While the majority of us have now been raised to think that prayer involves pleading to God to help, save, fix problems and bring us things in this world, that is not the case prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and very beautiful. Greater than a song, it is joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to fix your head before Prayer Song is all that remains. Oahu is the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, may be worth the amount of time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego centered on what you ask for (agree with) in the mind. There is no other way. In the Course, your head (content) is split between God and the ego; and you’re choosing all the time with a side as reason for effect.
Forms (all things of this world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve managed to get up (miscreated this world) and may give it up anytime by correcting your head (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your head as God has nothing regarding forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Since you are usually deciding, what you ask for when you pray is what counts. Whenever you plead in prayer to possess God fix a questionnaire trouble with another form problem, you’re asking the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are deemed more important than God’s Love that’ll remain hidden to the degree you decide on the illusion.
All external things (forms) are needs. Other labels are wants, desires, status, problems, sickness, human love (special relationships), gifts and goals in this world, etc. They’re what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the goal of prayer by with them to help the illusion. Therefore, prayer can’t be about “forms” or “needs” in just about any way.
The Intent behind Prayer:
The Song of Prayer is defined by the Course as a Song of Creation, Love and gratitude being sung from the Father to the Son and returned from the Son to the Father. God gave this gift of Want to His Son at Creation so that it is a single voice shared by both the Creator and Created. Continuously sharing Love and Creation back and forth extends them forever in eternity. a course in miracles podcast That is prayer’s purpose.
Within this form world of illusion, this prayer remains something special from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s the method that you reach God in the illusion. Whoever has ever remembered the tiniest instant of this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he is choosing (praying for) and how to alter his mind so he can have that most the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to receive what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) as you go along, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to stop the ego forms or what’s not necessarily there. Joining with Love in true prayer is asking for nothing (i.e., no illusion, forms or needs) so you get receiving everything (Love). One problem. One solution.
Forgiveness (correction of the mind) is part of true prayer and makes the procedure go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues on forever, and forgiveness is the illusory ladder in time that returns your head to the endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears once the mind is totally corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness would be to pay attention to disregarding and stopping what exactly you believe you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this requests your head to be returned to Truth (Love). You’re not furthering the illusion. You’re agreeing with God that (a) you’re a head; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made a mistake; and, (d) you are able to choose again.
Using correction of your head (forgiveness) places those forms and needs on God’s altar, or in his hands, as idols which are simply anything you’ve chosen to be more important than God’s Love. No further wanting anything before His Love, the only real effect God could return is the remembrance of Him. The more you stop trying, the more meaningless the world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your head still resides with God, the Course says you don’t have to determine alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and await the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you need to make a decision immediately, you’ll get the appropriate “need” answer right then.
A solution can be an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not asking for the echo itself. You’re choosing the gift of Love from The Song by stopping all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even during the correction of your head process. They’re met at the degree of the forgiveness ladder you are able to understand and accept.
The Ladder of Forgiveness:
At the end of the ladder, it’s all about asking for must be met and withdrawing your projections from others. It will be here you need to begin to find out that all forgiveness is self forgiveness (correcting your personal mind) and is practiced in the same order as projected.
The ladder of forgiveness can be an illusion as you’re not forgiving anyone except yourself. All you’re really doing is “stopping” what you don’t want (in the mind) that you’ve projected “available” into form.