The Holiness of Healing


As we end The Song of Prayer we can think of it as a beginning for us all. Days after the events in Paris, many are still profoundly affected. Yet we can take refuge in the words in this last section. It is about how forgiveness, our aid to prayer, leads us to healing which is the ultimate blessing. As my husband, Rev. Paul, during our Healing Circle meditation on Sunday which was dedicated to Paris, indicated, forgiveness is our key to happiness. We may not be able to change the events that occurred, however, we can change our mind. It may seem difficult to do so but we are not alone in attempting this feat.

Our brothers are our salvation. They are our peace of mind if we so choose. At first, we must acknowledge honestly our feelings and not sweep them aside. It is easy to pretend we do not feel the anger or sadness because we want to be as stoic Course students. Forget that please. Do not remain stoic. Cry and be angry if you feel it within your being. Then, ask for assistance from the Holy Spirit.

As Jesus tells us, we first forgive (with Holy Spirit’s Help), then pray (praying gratitude and thanks to that we are as God created us to be), and then we are healed (we recognize our oneness with all). Let the light of forgiveness touch each and everyone. Those we fear and hate and those we love and embrace. Leave no one outside the healing circle of light. When we judge another, we are judging ourselves. Peace can come to our minds as we release the justification of fear.

What more words can I share as my words are meaningless. Only God gives us meaning. I only leave you with this from the end of The Song of Prayer.

Come unto Me, My children, once again, without such twisted thoughts upon your hearts. You still are holy with the Holiness which fathered you in perfect sinlessness, and still surrounds you with the Arms of peace. Dream now of healing. Then arise and lay all dreaming down forever. You are he your Father loves, who never left his home, nor wandered in a savage world with feet that bleed, and with a heavy heart made hard against the love that is the truth in you. Give all your dreams to Christ and let Him be your Guide to healing, leading you in prayer beyond the sorry reaches of the world.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

Our Healing Circle meditation each month is for just this. Our meditation recordings are listed here: https://miraclesone.org/2015/07/healing-circle-meditations/

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  1. The Holiness of Healing

S-3.IV.1.               How holy are the healed! 2 For in their sight their brothers share their healing and their love. 3 Bringers of peace,–the Holy Spirit’s voice, through whom He speaks for God, Whose Voice He is,–such are God’s healers. 4 They but speak for Him and never for themselves. 5 They have no gifts but those they have from God. 6 And these they share because they know that this is what He wills. 7 They are not special. 8 They are holy. 9 They have chosen holiness, and given up all separate dreams of special attributes through which they can bestow unequal gifts on those less fortunate. 10 Their healing has restored their wholeness so they can forgive, and join the song of prayer in which the healed sing of their union and their thanks to God.

S-3.IV.2.               As witness to forgiveness, aid to prayer, and the effect of mercy truly taught, healing is blessing. 2 And the world responds in quickened chorus through the voice of prayer. 3 Forgiveness shines its merciful reprieve upon each blade of grass and feathered wing and all the living things upon the earth. 4 Fear has no haven here, for love has come in all its holy oneness. 5 Time remains only to let the last embrace of prayer rest on the earth an instant, as the world is shined away. 6 This instant is the goal of all true healers, whom the Christ has taught to see His likeness and to teach like Him.

S-3.IV.3.               Think what it means to help the Christ to heal! 2 Can anything be holier than this? 3 God thanks His healers, for He knows the Cause of healing is Himself, His Love, His Son, restored as His completion and returned to share with Him creation’s holy joy. 4 Do not ask partial healing, nor accept an idol for rememberance of Him Whose Love has never changed and never will. 5 You are as dear to Him as is the whole of His creation, for it lies in you as His eternal gift. 6 What need have you for shifting dreams within a sorry world? 7 Do not forget the gratitude of God. 8 Do not forget the holy grace of prayer. 9 Do not forget forgiveness of God’s Son.

 

S-3.IV.4.               You first forgive, then pray, and you are healed. 2 Your prayer has risen up and called to God, Who hears and answers. 3 You have understood that you forgive and pray but for yourself. 4 And in this understanding you are healed. 5 In prayer you have united with your Source, and understood that you have never left. 6 This level cannot be attained until there is no hatred in your heart, and no desire to attack the Son of God.

S-3.IV.5.               Never forget this; it is you who are God’s Son, and as you choose to be to him so are you to yourself, and God to you. 2 Nor will your judgment fail to reach to God, for you will give the role to Him you see in His creation. 3 Do not choose amiss, or you will think that it is you who are creator in His place, and He is then no longer Cause but only an effect. 4 Now healing is impossible, for He is blamed for your deception and your guilt. 5 He Who is Love becomes the source of fear, for only fear can now be justified. 6 Vengeance is His. 7 His great destroyer, death. 8 And sickness, suffering and grievous loss become the lot of everyone on earth, which He abandoned to the devil’s care, swearing He will deliver it no more.

S-3.IV.6.               Come unto Me, My children, once again, without such twisted thoughts upon your hearts. 2 You still are holy with the Holiness which fathered you in perfect sinlessness, and still surrounds you with the Arms of peace. 3 Dream now of healing. 4 Then arise and lay all dreaming down forever. 5 You are he your Father loves, who never left his home, nor wandered in a savage world with feet that bleed, and with a heavy heart made hard against the love that is the truth in you. 6 Give all your dreams to Christ and let Him be your Guide to healing, leading you in prayer beyond the sorry reaches of the world.

S-3.IV.7.               He comes for Me and speaks My Word to you. 2 I would recall My weary Son to Me from dreams of malice to the sweet embrace of everlasting Love and perfect peace. 3 My Arms are open to the Son I love, who does not understand that he is healed, and that his prayers have never ceased to sing his joyful thanks in unison with all creation, in the holiness of Love. 4 Be still an instant. 5 Underneath the sounds of harsh and bitter striving and defeat there is a Voice that speaks to you of Me. 6 Hear this an instant and you will be healed. 7 Hear this an instant and you have been saved.

S-3.IV.8.               Help Me to wake My children from the dream of retribution and a little life beset with fear, that ends so soon it might as well have never been. 2 Let Me instead remind you of eternity, in which your joy grows greater as your love extends along with Mine beyond infinity, where time and distance have no meaning. 3 While you wait in sorrow Heaven’s melody is incomplete, because your song is part of the eternal harmony of love. 4 Without you is creation unfulfilled. 5 Return to Me Who never left My Son. 6 Listen, My child, your Father calls to you. 7 Do not refuse to hear the Call for Love. 8 Do not deny to Christ what is His Own. 9 Heaven is here and Heaven is your home.

S-3.IV.9.               Creation leans across the bars of time to lift the heavy burden from the world. 2 Lift up your hearts to greet its advent. 3 See the shadows fade away in gentleness; the thorns fall softly from the bleeding brow of him who is the holy Son of God. 4 How lovely are you, child of Holiness! 5 How like to Me! 6 How lovingly I hold you in My Heart and in My Arms. 7 How dear is every gift to Me that you have made, who healed My Son and took him from the cross. 8 Arise and let My thanks be given you. 9 And with My gratitude will come the gift first of forgiveness, then eternal peace.

S-3.IV.10.             So now return your holy voice to Me. 2 The song of prayer is silent without you. 3 The universe is waiting your release because it is its own. 4 Be kind to it and to yourself, and then be kind to Me. 5 I ask but this; that you be comforted and live no more in terror and in pain. 6 Do not abandon Love. 7 Remember this; whatever you may think about yourself, whatever you may think about the world, your Father needs you and will call to you until you come to Him in peace at last.

Separation versus Union


Continuing our series on The Song of Prayer, supplement to A Course in Miracles

3. Healing, III. Separation versus Union

As we near the end of our study series on The Song of Prayer,  I find for myself in reviewing this material yet again, has insightful and certainly worthwhile. As I look for myself at healing, especially since this year had thrown some curve balls to my health, I am reassured where true healing lies. True healing is the oneness with God. When I look at the false healing and healing of the world, now remember I am using Jesus’ words here. Obviously, we experience these bodies deeply day in and day out and it can seem frustrating to agree with Jesus and his points in the Course that the body is an illusion and healing is only of the mind.

