Says Norman Vincent Peale: "Prayer is always answered in one of three ways: Yes, no, or wait awhile."

Said
Gandhi: "Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement."

Said
Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World: "The third clause of the Lord's Prayer is repeated daily by millions, who have not the slightest intention of letting any will be done, except their own."

Madame Guyon

"Prayer that comes from the heart (not the mind) is not interrupted by thinking."
- Madame Guyon, a mystic who lived from 1648 to 1717
(Note that in the martial arts, the loser is more often the one who first stops to 'think').

And finally, from C.S. Lewis: "There are two kinds of people: those who say to God thy will be done, and those to whom God says, All right, have it your way."

Education / wholes / complete spaces
Our discussion is now heading into a realm that stands outside the typical boundaries of formal education, which puts a premium on a type of thought that takes something apart to analyze it.

As children, however, we tend to do the opposite, noted Aldous Huxley: "The child tends to grow out of his direct awareness of
the one ground of all things (perceiving wholes), for the habit of analytical thought is fatal to the intuitions of integral
thinking."

We aren't used to dealing in wholes (that "one ground of all things"), and our language is more comfortable with process and becoming. Few people in this world feel whole and complete. In addition, they constantly give out signals as to what they lack. They are
absolutely overwhelmed sometimes after a massage because, quite possibly for the first time in their life, they experience wholeness and their body as a
synergetic unit, a complete space with no missing or unacknowledged parts. They are ecstatic but have
little context for putting the experience into words. Modern culture regards this space as a luxury, when in fact it's an entitlement, a necessity, a responsibility, especially if it can enhance our learning capacity and empathy at the same time with virtually no effort.

A Buckyball of sorts

Synergy ball

Said Buckminster Fuller: All genius is synergetic. Synergy means behavior of whole systems, unpredicted by the behavior of any of the system's components when
considered only separately.

When we deal in wholes, with how the whole picture interacts, when we expand
beyond our safe niche of a specialty or a section of the market we've cornered for
financial gain, we become "precariously generalized." It's the only way to travel.

Sex / sensuality / marriage
I won't pretend the issue isn't there, especially since a few unfortunate souls out there still consider the word 'massage' as a clever euphemism for a rumble beneath the sheets. (Don't you like the way I saved the "juicy" stuff for near the end?) The
important point here is that the literature on responsible sexuality contains vital
lessons for understanding some of the lesser-discussed subtleties of life.

The deeper realms of sexuality rejuvenate and enliven the body, healing it and
protecting it. Energy is not so much released as produced (anti-entropy), the immune system is strengthened, creativity is enhanced.

Unfortunately, one of our prevailing "common wisdoms" is that sexual
sensations are of a "lower order" and that higher consciousness is connected only with mental rather than physical states. In the Eastern view, however, sex is seen as a vehicle for
balancing disparate energies, which is also one of the highest functions of a well-trained masseur.

Super-Libra

High sexuality involves opening your heart, so it's bound to affect other people who are close to you, particularly children. Remember my assertion: "Well-being is self-extending." From The Instinct to Heal: Curing Stress, Anxiety and Depression Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy (2003) by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, Ph.D:
Handbooks on Eastern sexuality teach that
focusing the mind on the heart helps to maximize and master pleasure. Once again we see that life's cheese is found in the heart, not the head.

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