There is some scientific proof that prayer really does work. To explain the physics of it would take too much time here, but there has been successful work done in the field of focused intention, such as prayer. Dr. William A. Tiller, of Stanford University, has pioneered work in using human intention to affect change in an array of substances. Through his work, and others like him, it is not too much of a stretch to take it a step further and consider that focused thought, such as prayer, may actually send an organizing principle and have an effect on the world. Here from Living the Field:
Crissie Blaze, co-author of Power Prayer suggests for "greatest effect say the prayer out loud, with all of your heartfelt feeling, hands raised, with palms facing outwards, and visualize energy streaming through you as a brilliant white stream of light. This is energy from "The Field" conditioned by your love and the intention of your prayer. By raising your hands, you allow spiritual energy to flow freely through your heart center and the psychic centers in the palms of each hand."
She says a secret to the success of prayer is to "give them everything that you have - your concentration, faith, love, reverence and focus - then detach and carry on with your everyday life. By detaching from the result, you hand it over to the magical power of the Absolute."
Here is her suggested prayer for peace, allowing you to pick what feels most comfortable in your worldview. Of course you may choose however you would like to direct the prayer.
Oh mighty God
I offer my heartfelt prayer in thankfulness to you
And ask that I might be a channel for your peace and love,
So that this may flow through me to all life,
To humanity, in all its diversity of race and creeds,
To plants, animals, and even rocks beneath our feet
So that we may know that we are One planetary family
Dwelling within Thy Great Heart.
Oh wondrous Parabrahma,
May your divine and infinite power flow now
At this very moment - in an everlasting stream of light
To bring peace and freedom to our world.
Oh, Eternal Creator, Provider and Sustainer of all Life
Great peace, Great peace, Great peace,
May Thy will be done.
I have a few to say today. Including a send off to Barry of An Explorers View of Life, who passed away yesterday. Rest in peace, dear Barry.
One for our dear little Lilly, who I have heard is back in the hospital. To say this breaks my heart, is an
One for my Aunt Judy, who is very close to joining my mother, my grandmother, my grandfather, my uncles.
One to a husband of a dear blogging friend who is fighting a terrible disease and an insurance company that doesn't want to live up to its obligations.
One for a blogging friend in Amsterdam, living with MS, who just had a set back.
One for the cap to hold on the Gulf, and that health will return to the people, the water, and the animals so decimated by this disaster.
And one of the above, so that peace may come to our planet, and our young men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan can come home.