Here in the world, we still do what we need to do. Take a pill, see a doctor, rest, or receive assistance in some way. We are talking about another level here, the level of the mind. We are learning that we are all equals here in the world. Doctors are not above us, and no one is below us, and so forth. To heal we recognize we are all the same in equality. We are all the Son of God in unity. There is nothing else on the level of Heaven. Form, as we know is a different story.

I take the Fibromyalgia I was diagnosed with earlier in the year. Here in the world, I do what I need to do to be good to myself, to rest when I need to do so, to take supplements and a daily medication and whatever else has been advised to me. I do it with love and I do it with the Holy Spirit. The body will heal or not, I really don’t know the answer because the answer is remembering to be grateful for what God created. God did not create this body. I can have a healthy body or an ill body. And that in itself can change here in the world. And as you know, it does. One day you are fine, the next perhaps allergies, and another a sore back. In fact, each day we are dying in these bodies if you think about it.

What can we do? I know for me what I have learned is to work on the level of form first so it may assist me in becoming comfortable so I may join with Jesus and the Holy Spirit to remember the truth. Jesus does not care for me to suffer. He wants only what is best for me. What is best for me is bringing serenity to my mind. He is one with me, and I with Him. I trust, if even a little if I am feel scared at all, and he will help facilitate peace. My part is my willingness.

After this and I am in the peace, I am open to living this differently. It is not for me to heal the body but for me to use what is occurring in the body to offer the gift of healing (union) to my mind. By the belief in the body, I am believing then in the separation from God. In focusing on the separation from God, no wonder I am fearful and anxious about my body. I am trusting in it instead of trusting in God. I will tell you at times early on this year, I had those fears. I have known other people with Fibromyalgia. Some were very bitter, angry people and some surrendered into depression, and some stay isolated. I did not want to see my life as such. I wanted to continue to live a happy life. And I have, by my own choice. Choice is the power we have. Can I see my situations and experiences through Holy Spirit’s Eyes. And more so, am I WILLING to do so or would I rather be a victim of the world and blame it and God for my lot in life.

It’s up to me. The Voice for God is with me. My healing of the mind has progressed because I have chosen to listen to Him. Why not give Holy Spirit a chance today? He has the remedy.

God’s Voice alone can tell you how to heal. Listen, and you will never fail to bring His kindly remedy to those He sends to you, to let Him heal them, and to bless all those who serve with Him in healing’s name. The body’s healing will occur because its cause has gone. And now without a cause, it cannot come again in different form.Nor will death any more be feared because it has been understood.  There is no fear in one who has been truly healed, for love has entered now where idols used to stand, and fear has given way at last to God.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

Join us for our email study of The Song of Prayer on our Healing Circle as we open to living in Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing – http://groups.google.com/d/forum/miraclesone-healingcircle 

Our Healing Circle meditation each month is for just this. Our meditation recordings are listed here: https://miraclesone.org/2015/07/healing-circle-meditations/

III. Separation versus Union

S-3.III.1.               False healing heals the body in a part, but never as a whole. 2 Its separate goals become quite clear in this, for it has not removed the curse of sin that lies on it. 3 Therefore it still deceives. 4 Nor is it made by one who understands the other is exactly like himself. 5 For it is this that makes true healing possible. 6 When false, there is some power that another has, not equally bestowed on both as one. 7 Here is the separation shown. 8 And here the meaning of true healing has been lost, and idols have arisen to obscure the unity that is the Son of God.

S-3.III.2.               Healing-to-separate may seem to be a strange idea. 2 And yet it can be said of any form of healing that is based on inequality of any kind. 3 These forms may heal the body, and indeed are generally limited to this. 4 Someone knows better, has been better trained, or is perhaps more talented and wise. 5 Therefore, he can give healing to the one who stands beneath him in his patronage. 6 The healing of the body can be done by this because, in dreams, equality cannot be permanent. 7 The shifts and change are what the dream is made of. 8 To be healed appears to be to find a wiser one who, by his arts and learning, will succeed.

S-3.III.3.               Someone knows better; this the magic phrase by which the body seems to be the aim of healing as the world conceives of it. 2 And to this wiser one another goes to profit by his learning and his skill; to find in him the remedy for pain. 3 How can that be? 4 True healing cannot come from inequality assumed and then accepted as the truth, and used to help restore the wounded and to calm the mind that suffers from the agony of doubt.

S-3.III.4.               Is there a role for healing, then, that one can use to offer help for someone else? 2 In arrogance the answer must be “no.” 3 But in humility there is indeed a place for helpers. 4 It is like the role that helps in prayer, and lets forgiveness be what it is meant to be. 5 You do not make yourself the bearer of the special gift that brings the healing. 6 You but recognize your oneness with the one who calls for help. 7 For in this oneness is his separate sense dispelled, and it is this that made him sick. 8 There is no point in giving remedy apart from where the source of sickness is, for never thus can it be truly healed.

S-3.III.5.               Healers there are, for they are Sons of God who recognize their Source, and understand that all their Source creates is one with them. 2 This is the remedy that brings relief which cannot fail. 3 It will remain to bless for all eternity. 4 It heals no part, but wholly and forever. 5 Now the cause of every malady has been revealed exactly as it is. 6 And in that place is written now the holy Word of God. 7 Sickness and separation must be healed by love and union. 8 Nothing else can heal as God established healing. 9 Without Him there is no healing, for there is no love.

S-3.III.6.               God’s Voice alone can tell you how to heal. 2 Listen, and you will never fail to bring His kindly remedy to those He sends to you, to let Him heal them, and to bless all those who serve with Him in healing’s name. 3 The body’s healing will occur because its cause has gone. 4 And now without a cause, it cannot come again in different form. 5 Nor will death any more be feared because it has been understood. 6 There is no fear in one who has been truly healed, for love has entered now where idols used to stand, and fear has given way at last to God.

False versus True Healing


False healing merely makes a poor exchange of one illusion for a “nicer” one; a dream of sickness for a dream of health.

This is probably what feels most difficult to us in looking at ACIM’s view of healing. With so many concepts and principles and modalities that are here in the world in reference to healing, it still can confound us that this is still all a dream. But it is true, sick or healthy, the body is an illusion. True healing is forgiveness showing us that we are more than what we see with the body’s eyes and the body’s other senses and experiences.

In the Text, we have learned that the body is merely a tool of which we can put in service to the ego or the Holy Spirit. Here we see again the body has been used by us as a home as we remember our true home. We do not curse the body, but we thank it. It has provided us a service and nothing more. Thank you body for allowing me to learn all that I needed to learn to remember my true nature.

In this section, Jesus also speaks of death. Traditionally, we see death differently. It is not what we think. It is not something to fear. We are not held fast by the body, nor is our identity held fast in it. We are something so much more.

This is why the higher prayer comes into play. It is to remind us that we are above the body, above the illusion and only as God created us to be, as an extension of His Holy Self. Healing is complete. It is done. It does not need to be repeated. (See the Manual for Teachers above this)

As you see, it always comes down to forgiveness. FOR GIVING LOVE, is sometimes how I see  it. The quote here: Forgiveness is the only gift you give and would receive. Forgiveness helps us to see beyond the body and into the eternal. The eternal is Love, and so I am only seeing, giving and receiving that Love.

What does this section say to me in my life now?

With my recent illness of bronchitis and my diagnosis earlier in the year of Fibromyalgia, it shows me to see beyond what I am witnessing in my body. Certainly I follow doctor’s instructions, take medications, herbs and supplements as needed, yet too believing this body is not the truth of Who I am. It is carrying me through this world so I may have the experiences I am to have, so I can remember I am my Father’s Child.

