When thoughts and prayers may not be enough

thoughts and prayersWe live in a time of upheaval, confusion and great cruelty. It’s a time when sending “thoughts and prayers” is criticized as not enough. And it well may not be.

I write an inspirational blog but these days it’s been hard for me to write uplifting posts about the law of attraction, manifestation and maintaining a positive attitude when the news is filled with more and more tragedy on a daily basis.

Speaking for myself, I often feel angry and helpless. And I struggle to maintain a positive outlook. You may feel the same.

Is there a light at the end of this tunnel?

Many spiritual teachers say that what is good right now is that what has always been hidden is being revealed. What is toxic is finally coming out so it can be eliminated and healed. I hope that’s true.

Meanwhile, what’s the average person to do?

There’s never been a more important time for personal improvement, spiritual practice, forgiveness and gratitude.

Let your light shine. Do what you can where you can to let your light shine.

“Heal yourself and you heal the world.”

I’ve always believed that the positive forces in the world outweigh the negative. Why is there only bad news on TV and the newpapers? Because that’s what’s out of the ordinary.

Think about that. Most people are inclined to be helpful and kind. The bullies and murderers are the exception. So don’t let stories about them bring you down.

When darkness surrounds us, it’s hard to hold your vision, but that’s when we have to work hardest.

“Despair is not an option.” Senator Bernie Sanders

Psychiatrist Dr. David Hawkins figured out a way to measure the vibrational frequency of various organizations and people. He concluded that 87% of humanity lives in lower weakening frequencies. But at the same time,

“High-energy people counterbalance the negative effect of low-energy people. One individual who lives and vibrates to the energy of optimism and a willingness to be non-judgmental of others will counterbalance the negativity of 90,000 individuals who calibrate at the lower weakening levels.” David Hawkins in Power vs. Force.

Dr. Wayne Dyer, in The Power of Intention, says this about Hawkins’ work:

“The implications of these figures are immense for discovering ways of improving human consciousness… By raising your own frequency of vibration only slightly to a place where you regularly practice kindness, love and receptivity, and where you see beauty and the endless potential of good in others as well as yourself, you counter-balance 90,000 people somewhere on this planet who are living low-energy levels of shame, anger, hatred, guilt, despair, depression, and so on.”

So raising our vibration is our job now. The future is dependent on it.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

  • Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, focus on what’s right in the world.
  • Stick with a spiritual practice that will help you find your center each day, be it prayer, meditation, church or whatever.
  • When someone says an unkind word, stop before you reply. Don’t lash out. Try to give a balanced response that will diffuse the situation, not escalate it.
  • Seek upliftment: inspiring videos, articles, movies, books.
  • I stopped watching TV news months ago. Seeing and hearing is much more visceral than reading the news, so you might want to cut down on TV news, too.
  • Look for the good, be a helper.
  • Be kind, be gracious, say, “Thank you” more often.
  • Take action: Donate to causes you believe in. Write your government representatives to let them know how you feel. And VOTE!
  • Practice extreme self-care: Laugh, dance, eat well, spend time in nature, exercise, meditate and breathe!
  • Share only uplifting things on Facebook.
  • Hang out with like-minded people and make sure the conversation stays positive. Instead of criticizing those you don’t agree with, find at least one good thing to say or else change the topic. Gossip lowers your vibration!
  • It’s o.k. to let go of friends who are negative and critical, particularly of you. None of us needs that.
  • “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Jim John

And we can also turn to prayer.

According to a Psychology Today study, outcomes vary as to whether prayer works when you pray for others. But prayer definitely helps the one praying:

  1. Prayer improves self-control
  2. Prayer makes you nicer
  3. Prayer makes you more forgiving
  4. Prayer increases trust
  5. Prayer offsets the negative health effects of stress

Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/more-mortal/201406/5-scientifically-supported-benefits-prayer

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” Dalai Lama

Above all, don’t go to sleep, because that’s what the darkness wants. Be alert, be discerning, educate yourself.

Don’t hide, don’t go back to bed and hide under the covers. This is our time to shed light and lead the way.

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships were built for.”

“The fact is, we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.” Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

May the light within shine so brightly

That your path is illuminated.

May all your obstacles be removed.

May we uplift and elevate all those we come in contact with.

Blessings to all, light to all, love to all.

