Q: What should I do when someone is angry at me or treats me unkindly?

A:  The best thing to do is to try and put yourself in their shoes. What are they feeling, what is their perspective?  What are their past experiences in life, and how is this affecting their point of view now?  How are they viewing you?

This practice pulls you out of the duality of victim/victimizer, and puts you into the experience of compassion.  There’s always a reason why someone acts in a certain way, and usually it has very little to do with you.  Usually the person who is experiencing anger is acting reactively from their ego.  Don’t take it personally.

To take it personally puts you at odds with the person, which the person can consciously or unconsciously perceive, and keeps the drama going.  To see the person compassionately usually takes the energy out of the anger, and often times will take the person back, out of their angry state, and make them realize that their anger has very little to do with you.

Of course, to practice this takes time and dedication with identifying more with the watcher than your ego.  Be patient, and practice this consistently.  Often times it will resolve and issue.  If it does not, it will free your energy up to make much better decisions.

Should you confront this person about their anger?  Should you discontinue associating with this person because of their anger?  When you are watching from the witness instead of reacting from your ego, the choice will become clearer and clearer with time.

Q: What is the most effective way to pray for others who are sick or suffering?

A: The most effective way to pray for another person is to picture yourself in their shoes, in their position. Really try to connect with them (considering you’re already connected, all you have to do is open up your heart and intuition to them, and let them in) and feel what they would want in the specific situation.

Open your heart and thank God for giving them what you feel they need in this situation. Keep your focus on this prayer for as long as you want.

This is the most effective way to pray for another person or animal.  It is best both for you and the other person/animal.  It breaks down ego barriers between two people, allowing love to flow from one to the other and back, and helps to increase love in the world.  This is the true purpose of prayer.