That in itself brings me peace.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

Join us for our email study of The Song of Prayer on our Healing Circle as we open to living in Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing – http://groups.google.com/d/forum/miraclesone-healingcircle 

Our Healing Circle meditation each month is for just this. Our meditation recordings are listed here: https://miraclesone.org/2015/07/healing-circle-meditations/

  1. False versus True Healing

S-3.II.1. False healing merely makes a poor exchange of one illusion for a “nicer” one; a dream of sickness for a dream of health. 2 This can occur at lower forms of prayer, combining with forgiveness kindly meant but not completely understood as yet. 3 Only false healing can give way to fear, so sickness will be free to strike again. 4 False healing can indeed remove a form of pain and sickness. 5 But the cause remains, and will not lack effects. 6 The cause is still the wish to die and overcome the Christ. 7 And with this wish is death a certainty, for prayer [is] answered. 8 Yet there is a kind of seeming death that has a different source. 9 It does not come because of hurtful thoughts and raging anger at the universe. 10 It merely signifies the end has come for usefulness of body functioning. 11 And so it is discarded as a choice, as one lays by a garment now outworn.

S-3.II.2. This is what death should be; a quiet choice, made joyfully and with a sense of peace, because the body has been kindly used to help the Son of God along the way he goes to God. 2 We thank the body, then, for all the service it has given us. 3 But we are thankful, too, the need is done to walk the world of limits, and to reach the Christ in hidden forms and clearly seen at most in lovely flashes. 4 Now we can behold Him without blinders, in the light that we have learned to look upon again.

S-3.II.3. We call it death, but it is liberty. 2 It does not come in forms that seem to be thrust down in pain upon unwilling flesh, but as a gentle welcome to release. 3 If there has been true healing, this can be the form in which death comes when it is time to rest a while from labor gladly done and gladly ended. 4 Now we go in peace to freer air and gentler climate, where it is not hard to see the gifts we gave were saved for us. 5 For Christ is clearer now; His vision more sustained in us; His Voice, the Word of God, more certainly our own.

S-3.II.4. This gentle passage to a higher prayer, a kind forgiveness of the ways of earth, can only be received with thankfulness. 2 Yet first true healing must have come to bless the mind with loving pardon for the sins it dreamed about and laid upon the world. 3 Now are its dreams dispelled in quiet rest. 4 Now its forgiveness comes to heal the world and it is ready to depart in peace, the journey over and the lessons learned.

S-3.II.5. This is not death according to the world, for death is cruel in its frightened eyes and takes the form of punishment for sin. 2 How could it be a blessing, then? 3 And how could it be welcome when it must be feared? 4 What healing has occurred in such a view of what is merely opening the gate to higher prayer and kindly justice done? 5 Death is reward and not a punishment. 6 But such a viewpoint must be fostered by the healing that the world cannot conceive. 7 There is no partial healing. 8 What but shifts illusions has done nothing. 9 What is false cannot be partly true. 10 If you are healed your healing is complete. 11 Forgiveness is the only gift you give and would receive.

S-3.II.6. False healing rests upon the body’s cure, leaving the cause of illness still unchanged, ready to strike again until it brings a cruel death in seeming victory. 2 It can be held at bay a little while, and there can be brief respite as it waits to take its vengeance on the Son of God. 3 Yet it cannot be overcome until all faith in it has been laid by, and placed upon God’s substitute for evil dreams; a world in which there is no veil of sin to keep it dark and comfortless. 4 At last the gate of Heaven opens and God’s Son is free to enter in the home that stands ready to welcome him, and was prepared before time was and still but waits for him.

Thoughts on Forgiveness-for-Salvation


From The Song of Prayer, 2. Forgiveness, III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation

I forgive so I may embrace the all-encompassing Oneness That Is. I am not separate from you and you from me. It seems that way when I look at you, but who are you really? Who am I really? Are we the sum of our past, our personality quirks, our pain, our attempts at happiness? Are you or I really in control here? I am in control of my thoughts that I think. With whom will I think them with? Spirit or ego?

I don’t know what forgiveness will look like. I surrender to the un-forming. All I need do is call to the Christ. The Christ will lead me down a splendid path strewn with blossoms of love, carpeting my way. There is only God’s Will. And yet I am to ask, “What should I do for him, Your Holy Son?” when help is needed and forgiveness sought. What should I do? Not, I KNOW what to do.  In this query is the stepping aside so that light indeed may guide.

In my life when I have come across these times whether the call is subtle or a wailing (and it just isn’t someone else but I can fall into that category or two myself), what have I done? At times I ignored the forgiveness call and shoved it aside to yet another, later time. Other times I accepted the call, listened to the Christ and allowed His Answer to grace me. What is His Answer? Seeing through the Eyes of Holiness.

I think about the previous year when I had circumstances that shook my foundation as maddening communication came my way in the form that I judged to be from such twisted minds. I worked through these times, first remembering that I am not what others indicate or judge me to be. If I take those projections on, then I am owning them as true. After I worked through that level, I remembered that those others had forgotten who they were in God’s Eyes. It was my job to see them with God’s Eyes. When I did this, then what occurred dissipated to the point that I have to spend time really recalling what those situations were. And this I have embrace just merely over the last two months as our current class looked at “Health is Inner Peace.”

Do I give my “health” away to the ego’s judgments and projections? Meaning my spiritual and mental health? Or do I rest in Him Who is my Source and release the world and all its “charms” and allow the gift to be given through me to these others. When I do this, it takes on such new meaning for me. I see my brother outlined in light. Then, as I look more closely, the image of the body vanishes and I see only light. Then, we are no bodies no more, we are saved, we are united in His Holy Light. There is no we, but only the Son of God.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

Join us for our email study of The Song of Prayer on our Healing Circle as we open to living in Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing – http://groups.google.com/d/forum/miraclesone-healingcircle 

Our Healing Circle meditation each month is for just this. Our meditation recordings are listed here: https://miraclesone.org/2015/07/healing-circle-meditations/

III. Forgiveness-for-Salvation

S-2.III.1.               Forgiveness-for-Salvation has one form, and only one. 2 It does not ask for proof of innocence, nor pay of any kind. 3 It does not argue, nor evaluate the errors that it wants to overlook. 4 It does not offer gifts in treachery, nor promise freedom while it asks for death. 5 Would God deceive you? 6 He but asks for trust and willingness to learn how to be free. 7 He gives His Teacher to whoever asks, and seeks to understand the Will of God. 8 His readiness to give lies far beyond your understanding and your simple grasp. 9 Yet He has willed you learn the way to Him, and in His willing there is certainty.

S-2.III.2.               You child of God, the gifts of God are yours, not by your plans but by His holy Will. 2 His Voice will teach you what forgiveness is, and how to give it as He wills it be. 3 Do not, then, seek to understand what is beyond you yet, but let it be a way to draw you up to where the eyes of Christ become the sight you choose. 4 Give up all else, for there [is] nothing else. 5 When someone calls for help in any form, He is the One to answer for you. 6 All that you need do is to step back and not to interfere. 7 Forgiveness-for-Salvation is His task, and it is He Who will respond for you.

S-2.III.3.               Do not establish what the form should be that Christ’s forgiveness takes. 2 He knows the way to make of every call a help to you, as you arise in haste to go at last unto your Father’s house. 3 Now can He make your footsteps sure, your words sincere; not with your own sincerity, but with His Own. 4 Let Him take charge of how you would forgive, and each occasion then will be to you another step to Heaven and to peace.

S-2.III.4.               Are you not weary of imprisonment? 2 God did not choose this sorry path for you. 3 What you have chosen still can be undone, for prayer is merciful and God is just. 4 His is a justice He can understand, but you cannot as yet. 5 Still will He give the means to you to learn of Him, and know at last that condemnation is not real and makes illusions in its evil name. 6 And yet it matters not the form that dreams may seem to take. 7 Illusions are untrue. 8 God’s Will is truth, and you are one with Him in Will and purpose. 9 Here all dreams are done.

S-2.III.5.               “What should I do for him, Your holy Son?” should be the only thing you ever ask when help is needed and forgiveness sought. 2 The form the seeking takes you need not judge. 3 And let it not be you who sets the form in which forgiveness comes to save God’s Son. 4 The light of Christ in him is his release, and it is this that answers to his call. 5 Forgive him as the Christ decides you should, and be His eyes through which you look on him, and speak for Him as well. 6 He knows the need; the question and the answer. 7 He will say exactly what to do, in words that you can understand and you can also use. 8 Do not confuse His function with your own. 9 He is the Answer. 10 You the one who hears.

