While many of us have now been mentioned to think that prayer involves pleading to God to greatly help, save, fix problems and bring us things these days, that’s incorrect prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is fairly different and very beautiful. Higher than a song, it’s joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to fix your brain before the Prayer Song is all that remains. Oahu is the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the amount of time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is exchanging (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego based on what you require (agree with) in the mind. There is no other way. In the Course, your brain (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are choosing all the time with a side as reason for effect.
Forms (all things of this world) are miscreations reflecting the ego’s judgmental thought system. We’ve made it up (miscreated this world) and may give it up anytime by correcting your brain (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your brain as God has nothing regarding forms.
What Prayer is Not:
When you are usually deciding, what you require whenever you pray is what counts. Whenever you plead in prayer to possess God fix a form problem with another form problem, you are 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 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 these days, etc. They’re what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the objective of prayer by with them to help expand 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 Love to His Son at Creation to ensure that it’s a single voice shared by both the Creator and Created a course in miracles lessons. Continuously sharing Love and Creation back and forth extends them forever in eternity. That’s 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 the manner in which you reach God in the illusion. Whoever has ever remembered the tiniest instant of this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to alter his mind so he is able to have that most the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking for 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 requesting nothing (i.e., no illusion, forms or needs) so you get 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 could be the illusory ladder in time that returns your brain to the endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears when the mind is totally corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is to focus on disregarding and quitting what exactly you believe 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 are a mind; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made a blunder; 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 simply anything you have chosen to become more important than God’s Love. No longer wanting anything before His Love, the sole effect God could return is the 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 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 immediately, you’ll get the appropriate “need” answer right then.
An answer 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 quitting all form needs. “Need” answers in the illusion are contained within that echo even through the correction of your brain process. They’re met at the degree of the forgiveness ladder you are able to understand and accept.