The Song of Prayer From A Course in Miracles
While most of us have been mentioned to think that prayer involves pleading to God to simply help, save, fix problems and bring us things in this world, that’s not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and very beautiful. Higher 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 before the 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 predicated on everything 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’re choosing constantly with a part as reason for effect.
Forms (all things with this 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 your brain (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your brain as God has nothing related to forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Because you are usually deciding, everything you request once you pray is what counts. When you plead in prayer to have God fix an application problem 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 may remain hidden to the degree 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 in this world, etc. david hoffmeister podcast They’re everything you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the purpose of prayer by using 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 both Creator and Created. Continuously sharing Love and Creation back and forth extends them forever in eternity. That is prayer’s purpose.
Through this form world of illusion, this prayer is still something special 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. Whoever has ever remembered the tiniest instant with this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he is choosing (praying for) and how to improve his mind so he 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 stop the ego forms or what’s not really there. Joining with Love in true prayer is seeking 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 an integral part of true prayer and makes the process go quicker. Prayer is timeless and goes on forever, and forgiveness is the illusory ladder in time that returns your brain to this endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears once the mind is completely corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is always to concentrate on disregarding and quitting what exactly you think you need and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this asks for your brain to be returned to Truth (Love). You are not furthering the illusion. You are agreeing with God that (a) you’re a mind; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made an error; 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 nothing more than anything you’ve chosen to be much more important than God’s Love. No further wanting anything before His Love, the sole effect God could return is your remembrance of Him. The more you quit, the more meaningless the entire 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 come to a decision on the spot, you’ll receive the right “need” answer right then.
A solution is an echo of God’s Voice from the Song of Prayer. You’re not seeking the echo itself. You are choosing the gift of Love from The Song by quitting all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even throughout the correction of your brain process. They’re met at the degree of the forgiveness ladder you can understand and accept.
The Ladder of Forgiveness:
At the bottom of the ladder, it’s about seeking must be met and withdrawing your projections from others. It will be here you should begin to learn that all forgiveness is self forgiveness (correcting your 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’re really doing is “quitting” everything you don’t want (in the mind) that you’ve projected “on the market” into form.