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Seventeen hundred years ago, key elements of our ancient heritage were lost, relegated to the esoteric traditions of mystery schools and sacred orders. Among the most empowering of the forgotten elements are references to a science with the power to bring everlasting healing to our bodies and initiate an unprecedented era of peace and cooperation between governments and nations.
In his groundbreaking new book, The Isaiah Effect, Gregg Braden turns to the Isaiah Scroll, perhaps the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1946, to offer insight into a powerful form of ancient prayer.
In The Isaiah Effect, Braden, author of Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worlds, combines research in quantum physics with the works of the prophet Isaiah and the ancient Essenes. He demonstrates how prophecies of global catastrophe and suffering may only represent future possibilities, rather than forecast impending doom, and that we have the power to influence those possibilities.
In addition to describing multiple futures, the Isaiah texts take us one step further, clearly describing the science of how we choose our futures. Tracing key words of Isaiah's text back to their original language, we discover how he taught a mode of prayer that was lost to the West during Biblical editing in the fourth century. Braden offers detailed accounts of how elements of this mode of prayer have been applied in a variety of situations, ranging from healing life-threatening conditions to entire villages using collective prayer to prevail during the 1998 fires in southern Peru. In each instance, the correlation between the offering of the prayer and a shift of the events in question was beyond coincidence--the prayers had measurable effects!
As modern science continues to validate a relationship between our outer and inner worlds, it becomes more likely that a forgotten bridge links the world of our prayers with that of our experience. Each time we engage ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities with Isaiah's life-affirming message of hope, we secure nothing less than our future and the future of the only home we know.
Braden, author of Walking Between the Worlds and Awakening to Zero Point, examines one of the ancient texts found in the 1947 discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Nag Hammadi. Braden contends that scholars have misinterpreted the Isaiah Scroll, which opens with apocalyptic visions of massive global destruction followed by a time of peace. The author claims that the scroll contains the key to a lost scientific tradition that promises to end war and heal our bodies. Indeed, he contends, Isaiah's prophecies can help us make sense of recent changes in climate and weather, changes that, according to Braden, have perplexed Western scientists untutored in the ancient prophecies. He suggests that we may be living in the era that precedes the destruction Isaiah predicted. But we are not destined to fulfill the prophecies: prayer, writes Braden, "allows us to choose which future prophecy we live." Not just any prayer, of course: Braden finds traditional Western prayer inadequate to the task, so he introduces readers to a (somewhat garbled) lost mode of prayer where the supplicant does not ask for something but acknowledges that somehow the prayer has already been fulfilled. Spiritual seekers in America have long and venerable traditions of trying to match up the general prophecies in ancient texts with specific contemporary events; Braden's bizarre attempt may not, in the end, prove to be more accurate than those that identified Gorbachev as the Antichrist.
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It's worth reading, but it would have been great for author to share example of 'how to pray', more examples. Prayer is definately the key to open the kingdom within, yes. Teach us how. Humans need to learn how.