S-2.III.6.               And what is it He speaks to you about? 2 About salvation and the gift of peace. 3 About the end of sin and guilt and death. 4 About the role forgiveness has in Him. 5 Do you but listen. 6 For He will be heard by anyone who calls upon His Name, and places his forgiveness in His hands. 7 Forgiveness has been given Him to teach, to save it from destruction and to make the means for separation, sin and death become again the holy gift of God. 8 Prayer is His Own right Hand, made free to save as true forgiveness is allowed to come from His eternal vigilance and Love. 9 Listen and learn, and do not judge. 10 It is to God you turn to hear what you should do. 11 His answer will be clear as morning, nor is His forgiveness what you think it is.

S-2.III.7.               Still does He know, and that should be enough. 2 Forgiveness has a Teacher Who will fail in nothing. 3 Rest a while in this; do not attempt to judge forgiveness, nor to set it in an earthly frame. 4 Let it arise to Christ, Who welcomes it as gift to Him. 5 He will not leave you comfortless, nor fail to send His angels down to answer you in His Own Name. 6 He stands beside the door to which forgiveness is the only key. 7 Give it to Him to use instead of you, and you will see the door swing silently open upon the shining face of Christ. 8 Behold your brother there beyond the door; the Son of God as He created him.

 

Forgiveness to Destroy


For this week’s thoughts on The Song of Prayer, I give you an excerpt from my book I am Entitled to Miracles!

What we have learned about forgiveness in the world is not what Jesus is teaching us in A Course in Miracles. In the world, we have learned that forgiveness looks a certain way. Here is what happens: The offender commits an act that hurts the offendee. The offendee can take various paths to what we call “traditional” forgiveness. These paths may sound familiar to you.

  1. The offendee takes the stance that “I am better than the offender” and so I will bestow forgiveness upon him or her to show that “I am holier than thou.”
  1. The offendee knows that he himself is a terrible sinner and so he forgives the offender because “I am so unworthy because I have done much worse.”
  1. The offendee becomes a martyr and says, “You don’t really deserve forgiveness because I have suffered and I am so saintly. I need you to pay attention to my suffering.  If you do so, then I will forgive you.”
  1. The offendee becomes a slave-master and turns the offender into his or her slave. “I will make you pay for what you have done. You will make it up to me and I will keep throwing it in your face.”

Jesus teaches us that all these methods are “Forgiveness-to-Destroy” (see The Song of Prayer). They are not real forgiveness. Instead, they make the “sin” or offense real. They make the other person guilty. We are reinforcing that (a) something happened and (b) the person is guilty.

 

All forms forgiveness takes that do not lead away from anger, condemnation and comparisons of every kind are death. 
S-2.II.8:1

 

True Forgiveness overlooks the transgression and sees beyond to the Truth that we are One.  It releases anger, judgment and offers only Love.

We are not the ones that “do” forgiveness. We allow the Holy Spirit to forgive through us. We are to let Him take charge of how we would forgive. When these forgiveness opportunities arise in our lives, we have to remember that the other person is calling for love and that our response should be only love.

How can we do this in the world? What about dangerous people? Or, fill in the blank.

It is not about what we need to do in form; it is about what we need to do in our mind. The rest will follow because Holy Spirit will guide us.

We step back and allow the Holy Spirit to do His job. Our job is not to interfere with the process. Everyone and everything in our lives can provide us an opportunity to look deeply into the mirror to see our own need for forgiveness. The other person is just holding the mirror to our face, showing us what we need to see. We would not be emotionally charged if we had not made an interpretation about it.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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  1. Forgiveness-to-Destroy

S-2.II.1. Forgiveness-to-destroy has many forms, being a weapon of the world of form. 2 Not all of them are obvious, and some are carefully concealed beneath what seems like charity. 3 Yet all the forms that it may seem to take have but this single goal; their purpose is to separate and make what God created equal, different. 4 The difference is clear in several forms where the designed comparison cannot be missed, nor is it really meant to be.

 

S-2.II.2. In this group, first, there are the forms in which a “better” person deigns to stoop to save a “baser” one from what he truly is. 2 Forgiveness here rests on an attitude of gracious lordliness so far from love that arrogance could never be dislodged. 3 Who can forgive and yet despise? 4 And who can tell another he is steeped in sin, and yet perceive him as the Son of God? 5 Who makes a slave to teach what freedom is? 6 There is no union here, but only grief. 7 This is not really mercy. 8 This is death.

S-2.II.3. Another form, still very like the first if it is understood, does not appear in quite such blatant arrogance. 2 The one who would forgive the other does not claim to be the better. 3 Now he says instead that here is one whose sinfulness he shares, since both have been unworthy and deserve the retribution of the wrath of God. 4 This can appear to be a humble thought, and may indeed induce a rivalry in sinfulness and guilt. 5 It is not love for God’s creation and the holiness that is His gift forever. 6 Can His Son condemn himself and still remember Him?

 

S-2.II.4. Here the goal is to separate from God the Son He loves, and keep him from his Source. 2 This goal is also sought by those who seek the role of martyr at another’s hand. 3 Here must the aim be clearly seen, for this may pass as meekness and as charity instead of cruelty. 4 Is it not kind to be accepting of another’s spite, and not respond except with silence and a gentle smile? 5 Behold, how good are you who bear with patience and with saintliness the anger and the hurt another gives, and do not show the bitter pain you feel.

 

S-2.II.5. Forgiveness-to-destroy will often hide behind a cloak like this. 2 It shows the face of suffering and pain, in silent proof of guilt and of the ravages of sin. 3 Such is the witness that it offers one who could be savior, not an enemy. 4 But having been made enemy, he must accept the guilt and heavy-laid reproach that thus is put upon him. 5 Is this love? 6 Or is it rather treachery to one who needs salvation from the pain of guilt? 7 What could the purpose be, except to keep the witnesses of guilt away from love?

 

S-2.II.6. Forgiveness-to-destroy can also take the form of bargaining and compromise. 2 “I will forgive you if you meet my needs, for in your slavery is my release.” 3 Say this to anyone and you are slave. 4 And you will seek to rid yourself of guilt in further bargains which can give no hope, but only greater pain and misery. 5 How fearful has forgiveness now become, and how distorted is the end it seeks. 6 Have mercy on yourself who bargains thus. 7 God gives and does not ask for recompense. 8 There is no giving but to give like Him. 9 All else is mockery. 10 For who would try to strike a bargain with the Son of God, and thank his Father for his holiness?

 

S-2.II.7. What would you show your brother? 2 Would you try to reinforce his guilt and thus your own? 3 Forgiveness is the means for your escape. 4 How pitiful it is to make of it the means for further slavery and pain. 5 Within the world of opposites there is a way to use forgiveness for the goal of God, and find the peace He offers you. 6 Take nothing else, or you have sought your death, and prayed for separation from your Self. 7 Christ is for all because He is in all. 8 It is His face forgiveness lets you see. 9 It is His face in which you see your own.

 

S-2.II.8. All forms forgiveness takes that do not lead away from anger, condemnation and comparisons of every kind are death. 2 For that is what their purposes have set. 3 Be not deceived by them, but lay them by as worthless in their tragic offerings. 4 You do not want to stay in slavery. 5 You do not want to be afraid of God. 6 You want to see the sunlight and the glow of Heaven shining on the face of earth, redeemed from sin and in the Love of God. 7 From here is prayer released, along with you. 8 Your wings are free, and prayer will lift you up and bring you home where God would have you be.

 

The Song of Prayer – 2. Forgiveness, Intro & I. Forgiveness of Yourself


When it all comes down to it, forgiveness is what brings us quickly to a place of peace within our being. As Jesus tells us in this section, forgiveness offers wings to prayer. So now we are rising above that which we thought we were praying for and realize we have all in the One Who is All. Together forgiveness and prayer are sisters, leading us to the light by each moment we practice. The end of illusion is near and we are working steadfastly towards it each time we practice.

