While many of us have been brought up to trust that prayer involves pleading to God to help, save, fix problems and bring us things in this world, that is incorrect prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is quite different and very beautiful. More than a song, it’s joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to improve your brain before 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 centered on what you require (agree with) in the mind. There’s no other way. david hoffmeister apple podcast In the Course, your brain (content) is split between God and the ego; and you’re choosing all the time with a part as cause for effect.
Forms (all things of the world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve caused it to be up (miscreated this world) and can provide it down anytime by correcting your brain (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your brain as God has nothing to do with forms.
What Prayer is Not:
As you are always deciding, what you require when you pray is what counts. Whenever 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 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 in this world, etc. They are 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 not be about “forms” or “needs” in virtually any way.
The Purpose of 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 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 continues to be a present from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s the way you reach God in the illusion. Anyone who has ever remembered the littlest instant of the all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to change his mind so he is able to have that all 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 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 an integral part of true prayer and makes the process go quicker. Prayer is timeless and goes on forever, and forgiveness may be the illusory ladder with time that returns your brain to the endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears when the mind is completely corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is always to focus on disregarding and quitting the items you think you would like 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 are able to 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 more important than God’s Love. No further wanting anything before His Love, the only real effect God could return is your remembrance of Him. The more you quit, the more meaningless the planet 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 wait for the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you have to come to a decision on the spot, you’ll get the appropriate “need” answer right then.
A remedy can be 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 quitting all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even through the correction of your brain process. They are met at the level of the forgiveness ladder you are able to understand and accept.
The Ladder of Forgiveness:
In 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 have to begin to discover 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 can be an illusion as you’re not forgiving anyone except yourself. All you’re really doing is “quitting” what you don’t want (in the mind) that you’ve projected “out there” into form.