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Help Wanted – A Higher Power Who Can Restore Me To Sanity

By Anonymous

The following was written as part of my Step 1 Homework, getting clear about my relationship to God.  At the request of several people, I share it here, in hopes that others might find it helpful.

Help Wanted – A Higher Power Who Can Restore Me To Sanity

Desperately powerless workaholic, child of an alcoholic, survivor of incest, debtor and under-earner is seeking a Higher Power who will restore her to sanity.

Qualifications:

Must be all-knowing, ever-forgiving (even when she forgets to ask), patient (with the changes that take time) and give unconditional love (even at times she doesn’t deserve it).

Must be able to help her:

  • feel safe in the knowledge that she’s loved, protected and forgiven no matter what she does or fails to do
  • let go of a past filled with self-hatred and self-doubt so she can move confidently into whatever comes next
  • be patient with a life that’s not obviously productive
  • free herself from all guilt and shame so she can develop more compassion and love towards her own poor self and become her own best friend
  • accept what is, so she can enjoy every minute of her life and get excited about the time that’s left on this earth
  • find the courage to be honest and vulnerable as she learns how to let go of fear of abandonment so she can develop healthy relationships with others and find like-minded friends to go on adventures with
  • transform hopeless, helpless despair into a zest for life
  • let go of all disappointment and defeatism and wanting to die, so she can be a happy and joyful being
  • fill her bucket with love and joy so she can bring hope to a troubled world
  • get back in stride with a pace that’s manageable as she moves towards health and healing in body, mind and spirit
  • find a creative way to earn money that pays well, uses her skills, talents and abilities without compulsive caretaking and adrenalizing, people pleasing or approval seeking, while allowing for plenty of time for rest, relaxation, relationships and play, so that she can take care of her physical, mental and financial health.

In exchange, she is willing to:

  • spend time daily in prayer and meditation
  • abide by the will of God at all times and under all conditions
  • strive for radiant acquiescence with whatever He ordains
  • work the 12 Steps of Workaholics Anonymous

Working Hours:  Position requires long working hours and on-call availability 24/7.

Salary:  Willing to barter for a life of healthy service.

 

Baha’i Basics – Oneness of the Prophets of God

 

Compiled by Marlene Macke, St Marys, ON, Canada

 

The Prophets of God … have laid the foundation of the oneness of God and summoned all to universal peace.  All these holy, divine Manifestations are one.  They have served one God, promulgated the same truth, … and reflected the same light.  –  Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 151

… all the Prophets are the Temples of the Cause of God.  –  Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, XXII, pp. 51-52

The door of the knowledge of the Ancient Being [God] hath ever been, and will continue for ever to be, closed in the face of men….  As a token of His mercy, however, and as a proof of His loving-kindness, He hath manifested unto men the Day Stars of His divine guidance, the Symbols of His divine unity, and hath ordained the knowledge of these sanctified Beings to be identical with the knowledge of His own Self.  Whoso recognizeth them hath recognized God.  –  Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, XXI, p. 49

These Manifestations of God have each a two-fold station.  One is the station of pure abstraction and essential unity.  In this respect, if thou callest them all by one name, and dost ascribe to them the same attributes, thou hast not erred from the truth…. For they, one and all, summon the people of the earth to acknowledge the unity of God….  –  Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, XXII, pp. 50-51

… The other station is the station of distinction, and pertaineth to the world of creation…. In this respect, each Manifestation of God hath a distinct individuality, a definitely prescribed mission, a predestined revelation…. Each one of them is known by a different name, … and is entrusted with a particular Revelation. –  Ibid., p. 50

Further, We sent a long line of prophets for your instruction.  We sent Noah to his people.  He said: “O my people! worship God!  Ye have no other god but Him.  Will ye not fear Him?  The chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: “He is no more than a man like yourselves: his wish is to assert his superiority over you: if God had wished to send messengers, He could have sent down angels; never did we hear such a thing (as he says), among our ancestors of old.”  –  Mohammed, The Qur’an, Surah 23: 23 and 23:24

Recommended Reading for additional information on the theme of the Oneness of the Prophets of God

The Kitab-i-Iqan (The Book of Certitude) by Baha’u’llah

The Qur’an by Muhammad

Paris Talks by Abdu’l-Baha

Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha by Abdu’l-Baha

Some Answered Questions by Abdu’l-Baha

Divine Symphony by Gayle Woolson

God’s Affirmations

 

I’m often asked about the Baha’i perspective on affirmations.  One things I’ve noticed is that the affirmations researchers suggest that everything be positive; that the brain can’t process a negative, yet the Creative Word of God often uses negatives, and yet, we know that reading the Writings morning and night will transform us from gnats into eagles.