I see this within myself, I have mentioned to my classes and students that I am happier and more peaceful now than ever. With my current health diagnosis and other unexpected situations popping up like a jack-in-the-box in front of me, I find I can remain at peace in the midst of it all. I know within my goal is solely for peace. My prayer is one of forgiveness so that I may see truly through the fog of illusion to the light within. I don’t want to focus on what is going on outside of me (and even that me is a personality) but to simply observe everything from the place of Love. That is what our Teacher the Holy Spirit practices with us. Whether it is a symptom, or an upset or a situation, He holds the truth until we are comfortable in accepting it for ourselves. I can get through anything that appears in my path with Him by my side. I say this because I have practiced it. Too often in the past I let the knee-jerk reactions run my life, but for now I can truly step back and let Him lead the way through the power of prayer and forgiveness.

Forgiveness of Yourself – When we look at forgiveness and when I have in classes with students, it always seems easier to forgive others than our own failings. Yet the gift is there for us. Yes, we have made of forgiveness not what it was intended and that has blocked us from the Light. We can still think of forgiveness in the “old” way. We have to now think of forgiveness according to the way Jesus sets forth for us. The path is actually easier than we believe. We make it hard because of our belief that it must be hard. It can’t be as easy and as simple as we are being told. But, it is.

Forgiveness is a kindness. It is an act of love. Why must we constantly forget to offer love to ourselves instead of berating ourselves for every item we missed or everything that has gone off track in our lives? We are offered another way. Let’s take it. God gave us the means to return to Him, why have we chosen everything but?

We need nothing special to accept and practice forgiveness of ourselves. We do it and reap the benefits. I know in my life of all the trials and tribulations, the failed marriages and relationships and friendships, the missteps, and the mistaken thoughts, I have committed myself to hell many times. Yet, God hasn’t condemned me. The more I have pulled myself out from under that heavy weight of guilt, the lighter I become. Dragging that huge boulder of guilt around with me doesn’t serve me or anyone else here in the world. Here in the world I need to see myself as God sees me.

This world is not only an illusion but a deception. We have been deceived in what to believe here. Yes, we still walk this world but with forgiveness and love as our guides, we can walk the world differently. Still be in these bodies, still interacting with others but all with the Word of God on our lips and His Light guiding our minds. We know the truth within and now we share that with others by our own demonstration. No one needs to walk this world with the boulder of guilt. Help yourself to cut the chain to it, allow the Holy Spirit do so and by that you will help everyone around you. No more will you teach guilt, but love.

I am grateful myself for the transition I have had in my years with Jesus and his Course. To witness now what I do, to be as I am now, to experience what I do brings me great joy. I still have worldly issues occur, but I know they are not what God created. What God created was love and I follow that Love because I know this Love will see me through time and again. If you are not sure what to do, do what I have done and that is to ask the Holy Spirit’s help in all things. He is there for a reason. He is there to bless you and support your holy mind. Believe that you are holy because you are.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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  1. FORGIVENESS

Introduction

S-2.in.1.                Forgiveness offers wings to prayer, to make its rising easy and its progress swift. 2 Without its strong support it would be vain to try to rise above prayer’s bottom step, or even to attempt to climb at all. 3 Forgiveness is prayer’s ally; sister in the plan for your salvation. 4 Both must come to hold you up and keep your feet secure; your purpose steadfast and unchangeable. 5 Behold the greatest help that God ordained to be with you until you reach to Him. 6 Illusion’s end will come with this. 7 Unlike the timeless nature of its sister, prayer, forgiveness has an end. 8 For it becomes unneeded when the rising up is done. 9 Yet now it has a purpose beyond which you cannot go, nor have you need to go. 10 Accomplish this and you have been redeemed. 11 Accomplish this and you have been transformed. 12 Accomplish this and you will save the world.

 

  1. Forgiveness of Yourself

S-2.I.1.  No gift of Heaven has been more misunderstood than has forgiveness. 2 It has, in fact, become a scourge; a curse where it was meant to bless, a cruel mockery of grace, a parody upon the holy peace of God. 3 Yet those who have not yet chosen to begin the steps of prayer cannot but use it thus. 4 Forgiveness’ kindness is obscure at first, because salvation is not understood, [nor truly sought for]. 5 What was meant to heal is used to hurt because forgiveness is not wanted. 6 Guilt becomes salvation, and the remedy appears to be a terrible alternative to life.

S-2.I.2.  Forgiveness-to-destroy will therefore suit the purpose of the world far better than its true objective, and the honest means by which this goal is reached. 2 Forgiveness-to-destroy will overlook no sin, no crime, no guilt that it can seek and find and “love.” 3 Dear to its heart is error, and mistakes loom large and grow and swell within its sight. 4 It carefully picks out all evil things, and overlooks the loving as a plague; a hateful thing of danger and of death. 5 Forgiveness-to-destroy [is] death, and this it sees in all it looks upon and hates. 6 God’s mercy has become a twisted knife that would destroy the holy Son He loves.

S-2.I.3.  Would you forgive yourself for doing this? 2 Then learn that God has given you the means by which you can return to Him in peace. 3 [Do not see error]. 4 Do not make it real. 5 Select the loving and forgive the sin by choosing in its place the face of Christ. 6 How otherwise can prayer return to God? 7 He loves His Son. 8 Can you remember Him and hate what He created? 9 You will hate his Father if you hate the Son He loves. 10 For as you see the Son you see yourself, and as you see yourself is God to you.

S-2.I.4.  As prayer is always for yourself, so is forgiveness always given you. 2 It is impossible to forgive another, for it is only your sins you see in him. 3 You want to see them there, and not in you. 4 That is why forgiveness of another is an illusion. 5 Yet it is the only happy dream in all the world; the only one that does not lead to death. 6 Only in someone else can you forgive yourself, for you have called him guilty of your sins, and in him must your innocence now be found. 7 Who but the sinful need to be forgiven? 8 And do not ever think you can see sin in anyone except yourself.

S-2.I.5.  This is the great deception of the world, and you the great deceiver of yourself. 2 It always seems to be another who is evil, and in his sin you are the injured one. 3 How could freedom be possible if this were so? 4 You would be slave to everyone, for what he does entails your fate, your feelings, your despair or hope, your misery or joy. 5 You have no freedom unless he gives it to you. 6 And being evil, he can only give of what he is. 7 You cannot see his sins and not your own. 8 But you can free him and yourself as well.

S-2.I.6.  Forgiveness, truly given, is the way in which your only hope of freedom lies. 2 Others will make mistakes and so will you, as long as this illusion of a world appears to be your home. 3 Yet God Himself has given all His Sons a remedy for all illusions that they think they see. 4 Christ’s vision does not use your eyes, but you can look through His and learn to see like Him. 5 Mistakes are tiny shadows, quickly gone, that for an instant only seem to hide the face of Christ, which still remains unchanged behind them all. 6 His constancy remains in tranquil silence and in perfect peace. 7 He does not know of shadows. 8 His the eyes that look past error to the Christ in you.

S-2.I.7.  Ask, then, His help, and ask Him how to learn forgiveness as His vision lets it be. 2 You are in need of what He gives, and your salvation rests on learning this of Him. 3 Prayer cannot be released to Heaven while forgiveness-to-destroy remains with you. 4 God’s mercy would remove this withering and poisoned thinking from your holy mind. 5 Christ has forgiven you, and in His sight the world becomes as holy as Himself. 6 Who sees no evil in it sees like Him. 7 For what He has forgiven has not sinned, and guilt can be no more. 8 Salvation’s plan is made complete, and sanity has come.

S-2.I.8.  Forgiveness is the call to sanity, for who but the insane would look on sin when he could see the face of Christ instead? 2 This is the choice you make; the simplest one, and yet the only one that you [can] make. 3 God calls on you to save His Son from death by offering Christ’s Love to him. 4 This is your need, and God holds out this gift to you. 5 As He would give, so must you give as well. 6 And thus is prayer restored to formlessness, beyond all limits into timelessness, with nothing of the past to hold it back from reuniting with the ceaseless song that all creation sings unto its God.

