So true. And the universe is conscious, because you are, and you are a part of the universe. It is not you and the universe. And eight billion others.
Prayer is a question that you answer yourself. Examining the problem and articulating it will lead to the solution.
“There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, "Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery." This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated staue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, "My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket." -- Elizabeth Gilbert