Neville Goddard described the difference between faith and prayer as such. “Prayer is the act of believing what is denied by the senses, and faith is belief, not seen. The latter is a bit easier to grasp. Believing what is denied by the senses points to the subconscious mind. In other words, whatever you supplant there through prayer, manifests into the wish fulfilled. The subconscious self is the divine within. It is what connects us all together as one with Source. It is the cause of voluntary action. The mystics often refer to the subjective mind, which doesn’t point to the senses (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling). It is the opposite of the objective self or conscious self.
Again, Goddard explained, “the subconscious mind is what man is, the conscious mind is what man knows.” Understanding the dual nature of consciousness is key to having all wishes, desires, and prayers answered. This all seems a science, but it’s effortless to grasp on a conceptual level.
It’s just challenging to put into practice! It’s important to accept “what is” in life. This is how one lives in the present. However, when you pray, turn your attention from “what is” to what it ought to be or what you desire it to be. Assume that your wish is already fulfilled. Feel the wish fulfilled.
The subconscious mind (that auto-programmed area of your brain) doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong, good or bad. It moves the energy within you through the feelings that you feel. This is what your vibration truly is. Let’s say that your prayer is for peace. Act as though you already have it. That vibration of energy is what you are sending out and that which you will receive.
If you complain and are hopeless, you are vibrating at a deficient level—then that is what you’ll attract in your life. Many of my teachers have said that “you create your own reality.” This is true. How does one do this? Well, many would say through your active thoughts and beliefs. As Abraham would say, “A belief is a thought you keep thinking over and over.” If your thinking is negative, “I am a failure,” this will eventually become a belief. Why? Because you believe that you’re a failure. There is your vibration! Not a very good one.
So, change your thoughts by imagining them differently. What are your “I AM” statements? Your “I AM” affirmations are your subconscious, all knowing, subjective feelings. I AM the essence of the divine. There is no way that I can fail. There is nothing that I can’t do or have. Again, be the onlooker of the background noise. Don’t judge what you observe. Just recognize it and transmute it.
Transmutation, through your imagination, awakens the prophet within. If you don’t want to be poor, give more to others, act as though you’re rich. If you don’t want to fail, act like an achiever. If you don’t want to be sad, spread happiness. If you don’t want to be lonely, serve others. Fake it til’ you make it. The universe doesn’t know the difference. Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.