S-2.I.9.  But to achieve this end you first must learn, before you reach where learning cannot go. 2 Forgiveness is the key, but who can use a key when he has lost the door for which the key was made, and where alone it fits? 3 Therefore we make distinctions, so that prayer can be released from darkness into light. 4 Forgiveness’ role must be reversed, and cleansed from evil usages and hateful goals. 5 Forgiveness-to-destroy must be unveiled in all its treachery, and then let go forever and forever. 6 There can be no trace of it remaining, if the plan that God established for returning be achieved at last, and learning be complete.

S-2.I.10.                This is the world of opposites. 2 And you must choose between them every instant while this world retains reality for you. 3 Yet you must learn alternatives for choice, or you will not be able to attain your freedom. 4 Let it then be clear to you exactly what forgiveness means to you, and learn what it should be to set you free. 5 The level of your prayer depends on this, for here it waits its freedom to ascend above the world of chaos into peace.

The Ladder Ends


And here the ladder ends. I know by reading through this first section on Prayer again, it has refined and reconfirmed my own thoughts on prayer. As we see in this first paragraph – prayer is a way to true humility. When I thought about that idea, a way to true humility, it came to my mind that when I am praying as an entreaty or begging God, I am being arrogant. I am arrogant because I have forgotten Who I am and Who created me. Although we have the reassurance that Holy Spirit will always meet us where we are and assist us up the ladder until we recognize that gratitude is all we need.

In my belief in separation from God, I was arrogant for I did not know Him and I thought I was all alone in the world and had to make do. Yet with this  new-found strength in Jesus’ way to pray, I am relieved, that’s the first word that comes to mind as I write this. I am relieved. Relieved that I am not alone, that I struggle for nothing and no thing, even no one. It raises me up into love, abundance, peace, and all those that I sought when I hid the intention in the world. It was never about anything in the world, it was for me what was behind it. Be it a relationship, money, love and appreciation, I know it will never be found in the world or received from the world. I have all the love and appreciation and peace and happiness inside of me. I have health. I have companions. I have God.

And Jesus tells us that we only go together to God. We go in truth. We go hand in hand. We go as One. That is the true recognition when I can see beyond all the bodies, all the personalities, all the flaws and only see Christ. As he instructs us:  I cannot go without you, for you are a part of me.

As I recognize the Christ in others and see it in myself. So many times repeated, yet each time it is I become fastened in that truth. I am One. I am.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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V. The Ladder Ends
S-1.V.1. Prayer is a way to true humility. 2 And here again it rises slowly up, and grows in strength and love and holiness. 3 Let it but leave the ground where it begins to rise to God, and true humility will come at last to grace the mind that thought it was alone and stood against the world. 4 Humility brings peace because it does not claim that you must rule the universe, nor judge all things as you would have them be. 5 All little gods it gladly lays aside, not in resentment, but in honesty and recognition that they do not serve.
S-1.V.2. Illusions and humility have goals so far apart they cannot coexist, nor share a dwelling place where they can meet. 2 Where one has come the other disappears. 3 The truly humble have no goal but God because they need no idols, and defense no longer serves a purpose. 4 Enemies are useless now, because humility does not oppose. 5 It does not hide in shame because it is content with what it is, knowing creation is the Will of God. 6 Its selflessness is Self, and this it sees in every meeting, where it gladly joins with every Son of God, whose purity it recognizes that it shares with him.
S-1.V.3. Now prayer is lifted from the world of things, of bodies, and of gods of every kind, and you can rest in holiness at last. 2 Humility has come to teach you how to understand your glory as God’s Son, and recognize the arrogance of sin. 3 A dream has veiled the face of Christ from you. 4 Now can you look upon His sinlessness. 5 High has the ladder risen. 6 You have come almost to Heaven. 7 There is little more to learn before the journey is complete. 8 Now can you say to everyone who comes to join in prayer with you:

9 I cannot go without you, for you are a part of me.

10 And so he is in truth. 11 Now can you pray only for what you truly share with him. 12 For you have understood he never left, and you, who seemed alone, are one with him.
S-1.V.4. The ladder ends with this, for learning is no longer needed. 2 Now you stand before the gate of Heaven, and your brother stands beside you there. 3 The lawns are deep and still, for here the place appointed for the time when you should come has waited long for you. 4 Here will time end forever. 5 At this gate eternity itself will join with you. 6 Prayer has become what it was meant to be, for you have recognized the Christ in you.

Praying with Others


We pray with others, yet do we? It depends on what our request is. Are we still holding another not as a friend? We cannot be on the same page as a so-called enemy. As Jesus says, we cannot share in a goal. Do we pray as one even within our own being? Do we have separate wishes that tug and pull at us keeping us apart from Jesus, Holy Spirit and God?

Still it goes that we are one. We cannot move forward without our brothers here nor without the Jesus, Holy Spirit and God. We are needed. We do not join in the illusions that are seen with the body’s eyes but join in a goal of prayer that reaches to Heaven and the Light of Peace. We have to look at the cause within our mind that causes our dis-ease and not the effects. Here in the world we respond to effects. Instead, we must address the cause. The cause is the belief that we are separate from God. The illusion is how we hid the guilt that we feel. Yet as Jesus says:

The aim of prayer is to release the present from its chains of past illusions; to let it be a freely chosen remedy from every choice that stood for a mistake.

Every moment I have a shining new opportunity to remember that truly “Prayer can bring the peace of God,” and that is prayer. We have felt alone but in our prayer we realize and recognize there is no way we can be apart from God and His Love.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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IV. Praying with Others

S-1.IV.1.               Until the second level at least begins, one cannot share in prayer. 2 For until that point, each one must ask for different things. 3 But once the need to hold the other as an enemy has been questioned, and the reason for doing so has been recognized if only for an instant, it becomes possible to join in prayer. 4 Enemies do not share a goal. 5 It is in this their enmity is kept. 6 Their separate wishes are their arsenals; their fortresses in hate. 7 The key to rising further still in prayer lies in this simple thought; this change of mind:

8 We go together, you and I.

S-1.IV.2.               Now it is possible to help in prayer, and so reach up yourself. 2 This step begins the quicker ascent, but there are still many lessons to learn. 3 The way is open, and hope is justified. 4 Yet it is likely at first that what is asked for even by those who join in prayer is not the goal that prayer should truly seek. 5 Even together you may ask for things, and thus set up but an illusion of a goal you share. 6 You may ask together for specifics, and not realize that you are asking for effects without the cause. 7 And this you cannot have. 8 For no one can receive effects alone, asking a cause from which they do not come to offer them to him.

S-1.IV.3.               Even the joining, then, is not enough, if those who pray together do not ask, before all else, what is the Will of God. 2 From this Cause only can the answer come in which are all specifics satisfied; all separate wishes unified in one. 3 Prayer for specifics always asks to have the past repeated in some way. 4 What was enjoyed before, or seemed to be; what was another’s and he seemed to love,–all these are but illusions from the past. 5 The aim of prayer is to release the present from its chains of past illusions; to let it be a freely chosen remedy from every choice that stood for a mistake. 6 What prayer can offer now so far exceeds all that you asked before that it is pitiful to be content with less.

S-1.IV.4.               You have chosen a newborn chance each time you pray. 2 And would you stifle and imprison it in ancient prisons, when the chance has come to free yourself from all of them at once? 3 Do not restrict your asking. 4 Prayer can bring the peace of God. 5 What time-bound thing can give you more than this, in just the little space that lasts until it crumbles into dust?

Praying for Others


In the first paragraph, Jesus lays out very specifically that our brother is not our enemy; we only think he is. In the past we may have wished harm against our so-called enemies. Be truthful with yourself in this! But that “poisonous thought” was only harming our own mind. I know for myself when I have been at odds with another, I’ve had my own revenge thoughts arise in the mind. I’ve had situations where I was blindsided by another’s hatred of me and at first felt hurt, then confused, then blinding mad as I projected blame forth. The only way I was able to heal my mind was to acknowledge that I swallowed the ego’s poisonous beliefs.  All this leads me back to what I project upon God. I project my guilt upon Him making me the victim and He the victimizer. We just do it here in the world on a smaller scale.

