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Ask, And You Will Receive

Ask, And You Will Receive

All fulfillment comes from within. This may seem to be one of Jesus’s most extravagant promises. We have all asked and not received. To find out what Jesus actually meant, then, we have to answer a few questions: Who is asking? Where is the request going? Whom does it reach?

For most people, the asking comes from the ego, with its unending stream of desires. The request is going out into empty space or to a vaguely remembered God from childhood. The receiver of the request is unknown.

What this means is that asking and receiving are disconnected. Indeed, they must be, because in everyday awareness the world is separate from us and fragmented into millions of isolated events.

However, at a deeper level, everything is unified and whole. When you ask for anything, the One is asking the One, God is asking God. And there is always a response.

Learn to ask in a new way, by expecting every wish to bring a response. Take the attitude expressed by the Persian poet Rumi: “Ask all of yourself.” The mechanics of giving and receiving are inside you. Therefore, the next time you pray for something, or simply desire it, go through the following steps:

Express the desired outcome to yourself clearly. Detach yourself from your request after you make it. Take an undemanding attitude to the outcome. Be open to whatever response the universe gives back. Know that there is always a response.

In this case, “response” doesn’t mean a yes or no from God. There is no judge deciding whether you are worthy or not. Those perceptions were born of separation. Since you could not exist without being part of that intelligence, praying to god is circular, a feedback loop.

Adapted from The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2008).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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12:22PM PST on Feb 5, 2013

I agree with Zee!

9:28PM PST on Nov 23, 2012

I ask and I receive. There's a flow of miracles through my life, running like a river carrying
happiness and manifestations and wonders and delights and even fixing my garbage disposal. lol

When I ask, I visualize with all five senses feeling the emotion that I would feel if I received my request right now! I give thanks and praise to Creator.

It also helps to live the way Creator wants me to live, trying to please him as he loves to please me. He knows the rules of life far better than I do; therefore, I'm always grateful in his guidance as to what to ask.

My rose bush still has thorns but sometimes those thorns carry the greatest blessing.

6:53PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Thanks :)

1:01AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Thanks.

11:54PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Jesus would have been pleased with this interpretation!

2:03PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Every time I have asked The Great Spirit to grant me acceptance of a person, my request has been granted.

9:03AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

That's just it Emefa so if you will do it just before sleep as well and you can also blow your prayers onto a fragrance (any you like) when you start your day this will make it even easier for spirit to manifest for you. Remember that the thickness of this dimension can slow things down and so if spirit knows exactly where an when it's like making a landing field in the jungle for them.

8:08AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Our faith is not belittled here, @ Charles H., and I read this as a conjunction to our understanding, rather than a direct opposition of it. "He knows our needs before we do," is a reference to the issues Deepak is speaking of in terms not reserved for the pulpit. Spiritual instructions are beyond the limitations of the confines of a church's pulpit, and when we allow greater understand, we grow in spirit and love for one another, as we have been offered, (by Christ's teachings) that this as our greatest guide to living a loving life.

5:12AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

5:11AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

I make my intentions for every day starting with guidance and protection for myself and my family then our health and for things like forgiveness, wisdom, peace as well as others such as a vehicle or business to pick up; I always include that my intention is for the goodness of all involved and to the highest power and thank you for I know that it will come to pass.

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