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Short introduction and bio:
The purpose of this website is to help people use prayer in a straightforward way. All of the content comes from the Jewish mystical tradition said by Moses on Mount Sinai. Words and phrases in color are links to websites for further discussion of concepts.
The holy man pictured on the left is the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, a Jewish rabbi known for effective healing blessings and clear transmission of the Jewish mystical tradition. He sent emissaries across the world to teach us how to truly relate to God . Because he sent emissaries to Baltimore, Maryland, I became an orthodox Jew.
I want everyone to know that God answers prayer.
That’s my photo the right. I work as a Physician Assistant and Acupuncturist. My certifications, diplomas, and current employment are listed here: (www.linkedin.com/pub/dan–schechter-pa-c-l-ac/28/444/32b).
Before I do anything else in the morning, I pray. For the whole working day I pray for my patients. After I leave work I pray. I’m well trained and experienced in the practice of medicine. For the most part I think that the best thing I do for my patients is to pray for them. I can pray for you too.
Healing prayer tips:
First, commit to relationship
The basis of effective healing prayer is a healthy relationship with God. The hallmarks of a healthy relationship are gratitude, awareness, growth, love, and fear. Fear means fear of loss. Awareness means awareness of every knowable aspect of God. Growth means growth of emotional maturity.
You can have a relationship with God that grows forever. Miracles aside, this relationship takes work.
A first step is to thank God each time something brings you pleasure. Literally, say “Thank God”. Soft or loud, voice volume doesn’t matter. This infuses prayer with gratitude. The more you do this, the more your will discover opportunities to “Thank God”.
Another relationship building step: ask God for help every time you need it. This is prayer and builds your relationship with God. As with expressions of gratitude, you need to say the words. Similarly, how loud you say them isn’t important. (Of course it’s not helpful to say your prayers in a way that feels embarrassing.)
Second, say it with feeling
Effective prayer is simple. It shouldn’t be complex. A Jewish story explaining this happened a few hundred years ago. A rabbi was learning mystical secrets of blowing the Shofar (horn) to bring in the New Year (“Rosh Hashana”, the anniversary of God’s statement, “let there be Man”). His name was Rabbi Wolfe Kitzis. He learned these secrets from his rabbi and teacher, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (Israel, Master of the Good Name). He wrote these down on a paper for review just before the time to blow the Shofar. When it came time for him to blow the Shofar in front of the congregation, he couldn’t find the paper and, despite his remarkably good memory, he couldn’t remember any of the of the mystical secrets he learned. He cried tears and blew the Shofar. Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov was there and said this was greater than blowing the Shofar than with all of the mystical secrets in mind. Said the Baal Shem Tov: each mystical secret is a key that opens a door in Heaven allowing blessing to be revealed on Earth. But there is one key that opens all doors — an axe. Prayer with tears is the “axe” that opens the doors to God’s blessings. In summary, God loves heartfelt prayer and it’s easier when our words and deeds are simple.
Third, follow this formula
Why say the words and not just think them? Since God created us to think, speak, and act, we pray to God with thought, speech, and action. A metaphor: to show love one thinks loving thoughts, says loving words, and does loving things. Just thinking loving thoughts won’t do. Regarding prayer, thought is the desire, reason and emotion that preceed speech. Speech is both the translation of the thought into shared language and it is also the physical action of forming words with breath and the mouth. (Regarding prayer, speech and action overlap.)
When you ask for health, ask for God’s mercy. God’s mercy is endless, always available and God wants us to ask for it. A really simple example of praying for Mercy is “Merciful Father, help!”
More effective words that draw blessing from God’s mercy are “Merciful Father, please fix x, y, and z as a free gift from Your infinite characteristic of mercy, for You created the world to be merciful.”
Avoid asking for justice. Most of us can’t handle God’s justice.
Why mercy and not justice? Why name a specific characteristic in the first place? The Jewish mystical tradition teaches that God relates to us in a certain way. First there is kindness, which grants us life. Then there is justice, which evaluates what we are doing with our lives. Then there is mercy, which has compassion and continues to allow us to live. Most effective prayer asks for mercy, muffling harsh judgement from the characteristic of justice and allowing blessing to descend.
Donating money aways helps. The Jewish word for this is justice not charity. That is because God gave most of us money to give to others less fortunate. When we give this money, we are being just. We were always supposed to donate this money. The act of donation gives pleasure to God. God knows how hard it is for us to donate money. Donation makes it more likely that our prayers will be answered in ways that we can understand. Small amounts given frequently give God more pleasure than the same total amount given once.
