Prayer is a communication between the universe and yourself that recognizes the divinity in both. It is focused energy directed to God/Source/Great Spirit, and when developed in a healthy way, is an essential part of the foundation for the journey on the spiritual path.

All forms of prayer-formal, informal, casual, elegant, spoken, silent-are acceptable, and all are heard. There is no right way to pray. If the intention comes from the heart and you understand the laws of energy and the laws of attraction, the results from prayer can be truly miraculous.

The powerful energy of prayer not only connects you to the Force greater than self, but it stimulates the power of creative energy within you, putting into action your ability to create. By literally merging energy with Creator, you step beyond limitation and into the realm of possibility. Prayer is a powerful means of adding energy to one's desires. And every time you pray, you add layers of energy to your desires. With increased faith and trust, the faster the thought forms that emerge manifest into physical reality. A higher vibration of joy and the more focus on the desired outcome of the prayer (instead of the current problem), the faster the request will appear.

Gratitude, love, and appreciation are all expressions of prayer, and when expressed, help you center yourself and give nourishment to the soul. Prayer recognizes your divine connection, reconnects you with your own holiness, and nurtures your relationship with Spirit. Prayer literally takes you out of the fragile and limiting vessel where your soul is held and the linear mind is in control, and into the nonlinear space of Spirit. It allows you to open up and to expect that things can be created that do not yet exist, even things beyond your current grasp.

The act of prayer is an expression of your confidence in a larger divine order and in the significance of your own existence. It expresses a faith in life and life's experiences. As you walk the spiritual path, you develop a respect for a Force greater than self. You learn to love life in all of its forms and to treat life with respect and reverence. Prayer becomes an overt way to express this growing awareness to yourself and to the universe.

The longing of the soul for connection is answered in prayer. It is the foundation for spiritual connection. If you desire connection, prayer must be built into your life in a way that will withstand the daily pressures and interruptions of life. The quantity of time is not important, but the priority is.

Author's Bio: 

Jan Engels-Smith is a graduate of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and has trained with individual shamans. She has had a thriving shamanic practice since 1994. She has performed over 3,000 soul retrievals and viewed as an expert in her field. She is an author, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counselor a Hypnotherapist and a Reconnection Healer.

Jan founded the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, which has eight associate teachers and is the first of its kind to offer three accredited degrees in shamanism: Internship (IP), Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP) and Doctorate in Shamanism (ShD). You can learn more about these programs at

Jan also conducts individual and group healing seminars for intensive personal growth.

Her training and experiences have been extensive both in the traditional philosophies and metaphysical traditions. Her personal philosophy is to assist individuals in gaining their own personal empowerment, which will in turn, promotes self healing, better communities and a healthier world.

Contact Jan at or call 503-669-3013 (Portland, OR).

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