Gregg Braden Gains Insight Into the Mechanics of Prayer

Gregg Braden




Of all the stories in my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, Gregg Braden‘s tale of an outing with his Native American friend was the one that impacted my daily life the most. It deepened my understanding of universal laws and transformed the way I prayed. Here is an excerpt from Gregg’s powerful story, beginning with his bio.





Braden, a best-selling author and internationally renowned speaker, is a pioneer in bridging the wisdom of our past with the science, healing, and peace of our future. After serving as a senior computer systems designer for Martin Marietta Aerospace, a computer geologist for Phillips Petroleum, and the technical operations manager for Cisco Systems, Braden’s work is now devoted to inspiring humanity to build a better world. His books include The Divine Matrix, The God Code, and The Isaiah Effect. Click here to visit Gregg’s website.

Back in the early ’90s, I was living in the high desert of northern New Mexico. This was during one of the worst droughts that the Southwest had ever recorded. The elders in the native pueblos said that as far back as they could remember they’d never gone so long without rain.

David, a native friend of mine from one of those nearby pueblos, called me one summer morning and asked if I wanted to join him in visiting a place his ancestors had built, where he would pray for rain. I agreed, and soon we were hiking through hundreds of acres of high desert sage. He led me to a place where there was a stone circle that reminded me of a medicine wheel. Each stone had been placed precisely by the hands of his ancestors long ago.

I had an expectation of what I thought I was going to see. But my friend simply removed his hiking boots, then stepped with his naked feet into the stone circle. The first thing he did was honor all of his ancestors. Then he held his hands in a prayer position in front of his chest, turned his back to me, and closed his eyes. Less than a minute later, he turned around and said, “I’m hungry. Let’s go get a bite to eat.”

Surprised, I said, “I thought you came here to pray for rain.” I had been expecting to see some chanting and dancing. He looked at me and said, “No. If I prayed for rain, the rain could never happen.” When I asked him why, he said it’s because the moment you pray for something to occur, you’ve just acknowledged that it’s not existing in that moment—and you may actually be denying the very thing you’d like to bring forward in your prayers.

“Well, if you didn’t pray for rain just now when you closed your eyes,” I said, ‘what did you do?” He said, “When I closed my eyes, I felt the feeling of what it feels like after there’s been so much rain that I can stand with my naked feet in the mud of my pueblo village. I smelled the smells of rainwater rolling off the earthen walls of our homes. And I felt what it feels like to walk through a field of corn that is chest high because of all the rain that has fallen. In that way, I plant a seed for the possibility of that rain, and then I give thanks of gratitude and appreciation.” I said, “You mean gratitude for the rain that you’ve created?” And he said, “No, we don’t create the rain. I’m giving thanks of gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity to commune with the forces of creation.”


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2 Responses to “Gregg Braden Gains Insight Into the Mechanics of Prayer”

  1. SolarSoda Says:

    This is exactly the second time I’ve heard of this form of prayer! I wish I could remember where or who I heard it from the first time; I want to say it was a Christian source, one of the more enlightened sources. How cool! I love receiving this as a means of affirmation of the power of this way of praying.

    What I want to know is, did it work? Did they get their rain?

    In any event, thanks for sharing!

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You bet, SolarSoda! And yes, the rains came, as you can see from this paragraph that appears later in the story:

    It was early afternoon so we went to get a bite to eat. By the time we got back, big, black clouds were hanging over the Sangre de Cristo mountains. That night, it began to rain for the first time in months. It rained all through the night, into the next morning, and throughout the afternoon. In the early evening, I called David and said, “Wow, this is a mess. It hasn’t stopped raining since last night. The fields are flooding and the roads are washed out between here and the nearest town. What’s going on?” He was silent for a moment, then chuckled and said, “That’s the part of the prayer that my ancestors could never figure out.”

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