I Say an Affirmative Prayer (for Writing)
Have you ever heard of an affirmative prayer?
According to Wikipedia, an “affirmative prayer is a form of prayer or a metaphysical technique that is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation.”
I never heard of this expression until I began reading Julia Cameron’s Walking in This World after coming across this term during my weekly chapter reading of this writing resource. The author notes that an affirmative prayer “works by singling out each negative situation and ‘claiming’ divine attention and intervention upon our behalf” (Cameron, 2002).
There have been times in the past when I’ve written letters to God asking for things that I need or requesting a solution to a challenging situation I was experiencing. Back in October 1999, I remember writing a post-it note to God in a bathroom stall at my job asking Him to give me a sign that I was meant to be a writer after experiencing doubt about writing and feeling stagnant running around to open mic poetry events in Philadelphia, PA, Trenton, NJ, and New York City. Later that evening, I received confirmation when my friend Angela Kinamore who was the then Poetry Editor at ESSENCE called me to let me know that two poems I wrote and submitted to her a month ago would be published in the December 1999 issue. However, that’s another story for another day.
I’ve never made an affirmative prayer focusing upon a positive solution to a particular scenario.
One of the tasks I completed for my weekly reading of Walking in This World was to write an affirmative prayer. Pulling out an ink pen and opening my journal, I came up with the following appeal regarding my creativity as a writer:
I am a reflection of the Most High who is my Creator. There is an abundance of creativity that flows within my spirit that empowers my artistry through the written word. As I write, I give honor to my Creator. I also give honor to the ancestors who were denied the opportunity to learn how to read and write because of racial prejudice…