One of the most powerful healing tools on the planet today is prayer. It can have a profound effect on us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Prayer can decrease feelings of powerlessness which you may be experiencing if you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer. Or perhaps, you are weary and fatigued from treatments, tests, or your day to day life living with cancer.

The act of praying-of doing something transforms us from passive to active. From acceptance to engagement. I hear so many people say, “I have no control over my situation so I’ll just do as I’m told.”

Let me say, there is soooo much “YOU” the person dealing with this disease can be doing to help yourself heal.  And prayer is a phenomenal gift to yourself.

Prayer can center you, calm your fears and quiet your mind, which is huge, as your thoughts may be all over the place right now.  Prayer can be an enormous source of comfort and actually be quite uplifting and encouraging.  It can bring a feeling of HOPE, a ray of light to the darkest of storms. 

When I was in that abyss of darkness, where I felt afraid, alone and abandoned, I began to pray. I prayed to a higher power, to God, to source, Buddha, Krishna, deceased relatives, to nothing at all. I just spoke some words that came from my heart, from that place of truth where nothing is hidden. The blessing in all of this, is you can do whatever you want. There’s no rules. Pray in whatever way works for you. Let it resonate within and trust that all is well.  

It can be a religious prayer if you choose. But it certainly doesn’t have to be, for prayer is simply a way to communicate what we need to get off our chests in order to feel better. I think of it as a release. I’m giving my worries over to something bigger than myself. Something or someone who can handle all my burdens and concerns. Let me say that I felt so much calmer after my initial experience.  Feelings of isolation and anxiety dissipated and love and tranquility took its place. I humbly accepted prayer into my life at a time when I needed it the most. 

Family members and friends told me that they were praying for me.  Words cannot express my gratitude to all of them as I indeed felt this energy. It helped raise me up when I was down and out,  and gave me hope to move through this thing called cancer. It was as if an angel came to sit on my shoulder and nourish my spirit. Love and peace filled my heart and soul. It has actually been one of the greatest gifts on this cancer journey of mine. The gift of prayer.

So you have two choices. You can worry or you can pray. The funny thing is: you can’t do both at the same time, so pick one. Worry is actually negative prayer and it truly serves no one.

If you don’t believe in prayer, perhaps you can take a leap of faith and just try it for a day, or even one moment.  Even if you don’t believe that there is a God or higher power, you can still pray. Pray to a relative or pet who has crossed over, pray to an angel, pray to whatever you feel called to do. It’s your call. You are in charge: REMEMBER……… 

Pray for faith when things are not good and pray with gratitude when things are. It can change your life and your whole perspective on how you look at your situation.

 I will leave you with these poignant words from a great man named Victor Frankl: “WHAT IS TO GIVE LIGHT MUST ENDURE BURNING”

Allow your inner light to come forward with its radiance and beauty. For amidst the storm, there may always be a lesson or a blessing. I encourage you to engage in your own healing. You are stronger and wiser than you know!

Peace be with you

© Patricia Bateson 2018
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