Many people wonder why setting a determination is important when chanting for a goal. In this post you’ll learn why a determination is critical to getting what you want. Why don’t people set a determination then? Find out some reasons why and think about your own practice.
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I think I fit into all the categories 1-6 you mentioned to some extent or the other! I agree that prayer doesn’t work without action, and I don’t blame anyone for my troubles, but don’t know what action to take. As I don’t know what action to take, I’m focusing on prayer, asking for insight, action, courage and such qualities, job opportunities (have spread the word) and trying to get on with my current job as best as I can. (And maybe it’s working, I acknowledge.) But every time I hear that prayer won’t work without action, I lose heart, because I don’t know what to do, and don’t know how much time it will take for me to get some knowledge from the prayer and change my life.
Also, when I am praying for others, I may not always be able to take direct action and help them. Would something like lending them an ear count as action? I want my parents, dealing with retirement, to be happy in all aspects of their life, and financially as well. How should I go about praying for them?
We all fit into one of these catagories at one point or another.
It seems to me that you are taking the actions that you can currently see. Take them and trust that you will see further when the next step comes up. It will come up when the time is right. So don’t lose heart.
As for your parents, I would pray for their happiness. That would bring in every aspect of their lives under one umbrella.
Ihey Margaret, I love your new website, you helped me so much and your books were so uplifting. I truly am thankful to have connected with your site. My question is that when I chant, my mind always drifts off and then I wind up feeling not satisfied at the end. I need to feel peace and happiness, how do I stop drifting off when chanting? Also I have so many goals for myself and want to chant for others happiness , but when I think about it all it becomes overwhelming. How do I chant for all theses goals ?
Don’t overwhem yourself. Maybe your first goal is to be alert while you are doing gongyo. If you start to feel yourself drift, bring yourself back to what you are doing. Addressing this is the beginning of your human revolution. Just pick the most important goal and start there. No one solves all their life problems at once.
Hey Margaret, my question is it seems that most people do gonyo fast, I don’t and it is hard for me to do it fast(not there yet) do I have to chant fast or do gonyo fast?
You don’t have to do gongyo fast. What you do when you practice alone is completely up to you. As you become more comfortable with it, it naturally speeds up. In a group you want to keep up with the leader, if possible.
My last question , I am in my early stages and I struggle with abandoning my old way of being taught about Christianity . Sometimes become afraid that what will happen that I stopped believing in a God
There is a wonderful quote by Daisaku Ikeda in Life, An Enigma a Precious Jewel.
“In the innermost depths of all beings, there is the primal life-force and it causes living beings to live. The same force supports inorganic matter and works it into the harmonies and rhythms of the great cosmic existence. In Buddhism it is called the Mystic Law.
When this force manifests itself in the physical world, it appears as the laws governing the inorganic world, which makes possible chemical compounds and control the physical pulsations of the universe. In other words, the laws of physics, chemistry and astronomy are simply particular phenomenal manifestations of the the Mystic Law of the cosmos. Similarly, the life-force constructs the world of spirit, creates intelligence, gives birth to conscience, gives force to urges and instincts, and thus creates all variations of mental and spiritual activity.
It ids what is called God in other religions, but it is different from God in that it is perfectly immanent in the cosmos and in human life. It is not a force outside the cosmos. It is the cosmos itself. The true nature of the cosmos and of life is the fusion into entity of the physical law of life and the spiritual law of life. This fusion is the process where l8ife is created and made to spread out into the infinite.”
I hope this helps.
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Hi Margaret, greetings from NYC! I love this blog and your videos. Thank you so much for taking the time to share all this wonderful information. My question is about faith that chanting NMRK actually works. How do you summon it up when you simply don’t have it in you? What are your thoughts on faking it till you make it?
No one believes it when we begin. We all start with hope. I know one person who started to disprove that it worked, and is still here 40 years later. This is a prove-it-to-yourself practice.
If you’ve chanted for goals, what kinds of results have you gotten? Faith grows as you achieve one goal at a time and discovered they have happened in ways you could never have imagined. So, start with hope, keep on with the experiment and see what happens. Let me know.
Thank you for sharing. I find it difficult to get my son to take up faith. He just doesn’t want to chant.
Beside that, how can I invite friends to a meeting that caters to his needs and the meeting is mend for them at that crucial moment. Many times, the invitation for them was not successful when we had a very good testimonial speaker and the new friend was unable to attend.
Anyway, your blog is very encouraging~!
I would have a separate meeting for your shakabaku. Often a new person doesn’t come immediately. Maybe have coffee and if they are chanting ask them what is happening. They will have questions i’m sure.
Have been chanting since 8 years 1-2 hours a day but no results
So now just do my gongyo morning evening
WRite me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your goal and how you are chanting about it.
Thank you so much ma’am, it was wonderfully explained by you taking all possibilities into account. Gave me immense motivation n understanding.
Hope it was useful.
Hi Margaret I m in love with a person I d dating. Last time we met told me he d like to have kids. Im older than him and cannot have children anymore. Althought I make a determination and want to have a relashionship cannot forget about him. How should I chant?
Thanks in avance
Do you want to find a relationship? Because if you do, I would chant to be willing to let him go and move on.