I refer here to my second post Living In The Monastery Without Walls: Prayer
as I now wish to develop and expand this a bit further. Now our understanding ripples outwards and inwards opening as a gate through which we may travel further and becomes a mystery in itself, and part of that sacred circle I spoke of; whereby the sacred consciousness within you which is Eternal is also the voice of God calling to God and answering God. [See here first post, Living In The Monastery Without Walls [The Ancient Calling of Your Name]which also describes God’s constant calling of your name: https://livinginthemonasterywithoutwallsdotcom.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/a-monastery-without-walls/
This two-way process of Divine Presence in communication with divine presence; Spirit and Matter, is as a stream of highly charged electrical particles, an information highway if you like, that links you and You, the human form you and the High state You. This highway has always been there, there has never been a time when it was not, but you are slowly awakening to Its existence, seeing with different eyes, hearing with different ears, feeling the different frequencies and resonances and translating them through your heart. So as you advance you are no longer spiritually blind and deaf… Communication now moves fluidly to become a form of communion. This communion is the daily communion of which we all partake willingly, but not necessarily knowingly and consciously. It is the prayer that comes of the heart, prayer moves from the lips and mind to the deepest recesses of the heart at its second stage and then becomes the wordless constant evocation in its third stage whereby we are constantly in prayer, regardless of our daily activity or distraction.
I am just going to include here the second post again as we develop this understanding of prayer more fully, just to remind us of what I wrote:
The most fundamental aspect of Living In The Monastery Without Walls is Prayer. It is also misunderstood by the world at large. The Ancient Calling of your name invites you in Divine Grace at all times and in all places, to partake in the sacred silent communication between Creator and Created. How one develops in terms of the prayer life is dependent on extended Divine Grace being equally matched by our willingness to attend its grace. Many mistake prayer for petition, in prayer we do not ask for anything. Prayer is the settling inside the silent sacred circle where the Divine Source of Consciousness and I, an aspect of that are reunited. The drop of water is reunited within its ocean.
Michelangelo expresses pictorially the sacred relationship that defies and is above language and logic, so beautifully, in his haunting work, ‘The Creation of Adam‘, part of the mural soaring above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. God stretches out to touch Adam-and Adam languidly reaches out towards God-with fingertips almost-but not quite touching. Prayer is the state that closes that illusory gap, the perception of duality is recognised again as union.
The Homeland of Prayer is our shelter, our refuge from which we emerge strengthened as Peter-we are also the rock that holds firm and unswayed. It is and remains our true identity. As the temporal world trembles around us, knowing our identity and the peace that it brings acts as our foundations cast in stone and not of the shifting sands of the short span of physical life.
Prayer is the joyous response that emanates from the waking Soul that angels kissed at its creation.
It requires no language except that of the heart.
It is shared willingly and freely,
It cannot be directed or dictated by tradition.
It is the lantern always lit
When we stumble in the darkness of unknowing.
Its is the private conversation between two lovers
Whispered by melodic tones of intimacy through the eyes of Soul.
It is the Love that never betrays or denies us,
It is the teaching and the learning
The understanding and the feeling
The leading and the following,
And the walking side by side, hand in hand.
It is the in breath and the out breath,
Our Alpha and Omega.
It is the Silences promise to us that we are never alone.
It is our sharing of all that we discover
It is the language that we can never forget-and never will.
For it is Love in its expression, made manifest.
Prayerful attendance in the sacred silence also invites us deeper into contemplative prayer and from those mansions one may also enter the mansions of rapture and vision if Divine Grace be extended. This is Mystical Prayer, the true abiding place for those of us throughout the ages who have been called to walk this path. Mystical tradition is timeless, ageless and a sacrificial, responsible and solitary path[and bears no resemblance to any reference to what the word is now accepted to mean.]
So Prayer is both the Call and the Answer; it is both your response to the Eternal Calling of God, and His calling of you; which moves from communication into communion. What do I mean by this? You reach a state where words are not a part of prayer. The prayer that is followed in Churches starts you off as it were; and then with Divine Grace you may be invited further. As the previous post Divine Receptivity discusses, your role in this is to place yourself at the junction where these two states intersect, to be ready and if Grace allows, you are transported across that divide from communication into communion. This is what we mean when we say we attend the Beloved, we wait upon the Lord, we rest in His presence; these are terms used to describe the waiting to be transported by Divine Grace into deeper communion, into that state of timelessness and Divine Presence. We say that this is an act of Divine Grace because it is not something we can achieve on our own; when the moment is right, if the moment is right and resonance is in harmony, we are transported. This inability to will it ourselves is also a safety net; for our shadow selves would be burnt by its brightness and flames, were we not ready. The state of prayer becomes both in the in breath and the out-breath; deepening and becoming nearer to that point of stillness and silence within the heart as well as the mind as we approach the point of what I call the Eternal Zero-the place and time of no place and no time, the state of formlessness and non form, of non manifest, residing in the Heart of God. That place of non manifest and non- form contains within it all form and all that is manifest, in its potential state where it resides awaiting the Creative Note [Sound] that calls all into being. For All that Is was created at the same moment. There is no “time”.
There is a purpose behind this deepening and the joy that this state engenders. It’s vibrational harmony enables us to shine more of Its energy in our higher vibration into and by embracing form, thus if you like, bringing heaven down to earth. Spirit consciously in and through form; and that form recognising Spirit as itself, transmitting Love, Joy and Gracious Being back to create a flowing cycle of energy that has no breaks and interruptions within its flow. Thus dimensions meet and become harmonious and co-exist, not just in holographic form but actually in physical matter. Consciousness observing and celebrating consciousness and thus expanding creation. Creation celebrating and extending Creation.