Jesus goes on to state that we will not find relief on the bottom rungs of the ladder. This is true because we are still expecting something outside in the world to save us. If we want the uncomfortable pain to cease, then we practice, practice and practice again. This means doing the work required. Keep your nose out of the ACIM book, and close your eyes and ask Holy Spirit for His Assistance. He is there for a reason. The book only leads to Him. You have to put in the time to BE with Him, to LISTEN to Him, so do it!

What I have asked for for my brother is not what I would have. Thus have I made of him my enemy.

This is the prayer to pray. How can we be uplifted if we still are making someone else the source of our pain? Listen to how you think. Listen to what you say to others. What is it that you are portraying? Are you accepting responsibility?

That is the only way I was able to survive my experiences with  my children being molested by my ex-husband in 2000. I had to take responsibility. This doesn’t mean I sit in sackcloth and ashes and beat myself to death because of the guilt I feel, but it does mean I take responsiblity period.  No judgment from me as the Holy Spirit does not judge.

Make peace with yourself and with your holy brother. I know it was not easy for me. This doesn’t mean I want to be around my ex-husband, but it does mean he no longer rules my mind and drives my heart. My heart is with God and He beats His peace as One with me, as a lesson tells us. Our goal is God, only God, and let’s go there together my friends.

I talked about this on my Unity Radio show on 8/28/15 entitled “Get Off the Cross”, you can access it here.

Rev. Paul will be working with the Monday group on 8/31/15 on this particular passage as well. More information on the group here.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

 

III. Praying for Others

S-1.III.1.               We said that prayer is always for yourself, and this is so. 2 Why, then, should you pray for others at all? 3 And if you should, how should you do it? 4 Praying for others, if rightly understood, becomes a means for lifting your projections of guilt from your brother, and enabling you to recognize it is not he who is hurting you. 5 The poisonous thought that he [is] your enemy, your evil counterpart, your nemesis, must be relinquished before [you] can be saved from guilt. 6 For this the means is prayer, of rising power and with ascending goals, until it reaches even up to God.

S-1.III.2.               The earlier forms of prayer, at the bottom of the ladder, will not be free from envy and malice. 2 They call for vengeance, not for love. 3 Nor do they come from one who understands that they are calls for death, made out of fear by those who cherish guilt. 4 They call upon a vengeful god, and it is he who seems to answer them. 5 Hell cannot be asked for another, and then escaped by him who asks for it. 6 Only those who are in hell can ask for hell. 7 Those who have been forgiven, and who accepted their forgiveness, could never make a prayer like that.

S-1.III.3.               At these levels, then, the learning goal must be to recognize that prayer will bring an answer only in the form in which the prayer was made. 2 This is enough. 3 From here it will be an easy step to the next levels. 4 The next ascent begins with this:

 

5 What I have asked for for my brother is not what I would have. 6 Thus have I made of him my enemy.

 

7 It is apparent that this step cannot be reached by anyone who sees no value or advantage to himself in setting others free. 8 This may be long delayed, because it may seem to be dangerous instead of merciful. 9 To the guilty there seems indeed to be a real advantage in having enemies, and this imagined gain must go, if enemies are to be set free.

S-1.III.4.               Guilt must be given up, and not concealed. 2 Nor can this be done without some pain, and a glimpse of the merciful nature of this step may for some time be followed by a deep retreat into fear. 3 For fear’s defenses are fearful in themselves, and when they are recognized they bring their fear with them. 4 Yet what advantage has an illusion of escape ever brought a prisoner? 5 His real escape from guilt can lie only in the recognition that the guilt has gone. 6 And how can this be recognized as long as he hides it in another, and does not see it as his own? 7 Fear of escape makes it difficult to welcome freedom, and to make a jailer of an enemy seems to be safety. 8 How, then, can he be released without an insane fear for yourself? 9 You have made of him your salvation and your escape from guilt. 10 Your investment in this escape is heavy, and your fear of letting it go is strong.

S-1.III.5.               Stand still an instant, now, and think what you have done. 2 Do not forget that it is you who did it, and who can therefore let it go. 3 Hold out your hand. 4 This enemy has come to bless you. 5 Take his blessing, and feel how your heart is lifted and your fear released. 6 Do not hold on to it, nor onto him. 7 He is a Son of God, along with you. 8 He is no jailer, but a messenger of Christ. 9 Be this to him, that you may see him thus.

S-1.III.6.               It is not easy to realize that prayers for things, for status, for human love, for external “gifts” of any kind, are always made to set up jailers and to hide from guilt. 2 These things are used for goals that substitute for God, and therefore distort the purpose of prayer. 3 The desire for them [is] the prayer. 4 One need not ask explicitly. 5 The goal of God is lost in the quest for lesser goals of any kind, and prayer becomes requests for enemies. 6 The power of prayer can be quite clearly recognized even in this. 7 No one who wants an enemy will fail to find one. 8 But just as surely will he lose the only true goal that is given him. 9 Think of the cost, and understand it well. 10 All other goals are at the cost of God.

 

The Ladder of Prayer – Pt. 2


Our enemy is the mirror of ourselves. Do we want to look in that mirror? We have all had someone we despise or cringe when someone mentions their name, however, they are our savior. The more energy we shove into the closet of hate the more it makes our heart bleed. Yet when we prayer for these so-called “enemies” in our lives, we are in fact praying for ourselves. We are affirming the truth in us both. This is on the level of truth of course.

This doesn’t mean we go running to the other person in a beautiful field of flowers while lilting music plays in the background. In form, certainly we can have preferences to who we have in our life. Yet, why do we have who we have and why do we not have our enemies? Have we forgotten to acknowledge that they are One with us?

Jesus tells us here that prayer is always for ourselves. When we pray, we are joined with the golden cord of God’s Love. It is holy and we are holy. Our so-called enemy is holy. Are there not times that we do not see our holiness and become an enemy to ourselves?

We learn here that prayer is the ladder to Heaven. We leave the world we know behind as we ascend each rung. We shift from praying for things of the world, to knowing we are in God’s World. We are His Gift and He to us. We have no needs in form as we only need to remember the song within us. That song is the playful melody that brings a bubble of joy rising to our mind. That is the prayer of Who we are.

This does not mean we cannot pray otherwise. We are merely  learning. We can know that we pray for illusions or forget that we are praying for illusions, in this at least we are reaching out to God to communicate with Him. Nothing is ever wrong in our communication with Him. Peace will come to us because in all of this, form or not, peace is our soul’s desire.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

The Ladder of Prayer – (pghs. 5-8)

S-1.II.5. An enemy is the symbol of an imprisoned Christ. 2 And who could He be except yourself? 3 The prayer for enemies thus becomes a prayer for your own freedom. 4 Now it is no longer a contradiction in terms. 5 It has become a statement of the unity of Christ and a recognition of His sinlessness. 6 And now it has become holy, for it acknowledges the Son of God as he was created.

S-1.II.6. Let it never be forgotten that prayer at any level is always for yourself. 2 If you unite with anyone in prayer, you make him part of you. 3 The enemy is you, as is the Christ. 4 Before it can become holy, then, prayer becomes a choice. 5 You do not choose for another. 6 You can but choose for yourself. 7 Pray truly for your enemies, for herein lies your own salvation. 8 Forgive them for your sins, and you will be forgiven indeed.

S-1.II.7. Prayer is a ladder reaching up to Heaven. 2 At the top there is a transformation much like your own, for prayer is part of you. 3 The things of earth are left behind, all unremembered. 4 There is no asking, for there is no lack. 5 Identity in Christ is fully recognized as set forever, beyond all change and incorruptible. 6 The light no longer flickers, and will never go out. 7 Now, without needs of any kind, and clad forever in the pure sinlessness that is the gift of God to you, His Son, prayer can again become what it was meant to be. 8 For now it rises as a song of thanks to your Creator, sung without words, or thoughts, or vain desires, unneedful now of anything at all. 9 So it extends, as it was meant to do. 10 And for this giving God Himself gives thanks.

