Pray For Me, Chris Pratt

It’s always the worst when you have to feel bad for rich and powerful people, but I feel bad for Chris Pratt right now. He reacted to news of Kevin Smith’s heart attack with some nice tweets, including tweets saying he would be praying for Smith. I don’t know how many people went after him, but The Wrap has a cross section of folks attacking Pratt for expressing his prayerful intentions.

Chris Pratt is very Christian. He builds a big cross on his property at Easter. I suspect that Pratt and I would differ on a lot of things, spiritually speaking, but I have never heard tell of him being a jerk or condescending or hateful as a result of his faith.

More than that… there’s nothing wrong with praying. Here’s a secret: I do it sometimes. It’s part of my recovery, and I do it even though I don’t believe in God. I don’t think there’s a being listening to my prayers. A lot of times when I pray I don’t even say anything, I just open myself up to hear whatever comes in on those channels.

I get how that sounds weird, but in the past year and a half I’ve come to believe that your intentions make a difference, and that putting your intentions out consciously can be impactful. I believe that we interact with the world in ways that we don’t yet understand (but that will likely be measurable at some point in the future), and that there’s no harm in putting our positive intentions out. I love doing metta meditations – radiating lovingkindness to all beings – not only because I hope that it works on some level, but also because it makes me feel good.

Will Chris Pratt heal Kevin Smith? Probably not. But he’s not harming him, and knowing that people are thinking of you positively – which is what prayer really boils down to in these situations – can be helpful. And it’s important to note the difference between Pratt praying for Smith and politicians offering thoughts and prayers to victims of gun violence. The Dalai Lama had some thoughts on ‘thoughts and prayers’ in the wake of the Paris shootings a few years ago:

“We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”

 

Chris Pratt isn’t Smith’s doctor, so there’s nothing he can do beyond offer good, positive thoughts. If Smith’s doctor were offering thoughts and prayers… well, that would be troubling.

A few years ago I would have found someone offering me their prayers offensive. Today I would be touched. I’ve sanded away some of the ego that keeps me from accepting goodwill in any form in which it is offered. Chris Pratt can pray for me anytime. After all, he’s my Star-Lord.

2 thoughts on “Pray For Me, Chris Pratt

  1. I have rolled my eyes at best and became combative at worst over people saying they would pray me, pray for a tragedy, pray for a sick friend… but I have changed my perspective since the recent tragedies in our schools. Most people, if not all, are not being passive or dismissive with their prayers. They are taking time out of their lives to think and wish good for people. The Dalai Lama’s quote speaks for “there is suffering, no sufferer is found,” and I agree that helping through action to ease people’s suffering is paramount for people following dharma. But prayer is an action that anyone can take regardless of proximity, time, and economic situation.

  2. Christian prayer is really just another form of the manifesting reality which as used in sigil magick. Chris Pratt praying for the health of Kevin Smith, for me, is the same thing as Grant Morrison healing his cat. Whether it works or not can be argued but the intentions are the same. We all have our ways and methods of attempting to rewrite reality and as long as you’re not being an ass about it, I feel they should all be politely respected.