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Living the Days of Prophecy
A Millennial Message of Hope and Possibility
Copyright ©Gregg Braden 1999
Photo © Melissa Sherman 1998
Could there be a lost science that allows us to transcend themes of war, destruction and suffering long predicted for our time in history? Is it possible that somewhere in the mists of our ancient memory, an event occurred that has left a gap in our understanding of how we relate to our world and one another? If so, could the filling of that gap avert the greatest tragedies to ever face humankind? Twenty-five hundred year old texts, as well as modern science, now suggest that the answer to these and similar questions is a resounding "Yes!"
One thousand seven hundred years ago, key elements of our ancient heritage were lost, relegated to the esoteric traditions of mystery schools and sacred sites. Seven hundred years later, the remaining texts were poorly translated to the languages of the West, further confusing the mystery of our purpose and relationship to our world and one another. Today, much of our history, technology and culture is based in these incomplete understandings of our ancient heritage. Additionally, in the language of their time, those who have come before us remind us of two empowering technologies with di rect relevance to our lives to day. The first is the science of prophecy, allowing us to witness future consequences of choices that we make in the present. Secondly, the sophisticated technology of prayer that allows us to choose which future prophecy we live.
The secrets to our lost sciences appear to have been shared openly by ancient and indigenous societies in our past. The last vestiges of this empowering wisdom were lost with the disappearance of rare texts referencing them in the fourth century. In the year 325 AD, key elements of our already-ancient heritage were taken from the masses and relegated to the esoteric traditions of mystery schools, elite priesthoods, and sacred orders. Through manuscripts recently translated, such as those of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic libraries of Egypt, only now are we able to authenticate the memory of life-affirming traditions that have survived in our dreams and myths. The power to end suffering and bring a lasting peace to earth is a very real power.
In addition to scenarios of tragedy and despair predicted for our miillennial change, ancient prophets foresaw an equally viable future of peace, cooperation and great healing for the peoples of the earth. In rare manuscripts, over two millennia old, they left the secrets to a lost science that allows us to transcend catastrophic prophecies, dire predictions and the great challenges of life with grace. At first glance, the science encoded within these rare documents may sound more like fiction, or at least the subject of a futuristic film. Viewed through the eyes of twentieth-century physics, however, the principles contained within these ancient texts shed new light and new possibilities upon our role of directing the outcome of our moment in history. Tattered fragments of two thousand year old texts describe a lost science with the power to:
Recent developments in quantum physics support precisely such principles, bringing new credibility to the role of mass prayer and ancient prophecy.
- bring a lasting end to all war, suffering and disease
- render destructive patterns of weather harmless
- bring lasting healing to our bodies
- redefine ancient prophecies of destruction and catastrophicloss of life
I first saw hints of this empowering wisdom in translations of Aramaic texts written over five hundred years before the time of Christ. The same texts stated that records of such secret traditions were taken from the homeland of their authors in the Middle East into the mountains of Asia during the first century AD for safekeeping. In the Spring of 1998, I had the opportunity to share in a 22-day pilgrimage into the highlands of Central Tibet, to witness and confirm the traditions referenced in these two thousand year old texts. Coupled with large-scale research carried out in western cities, our findings add new credibility to the ancient reminders of our power to end the suffering of countless numbers of people, avert a third world war, and feed the mouths of every child, woman and man living today, and in future generations. It is only after climbing to the monasteries, locating the libraries and witnessing ancient practices carried into modern times, that I can share the subtleties of such traditions with confidence.
Welcome to the, millennial issue of Sacred Words. This newsletter is my way of communicating with the many individuals who have requested that we keep them informed of our schedules, workshops, seminars and new products as each becomes available.Gregg Braden
This is the thirteenth year that I have offered our programs in one form or another. The evolution of each new seminar, book, video or audio mirrors the evolution of our audiences and the direction of their personal, as well as, collective growth. Clearly, there has been a shift away from studying the outward expressions of sacred principles embodied as massive temples and rigid doctrines toward the inner expressions of the same principles at work in each moment of our lives.
Of the many blessings that have come to me through my time with our audiences, I have learned to become a good listener. Our offerings for the new millennium are my answer to what I have heard as requests for direct experience and the question of ěWhat can we do?î as we witness the chaos and suffering of a changing world. The inner technologies of Prayer, Compassion and Forgiveness are, in fact, highly- sophisticated technologies that invite us to become, in our lives, what we pray for in our hearts. Each time we do so, the distances between us become less significant as our global family grows larger, bringing us closer to one another and empowering a future of peace, hope and possibility.
