ACIM Lesson Review II Introduction
ACIM ReviewII Introduction
1. We are now ready for another review. ²We will begin where our last review left off, and cover two ideas each day. ³The earlier part of each day will be devoted to one of these ideas, and the latter part of the day to the other. ⁴We will have one longer exercise period, and frequent shorter ones in which we practice each of them.
2. The longer practice periods will follow this general form: Take about fifteen minutes for each of them, and begin by thinking about the ideas for the day, and the comments that are included in the assignments. ²Devote some three or four minutes to reading them over slowly, several times if you wish, and then close your eyes and listen.
Jesus is giving us simple but detailed instructions on how to use these review lessons. I intend to follow them because I trust Jesus knows what he is talking about. He wants me to wake up and join him and I want that, too.
There Is a Message Waiting for You
3. Repeat the first phase of the exercise period if you find your mind wandering, but try to spend the major part of the time listening quietly but attentively. ²There is a message waiting for you. ³Be confident that you will receive it. ⁴Remember that it belongs to you, and that you want it.
4. Do not allow your intent to waver in the face of distracting thoughts. ²Realize that, whatever form such thoughts may take, they have no meaning and no power. ³Replace them with your determination to succeed. ⁴Do not forget that your will has power over all fantasies and dreams. ⁵Trust it to see you through, and carry you beyond them all.
This is a very encouraging pep talk, Jesus. Kudos! I can stay with this practice and confidently do it with my full attention. I can do this because my will has power. And I want to do this because I want what they offer. Sincerely, I want the message that is waiting for me. I will allow trust to see me through and beyond. I don’t doubt this at all.
Dedications to the Way, the Truth and the Life
5. Regard these practice periods as dedications to the way, the truth and the life. ²Refuse to be sidetracked into detours, illusions and thoughts of death. ³You are dedicated to salvation. ⁴Be determined each day not to leave your function unfulfilled.
6. Reaffirm your determination in the shorter practice periods as well, using the original form of the idea for general applications, and more specific forms when needed. ²Some specific forms are included in the comments which follow the statement of the ideas. ³These, however, are merely suggestions. ⁴It is not the particular words you use that matter.
Oh, my, if there were any doubt in my mind as to the importance of these lessons and my desire for them, these words have ended that. I am fully convinced of the importance of my practice. And I am devoted to gaining all I can from them. They are dedications to the way, the truth, and the life. And I am dedicated to salvation.