Holy Spirit Tool Analogy: Painter’s Tool
Welcome to week 17 of building our Miracle Toolboxes with the Holy Spirit. Many of us are familiar with traditional ways of praying. They can include asking God for help with our needs, questions, and concerns. They can also include requests for others to heal or change their lives, or for circumstances to improve around our jobs or relationships. However, within The Song of Prayer supplement that Jesus shared with Helen Schucman after the transcribing of A Course in Miracles, he begins to introduce us to the art of “True Prayer”. If you have a copy of the Third Edition of A Course in Miracles from the Foundation for Inner Peace, you will find the supplement after the Clarification of Terms at the end of the book. In the first section titled, True Prayer (S-1.I), Jesus explains that “the secret of true prayer is to forget the things you think you need…but instead to practice stepping aside; letting go, and practice a quiet time of listening and loving” (S-1.I.5). He later states that “prayer is an offering; a giving up of yourself to be at one with Love” (S-1.I.5). For many of us, this is a new way of thinking about the practice of prayer. A great way to help us begin to learn the new practice can be found in Workbook Lesson 109: I rest in God. This lesson helps us to practice stillness, deep listening, and healing while resting in silence with God. Definitely try this meditation several times when you’re feeling down – it’s a quick restorative and spirit booster for sure!