The Power of Positive Spoken
(and Sung) Prayers, Decrees, Affirmations, and Chants
People have been praying since time immemorial to bring divine intercession into their lives. In the religious and spiritual traditions of all cultures, prayer has been the cornerstone of aspirants’ practices to draw them to God. And that prayer has taken many forms, whether given silently, spoken, or sung.
In the East, devotees have been chanting mantras for thousands of years. Monks and churchgoers have been singing canticles, hymns, and psalms for centuries. And, of course, many pray in the silence of their hearts and in meditation. So, what is the difference, if any, between silent and spoken prayer?
Prayer and the Sacred Science of Sound
Sound has power! Science has been gradually catching up with what the ancient mystics intuited and implemented millennia ago about the power of sound to create positive change and transformation. The vibratory frequencies of sound are now being used in the medical world to create healing at the cellular level, to enhance cognition, to speed bone repair, to balance hormones, and to relieve pain, to name just a few of its benefits. When it comes to prayers, vibration and frequency can augment their power—in a significant way.
The understanding and use of the science of invocation through the spoken word has become more prevalent in recent years among various spiritual schools. Many devotees of the ascended masters who have been using this practice have experienced its ability to manifest tangible change in their lives. Although we can say the words within the silence of our souls in deep, reverent contemplation upon the divine ideal, we can also choose to animate what we aver by lighting the wick of our intent with the fire and power of the spoken word. This launches our intention, through pure desire, high into the etheric planes.
In the Bible, the Lord God says: “Command ye me.” (Isaiah 45:11) Jesus spoke powerfully when he cast out demons, healed, and raised people from the dead. He said, “Lazarus, come forth!” and Lazarus arose. (John 11:43) This was a command using light, which we can emulate.
As sons and daughters of God, we are vested with the authority to invoke His/Her blessings when we consciously and lovingly speak the name I AM— the name that the Lord gave to Moses from the burning bush. (Exodus 3:14-15) The masters tell us that each of us has been endowed with an individualized Self comprised of this pure beingness of God, our I AM Presence, and therefore we can bring the ancient art of the science of holy prayer to a new level of manifestation through the power and intention of this divine Presence.
See the depiction of the individual Divine Presence, or Solar Presence, in “The Buddha Nature Chart” on our website. The radiating color spheres surrounding the top figure in the chart attempt to capture the glory of this individualized God Self that we are. They teach that when given with devotion and humility, spoken prayer can be more effective than silent prayer in bringing about physical transformation, because the energy of our prayer is anchored in the physical plane through the throat chakra. When we use the I AM name of God, it coalesces divine light within our dimension and level of existence. Divine beings and angelic presences, empowered by our affirmations and heartfelt requests, respond by streaming forth their light into our world—and this can facilitate change within matter itself.