A person who takes medicine can say these effective words: “May it be Your will that this medicine brings healing, for You are a gratuitous healer”.
Pray for others. When you pray for someone else you also benefit because we’re all connected. Moreover, you might benefit more than when praying for yourself. This because when praying for others, your ego isn’t inflammed as much as when praying for you own needs. The selfish desires of the ego deny oneness, blocking effective prayer.
“Simcha” is essential. Simcha translates as joy. True understanding of simcha comes from the verse of Psalms (chaper 113, verse 9) translated as follows: “Who maketh the barren woman to dwell in her house as a joyful mother of children…” From here one learns that joy happens when a person is fully engaged in doing what is most desired. Mind, heart, and body are fully engaged. They are as one simple entity.
Lost an object? Try these effective words: “Rabbi Binyamin said: all are presumed blind until the Holy One, blessed be He, enlightens their eyes. We know this from the verse: “G‑d opened her eyes and she went and filled up the water skin.” Then say, “God of Meir answer me! God of Meir answer me! God of Meir answer me! In the merit of the charity which I am donating for the sake of the soul of Rabbi Meir the Miracle Worker may I find which I have lost.” Then donate money for the poor of Israel. This is a link to the Rabbi Meir the Miracle Worker charity in Israel.
Fourth, know God better
Increase awareness of God by studying Godly writing. High quality content is available at the official website of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of blessed memory, called Chabad.org. It has multimedia content for Jews and non-Jews alike. All of the reason that underpins recommendations of this website can be found at Chabad.org. Included are meditations from Rabbi Tzvi Freeman that increase awareness of God’s greatness.
Another site, made just for non-Jews, is Noahide.org. You can explore the seven commandments God gave to the Children of Noah that that you need for a healthy and fruitful relationship with God. Pictured left is Rabbi Mendel Feldman, of blessed memory. He was an emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe who helped many non-Jews come closer to God.
Also increase awareness of God by seeing Godly people. God created everything about us so that we can know God better. This includes every aspect of our bodies. Seeing the faces of the righteous Godly people teaches us about God. This is a link to video of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Listening to the spiritual melodies of Godly people also helps us know God better. This is a link to the melodies of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Fifth, “healing prayer” is not the same as “healing”. Use both.
Jews learn from the Bible that competent professional healers are a conduit for God’s healing blessings. The Lubavitcher Rebbe sent sick people to doctors after he blessed them. At present, with few exceptions, these are the licensed health care practitioners. I strongly recommend both competent professional diagnosis and treatment, as well as heartfelt prayer, in all cases.
Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov of “Ask the Rabbi” at Chabad.org explains why we need professional healers. He writes, “The simple answer is that G-d expects us to do our part, and then he responds by doing His. The metaphor used is that while G-d pours blessing onto us, we must have a vessel on hand to ‘catch’ it.”
Why licensed health care providers? In this country and in this era, people who devote their lives to healing get licensed. Being licensed is one way that the healer shows they care.
Only a healer totally dedicated to their craft can avoid being an agent of destruction. The Rebbe of Breslov, of blessed memory, addressed this. He is one of the outstanding Jewish healers. He mastered the Jewish mystical tradition. Tens of thousands pray at his gravesite each year. He was qualified to say the following: The Angel of Death has more to do than he can do — therefore he enlisted doctors as his emissaries.
What can you do about this? Do you best to use healers truly dedicated to healing and truly humble.
Sunday Oct 2017
Posted by frannyji in Healing Image of God, Reflections
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Back in 2003 I was thinking about God as Father. I was particularly struck by what Jesus said of his own relationship with Father God all through the gospel of John. It seems like it would be good to come back to what I wrote all those years ago. May Father God bless and encourage you as you read and think about God as your own heavenly Father.
We need to experience God’s father heart towards us. What we know of a father’s heart is pretty pitiful. For some it’s as a tyrant who demands unquestioning obedience and who uses physical force or verbal abuse to achieve that obedience. For some it’s as a slave driver who requires “work” to pay one’s way. For some it’s like a school teacher requiring perfect scores. For others though there may be a physical presence, the father is emotionally absent. For many there is no father because of death, divorce, or other circumstance causing separation of the family.
