A Songs with Prayer Originating from a Course in Miracles.
While the majority of us have already been brought up to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to greatly help, save, fix problems and bring us things these days, that’s not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and very beautiful. Greater than a song, it is joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to correct your brain until the Prayer Song is all that remains. It’s 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 ask for (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 are choosing all the time with a side as cause 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 provide 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:
Because you are always deciding, what you ask for once you pray is what counts. When you plead in prayer to possess God fix an application 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 which will remain hidden to their education 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 these days, etc. They are what you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the purpose of prayer by with them to help the illusion a course in miracles lessons. Therefore, prayer can not be about “forms” or “needs” in just about 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 Want to His Son at Creation so that it is a single voice shared by both the Creator and Created. 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 continues to be something special from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It’s the way you reach God in the illusion. Whoever has ever remembered the tiniest instant with this 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 for what’s already there, The Song; and, (2) as you go along, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to give up the ego forms or what’s certainly not there. Joining with Love in true prayer is asking for nothing (i.e., no illusion, forms or needs) so you get receiving everything (Love). One problem. One solution.
Forgiveness (correction of the mind) is 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 concentrate on disregarding and quitting what exactly you believe you need and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this requests your brain to be returned to Truth (Love). You are not furthering the illusion. You are agreeing with God that (a) you are a head; (b) this form world is not 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 only anything you’ve chosen to be more important than God’s Love. No longer wanting anything before His Love, the only real effect God could return is the 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 you do not have to decide alone and should ask the Holy Spirit for help deciding and watch for the answer. Otherwise, you’ve already decided with the ego. If you must make a decision on the spot, you’ll get the right “need” answer right then.
A remedy is 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 can understand and accept.