Prayer is your Chance to have a Conversation with God
When people think of prayer, they automatically think of saying prayers they learned growing up in Church. I was born into the Catholic faith, so I was taught the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. There were many other prayers I was taught, but those were the top three.
You are also taught to pray for the sick, the poor, the deceased and for anyone who may need a prayer. You learn to pray to God to forgive you for any sins you may have made or any wrong doing you have done.
Some people feel that you should only pray for other people and not yourself. You should not pray for material things, because that is wrong. Many people believe in many different reasons for prayer, it all depends on how you were brought up.
No matter what you believe in when it comes to prayer or religion, believe this prayer is a chance to have a conversation with God! Take the chance to talk with him; he is waiting to hear from you. God does not judge contrary to what some people want you to believe. He does not care about your color, gender, height, weight, disabilities or who you love.
What he cares about is your well-being and the relationship he has with you! God wants you to leave your burdens with him, he wants to take away all of your sorrow and pain. Some people feel that because of their actions and the way they behave or the wrong they have done in their lives that God will be mad at you and turn his back on you. For some they are actually taught this. That is far from the truth.
He may be sad for a minute, but the God I know will never turn his back on his children. He is waiting for you to welcome him back into your life. He is waiting for you with open arms. He wants you to have a conversation with him.
Prayer is your chance to have a conversation with God. This is your chance to tell him your worries, your fears, your joys. To ask him for help with anything that is burdening you! Tell him whatever is on your mind, he is listening without judgment.
It’s your chance to thank him for all that you have your life, the air you breathe, the clothes on your back and the soles on your feet. It’s your time to thank him for all who enter in your life whether positive or negative. For the lessons you learned and for the lessons you would like to learn.
Prayer is your chance to have a conversation with God, what conversation would you like to have with him? He is listening and waiting for you with open arms!
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11 Sep 2012
Many people have had an out-of-body experience with out even realizing it. What is a OBE? It is the international or spontaneous separation of the consciousness from the physical body. We understand the consciousness to be one’s ego, essence, personality, individuality, or sense of one’s identity. What is important to understand is that the consciousness leaves the physical body every night during sleep. During these moments the consciousness (oneself) can act independently of the physical body in a non-physical dimension. Sometimes that is experienced with awareness of the situation, but usually that occurs without a sufficient level of awareness to remember and recall what occurred. The above information received from IAC.
Some people have felt themselves floating during an out-of-body experience, another form of out-of-body experience is having a near death experience. Some people have experienced an out-of-body experience during physical trauma such as a drowning or having major surgery performed on their bodies. What some people don’t realize it that there are many forms of out-of-body experiences it can be spontaneous or meditative induced.
Spontaneous Out of Body Experiences occurs naturally, you have no control over it. Induced (meditative) Out of Body Experiences are experiences are caused to happen. A person may go into a deep meditation and tries to project themselves out of their bodies. Some people may also chant and bring themselves to a trance to do this as well. This type of experience is also known as Astral Projection. There are many websites dedicated to these subjects. You can also find websites that lists experiences of others . Have you had any type of experience with out-of-body experiences, near death experiences, astral projection? We would love for you to share your stories with us. You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. If you are interested please fill out the contact form to the top of the page.
05 Sep 2012
Final Thoughts about Self-Awareness
In this post I am going to end the topic of self-awareness. If you came to this post first without reading the previous 2 posts I invite you to read those posts first by going here http://thefoundationofinnerstrength.com/your-thoughts-cause-your-feelings/ and here http://thefoundationofinnerstrength.com/how-to-control-it-self-awareness/.
I want to end the self-awareness topic with why we should learn self-awareness. I feel that everyone should learn self-awareness, because it helps you realize what you think. When you begin to realize why, you think the way you do, you can change those thoughts if it’s negative. If it’s positive, you can make sure you continue to think positive thoughts and make sure you don’t let any negative ones in.
Doing this also lets you change your emotions and behaviors. Having self-awareness is very important in order to achieve success in your life and with your relationships. Finally having self-awareness and understanding the way you think and behave can help you to figure out other people. Which intern can help you to form better relationships in your professional and personal life, since you can understand the way other people think.