S-1.II.8. God is the goal of every prayer, giving it timelessness instead of end. 2 Nor has it a beginning, because the goal has never changed. 3 Prayer in its earlier forms is an illusion, because there is no need for a ladder to reach what one has never left. 4 Yet prayer is part of forgiveness as long as forgiveness, itself an illusion, remains unattained. 5 Prayer is tied up with learning until the goal of learning has been reached. 6 And then all things will be transformed together, and returned unblemished into the Mind of God. 7 Being beyond learning, this state cannot be described. 8 The stages necessary to its attainment, however, need to be understood, if peace is to be restored to God’s Son, who lives now with the illusion of death and the fear of God.

 

The Ladder of Prayer – Pt. 1


 

II. The Ladder of Prayer (Paragraphs 1-4)

Our study of The Song of Prayer

In the Ladder of Prayer, we come to learn that Prayer is circular. As Jesus says, it’s a part of life. The form may change and different times along our spiritual path. At times we will ask for worldly solutions and at other times we embrace the utter beauty of the connection with God.

On the lower levels of prayer, we are praying for what we think we lack. In truth, we lack nothing at all. In God, we have everything. And when we say “everything” that is, it is not “everything” of this world we seem to walk and talk about in. it is in Heaven where we have no lack or need for anything here in the illusion. That takes a lot of faith to be in that much acceptance, does it not?

So it is a journey as we go along. In fact our thoughts are prayers and we are always praying. It is to ask “For WHAT am I praying?”. Is it really that I get the job or someone heals their cancer? When we ask for those things (and it’s not wrong to do so, let’s remember that!) we are asking for something in the world to relieve our discomfort. We are uncomfortable and we do not know for what to ask.

We can now adjust our prayer to one of recognizing I do not like how I am experiencing a situation: a job loss, family member’s illness, or a partner leaving.

And now to one of:

Holy Spirit, today I offer to you my situation. I am feeling terrified at this situation. I am exhausted with worry. I am so uncomfortable and I feel so vulnerable and incredibly alone. I am not at peace. My family is not at peace either and feel much of the same. Certainly I would like this resolved and quickly, however, I know that it is not the situation that has brought this pain, it is my own thinking.

Holy Spirit,

I bring these feelings and needs in relation to my situation to You today. I know I cannot fix this by myself or even dare to try. I am willing to let go of all that I feel surrounding this situation. I ask Your Assistance in remembering peace as I realize that is my ultimate need. I release this gladly to You and I trust that I will receive what I have asked.

 

These last two paragraphs we use within our monthly Healing Circle Meditation session. By this process we are focusing in on the feelings we are having and the thoughts of fear plaguing our minds instead of focusing on the problem in the world. We are not at peace and we need peace. Simply put.

And we can receive it. As I said previously, one can still pray for solutions in the world but just remember that they are only temporary solutions until another situation comes along. Remember Peace is always yours.

Namaste,
Rev. Deb

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II. The Ladder of Prayer in 1. Prayer in THE SONG OF PRAYER

II. The Ladder of Prayer

S-1.II.1. Prayer has no beginning and no end. 2 It is a part of life. 3 But it does change in form, and grow with learning until it reaches its formless state, and fuses into total communication with God. 4 In its asking form it need not, and often does not, make appeal to God, or even involve belief in Him. 5 At these levels prayer is merely wanting, out of a sense of scarcity and lack.

S-1.II.2. These forms of prayer, or asking-out-of-need, always involve feelings of weakness and inadequacy, and could never be made by a Son of God who knows Who he is. 2 No one, then, who is sure of his Identity could pray in these forms. 3 Yet it is also true that no one who is uncertain of his Identity can avoid praying in this way. 4 And prayer is as continual as life. 5 Everyone prays without ceasing. 6 Ask and you have received, for you have established what it is you want.

S-1.II.3. It is also possible to reach a higher form of asking-out-of-need, for in this world prayer is reparative, and so it must entail levels of learning. 2 Here, the asking may be addressed to God in honest belief, though not yet with understanding. 3 A vague and usually unstable sense of identification has generally been reached, but tends to be blurred by a deep-rooted sense of sin. 4 It is possible at this level to continue to ask for things of this world in various forms, and it is also possible to ask for gifts such as honesty or goodness, and particularly for forgiveness for the many sources of guilt that inevitably underlie any prayer of need. 5 Without guilt there is no scarcity. 6 The sinless have no needs.

S-1.II.4. At this level also comes that curious contradiction in terms known as “praying for one’s enemies.” 2 The contradiction lies not in the actual words, but rather in the way in which they are usually interpreted. 3 While you believe you have enemies, you have limited prayer to the laws of this world, and have also limited your ability to receive and to accept to the same narrow margins. 4 And yet, if you have enemies you have need of prayer, and great need, too. 5 What does the phrase really mean? 6 Pray for yourself, that you may not seek to imprison Christ and thereby lose the recognition of your own Identity. 7 Be traitor to no one, or you will be treacherous to yourself.

I. True Prayer – Part 2

I. True Prayer (Paragraphs 5-7)

Our study of The Song of Prayer

The first sentence in paragraph 5 speaks to me again and again when I read this. "Prayer is a stepping aside; a letting go, a quiet time of listening and loving." In this, I step away from what I think I need, and I let go of all my desired outcomes and come silently join with the Holy Spirit. In this I experience His Love and Peace. In this form of True Prayer, I am remembering the truth of Who I am. I come to know my holiness and my wholeness. Something I do not think about every single moment, especially when I am in pain. Yet when I come gently to Him I am reminded of such. I come with no needs at all. I come with gratitude. I come as I am. I come to be showered with His Love.

Jesus tells us here that not everyone can attain that level of prayer yet that should not make us anxious. We are where we are and he has assured us of that previously. No need to force ourselves along the path. Accept where we are and the rest will fall into place. When I am in the shade of darkness i can trust that another will raise me up to God merely by believing as so. I may not believe as so in the moment, but through another our minds being joined is powerful.

The only prayer is one of thanks and more than that it is a gift of thanks to our Father. We have everything and we have no need to be beggars for His Love. When I know this as true, and yes, I have had those times, it is a glorious feeling of being in the Light of Christ. When we join together we are in the Light of Christ because we are the Light of Christ. Amen and amen.

Be sure to read Part 1 and watch the "True Prayer" Teaching by Rev. Deb.

Our Healing Circle meditation each month is for just this. Our meditation recordings are listed here: https://miraclesone.org/2015/07/healing-circle-meditations/

Join us for our email study of The Song of Prayer on our Healing Circle as we open to living in Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing – http://groups.google.com/d/forum/miraclesone-healingcircle 

I. True Prayer, under 1. Prayer in THE SONG OF PRAYER

S-1.I.5.  Prayer is a stepping aside; a letting go, a quiet time of listening and loving. 2 It should not be confused with supplication of any kind, because it is a way of remembering your holiness. 3 Why should holiness entreat, being fully entitled to everything Love has to offer? 4 And it is to Love you go in prayer. 5 Prayer is an offering; a giving up of yourself to be at one with Love. 6 There is nothing to ask because there is nothing left to want. 7 That nothingness becomes the altar of God. 8 It disappears in Him.

S-1.I.6.  This is not a level of prayer that everyone can attain as yet. 2 Those who have not reached it still need your help in prayer because their asking is not yet based upon acceptance. 3 Help in prayer does not mean that another mediates between you and God. 4 But it does mean that another stands beside you and helps to raise you up to Him. 5 One who has realized the goodness of God prays without fear. 6 And one who prays without fear cannot but reach Him. 7 He can therefore also reach His Son, wherever he may be and whatever form he may seem to take.

S-1.I.7.  Praying to Christ in anyone is true prayer because it is a gift of thanks to His Father. 2 To ask that Christ be but Himself is not an entreaty. 3 It is a song of thanksgiving for what you are. 4 Herein lies the power of prayer. 5 It asks nothing and receives everything. 6 This prayer can be shared because it receives for everyone. 7 To pray with one who knows that this is true is to be answered. 8 Perhaps the specific form of resolution for a specific problem will occur to either of you; it does not matter which. 9 Perhaps it will reach both, if you are genuinely attuned to one another. 10 It will come because you have realized that Christ is in both of you. 11 That is its only truth.

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