While the majority of us have already been brought up to believe that prayer involves pleading to God to simply 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 very 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 improve your head before Prayer Song is all that remains. It’s 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 that which you ask for (agree with) in the mind. There is no other way. In the Course, your head (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are choosing constantly with a part as reason for effect.
Forms (all things of this 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 head (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of your head as God has nothing regarding forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Since you are usually deciding, that which you ask for once you pray is what counts. Whenever you plead in prayer to possess God fix a questionnaire 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’ll remain hidden to the amount 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 nowadays, etc. They are that which you choose as substitutes for God’s Love and the ego will distort the objective of prayer by using them to help expand the illusion. Therefore, prayer can’t 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 a course in miracles lessons. God gave this gift of Want to His Son at Creation to ensure that it is a single voice shared by both 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 a present 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 littlest instant of this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he’s choosing (praying for) and how to alter his mind so they can have that most the time.
True Prayer and Forgiveness:
True prayer is: (1) asking to receive what is already there, The Song; and, (2) along the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to stop 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 get 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 in time that returns your head to the endless exchange. Forgiveness disappears once the mind is completely corrected and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness would be to concentrate on disregarding and giving up the things you believe you need and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this requests your head to be returned to Truth (Love). You’re not furthering the illusion. You’re agreeing with God that (a) you are a mind; (b) this form world isn’t real; (c) you made a mistake; 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 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 head 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 make a decision on the spot, you’ll receive the right “need” answer right then.
A solution 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 through the correction of your head process. They are met at the degree of the forgiveness ladder you can understand and accept.