This weekend, I am facilitating another retreat for women. I’ve done about 10 of these now. You can read a little more about them here.
The last retreat I facilitated was in October. And I tried something I hadn’t done before. I invited my blog readers to be on a prayer list at the retreat. (Please read this post if you have general questions about this idea.) I asked readers to write to me either through the blog comments or through email and let me know their intentions or their prayer requests.
At each retreat I construct a funky little altar where each person adds intentions or a candle or a pinecone or a poem. At the October retreat, I also added a list of the 60 or so people who wrote in prayer requests. Every time the group gathered in a circle, I included these other people in our intentions and reminded each woman to hold that list in their meditation or prayer or whatever the activity was.
About half of the people who wrote in also wrote that they would include the women at the retreat in their prayers. It evolved into a reciprocal prayer list.
I can’t speak for the people on the list, but I can say that the October retreat was the most powerful I had experienced to date. It was as if the whole energy was lifted up a notch. There was more juice. There were more ah-ha moments. There was more depth. I believe that some of that was due to the power of prayer.
So, here’s another invitation to my readers.
This retreat is beginning this Friday afternoon at 2pm. If you’d like to be included on the prayer list, please leave a comment with your intention. Or, if you want to remain a little more anonymous, send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will include your name on the list.
Here are some random things to know about the prayer list:
1 – You don’t have to be “in need” to be prayed for.
Lots of times we wait until we’re in a place of dire panic or deep frustration before we pray. Prayers are good even when you’re just wanting to remember to remain in gratitude while good things manifest in your life.
2 – Prayer is not pity.
I never pray for someone because I feel sorry for them. I only pray knowing the truth about them. And the truth about each of us is that, as Marianne Williamson wrote, “we are powerful beyond measure.” I pray with a knowingness and with affirmation of the truth about every soul.
3 – Prayer does not have an agenda.
I only pray for what you want and desire, not for what I think you might need. In other words, knowing the truth for someone and about someone requires that you know they are on their own perfect and right path. I don’t have any desire to bring my own ego into it. In other words, your intentions remain your own!
4 – You will remain anonymous.
I won’t announce your name or use your note as an example. Prayer works whether or not we consciously know who exactly you are or what exactly you want. I, obviously, will be reading your request. I usually add each person to my own daily prayers from the time I receive their email or comment until weeks after the retreat!
5 – If you can’t remember the truth about you, someone else can.
Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, spent a good part of his life teaching people how to be “practitioners.” Practitioners are people who can visualize and know the truth for you when you don’t have the faith to do it. The belief behind this is that we are all one, and that there is only one energy or force or mind. If one person knows the truth in that one mind, then it is known throughout the whole mind. When you think about it, when it comes to prayer, we are all practitioners! And it’s a powerful thing to know the truth for another person!
Send me an email or write in a comment by Friday morning. I’ll check them before I leave for the retreat…