At times, we may doubt our inner guidance as we walk our spiritual paths. How can we confirm the messages we receive and distinguish between the voice of our ego and the voice of our higher self? What if we act on a “message” that we really made up?
Fortunately, we can use a simple technique to receive outward confirmation for our intuitive messages. I call it programming prayer.
How Does Programming Prayer Work?
Once during meditation, I had a powerful, but disconcerting thought: fast for 45 days. It had all the marks of an intuitive message. It was clear and felt right. But a 45-day fast seemed pretty extreme, and I wanted to make sure I was not making it up before I followed the advice.
So, I prayed: God, if you want me to fast for 45 days, have someone say “fast” to me by the end of the day today. If I do not hear “fast,” I won’t follow this message.
Lo and behold, a few hours later I was hanging out with my friend. “How did your last fast go, Jessica?” she asked. I raised my eyebrows in surprise because the programming prayer had worked and because this meant my spirit guides really did want me to undertake a prolonged fast.
As I completed the 45-day master cleanse, I was very grateful that I had received confirmation. Many people questioned me and tried to get me to stop, but I could rest assured that I had received a command from the universe, which clearly knows what is right for me, and could ignore the people who tried to derail my progress.
Using Programming Prayer to Determine A Course of Treatment
Recently, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a mysterious autoimmune disorder where your joints become inflamed and painful as your immune system turns against itself. Scary, huh?
The rheumatologist I saw told me I needed to begin aggressively treating the disease with a powerful pharmaceutical drug immediately. She told me I would need to take this pill for the rest of my life and see her regularly to review my blood tests, since the medicine can be quite toxic.
Now, I am completely open to using whatever form of treatment will help, but I do have some skepticism about modern Western medicine and pharmaceuticals in particular. After all, the last time a doctor tried to give me pills (to induce a missing period), I was able to heal the condition by drumming myself into a trance and using color therapy, which was a decidedly nontoxic (and free) treatment.
So, I prayed: Goddess, if you want me to pursue Western medicine, have someone say “prescription” to me by the end of this weekend. If you want me to pursue natural medicine, have someone say “rat.” And if you want me to pursue a blend of both, have someone say “alien” by Sunday evening.
I hung out with people all weekend, eager to hear the confirmation. Friends would talk about medicine or pills, but no one said “prescription.” Then, late Sunday afternoon, an energy healer said the magic word: rat. I thought it was amazing that the message not only came through, but came through a natural healer.
Of course, some people freaked out and worried I had misheard the message. So I actually prayed again, using different code words, and heard the code word for natural healing a second time within an hour. Now I can rest assured that I am pursuing the appropriate treatment for me. My guides know what is best for me and can see the long-term picture in a way that no doctor, no parent, and really, no person, can.
How Do I Use Programming Prayer?
Programming prayer works to confirm an intuitive message you’ve received or to determine the right course of action. It is a technique for receiving divine guidance through external confirmation in a pre-determined way.
(1) Assign a code word to each potential choice you could make. You will want to be sure that you have a code word to cover all the options.
Example: Universe, please have someone say “mustang” to me by the end of the day if you want me to get that new car. Please have someone say “savings” to me by the end of the day if the new car is not in my best interest.
(2) Ask that you hear someone speak that word to you by the end of the day to confirm your intuitive message. Because you specified that the word be spoken, you can ignore written messages. And setting a deadline means that you’ll get your confirmation in a timely manner.
(3) Wait and see what happens! Be sure that you have written down your code words in case you forget what they mean.
Definitely let me know how this works for you. I love programming prayer because it reminds me how mysterious the universe really is. I am always amazed that my code words come up before the deadline and in the exact way I specified I receive them. Wild, right?
I hope you enjoy the technique and that it helps you to develop trust in your intuition and messages from your spirit guides.