At some point in our life, we have all lived through a phase where our ‘self’ became weaker than a leaf and our faith stumped to the lowest point, yet most of us managed to pull through; how?
The toughest part of this journey of 'coming out of a bad phase’ is to convince our inner core that we can do it. The next big thing is to wait for help to come, but seldom notice the medium; woul it be our prayer or someone’s love?
There are endless inspiring stories over the internet that describe the sheer journey of someone coming out of their darkest phase and facing the world with even more grit. Each of these journeys has one thing in common; they all turned to seek support through either prayer or love.
So, what healed them first? This is the big debate.
While prayer takes us beyond our biological self, love on the other hand forays beyond the boundaries of ego. For me, both works toward ensuring the calmness of our anxious soul; with prayer comes hope and with love comes faith.
Both can bring about a suspension of the routine flow of sense impressions informing of what is factually going on in the outside world of time and space.
In the spiritual world, both loving and praying are significant conditions of awareness.
They individually and together, bring about a sense of understanding the factual world in times, when we lose the tract of existence.
While praying helps in comforting the internal psychological battle; launching a self-healing mode, where feelings and emotions rise above the actual physical struggle, love leads to one feeling deeply connected to other living entity; making them aware of universal energies around them.
Through prayer, we feel deeply connected with an intangible energy that lets us have a clear view of the abundance of love around us, which we can use to heal our broken soul.
Even though they both co-exist, yet we are unable to measure the power of either.
A group of researchers tried to find as to which one of these affects our brain first and how; this was called the Newberg’s and d’Aquili’s experiment:
“They used an imaging technology called SPECT scanning to map the brains of Tibetan Buddhists meditating and Franciscan nuns engaged in deep, contemplative prayer. ... When the scientists studied the scans, their attention was drawn to a chunk of the brain’s left parietal lobe they called the orientation association area. This region is responsible for drawing the line between the physical self and the rest of existence, a task that requires a constant stream of neural information flowing in from the senses. What the scans revealed, however, was that at peak moments of prayer and meditation, the flow was dramatically reduced. ...Their research suggested that all these intuitive feelings – states of mind – are not the result of simple emotion or the fantasy resulting from wishful thinking, but actually are generated by the genetically arranged wiring of the brain itself.”
With experimental quote from: Nothing I See Means Anything & Psychology Today