This week in America, a new President is being sworn in.  I did not support his election nor am I pleased by all that he has said and done since winning the electoral vote.  However, I love this country and desire for it to continue to thrive under a President Trump.  It is with that intention that I offer this affirmative prayer for the United States.  (See the note at the bottom regarding what I mean by “affirmative prayer”.)

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A Simple Prayer

I know that we live in a universe that is interconnected, that there is a Oneness that expresses itself through this creation that we call our world. I know that this divine Oneness is expressing itself in all its creation….in all the people, in all the countries, in all that Is.

I know that many years ago the founders of this great nation were divinely guided in its creation.  I know that as the United States has continued to evolve in its expression of the world, that it has moved through periods of light and expansion as well as periods of darkness and stagnation.  I  know that there have been moments when we have moved closer to the ideals of our founders and times that we have moved away….but always when seen from a greater vantage point and a longer timeframe, we see that the arc of the growth of our country has ever been upward towards the expression of its greatest possibilities….of bringing freedom and life and liberty and the expression of happiness to greater and greater numbers of people.

I know that this trend and this truth continues at this time.  I know that we may move through moments of darkness and separation and fear in the near future, but such moments shift our thinking back towards our Truth, towards light and unity and love.

I know that everything is working out for the greatest and highest possibilities for this country that we call the United States.  I know that we can and are turning away from the outward conditions that appear less than our greatness.  I know that the fears and sense of separation that we feel from one another and from the greater world are being released.  I know that in their place, we are opening our hearts and minds to the power of love and to all that is around us, knowing at the deepest levels of our being that we are one….that we are all connected….that the injustices and harms done to anyone are done to everyone.

I know that instead of building walls, we build bridges.  I know that instead of fearing differences, we celebrate the diversity of the expression of the One.  I know that we each recognize the value and perfection of each and every person in this world….that our hearts continuously expand outward to encompass more and more of that which we previously defined as the “other”,  that our circle of care and concern expands to include ultimately the entire world.  I know that our leaders express this greater sense of connection and when they are distracted from this truth that the people of this great nation. remind them and guide them back in that direction.

I know that we release our need for greed and the desire to possess more and more, replacing it with a need to give to our fellow beings.  I know that we release our judgments against our fellow beings whom we perceive as different, replacing it with an understanding that our diversity of ideas offers us higher and better options for this thing called life.  I know that our greater sense of understanding opens us to greater feelings and expressions of love.

I know that we expand our awareness and our sense of care to encompass the planet and all that is on it.  I know that we care for and value our environment and all life that exists on earth.

I know that this great United States continues to serve as a beacon of light for the world, holding up the greatest ideals and possibilities to all people everywhere. I know that everything is ultimately working out for the greatest and highest possibilities for All.

I give thanks for this great country and for the greatness that it will truly express as it expands beyond any sense of limitation, no matter what we may experience in the interim.  I know that all is working out perfectly.

I know that I stand vigilant in my actions and consciousness to create this greater vision of America and the world, one that works for all people everywhere.

I know that love guides my actions.

And so it is.

Mark Gilbert

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NOTE:  The idea of prayer means different things to different people depending upon their beliefs. For some, it is the requesting the granting of some favor by an all powerful external God.  For others, it is an old superstitious habit that needs to be eliminated.  For me, affirmative prayer is beyond both such points of view. An affirmative prayer is an affirmation of a greater Truth that I see existing even if not currently manifested in the worldly circumstances, that such a prayer is not the beseeching of some external God but rather is a movement within my consciousness knowing that by the shifting of my consciousness, I can assist in creating that greater expression.  For those interested in reading more about this type of prayer, I would offer you this article from several years ago The Evolution of Prayer.

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