I once prayed to a personal god/deity, but see where it got me -- back to 101. I've come to realize that everything in this world is to get us out of this world. I am following spirituality after all, not materialism. Praying for things and protection?? Wasn't it Jesus who said to give your riches/things away?? Something to think about. No amount of prayer will protect people from the harshness of this world, unfortunately. Speaking of Christ...he was crucified, was he not? Rudi, the founder of my meditation group, died in a plane crash, with all the gory details. Therefore, the real God(?), to me, is not in this world...
God is also capable of indpendent powerful physical manifestions that i am not capable of. The incident which made me realise this, was when confronted by a being of light which told me it had cured me of a nicotine addiction. . It was 2 metres tall, lit up hundreds of square feet of my front garden and was observed by other people from a distance. I kNEW i did not have the ability in my self to generate tha amount of energy (although for a short time i considered if i had manifested it and cured my self of addiction at the same time) The light was the equivalent of may thousands of watts. Using outside halogen lamps as an equivalent, more than 10000 watts illumination. SO i had to look for and accept other possibilities
God can come in dreams and prophecies but also in physical form or via other human agents. He can come as sound light energy matter in any form, etc All of these are real physicla and visible audible in the common real world.
One night i had a dream in which i died three times, In future times the contents of that dream allowed me to avoid death by recognising an emerging situauin and avoiding it, But at the same time god also manifested and helped me survive with further warnings and physical interventions in those dangerous situations.
I am not your traditional christian. I dont believe in after life for example, but i know god, and i think i understand gods purpose for me. While christ preached a spiritual message, he also preached and illustrated how we should live life here on earth and our responsibiity to other humans and the earth itslef. We are stewards of god who must use our talents given by god to uselful purpose. Tha tis essentially the purpose of the spiritual dimension with us, after all
A relationship with god is not about prayer but about communication, and doing gods will. Physically doing gods will using the exampla rof christ (Or indeed of buddah) does improve the earth and help others on it Prayer may guide god to help and intervene and mke us feel better, but a more sure method is to use the abilities god gives us, and his guidance and wisdoms, to make a positive differnce in our world
Christ said to use our talents wisely. Riches can be invested and multiplied and used to do more good, than if they are spent once, It is not money, but the love of money, which keeps one from appreciating our spirtual selves. I do give most of my money away and i do live simply without buying new goods or consuming more of the earths resources than i need to to survive comfortably ie not go hungry or cold. This computer, for example, is 8 years old and was bought from insurance money when we lost everythng we possessed in a bush fire.