CHAPTER 15: THE ENERGY OF LOVE

“God, Are You Listening?” Prayer And Other Portals For Connecting With Life

You might have heard the saying that prayer is asking, and meditation is listening. That’s a great way to think of it. And yet, a prayer doesn’t have to be about asking, it can be about thanking. Perhaps a song can be a prayer, or an answer to one. And, meditation doesn’t have to be about listening, it can just be about creating space—the lack of thought that opens us to ‘inspired thought’, which is Life’s perfect order coming through by way of a divine portal.

I had an opportunity to receive advice from a well-known spiritual teacher and she later sent me a recording of our session. There was so much wisdom that she gifted me with, and insights that have since been proven to become manifest in my life. In listening back to the one-hour recording, I noticed that there was only one thing that she repeated more than once. In fact, when I counted, she repeated it seven times, she said, “You need to be meditating. You create with the Creator and to serve your purpose and realize your dreams, you need to be meditating.” Again and again she told me this. Today, I do meditate and I have experienced that meditation is a form of communication with Life. It’s a portal to receive inspiration, grace, and be renewed.

And, sometimes, when I’m alone, I talk out loud to the whole of Life—the omnipresent force that you might call, God. I say to Life, “We’re in this together, I’m going to need some more help. I’m struggling and need resources and opportunities to come to me, because I can’t always find them myself. I made a breathtaking agreement with You. I’m here by choice and I want You to use me for good. I can’t do this on my own. Thank You for engaging all of Life to help fulfill my agreement.” (Sounds a bit like a prayer, huh?)

Asking is the easy part. It’s a challenge to remember to plug into Life and all of the resources available to you. Here’s a formula that I have found cannot fail to work: #1 Speak out loud what you desire with sincerity. Give up your fears and doubts. #2 Be open to the signs, answers, and opportunities. #3 Use every question or crossroad, all day and every day, to make choices in the direction of your goals and purpose. #4 Take action.

It might surprise you from where and who the answers or encouragement will come. The other day I said out loud to Life, “I sometimes find it hard to believe that I deserve all of the good things that are happening in my life lately. I have difficulty trusting that it won’t all just disappear and turn to shit again. It’s hard to forgive myself for things that I’ve done in my past, the time that I had wasted, what I put my former self through. Sometimes I feel guilty for the happiness that I feel today, when the person that I was before had hurt and been hurt so much. It’s strange to let go of the fight. I am now choosing forgiveness, fulfillment, and success in my purpose. Please show me a sign that I am worthy, and that if I fully embrace who I am today, that I’m not abandoning the girl that I had been who had suffered so greatly.”

Then I mentally moved on. I let it go and gave it up to Life to sort out. I put my Apple earbuds on, queued up my favorite music station, and left for my morning exercise routine.

The very first song that played was one that I know well and must have listened to a thousand times. And yet, I had always visualized it speaking to a romantic relationship, an old flame. I’ve watched the video too.

Still, I had never thought of its story in any other way than the way that Adele had likely written it (or, maybe not), to a former boyfriend. Until this day, when I heard these words, from a completely new perspective—no man, no old flame; just me and old me…

Hello, it’s me
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal ya
But I ain’t done much healing

Hello, can you hear me
I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There’s such a difference between us
And a million miles

Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

Hello, how are you?
It’s so typical of me to talk about myself I’m sorry
I hope that you’re well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened

It’s no secret that the both of us
Are running out of time

So hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

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