Jacob Max Winkler has been writing his own prayers for years. He recommends the practice highly.
I forget that what comes easily to me may confound other people.
For most of the past ten years, I’ve written spontaneous prayers to God practically every day and frequently listened for God’s guidance in response and wrote that down too. Often the results are poetic, beautiful and inspiring, blending all of the sacred texts and teachings that I’ve studied and loved.
Anyone could do this. People have been doing this forever. Prior to writing, this form of communing with Spirit was probably one of the main practices of the witches, wizards, shamans and other healers and guides of the time. The holy texts of the world are arguably the result of a similar exercise. Mystics in every age drew on their immediate, internal connection with the Divine. Neale Donald Walsch wrote a series of life-transforming books based on this kind of dialogue with God.
The more we read others’ works, the more we may be inspired to create our own.
So here’s my Prayer and Guidance for the day:
In this moment I praise the richness.
Of The breath that fills my lungs.
O Source of Breath.
O Source of Gratitude.
Thank You for the inspiration.
To breathe deep.
And return to this simple peace.
You are the Life that breathes through.
And I dedicate my life to You.
Guide me in being of service.
Guide me in helping all of Your Children.
That at least in this moment.
In this breath.
They are safe.
Their existence is insured.
And whatever their experience.
Inherent in life itself.
Is the ability to grow.
From all that occurs.
Of the belief in Life beyond dying.
I rest my faith upon that Source.
For we truly create nothing.
And rather, only receive.
Every aspect of our being.
Our thoughts and words and actions.
Come from the Source.
Our will, our desires.
Our freedom to choose.
Our hopes and dreams.
Our fears and turmoils.
I celebrate and acknowledge.
The Source of All.
You are the All.
The All lives within you.
See the world.
And the world of your dreams.
As one world.
The people you meet in your dreams.
Are aspects of your Self.
And they are their own persons.
The people you meet in the world.
Are their own persons.
And aspects of your Self.
In this sense.
There is one Self.
That contains infinite unique individuals.
Every particle of existence.
May live and dance with consciousness.
Ever-changing, flowing, merging.
Dying and being reborn.
Life flows to Life.
Always learning and growing.
Sit with this.
You will be surprised.
At how healing just contemplating this.
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