The “power” of the mind and prayer

The human mind is an incredibly powerful and amazing creation. When you think (pun intended) about the things the mind is capable of you have to wonder why the words I can’t are in anyone’s vocabulary. The subconscious mind controls the senses, the emotions, and the essential life systems and cycles of the body. The mind truly is a terrible thing to waste on some of the mundane silliness we seem to waste it on this days (ie. “Reality TV”)

If the mind is capable of creating an entirely parallel universe while you are dreaming and if we, as it is written, are created in the image of our Creator, how can anyone doubt, question, or even fathom the limits of the power of the mind? The even greater power of collective consciousness can even be physical felt by those around it, whether they wanted to feel it or not. Collective consciousness is, in simple terms, a group of people thinking and focusing on the same thing. The easiest examples are pep rallies, funerals, and even a business conference room. Think of the almost electric positive vibe you can feel at a pep rally, the somber sadness you can feel during a funeral, or the tension in a conference room when opposing parties are engaged in a serious ideological debate.

So what does this have to do with prayer?

When someone prays it is a deep mental process (unless it’s a shallow recitation or going through the motions). So depending on the depth of a person’s consciousness, a prayer by a single person can very easily change their mood and perceptions of their situation. Now, add a few people who have the depth of consciousness and who knows the possibilities. This is where some “prayer circles” may have the “power” to impact their surroundings. I’m not saying a group of people can form a prayer circle and eliminate cancer, however imagine if for a few moments the entire planet at the same time focused on the same topic… The outcome could be astounding. I realize this may seem completely irrational to the secular mind. To those people I revert to my previous examples of the energy at a pep rally and the somberness you can feel at a funeral and ask them to come up with a better explanation than collective consciousness.

Do you know someone who is extremely persuasive? You know, that friend who can talk you into anything or that sales guy who can sell ice cubes to Eskimos. Have you considered the fact that this is a person, whether they know it or not, had the ability to use their mind to influence yours? Think of the scores of motivational speakers, religious teachers, even regular teachers that with their words (which originate from their mind) plant seeds of hope and knowledge into the minds of the people they speak to. These seeds then grow into other thoughts based on that person’s perspective of what they thought they heard.

In today’s world people really don’t use their minds as much anymore. The rise of technology have made things like spelling and grammar to be unnecessary skills. Studying and reading have been replaced with television and video games. As smart as we think we are, we are probably less intelligent than people were just a century ago. Think of people like Thomas Jefferson, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, and even further back – Pythagoras. Do we have anyone even remotely comparable to these people? In ages past some people, like Nostradamus, were so in touch with their subconsciousness that they could pinch the ripple of time and predict events that would occur centuries later.

The power of human thought is immeasurable. Sincerely focused prayer from a non-dogmatic perspective is literally a person tapping into the innermost recesses of their mind and consciousness. The possibilities of those thoughts really could be limitless.

Think about it.

Torah

The majority of the world follows one of the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.  While there are various branches of all 3 of these (Reformed Judaism vs. Orthodox Judaism, Catholic vs. Protestants, Shia vs. Sunni, and etc.) every single one of them have their roots in the same place – the Torah.  The Torah is also known as the Pentateuch or the first 5 books of the Jewish and Christian Bibles.  Even the Koran, the Holy Book of the Muslims is incomplete without the Torah as it references the text within repeatedly.  The common belief is that the Torah was originally authored by Moses and was edited to a small extent by scribes.  Within the Torah one can find history, poetry, moral law and lots of allegory.

The Torah has been commonly referred to as “Living Water” by the Jews for over 3 thousand years.  Here is an interesting “coincidence” involving modern science and the living water:

  • The chemical formula of water is H2 O
  • The atomic number for Hydrogen (which is the H) is 1
  • The atomic number for Oxygen (the O) is 8

Now add the atomic numbers together (1+1+8) and you get the number 10.

What is the significance of the number 10?  Well, one of the interesting things about the Torah is that certain numbers are used repeatedly and it is intentional and emphasises certain sublime truths.  10 is an important number in Torah and here is why:

  • The ten utterances (ma’amarim) spoken by God during the creation of the world.
  • Genesis is divided into 10 main sections and each begin with the word “account” [see 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10; 11:27; 25:12; 25:19; 36:1 repeated for emphasis at 36:9 and 37:2]
  • Noah was the 10th generation from Adam [Genesis 5:1-32]
  • Abraham was the 10th generation from Shem, son of Noah [Genesis 11:10-26] (the ancients counted every series with the first in the series as #1 – there was no concept of 0 as a place value)
  • 10 Commandments [Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21]
  • 10 Plagues of Egypt [Exodus 7-12]
  • Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) is established on the 10th day of the month of Tishrei [Leviticus 16:29]
  • 10 curtains used in the Tabernacle [Exodus 26:1]
  • The Acacia frames used in the tabernacle were 10 cubits long [Exodus 26:16]

Here is another one – ironically the 10th one.  Numbers convert to letters in Hebrew and the number 10 converts to the letter yod [ י ].  The letter yod is the first letter in the Tetragrammaton [which is the Hebrew spelling of the ineffable name of God.  So, is it a coincidence that the Living Water of Torah has atomic numbers that add up to the number 10 and the number 10 just so happens to have the significance that it does?  Maybe but, like I mentioned before the Torah intentionally conceals messages for the reader to study the deeper meaning of what is written (this is the true way of Kabbalah, not that silly red string stuff).  I think it is completely amazing that thousands of years after the Torah came to be chemical properties and atomic numbers developed by scientists just so happen to come full circle and provide additional pieces to the puzzle of the Torah.

