Can Prayer Increase the Positive Energy in the Universe?

I recently came across an article in which the author, Ilia Delio, is being asked if she thinks that prayer can increase the positive energy in the Universe.  Ilia Delio is a theologian with a passion for exploring the intersections of science and religion.  She has written many books on the subject and her most recent book, The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love (Orbis, 2013), received the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a third place Catholic Press Association Award for Faith and Science.

I wanted to share a link to this article as it is well worth the read:

I especially found the final paragraphs inspiring and affirming as Ilia shares:  “…No matter where we are or what we are doing, if we are living out of a contemplative center of prayerful relationship with God, we will be a vital part of the cosmos, since our energy fields are entangled in the cosmos.  Hence we can play a significant role in evolution, helping to direct the process toward unity in love.

In Teilhard’s view, contemplation, mysticism, deep prayer, however we enter into the depths of divine mystery and share in the wellspring of divine life, is the most important activity in the universe.  Deep prayer is the vital energy of evolution because it is the most unified source of convergence between God and personal being.  Prayer can change our world!”

To me this truly speaks to the support and encouragement Contemplative Pathways offers in all of its programming, and most especially in our commitment to spiritual practice and the journey deeper into relationship with God. Prayer, and I might add, contemplative presence, changes the world, often one heart at a time.


One thought on “Can Prayer Increase the Positive Energy in the Universe?

  1. Thank you, Marilyn, for writing this and sharing Ilia’s article. I must admit I had to look up a couple of the words that were used (entropy and centrate, the latter doesn’t seem to have a meaning, however centration does, so I learned something today!) My whole life I have felt like I was different, and longing for something. I still feel that way, but to a lesser degree since beginning my journey in living contemplatively. I suppose it’s always been part of my life, but focusing on it and developing the practice has made such a difference in how I feel about myself. I feel more at peace. This article is an affirmation for those of us who are called to this way of experiencing God in our lives and in our world. A special thank you to Contemplative Pathways for helping to direct and nurture me on my way!


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