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: https://omegacenter.info/can-prayer-focus-the-positive-energy-of-the-universe/

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.

Marilyn

One Breath

The air crackles when I step outside the door. The breath catches in my lungs and stings my nose. It is minus 35. Cold even for this part of the world. I don’t want to know what the windchill factor is. My eyes blink to focus in the frigid air. Winter in much of Canada is a harsh teacher this year.

Even in this frozen cold each day I take myself outside the House of Prayer where I am staying for some time of healing and reflection. I stand among the barren trees listening to the winter birds (how do they manage to survive in this bitter beauty?) I watch the deer paw through the snow for a morsel of sustenance. In the early morning sky I see the waning moon, Venus and Jupiter shining bright.

I am reminded in this one brilliant moment that this breath I can see as I blow through pursed lips I share with all life. It is not “my breath”. It is indeed the Breath of Life. I see the deers’ breath as they stop along the path to look back at me. I see the “breath” of the lake as the holes the weekend ice fishers cut begin to freeze over. We share the One Breath. We are of one essence. I now know how strongly, how integrally we are connected. And I breathe my prayer of thanks.

Susan Butler-Jones