Thank you for creating the time to enjoy our Sacred Words newsletter. I look forward to seeing you in 2000. Many blessings of peace and many moments of joy in our new millennium.
A Lost Mode of Prayer?
Perhaps the most empowering of the texts lost during the fourth century detail a sophisticated inner technology known today as "Prayer." Regarded by many to be the most ancient of all sciences, the inner technology of prayer represents our opportunity to directly access the creative and healing forces of our world, as well as our bodies, through specific qualities of prayer's elements: thought, feeling and emotion.
In the early 1980s these effects were documented through studies of prayer and meditation in Israel, in addition to urban areas of crime in the U.S., the Philippines and India. In the presence of focused and intentional practices of thought, feeling and emotion, measurable decreases in crime and terrorism were observed and recorded. The studies eliminated the possibility of "coincidence" stemming from nature, such as well-known lunar cycles, or changes in social policy or law enforcement procedures. Clearly, there was a direct, observable and measurable effect of behavior patterns correlating with focused and intentional prayer and meditation.
Later in the 1980s, researchers reported that the success or failure of laboratory experiments, particularly those dealing on the quantum level, appeared to be directly related to the expectation (thought, feelings and emotions) of the scientists in volved in the experiments. Those who had the expectation of belief, witnessed success ful experiments. Those who were skeptical of the experiments outcome, those who did not believe, often witnessed failed experiments. In each of these studies scientists suspect that the effect may be due, in part, to a forgotten relationship described as a "field effect" between thought, feeling and emotion and the molecular levels of the world around us.
In light of such research, what is the potential of applying such subtle principles of prayer to an outcome of collective healing, global peace and graceful transition through the challenges that await us over the next few years of the new millennium?
The Lost Mode of Prayer
Modern prayer researchers currently identify four modes of prayer used in the west today. Does an additional mode exist? Is there a fifth mode of prayer that allows us to participate in the outcome of the events within our bodies as well as the world around us? Recent findings in remote temple sites where these traditions remain today, combined with new research into some of the most sacred and esoteric traditions of our past, lead me to believe that the answer is "Yes!"
Comparing Modes of Prayer Through
the Example of Global Peace
Much of our conditioning in western traditions for the last one and one half millennia has invited us to "ask" that specific circumstances in our world change through divine intervention; that our prayers be answered. In our well-intentioned asking, however, we may unknowingly empower the very conditions that we are praying to change. For example, when we ask, "Dear God, please let there be peace in the world," in effect we are stating that peace does not exist in the present. Ancient traditions remind us that prayers of asking are one form of prayer, among other forms, that empower us to find peace in our world through the quality of thought, feeling and emotion that we create in our body. Once we allow the qualities of peace in our mind and fuel our prayer through feelings of peace in our body, the fifth mode of prayer states that the outcome has already happened.
Quantum science now takes this idea one step further, stating that it is precisely such conditions of feeling that creation responds to, by matching the feeling (prayer) of our inner world with like conditions in our outer world. Though the outcome of our prayer may not yet be apparent in our outer world, we are invited to acknowledge our communion with creation and live as if our prayer has already been answered.
Through the words of another time, the ancients invited us to embrace our lost mode of prayer as a consciousness that we become, rather than a prescribed form of action that we perform upon occasion. In words that are as simple as they are elegant, we are reminded to be "surrounded" by the answer to our prayers and "enveloped" by the conditions that we choose to experience. In the modern idiom, this description suggests to us that to effect change in our world, we are invited to first have the feelings of the change having happened.
As modern science continues to validate a relationship between our thoughts, feelings and dreams with the world that surrounds us, it becomes more likely that a forgotten bridge links our prayers with that of our experience. The beauty of such an inner technology is that it is based upon human qualities that we already possess. From the prophets who saw us in their dreams, we are reminded that in honoring all life, we accomplish nothing less than the survival of our species and the future of the only home we know.
Logic-based prayer: asking for intervention
1. We Focus upon present conditions where we believe that peace does not exist.
2. We may feel helpless, powerless or angry at the events and conditions that we are witness to.
3. We employ our prayer of asking by inviting divine intervention from a higher power to bring peace to bear upon individuals, conditions and places where we believe that peace is absent.
