Glad Helpers Prayer Group

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The Mission of Edgar Cayce Australia is to help people transform their lives for the better, through research, education, and application of core concepts found in the Edgar Cayce readings and kindred materials that seek to manifest the love of God and all people and promote the purposefulness of life, the oneness of God, the spiritual nature of humankind, and the connection of body, mind, and spirit.

The Glad Helpers Down Under Prayer Healing Group has been meeting since the mid 1970's and currently has 12 members, most based throughout Victoria and one overseas. We are affiliated with the Glad Helpers Prayer Healing Group in Virginia Beach which was originally formed by Edgar Cayce in 1931. The 281 series of Readings on the subjects of Prayer and Meditation was given to the members of this group over a period of 13 years.

According to the readings, this group had its foundations at the time of Ra Ta, the High Priest in Egypt, around 10,500 BC. Reading 281-44 states that members of the group in Egypt were aiding through prayer, meditation, and living each day among their associates in such ways as to be in keeping with that for which they prayed and meditated?

In the prayer group, meditation is used to raise the Consciousness of The Christ within each member. Once raised, they offer this in prayer, or laying-on- of-hands. Reading 281-41 states 'Meditation' is the attuning of the mental body and the physical body to its spiritual source?

The Prayer Group offers three types of prayer.

1. Healing Prayer. (Requested by Recipient)
Healing prayer should only be given for those actively seeking help, or for young children or those seriously ill who cannot request prayer for themselves. If possible, the requester should be in a receptive state physically, mentally and spiritually. Reading 281-3 states "There must be the wholehearted cooperation upon the part of those desiring aid... first, there must be the desire [by the individuals to be healed], that can only come within self; God cannot save a man that would not be saved!" Without the knowledge or cooperation of the recipient, destructive patterns or attitudes could be preventing healing or worsening an illness. Therefore, as individuals and as a Prayer Group, we use healing prayer only for those who have specifically requested such prayer and who will accept responsibilities for their own attunement and healing.

2. Surround Prayer.
Surround prayer is for those about whom we are concerned, but who have not asked for our prayers, and generally for those whom we have asked if we can pray for them. Through such prayer, the energy raised is used to surround the individual in an envelope of energy, helping to cut off negative influences from the outside, as the defense against influences that would hinder? (281-9). We may envision this protection as an enfolding white light. Surround prayer is recommended for those who have not requested healing prayer, or who are not likely to participate actively in the attunement and healing process, as well as those who are dealing with addictions or mental illness. It is also helpful to include with this list all those who have no-one to pray for them, and those affected by adverse conditions (wars and natural disasters). The Prayer Group also offers surround prayer for the world's political and religious leaders.

3. Prayer for the Departed (Passed Over).
The third type of prayer offered by the group is for those who have passed on. The readings suggest it is important to help those souls who are transitioning out of the earth, so we maintain a 'Souls' section within the prayer list. Also, it is helpful to pray for souls in general who are caught in the earth plane (earth-bound spirits) and are unable to move on to their next experience.

For further information about the Glad Helpers Down Under, please phone (03) 5345 2945.

Extracts from the ARE Booklet. An Introduction to the Work of the Glad Helpers Prayer Healing Group.