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Prayer means different things to different people. To some, it might be the opportunity to connect with a higher power, as a means to an end. For others, it might be to remind a spiritual being of our existence, and ask them to treat us favorably.
And for others, it can be a way of checking in with the universe. It can be a means to open up the line of communication between the heart and the head, and the infinite power that we exist within.
In the Piscean Age, that we have just moved away from, prayer was most often used as a means to communicate with God, to make reasonable and productive requests for protection, love, and the soul.
This type of prayer would suggest that the higher power is somehow separate from ourselves. It suggests that God is a totally distinct being, who we can only communicate with through prayer.
As we have moved into the Aquarian Age it has become more popular to use prayer to access the unknown within us. It begins to acknowledge that our own infinity is intrinsically connected to the power of the Divine, and in order to access this power we must communicate inwardly, not outwardly.
In this guide we will take a look at five reasons why including prayer in our sadhana is so important in the Aquarian Age.
1. Creates a Dialogue with the Infinite Self
The heart is not a separate being from the Divine. The Divine exists within us all, whether we believe or not. It is our infinite, timeless, spaceless connection to the Universe, God, and our Earth.
When we pray, we allow lines of communication to open up between these separate but intrinsically connected things. We acknowledge the place of the infinite self within the infinite divinity, and we call upon the strength and wonder it provides.
When we start to create this dialogue it grows stronger. We become truer to our infinite self and to the infinite universe, but like a beautiful flower it requires nurture and upkeep to allow it to continue to grow, not wither and die.
This communication knows no goal, its only purpose is to become free from desire, accessing the wisdom and energy from the Divine which exists within us. When we pray in the Aquarian Age we are not asking God for an action or an answer, we are asking of ourselves “what am I capable of?” and we are finding the answer within our infinite being.
2. Clears Inner Conflict and Chaos
The Aquarian Age is chaotic. Technology and the media bring turmoil and information overload, leading to inner (and outer) conflict. It can be exhausting, stressful, and terrible for mental health.
The power of daily prayer is its ability to bring clarity through the madness. In opening up this strong internal communication between the self and the Divine, it allows us to start to unpick the chaos and push through the challenges with the goal of reaching our truest self.
When we pray, we lay out our intentions, and this allows us to develop a laser-sight on our priorities, allowing the noise and interruptions to fall away, leaving us with focus and determination brought about by our inner strength.
3. Acknowledges Our Needs
When our needs are not met we suffer from symptoms of neglect. This can be physical needs such as food, water, shelter and sleep, but it can also be emotional and spiritual needs, and we do not get the physiological signs such as hunger, sleepiness, thirst, or cold for these.
When our emotional and spiritual needs are not met we can be faced with depression, anxiety, chaos, unbalance, problems in our interpersonal and professional lives, and many more. But in these cases, the causation is not necessarily obvious unless we spend time trying to understand it.
When we start to pray regularly, we begin the process of acknowledging our needs. We start to see the holes which are not filled, and the parts of our lives which need more work. We begin to become aware of how existence should feel. We understand what is lacking, and what wholeness should feel like.
Once prayer has made us aware of these needs, it leads the way in making amends. It allows the divinity from within to light the path for progress.
4. Intention and Manifestation
When we lay out our intentions, we create a roadmap to our goals. Manifesting in this way is proven to attract the things we want from life. So how can prayer help us in this practice?
Prayer and manifesting our intentions go hand in hand. When we pray, we draw out those innermost wants, and we place them firmly within the universe. At the same time, the prayer communicates those needs with God, the divinity we hold within ourselves, and puts the wheels in motion for achieving those needs.
The things that we manifest through prayer can be both conscious and subconscious, and one is not more valid than the other. All that matters is that we remain open to the light and energy of the universe, and place our trust wholly in the infinite self and the power of its process.
5. Allows the Truest You to Blossom
The purest form of existence is lived by the person being truest to themselves. The Aquarian Age is full of conflict. The media tells us we are not good enough, social media is forcing us to compare ourselves to other people, and there is always an air of mistrust and surveillance.
When we pray regularly, we drown out the calls to change, improve, and modify ourselves, and we find peace within our truth. It reminds us of the power that we hold, and it reinforces the reasons that the light should never be allowed to dim.
There is peace to be found in calling upon the infinite self. It reminds us that we have no reason to change, we can only grow in strength, power and light.
Prayer is an essential aspect of Kundalini yoga practice. The benefits of drawing on the infinite self and allowing your divinity to light your path, especially amongst the chaos of the Aquarian Age, are multiple. Why not try adding prayer to your daily sadhana and feel its power?
See more: An introduction to Yogic Living