by Gregg Braden
Perhaps now, more than at any time in our history, the choices that
we make in our lives have lasting effects, and global consequences,
that will extend for hundreds of generations into our future.
light of the escalating global tensions, recent studies offer new
hope, and renewed credibility to our most cherished traditions,
suggesting that we may “do something” about the seemingly unending
cycles of violence, and future of our world.
Statistics have shown that a specific number of people, joined in a
focused, unified consciousness of non-denominational mass prayer,
produce effects that extend well beyond the room or building where
the prayer has occurred.
That number is the square root of 1% of the population involved.
These studies add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that
focusing our feelings of appreciation and gratitude, as if our
prayers have already been answered, have a measurable effect on the
quality of life during the time of the prayer.
Following our description of this “lost” mode of prayer in the book,
The Isaiah Effect,3
your emails and phone calls have asked for further clarification as
to precisely how to apply this prayer in our lives.
are no “right” or “wrong” ways to pray. In its simplest expression,
prayer is the very personal and innate ability within each of us to
commune with our world, one another, and a greater presence. The
“lost” mode of prayer is simply one more tool to place into our
prayer tool box.
Lost Mode of Prayer Described
The “lost” mode of
prayer is a form of prayer that has no words, no outward
expression, and is based simply in feeling. Specifically, this
mode of prayer invites us to feel the appreciation and gratitude
in our heart, as if our prayers have already been answered, even
if the world appears to show us otherwise.1
This is where
clarity is important
As evidence suggests
that our world and our bodies mirror what we think/feel, we must
be very clear that our prayers originate from our hearts, rather
than in our heads.
Here is the
The logic of our
brain works in polarity - left brain/right brain, light/dark,
good/bad, right/wrong, etc. Praying “for” something creates a
strong feeling - a charge - of what “should” or “should not” be. The
physics of our world require that when something is created with
a charge in one polarity, the opposite must be created as well,
to balance the charge.
What it means
When we pray “for” something, we are using a mental process
of logic! While thought-based prayers “for” peace in Iraq, for
example, may be well-intentioned and appear to create a
temporary peace or healing in one place at one point in time,
they may inadvertently create precisely the opposite of the
peace that is intended, in another place, at another time!
Our hearts, on the other hand, have no polarity. In the
Native traditions, there is even a word that describes the
non-polar objectiveness of the heart, the heart that sees what
“is” rather than judges what should be. The word is Shante Ishta
(the single eye of the heart). When we choose peace or healing
from our heart, there is no polarity created to balance our
choice, as there is no “left” and “right” heart.
From our heart, the feeling is the prayer! Studies have shown
that this quality of gratitude and appreciation for the peace
that already exists creates a “field effect”
- in the presence of
peace, all that can happen is peace.
To be very clear, this form of prayer is NOT directed at a
place, person, organization, country, city or event. This mode
of prayer does NOT attempt to “make” something happen, somewhere
where we may not agree with what life is showing us. The
ancients understood that to use prayer in this way is an
“abomination” of our gift of communion with our world. To impose
our idea of what should, or should not be anywhere in the world,
or upon another person, is a form of manipulation, and a misuse
of our gift of prayer.
Rather than praying for someone to “win”/ “lose”, “suffer” or
“heal”, we have the opportunity to “feel” the appreciation and
gratitude for the peace and healing that already exists. The
power of this kind of prayer transcends winners and
loser - inviting us to elevate the conditions of our world to a
new realm beyond win/loss. In doing so, we open the door of a
very subtle, yet powerful principle that allows for the
possibility of peace/healing to be present without imposing our
will to make it so.
If this clarification appears too wordy, please accept my
sincere apologies. The principle is simple: In the presence of
peace, all that can happen is peace.
You are invited to join us for an empowering moment of unity,
peace, prayer and possibility. Through our time together, we
offer the power of life to our children, and our world, both
present and future. Many thanks in advance for your willingness
to make our world a better place!!
Many Blessings of a true
and lasting peace.
Please refer to THE LOST MODE OF PRAYER on Gregg Braden’s
official web site,
www.greggbraden.com , for more
information, and precise instructions for the practice of
Scientists suspect that the relationship between mass prayer and
the effect of those prayers is due to a phenomenon known as the
field effect of consciousness. It is this field effect that
becomes available for the children of the world to “tap into”.
Additionally, those making the policies that affect the future
and direction of our world are linked to precisely the same
prayer fields that we will access during our vigil, and may
benefit to the degree that they choose, even without direct