Prayer may not initially seem like a logical method to relieve symptoms and experience total health again. First of all, the word ‘prayer’ means different things for many different people. And yet there are many known cases in which a specific application of prayer helped turn a complex disease around.
We can hardly expect prayer to be effective if it is merely a supplication or appeal to fix the body, regardless of which deity is addressed. This is because this usually disguises as an ego request. For prayer to be effective, the ego will have to be put aside temporarily. There is no international accepted definition for “God”, but in many cultures God is synonymous to unconditional love. That’s why prayer can only be effective from a state of unconditional love and awareness of oneness.
Prayer invites us to live the principle of “Letting go, letting come”, on the hara level, which is one spade deeper than the heart’s level. True prayer requires an unconditional surrender to what is, combined with the willingness to allow what wants to come. Add to this surrender an intensely felt feeling of unconditional love and the intention of experiencing wholeness; that’s when prayer might become effective.
To whom, then, is prayer addressed? Ultimately, it’s connecting to the quantum field of universal love. You could call that God. You could see that as the source of life. Different cultures employ different definitions. In metaphysics, this is called nonduality. In describing the Spiritual Body, we have labeled this the Self (capital S). From a spiritual point of view, God is not some deity external to us, judging on life and death. God is the unconditional Love which is the very essence of all life forms. The Self, by definition, cannot be ill, blocked, wounded, hurt, or insulted. These are all ego states. Self is whole, by definition. Therefore, if prayer is accompanied by a sincere intention of “letting come, letting go”, you invite the healness of the spiritual body to shine away the symptoms.
Just like any other method, prayer never guarantees physical healing of symptoms. On the other hand, it’s too bold to state that prayer never heals. There are too many documented healing stories to dismiss the efficacy of prayer. If prayer seems too vague or tenuous for you or your practitioner to consider, you would do well not to experiment with it for now.