Subconscious Mind, Prayer and Healing
by Brother Aleksei
The main impediment in the way of any prayer is too much intellect and too
little devotion. If we do not pray at all or pray without intensity and
devotion, it is not what we consciously want to happen in our life that
does happen--it is what we believe to be true of ourselves and others deep
in our subconscious mind.
Our reality perfectly matches the complex interior belief system that we
are not even aware of most of the time. If you want to know what exactly
you have accumulated in your subconscious mind, just look inside and
around you and take an honest inventory of your life. Are you happy,
healthy, prosperous, optimistic? Through regular prayer and meditation you
can change any belief recorded in your subconscious mind, which in turn
will change the external condition.
Any belief recorded in our subconscious mind that is less than the truth
of our eternal oneness with the presence of God appears as a darker
pattern to the ever-present light of Spirit. The Light can only reach us
through our subconscious mind. The totality of Divine Grace is always
available to us, but it can only reach us if it finds beliefs and
qualities in our subconscious mind that are similar to its own nature.
Erroneous patterns overlap and sometimes make our mind almost completely
impenetrable to the Light. By a regular spiritual effort--meditation,
prayer, and remembrance of the Presence--we let more Light in, which
loosens and dislodges the hardened layers and eventually erases them.
Pay close attention to what you say, especially if you are making an
emotionally charged statement. Emotion is a catalyst. Every time we make a
forceful statement, a categorical pronouncement, fused with a strong
feeling, we are actually praying for that which we are stating, and are
thus creating our future experience. It is a sobering thought, isn’t it,
and it is also a fact. Everyone can recall an instance or two of a
Whatever we believe to be true deep in our heart, we unknowingly pray for.
We don’t even have to verbalize it. Our subconscious mind does the
praying for us, in accordance with the guidelines we ourselves put in
there or unwittingly consented to during an unguarded moment. Do we even
know how many unguarded moments we are guilty of?
Your subconscious mind is always listening and recording what you think,
feel, and say. Be very careful when you talk about health issues in
general, your health in particular, and about other people’s health
problems. Never make categorical statements like “so and so has an
incurable disease.” Because if you do, not only are you not helping that
person, you can actually make the condition worse. It is a reverse of a
prayer for healing. And if you sincerely believe that there is a
possibility of an incurable disease for somebody else, you are playing
with fire--for what we believe to be true of others, we also believe to be
true of ourselves. Not in the conscious phase of our mind, but where it
really matters--in the subconscious mind. And that which we believe to be
true of ourselves must sooner or later manifest in our physical reality.
Do not acknowledge disease. Do not say that so and so has leukemia.
Instead, say that he or she has a temporary condition referred to as
“leukemia”. Do not contribute to the momentum that the condition
already has. Do not give the condition a definite and final name either,
for if you do, you will be using the power of your voice, thought and
feeling to affirm the disease. Besides, the condition may have been
misdiagnosed, and you would be sending out a confusing message and
Always affirm the presence of God in an area that is temporarily out of
balance. With deep concentration and devotion affirm that the healing has
already taken place by the Grace of God. “Thank you, Lord, for your
Aleksei is a nonsectarian monastic who lives and performs his duties
in the world rather than in a monastery. He believes in One God who has
many names and who is behind all creeds and religions. He believes that
God has an individualized presence of Himself in each and every person,
and that every person is free to choose to either accept or reject the
To those who choose to accept the Presence as their own intimate friend
and helper and their direct link to the One God, Brother Aleksei speaks of
the vital importance of regular prayer and meditation.
If you have a question for Brother Aleksei, please e-mail it to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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