If you more help becoming more self-aware, I can help you one on one through my life coaching sessions. See my website for further details.
Until next time when we talk about feelings….
God Bless, Keep Strong- and always hold your head up high- Remember God made you because you are you and that’s beautiful!
Ask Rev. Jennifer or Rev. Jamel
The most commonly asked questions are: What is Wicca or Witchcraft? Is it evil and for devil worshippers?
The idea that witches worship Satan or the Devil is one of the most common misconceptions about witches and witch craft as a whole. This mistaken idea probably developed hundreds of years ago because some Christian leaders encouraged their followers to view Non-Christian’s as antichristian’s. If you weren’t a believer in Christ the symbol of good you must believe in his evil opposite Satan or the Devil. This all evil Satan is a Christian concept that plays no part in the Wiccan religion.
03 Sep 2012
What is Santeria?
Santeria is an Afro-Cuban religion based on the mixture between some of the magic religious beliefs and practices of the Yoruba people and those of the Catholic Church. Santeria is a Spanish term that means a confluence of Saints and their worship or way of the Saints. These Saints are in reality disguises for some of the Yoruba deities, known as Orishas.
During the slave trade the Yoruba’s who were brought to Cuba were forbidden from practicing their religion by Spanish masters. In order to continue their magical and religious observances safely, the slaves identified and disguised the Orishas with some of the Catholic Saints worshipped by the Spanish. With this they were able to worship their deities under the very noses of the Spanish without being in danger of punishment.
The same thing took place in Brazil, where the new religion became known as Candomle and Macumba. In Cuba where the Yoruba people mainly stayed they became known as Lucumi a word that means friendship. Most of the words or terms that are used in Santeria would not be known as Yoruba. The Yoruba people are originally from Nigeria.
The Practice became very popular and the creoles, who were descendants of the Spanish, began to practice the new religion. They were known as Santeros and Santeras, who are the priest and priestesses of Santeria. The Saints are identified with natural forces, as well as human interests. They also have human characteristics. This makes them very real to the practitioners and easy to identify with. In most cases the Orishas have many aspects or paths.
In each of the aspects the Orishas have different qualities and traits. Although they remain true to his/her identity, this makes it easier to find a connection between the Orisha and their children. Central beliefs of Santeria state that “every human being is ruled by one of the Orishas/Saints in a specific aspect of that Orisha”. It does not matter whether or not that person believes in Santeria. One major myth of Santeria is that we are followers of a cult or sect, which is not at all true! It is a religion where God is seen as the creator of the universe and humanity.
The Orishas who were disguised as Catholic Saints are senders of God’s powers and are the mediators between humanity and the Supreme Being. God in Santeria is known as Olodumare. The power of God is a cosmic energy, from which the universe was created. The power is known as Ashe. Even though there is only one kind of Ashe, it can be expressed or manifested in many different ways. Each Saint can manipulate this energy and use it in his or her own special influence.
The main purpose of the practitioners of Santeria is to acquire this Ashe in order to achieve their desires. In order to receive an Ashe you must give an ebbo (an offering) to the Orisha who controls the objects of one’s desire. An offering may be a cleansing, fruits or the Orishas favorite food. And in some unusual cases an animal sacrifice. These practices have given Santeria much undeserved negative publicity. Most of the animals sacrificed are chicken and roosters and are eaten by the Santeros after their rituals, unless a ritual is done to cleanse an individual of illness or what are considered dangerous situations.
At no time do the Santeros or Santeras in engage in sinister acts and do not believe in making animal sacrifices routinely. According to the beliefs of Santeria Orishas become upset and displeased when animals are given often and indiscriminately. That is why the most common offerings are fruits and favorite foods. Animal sacrifice is only done when an Orisha demands it or accepts it. This usually happens when a person’s life is believed to be in jeopardy. But the Orisha must approve of the sacrifice before it can be offered.
Although there is much to be learned about Santeria, we hope that this information has enlightened you and changed your view about our religion. And leads you to read and learn all there is to know about Santeria.