Religion is a control device used by despots to control the population and keep them docile and from critical thinking. There are no deities, just The Great Mystery which has no name but is the Collective Sentience of the Universe.
Best analogy is Infinite Universal Love.
Humans tend to want
to model that which they do not understand, which is why they choose a
personage, whether it is a great avatar or teacher like Jesus Christ or
Buddha or Mohamed or whoever to give them a point of reference that best
fits how they were trained as a child to worship or pay homage to.
said, there is validity to prayer, which is basically one-pointedness
or meditation. Intention is a powerful tool. If you intend to have
happiness for example, you decide to be happy. Same goes for anything
you want in life. It's okay for people to enjoy their various beliefs,
but keep in mind beliefs are limiting and the irony in belief is
limiting something that is limitless by giving it a name or a model.
Modeling something limitless is akin to putting The Sun on the head of a pin. The Sun is 864,575.9 miles wide (Diameter). Lots and lots bigger than a pin, thus impossible to achieve.
Think about it...what "deity" would let all the horrors humans have
committed and are still committing against themselves and be okay with
it? What "deity" described by believers as love incarnate would pursue
the destruction of any humans?
Love is a creative force and in fact, the
5th force from which all universal forces are derived. The 5th Element
if you will, among fire, water, earth and air.
Love is the collective
consciousness of the Universe and the closest analogy to what humans
call "God." It is endless, boundless, limitless. It is Divine Creative
Tapping into it is like tapping into an energy grid. It's not
rocket science to do so...it's just asking for help, but without the
trappings of who to pray to.
In the world now, praying has turned to
preying. I prefer going past the middle man.
Be cool, be nobody's fool and don't dismiss the bliss.