While many of us have been brought up to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to greatly help, save, fix problems and bring us things these days, that is incorrect 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 the mind before 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 predicated on what you look for (agree with) in the mind. There is no other way. In the Course, the mind (content) is split between God and the ego; and you’re choosing all the time with a part as reason for effect.
Forms (all things of the world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve made it up (miscreated this world) and can give it up anytime by correcting the mind (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of the mind as God has nothing related to forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Since you are usually deciding, what you look for whenever you pray is what counts. Whenever you plead in prayer to possess God fix a questionnaire trouble with another form problem, acim podcast you’re asking the ego mind for help (not God). Those forms and needs are deemed more important than God’s Love that may remain hidden to their education you select 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’re what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the objective of prayer by using 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 Love to His Son at Creation so that it’s 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.
In this form world of illusion, this prayer is still a gift from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s how you reach God in the illusion. Anyone who has ever remembered the tiniest instant of the all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to alter his mind so he can have that all the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to receive what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) on the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to give up the ego forms or what’s not really there. Joining with Love in true prayer is requesting 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 process go quicker. Prayer is timeless and goes on forever, and forgiveness could be the illusory ladder with time that returns the mind 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 would be to concentrate on disregarding and giving up what exactly you think you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this asks for the mind to be returned to Truth (Love). You are not furthering the illusion. You are agreeing with God that (a) you’re a head; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made an error; and, (d) you are able to choose again.
Using correction of the mind (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 more wanting anything before His Love, the only real effect God could return is the 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 the mind still resides with God, the Course says you don’t have 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 need to make a decision immediately, you’ll get the right “need” answer right then.
A solution can be an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not requesting the echo itself. You are 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 throughout the correction of the mind process. They’re met at the level of the forgiveness ladder you are able to understand and accept.
The Ladder of Forgiveness:
At the end of the ladder, it’s about requesting must be met and withdrawing your projections from others. It is here you need to begin to discover that all forgiveness is self forgiveness (correcting your own mind) and is practiced in the exact 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 “giving up” what you don’t want (in the mind) that you’ve projected “available” into form.