Invocation prayer and sacred poetry are not just for “true believers."
Memorizing poetry and reciting is a practice that falls under Strategy of the Spirit # 9: Saturate Thyself. Modern neuroscience and age-old wisdom traditions tell us that what we hold in mind has a very real, powerful effect on our mood, bodies and neurochemistry.
What Have You Been Invoking Lately?
How do you set the tone for your day? With conscious intent or reactive emotion? Watch your language! It has true power. What are you invoking? Do you say things often that sound anything like:
- “I can’t stand……”
- “I hate …..”
- “Crap, it’s ……”
- “Life sucks, and then….”
In a prior post What Are You Saturating Yourself With I stated the principle:
Remember the old saying “Garbage in, garbage out?” The opposite is also true. Wisdom in, wisdom out... (hopefully, eventually, over time.)
Invocation prayers and sacred poetry are a way to saturate yourself with hopeful intent and wisdom
Benefits of Memorization
There are real benefits to memorizing your favorite invocations and repeating them to yourself throughout the day. You can memorize an inspiring sacred poem or a classic prayer. (See Ten Proven Benefits of Memorization)
There are many great invocations (The Serenity Prayer is an example.) Two great resources for sacred poetry from around the world are:
- The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry by Stephen Mitchell
Five Step Recipe for Creating Your Own Invocation Prayer
At my Creativity & Camaraderie Club last night, my friend Tracey Lazore shared that she is studying to become a Science of Mind practitioner. The Science of Mind organization has a five step recipe for affirmative prayer:
1. Recognition—know that God (Universal Intelligence) is all there is.
2. Unification—know that you are one with God / Universal Intelligence.
3. Declaration—state your desire for the circumstance you want to manifest / experience.
4. Thanksgiving—give thanks for your word being acted upon by the Law of mind / Universal Intelligence ('Pray with confidence")
5. Release—“And so it is!” "Amen!"
My All Time Favorite Invocation (to date!)
(Besides the powerful St. Francis Prayer)