Here are some affirmations I’ve pulled together from prayers found in the most frequently used prayer book.

Cleansing

  • Cleanse me of all defilement that will hinder me from seeking the shade of the tree of Thy grace

Confirmations

  • Make him one of Thy angels whose feet walk upon this earth even as their souls are souring through the high heavens
  • Supply us with every good thing sent down by Thee
  • Ordain for us such good as Thine all-embracing knowledge can measure
  • Grant us that which is good and seemly
  • Send forth such hosts as would render Thy faithful servants victorious
  • Make me ever ready to receive that which is praiseworthy in Thy sight
  • Bestow on me such good as will make me independent of aught but Thee
  • Grant me an ampler share of Thy boundless favors
  • Bestow upon us a share from the ocean of Thy wealth
  • All beings partake of Thy care and loving-kindness
  • Give us our daily bread
  • Grant Thine increase in the necessities of life
  • Sustain me that I may attain my goal
  • Bless my affairs
  • Redeem my debts
  • Satisfy my needs
  • Deprive me not of the wellsprings of Thine aid and favor
  • Deprive me not from my share of the banquet of Thy grace
  • Grant me to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount
  • Enkindle me with the fire of Thy love
  • Attire both my inner and outer being with the raiment of Thy favors and Thy loving-kindness
  • Nourish me from the Table Thou didst send down out of the clouds of Thy bounty and the heaven of Thy favor
  • Ordain for me every good thing Thou didst send down in Thy Book
  • Open to my face the portals of Thy bestowals
  • Withhold not from me what Thou didst ordain for the chosen among Thy servants
  • Enrapture my soul with Thy most mighty signs
  • Grant that I may reap the benefit of my life in this world and in the next
  • Open to my face the portals of Thy grace
  • Confer upon me Thy tender mercy and bestowals
  • Let Thy celestial aid surround those who love Thee
  • Bestow upon us the gifts and the bounties Thou dost possess
  • Bestow upon me my portion
  • Rain down Thy plenteous bounties upon him

 Detachment

  • Break off from me the shackles of this nether world
  • Make me wholly detached form all except Thee
  • Thou seest me detached form all save Thee
  • Help me to be occupied only with Thy self
  • Rid me of all attachment to anyone except Thee
  • Blot out from my heart all idle fancies and vain imaginings
  • Rend asunder the veils that have hindered me from appearing before the throne of Thy majesty and from standing at the door of Thy gate
  • I have detached myself from all but Thee
  • Remove the veil from mine eyes so that I may recognize what Thou hast desired for me
  • Draw me out of the depths of my corrupt and evil desires
  • Make me able to behold whatsoever Thou hast desired
  • Vouchsafe unto me what will enable me to dispense with all except Thee
  • Destine for me that which will make me independent of everyone else besides Thee
  • Be Thou sufficient unto us of all things
  • Grant me Thy sufficing help so as to make me independent of all things
  • Cause me to be satisfied with whatsoever Thou hast ordained for me
  • Number me with such as have detached themselves from everything but Thee
  • Sanctify me  from the transitory things of this world
  • Free me from the promptings of the voicers of idle fancies
  • Fill up for me the cup of detachment from all things
  • Number me with such as have rid themselves from everything except Thyself
  • Send down that which will purge out form me the remembrance of anyone except Thee

 Discernment

  • Strengthen then their vision that they may discern Thy signs
  • Lift the veil from before his sight

 Ego

  • May we become oblivious of self
  • Abandon me not unto mine own self and unto the desires of a corrupt inclination
  • Deliver me from the depths of my fancies and idle imaginings
  • Cleanse me of all that is abhorrent unto Thee
  • Grant that I may be forgetful of self and ever mindful of what is  Thine
  • Help me to utterly forget all else except Thee
  • Thine is the absolute authority to command
  • Free me from the assaults of passion and desire