4. Through our asking, we may unknowingly affirm the very conditions that we least desire. When we say ěPlease let there be peace,î for example, we are declaring that peace is not present in a particular situation. In doing so, we may actually fuel the condition that we have chosen to change.
5. We continue to ask for intervention until we see the change actually come to pass in our world.
Feeling-based prayer: knowing that our
prayer is already answered
1. We witness all events, those of peace and those that we see as the absence of peace, as possibilities without judgement of right, wrong, bad or good.
2. We release our judgement of the situation by Blessing those conditions that have caused us pain. The Blessing does not condone or consent to the event or condition. Rather, it acknowledges that the event is part of the single source of all that is. (Please see the book, Walking Between the Worlds: The Science of Compassion, for details.)
3. By feeling the feelings of our prayer already answered, we demonstrate the ancient quantum principle stating that the conditions of peace within our bodies are mirrored in the world beyond our bodies.
4. We acknowledge the power of our prayer and know (feel) that the focus of our prayer has already come to pass.
5. Our prayer now consists of
a. acknowledging the peace already is present in our world by living from the knowledge that such changes have occurred.
b. empowering our prayer by giving thanks for the opportunity to choose peace over suffering.
The Latest Offering from Gregg Braden
The Isaiah Effect
Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy
"A dazzling, new interpretation of the key prophecy from the
Dead Sea Scrolls that echoes such bestsellers as The Bible Code, Anatomy of the Spirit and the books of Graham Hancock."
Quantum science suggests the existence of many possible futures for each moment of our lives. Each outcome lies in a state of rest, until it is awakened by choices made in the present. A two thousand year old scroll written by the prophet Isaiah describes precisely such possibilities in a language that we are just beginning to understand. In addition to sharing his visions of our time, Isaiah describes the science of how we choose which future we experience. Each time we do so, we experience the Isaiah Effect.
Through his bestselling books, Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worlds, author, Gregg Braden, offered what critics have called a ěstunning theory,î that our planet has already entered a rare, geophysical phase predicted by cultures throughout the ancient world. This cycle, the "Shift of the Ages," is the catalyst for the recent weather, geological and social changes that are transforming our consciousness at an unprecedented rate. Now, in his most recent work, The Isaiah Effect, Braden turns to the great Isaiah Scroll, discovered in 1946 with the other Dead Sea Scrolls, to reveal yet an additional aspect of the theory.
Combining studies of quantum physics with the ancient texts of Isaiah, as well as Hopi, Mayan and Egyptian traditions, Braden offers a compelling account of how modern scholars may have mistakenly interpreted the message of Isaiahís alternating tales of apocalypse, followed by times of peace. New research in quantum science leads Braden to view such accounts as snapshots into future possibilities, rather than forecasting events of certainty. Furthermore, Braden asserts, in addition to showing us consequences of choices made in the present, the texts remind us of how we may transcend our most frightening predictions of post-millennia chaos and suffering through a mode of prayer lost to the West nearly 2000 years ago.
In light of such evidence, what is the potential for applying our inner technologies of prayer and prophecy to an outcome of collective healing, global peace and a graceful transition through the greatest challenges in recorded human history? The Isaiah Effect is a rare opportunity to recover our lost technology and bring a lasting end to war, disease and suffering, initiate an unprecedented era of peace and cooperation between governments and nations, render destructive patterns of nature harmless and redefine ancient prophecies of destruction and catastrophic loss of life.
Join Gregg Braden as he shares his empowering message of hope and possibility in this fascinating journey beyond science, religion and mysticism through The Isaiah Effect.
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The Lost Mode
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Is there a forgotten, spiritual tool that offers each one of us the ability to heal ourselves, our relationships with others, and even our endangered planet? "Yes!" says earth scientist Gregg Braden. On The Lost Mode of Prayer, Braden, the author of Awakening to Zero Point, examines evidence from both modern science and ancient texts to shed light on a secret lost to humanity in the year 325. This knowledge was relegated to elite priesthoods and mystery schools in the fourth century, leaving a crucial gap in our understanding of the world. "At best," says Braden, "our view of history, religion, science-even the way we love-has been based on an incomplete understanding of our past."
