Prayers for Healing: 365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World

by Maggie Oman Shannon (Editor), Larry Dossey (Foreword by), Dalai Lama (Introduction)



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ISBN-13: 9781573245227
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 225,477
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.78(d)

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Maggie Oman Shannon is a spiritual director and writer. She is the author of One God, Shared Hope and The Way We Pray, editor of Prayers for Healing and coauthor of A String and a Prayer. She lives in San Francisco.

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Prayers for Healing

365 Blessings, Poems, & Meditations from Around the World

By Maggie Oman

Red/Wheel Weiser, LLC

Copyright © 1997 Maggie Oman
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-57324-522-7



    December 21
    Winter Solstice

    In the beginning was the Tao.
    All things issue from it;
    all things return to it.

    To find the origin,
    trace back the manifestations.
    When you recognize the children
    and find the mother,
    you will be free of sorrow.

    If you close your mind in judgments
    and traffic with desires,
    your heart will be troubled.
    If you keep your mind from judging
    and aren't led by the senses,
    your heart will find peace.

    Seeing into darkness is clarity.
    Knowing how to yield is strength.
    Use your own light
    and return to the source of light.
    This is called practicing eternity.

    Translated by Stephen Mitchell

    December 22     English novelist George Eliot
    (Mary Ann Evans)
    dies in 1880

    May I reach
    That purest heaven, be to other souls
    The cup of strength in some great agony,
    Enkindle generous ardour, feed pure love,
    Be the sweet presence of a good diffused,
    And in diffusion ever more intense!
    So shall I join the choir invisible
    Whose music is the gladness of the world.

    —George Eliot

    December 23

    The tree in winter is like The lines upon my father's face
    Or like the paths I tried to take
    When I was young searching
    For one clear way to understanding.
    In every branch I found
    A smaller branch leading me
    Toward many ends and many sorrows.

    Too fragile to bear my weight,
    All my branches broke
    And I fell to the earth confused.
    I saw the tree in winter
    Reaching toward the sky
    With bare branches tangled
    Like so many paths and yet
    Each path had a purpose,
    Leading back to the roots of the tree.

    —Nancy Wood

    December 24
    (date varies)

    How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!
    The heavens declare Your glory,
    the arch of sky displays Your handiwork.
    In Your love You have given us the power
    to behold the beauty of Your world
    robed in all its splendor.
    The sun and the starts, the valleys and hills,
    the rivers and lakes all disclose Your presence.
    The roaring breakers of the sea tell of Your awesome might;
    the beasts of the field and the birds of the air bespeak Your wondrous will.
    In Your goodness You have made us able to hear
    the music of the world. The voices of loved ones
    reveal to us that You are in our midst.
    A divine voice sings through all creation.

    —Jewish prayer

December 25

Christmas Day

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the gentle moon and joyful stars, that watch over the darkest night. You are the source of all peace, reconciling the whole universe to the Father. You are the source of all rest, calming troubled hearts, and bringing sleep to weary bodies. You are the sweetness that fills our minds with quiet joy, and can turn the worst nightmares into dreams of heaven. May I dream of your sweetness, rest in your arms, be at one with your Father, and be comforted in the knowledge that you always watch over me.


    December 26

    This being human is a guest house.
    Every morning is a new arrival.

    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.

    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
    who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture,
    still, treat each guest honorably.
    He may be clearing you out
    for some new delight.

    The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
    meet them at the door laughing,
    and invite them in.

    Be grateful for whoever comes,
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.

    Translated by Coleman Barks

    December 27

    Now that the sun has set,
    I sit and rest, and think of you.
    Give my weary body peace.
    Let my legs and arms stop aching.
    Let my nose stop sneezing,
    Let my head stop thinking.
    Let me sleep in your arms.

    —Dinka, date unknown

    December 28

    From that which we fear, make us fearless.
    O bounteous One, assist us with your aid.

    May the atmosphere we breathe
    breathe fearlessness into us:
    fearlessness on earth
    and fearlessness in heaven!
    May fearlessness surround us
    above and below!

    May we be without fear
    by night and by day!
    Let all the world be my friend!

