I am a big believer that form follows thought. If you have a strong enough intention you can manifest what you think. This is the basis for all manifestation, masterminding and magic.
When I send out a Reiki Healing/Prayer Request (which I send to all my students who have completed Reiki II or above), I only send the name and location of the person who has requested healing and prayer. I do this because it is up to that person and his or her higher self/god what the outcome of that healing is. I try to have no judgments about a person’s personal healing path either. That is up to them. Reiki energy goes where it is needed and works for the highest good.
But it kind of scares me that there are people out there, maybe millions of them, praying to bring back god into government, praying to “cure” homosexuals, praying for my salvation and that I come to Jesus Christ. Prayer is powerful, no matter what you pray for.
My biggest fear is bringing Christianity, god and prayer into government. How can a government be of the people, by the people and for the people if only one group, i.e., Evangelical Christians, are running it? What of all the other groups who are a part of a country that was founded on religious freedom? Jews? Islamics? Hindus? Buddhists? Pagans? Wiccans? Atheists? Agnostics?
One of the founders of this country, Thomas Jefferson, wanted the wording, “A wall of separation” between church and state. He was quite adamant about that, but his wording was toned down a bit. Here is what he had to say:
Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.
-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom
I tend to agree with Thomas. So please politicians, please don’t pray for me.
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, expected to enter the Republican race for the White House within weeks, offered a prayer for America on Saturday at a controversial religious rally that put the spotlight on his Christian faith.
Perry, who has made his religious beliefs a big part of his public image, urged an enthusiastic crowd at the seven-hour gathering to pray for President Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders.
“Father, our heart breaks for America,” said Perry, who hatched the idea for the rally and brushed off heavy criticism for participating.
“We see discord at home, we see fear in the marketplace, we see anger in the halls of government. As a nation, we have forgotten who made us,” Perry said in a prayer offered to a crowd estimated by organizers at more than 30,000 people.
The event was named “The Response” and billed as a day of prayerfor a nation in crisis. It also gave Perry a national platform to sharpen his appeal to religious conservatives who play a big role in the Republican nominating race and have been unhappy with the current crop of contenders.
Sponsors of the rally included the American Family Association, whose leaders have condemned gays and Muslims, and the International House of Prayer, founded by an evangelist who warns celebrity Oprah Winfrey is a pastor in a Satan-inspired religion.
It also drew prominent religious conservative leaders such as Focus on the Family head James Dobson and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
Critics condemned the event for excluding non-Christian faiths and blurring the boundary between church and state, as well as affiliating with controversial fringe religious groups and leaders.
“Governor Perry achieved his goal today — he drove almost every religious right leader and group into his corral,” said Reverend Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Perry is poised to enter the 2012 Republican presidential race in the next few weeks. He already has shot into the top tier of contenders in opinion polls.
At the rally in Houston’s cavernous 70,000-seat Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans professional football team, Perry discussed his faith, read scripture and said a prayer.
“We know the greatest darkness comes just before the morning,” he said in a 12-minute appearance, adding God was wise enough to avoid affiliation with any political party.
“His agenda is not a political agenda. His agenda is a salvation agenda,” said Perry, who was criticized for blending politics and religion in launching the prayer rally.
‘A CAMPAIGN PROP’
“This isn’t the first time we have seen Governor Perry use a religious gathering or house of worship as a campaign prop,” said Kathy Miller, executive director of the Texas Freedom Network, a nonpartisan watchdog on far-right religious groups.
Perry closed the event by saying he hoped it would begin a national renewal and “our willingness to stand in the public square” would inspire others to seek God.
The rally had a mix of Christian rock, testimonials and scripture from pastors and children, as well as numerous calls to end abortion but little other overtly political rhetoric.
Participants said they were praying to heal a troubled nation and politics was not their concern. Many in attendance, who came in church buses from throughout the region, praised Perry for leading the effort.
“He was brave enough to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we’ve got to pray for the nation.’ He’s the governor but he’s a Christian man,” said Lonnie Lavender, a pastor at the War Cry Prayer Ministry in Venus, Texas.
Eddie Ellis, a delivery service owner in Conroe, Texas, who bused to the event with about 50 parishioners from his church, said Americans needed to “wake up.”
“Perry is a politician but he says we’ve got to pray. He hits the right keys,” Ellis said.
Perry invited all of the nation’s governors but Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas was the only one to attend. Florida Governor Rick Scott, also a Republican, sent a video message.
The event was broadcast on the Internet to more than 1,000 churches around the country, sponsors said. Organizers draped black curtains behind the stage to hide empty seats, although the crowd was larger than predicted earlier in the week.
Perry’s emphasis on his Christian faith could be a drawback in a general election when it could turn off moderates and independents, along with those of non-Christian faiths.