I want to thank Jason, and everyone at the Monastery again for welcoming me with such openness. I’m still amazed that I was granted this opportunity to see shining examples of the teachings of A Course in Miracles, and for the first time in a long while, I do not feel alone.
Part of me wanted to stay longer, but beneath that desire was the thought that I would be doing so for the wrong reason; as a way to avoid my problems. The stronger feeling was, and is, that my travels will continue.
Before I left, Jason asked if I had had any insights acim. What I’m about to share was not yet clear at that time; only on the drive away did it coalesce.
That morning, several lines from a Vance Joy song kept running through my head, “I never should have told you, never should have let you see inside. Don’t want it troubling your mind, won’t you let it be?” This confused me as I could not think of anything that I had said that I felt regret for.
Eventually, the phrase, “don’t want it troubling your mind” stood out. This reminded me that the most prominent fear I had in coming to the Monastery was that I would somehow interfere with its residents’ peace of mind, simply by my presence alone. This belief that I could negatively affect other people’s state of mind has been with me for many years, and has colored many of my past experiences and relationships.
This fear left my awareness soon after I arrived. On the drive away it rose again, but I remembered David saying in one of his videos that minds cannot attack. I cried and laughed, and now feel as if the belief is being (has been?) released.
There are other things that happened that felt important, but I can’t think of them right now.
While most of us have already been mentioned to trust that prayer involves asking to God to help, save, resolve issues and bring us things these days, that’s incorrect prayer nor their purpose. Prayer in A Program in Miracles (ACIM) is very different and really beautiful. More than a song, it’s joyous exchange of Love and thanks between Lord and His Designs that uses the forgiveness method to fix the mind before Prayer Music is all that remains. It’s the ticket home so knowledge true prayer, and forgiveness, may be worth the amount of time in retraining the mind.
Prayer is trading (sharing) a Tune of Enjoy and Formation or judgments of the confidence based on everything you ask for (agree with) in the mind. There is number other way. In the Class, your head (content) is split between Lord and the vanity; and you’re choosing constantly with a part as reason for effect.
Forms (all things with this world) are miscreations showing the ego’s judgmental believed system. We’ve caused it to be up (miscreated that world) and may give it up anytime by improving the mind (forgiveness). True prayer needs that modification of your head as God has nothing related to forms.
What Prayer is Not:
Because you are usually deciding, that which you require when you hope is what counts. Once you plead in prayer to own Lord correct a form trouble with yet another sort problem, you’re asking the vanity mind for support (not God). Those forms and needs are regarded more important than God’s Love that will remain concealed to the degree you decide on the illusion.
All additional points (forms) are needs. Different brands are needs, dreams, position, issues, sickness, individual love (special relationships), gifts and targets in this world, etc. They’re what you select as replacements for God’s Enjoy and the ego may overlook the purpose of prayer by using them to help expand the illusion. Therefore, prayer can’t be about “forms” or “needs” in virtually any way.