    —Atharva Veda XIX

    December 29

    Infinite Spirit, when I pray each day
    for shelter for the homeless,
    let me not ignore the pet without a home;

    As I ask for protection for those in areas
    of turmoil and unrest,
    let me not forget endangered species of life;

    When I pray that the hungry be fed,
    let me be mindful
    that all God's creatures have need of sustenance;

    As I ask Divine assistance for those afflicted
    by fire, flood, earthquake, storm or drought,
    let me remember that this includes every living thing;

    In seeking miracle cures for human disease,
    may I also speak for the well-being of the planet itself.

    Let the words of my mouth,
    the meditations of my heart
    and the actions of my life be as one,
    that I may live each day in harmony
    with Mother Earth. Amen.

    —Jennie Frost Butler

    December 30

    After a while you learn the subtle difference
    Between holding a hand
    And chaining a soul.
    And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
    And company doesn't mean security.
    And you begin to learn
    That kisses aren't compromises
    And presents aren't promises.
    And you begin to accept your defeats
    With your head up and your eyes ahead
    With the grace of a woman or a man
    Not the grief of a child.
    And you learn to build all your loads on today
    Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans
    And futures have a way of falling down in midflight.
    After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if
    you ask too much.
    So you plant your own garden
    And decorate your own soul
    Instead of waiting for someone to buy you flowers.
    And you learn that you really can endure
    That you really are strong.
    And you really do have worth.
    And you learn.
    And you learn.
    With every failure you learn.


December 31

The last day of what has been an uneasy and painful year for me. I look forward to dawn tomorrow and, as the days get longer, to begin to feel my way into renascence. It is not strange though it is mysterious that our "New Year" comes at the darkest time in the seasonal cycle. When there is personal darkness, when there is pain to be overcome, when we are forced to renew ourselves against all the odds, the psychic energy required simply to survive has tremendous force, as great as that of a bulb pushing up through icy ground in spring, so after the overcoming, there is extra energy, a flood of energy that can go into creation.

—May Sarton

    January 1
    New Year's Day

    We look with uncertainty
    Beyond the old choices for
    Clear-cut answers
    To a softer, more permeable aliveness
    Which is every moment
    At the brink of death;
    For something new is being born in us
    If we but let it.

    We stand at a new doorway,
    Awaiting that which comes ...
    Daring to be human creatures.
    Vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
    Learning to love.

    —Anne Hillman

    January 2

    There is nothing I can give you
    which you do have not;
    But there is much, very much, that
    while I cannot give it, you can take.

    No heaven can come to us unless our hearts
    find rest in today. Take heaven!
    No peace lies in the future which is not hidden
    in this present instant. Take peace!

    The gloom of the world is but a shadow.
    Behind it, yet within reach, is joy.
    There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see,
    and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.

    —Fra Giovanni

    January 3

    Help me to let go of my preoccupations with the future.
    Give me the strength to stop
    my futile attempts
    to predict and control the future.

    Let me see no value in my plan of what the future should be.
    Rid me of my senseless questions about tomorrow
    And of all my desires to manipulate and control others.

    Remind me that my fears and uncertainties
    of tomorrow are only related to
    my unfounded fear of You.

    Help me be still help me listen and love.
    Awaken me to the truth of Your Presence being only in the now of this moment.

    Lift me up into Your Arms
    and remind me that I am Your Creation,
    and that I am the Perfection of Love.

    Help me to acknowledge that I am Your Messenger
    of Love, and free me to shine
    Your Light everywhere.

    Let me feel Your Freedom within me, and
    let me laugh at the illusions
    that my ego once made
    me feel were so real.

    Let me be the Light; let me be joy; let me know
    that I am
    the reflection of You wherever I am,
    and wherever I go.

    —Gerald G. Jampolsky

January 4

The world is new each morning—that is God's gift, and a man should believe he is reborn each day.

—Israel Ben Eliezer

January 5

TODAY—Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in a word or a deed.

TODAY—Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologize if you were wrong. Try to understand. Flout envy. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh a little more.

TODAY—Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.


January 6

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and apply the Art of Peace to all that you encounter.

—Morihei Ueshiba

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