“A Course of Love began with an injunction to pray. A Course in Miracles began with a definition of miracles. Both are the same. Prayer and the art of thought are the same. This should serve to make it clear that the request I have made of you is once again far more broad and generalizable than your old habit of thought has led you to see. (The Treatises of A Course of Love: Treatise on the Art of Thought, 4.3)”
Affirmation: “May I pray often and deeply today.”
1 – Speaking Abstractly
These frequent statements by Jesus in A Course of Love that two phrases mean the same can be confusing. He is speaking from an abstract basis. We are still thinking concretely, specifically. We need to change that, so that the egoic mind does not gain a toehold again.
2 – Choose a Miracle
The request that Jesus refers to is his injunction to choose a miracle. He is encouraging us to see the broader implications of miracles, the miracles that are present all the time in everyday life. When we pray, we receive miracles as a matter of course. When we employ the “art of thought,” then we are praying by definition. The art of thought is the abstract, generalizable way of thinking and speaking. It is not something foreign to us any longer.
3 – Drop the Ego
Our old habit of thought was informed by the ego. And we would not have our new habit of thought unless we drop the ego. Let us all choose to fail to reinforce anything that smacks of egotism. We will know disaster unless we drop the ego, and we will know peace when we have done so. Any pleasure is short-lived when it involved the ego. And we pay for that pleasure with tears of despair.
4 – Pray without Ceasing
May we remember to pray as we go about our day. It is the most satisfying way to live. The Bible enjoins us to “pray without ceasing,” and many of us find this injunction beyond us. But we don’t have to be foxhold pray-ers either. We can pray often and deeply, and the blessings that will be ours will surprise even ourselves.
Thank You that prayer has meant so much to me throughout my life. It is the way that I go to sleep at night. It is the way that I calm anxieties. And it the way that my entreaties reach Your ears.
Be with me today so that I do not deep into worries. Prayer heals that tendency in me. And I thank You for it. Fear and worry are of the ego, and, as I have said to You many times, I would quit the ego immediately.
Help me to reach out to others today, to answer whatever needs are mine to answer. Be with all other whom I touch in any way today. And may the day go well. Thank You.