While most of us have already been brought up to trust that prayer involves pleading to God to simply help, save, fix problems and bring us things these days, that is not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is quite 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 improve your brain until the Prayer Song is all that remains. Oahu is the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego predicated on that which you require (agree with) in the mind. a course in miracles apple podcast There’s no other way. In the Course, your brain (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are choosing all the time with a side as cause 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 will give it up anytime by correcting your brain (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your brain as God has nothing to do with forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Since you are usually deciding, that which you require when you pray is what counts. Once you plead in prayer to possess God fix a questionnaire problem with another form problem, you are asking the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are deemed more important than God’s Love which will 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 these days, etc. They are that which you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the objective of prayer by with them to further the illusion. Therefore, prayer can not be about “forms” or “needs” in 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 to ensure 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. That is prayer’s purpose.
Within this form world of illusion, this prayer continues to be a present from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s the way you reach God in the illusion. Whoever has ever remembered the littlest instant of this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to improve his mind so he is able to have that all the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to get what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) on the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to quit 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 end up receiving everything (Love). One problem. One solution.
Forgiveness (correction of the mind) is a part of true prayer and makes the process go quicker. Prayer is timeless and goes on forever, and forgiveness may be the illusory ladder with time that returns your brain to this endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears once the mind is totally corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is always to concentrate on disregarding and giving up the things you believe you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this wants your brain to be returned to Truth (Love). You’re not furthering the illusion. You’re agreeing with God that (a) you are a head; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made a mistake; and, (d) you can choose again.
Using correction of your brain (forgiveness) places those forms and needs on God’s altar, or in his hands, as idols which are simply anything you’ve chosen to become more important than God’s Love. No further wanting anything before His Love, the only effect God could return is your remembrance of Him. The more you quit, the more meaningless the world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your brain still resides with God, the Course says there isn’t to decide alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and await the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you should make a decision immediately, you’ll receive the appropriate “need” answer right then.
An answer 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 giving up all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even during the correction of your brain process. They are met at the level of the forgiveness ladder you can understand and accept.
The Ladder of Forgiveness:
At the end of the ladder, it’s about asking for needs to be met and withdrawing your projections from others. It is here now you should begin to discover that all forgiveness is self forgiveness (correcting your own 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 are really doing is “giving up” that which you don’t want (in the mind) that you’ve projected “available” into form.