While Torah Study is given a significant amount of focus in Judaism there is little to no attention given to it by Christians; and Muslims today only study the Koran.  This is a shame because without the lessons in the Torah the Gospels have no foundation and neither does the Koran.  The Torah is unlike the rest of the Bible (with exception to the mystical allegory of the book of Revelation) in that the entire body of work has to be studied in multiple ways in order for one to understand it.  It is like shining a light though a prism – each new ray may be a different color but, its source is one singular light.  Torah is literal, figurative, allegorical, mystical, and personal.  When studying it you must examine each sentence in all 6 ways in order for the Light to shine bright.  The 2 easiest methods are literal (which is just the reading of the text) and personal (which is reading the text and comparing it to your daily life).  The other 3 take time and study and are almost always subjective in their meaning based on the individual.

The journey will continue with a look into the Torah.  I will use a holistic approach to my writing which will encompass multiple elements leaving those of you who are up to the challenge some work to do on your own.

© Nelson Rose, The Quest for Light

Let there be Light

In the beginning God created all things. Since the beginning there have been people questioning the validity of that very statement. Many say there is no need for religion and that nature reveals all and science explains everything. There is some truth to these statements however, they leave some pretty big holes when it comes to explaining the bigger question of WHY?

Nature reveals WHAT our Creator has done. Science explains HOW a lot of it works. The Bible is man attempt to explain WHY it all came to be. The misconception that both science and nature are all we need is the reason we as a race have become so unbalanced. The decline in morality seems as if it is never-ending and just when one wonders if it can get any worse – it gets worse. 

In the beginning when God created all things he gave us the gift of free-will and reason. It is free-will that gives us the ability to make our own decisions.  It is reason that enables us discern the difference between right and wrong as well as the ability to use logic as a means to formulate our thoughts.  When we misuse these gifts we fall into darkness.  Sometimes people live in darkness their whole lives never knowing that with a little effort they can step back into the light.  This has been the cycle since the very beginning when out of darkness our Creator uttered the words “Let there be light”.  There is no scientific evidence that goes against the creation of the world being performed by God.  Evolution is theory and the “Big Bang” is also theory.  Theory (according to Merriam-Webster) is:  the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another and when used in the context of scientific theory the definition is:  a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena.   (oddly enough plausible means:  appearing worthy of belief).  So the secular folks who like to point to scientific theory are pointing to things that in themselves also require an element of faith which means they do not categorically or scientifically disprove the existence of a Creator.

Nature is a gift.  We enjoy its beauty and we are sustained by it. 

Science is also a gift.  It allows us to explore nature and uncover the magnificent design that was employed in creation. 

A survey of nature and of science exposes the preciseness of the creation and the precision which keeps everything in balance points to intelligent design.  It can’t be an act of freakish chance that the earth is the exact distance from a star which emanates the perfect amount of light and heat.  And that there is a moon which is also perfectly proportioned and distanced with the exact amount of gravitational pull to control the tides.  Freakish coincidence or an intended and perfectly thought out creation by an all loving and benevolent God?

The Bible has been called many things.  Some say it’s all folklore and some say that it is the infallible Word of God.  Some view it as outdated and arcane and others have an even worse opinion.  The Bible is a library of books and the books span a variety of topics from history to poetry and from mythology to prophesy.  It shows total darkness and the purest and most divine Light.  For thousands of years people have looked to it for guidance.  It is often misquoted and it is sometimes misunderstood.  Much of what people know about the Bible is what someone else tells them it says and in many cases even that is based on what yet someone else said.  There are very few people who have actually read the Bible from cover to cover.  There is no way to form a solid or credible opinion of the Bible unless you have read it from beginning to end.  It is a task that to some may seem daunting and impossible but, I was lost in darkness and doubt and when I made the decision to read it from cover to cover.  When I did, I found that while it contains some of the most divine truths, it also contains a lot of violence and bloodshed.  It reveals light and darkness from the beginning to the end.  Its impact is dependent on the individual ability to reason and their mental capabilities.  Some will cling to it, some will discard it, and others will dig for its deeper meaning and what they uncover will vary from one individual to the next.  One just has to open up their mind and think for themself.

Let there be Light.

© Nelson Rose, The Quest for Light