You Don't Have to Be Religious to Ask Saint Anthony to Help When You've Lost Something Important
By James Gladwin
Stop - Stop - Come back!!! Don't go - wait!!! Just because you have seen the words "Praying" and "St Anthony" does NOT mean that you have wandered into wierdo, culty mumbo-jumbo land.
I am going to share an ancient, timeless formula for finding what you have lost. It happens to be rooted in a particular religious tradition, but you do not have to subscribe to that belief system for the technique to work.
Let's begin by stating in a straight forward way how you can find what you have lost. You do it like this.
You ask St Anthony to help you find X.
You don't have to use "religious" language - just use the words that you would use if you were talking to someone in the same room as you are when you are looking for your reading glasses, remote control, iPhone or whatever.
"Please, St Anthony, help me find my remote control. I really need it to record the program I want to watch. Over to you."
"Please, St Anthony, I'm desperate. I've looked everywhere but I can't find my glasses. Over to you"
No fancy words or flowery language.
"Please, St Anthony, I need my work folder that I had yesterday."
Just ask - and relax.
And - before you've thought about it - It's almost certain you will find what you've lost.
And, that's it!
I'll be brief here, because there is no need to be too specific, and because the way that I use the prayer, isn't necessarily the way that you will want to.
But I think there are several key parts to it that make the prayer successful and effective for many, many people.
First, begin by saying "Please..."
It's a small word - six letters neatly balanced by three vowels and three consonants but it's a nice, normal, conversational opener.... "Please...."
More importantly, it opens the way to your letting go of the frustration you're feeling in not finding what you want....
Next, "St Anthony...."
This is not a prayer that is disappearing into outer space, or the great void.
It is a request to God, or Ultimate Source Energy, or Buddhahood, or the Ascended Masters, whoever or whatever is special and sacred for you, but for who, at this moment, St Anthony is the outward expression.
Think, for a moment, of a stained glass window in a chapel. The light beyond shines through the glass and takes on the form of the image engraved and colored upon it.
That is the role that St Anthony carries out for us at the moment. (I'll come to why St Anthony, later on...)
Then, be specific.
"I've lost my reading glasses" not, "I've lost something...."
"I can't find my left red shoe" not, "I'm in a state...."
It's important to be quite clear what it is you are looking for.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, "Over to you".
Now, you can say any words you like, but for me, "Over to you" is what works best for me..
Because "Over to you" really does hand things over to St Anthony. You relax, you let go, and you'll feel a lightening of the tension that's been building up.
To summarise: a) Please b) St Anthony c) Specify d) Hand over. It's as simple as a-b-c-d.
Question: Do I have to believe, or be religious, to pray to St Anthony when I lose something?
Answer: No, I don't think so. I say this because so many, many people from all types of backgrounds and religious upbringing and outlook, use this formula and it works for them. After all, what have you got to lose? (Joke)
Question: Does praying to St Anthony always work when I've lost something and want to find it?
Answer: Nearly always, nearly always. But look, if you accidentally threw something into the garbage can without noticing, and it was collected and incinerated then, no, you won't find it.
We're not talking magic here. But you WILL be bought to remember throwing whatever it was away, and realising what happened.
Question: How long does it take after praying to St Anthony for me to find what I was looking for?
Answer: More often than not, you are bought to find what you'd lost pretty quickly, often within minutes, sometimes within half an a hour (if you are in the same room or area when your "lost" possession is.
If you are at work in an office, say, and the item is at home, then you will almost certainly be reminded of that, and where it is.
Question: So, er, why does this work?
Answer: I'm sure there are as many different answers to this as there are people who use this formula! I have several thoughts about this.
First - it "works" because (and I'm deliberately using "religious" language here) Source, our Greater Good, God, Buddha, whatever is only concerned for our wellbeing (whether we like it or not!) So, if we're connected, we're aligned more effectively with source energy.
Second - it "works" because (and I'm deliberately NOT using "religious" language here) because by using this formula in the way I have explained, being normal, being aware of someone/thing other than our current sense of loss, being specific, and letting go, acts as a powerful relaxing endorphin.
We lighten up. And that liberates as, if you like, from the tensions and irritation surrounding what we have apparently "lost".
So give it a try. As I said before - what have you got to lose??
James Gladwin is a successful online entrepreneur and brand extension expert. He also writes on other topics that strike him as interesting. You can find his blog at
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