Prayer, when utilized, stops the incessant merry-go-round mind from controlling how our life is going to be lived and unblocks Universal Love so it is at the base of all our decisions.
There are many different ways the merry-go-round mind can be stopped, but it will take some trial and error to find what works the best for each individual. To me prayer is the opening of the heart to Universal Love and it comes in many forms. It is one of the main things to use that will stop the mind in its tracks. It can be utilized as something to minimize the damage inflicted by the Conditioned Mind. If nothing is used to stop the merry-go-round mind, there will be no way to get off the ride. This is how the mind remains in control because nothing is developed to keep it in check. An unchecked undisciplined mind is the creator of chaos and it is at the core of our human disfunction.
How does one go about developing the discipline to stop the mind from running amok. It is through developing prayer that this occurs. It doesn’t have to be anything formal. You don’t have to kneel to pray, but you can. You don’t have to recite from a book, but you can, you don’t have to follow a certain standard from religion, but you can. My point to this is prayer can be used in anyway that works to stop the incessant self serving mind from controlling your life, so space can be created between you thoughts. In this space is the Universal Love that is needed to live our life as it was intended: happy, joyous, and free. The merry-go-round needs to be stopped if we are to become our true self and live this kind of life.
I use sayings, sometimes the breath or just the silence beneath the noise. Whatever it is that’s used, it has to be understood that’s it being done to create space between your thoughts. This is of the utmost importance if prayer is to become a valuable tool in breaking the chains of a Conditioned Mind. You can only get off the merry-go-round when it is stopped and you can only stop it when you develop the ability to shut it down. And what will allow you the ability to do this is prayer, because without it the merry-go-round will never stop and you will never be able to create the needed space between your thoughts to understand how to get off the ride and allow Universal Love to be in control of your life instead of being on the merry-go-round of life of just existing and not really going anywhere.