Petitioning for Your Needs
by Isaac Nwokogba
Human beings are blessed with a unique gift: the gift of prayer or petition
to the Infinite for our needs. A religious person would call it prayer;
others may call it petition or meditation. There is a clear distinction
between petition and meditation, however. Meditation is generally a passive
process, but in a petition, we actively communicate with the Infinite Source.
The word "petition" itself conveys the significance of the process. In human
law, once a suit is filed or a legal proceeding is initiated, certain
processes are put in motion. Regardless of who we are or our station in
life, the legal process takes its course.
Natural laws operate the
same way, no matter who triggers them. As soon as we petition for our needs,
we put into motion certain natural processes that will bring about the
manifestation of what we petitioned for.
If justified and done
properly, petitions are always granted – always. Petitions are granted not on
the basis of our religious beliefs or affiliations nor on the basis of
righteousness or unrighteousness. Petitions can be conscious or unconscious.
For the majority of us, our unconscious petitions are granted more
often than our conscious ones.
Why are our unconscious petitions
granted more often? The answer is simply that in our conscious petitions –
due to ignorance, lack of clear thought, superstition, or unconscious
behavior – we tend to contradict ourselves and therefore prevent our
petitions from becoming alive and manifesting the things we petitioned
for. To me there is no contradiction between the terms "granting
of petitions" and "manifesting our desires." If we create something that
does not contradict cosmic laws, it manifests (and can be said to be granted)
in accordance with those laws. And petitions that do contradict these laws
are either returned to the sender or ignored – not granted.
petitions to be granted, they must be done properly, to conform to certain
· We must be sincere in our petitions. · We must be
careful that what we ask for is actually what we need. · Our petitions must
not be detrimental to others. · What we ask for must benefit not only us but
others as well. · We must have the knowledge that our petition will be
granted. · Above all, we must release our petitions to the Universal
Mind for them to be manifested.
These conditions may sound
philosophical, but personal experience will convince you of their
Being sincere means we ask for something because we need it and
not because we want to be like or better than someone else,
prove something to the world, or satisfy our ego.
Determining what we
need is probably extremely difficult for most people. As an illustration, if
you have no car, no money, no job, and face an eviction, what would you ask
for? We must reduce our need to the lowest common factor. By asking for the
wrong thing, we risk not receiving an answer or receiving something we may
not be particularly happy with.
We must determine what is most
essential for life, and we must trust in the Universal Mind to provide it in
the best possible way.
If our petition would give us, for example, power
to avenge prior wrongdoing by someone else or in any way allow us to harm or
punish someone, the chance of that petition being granted is very
The more benefit our petition would bring to others, the greater
the chance that it will be granted. But it is not up to us to say, "If my
petition to win the lottery is granted, I will do this or that for my
neighbor because he or she needs it." As noble as it may sound, we must be
careful about making such decisions regarding others. As I have pointed out,
it is difficult enough to determine what we ourselves need much less what
someone else needs.
Manifestation is not always obvious. Therefore,
knowing when our petition has been granted is not easy and often requires a
series of personal experiences that build confidence rather than just
faith. If seeing is believing, then experience is knowing. We must
have confidence that our petition will be granted until we have had enough
experience to cause us to recognize that it has been granted.
condition is probably the most critical. If all the previous conditions have
been met but you fail to release your petition to the Universal Mind, you can
be sure that your petition will not be answered.
We've all had the
experience in which what we want does not occur, and then, suddenly, it
happens when we least expect it. Wouldn't it be nice to want something and
have it happen right then? It seems that it often happens as soon as you have
begun to give up or let go or released your thoughts. Once we have determined
exactly what we need and have met the other conditions, we must release the
petition to the Universal Mind to bring it about in the best possible way.
We must be careful not to carry the petition with us twenty-four hours a
day to the point that it becomes a worry. We must petition, release our
thoughts, and forget about them until our next prayer or meditation
Fear is another thing that often defeats our efforts. Let's
assume you've identified employment as your need, and you are middle
aged. Throughout your life, you've worked in a certain field and
have become an expert in that field. You now find yourself unemployed. How
do you go about petitioning for employment?
In this illustration, it is
not easy to approach petitions without filling your mind with all negative
thoughts: "Who will hire a person of my age," or, "Would it be difficult for
someone of my age to find a job?" "How can I compete with all these
young people?" "I can't do anything else," or "Doing so or so is all
I know how to do." You may unconsciously fail before you start by placing
a severe limitation on what you want done by thinking, "I have to find a job
in my field."
To avoid sabotaging your efforts, it is important to
reexamine your identified need. Ask yourself what being employed would do for
you. Is it possible you miss your morning routine of waking up at
a certain time in the morning, dressing and leaving the house for work? Is
it possible you miss being in a work environment where you are constantly in
contact with coworkers? Is it possible you miss the sense of accomplishment
you had when you were employed?
After reexamining your need, you may
discover being employed is not what you need; you need those benefits being
employed brings to your life. You should then visualize yourself enjoying the
very things you want from being employed. Again, it shouldn't matter if
someone calls you up and wants the services of a very experienced
person like you on a consulting basis. It shouldn't matter if a
nonprofit organization needs a mature, experienced individual like you
to advise them on certain aspect of their business. You shouldn't care how
you once again enjoy the things employment brings to your life, and it
doesn't have to be in the same field.
Here is a story of someone I've known for years. She was a
very healthy lady in her sixties when she lost her job through
forced retirement. She had worked in the same job for a very long
time. Being very active and having financial obligations to meet,
she didn't want to retire just yet. When I talked to her before her
last day on the job, I asked her,
"What are you going to do
now?" "I don't know," she replied, "but I know I have to do
Think about her response again. You can't get any more
positive, more determined, and full of confidence than this. It doesn't
matter if her positive attitude, determination, and confidence were
driven by fear or need. I was very happy for her, because I knew then
she was on the right track and her needs would be met. I knew then she had
triggered an unconscious petition, and her positive attitude and confidence
were an outward confirmation of a petition granted, whether she realized it
or not. It's one thing to proclaim how positive we are, but it is another
thing to live positively and let our positive outlook on life radiate and
shine through when faced with difficult situations.
The next day
following her last day on the job, this wonderful lady was back in the
building where she used to work. She attended and sat through all public
meetings as she did when she worked there. A few days later when I saw her,
she handed me a nicely done business card with the business name, "I-Search."
During breaks, she would stop to talk to the consultants, lawyers, and
business people she had known while working at the place. She would hand them
her business card and let them know she no longer worked in her
past position and could do research for them. Who wouldn't want
an experienced, dependable person like her to do research for them? This
lady's story should serve as an inspiration to many. She continues to enjoy
the contact with her former coworkers and associates while working in a
different capacity and is being paid for it.
She may not have
recognized it, but in her moment of anxiety, she obviously triggered into
motion certain natural forces, which in turn, generated the ideas she needed.
Ideas are just that – ideas, and are meaningless until they are put in
action. If she didn't follow up on these ideas as they occurred to her, she
probably would still be waiting for the answers to her needs, and wondering
why they were not forthcoming.
What would you do if you were in this
lady's situation? Would you limit yourself through the negative thoughts of
your mind? Would you recognize an answer to your petition when you receive
one? For a detailed discussion about the subject of petitions, please
see another one of my books, Seeds of Luck: The ABCs of Creating
Your Heart's Desires.
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