March 4, 2012
I pray in a consciousness of oneness with God and with all creation.
We are dealing with prayer, not as a religious as or a theological exercise, but as a personal experience of oneness, something that we do, not for God, but in and for ourselves, something we do to lift ourselves to a transcendental awareness of God. We might say that prayer is a gesture, a personally symbolic act.
It is important, however, to get the awareness that the gesture of prayer is not directed toward anyone or anything outside of oneself. To repeat, prayer is not something you do for God. Your words are not for God's ears. Your gestures are not for His eyes. "Your Father knoweth what things you have need of before you ask Him." (Mt. 6:8 ASV) In the gesture, the words, the form, whatever else your prayer involves, you are seeking to realize your wholeness, your transcendence.
But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
----- Matthew 6:6
*** Reprinted from Unity's booklet Lent 2012 Release Your Inner Splendor