptations and desires, just the opposite of prayer, actually. We want that new car, that awesome vacation, and to win the lottery. But that’s not how Jesus asks us to pray. He says that we should pray to be led from that kind of asking—the temptation of the world and all its glitz and false glory.
However, in the end, Jesus says that we will be provided for by the goodness of God in all ways. So, why do we pray for the things that are already in our lives? Are we afraid they may be taken away, and we’ll be left poor and without our BMWs? Sometimes, I have to admit, I have this same “ego” fear pass through my mind.
Then I begin to think about the times I lived on Ramen noodles and chicken legs for months. I was taken care of then, just as much as I am taken care of now. I’m not afraid to go back to the essentials, if that is the will of the Lord. As I let go of my fears, I notice that my relationship with Spirit, in prayer, exponentially changes. I now gratefully and authentically go to Mother/Father God with no expectations. I simply ask for the what I need for the day, as Jesus says, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
Our daily bread is much more than food and clothing. Our daily bread produces a downloading of sorts from Spirit to fulfill every physical need, answer every question, and give us the leading we need to walk on the straight and narrow toward a life committed being a true vessel of the Lord.
Go to Week 3 of the “Year to CLEAR Challenge”
Below is information that I will be sharing for about a month, as not every person on my list reads the blog every day. If you have already read it, just skip over it. Thanks for understanding.
A Year to CLEAR Challenge:
(Please Know: You Can Join Us At Any Point in the Year Challenge.)
The masses search outward for things that qualify them as a person, but I always go inward for that which quantifies me for greatness. At twenty-five I preached on street corners in NYC as an in-the-closet Pentecostal minister. One day I heard a still small voice say, ‘God cannot be contained in a book or a law or even in a religion. Dig deeper, reach further to find me, and you will find your authentic Self.’”
A Year to CLEAR Challenge!
The acronym CLEAR stands for (Compassionate, Loving, Enthusiastic, And Relationship-Ready). The goal of this project is to engulf readers in a weekly study that will transform them by removing blocks, promote self-growth, and give them wings to fly freely into daily life. Each week, by going to BoSebastian.com and choosing the Year to CLEAR Challenge tab, a new challenge or thought to provoke conversation, growth, and group functionality.
My vision is to make Finding Authentic You the book to have in your Kindle or on your computer. The book is a comprehensive look at growth—spiritually, mentally, and physically.
As a yoga teacher and student of the Ayurvedic tradition, I bring to the table understanding of physical challenges, the ability to overcome mental problems with Life & Health Coaching, as well as hypnotherapy, and expertise in meditation and spirituality as a minister.
The combination of all three in one book with an interactive connection to like-minded readers, for one year, is what makes this Year to CLEAR Challenge a must-do for every spiritual seeker.
The One-Year Approach to Change
No one believes he or she can change overnight. But success in change comes from the metaphors of nature. Seasonally, life changes all around us in nature. Finding Authentic You offers a gradual change perspective, looking at the triune aspects of change as in yoga: Body, Mind and Spirit.
Accessing the ability to change and finding yourself actually pursuing change must be a daily search, which I call getting to the “observer mind.”
In this frontal cortex of the brain we find the anatomy of change and the power to counter every negative trigger of the human process. The workings of Hypnosis, NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are all positive actions to help the mind and body flow to a positive space for change.
Every aspect of FINDING AUTHENTIC YOU fulfills this constant need for diffusing the negative past and dreaming of a fulfilling future.
Step 1: Recognize That Change is Inevitable
Step 2: Release from Resistance to Change
Step 3: Understanding Change and Allow Spirit to Define It
Step 4: A History Lesson—About You
Step 5: Look at Your Past with Compassion
Step 6: Making a Strong Commitment to Change
Step 7: Dream Your Fabulous Future
Go to www.bosebastian.com for Week One Challenge:
TOOLS FOR CHANGE:
Go to Storefront to buy any of the following or make a donation to Finding Authentic You: www.shop.bosebastian.com
• Introduction to Meditation
• Smoke Cessation mp3
• Weight Loss mp3
• Hypnotic Lap Band surgery Mp3
• Insomnia mp3
• Eternal Om mp3
• Meditation Music mp3
• Guide to Meditation mp3
• Healing the Body mp3
• And my “Lessons from the Heart” book ready for your download purchase.
Go to Home Page: www.BoSebastian.com
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