A: So the importance of everything that I’m telling you is for you and others to realize that your own best spiritual teacher is available for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. While it is extremely important to read the writings of spiritual masters such as Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, it does no good until we put their teachings into effect and learn to live them out. It’s all about practicing them. There is actually not that much you need to know to begin a spiritual practice. However, one of the things the ego loves is learning about things, the minutiae, the details. Experiencing things takes the ego out of its identification and weakens the ego. Therefore, it is much happier to read about things rather than practice them. Ideally, you should read the works of the spiritual masters and then practice them. You can practice what it says in the Didache, the Four Noble Truths, and the Noble Eight-Fold Path. That’s the most important thing about spiriuality. So these writings are an effort to get this information out to you and the rest of humanity, so that you can actually practice what has been taught milenna ago.
Q: What is the value of prayer?
A: Prayer sets intention. It sets up the m-field to help you recognize, choose, and manifest things that go along harmoniously with that intention.
By the way, if you ask for something in your prayers, what you’re really saying is that you don’t have something, and you’ll manifest more of a want for that thing rather than the getting. For example, if you say “God, please give me money, I want more money,” you’ll experience the experience of wanting more money, but not necessarily getting it.
On the other hand, if you say “I intend to live my life in abundance,” what you’re really saying is that you want to share your abundance with the world, which then recognizes this condition, and reflects if back on you. Therefore, everyone is enlisted in helping you live your life in abundance, since you are asking and intending to already be a blessing to them.
As an added benefit, in this case, even if you don’t experience a great deal of financial abundance, you will experience the experience of abundance of love, which is, in and of itself, its own reward.
The most powerful prayers are prayers that you use to set up the intention of serving and loving God and others, rather than asking God and others to serve you. When you ask to serve God and others, you align yourself with God, love, and witness conscious, not the ego.
When you’re asking God for things, you are aligning yourself with your egoic consciousness rather than your higher self. Everything in egoic consciousness eventually leads to pain, in some way or another.
So ask to give, rather than to get, and you’ll be happy. The trick is to really mean it, recognize, and let go of your wants of the ego, and live life persistently serving. Then you’ll be happy.
Q: What is my obligation to my family, friends, coworkers, and such?
A: You don’t really have “obligations” to them. All relationships are lived through on this earth so that we may better experience what we want to experience here on earth. In other words, if you want to learn about love, then we have loving relationships. If we want to learn about fear, then fear is a predominating factor in our relationships. We use relationships to learn about ourselves, and express what we want to express.
That being said, if you say that you’re committed to doing XYZ, and if you welch on your agreement, there are psychic/karmic repercussions. These repercussions are different in every single circumstance, and are not meant to be looked at as punishment, retribution, or God’s vengeance. It’s just that we live in a world of duality, and every action has a reaction.
For instance, if you treat the people around you with love and respect, they will tend to treat you back with love and respect, even if they don’t show it all the time. And if they don’t show it, it’s because they are living out of their egoic consciousness, with some kind of attachment or aversion that prevents them from being loving. We’re all like this.