Greetings Mighty Companions!

On this 20th week of filling our Miracle Toolboxes with enlightenment tools, we finish up the last two sections under the Prayer chapter within the Song of Prayer. Some key take-aways to keep in mind from section IV. Praying with Others (S-1.IV) include:

  1. In order to truly share in prayer with others, we must have reached the second level of prayer in which we see no one else as an enemy, and we begin to recognize that “we go together, you and I” (S-1.IV.1) up the ladder to heaven.
  2. This mindset will quicken our ascent up the Ladder of Prayer, however, we must watch out for a common mistake. Individuals or groups who join together to ask for things and occurrences to change within the world are making a mistake with regard to the practice of True Prayer.
  3. To practice True Prayer correctly as a group, “those who pray together must remember to ask, before all else, what is the Will of God” (S-1.IV.3).

In section V. The Ladder Ends (S-1.V), Jesus explains that prayer is a way to true humility. He states, “The truly humble have no goal but God because they need no idols, and defense no longer serves a purpose…Now prayer is lifted from the world of things, of bodies, and of gods of every kinds, and you can rest in holiness at last” (S-1.V.2-3). He also reminds us that “A dream has veiled the face of Christ from you. Now can you look upon His sinlessness. You have come almost to Heaven” (S-1.V.3). This is a key reminder about seeing the light within ourselves during meditation. If you will recall from our previous Miracle Toolbox discussions, the reference to “the face of Christ” is a reference to seeing the light of Christ within ourselves through the use of our spiritual sight in meditation. When we perceive the flash of light within our minds, there will be an instant recognition that this is the light of our Christ selves – and of everyone else. At this point, we have reached the threshold of enlightenment because we recognize that we “stand before the gate of Heaven, and your brother stands beside you there” (S-1.V.4).

Our tool from the Holy Spirit to be added to our Miracle Toolboxes this week is a tuning fork. When a musician has an instrument such as a violin that is not in harmony with itself, the musician can use a tuning fork to bring the strings of the instrument back into correct resonance. Similarly, we can think of the practice of True Prayer as the tuning fork tool we use to raise ourselves up the ladder, back into harmony with God, and onto the threshold of enlightenment.

Many Blessings!

Rev. Paul

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