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Praying Effectively—
Supplication, Meditation, Appreciation, Application

Susan Helene Kramer

Sedona, Arizona. Photo credit Stan Schaap.

Text and Photography copyright © 1998-2014
Santa Barbara, California USA
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Published by Creations in Consciousness

1. Supplication—asking for guidance by using our own words or set prayers.

2. Meditation—being still in body, which is conducive to the settling of the turbulent waters of issues in the mind—confusion falling away so that the voice of our conscience can be heard.

3. Appreciation—caring, thankful, and loving thoughts, which in turn energize our body.

4. Application—putting the inner guidance of our conscience into action.


Communication back and forth with our Source

hand in hand
Energy uplifted by appreciation
to carry out a useful plan


1. Supplication

Supplication is asking for our prayer to be answered. The set prayers from religious traditions can set us in the frame of mind that something outside our ordinary daily thinking and experience can intercede in our lives.

The something uplifting our daily experience
becomes known to us
in the aspect of our 'Higher Self' or God

We can ask for events to turn a certain way when we want a specific outcome, or we can ask for the best (though perhaps unknown to us in the moment) outcome to happen in our lives or in others' lives in general. Both ways we are intentionally putting forth our energy.

This is an example of a prayer asking for the 'best' outcome:

Lord, clear my mind
That your beam of light and love shining through me
will reflect perfectly through the crystal of my soul
Till all that seems me becomes all that is Thee
Till everyone and all in creation reflect all that is Thee

Whether or not we use a set group of words in our supplication, we need to spend the moments following our supplication for meditation and reflection. Deep meditation and reflection—our quiet time—allow answers to filter into our waking mind, ready for action.

2. Meditation and Reflection

Meditation is the medication for healing ignorance of our eternal Self. We know about our sensory organs; we know about our emotions; we know about our thinking mind; but until we still our body, emotions, and thinking mind, we do not have conscious contact with our Self—which is part of the main eternal core of Self. The joyful effects experienced from the inner stillness of meditation eventually flow outwardly into daily life. Joy invigorates us with plenty of lively energy for caring and sharing; in joy we feel happy and fulfilled.

The medication healing ignorance
of our permanent nature of joy

Going within—reflecting—brings forth clarified reality. When we perceive past and ongoing events clearly, we see where we are heading. Living each moment with caringness and in our highest consciousness of good allows happiness in our present and future.

Perceptions refined by reflection—
Quiet time
Clarified mind

We aid ourselves in fulfilling our human potential by maintaining and nurturing a stable secure base. When we are out of balance the results of our actions are, also. To produce results for the highest good we need to consistently live from our highest consciousness. By living a balance of work, play, and contemplation we stay centered.

Directives from conscience
Perceived through peaceful thoughts
feelings of contentment
energized body
Directives from conscience
Always for the best


3. Appreciation

Appreciation uplifts both the giver and receiver …

A smile is an appreciation
A gentle touch or hug conveys loving appreciation
Encouraging words appreciate a person's potential
Givingness shows we care
Appreciation goes forth through our thoughts, words, actions
And returns the same instant as uplifted energy in our body-mind—
Consciousness awakening
Consciousness of love awakening

No matter what our age, we are students of life till we learn how to appreciate and preserve harmony in our life. To maintain control in our lives we must harmonize for the best resolve in each situation, regardless of temptation for personal gratification. We become masters of our destiny when we consistently act on what is best for all concerned.

Mastering our destiny
Able to enjoy on-going contentment
by living in accord with the highest good
of which we are aware
Selfishness surrendered
Consciousness expanded

The teachings of yoga, combined with appreciation for life, provide time-honored cleansing methods, spiritual practices, and guides to virtuous living, removing our layers of self-deception. Some are: bodily purification—clean diet and hatha yoga postures; positive attitudes; productive work; prayer—supplication, meditation, appreciation, application; substituting better for bad habits; living for the best resolve in each moment.

Our eternal Self is experienced by diving deeply through the narrow gateway into our own Heart. The permanent joy that is the hallmark of our permanent Self comes into reality for us when we sit very still—immobile—while emanating lovingness for our Creator, creation, loved ones, everyone.

People know we love them
by the caring
by the appreciation we show them

Our foremost goal is to develop the quality of lovingness—which we achieve through nurturing and caring actions. The choice for acting on love faces us repeatedly till we become conscious that we are actually beings of love. By applying the attitude of caringness, we come to experience harmony and contentment fully in our life.

Conscientious action
allows consciousness to develop step by step
by taking the invisible but sure way we know is right
for each and every moment
Conscientious action steeped in caring love
and appreciation for life
The invisible but sure way to consciousness of expansive joy
in each and every moment...
Past layers fogging perception
Burned off by purification
Light of Self shining through
Confronting life


4. Application—the Gift of Ourselves

Work—for income
Contemplation—for guidance and inspiration
Play—for enjoyment
The winning combination
Allowing personal harmony
In everyday living

And lastly, when we add the gift of ourselves in the application of our prayer life, we bring much happiness to ourselves. Also, the gift of ourselves does not expect a return. With this attitude we allow our caring heart to open and hold gifts beyond measure: contentment, peacefulness and lovingness—received right in the moment we are being caring. It is practical to be caring and giving—we are not wasting time thinking about what someone owes us. There is no downside after giving when we do not expect a return; we retain our natural harmony and peace. Giving freely when the opportunity arises allows energy to flow easily through our actions. And then, when we experience a true need, our harmonious pattern of living will draw just what we need to us, from within us—this happens because when we are feeling relaxed, logical thoughts come up in our mind to best resolve the situation.

Spending time in Prayer—
Supplication, Meditation, Appreciation, Application
Plus the gift of ourselves
through caring and sharing
Awakens gifts within ourselves—
Abiding peacefulness



Stan Schaap and Susan Kramer

Susan Helene Kramer is an international author of more than 50 books and thousands of articles on rhythmic dance, ballet, music, philosophy, relationships, social issues, yoga and practical spirituality for children, teens, adults and those challenged, with some translations in Dutch, French, German, Greek, and Spanish, and with her husband, Stan Schaap- resides in The Netherlands.
web site

further reading:
Radiant Yoga for Teens and Adults
Radiant Yoga for Children
The Energy of Love
Growing in Consciousness

Health Benefits of Yoga Mantras and Rosary Prayer

Text from this booklet first published as an article in Seeker Magazine, March, 1998.