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’s not true prayer nor its purpose. Prayer in a Course in Miracles (ACIM) is quite different and extremely beautiful. Regarding green song, it is memorable exchange of Love and thanks between God and His Projects that employs the forgiveness process to correct the mind prior 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 changing (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, ucdm 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.
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 cease anytime by repairing the mind (forgiveness). True prayer requires this a static correction of the mind as God has nothing regarding 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 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 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 intention of prayer by using them to further the illusion. Therefore, prayer cannot be about “forms” or “needs” in any way.
The intention 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 Adore to His Son at Creation so that it’s a single voice shared by the Creator and Created. Continuously sharing Love and Creation backwards and forwards expands them forever in everlasting. That is prayer’s purpose.
In this 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 not truly 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 corporate in time that returns the mind to this endless exchange. Forgiveness is gone when the mind is utterly fixed and remembers only The Song.
The big secret of true prayer and forgiveness is to concentrate on neglecting and giving up the things you think you want and need in the illusion, even the particulars, 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 an oversight; and, (d) you can choose again.
Using a static 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 sing out His Song.