[acimlessons_list] Review III, Lesson 120 - April 30
sue at circleofa.org
Tue Apr 29 05:28:31 EDT 2008
Review III, Lesson 120 - April 30
"I rest in God."
"I am as God created me."
Purpose: a second chance at the last 20 lessons, in which you can practice
them more diligently, and which can carry you so far ahead that you will
continue your journey "on more solid ground, with firmer footsteps and with
stronger faith" (12:3).
Remarks: Please follow the format below as closely as you can. If you miss a
practice period (either the longer ones or the every-half-hour ones) because
you simply couldn't do it at the appointed time, your progress is not
hindered. Don't worry about making those ones up. If, however, you missed
because you just didn't want to give the time, your progress is hindered.
Those ones should be made up. You missed because you thought some other
activity would deliver more. As soon as you remember that "your practicing
can offer everything to you" (4:5), do your make-up practice periods as a
statement that your real goal is salvation.
In deciding if you should make up a practice period, be very honest with
yourself. Do not try to pass off "I didn't want to practice" as "I couldn't
practice." Learn to discern between situations truly unsuited to practicing
and those in which you could practice if you wanted.
Longer: 2-one in the morning, one in the hour before sleep (ideally the
first and last 5 minutes of your day), for 5 minutes (longer if you prefer)
* Read over the two ideas and the comments about them, so that the ideas
are firmly placed in your mind.
* Then close your eyes and begin to think about the ideas and also to let
related thoughts come (you should remember both of these practices from
earlier lessons). This time, however, there is an important twist. Let your
mind search out various needs, problems, and concerns in your life. As each
one arises, let your mind come up with thoughts related to the ideas,
thoughts which apply the essence of those ideas to the need, problem, or
concern. In other words, let your mind creatively apply the ideas so as to
dispel your sense of need, problem, or concern. This is a more developed
version of letting related thoughts come, in which it combines with response
to temptation (there were hints of this in Review II-see my response to
temptation comments there).
* Remember your training in letting related thoughts come: place the ideas
in your mind. Trust your mind's inherent wisdom to generate related thoughts
(this trust is a big theme in this review). Don't strain-let your mind come
up with thoughts. The thoughts need only be indirectly related to the ideas,
though they should not be in conflict. If your mind wanders, or you draw a
blank, repeat the ideas and try again.
* If you try this and it is just too unstructured for you, I have found the
following more structured version to be useful:
1. Let a need, problem or concern come to mind, and name it to yourself
(for example, "I see this conflict with so-and-so as a problem").
2. Repeat one or both of the ideas for the day (for instance, "I am
3. While repeating the idea, watch your mind for any sparks of insight that
arise which apply the idea to your need, problem or concern, and verbalize
this insight to yourself (for example, "As spirit, I cannot be hurt. I am
4. Either continue with more such related thoughts, or go on to the next
need, problem or concern.
Frequent reminders: on the hour and on the half hour, for a moment
* Repeat the applicable idea (on the hour, the first idea; on the half
hour, the second idea).
* Allow your mind to rest in silence and peace for a moment.
* Afterwards, try to carry the idea with you, keeping it ready for response
Response to temptation: whenever your peace is shaken
Repeat the idea (the one you are carrying with you from your last practice
period). By applying the idea to the business of the day, you will make that
Remarks: These shorter practice periods (frequent reminders and response to
temptation) are at least as important as the longer. By skipping these,
which you have tended to do, you have not allowed what you gained in the
longer periods to be applied to the rest of your life, where it could show
just how great its gifts are. After your longer practice periods, don't let
your learning "lie idly by" (10:1). Reinforce it with the frequent reminders
every half hour. And after those, do not lay the idea down (11:3). Have it
poised and ready to use in response to all your little upsets. In this way,
you forge a continuous chain that reaches from your longer practice periods
all the way into the hustle and bustle of your day.
Every now and then I'm glad my old high school English teacher taught me to
diagram sentences. I find myself doing things like noticing the main phrases
in a sentence like this: "I rest in God and let Him work...while I rest...".
For me, today, what this says is just to relax and trust the process. Just
to "let go and let God," as the saying goes. Sunday is traditionally a "day
of rest" in the Christian tradition, and for most of us, a day in which it
is convenient (more than other days) to practice resting. Periodically it is
beneficial to take one day, and consciously make it a day of rest for
yourself. That doesn't mean you might not do something productive, but if
you do, it will be because it is something you enjoy doing, something you
want to do.
Today I want to remember PEACE.
Sometimes I get so worried I won't make it. I pick at the scabs of my
healing mind, wondering when they will heal completely. I fuss and wonder
what else I can be doing to make the healing happen faster. Fussing just
makes it worse. Fussing is what I am being healed <from>. So let me rest
As I rest, my Father tells me Who I really am. "The memory of God comes to
the quiet mind" (T-23.I.1:1). When I allow myself to settle back in spirit,
I find a firm foundation, the bedrock of my Self, as God created me. I'm OK.
The turmoil I am so concerned about is nothing but "sick illusions of
myself." What I am is just fine, and I don't have to protect It. I am home.
I am whole. I am safe.
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