While the majority of us have been brought up to think that prayer involves pleading to God to help, save, fix problems and bring us things in this world, that is not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is fairly 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 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 predicated on what 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’re choosing constantly with an area as cause 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 will give it up anytime by correcting your head (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your head as God has nothing regarding forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Because you are always deciding, what you request once you pray is what counts. When you plead in prayer to have God fix a questionnaire 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 will remain hidden to their education you decide on 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 a course in miracles lessons. They are what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the objective of prayer by with them to help the illusion. Therefore, prayer can’t 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 the Creator and Created. Continuously sharing Love and Creation back and forth extends them forever in eternity. That’s 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 tiniest instant of this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to improve his mind so they can have that all the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to get what is already there, The Song; and, (2) on the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to give up the ego forms or what is not necessarily there. Joining with Love in true prayer is seeking 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 a part of true prayer and makes the procedure go quicker. Prayer is timeless and continues on forever, and forgiveness may be the illusory ladder in 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 is always to focus on disregarding and giving up what exactly you believe you need 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’re a head; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made a blunder; 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 nothing more than anything you’ve chosen to be more important than God’s Love. No more wanting anything before His Love, the only real effect God could return is your remembrance of Him. The more you stop trying, the more meaningless the world becomes and the faster you sing His Song.
Prayer in the Illusion:
Since your head still resides with God, the Course says you do not have to determine alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and await the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you must make a decision immediately, you’ll get the correct “need” answer right then.
A remedy can be 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 giving up all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even throughout the correction of your head process. They are met at the level of the forgiveness ladder you can understand and accept.