On September 15, 2004, I had a remarkable prayer experience. Here is what happened:
My wife, Nola, just called from “the set” where our seven year old daughter Kaylin is acting in her first major role in a television commercial. She has the only dialogue in the commercial (about fifteen lines) and my wife was anxious because the filming had been going on for quite some time and Kaylin didn't seem to be giving the director what he wanted. After each "take," Kaylin would turn her head to look at the director for approval – when apparently she was supposed to look at an artificial "mark" the director had placed beside the camera. No matter how many times the director told Kaylin to look at the "mark" after saying her lines, she kept turning her head to him as if to say, "How was that?" And of course, each time she did this, they had to redo the take all over again. Meanwhile, each time she did this, my wife felt like she would surely die from the anxiety. (Nola was watching from just far enough away so as not to distract Kaylin.) Finally, when my wife couldn't stand it anymore, she stepped out of earshot to call me.
The second I hung up, I immediately got down on my knees, bowed my head to the floor and prayed. "Dear God, Please help Kaylin. She has wanted to be an actress ever since she was three years old. And here she is with this big job and it is such an important day for her -- in accordance with Your will, please help her to perform in a way that meets with the director's approval. Also, please be with Nola and help her to trust that everything is going to be okay. This is a big day for her too. Thank you, God. Amen.”
After concluding this prayer, I remained bowed on the floor, my mind calm and still (as in meditation), my eyes closed. Because I was in such a complete state of surrender, after a minute or two, without my conscious intention, my body suddenly began to move – something it often does when I am praying – for instance, sometimes my head will nod ‘yes’ as if it agrees with what I am saying, or sometimes ‘no’ as if it disagrees. In this case however, my body suddenly rose up into a kneeling position and my hands began to clap very rapidly. But because I was accustomed to occasional movement during my prayers, rather than being jolted out of stillness, it was very natural for me to simply leave my eyes closed and let my body do what it wanted to do. And so the clapping continued for several seconds and then it just stopped. A few moments later, my head bowed back down to the floor where I remained in stillness for about two more minutes until all of a sudden I burst out laughing. I had no idea what was so funny, and yet, the laughter continued for several seconds until all the anxiety I had felt at the start of my prayers was gone. I thanked God once again, opened my eyes, got up, and returned my attention to the bills I was paying when my wife had first called.
About a half hour later, the phone rang. It was Nola. She and Kaylin were on their way to a new filming location and they were lost. I gave Nola directions and then asked what had happened.
“Oh yeah," Nola said, suddenly remembering that she was supposed to have called me. "Probably no more than two minutes after we talked," she said, "they did a take where Kaylin suddenly did exactly what the director wanted and everyone was so thankful, they all broke out in spontaneous applause.”
"That’s really funny," I said, "because a few minutes after I started praying, my hands suddenly started to clap." Then I told her how a few minutes after that I broke out laughing.
"Well that makes sense," Nola said, "because just after they finished clapping, they immediately went on to do Kaylin's close-up. The director told her to shout out her lines really loudly (there was going to be an idling motorcycle next to her in the final edit) and the way she did it, it was so funny and adorable, the moment the director yelled "cut" everyone on the set burst out laughing, and that was that. One and done!"
Coincidence or amazing spirit connection? To me, this was a beautiful confirmation of the powerful and miraculous nature of prayer.
Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:07 am Post subject: Amazing Angel story (by justlittleme)
Amy, in a journaling workshop, relates a true story which comes originally from Dr Caroline Myss, a pioneer in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness. She tells of a car accident where the driver, Maggie, is so badly hurt that her soul literally takes flight, leaving her body to float above it and the wreck of the car she is in. All the time, she is fully conscious of events around her, the other cars on the road, the onlookers, and those who rush to help her. Then she becomes aware of something else: a beam of light coming from the driver of the fifth car behind her in the queue of traffic now forming. The light enters the wreck of her own car and then her body, slumped unconscious in her seat. Then all is dark and silent.
In prayer I have spent the majority of my time in worship and thanks. I have never directly asked for anything for myself, always for others and for the world and the universe. Still, the teachings of our celestial friends were telling me that it was OK to ask for things and/or circumstances as long as it was for the greater good and in accordance with His Will. So I thought I would give it a try and see what happened.