[acimlessons_list] Review II, Lesson 84 - March 25
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Review II, Lesson 84 - March 25
"Love created me like Itself."
"Love holds no grievances."
Longer: 2 times (once for each of the ideas), for about 15 minutes
* For 3 or 4 minutes, slowly read over the idea and comments
(repeatedly if you wish) and think about them.
* Close your eyes and spend the remainder listening for the message
the Holy Spirit has for you. We can see this time of listening as
having the following components:
1. Listen "quietly but attentively" (3:1)—listen in stillness and with
all your attention.
2. Hold an attitude of confidence ("this message belongs to me"),
desire ("I want this message"), and determination ("I'm determined to
3. Listening for ten minutes can easily be one big invitation to mind
wandering, and so the majority of instruction for this exercise deals
with this issue. For out-of-control mind wandering, go back and repeat
the first phase. For more minor wandering, realize the distracting
thoughts have no power and that your will has all the power, and then
replace the thoughts with your will to succeed. Do so with firmness.
"Do not allow your intent to waver" (4:1). "Refuse to be sidetracked"
This is not mentioned in the instructions, but you may find it helpful
to actually ask for the message, at the beginning and then
periodically throughout. You may say, for instance, "What is Your
message for me today?" You may even want to use this request as the
specific vehicle for dispelling wandering thoughts.
REMARKS: Regard these exercises as dedication to God. Refuse to be
distracted. Be determined to assume your function today.
First half of day: "Love created me like Itself." Second half of day:
"Love holds no grievances."
RESPONSE TO TEMPTATION:
You may use these specific forms or your own words:
First half of day: "Let me not see an illusion of myself in this." "As
I look on this, let me remember my Creator." "My Creator did not
create this as I see it."
Second half of the day: "This is no justification for denying my Self."
"I will not use this to attack love." "Let this not tempt me to attack myself."
If I am created in the likeness of my Creator, then "I cannot suffer,
I cannot experience loss and I cannot die. I am not a body" (1:3-4).
That just makes sense. God cannot suffer, experience loss or die, and
He is not a body. He created me like Himself (1:7); therefore these
things must be true of me. My reality is completely unlike what I
believe about myself, for assuredly I have believed that I can suffer,
experience loss and die, and I have identified almost entirely with my
What is it that makes and reinforces this illusion about myself?
Grievances. "Love holds no grievances" (3:1). I am love, in the
likeness of Love which created me, but when I choose to hold a
grievance I am denying my own reality, I am affirming I am not love,
because "grievances are completely alien to love" (3:2). In so doing,
I am re-affirming that I am what I think I have made of myself, and I
am choosing, without conscious awareness, to suffer, lose, and die.
The only way I can rediscover my own reality is to stop holding
A grievance is an attack on my Self (3:6, 4:4). It affirms that I am
something I am not.
If I see ugliness, unloveliness or evil in my brothers I am attacking
myself. Deny what they are and I am denying what I am. Today I choose
to see others as I would see myself, and as I would have God see me. I
have the power to make this choice. I see what I desire to see, and
today I desire to see my Self, in myself and in everyone.
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