Huff Post makes page on Religion – “Prayer of the Heart”

25 02 2010

A page on different religions and religions views?  Such a public forum in this day and age?

It could be that it’s quite brilliant.  A place for different religions and different religious views to process, think, and wonder.

Hmmm.

This is actually a lovely post by Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, entitled, The Prayer of the Heart. Here is an excerpt:

“… So many times it appears that our prayer is not heard, that we are forgotten, alone. And yet as the mystic says, “If the heart has heard the prayer, God has heard the prayer.” And more important than any specific answer is the act of prayer, in which we turn toward God. In our busy lives it is so easy to forget the divine, to be immersed in our own problems and our own selves. The mystic knows that what really matters is the inner connection of the heart in which our heart opens and cries. It is something so simple and yet so easily overlooked. It is a way to be with God.

Learning to pray is also learning to listen. Within the heart we wait for an answer, for God’s words, which may come even when we have not asked. Listening is a form of prayer, in which our whole being is receptive. Prayer is communion with God; we share with Him our needs, and we also learn to be attentive, as Rumi so beautifully writes:

Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your being, and you will hear at every moment what the Source is whispering to you, just to you and for you, without any need for my words or anyone else’s. You are–we all are–the beloved of the Beloved, and in every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear and know. Who can ever explain this miracle? It simply is. Listen and you will discover it every passing moment. Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation in thought and act between you and Him, directly, wordlessly, now and always.

Listening within the heart is attuning our self to our Beloved. We develop the ear of the heart, the inner listening of the soul. Sometimes God communicates directly with words. We may hear these words as a still, small voice, or a thought suddenly appearing. In the silence of receptive prayer, the prayer of the quiet, we may hear words of help and guidance. Or our innermost may speak to us in dreams, when words carry an energy that we know does not belong to our psyche. Sometimes we open a book we know and the words that we read are a message from our Beloved. In so many ways, some known, some hidden, God speaks to us, answers our prayers.”

(Wonder where he found that great quote by the 13th Century Poet, Rumi)

Is that prayer works a suggestion?  Or a Fact?  Consider this well.  In the midst of all the suggestions we receive from without and from without, it could be that prayer really does work.  Check it out?