Our experience of our own fathers’ hearts becomes our view of God’s father heart so that our sense his heart may be one or more of the following:
He’s a tyrant waiting for me to put one foot out of place
He’s violent and vengeful
He’s distant and disinterested
He doesn’t listen
He only pays attention if I get all my ducks in a row
He doesn’t care about me or what I feel
He won’t help me, I have to figure it out myself
He doesn’t like me (because I’m ugly, stupid, slow, lazy, fat, careless, a girl, a boy, not like him, whatever)
Here are some scriptures to help you meditate on Father God. God is emotionally present, kind, loving, gentle, and understanding of our limitations. Our minds may know this but our hearts don’t.
- Psalm 103:13, 14 says, “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust.”
- Isaiah 9:6 “Mighty God, everlasting father …”
- Matthew 6:9 “Our Father in heaven may your name be honored …”
- *John 10:30 “The Father and I are one …” Look at Jesus to get a view of the father heart of God.
- Romans 8:15 “Father dear Father …”
- Hebrews 1:5 “Today I have become your Father …”
- Ephesians 4:6 “Only one God and Father …”
Monday Sep 2017
Posted by frannyji in Healing Image of God, Reflections
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Julian of Norwich’s book “Revelations of Divine Love” has had a big impact on my life as I’ve read of her experiences with God during my devotional times. I was particularly struck by what she said as a result of the seventh revelation she received from God.
Julian talks about her experience of being spiritually/emotionally up and down; one minute feeling God’s comfort and rest and great sustaining spiritual joy, the next feeling as though “turned away, left all alone, deeply distressed and tired of my life … there was no comfort or calm for me … only faith hope and love, and I did not feel these, I only believed they were true.” She experienced this back and forth around twenty times. She came to understand that “God wants us to know that he keeps us safe in bad and good times alike.”
So often when we feel blue, discouraged, depressed, alone and cut off from God we assume we have sinned. However, sin is not always the cause as Julian realised. She says she’d not had time between the good and bad times to actually sin. On the other hand, she realised she didn’t deserve the feelings of joy either. God had freely given what he willed, sometimes joy and sometimes sorrow.
I know for myself that when I feel great joy and encouragement in my life and in God that there’s sometimes a teeny sense that I must deserve it in some way, that somehow I’ve been “good” and it’s a reward. By the same token, when my life feels joyless and I’m discouraged, or God feels a long way away and there isn’t much comfort or encouragement around I so often and quickly assume God has abandoned me and that I must have been “bad”, that I must have sinned or have some sinful attitude. What I’m coming to understand more and more from all this is that my feelings aren’t the measure of my relationship with God, and that joy or sorrow are opportunities to keep on trusting him.
(Mother Julian of Norwich. Revelations of Divine Love. (ed by Halcyon Backhouse with Rhona Pipe.) London: Hodder & Stoughton. 1987. pp34-5)
Tuesday Dec 2015
Posted by frannyji in General, Reflections
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Christmas is just around the corner and it’s a good time to pause and look back over the year that is rapidly drawing to a close.
We’ve seen world dramas with passenger planes being shot down, the continuing rise of ISL with their murderous hatred of Christians, Jews and the West in general, of terrorist attacks, of hostage situations, plus the many natural disasters occurring in various quarters of the globe. It’s all been incredible. Add to the pot the media’s graphic and incessant reporting of such events with a resultant stirring of fear. This also is incredible to behold.
We are celebrating Jesus’ first coming to our world with all “fairy floss” of the season. However, my question now is, is Jesus’ return imminent? I don’t know but it gives one pause to ponder the possibility.
My reading recently reminded me of God’s take on all things:
“God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it.” (Heb 1:2b) and “ sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command (1:3b).
So, no matter what happens – when or where or who or how – God has it in hand and under his control. The universe is sustained by the mighty power of Jesus!
Now Christmas is here, the time to joyfully and truly celebrate Jesus. May you experience something of the wonder of God sending his Son, Jesus, to this world – and, the why of it.
Friday Nov 2013
Posted by frannyji in General
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Whoops, indeed! My previous article on stress triggered a suspension by WordPress. I think perhaps because the quote was so long. If you have a problem with reading the article let me know.
Blessings for today!!
Friday Nov 2013
Posted by frannyji in General
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The following came into my inbox today from Breaking Christian News. It speaks of a phenomenon with which you may identify. Take a read, go back to the original article, think about occasions when you yourself have experienced this mirror effect and how you may or may not have dealt with it… you might find it instructive.
