Featuring a foreword by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
“We are made to live lives of tolerance, respect and compassion. This simple yet extraordinary book gives our entire human family a tool to do so, starting today.”
—Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind—that’s a big title for a very simple little book. But it’s a fitting title for many reasons.
We live in a world that breeds fear of countless things in our external lives: school shootings, unemployment, home foreclosures, health crises, rising prices and natural disasters, to name just a few.
We also live with countless internal fears—the ones running through our minds that we’re probably not even aware of. These are the pervasive messages like, “Your dad was right—you’ll never be a success.” Or “It’s no wonder I don’t have the relationships I want. How could anyone love me?”
Whether they’re external or internal, our fears wear us out, keeping us stuck and afraid to move forward in our lives.
That’s why the prayer in this little book is so powerful, because it addresses both external and internal fears with just six simple words:
Please heal my fear-based thoughts.
While other prayers ask for the external world to be changed and healed, this prayer asks for the healing to take place within us. Here’s an excerpt from the book that explains this important difference:
A typical prayer goes something like this: “Please help us find the money to pay our mortgage this month.” Saying the prayer may help you feel like the burden of that month’s mortgage has been lifted. But your ego—the part of you that feeds on fear—will simply seek out new financial worries to keep you awake at night. The prayer gives you temporary relief, but it doesn’t change anything in you, so your old patterns remain intact.
In contrast, asking, “Please heal my fear-based thoughts about our mortgage” also gives you a sense of relief. But instead of lifting just that burden, it relieves the need to re-create that fear and hold onto it. This prayer heals your very desire for burdens, your addiction to fear-based thoughts, freeing you to live without that fear and with greater peace of mind. As a result, your financial situation is free to improve. That’s what makes it so different.
This prayer is based on the teachings of A Course in Miracles, which has millions of devoted followers around the world. Incredibly simple, it focuses on a prayer that emerged in my life after years of studying and teaching the Course.
I invite you to try using the prayer in your daily life, asking for your fear-based thoughts to be healed about specific issues or mind chatter as you go through the day. If you have results you’d like to share, please contact us.
And if your book club, study group, church or other organization would like to schedule a discussion, presentation, workshop or retreat based on The Only Little Prayer You Need, contact us.