Question: What would you say about praying for somebody else if they haven't asked you to do that?

    Well, I don't know: but I'll tell you about an experience I had once.
    Many, many, many years ago, I was just a little kid and I ran into somebody who was practicing some kind of Science of Mind or something along those lines. And they apparently decided I needed some help (we were good friends).
    And so one day I was sitting around the house and I started feeling terrible -- I felt like I was getting sick or something. And I couldn't figure out any reason for it, nothing had happened.
    So I did a little checking to see what was going on and I got this real strong thing called ``so and so is doing such and such.'' So I called them up on the phone and I said, ``What are you doing!?''
    And they said, ``I'm sending you light in my meditation.''
    And I said, ``Well knock it off, you're making me sick.''
    And they said, ``Well, its s'posed to make you feel good.''
    ``Well, all I can say is your idea of light is destroying this body.''
    So I think maybe before you pray for anybody else, you better find out what to pray for. That sound about right?

    Yeah.

    People's idea of love and light and so on is all based on their own need. So I wasn't getting light, I was getting a really heavy dose of that other person's need. And it almost made me ill. If you can pray without wanting anything in return, something really neat might happen. Otherwise, I'd let it be.
    Let people work out their own misery, you don't need to add to it.
    Praying for someone else is fine if you're not expecting anything in return. Because if I pray for someone and I don't need to prove how good I am, how powerful I am, I don't need any results to demonstrate anything -- in other words, I'm simply praying -- then I will do it in such a way that I say, ``whatever is best for them, that's what I want for them.''
    Now how could that do anything to anybody? If I have an idea of what you should have in any way shape or form, then I'm trying to impose something on you, aren't I? But if you can truly just say, ``I want for them the best that they can have,'' I don't see how you can possibly go wrong doing that.
    Whether they asked for it or not, I doubt if they'll even notice you did it. And hopefully, you'll never tell.

    Yeah, I wouldn't tell.

    Because if it is whatever's best for them, why not let them think that it was them who did it? And maybe they can get rid of that sense of not being okay. The minute I tell them I prayed for them I'm reinforcing ``I'm not okay again, I needed help to get this.''
    Its probably best that they not even know you prayed.

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