While most of us have been brought up to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to help, save, fix problems and bring us things nowadays, that’s not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is quite different and very beautiful. More than a song, it is joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to fix the mind until the Prayer Song is all that remains. Oahu is the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, may be worth the time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego centered on what you require (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 constantly with a side as reason for effect.
Forms (all things with this world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve caused it to be up (miscreated this world) and may 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 always deciding, what you require once you pray is what counts. Once you plead in prayer to possess God fix a form 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’ll remain hidden to the degree 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 a course in miracles lessons. They’re what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the purpose of prayer by using them to help expand the illusion. Therefore, prayer can not be about “forms” or “needs” in virtually 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 to ensure 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.
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. Anyone who has ever remembered the littlest instant with this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to alter his mind so they can have that all the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking for 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 necessarily 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 a part of true prayer and makes the method go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues 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 completely corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is always to pay attention to disregarding and stopping what exactly you believe you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this asks for the mind to be returned to Truth (Love). You’re not furthering the illusion. You’re agreeing with God that (a) you’re a head; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made a blunder; and, (d) you can 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 only anything you have chosen to become more important than God’s Love. No more wanting anything before His Love, the only effect God could return can be your remembrance of Him. The more you give up, the more meaningless the entire world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since the mind still resides with God, the Course says there isn’t to choose alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and wait for the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you have to 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 seeking the echo itself. You’re choosing the gift of Love from The Song by stopping 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 degree of the forgiveness ladder you can understand and accept.