Practicing the Characteristics of God’s Teachers

[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]

In my “Teachers of God” blog, I mentioned that I would be making the ten characteristics the focus of my practice for the following ten weeks. So far, it’s been a wonderful experience.

The first week I practiced with trust and enjoyed it so much that I decided to continue for another week. Now, after two weeks, I find that my trust has actually been increasing! Although it makes sense, I somehow hadn’t foreseen this result.

I started first with the comments from the first section on trust, adapting them to be more personal; for instance, my first day of trust practice was:

I have trust in the world, because I have learned that it is not governed by the laws the world made up. I trust that it is governed by a Power that is in me but not of me. I trust that this Power keeps all things safe. (M-4.I.1:4-6)

As the days have gone by, I have applied trust to Workbook lessons and to readings we are doing for the Text Reading Program. I am finding that both the lessons and the readings are more meaningful done in this way. Actually, I am discovering that so much of what I read anywhere in the Course can be worded to include the idea of trust and then practiced. Here are a few examples:

I trust you, Jesus, as my devoted elder brother. I trust that, as I turn more and more often to you for guidance instead of to the ego and experience the results, my trust in you will increase. (Based on T-4.VI.3:1-2)

I trust that you are in me, Holy Spirit, in a very literal sense. I trust that, if I listen, I will hear You call me back to where I was before and will be again. (Based on T-5.II.3:7-8)

I will lay all judgment down today, and choose to trust You, Holy Spirit and Your judgment of everyone and everything. Thus will I rise up unburdened, and walk lightly on, without a care. (Based on M-10.5)

Now my Manual students want to join me in this, so we’re going to start all together next week, back at the first characteristic–trust. Even though I have been practicing with trust for two weeks now, I feel as if I could practice it forever, so I’m looking forward to another week with it. I’m also glad to be joining with others in this practice. I hope that you will join us. I have a picture of all of us–in our different locations and circumstances–practicing the characteristics together, learning to become those truly kind and good people Jesus talks of and the devoted teachers he needs!

With love to all of you,

Mary Anne