The Only Little Prayer You Need | Dalai Lama

Summary of: The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance, and Peace of Mind
By: Dalai Lama

Introduction

Enter a world of joy, abundance, and peace of mind with the transformative power of a single prayer. In ‘The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance, and Peace of Mind,’ an invaluable guide by Debra Landwehr Engle and Dalai Lama, you will embark on a journey towards profound personal transformation and authentic happiness. Rooted in the idea that by healing our fear-based thoughts, we influence the world around us, this book offers a simple yet powerful prayer to shift your perspective from fear to love. Discover how self-awareness, consistency, and tapping into your higher Self unlock the gate to a life free from anxiety, stress, and negative thinking.

The Power of Internal Perception

Debra Landwehr Engle recounts a life-changing moment when a small prayer to the Holy Spirit changed her perspective and thus her external environment. Driving with her husband in 2013, she became acutely aware of all the negative and fear-based thoughts swarming her brain, eventually resorting to prayer. When her husband re-entered the car, the rattling of the dashboard that had been bothering her had mysteriously stopped, leading her to realize that her internal perception had changed her external environment. She learned that when she asked for her thoughts to be healed, the external triggers that prompted those thoughts were no longer needed. This shifted her perspective from fear to love. Debra’s experience highlights the power of one’s internal perception to shape the external world.

Change Starts Within

When we think of prayer, we usually ask for something external to change. However, the true power of prayer lies in asking for internal change. This concept is demonstrated by shifting from asking for external solutions to praying for internal transformation. By acknowledging our fear-based thoughts and surrendering to a higher power, we can let go of our burdens and perspectives that hold us back. Through this transformation, we can experience inner peace, and the world around us changes in turn. The key lies in recognizing that thoughts can be changed, and by doing so, we can break free from negative patterns and start living a life free of fear.

Embracing the Power of Prayer

Forming a habit requires consistency, but it’s important not to make it just another task on your to-do list. Prayer can be incorporated into daily routines by saying it in the morning, at night, or during daily activities. However, patience is necessary, and letting go of expectations is crucial. To fully embrace prayer, write it down and put it everywhere as a reminder. Overcoming obstacles by persistently saying the prayer is essential in experiencing its power.

Overpowering Fear with the Power of Prayer

Discover your higher self and shift your fear-based thoughts towards love-based ones with the power of prayer.

Do you remember the cartoons from your childhood where a character has to make a decision, and a devil and an angel pop up on either side of their shoulders? According to the spiritual course A Course in Miracles, our minds have two sides: the ego and the higher Self. Our ego is like the devil on our shoulders, fueled by fear, making us scared, confused, and unable to accept change. The higher Self, on the other hand, is calm, serene, and respectful, speaking to us in soft whispers and wrapping us in divine love.

However, fear is pervasive and present within us. It’s in the newspapers, on our TV screens, inside us, in the form of niggling insecurities and endless worries about money, jobs, and family. But nurturing and developing your higher Self through meditation, self-reflection, and spending time in nature can shift our thoughts towards love-based ones like acceptance, compassion, and forgiveness.

This is where the power of prayer can help. The simple words, “Please heal my fear-based thoughts,” grant you a moment of quiet every day and help tap into the essence of who you are and the love you have inside you. The prayer doesn’t demand to eradicate fear-based thoughts or emotions; instead, it grants you the strength to shift them towards love-based ones.

Next time the devil is on your shoulder and you feel overwhelmed by your fears, say the prayer and realize that you have the power to choose love instead.

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