As well as the recommendations given below, I’d also suggest doing a literal handing it all over to Jesus, praying for the person, and asking for protection from taking on-board the other person’s pain.
I hope this is helpful to someone.
Why Stress is Contagious and How We can Override the Mirror Response
Aimee Herd (Oct 31, 2013)
“When someone dumps emotional toxins on you, you can choose not to accept the incoming by catching yourself when the bogus, catastrophic story of stress goes off and activates a wave of stupefying emotion.”
A recent Huffington Post article notes the natural tendency in people’s brains to mimic others’ emotions, in the case of stress; to our detriment.
No doubt you’ve noticed how other people’s emotions and actions can often be contagious, such as yawning or laughing.
Apparently our brains are hardwired to do so, as Italian scientists in the 1990s discovered. According to the report, our brains contain “mirror neurons,” which are brain cells that mimic the actions or emotions of others.
While this quality is often harmless or even somewhat therapeutic in the case of laughter; the mimic reflex becomes more of a problem when it comes to stress and fear.
The report notes that stress “suppresses the immune system, lowers the good cholesterol, increases the bad and…can lead to any number of illnesses and conditions.”
So, how do you counter your body’s natural tendency to copy another person’s emotions?
The HP report states:
The key to resisting the emotional contagion of stress is overriding the double-team autopilot of the stress response—reacting before you think—and your mirror neurons. When someone dumps emotional toxins on you, you can choose not to accept the incoming by catching yourself when the bogus, catastrophic story of stress goes off and activates a wave of stupefying emotion. Instead of latching on to the fear or panic because it’s in your head, contest it by reframing the irrational story to what’s actually the reality.
Instead of mirror neurons reflecting stress, you can use them as a tool to better understand why a person is going off, and, as a result, why you don’t have to.
I would add that saying a quick, silent prayer, inviting God to help you handle the given situation may help the most, as well as a quick prayer for the person you’re trying not to mimic.
There’s also a lot to be said for breathing—it’s highly underrated! Stepping back before you respond; taking a few minutes to breathe deeply, giving your brain maximum oxygen with which to work, can only help.
Thursday Feb 2013
Posted by frannyji in Reflections
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When God had completed his wonderful creation he said it was very good. I can easily imagine him sitting back in his easy chair, feet up and with his hands clasped behind his head and a big smile on his face. Fanciful? Maybe. But that’s my sense of what his comment meant.
It says in Genesis:
“And it was very good.” Genesis 1:31 NIV
Now, today, God still views his creation in the same way. No matter that we’ve made a mess of his gorgeous world. And, no matter that we’ve made a huge mess of our own lives.
Bear in mind, God knew the specific purpose you were born to fulfil, so He provided all the gifts you’d need, including the environment required to put it all together. Then He looked at you and said, “Very good.” Can you say that too?
Saturday Jun 2012
Posted by frannyji in Reflections
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“A person without self-control is as defenceless as a city with broken-down walls.” Proverbs 25:28
Lack of self-control makes us vulnerable to attack. We are more vulnerable to temptation, to doing or saying things we will regret, to being swayed by others’ opinions and pressures.
There is a difference between self-control and being in control. Self-control is a healthy discipline that helps us be mindful of what is appropriate behaviour and speech. Being in control is likely the result of a choice (or vow) arising from a wound (or some unpleasant or painful experience) that gives us the idea that we must control the circumstances of our lives where we had been wounded; and it’s likely that other areas of our lives may be totally out of control and undisciplined.
Something to think about…
Friday Jun 2012
Posted by frannyji in Healing Image of God
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“‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord, ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’” Isaiah 1:18 NKJV
When we do the wrong thing and ask forgiveness, we’re not losers, we’re learners. Alexander Pope said: “A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”
Thursday Apr 2012
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. He appointed them to be saved in keeping with his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
When it seems like the world’s gone mad, don’t forget “God existed before anything else… and He holds all creation together.” (Colossians 1:17 NLT). When worry whispers, “God doesn’t know what you need!”, remember God promised to “meet all your needs”. (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
Saturday Apr 2012
Posted by frannyji in General, Jesus heals!, Reflections
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A thought from a friend:
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten….” Joel 2:25 NIV
For everything you’ve loved or lost, God has something else. For everything that’s been stolen from you, God has something else. The situation you are in right now is not the end of the story; God wants to write a new chapter. – He’s not through with you!