the names on your alter in front of the Medicine Buddha image and light a votive
candle. Chant the Mantra onto the altar and into the flame. Let the candle
continue to burn until it goes out by itself.
Keep the written names and at the end of the lunar month or longer gather them and burn
them or bury them in a garden. You might also save them and bring them to India
(or to your local group) for burning in a Medicine Buddha Sacred Fire Ceremony.
4. You might want to form a group of people to chant the Medicine Buddha
mantra for healing blessings.
Even a small group of two or three would be wonderful.
Remember that healing happens in many ways.
Some are very obvious and some are not at all obvious.
Therefore in chanting this mantra “svaha” is a very important utterance and
relinquishes the outcome to the Divine.
A prayer is empowered
by meaning what you pray for,
and praying for what you mean by Heart.
The expression of
prayer may come in countless ways.
Dare to listen to your intuition and be creative.
Never doubt your Heart of Hearts (inner voice).
It is significantly
important to keep your prayer free of selfish demand.
Preliminary to any way
Make a strong focus of what you wish to direct your prayer
Visualize your intention, and do not bother with the outcome
of your prayer.
Your prayer will be heard by the Universe
(God-Consciousness) in Great Wisdom.
Set yourself comfortably and really take a sacred moment.
Some suggestions for
prayer: 1. You may use a prewritten prayer, mantra, song or
poem that you love very much.
Speaking or singing spontaneously, in your own way, can be
very surprising too.
Speak or sing outwardly, in a whisper or inwardly.
Put your hands together in prayer, or on your heart. 2. Lit a candle with your sacred intention. You may
wish to use some incense and make a little altar with
items that are precious for you and/or the person or
situation that you pray for. 3. Go outside at Full Moon…. breathe your prayer into
infinite space. Feel your heartbeat and connect it to the
universal heartbeat. Intend that your prayer may be
showering like the moonlight shines over all beings. 4. Ask for a sign: your attention may be attracted by
a passing bird… a sound… a colour… a Sun-ray… and let your
prayer be transported by that. 5. Use a drum as a vehicle to your prayer’s route.
Let the drumbeat speak without manipulating its rhythm. The
rhythm will “speak its own language” from your heart. 6. Write your prayer on a piece of paper. Make a fire
and burn it. The smoke will carry your prayer to its
rightful destination. 7. Imagine yourself sitting on a lotus flower seat….
imagine the seat on top of a mountain. Now bring the target
of your prayer into the image. Breathe in deeply the
negativity – and breathe out pure and positive energy
towards your focus of prayer. This is a way of praying that
is especially powerful when you have a hard time with
someone. Make that person the focus of the alchemy that is
occurring by breathing in this way. 8. Gratitude is a powerful quality for opening the
heart in prayer. Make a list of what you are grateful for,
and feel the compassion for our mistakes and the mistakes of
others… and smile. A smile in compassion is very healing for
all and invokes a natural forgiveness. 9. Make any ritual/ceremony of any kind as long as
the intention is an intention in love. You may want to make
group-prayers, like a circle of people that bring their
prayers in a central fire.
Sing and Dance…. and your prayer will be heard by all.