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The Uncommon Book of Prayer: A Guide to Co-Creating with the Universe

Heidi Smith, Chelsea Granger

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Mind, Body, Spirit: thought & practice, Complementary therapies, healing & health

An empowering, radical reframing of prayer as a secular tool for healing, personal growth, societal change, and profound joy, aimed at the growing segment of "spiritual but not religious" readers looking for meaning.

Build and deepen your personal spiritual practice with this empowering, radical reframing of prayer as a secular tool for healing, personal growth, societal change, and profound joy.

Prayer is an ancient practice-one that has been utilized and embraced by cultures around the world and across time. There is not one correct way to pray, and no tradition holds a monopoly on what prayer is or means. In The Uncommon Book of Prayer author, psychosomatic therapist, and flower essence practitioner Heidi Smith reveals that prayer does not even need to be practiced within a religious tradition, though it can be. Instead, she reintroduces readers to the idea of prayer as a highly personal practice that can bring joy and enlightenment, heal deeply felt trauma, and work toward planetary healing.

Readers will encounter a new definition of prayer: An active agreement that you make between your soul and the Divine (whatever that means to you). It is a sacred practice that can be called upon to bring about states of grace, healing, and change. Through this expansive, heart-centered experience readers will explore their own existing feelings about prayer and learn to build a personal practice that is authentic and sustaining.

In inviting chapters grounded with historical context, sample prayers, and stunning illustrations inspired by illuminated manuscripts, readers will learn to:

- Refine a prayer practice.
- Explore ambivalence around prayer and some of its difficult associations.
- Integrate a prayer practice into co-creative and healing work.
- Facilitate prayer circles in your community.
- Open and strengthen communication with the heart, our most potent tool of resonance and the seat of true wisdom in the body.
- Create space and possibility for hope and dreaming (which are not frivolous, but instead life-sustaining and changing practices).
- Create vital and creative solutions for your life and our world.

There are many ways in to healing. A conscious prayer practice formed by reading The Uncommon Book of Prayer is a way into co-creating with the universe and accessing all the gifts that lie therein.

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