Redefining Prayer


Redefining Prayer

It is time to redefine prayer.  Prayer, in its usual definition, presupposes an external God or gods, which are alternately or simultaneously bowed down to, beseeched, or even the subject of anger and resentment.  The “New Age” alternatives to this external God are

  1. God is a principal
  2. God is in everything and
  3. God is in us.

But all of these alternatives are really rationalizations rather than abandonments of the external God.  What we need is a total reversal, a figure ground shift.

This is subtle and difficult to grasp.  It can be best summed up in the phrase, “we are all God having human experiences.”  God is universal consciousness, and we as humans, and arguably all sentient beings, are embodiments of that universal consciousness, which can also, but misleadingly be termed the one God.  In other words, God is not in us, we are in God.  This is the figure ground shift I am calling for.

It is also a form of monotheism, but shorn of the theism.

If we are in God rather than God being in us, what does it mean to pray?  To pray to oneself is meaningless.  Instead prayer merges with intention.  It is beyond absurdity for God to pray to himself, but it makes perfect sense for God to intend.  As a matter of fact the power of intention can only be realized when we realize our true identity as God.  This is why we must get into still mind, the portal to the God state, in order for our intentions to bear fruit.  (I am using the word intention intentionally, in order to distinguish it from emotions and or actions, like wanting, willing, being goal directed etc.).  Intention, although it frequently leads to action, needs no action.  Rather it is automatic, like walking or peeing.  We intend it and it just happens.

But, and this is the rub, we, as God’s embodiments must ask, not necessarily in words but in our own intentions.  In a sense God must ask God; God the embodiment must ask God the universal– for what?

To intend to make us whole, to intend to heal us, to intend to guide us, and most of all, to intend to make us, his embodiments, realize that they are just that!

This then is “prayer” redefined.

Jeff Eisen, Ph.D.

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About Dr. Jeffrey Eisen, Ph.D.

The creation of PsychoNoetics is the life's work of Dr. Jeffrey S. Eisen, an academically trained psychologist and psychotherapist. Dr. Eisen's discoveries brought him to a breakthrough expansion of Freud's id, ego and super-ego structural model of the psyche called the Enoe, and a revolutionary vision of the Self-Illuminated Human. Dr. Eisen is a gifted speaker, facilitator and author of hundreds of unpublished essays, four books, and a forthcoming one titled The De-Programmed Human. Playing 20 Questions With God, An Introduction to the Clearing Path of PsychoNoetics is both an engaging overview of the development of PsychoNoetics, and a comprehensive guide to applying it to your life. Oneness Perceived, A Window Into Enlightenment is a monumental body of work that attempts a unified field theory from the viewpoint of nonduality with academic precision and rigor, and stands to become a key reference within the alternative scientific community. He has appeared in an EnlightenNext webinar with Ken Wilber, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Brian Robertson, and Andrew Cohen, recorded online interviews with EnlightenNext Magazine, and collaborated with the first director of the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) who inspired the name PsychoNoetics.
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5 Responses to Redefining Prayer

  1. Beautiful.

    In case you don’t know it, have a look at Quantum touch (or Reiki, for that matter);
    that’s prayer in practice, in a way.

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  4. Jeffrey, this is very interesting — not to mention original. I’m fascinated by this concept of “God as Intention” — or how human beings can become tuned to this so-called universal intention — maybe (who knows) on a mass scale. Wouldn’t that be amazing. Thanks for getting this idea (and many others) out there….

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