Tne New Lord’s Prayer – Encore

For review, here is the New Lord’s in full.  It is a very helpful prayer for us to use to lessen the effects of the conflicts caused by the separation we encounter here daily.  It comes at the very end of Text Chapter 16.

Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter. Our holiness is Yours. What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect? The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love. Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will. And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love.
Amen.

Chapter 17 builds on and reinforces the ideas Jesus gives us in his New Lord’s Prayer. This is how it begins.

Chapter 17
FORGIVENESS AND THE HOLY RELATIONSHIP
I. Bringing Fantasy to Truth

The betrayal of the Son of God lies only in illusions, and all his “sins” are but his own imagining. 2 His reality is forever sinless. 3 He need not be forgiven but awakened. 4 In his dreams he has betrayed himself, his brothers and his God. 5 Yet what is done in dreams has not been really done.
(my emphasis)

Bear in mind; illusions are in the separation; our sinless reality is as God’s one Son in Heaven; therefore, our dreams in the separation are unreal illusions.

Nevertheless, as Gloria Wapnick often said in her workshops, don’t be “a bliss ninny.” We still have to cope day by day with what we are making here and do it in the most loving way possible. Yet, all the while, know that we have but to remember that we are really still at home with God in Heaven.

The new Lord’s Prayer will help us to remember that and help us each and every moment in this crazy illusion.

Next, what does Jesus teach us about how to be above “The Battleground?

The New Lord’s Prayer, Part Six

Here is the final sentence of the New Lord’s Prayer.

And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love. Amen

In this sentence we ask God for only what was given when God extended his love to create our Mind as the one Son. Love.

Remember this from Text Chapter 3.

God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own.

God gave us love through extension. We appeal for only that to be in our Right Mind, which will, with the Holy Spirit’s help, aid us in remembering God’s forgiveness and love.

To conclude these six blogs about the New Lord’s Prayer, here is what Ken Wapnick wrote about Course scribe Helen Shucman’s experience when this prayer came to her. [Volume Two, Journey Through The Text of a Course in Miracles pp. 269-270]

When Helen was writing this down one evening, she believed that “the Voice,” as she euphemistically referred to Jesus, had gone insane, for the words seemed to be total gibberish.  Panic stricken she Called Bill (Bill Thetford who helped her scribe the Course), who reassuringly said, in effect: “I and sure this is not nonsense. Just take it down and meet me early in the office and we’ll read it together.”  Jesus to, reassured Helen, telling her, “Write it down the way you hear it, and do not worry. Your will recognize it later.” She did not recognize it that night, but as she began reading the prayer to Bill the following morning she suddenly burst into tears, realizing — finally — what is was.

The prayer Wapnick writes “…is the means Jesus uses to end our temptation to wander endlessly in the ego’s dreams of specialness, and to awaken us all to our father’s love.”

We all need prayers. I suggest this Prayer as one way to help us all to sustain our love for God in these over-contentious times.

The New Lord’s Prayer, Part Five

Sentence five of the New Lord’s Prayer consists of two simple clauses, first a gentle petition and then a statement of fact.  It is as follows.

Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will.

The petition clause  is an appeal for God to keep us from wandering into the dream of separation.

The fact: God does not intercede in our mind wandering.  God does not will us to be tempted.  God, by extension of spirit, created us.  That is God’s will.

Sentence five leads us on to the final sentence in which is a entreaty for what really matters.

The New Lord’s Prayer, PArt Four

Here is the forth sentence from the New Lord’s Prayer.

The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love.

The separation is “the sleep of forgetfulness.”

It is “The Vast Illusion”* which we make happen by projecting the egocentric world of bodies in the wrong mind part of our split mind.

Only our unwillingness to remember our home in heaves sustains the illusion.

We need only to remember God’s forgiveness and love for us to return to the Right part of our split mind to return to Heaven where we, as the mind God created, are now and will forever be.

*The title of one o the many books by Ken Wapnick.

THe New Pord’s Prayer, Part Three

A while ago I recited this prayer for a visiting friend; a Lutheran minister’s widow.  She first commented, “Oh, it’s a paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer.”  After I said that it was a new version from ACIM she asked, “What about forgiveness?” Something interrupted our conversation so I wasn’t able to express the following.

Because the first word in the prayer is “Forgive”, and this third sentence (below) asks about forgiveness, it’s what the Prayer highlights.

What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect?

In our home in Heaven, where the thought of this prayer resides in the Son’s Right Mind, God’s forgiveness is perfect.  Because, as Jesus defines it in the Workbook, What Is Forgiveness? …

 Forgiveness recognizes what you thought your brother did to you has not occurred. It does not pardon sins and make them real. It sees there was no sin. And in that view are all your sins forgiven. What is sin, except a false idea about God’s Son? Forgiveness merely sees its falsity, and therefore lets it go. What then is free to take its place is now the Will of God. [W.II.1.1.]

The illusion of the separation does not exist; therefore, God needs not forgive it. Sentence one and three both petition for forgiveness, but typical of Course methodology; differently.

A New Lord’s Prayer, Part Two

The second sentence of the New Lord’s Prayer, “Our holiness is Yours,” needs to be considered in relation to a passage from ACIM I’ve quoted before.

First though I need to share my first reaction to this sentence. As the second sentence in this new prayer, it has the same number of syllables as the second sentence in the Biblical Lord’s prayer, “Hallowed be thy Name.”  But, by referring to the quote from Text Chapter 3, we see that the sentence on the new Lord’s Prayer had a very different connotation.

Text Chapter 3. [T.3.V.7]
The statement “God created man in his own image and likeness” needs reinterpretation. “Image” can be understood as “thought,” and “likeness” as “of a like quality.” God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There [is] nothing else.
(my emphasis)

God created us as spirit, and so imbued us with Holiness. Since that Holiness is an extension of God’s essence; it is God’s.  We acknowledge that fact in the new Lord’s Prayer.    Through the Holy Spirit, we accept and give thanks for that gift.

A Nw Lord’s Prayer, Part One

During these days, which are sadly, probably, “The Worst of Times” we need a good prayer.  We have one in A Course in Miracles.

Course scribe Helen Shucman called it a new Lord’s Prayer.  I will briefly discuss each of its six sentences, one each day, during the coming week.  The prayer, which is a thought in the non-separated part of our mind,is the final paragraph from Text Chapter 16. That part of our mind, the Right MInd, knows knows that the split off part of our mind is dreaming of the illusory world of the ego. For a full discussion of the New Lord’s Prayer please see my page about it on my web site.
www.god-jesus-course-in-miracles.com

Here is the prayer in full.

1. Forgive us our illusions, Father, and help us to accept our true relationship with You, in which there are no illusions, and where none can ever enter.
2 Our holiness is Yours.
3 What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect?
4 The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love.
5 Let us not wander into temptation, for the temptation of the Son of God is not Your Will.
6 And let us receive only what You have given, and accept but this into the minds which You created and which You love.

                   Now for the first sentence. It is, one its own a good mantra
In the first phrase we ask our father for forgiveness for our illusions (the world of separation). Then we petition for help to ACCEPT our “True relationship” with God, where in the next sentence. is identified as a place with no illusions: Heaven. The final phrase accepts that Heaven is where no illusions can ever enter.

I put ACCEPT in caps because it is the key word in the sentence.  I have many times substituted less precise words in its place. Any other word dilutes the meaning of the  sentence.   We ACCEPT our true relationship with God in Heaven,