Now, through newly-translated texts preserved by the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Braden reveals the inner workings of this powerful force sleeping in the mists of our ancient memory-and how to use this "inner technology" to create profound change in ourselves and those around us. Join him, as he shares his message of hope in this fascinating journey beyond science, religion and mysticism-with The Lost Made of Prayer.
New Audio Release
Beyond Zero Point
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With his bestseller Awakening to Zero Point, earth scientist and author, Gregg Braden, offered a stunning theory: That our planet has now entered a rare, geophysical phase predicted millennia ago by ancient cultures across the globe-a "Shift of the Ages" that is transforming your consciousness even as you read this text. On Beyond Zero Point, Braden shares new scientific research essential to understanding the prophecies of the Essenes, Hopi, Mayans, Egyptians and others. Hidden within these ancient teachings, asserts Braden, is a universal set of "sacred technologies" meant specifically for us at this crucial point in human history. The secret of these tools is learning to see how our outer world mirrors the inner conditions of our consciousness. With this knowledge, each of us can transcend ordinary awareness, align ourselves with the life-affirming forces around us, and directly participate in the great challenges that lie ahead. Are these the lost keys that will open the door to the next phase of human evolution? Listen to the facts and decide for yourself, as Gregg Braden takes you on a unforgettable excursion Beyond Zero Point.
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Turning Hurt Into Wisdom-Changing Pain Into Joy
The Promise of Compassion Through the Blessing Code
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The Isaiah Effect
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Beyond Zero Point
The Science of Compassion
Is there a lost science that allows us to transcend themes of war, destruction and suffering long predicted for our time in history? Ancient texts, as well as modern science, suggest that the answer is "Yes!"
One thousand seven hundred years ago, key elements of our ancient heritage were lost, relegated to the esoteric traditions of mystery schools, priesthoods and sacred orders. On a 22-day pilgrimage in 1998, Gregg found evidence of such texts as ancient manuscripts in the libraries of a remote monastery in Central Tibet.
Combined with recent translations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the most empowering elements of these lost texts are references to two sophisticated, yet simple technologies identified today as Compassion and a Lost Mode of Prayer.
Beyond Zero Point is an opportunity to recover such sciences and empower our families, loved ones and communities once again with these simple, yet life-affirming technologies. Through this multimedia presentation, Gregg will offer direct evidence from his recent journeys to Tibet and Egypt, documenting the effects of Compassion and Prayer.
Witness new slides capturing seldom-seen libraries, located at an altitude of over 15,000 feet in the Himalayan Mountains, housing the records of pre-Christian and Christian, as well as Buddhist traditions.
See direct evidence of compassionís effects through rare images documenting the 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project (STRUP).
Share in the direct experience of Mass Compassion and The Lost Mode of Prayer in a group setting.
Much, much more!
*These year-2000 offerings are scheduled in Montreal, Paris and Brussels only.
The Isaiah Effect
Decoding the Lost Science of
Prayer and Prophecy
Through his bestselling books, Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worlds, author, Gregg Braden, offered what critics have called a ěstunning theory,î that our planet has entered into a rare, geophysical phase predicted millennia ago by cultures throughout the ancient world. This cycle is the catalyst for the recent weather, geological and social changes that are transforming our consciousness at an unprecedented rate. Now, in his most recent work, The Isaiah Effect, Braden turns to the great Isaiah Scroll discovered in 1946 with the other Dead Sea Scrolls, to reveal yet an additional aspect of the theory.
Quantum science suggests the existence of many possible futures for each moment of our lives. Each outcome lies in a state of rest, until it is awakened by choices made in the present. Braden suggests that the Isaiah Scroll describes precisely such possibilities in a language that we are just beginning to understand. In addition to sharing his visions of our time, Isaiah describes the science of how we choose which future we experience. Each time we do so, we experience the Isaiah Effect.
Combining studies of quantum physics with the ancient texts of Isaiah, as well as native American Hopi, Mayan and Egyptian traditions, Braden offers a compelling account of how we may reclaim the ancient, mystical and empowering technology of mass prayer that is key to transcending our most frightening predictions of post-millennia chaos and suffering. This one-day intensive includes:
Rare video footage and slides capturing seldom-seen libraries in Egyptian and Tibetan monasteries.
Lost tenets of mass prayer and evidence of their effect upon contemporary conditions, personal health and global events.
The direct experience of Mass Compassion and the Lost Mode of Prayer in a group setting.
