While most of us have been brought up to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to greatly help, save, fix problems and bring us things in this world, that’s not the case prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is fairly different and very beautiful. Greater than a song, it’s joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to correct your brain before the Prayer Song is all that remains. Oahu is the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the amount of time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego based on what you request (agree with) in the mind. There’s no other way. In the Course, your brain (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are choosing constantly with an area as reason for effect.
Forms (all things of this world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve caused it to be 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 related to forms.
What Prayer is Not:
As you are usually deciding, what you request whenever you pray is what counts. Once you plead in prayer to own 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 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. acim audio hey’re what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the goal of prayer by using them to help expand 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 Like 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’s 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 way you reach God in the illusion. Whoever has ever remembered the tiniest instant of this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to alter his mind so they can have that the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to get what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) as you go along, 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 wind up receiving everything (Love). One problem. One solution.
Forgiveness (correction of the mind) is part of true prayer and makes the method go quicker. Prayer is timeless and goes on forever, and forgiveness may be the illusory ladder over 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 pay attention to disregarding and stopping 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 are not furthering the illusion. You are agreeing with God that (a) you are a head; (b) this form world is not real; (c) you made a blunder; 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 only anything you have chosen to be much more important than God’s Love. No longer wanting anything before His Love, the only real effect God could return is your 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 brain 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 must come to a decision immediately, you’ll get the right “need” answer right then.
A solution is an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not asking for the echo itself. You are choosing the gift of Love from The Song by stopping all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even through the correction of your brain process. They’re met at the level of the forgiveness ladder you can understand and accept.
The Ladder of Forgiveness:
At the bottom of the ladder, it’s exactly about asking for needs to be met and withdrawing your projections from others. It is here now you must begin to find out that all forgiveness is self forgiveness (correcting your own personal mind) and is practiced in exactly the same order as projected.
The ladder of forgiveness is an illusion as you’re not forgiving anyone except yourself. All you are really doing is “stopping” what you don’t want (in the mind) that you’ve projected “available” into form.