I receive email newletters from Dick Sutphen www.dicksutphen.com . He reprinted an article from 2006 a few months ago that reminded me again about how to ask the Divine for what you want. Dick referred to Greg Braden's book "Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer" and here is that excerpt:
He describes accompanying a friend on a hike through the NM high desert. During a time of drought, his friend David wanted to pray for rain within a medicine wheel. "I wasn't prepared for what I saw. I watched carefully as David removed his shoes, gently placed his naked feet into the circle, and honored the four directions and all his ancestors. Slowly, he placed his hands in front of his face in a praying position, closed his eyes and became motionless. Oblivious to the heat of the midday desert sun, his breathing slowed and became barely noticeable. After only a few moments, he took a deep breath, opened his eyes to look at me , and said, "Let's go. Our work is finished here"
"Expecting to see dancing, or at least some chanting, I was surprised by how quickly this prayer began and then ended. "Already?" I asked. 'I thought you were going to pray for rain!"
"David's repy to my question has been the key that has helped so many understand this kind of prayer. As he sat on the ground to lace up his shoes, David looked up at me and smiled. "No," he replied. "I said that I would pray rain. If I have prayed for rain, it would never happen."
Gregg asked, "If you didn't pray for rain, then what did you do?"
"It's simple", he replied. "I began to have a feeling of what rain feels like. I felt the feeling of rain on my body, and what it feels like to stand with my naked feet in the mud in our village plaza because there has been so much rain. I smelled the smells of rain on the earthen walls in our village, and I felt what it feels like to walk through fields of corn chest high because there has been so much rain."
David haad used his thoughts, feelings and emotions to preceive what he desired as an already accomplished fact. Although Gregg does not go into it in the book, in the seminar, he said the following day it started to rain and did not stop until after the rain itself became a problem.
I thought this article and reminder was wonderful!