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