 Forgiveness

  • Have mercy on the feeble
  • Conceal my faults
  • Forgive my sins
  • Purify me from trespasses
  • I have been assured of Thy pardon and forgiveness
  • With one wave from the ocean of Thy forgiveness, all those encompassed by sin will be set free.
  • Bestow then Thy forgiveness and pardon and grant Thy mercy unto all
  • Forgive our sins and have mercy upon us
  • Forgive me and those who support Thy faith
  • I beg Thy forgiveness and implore pardon after the manner Thou wishest Thy servants to direct themselves to Thee
  • Wash away our sins
  • I beg Thee to forgive me since I have fallen short in my duty to know Thee and have failed to walk in the path of Thy love

God’s Will

  • Behold me standing ready to do Thy will
  • I have desired only what Thou didst desire and love only what Thou dost love
  • Here am I.  Here am I.
  • Strengthen my heart to walk undeviatingly in the path of Truth
  • Make me independent of all that dwell on earth
  • I turn nowhere for a haven but into Thy safe keeping
  • Make us such that we shall love but Thy good pleasure
  • O God, guide me, protect me
  • Powerful art Thou to do what Thou willest
  • I have set myself towards the door of Thy mercy
  • I have turned my face in the direction of Thy loving kindness
  • Aid me to do that which is good
  • I have committed my spirit and my entire being unto the right hand of Thy might and Thy protection
  • I lay my head o n my pillow through Thy power and lift it up according to Thy will and Thy good pleasure
  • I ask not but that which Thou dost desire
  • Make me hear Thy call
  • Naught can resist Thy will nor frustrate what Thou
  •  hast purposed by Thy power

 Glow

  • Illumine my face with the light of Thy countenance
  • Illumine my face with the radiance of the orb of Thy bounty
  • Grant that I may become the sign of Thy mercy
  • Illumine the lamp of my heart and make me a brilliant star
  • Deliver me from darkness
  • Brighten my eyes by beholding the hosts of divine assistance descending successively upon me
  • Brighten Thou my face with the lights of Thy bestowals
  • Light my eyes with beholding the signs of Thine all–subduing might
  • Cause him to become a brilliant lamp, shining out with the light of thy wisdom in the midst of Thy people

 Gratitude

  • I yield Thee thanks that Thou hast made known unto me Him who is the Dayspring of Thy mercy
  • I yield Thee thanks that Thou hast wakened me from my sleep, and stirred me up and created in me the desire to perceive what most of Thy servants have failed to apprehend
  • I yield Thee praise inasmuch as Thou didst reveal Thyself unto me
  • I praise Thee and I thank Thee for guiding her unto Thine obvious kingdom and caused her to hear Thine exalted call and to behold Thy signs which prove the appearance of Thy victorious reign over all things

Happiness

  • Cause me to enter the garden of happiness
  • Help us then to quaff the living waters of Thy loving kindness
  • Let my heart be dilated with joy through the spirit of confirmation from Thy kingdom
  • Rejoice me with the wine of loving Thee
  • Delight my heart with the glory of Thy knowledge
  • Gladden my soul with Thy soul reviving tidings of great joy
  • Make me happy by the wine of Thy love in this wonderful age
  • Cheer his spirit by revealing to him Thy manifest splendors

Hope

  • My eye turneth expectant and full of hope to the morn of Thy boundless favor

Knowledge

  • Immerse me in the depths of the ocean of Thy knowledge
  • Keep mine eyes directed towards the horizon of Thy Revelation
  • Disclose unto her Thy spiritual mysteries
  • Rejoice his heart with the light of the knowledge of Thee
  • Draw his mind unto Thy luminous beauty

Loneliness

  • Thou art my companion in my loneliness and in my solitude a loving friend
  • Befriend me in my loneliness
  • Accompany me in my exile

Love

  • Make my heart overflow with love for Thy creatures
  • Grant that I may become the promoter of concord among Thy loved ones
  • Make me a minaret of Thy love in Thy land

