While most of us have already been brought up to trust that prayer involves pleading to God to greatly help, save, fix problems and bring us things nowadays, that is not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and very beautiful. Higher than a song, it’s joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to correct your head until the Prayer Song is all that remains. It’s 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 based on that which you request (agree with) in the mind. There’s no other way. In the Course, your head (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are choosing constantly with a part 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 to do with forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Because you are usually deciding, that which you request when you pray is what counts. When you plead in prayer to have God fix a questionnaire trouble with another form problem, a course in miracles audio you are asking the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are deemed more important than God’s Love that will remain hidden to the amount you choose the illusion.
All external things (forms) are needs. Other labels are wants, desires, status, problems, sickness, human love (special relationships), gifts and goals nowadays, etc. They’re 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 Like to His Son at Creation in order that it is a single voice shared by 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 a present from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s the manner in which you reach God in the illusion. Anyone who 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 the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to receive what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) along the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to quit the ego forms or what’s not really 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 part of true prayer and makes the method go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues on forever, and forgiveness may be the illusory ladder over 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 quitting what exactly you believe you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this asks for your head to be returned to Truth (Love). You’re not furthering the illusion. You’re agreeing with God that (a) you are a mind; (b) this form world is not real; (c) you made an error; and, (d) you can 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 only anything you have chosen to be much more important than God’s Love. No further wanting anything before His Love, the only real effect God could return can be your remembrance of Him. The more you give up, the more meaningless the planet becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your head still resides with God, the Course says there isn’t to choose alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and watch for the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you must decide on the spot, you’ll receive the correct “need” answer right then.
A remedy is definitely 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 quitting 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 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 you must begin to find out that all forgiveness is self forgiveness (correcting your own personal mind) and is practiced in the exact same order as projected.
The ladder of forgiveness is definitely an illusion as you’re not forgiving anyone except yourself. All you are really doing is “quitting” that which you don’t want (in the mind) that you’ve projected “available” into form.Business