by Paul Ferrini
Help me to feel my oneness with you
and my equality with my brothers and sisters.
Help me to recognize my judgments
and to look within for correction.
Help me to give up shame and blame
and to learn from my errors
so that I do not repeat them.
Help me to care for my body, my family,
my community and my planet.
Help me to create what is for my highest good
and for the highest good of others.
Help me to be responsible for my creations.
Help me give up victim consciousness
and realize that I am a powerful person
with many creative choices.
Help me to stand up for myself in a loving way
without attacking others or seeking to influence
the choices they need to make.
Help me offer freedom to others
so that I may receive it in return.
Help me reach out with compassion to those in pain,
in grief, under stress, or in limitation of any kind
and offer them hope and encouragement.
Allow my heart to open to them.
Allow my eyes to see beyond the behavior
that is motivated by fear and unworthiness.
May I offer to others and to myself
the unconditional love and acceptance you offer to me.
Help me to master my skills and talents
so that I may place them in your service
and fulfill my purpose here.
Help me to step into the role you would have me play
in inspiring, empowering and uplifting others
Help me to trust my gifts and give them
without expectation of return
whenever the opportunity arises.
Help me to give freely and love freely
surrendering the outcome to you.
Help me surrender the need to control
so that I can live spontaneously
and with your grace.
Help me to understand and heal my wounds
so that I don’t push love away
or block its presence in my heart
and in my relationships.
Help me soften and become vulnerable.
Help me learn to ask for help
and trust the help that you offer me.
Allow me to heal the past
so that I can enter the present fully.
Allow me to become a doorway
for the healing of others
and let me walk courageously through the door
that has been opened for me.
Help me surrender what is false
and establish in what is true
firmly and with conviction.
Help me to walk my talk, listen deeply,
and speak only when I have something helpful to say.
Help me to understand that the Friend
is always with me
and my only purpose is to be a Friend to others.
Help me detach from name and fame
and surrender all forms of external authority
so that I can be guided by the authority within.
Allow me to know at all times and in all places
that the highest good of others
is and will always be my highest good.
Let all that separates me from others fall away
so that I may recognize the One Self in all beings.
Allow me to complete my work on earth
with care and humility
and return to you when my work here is done.
May all veils and barriers that separate us dissolve
so that I may dwell fully and completely
in the heart of your love.