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Book Review: The Isaiah Effect


Last night, I finished reading The Isaiah Effect book written by Gregg Braden. I found it a most fascinating read. The book was published 21 years ago, in the year 2000. The information and wisdom that can be found in this book are everlasting; it could have been written yesterday.

The focus of Gregg Braden’s book is “decoding the lost science of prayer and prophecy”.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are mentioned a great deal in this book. Today the 16th of March 2021, a news conference was held in Jerusalem to show 80 fragments newly discovered in a cave.


Technology of Prayer

Gregg Braden uses the languages of science, mysticism, and the study of ancient texts to tell the world there is a proven and effective way to overcome the hardships of life and the resulting suffering.

According to Braden, the Essenes left their priceless wisdom and inner technology to future generations in these parchments. This inner technology is a fifth kind of prayer, a lost language, that could most certainly help us face any crisis and transform it.

The Language of Change

This fifth kind of prayer is a concept that comes from a time before the beginning of the Christian era. This kind of prayer has significant effects for those who are willing to apply it steadily throughout their lives.

According to Braden, “… prayer, which is the union of thought, feeling, and emotion represents our opportunity to speak the language of change in our world as well as in our bodies.” For him, it is this language of change that lets us express our dreams making them real in our lives

If this were true, then we could pray our way out of this global health crisis. A small group of people, the square root of one percent of the world’s populations, could achieve a meaningful change with this prayer.

For G. Braden, “ancient and indigenous traditions such as those of the native North and South Americans, the Tibetans, and the Qumran communities of the Dead Sea” give us a structure that lets us make sense of the confusion and turmoil that we see and live in our modern world.

I like the way he puts it on page 50 of his book when he says, “only through communion with the angels of the Heavenly Father will we learn to see the unseen, to hear that which cannot be heard, and to speak the unspoken word.”

This sentence on page 151 resonates with hope, “The Essene masters invite us to heal the memories of our most painful experiences by changing the emotion of the experience itself.” Prayer is not magic. The secret of prayer is more than devotional words, invocations, and rhythmic chants to a higher power. We are invited to live the intent of our prayer in our lives.

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Ancient traditions remind us that we have come to this world for one reason above all other reasons. We are here to love and to find a love even greater than any known by the angels of the heavens.

— Gregg Braden

Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a compilation of Jewish texts stored in clay jars that were discovered between 1947 and 1956 in desert caves near Khirbat Qumran.

Qumran is an archeological site on the banks of the Dead Sea in the Judean desert. The scrolls date to the period from the third century before the common era to the first century in the common era.

They are the earliest known biblical texts that condense the beliefs of the Essenes, an ancient Jewish group that is not well understood. The Essenes are believed to be the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The old fragments were found darkened and indecipherable. Digitized infrared photos of the originals helped researchers put together the fragments and solve ancient mysteries using computer programs. A sophisticated and costly camera allowed researchers to see words and details not discernible by the eye.[i]

The scrolls are thought to “shed light on the development of the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Christianity”.

Associated Press Article

AP published an article today, March16th of 2021, by Ilan Ben Zion on “the discovery of dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave and believed hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago.”[ii]

The fragments are believed to have been part of a scroll hidden in the cave between the years 132 and 136. Analysis of coins found at the site and of the writing of the texts shows that they most probably originated in that period.

A Dead Sea Scroll researcher remarked that the textual difference has no parallel with any other manuscript, whether in Hebrew or in Greek.

We now have to wait for the deciphering of these manuscripts, which might help us better understand the beliefs that the Ancients left to humanity. We could learn another innovative technology of the mind or the soul.


[i] Dead Sea Scrolls posted online. CBC Technology and Science section.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Liliane Najm

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