The Newsletter of Gregg Braden and Sacred Spaces/Ancient WisdomWinter/Spring 2006 Volume 8 Issue 2
Inside This Issue:
The Mystery of the Space Between(Excerpt from Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer Hay House Publishing, 2006)
"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because we are part of the mystery we are trying to solve." Max Planck, "father" of quantum theory
There's a power that lives in the space "between," that subtle instant when something ends, and what follows next hasn't yet begun.
From the birth and death of galaxies, to the beginning and ending of careers and relationships, and even the simplicity of breathing in and out, creation is the story of beginnings and endings: cycles that start and stop, expand and contract, live and die.
Regardless of scale, between the "beginning" and the "end", there is a moment in time when neither one has fully happened. That moment is where magic and miracles come from! In the instant of between, all possibilities exist, and none have been chosen. From this place, we're given the power to heal our bodies, change our lives, and bring peace to the world. All events originate from this powerful, magical moment.
The mystery and possibilities of the space that connects two events has long been honored in the wisdom of traditions of our past. Native traditions of North America, for example, state that two times each day the earth enters into precisely such mystical realms. We find one realm immediately after the sun disappears below the horizon, just before the darkness of night arrives. The second realm occurs just before the sun reappears from the edge of the sky, after the darkest part of the night.
Both are twilight moments neither completely day nor completely night. It is during this time, the traditions suggest, that an opening occurs in which profound truths may be realized, deep healings may occur, and prayers have their greatest power. In his classic work A Separate Reality, anthropologist Carols Casteneda called this opening a "crack between the worlds," and described it as an access point into the unseen realms of spirits, demons, and power.
Modern scientists acknowledge the power of just such a place. For them, however, the point is less about day, night, and time, and more about the matter that our world is made of. From the perspective of a scientist, what we see as the solid world around us is anything but solid!
When the local movie theater projects a moving image on the screen in front of us, for example, we know that the story we're seeing is an illusion. The romance and tragedy that tugs at our heartstrings is actually the result of many still pictures being flashed very quickly, one after another, to create the sense of a continuous story. While our eyes do see the single pictures, frame by frame, our brain merges them together into what we perceive as that uninterrupted film.
Quantum physicists suggest that our world works in much the same way. For instance, what we see as the football touchdown or triple axel of a figure skater on a Sunday-afternoon sports program, in quantum terms, is actually a series of individual events that happen very fast and close together. Similar to the way in which many images strung together make a movie look so real, life actually occurs as brief, tiny bursts of light called quanta. The quanta of life happen so quickly that, unless our brain is trained to operate differently (as it would in some forms of meditation), it simply averages the pulses to create the continuous action we see as the Sunday sports.
Within this simplified explanation of life, we also find the key to our healing. For one burst of light to end before the next begins, there must, by definition, be a moment in between. Within this space, for a brief instant, there exists a perfect balance where nothing is happening the events that led to the burst are complete, and the new events haven't started. In this place of "no thing," all scenarios of life/death/suffering/healing/war/ peace exist as possibilities and potential. This is the place where feelings and prayers become the blueprints of life.
The key is that our emotional state during prayer determines the kind of blueprint we create. Knowing that the Field is a reflection of our inner beliefs, we must find a way to clear our hurt and anger before we pray. If we think about this, it makes sense. After all, how could we expect the Mind of God to reflect healing and peace, if we're feeling fear and hurt?
SECRETS OF THE LOST MODE OF PRAYER
© Gregg Braden
Hay House, 2006
From the ancient writings of the Gnostics and Essenes, to the native traditions throughout the Americas, hurt, blessing, and beauty are acknowledged as the keys to surviving our greatest tests. Prayer is the language that allows us to apply the lessons of our experiences to the situations in our lives.
>From this perspective, "wisdom" and "hurt" are two extremes of the same experience. They are the beginning and completion of the same cycle. Hurt is our initial feeling, our gut response to loss, disappointment, or the news of something that shocks our emotions. Wisdom is the healed expression of our hurt. We change hurt into wisdom by finding new meaning in painful experiences. Blessing, beauty, and prayer are the tools for our change.
Twentieth-century Christian visionary, Reverend Samuel Shoemaker described the power of prayer to create change in a single, poetic, and perhaps deceptively simple sentence. "Prayer may not change things for you," he says, "but it for sure changes you for things." While we may not be able to go back in time to undo the reason that we hurt to begin with, we do have the power to change what the loss of loved ones, the shock of broken promises, and life's disappointments mean to us. In doing so, we open the door to move toward a healing resolution of even our most hurtful experiences.
Without understanding the relationship between wisdom and hurt, our experience of pain may seem senseless, even cruel, and continue, as the pain cycle remains open-ended. But how are we to remove ourselves from life's hurt long enough to find the wisdom in our experiences? When we're reeling from a loss, a violated trust, or a betrayal that was unthinkable only hours or moments before, how are we to find refuge from our emotions long enough to feel something else? This is where the power of blessing comes in.
Blessing Is the Release
Beauty Is the Transformer
Beyond an appreciation for the things that are simply pleasing to our eyes, beauty is described by wisdom traditions as an experience that also touches our hearts, minds, and souls. Through our ability to perceive beauty in even the "ugliest" moments of life, we may elevate ourselves from our experience long enough to give new meaning to our hurt. In this way, beauty is a trigger that launches us into a new perspective. The key, however, is that it appears to be dormant until we give it our attention. Beauty awakens only when we invite it in our lives.
Our Lost Mode of Prayer
In spring 1998, I had the honor of facilitating a 22-day pilgrimage into the monasteries of central Tibet, searching for evidence of an ancient and forgotten form of prayerthe language that speaks to the field that unites all things. The monks and the nuns who live there shared the instructions for a way to pray that was largely lost to the West in the fourth-century biblical edits of the early Christian Church. Preserved for centuries in the texts and traditions of those living upon the roof of the world, this "lost" mode of prayer has no words or outward expressions. It is based solely in feeling.
Specifically, it invites us to feel as if our prayer has already been answered, rather than feeling powerless and needing to ask for help from a higher source. In recent years, studies have shown that it is this very quality of feeling that does, in fact, "speak" to the field that connects us with the world. Through prayers of feeling, we're empowered to take part in the healing of our lives and relationships, as well as, our bodies and our world!
"Research has shown that through the quantum field connects the universe, the beliefs and prayers within us, are carried into the world around us." excerpt, GSB
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