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Stefano Bellafontana

    Thank you Molly, you’ve given me confirmation that I’m on the right path

    • Molly Larkin

      You’re welcome. Glad to hear it.

  2. Monica B.

    Good Morning Molly,

    Reading your heartfelt words from half way across the country I find comfort, and below that comfort I find inspiration. I take comfort in someone else – and perhaps many others – sharing the concerns, witnessing the blatant cruelty, the confusion encircling many everyday areas of everyday life. I will see it all for a moment and not dwell in those dark places because it may be out of survival and thoughts to not feed the darkness, but we, I, still have alone time. And in the quiet time we cannot help but observe our thoughts and feelings which we hide from the outside world in effort to not contribute perhaps. Your post acknowledging and sharing the difficult challenges we are in is truth. There is comfort within this truth. This truth springs forth inspiration of knowing the difficulties, knowing I am not alone in my feelings and I can see the dark, but do not despair because I can also look to the light.

    I have really moved my thoughts away from the law of attraction and moved into the law of forgiveness and prayer. In these challenging times and revealing truths I find it’s real easy to throw stones, and I know that is more damaging. Getting upset and lashing out on many levels feeds the current state. But then I feel the heaviness on my heart. I know the difference between an open heart for understanding, acceptance and healing for myself which contributes to the healing of others and the world. And knowing is different than living it – I’ve had to direct my attention to the law of forgiveness and that redirection is moving me into the place of surrendering. I find I think about mercy, divine mercy for all people, including myself. This helps me with self-control. I’m not perfect at – I’m working this muscle…..

    “When darkness surrounds us, it’s hard to hold your vision, but that’s when we have to work hardest.” – And this encourages me to keep moving forward including with ideas for my life because I tend to feel the overwhelm of emotions and find myself in a fog, and yes it is hard but I keep looking to the light, or at times even just remember there is light…..

    Years ago I was introduced to many of tools and developed practices, but honestly those practices fell away and where lost (so I thought) to the overlay of whatever template for life was happening at the time. During the summer I had the clarity of thought for what was once a practice is now a mandate. I am deeply thankful to the Great Spirit that I am able to reach for these gems that I thought were once lost. May we stand together sharing our light for others and with each other. Many blessings to you…..thank you for holding your light.

    • Molly Larkin

      Thank you, Monica, for sharing your process. We are all in this together, and holding each other up!

  3. Maia

    Ditto. Ditto. Ditto….. 🙂 And one of my positive acts for today is sharing this article on Facebook.I would regard myself as being mostly positive but also have days where despair could set in. I work (play!) as artist and craftsperson, and have come to believe that even simply the process of being creative already puts positive vibration out into the world. Thank you for your thoughts and your articles, Molly Larkin.

    • Molly Larkin

      I absolutely agree about creativity spreading positivity. Keep creating. And thank you for sharing!

  4. Kristen

    Hello Molly,
    This message was spot on today and for this time in my own life. I have unfollowed those on Facebook who seem to be focused on politics and all things negative. I have made my inner circle smaller so that if I am the average of the 5 people in my circle I am light, strong, and peaceful. I do not watch news or read articles that will hurt my heart. I try to keep up with news at times that I am of clear mind and able to take in the horror of what goes on in our country and our world. I choose to focus more on the goodwill of men and women and children and the joy found in leaves falling off the trees in my yard. I take herbal classes now and I am planning to purchase your meditation class soon. You continue to remind me that there are so many blessings in this life, so thank you. Kristen

    • Molly Larkin

      Keep up the great work!

  5. Bill

    Your insights remind me of the quote, “we’re the one’s we’ve been waiting for.” It is up to each of us to express beauty and grace in thought and deed. May Great Spirit within us shine brightly through the darkness.

    • Molly Larkin

      Good quote. And true! Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Ken

    Thank you Molly. Great piece

    • Molly Larkin

      Glad to hear it!

  7. Joan Newton

    Thank you for this very timely piece. I’ve read it twice so far and have found valuable insights to help keep the inner light glowing in these dark times. Blessings.

    • Molly Larkin

      You’re welcome! So glad you found it helpful!

  8. Joy

    I love this. It is the truth.I pray to consistently apply it in my life.Thanks Molly.

    • Molly Larkin

      You’re welcome! Glad you liked it.

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