Some of my über christian friends (I’m unitarian universalist – make of it what you will) send “thoughts and prayers”. I also wonder what it means exactly when a response to something is just the one word reply, “praying.”
As I said in Interludes and Intercessions a couple days ago, prayer for me is not asking for anything, not even for others, it is simply connecting with the good, the light in the universe, that has taken many forms over the vast distances of time and space. I close my eyes, extend my palms upward and outward if I can do so without being conspicuous, all that early training about not proselytizing, is still very much a part of me.
When I say sending love and light, I mean it. I visualize the person or situation bathed in radiance and love. Sometimes I can actually feel the Chi flowing. Some of us are better at using energy than others. Respected medical institutions are coming around to including energetic concerns in health and wellness.
Please do not disparage anyone’s beliefs, even in your thoughts. Thoughts are powerful.
Our words are certainly one of the clearest ways to share what we think and feel. I try to be honest with my words, and I try not to appropriate others’ belief systems by using their phraseology that may mean something specific that I may not comprehend or be aware. I love the phrase, “may their memory be a blessing.” but I feel uncomfortable using the phrase as I feel like I am appropriating a Jewish tradition. Discomfort can come through, so I don’t do it.
I would like to think that people receive with the same intention in which something is given. But I know this is not always the case. Sometimes I swear I can hear eye-rolls on Facebook when I send someone love and light per a tough situation as I know that other people will see my sending love and light as woo-woo or even worse as insincere.
I am sincere. I do send love and light. They are real, and so is quantum entanglement but we do not understand it. So I guess you could say, “I believe in science and love.” I love it when things can be verified through repetition, as that is the heart of science. But I also love the unknown and thinking about what we do not yet know.
I guess some people just have a much higher tolerance of questions, uncertainty, and for not needing to be right.