 Nearness to God

  • Strengthen my hand that it may take hold of Thy book
  • Hold Thou my hand with the hand of Thy power
  • Make my prayer burn away the veils that have shut me out from Thee
  • Let Thy love enrich me
  • Aid me to remember Thee and praise Thee
  • Send down unto us that which draws us nigh unto Thee
  • Aid me to turn towards Thee
  • Aid and assist me at all times and under all conditions
  • Make me able to dispense with everything but Thee
  • Make me rich enough to dispense with all save Thee
  • May I be occupied only with Thee
  • Cause me to turn wholly unto Thee
  • Thou art my refuge
  • Nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth
  • None have I sought nor any will I seek save Thee
  • Grant me admission within the precincts of Thy transcendent mercy
  • Grant that I may consort with Thy chosen ones
  • Draw me nearer unto the river that is life indeed
  • Grant that I may at all times and under all conditions, lay hold on Thy cord
  • Unto Thee I repair for refuge and toward all Thy signs I set my heart
  • Draw me with rapture unto Thy supernal realm
  • Refresh me with the breathings of Thy holiness
  • Open before my face the doors of Thy heaven so that I may see the light of Thy glory and become attracted to Thy beauty.
  • Intoxicate him with the wine of love for Thee
  • I have laid hold on the handle of Thy bounty and clung steadfastly to the hem of the robes of Thy favor
  • Deny me not the fragrance of Thy raiment in Thy days
  • Deprive me not of the breathings of Thy Revelation

Obedience

  • Graciously assist me and my kindred to obey Thee and to shun whatsoever may stir up any evil or corrupt desire within me

 Others

  • Enable such servants of Thine as are deprived of knowledge to be admitted into Thy Cause
  • Let the outpourings of Thy bounty and blessings descend upon home whose inmates have embraced Thy faith
  • Forgive me, my parents and those who in Thy estimation have entered the abode of Thy love in a manner which is worthy of thy transcendent sovereignty
  • Make the eyes of my husband to see
  • I dedicate that which is in my womb unto Thee

Pleasing God

  • Enable me to attain Thy good pleasure
  • I ask of Thee to accept from him that which he hath achieved in Thy days
  • Grant that I may be invested with the glory of Thy good –pleasure and adorned with Thine acceptance
  • Grant that I may be numbered among them that have recognized Thee
  • Grant that I may carry out what Thou hast prescribed unto me in Thy Tablets
  • Aid me to do what will shed forth the fragrance of Thy good pleasure

Protection

  • Protect me from turning to anyone but Thee
  • Protect me from the hosts of idle fancies and vain imaginings
  • Let no harm beset me in times of tests
  • In moments of heedlessness, guide my steps aright through Thine inspiration
  • Shield me from all that runs counter to Thy will
  • Shelter under Thy protection, this enthralled, enkindled servant of Thine
  • Free me from error
  • Cause me to rest under the shadow of the wings of Thy grace
  • Keep me safe from whatsoever may be abhorrent unto Thee
  • Guard mine eyes from beholding aught beside Thee

Remembrance of God

  • My drooping soul is refreshed and strengthened in remembrance of Thy beauty and perfection
  • I have set my face towards Thee

 Sadness

  • Turn my sorrow into blissful joy
  • Dispel my grief by Thy bounty and Thy generosity
  • Banish my anguish though Thy sovereignty and Thy might
  • Set my face towards Thee at a time when sorrows have compassed me on every side
  • Remove the pangs of my sorrow
  • Free me from unhappiness
  • Dispel my sorrow and change my darkness into light
  • My sighs proclaim the bitterness of mine anguish and the tears I shed attest my love for Thee

 Service

  • Ordain for me what will enable to arise to serve Thee
  • Aid me in ministering at Thy holy threshold
  • Enable me to render service to the world of humanity
  • Grant me added strength at the break of every morn
  • Devote myself to the service of Thy cause
  • I am Thy servant and in Thy hands

 Steadfastness

  • Aid me to remain steadfast and firm in Thy love

 Teaching

  • May we ever strive to exalt Thy Cause and spread Thy sweet savors far and wide
  • Loose my tongue to laud Thy name amidst Thy people
  • Make me a lamp of Thy knowledge among Thy creatures
  • Assist me to spread abroad Thy signs and tokens and proclaim Thy cause and promote Thy teachings

Tests

  • Turn the distressing cares of Thy holy ones into ease
  • Turn my hardship into comfort
  • Turn my abasement into glory

Trust

  • I put my whole reliance in Thee
  • Thou beholdest the things which have befallen me in Thy days
  • I have believed in Thee and in Thy signs.
  • I place my whole trust in Thee

Understanding

  • Enlighten my sight by beholding Thy lights in this dark night

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