This article aims to explain how Divine Help/Divine Guidance comes to a person. The ideas being presented are based on my personal experiences. It is not easy to quantify the extent of the help but I believe it can be recognized and should be acknowledged.
Although I personally experience and recognize the power of Divine Help and Guidance as a regular part of my life I have noticed it is not something that a lot of people are tuned into. I often find myself telling my own family members “Don’t you see how Divine Guidance was made available to you in this instance”, and the response would be “I never realized or even thought about it that way.”
I thought it might be worth writing about it in a manner that rationalizes the process. I see it as a process that when you regularly apply to our lives becomes easier to acknowledge.
I will simplify the process into three phases – Current Reality, Request for help through Prayer, Divine Help being provided.
Phase 1: Current Reality
The first phase is when a person (Person A, in Figure 1) is experiencing a challenging situation in her current reality. The challenge or problem is a situation that is causing the Person A a significant amount of distress and unhappiness.
She feels stuck and/or limited/restricted by the set of circumstances and it seems to interfere with her peaceful existence. The other people contributing to the problem are Person B and Person C.
One thing to accept (even if very difficult), is that each person experiencing a problem is in some way contributing to the problem. What they might not be aware of is: How?
The contribution of each individual in the problem could be a combination of factors – Needs, beliefs, values, habits, programming, conditioning, mental state, cognitive biases, rights, emotional states, etc.
So in my understanding, a relationship problem could be the result of many conflicting factors such as needs, values expectations, personality traits, mental and emotional states, rights, conditioning, etc.
A focused and careful analysis of the problem along with self-inquiry can help a person better understand what they are putting out that is contributing to the problem.
Phase 2: Request for Help
In this second phase, Person A seeks Divine help. The person could seek this help from Source or the Creator, angels, guides or even a spiritual team. An attempt must be made to willfully seek Divine Help for guidance in a specific situation.
Phase 3: Help is provided
This is an interesting phase of the process. The person A who has requested the prayer should become cognizant of the changes that occur in the situation for which they sought help.
It helps if the person has a keen sense of observation and are in touch with their intuition.
Some examples of what might happen include: one of the individuals may say or do something different from the usual, a new person might come into the situation, one or more individuals might leave the situation, a sudden flash of insight to do something or act differently might come through, something in the environment might force the person to reconsider their stance.
What could happen will vary depending on the particular situation? It really helps if a person becomes more perceptive of the sometimes subtle or obvious changes that will occur in response to prayer.
There are some things you must keep in mind about this process described – In addition to a something in the situation changes, the person who has made the request might have to put in some effort in the form of a shift in perspective, a change in behavior, make a completely new choice, or even a undergo deeper transformational change to stop contributing to the problem.
People who don’t believe with a certain level of certainty that their prayers are always heard will often not make the connection that the results or shifts are happening as a response to their prayerful request.
Some people do not attribute the changes as relevant and some others might consider it a matter of coincidence. The power of prayer is unimaginable and they are always answered in some form or the other in a manner that will help us move forward in our lives.
There is no specific time frame within which the prayer will be answered. In some cases, prayers I have asked for have taken years to be fulfilled and most often it was because of my own reluctance or fears that stood in the way of me taking action.
The key is to stay connected to God, your Divine True Self, your Divine team of spiritual helpers and believe that they are helping in some useful and relevant way.
The more we consistently take the time to contemplate our life the more observant we will become of ourselves and our reality.
Developing the ability to see the power of our prayer requests is like developing a muscle – it involves focus and practice. Sometimes we wouldn’t even have asked for help and help would have provided, and all we would have to acknowledge and stay grateful.
It is my request to you the reader, to take the time and develop a spiritual practice where you develop a deeper connection with your inner life. Take the time to connect to the Source and if it makes sense, acknowledge your spiritual team of helpers.
Pray for help with the understanding that we see and sense very little through our ego’s conscious awareness. A Divine connection is deeply comforting in a world where is it not easy to find people who are trustworthy, reliable and there for us every day, every moment of every day accepting us for who we are with all our faults and limitations.
It makes life worthwhile and affirms the perspective that our lives have meaning and that we are “Spiritual Beings having a Human Experience”.