© 2001 by Janet C. Ryan, RScP
Perhaps you have had an experiece of affirmative prayer
with one of the Practitioners in a brief session after a
Sunday Service and you are wondering how that experience
differs from seeing a Practitioner in full session. Or maybe
there is a particular area of your life where you would
like to make some changes and you want to engage the services
of a Practitioner, but you are not sure what it is all about.
People see Practitioners for many reasons: to find a life
partner, to make improvements in work or career, to discover
new ways of self-expression, to address health issues, to
cope with loss or grief. No matter what the issue, the Practitioner
works with spiritual principles to facilitate the changes
you want in your life.
A session with a Practitioner generally lasts about an
hour. When you set up your appointment, your Practitioner
will let you know what his or her fee is.
Your Practitioner is trained in the art and science of
Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer), which is a powerful
tool for transformation. Professional Practitioners have
completed several years of study and preparation and are
committed to maintaining a high level of consciousness in
serving others with the skills they have developed. The
Practitioner works with universal spiritual principles to
facilitate a change in consciousness that brings about changes
in the life and experience of the client.
There is nothing you need to do in advance of your session;
however, it is always good to give thought to what you want
to change in your life and what you want your new experience
to be. The best thing you can bring is your willingness.
Give your Practitioner the same consideration you would
give any helping professional: prompt arrival for appointments
and 24 hours' notice of cancellation.
After greeting you, the Pracititoner begins with an invocation,
which is a prayer that establishes the atmosphere of love
and receptivity to the Divine working through the session.
Then, you and your Practitioner will have a dialogue in
which the Practitioner will ask you questions to determine
what you are trying to manifest in your life and to discern
what thought patterns and beliefs may be contributing negatively
to your situation. This dialogue also helps to determine
the spiritual principles on which to base the Spiritual
Mind Treatment. This dialogue differs somewhat from going
to a therapist, because the Practitioner is looking for
the spiritual truths behind the experience. Feelings may
surface as you share, and that is appropriate. Your Practitioner
is trained in the art of compassionate listening and will
gently assist you to release that which stands in the way
of seeing the larger picture. The Practitioner will also
introduce you to the Spiritual Principles which are relevant
to your situation; your Practitioner may suggest practices
that you can do to support the change you are seeking.
The session concludes with the Spiritual Mind Treatment.
At this point, everything that needs to be said has been
said and it is time to receive. As your Practitioner speaks
an affirmative prayer, allow yourself to become fully receptive
to the love and wisdom contained in the prayer. Let yourself
go into the new images being painted by the words and feel
your connection with Spirit.
Once the Spiritual Mind Treatment is done, allow yourself
to simply soak it in. Feel the resonance of it and embody
the shift of consciousness that has occurred. There is no
need to converse or be social. Your Practitioner knows how
important it is for you to be able to stay in the feeling
established by the treatment.
Notice the changes in your life. They may be subtle or
dramatic, but something will change as a result of the treatment.
When the new experience or desired outcome you were looking
for comes about in your life, it is called a demonstration
in Science of Mind terms. Let your Practitioner know about
the demonstrations in your life! There is nothing more heart-warming
than knowing that the work you are doing together is bearing
fruit and that you are savoring it! Noticing the changes
and giving thanks for them is a sure way of keeping your
life going in the direction that you intend it to go. Keeping
a journal is also an excellent way to become more aware
of the changes that are taking place. And follow through
on any "homework" your Practitioner has recommended
Sometimes you may feel a little shaky after a treatment.
This is just the creative process at work, making way for
a new experience. You can check in with your Practitioner
if the feelings become very uncomfortable, but keep your
thoughts positive. Remember the essence of Spiritual Mind
Treatment and remain receptive to your increased good.
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