In Fatima, people buy candles and burn them in a special place as a way of praying. It is a spiritual exercise that can help you focus your mind. Most people believe that miracles sometimes happen but we also know that they do not always happen. They don’t happen frequently, unless you define the term in an unorthodox way. The question is this: can it happen for you? As the great musician/philosopher Mick Jagger says, “You can’t always get what you want.” He should know because he got more of the things he wanted than most people.
“But, if you try sometime,
then you might find,
you get what you need.”
I bought a candle for you. Say a prayer and watch your candle burn. It is in the middle, back row, third from the left. Even if you don’t believe, give it a try. It is a kind of spiritual training. There are many ways to train yourself.
Lao tsu offers other suggestions ( chapter 8):
“In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.”
He has plenty of ideas but a fundamental theme is to come into harmony with the Tao. All spiritual practice has a similar objective…to be in harmony with reality.
Here is my suggestion: say your prayer and watch your candle burn. Don’t worry if you don’t have faith. I have enough faith for both of us. This process will help you along your spiritual path. Most prayer involves some type of anxiety or concern. Sometimes the need is so great that a miracle is required. Fatama works miracles and, as I said before, you need not worry about your lack of faith. After you have watched your candle, close you eyes. See the candle in your mind’s eye. Remember your prayer. Then focus your mind on your breath. Let the prayer slip away and continue to return your awareness to your breath whenever a thought comes up. Practice, practice, practice. The secret is emptiness….let the anxiety and worry go. Let it be.