Lectio Divina written in Latin, means divine reading.
The practice of Lectio Divina requires four stages. The first is reading the 'word of God'. Any short passage or prayer from religious scripture can be used. The second phase is referred to as 'mediatatio' also known as meditation or reflection. The third stage is a response where we let our hearts speak directly to God and the final stage is contemplation and rest where we quiet our minds and listen to intercessions we begin to receive. It also states that incorporating the word of God and his writing into our daily life strengthens this process.
If you trust that prayers may have an impact on your life, you should utilize this process. We are much more than just human beings here on earth, we are spiritual beings on earth having one experience of many.
“People only see what they are prepared to see” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spiritualism suggest that a human soul or consciousness survives death and the deceased can communicate with those who are physically on Earth, in numerous ways. Many people cannot come to terms with this notion or are simply not ready to. Either they have
never experienced the death of someone close to them, their beliefs are firmly rooted in empirically
based knowledge or they claim this belief is against their religion. The day I first
stumbled upon the work of Dr. Gary Schwartz was an exciting moment for me. While doing a training seminar in California, I sat beside a Psychologist and over lunch that day she urged me to check out his work. I was astonished by this Harvard graduate and although I came to learn that his work is highly criticized, it is worth taking a look at.
Dr. Schwartz is a Professor at the University of Arizona and teaches Psychology, Medicine,
Neurology, Psychiatry and Surgery. He wrote a book called "The Sacred Promise: How Science is Discovering Spirit's Collaboration with Us in Our Daily Lives."
His work on this particular experiment is as follows: Under controlled conditions, light emission in a box, within a box was measured. This was done using a highly sensitive camera which would only activate when light was detected. This particular camera could detect the smallest changes of lighting, undetectable by the human eye. Although I am oversimplifying, his work is highly complicated and scientifically based (contending with all the perils of research guidelines).
Each trial was 300 seconds in length and the number of photon bursts during this time were measured by the amount of times a picture was taken. The first series of trials recorded a still room without requesting the presence of anything. During the second series of trials he called upon a spirit to show its presence. While doing so, and not to my surprise, he found an 80 percent increase in photon bursts or light emission within the box, when asking for the spirit to be present.
Similar to this particular experiment, I have seen this done in other settings. Unless this type of work is done by an 'academic' who follows 'research guidelines' the work is generally dismissed. However, other people have certainly generated similar findings to Dr. Schwartz. Generally a photographer is called upon to test haunted houses, abandoned psych wards, etc. Each time, they noticed the camera randomly starts to fire when people started talking to, or calling upon, a spirit. Interestingly enough, a lot of information regarding the spirit can be found in the Bible as well.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach
you all things” - John 14:26 KJV
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we
ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. - Romans 8:26 KVJ
Schwartz, G. (2011). The sacred promise: How science is discovering spirit's collaboration with us in our daily lives. New York: Atria Books ;.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2004). Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson.