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Rev. Dr. Michael Milner, Ph.D. (Bishop)

When you present the Oneness Blessing to any religious group, make every effort to become familiar with and to use their spiritual language and belief system, not your own. Hence for Christians, Oneness Blessing could be described as the Grace of the Holy Spirit received through prayer, usually with the Laying On of Hands, that opens the door to a deeper abiding communion with Christ, opening the heart to Divine Love and Joy, healing relationships, bringing both inner (emotional and psychological) and outer (physical) healing & blessings of prosperity, resulting in a fuller more abundant life on every level.

1) Evangelical Protestant Christians: Baptist, Church of Christ, Nazarene, Charismatic, Pentecostal, etc. (considered Conservative or Fundamentalist) Evangelical Christians want to know: “Is it in the Bible, or not?!” For example, since it is in the Bible, they are already familiar with the “Laying on of Hands”. They are the hardest to reach, but once you do, they are definitely the most fun, because they actually believe in something and have FAITH!

NOTE: Some Evangelicals (Southern Baptists for instance) are opposed to any talk of miracles, healings and supernatural phenomena. They believe these things stopped at the end of the apostolic age. Hence, it is important to know something about their belief system before attempting to present Oneness to them. They do believe in prayer and being filled with the Holy Spirit. They also understand that much disease is stress related; so you could point out that increased inner peace translates into reduced stress and fewer health issues.

On the other hand, Charismatic and Pentecostal Christians (Assembly of God, Church of God, United Pentecostal, and Charismatic “Christian Centers”  who believe in “the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Speaking in Tongues”) LOVE miracles, healings, visions, prophecy, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc. You can have a lot of fun with these folks as long as you focus on the Bible and Christ!

With Evangelical Christians use plenty of Scripture quotes from the Bible. Pray to God the Father in Jesus’ Name. Ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (this is equivalent to invoking the Divine Presence) EXAMPLE: “Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ Name, we ask You to open the windows of Heaven and pour out the Grace of the Holy Spirit on Your People gathered here. Increase Your Presence, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, in our lives. Open the door in each of us to the ever deepening experience of Oneness with You. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN” Then give the Blessing by Intention with hands extended, and where permitted, give hands-on Oneness Blessings. Be ready for some interesting results! People may be healed spontaneously, have visions, prophesy, speak in tongues, fall on the ground in trance (called “falling under the power” or being “slain in the Spirit”), etc.

REMEMBER: You are not praying for them to “receive the Holy Spirit” as if it was not already present within them, but rather you are praying for the Holy Spirit, which is already present “in” them, to be released and to work in them in a deeper more powerful way.

IMPORTANT: With conservative Evangelical Protestant Christians avoid Sanskrit, using the names of other gods and references to texts from other religions and traditions (unless you want to be burned at the stakeJ).

2) Mainstream Protestants (Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, most Episcopalians, etc.): Mainstream Protestants tend to look down on “Fundamentalists”, whom they view as being in slavery to a literal interpretation of the Bible. Mainstream Protestants usually emphasize a “social gospel” with a focus on issues of compassion, peace and social justice, ethical and environmental issues, “loving your neighbor as yourself”, etc. They are more open than Fundamentalists are to other Christian denominations and non-Christian religions and “ecumenical” efforts (= trying to bring all Christian groups together in unity) as well as interfaith prayer and dialogue. They may love to hear mention of people who embodied Oneness like Gandhi, Mother Theresa and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Follow your heart and common sense with these folks.

Do use a Scripture quote or two, but don’t overdo it, or they will think you are a “Bible-thumping Fundamentalist” and they will close their minds to you.

(To invoke the Presence you could pray in this manner) “Heavenly Father, may the Grace of the Holy Spirit open in us the door to a deeper Communion with Your Divine Presence, to an ever-deepening experience of Oneness with You. We ask this with thanksgiving in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.” Then give the Blessing by intention, inviting everyone to keep their eyes closed in silence for a moment or two. That is always safe. (Be careful about extending your palms toward the people while giving intent Blessings. It may appear to them that you think you have some “special powers”. It might be better to just lift your palms up toward heaven or not to lift them up at all. It depends on the church. Follow your intuition and common sense).

Some Protestants are very open to “Spirituality”, Mysticism and Eastern Religions and might enjoy hearing you speak of India, Avatars, meditation, the Moola Mantra. But be sure to ask the pastor before you try it! Also, you should ask the pastor before offering hands-on Oneness Blessings. Some churches will be open to it. Others will not.

3) “Sacramental” Churches: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox (including Anglo/Catholic, “High” Anglican & High Episcopal Churches): The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world (over one billion), comprising more than half of all Christians and1/6 of the entire world population. These churches are quite different from Protestant Christian churches. They have a highly developed “Mystical” or “Spiritual” Theology and a long tradition of “Contemplative Prayer” (Christian Meditation) and Contemplative Spiritual Orders (monasticism). Their history is full of mystics and saints.

These churches focus on 7 “Sacraments”, visible signs (usually embodied in rituals) that confer invisible Grace, such as Baptism, Confirmation (empowerment with the Holy Spirit for Christian service), Reconciliation (“confession” & absolution of sins), Holy Communion (the Mass or Eucharist), Anointing of the Sick with Sacred Oil, Holy Matrimony & Ordination to Holy Orders (Deacon, Priest, Bishop). The Holy Orders of Bishop, Priest & Deacon (ordained leaders of Sacramental churches)) derive their authority from something called “Apostolic Succession”, an empowerment of the Holy Spirit transmitted by Jesus (a form of Christian Deeksha) to the original Apostles and through them by the laying on of hands to the first bishops, then through the bishops to their successors in an unbroken line down through history to the present day. The lineage of a Catholic or Orthodox bishop can be traced on paper back to the original Apostles and through them to Christ. Bishops confer the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to believers to equip them for Christian service through the Sacrament of Confirmation, another form of deeksha (called “Chrismation” in Eastern Orthodox churches).

It is useful to know that in Western Christianity the words “contemplation” and “meditation” have exactly the opposite meanings as the same words in Eastern philosophy. In Christianity, “Meditation” means to use the mind and discursive thought to ponder an idea or a spiritual truth (= Contemplation in Eastern thought). “Contemplation” or “Contemplative Prayer”, on the other hand, is spontaneous absorption in the Divine Presence, beyond any discursive thought or personal effort of will (= Meditation in Eastern thought). True Contemplative Prayer is thought to be a gift of Grace initiated by the Indwelling and inner working of the Holy Spirit, not attainable through any personal effort or technique.

The sacramental churches, in general, are open to mystical phenomena and to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and prayer. They certainly use the Holy Scriptures (Bible), but with a more liberal, open and mystical interpretation.

Among these churches there is a wide range of differences. Some are conservative, some quite liberal. Some are “Charismatic” and are open to the laity (those who are not ordained to the ministry) laying hands on the sick, prophesying and operating in all the Gifts of the Spirit. Some think only a priest should manifest the Gifts of the Spirit or give a Blessing (In which case you might speak of “Oneness Deeksha” or “Oneness Prayer” instead of “Oneness Blessing”). Always become familiar with the customs of the group you are addressing beforehand.

OPTIONAL guidelines for prayer in a sacramental church: When you begin to pray, start by saying ”In the Name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.” As you say this, if you know how to do it, “cross” yourself as follows: In Catholic & Anglican churches: use your right hand, touch your forehead, then your heart, then your left shoulder, then your right. In Eastern Orthodox churches: use your right thumb, middle & index fingers together, touch forehead, heart, right shoulder then left. At the conclusion of your prayer say, “We ask this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, who lives & reigns with you & the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.” Then, cross yourself again.

4) New Age, New Thought, Metaphysical (Unity, Religious Science, Spiritualist Churches, etc.): Have a good time! There are generally no restrictions with these groups. They are open to everything! But, it is still a good idea to speak with the leader first about anything that they might wish you to avoid talking about because of some particular sensitivity their group may have.

5) Non-Christian Religions (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Pagan, etc.) The same principles apply. Learn about their belief system and language. Take time to listen, first. Then speak. Talk to them in their own language, on their own terms, if possible quoting from their own scriptures and traditions. Everyone will be open to the possibility of reduced inner conflict and increased peace, focus, clarity, brain function, connectedness with others, (and possibly with the Divine) etc., as long as it fits into their belief system, values, ethos, etc.


The following was compiled to present the Oneness Blessing to Charismatic Evangelical Christians who love lots of Scripture quotes & talk about miracles, prophesy, etc. For other Christian groups, you might use just one or two of these Scripture passages.

Acts 2:15-19 (New King James Version)

      …it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
       That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
      Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
      Your young men shall see visions,
      Your old men shall dream dreams.
       And on My menservants and on My maidservants
      I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
       And they shall prophesy.
       I will show wonders in heaven above
      And signs in the earth beneath…

Matthew 10:7 Jesus said: The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! (Here & now!)

Hi, I’m… (introduce yourself, where you are from & what you do). I’m here to share with you a gift from the Holy Spirit which has changed my life. Many people call it the Oneness Blessing (or Oneness Prayer), because it opens the door to a profound deepening of our Communion with God (or Christ) and with the whole Family of God. (It helps our hearts to flower with Divine Love, heals relationships, promotes inner & outer healing and opens the door to innumerable Blessings of God in our lives.)

Before I do that, I would like to hear from you. (Now, ask a question or two. For example: Why are you here, today? What do you hope to receive? Why do you go to church? What are you seeking? Are you satisfied with your life? your relationships? your spiritual growth? your prayer life? your relationship with God? Summarize the peoples’ answers).

Everyone is seeking something: a relationship, the healing of a relationship, emotional healing, physical healing, prosperity, advancement in life, spiritual growth, a deeper prayer life, a better relationship with God. Whatever you seek, the source is the same – The source is Divine Grace!

James 1:17 (New King James Version) says: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from (God) the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Matthew 7:7-8 (New King James Version) says: Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

The Oneness Blessing came in answer to my prayers and gave me a quantum leap forward. I really needed a breakthrough in my life. (Use your own words, such as: “I was stuck, spiritually, professionally, in my relationships, etc... I needed help.”) I didn’t have a clear vision. Without a vision, without hope, there is nothing for our creative energies to work toward. There is nothing to anchor our Faith, nothing for Divine Grace to work with.

Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible) says: …FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].


Proverbs 29:18 says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish”.

Habakuk 2:2, says: “Write the vision and make it clear… so he may run who reads it.


Before He went to the Cross, Jesus prayed for his followers, expressing His vision for them and for all of Humanity. His vision was for all of us to enjoy the same Oneness with each other & with God that He experienced:

John 17:20-23 (New King James Version) “I… pray… that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, … that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one(ness) (…brought to complete unity [New International Version], …be mature in this oneness [The Message Bible]) … that the world may know that You have… loved them as You have loved Me.”

When Jesus finished his earthly ministry, he still had many things to teach his followers about Oneness with God, but they were unable to grasp these mysteries because the Holy Spirit had not yet been given to them. When they received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, they would have the ability to actually experience for themselves the things Jesus had demonstrated and told them about while He was with them.

John 16:12-15 AMPLIFIED BIBLE I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to… grasp them now. But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth)… He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]...  He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you. Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.

The Holy Spirit was sent to guide the followers of Christ into TRUTH (“truth” = Reality as it is, the “what is”), to reveal future events, to draw upon what had been given to Jesus and to transmit it to His disciples. What had Jesus received? The Fullness of the Divine Nature & Consciousness!


In John 10:30 Jesus says: “I and my Father are ONE.”

Colossians 2:9 says: “…in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”


HOW is this transmission of Oneness with God to take place??? By receiving and being continually FILLED with the Holy Spirit (the Divine Presence), a gift that is often given and later renewed and strengthened by the Laying on of Hands.


Acts 8:18 “…through the laying on of… hands the Holy Spirit was given…”


Acts 9:17 “…laying his hands on him he said, “… Jesus…has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”


1 Timothy 4:14 “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you … with the laying on of… hands...”


2 Timothy 1:6 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”


Even after the gift of the Holy Spirit has been received, it needs to be renewed, to be stirred up (literally “fanned into full flame”) again and again.


Ephesians 5:17-18 says: “…understand what the will of the Lord is… be filled with the Spirit.” In the original Greek text it says literally “Be continuously in the state of being filled with the Holy Spirit”


John 7:37-39 (Amplified Bible) “…Jesus stood, and He cried in a loud voice, If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me... as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water… He was speaking here of the Spirit, Whom those who believed… in Him were… to receive …”


Jesus said that Believers would experience continuously flowing rivers of Living Water bursting forth from their innermost being! Does that sound like something you are experiencing in your life? Right now? Continuously?

Acts 1:8 (New King James Version) …you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…

The word “Power” used here in the original Greek text ,“dunamis”, means miraculous ability, the ability to work miracles, to do the works of Jesus!!! We get the word “dynamite” from “dunamis”.


In John 14:12-21 (New King James Version) Jesus says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works (the miracles) that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do… If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth…you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you… And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”


Christ wants to manifest Himself to you! WOW! There is so much more that God wants to do for us that we have not yet received. It is all just waiting for us to open up more fully to the Grace of the Holy Spirit, and that’s exactly what the Oneness Blessing does. It opens the door to more of the Grace of the Holy Spirit in our lives!


Revelation 3:20 (New King James Version) Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”


When I experienced the Oneness Blessing in my life everything began to change… (Briefly explain how your life has changed and how you have seen the Oneness Blessing transform the lives of others)… NOW, I am going to pray for you to experience the Oneness Blessing. EVEN IF you have already experienced the indwelling or the release of the Holy Spirit, the gift will be rekindled, renewed, strengthened and stirred into full flame to take you more deeply into Oneness with God, face to face with Christ! Are you ready??? Close your eyes… First, I am going to pray to ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to give us the promised gift, to pour out the Blessing of Oneness. Then I will come lay my hands on your head for a minute or two. (Or if you give the Blessing by Intention only, say instead “Then we will keep our eyes closed in silence for a few moments while we receive the Blessing.”) The rest is pure Grace! There is nothing for you to do now but be in Gratitude and let it happen. (Now pray and give the Oneness Blessing. Let the people rest in the Presence for a few minutes, until it feels right, then close with a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving).


POSTSCRIPT: If people are very intoxicated with the Presence after receiving the Blessing (Charismatic Christians call it being “Drunk in the Spirit”, you might add the following admonition J


“Sometimes after receiving the Oneness Blessing, people feel quite intoxicated with Love in the Divine Presence. This is a very normal and beautiful thing. Just enjoy it! Give yourself a few minutes to land before your try to drive or operate heavy machinery <smile & laugh>J. When the Holy Spirit was first received by Jesus’ disciples they were so intoxicated with joy in the Divine Presence that people thought they were drunk.”

Acts 2:13-19 (The Message Bible) (Some people) joked, "They're drunk on cheap wine." That's when Peter stood up… (He said) …listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren't drunk as some of you suspect. They haven't had time to get drunk—it's only nine o'clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:
   "In the Last Days," God says,
   "I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people:
   Your sons will prophesy,
      also your daughters;
   Your young men will see visions,
      your old men dream dreams.
   When the time comes,
      I'll pour out my Spirit
   On those who serve me, men and women both,
      and they'll prophesy.
   I'll set wonders in the sky above
      and signs on the earth below…

These are the days the prophets spoke of! What an exciting time it is to be alive. Everything is changing. The whole world is awakening to the Power and Presence of God! It’s been a joy sharing with all of you today. God bless you all! Let’s stay in touch. If you would like to learn more about the Oneness Blessing, you could… (Give appropriate follow-up instructions & contact information).