40 Days, 40 Years, 40 Prayers

Day 8

Prayer is technical.

(the navel to the spine & the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth).

Effective prayer involves technique and mastery!

(the navel to the spine & the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth).

Prayer involves tapping into energy.

(the navel to the spine & the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth).

If Human Consciousness has any operating instructions, it’s called Kundalini Yoga and Mediation.


Now, when did my father stop coming into my room to tuck me in and say prayers with me at bedtime?  How old was I when he and I agreed to let go of that ritual?  Did we agree?  Was there one of us who wanted to hang on longer than the other?  Did the ritual simply tuck itself in, graciously hiding away in some quiet corner of the subconscious mind?  To what degree has that ritual shaped my consciousness, my character, my experience of reality?  I never consciously contemplated my bedtime prayers ritual until now when I have written about it here, until now when I am starting to take prayer more seriously (but not too seriously).

When and why did I ever start praying for things,  favors, luckhealing, or help?  (Probably after I became a Mother, but that is jumping ahead.)  What did a prayer look or sound like when I was a teen or in my twenties or in my thirties?  Through those decades when I didn’t have a very sophisticated relationship with my own consciousness, how did I communicate with my Unknown?

Over the past thirty years, I have been relying on music, poetry, fiction, and my own imagination to guide my soul.  In my conscious mind, the mind that had forgotten about the bedtime prayers with my father, prayer had been something I was taught in Church.  And when I decided I didn’t really need to go to church on Sunday to feed my soul, I did not think of prayer.

Music, poetry, fiction, travel, my imagination, and writing have been trusted guides.  My soul longed for, and has felt great fulfillment from these sublime pursuits.  And while these pursuits may offer the trustworthy support of cultural gravity, they are pursuits and they privilege the act of acquiring knowledge.

Prayer, on the other hand, offers me a relationship with my Unknown.  And instead of privileging knowledge, it’s about mastering a technique.  Hm.  Interesting.

To me, this means I must be willing to release my mind’s preferences for acquiring knowledge in order to notice more my consciousness preferring a relationship to the Unknown.  And as for technique, that takes years and years of daily practice…

Today’s Prayer:  If it pleases thee, my Beloved Creator, may I develop a relationship to my own Unknown that is pure, eternal, powerful, and of service to all beings everywhere.  If it please thee, oh dearest Beloved, may I remain strong, steadfast, and committed to this daily practice.

Sat Nam!

And I’ll close with a joke my father once told me:

After their deaths, a cab driver and a preacher were standing at the pearly gates in Heaven, kneeling before God.  God instantly welcomed the cab driver into Heaven.  As for the preacher, God stopped him and decided he had to wait; the preacher would be required to complete a rigorous application and interview process before he’d be considered for entry into Heaven.  The preacher asked God, “But why?  I spent my entire life teaching people to pray.  Meanwhile, you let that cab driver in without question?  I don’t understand!”  God replied, “Sure! You preached to people and taught them about prayer, but the way that cabby drove… Well, he got real results!”


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