|Spiritual Formation class - Payne Theological Seminary (July 2010)|
Hayes writes about the multivariegated fabric of African American spirituality. This includes a deep-river heritage of prayer and praying. She states:
[African American spirituality] "is a contemplative, holistic, joyful, and communitarian spirituality. This means that it is expressed in prayer through a deeply conscious prayer life that is not passive. Unlike in the Western tradition, there is no separation between the sacred and secular worlds; instead, they are interwoven and lived as one holistic way of being in the world."
- Diana L. Hayes, Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality, Kindle Locations 175-178
I love that phrase - "a deeply conscious prayer life that is not passive." A prayer life that is preconscious, prethematic, intuitive and intentional and active.
How does this get into a person? The only answer is: by actually praying.