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After the despicable terrorist events in Paris in recent days, one of the first things world and religious leaders do is to ask others to join them in prayer.
Prayer creates a very powerful force when people pray simultaneously all over the world.
Prayer creates a ripple effect in the collective energy.
Prayer brings peace, healing and comfort to the people offering the prayers.
Millions of prayers were offered to our various versions of God in the past few days.
I am sure those millions of prayers also included many prayers from the terrorists themselves and the respective terror organizations in support of their actions. However, prayers offered without including a vibration of love never have the desired effect.
Please understand, I am not against praying or the practicing of any particular religion.
However, did all these prayers change anything at all? Did they have any real effect?
Yes of course. No, probably not.
One religious leader, the Dali Lama, has a different, but perhaps more realistic perspective, on using prayers to eliminate terrorism:
“Don’t Pray for Paris – work for Peace”
In an article by Bethania Palma Markus on Rawstory.com the Dali Lama said:
“Don’t pray for Paris, work for Peace. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this (terrorist) problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place. We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, or the governments.”
There was also a tweet that is going viral with a hand drawn picture by @Rue89 on Twitter that had a similar point of view about prayer.
Here is the text from that hand drawn picture:
“friends from the whole world, thank you for #PrayforParis, but we do not need more religion! Our faith goes to Music! Kisses! Life! Champagne and Joy! #ParisisAboutLife.”
So what is your edge of Paris?
Are the events in Paris about prayer or about working towards change?
Do you think God will solve the terrorist problems for us because of the prayers we offer?
Or instead, do we all need to be part of the solution by doing something ourselves?
Smile. Nod. Say hello. Shake someone’s hand. Give someone a hug. Give someone a compliment.
It does not take much to connect on a human level. You can never know what effect you may have on someone. To change a point-of-view with a little kindness.
These small gestures begin to create oneness and harmony and also create an energetic ripple effect towards the peaceful existence we all desire.
Continue to pray, but also show your faith through your actions. Positive actions. Not destructive actions.
Actions including Smiles, Music, Kisses, Hugs, Love, Joy, Dancing and living your life without fear, are the actions that will begin to create peace in the world.
Out There on the Edge of Everything®…
Stephen Lesavich, PhD
Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book: The Plastic Effect: How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.
Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine
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