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22 Nov 2021

While most of us have been brought up to think that prayer involves pleading with to God to help, save, fix problems and bring us things on earth, that is not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in a Course in Miracles (ACIM) is quite different and very beautiful. Regarding green song, it is joyous exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Creations that employs the forgiveness process to correct the mind through to the Prayer Song is all that remains. It's the ticket home so understanding true prayer, and forgiveness, is worth the time in re-training the mind.

Prayer is updating (sharing) a Song of Love and Creation or judgments of the ego based on what you ask for (agree with) in the mind. There is no other way. In the Course, the mind (content) is split between God and the ego; and you are going for all the time with a side as cause for effect.acim mp3

Forms (all things of this world) are miscreations reflecting the ego's judgmental thought system. We've made it up (miscreated this world) and can give it up anytime by correcting the mind (forgiveness). True prayer requires this correction of the mind as God has nothing to do with forms.

What Prayer is not:

Since you are always deciding, what you ask for when you hope is what counts. When you beg in prayer to have 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 which will remain hidden to the degree 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 on earth, etc. They are what you choose as alternatives for God's Love and the ego will pose the reason for prayer by using them to further the illusion. Therefore, prayer cannot be about "forms" or "needs" in any way.

The reason for 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 Adore to His Son at Creation so that it's a single voice shared by both the Creator and Created. Continuously sharing Love and Creation forwards and backwards extends them forever in everlasting. That is prayer's purpose.

In such a form world of illusion, this prayer is still a great gift from God offered through the Holy Spirit, the memory of God in the mind. It's how you reach God in the illusion. Anyone who has ever remembered the tiniest instant of this all-inclusive joy must begin questioning what he is choosing (praying for) and how to change his mind so he can have that all the time.

True Prayer and Forgiveness:

True prayer is: (1) asking to obtain what is already there, The Song; and, (2) along the way, using forgiveness (correction of the mind) to give up the ego forms or what is simply 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 a part of true prayer and makes the process go quicker. Prayer is timeless and goes on forever, and forgiveness is the illusory scale in time that returns the mind to this endless exchange. Forgiveness is gone when the mind is utterly changed and remembers only The Song.

The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is to concentrate on disregarding and giving up the things you think you want and need in the illusion, even the specifics, as this asks for the mind to be returned to Truth (Love). You are not furthering the illusion. You are saying yes with God that (a) you are a mind; (b) this form world is not real; (c) you made a miscalculation; and, (d) you can choose again.

Using correction of the mind (forgiveness) places those forms and needs on God's church, or in his hands, as idols which are activities like anything you have decided to be more important than God's Love. No longer wanting anything before His Love, the only effect God could return is your memories of Him. The more you give up, the more meaningless the world becomes and the faster you voice His Song.

Prayer in the Illusion:

Since the mind still rests with God, the Course says you don't have 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 must make a decision at the fair, you'll get the appropriate "need" answer right then.

A reply is an match of God's Voice from the Song of Prayer. You're not asking for the match itself. You are choosing the gift of Love from the Song giving up all form needs. "Need" answers in the illusion are contained within that match even during the correction of the mind process. They are met at the quality of the forgiveness scale you can understand and accept.

The Scale of Forgiveness:

End of it of the scale, it's all about asking for needs to be met and pulling out your projections from others. It is here you must will learn that all forgiveness is self forgiveness (correcting your own mind) and is practiced in the same order as projected. The scale of forgiveness is an illusion as you're not forgiving anyone except yourself. Whatever you are really doing is "giving up" what you don't want (in the mind) that you've projected "out there" into form.


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