"I invite you to join me as we journey into earth mysteries and the lost
traditions of compassion and prayer through these empowering messages
of hope and possibility!"
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Letters and Frequently Asked Questions
Gregg is unable to respond to each piece of correspondence personally. As inquiries fall into general themes, however, he will reply to those themes in the Sacred Words newsletter. Please mail letters to: Editor, Sacred Words, P. O. Box 5182, Santa Fe, N.M. 87502
Q. The Early Lost Mode of Prayer programs and the science of mass prayer prompted many questions. One such question was regarding prayer misuse or the possibility of applying such technologies to "negative" outcomes. One reader wrote: "I ask you, if humankind did not understand the wisdom and power of prayer 2000 years ago, have we the wisdom to accept this power today?"
A. I will respond to this question with a concise answer, followed by a brief explanation of why it is impossible to apply our Lost Mode of Prayer as conditions of retribution, revenge, hate and jealousy directed toward others.
It would appear that the physics of our world has a built-in "fail-safe" of sorts, a bias toward life and life-affirming conditions of thought, feeling and emotion (the definition of prayer).
To understand the mechanism, we look to the very qualities of love itself, as well as the qualities of what we believe represents the opposite of love in our world. (In the deepest esoteric teachings, love and love's opposite are actually one in the same.)
In general we may say that love is an expansive force of longevity that perpetuates itself through life-affirming qualities. Fear (anger, hate, rage, retribution) is a force of contraction that denies itself through the very qualities that define its existence, life-denying qualities.
The fail-safe of the Lost Mode of Prayer is that those who offer prayers in this world experience the effects of their prayers first, before the prayer is felt by anyone or anything else. Prayers of fear, are short-lived by their very nature. They deny life in the offerer, collapsing upon themselves before they are experienced beyond the offering. Prayers of Love (joy, healing, forgiveness and peace), by their very nature, affirm life in the offerer, perpetuating themselves as they move into creation.
I have an unshakable optimism and confidence in the collective wisdom of humankind. I believe that we have taken a long and painful path to arrive at the crossroads between science and spirituality where we stand today. In truth, no one knows precisely what will occure in the next few years. Almost universally, however, ancient traditions agree that we have entered a window of opportunity where we may face the greatest challenges in human history. My optimism is firmly placed in the strength of our diversity. It will take each of us, pooling each of the qualities of who we have become, into a unified wisdom, to transcend our challenges. To do so will require every ounce of uniqueness that each of us has to offer. I view our Lost Mode of Prayer as one more tool to add to our collective tool kit. The key is that we must work together to find our collective strength. In doing so, we insure a life of peace in the only home we know ... for now.
Q. On more than one occasion I have been asked, "Besides prayer, what do you plan to do?" in such and such situation. More often than not, behind a question of this nature is the belief that prayer is a passive activity - one whose effects may not extend much beyond helping the offerer of the prayer to feel as if he or she is really doing something of benefit. A woman in a recent work shop perhaps summed up the idea best when she asked, "What good is prayer, I mean what real good is it?"
A. The woman's name was Evelyn and I answered her with a response that was as new to my ears as it was to the listening audience. Without pausing to formulate my answer, the words tumbled out of my mouth. "Prayer is to us as water is to the seed of a plant. While the seed is whole and complete unto itself, only in the presence of water will it blossom into its greatest possibility."
My sense is that we are like those seeds. While we are whole and complete unto ourselves, it is through the technology of prayer, our communion with the forces of creation, that we blossom to the fullest expression of our greatest possibility. Ancient traditions remind us that prayer is nothing less than the voice of God pulsing throughout creation. In light of such a power, what response to a given condition could be more active?
The Great Experiment II
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In April of 1998, several hundred thousand people, in at least 75 countries, shared a common prayer of peace through the miracle of the world wide web. The project was named The Great Experiment, and the goal was to gauge the effect of mass prayer through digitally-measurable earth parameters. The implications of the 1998 experiment have led to the Great Experiment II. In January of 2000, once again we will have the opportunity to witness the possibilities of mass prayer; this time as statistically- measurable parameters of human consciousness.
Following our prayer, there will no longer be the need for experiments, we will have thoroughly and responsibly documented the evidence for all to witness and share. In that moment, we will have grown beyond feelings of helplessness into a time of empowered choice, as mass prayer becomes a viable response to the chaos of a changing world.