- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Hay House (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401906834
- ISBN-13: 978-1401906832
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer: The Hidden Power of Beauty, Blessings, Wisdom, and Hurt Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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But it left me feeling a bit.... "Is that it?"
The concepts are/could be profound. However, I felt that there wasn't enough of instruction type of content to make it applicable.
If I had to make a crude analogy, it was like someone saying, "Hey, I invented this great machine that will cut your commute time and automate 50% of your daily chores!" but then fail to mention how to actually operate it.
In the end, I had to content myself with thinking of this book as an interesting book with an interesting concept that expanded a bit more of LOA. However, I wouldn't recommend it as a resource for those looking for actually learning how to apply the knowledge. For that, I'd recommend the Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting Playbook. That is truly step-by-step.
This book promotes the practice of blessing - not synonymous to forgiving but - as an act of acknowledgment that the pain-bringing past has indeed occurred. By accepting it happened, the author says one can ascend past the rightness and wrongness of the occurrence and create a space of no judgement so new feelings and thoughts can enter. (don't worry, the author makes it much simpler).
It's similar to the meditative notion of attaining pure awareness in between breaths - between inhaling and exhaling is a gap where you're neither breathing in or out, where your breathing has stopped. In this moment, your mind is dead, it has stopped, you are not thinking. The negation of thoughts allow you to immerse in complete awareness, void of mind-thinking. (for more, read Osho books)
These states of no-mind and no-judgement is where spiritual transformations, emotional healings (forgiveness) and manifestations seem most possible and many reach these states through prayer and meditation.
Reading this book, I felt the practice of blessing as a simple active meditation to consciously shift your awareness from the past hurt to a mindset of no-judgement, creating space inside of you to begin forgiveness and healing.
The author's writing style is uncomplicated and easy to read. It's unnecessary to agree with his interpretations of religious evidence behind his beliefs, to appreciate this book.
In "Secrets," he brings a newness to long-assumed understandings of what prayer is and how we 'do it'. I.e. To the Christian command: "Bless Those Who Have Hurt You", he offers a Blessing Template which states:
"The key to receiving the Gift of Blessing is that it must (first) be offered" three-fold to: First, those who have suffered; Second, to those who inflicted the suffering; and Third to anyone witnessing the suffering p. 114 (This is especially helpful if we are ever affected while watching the violence reported on evening news.)