Exercises for Cultivating a Relationship with Jesus

The following four exercises are meant to foster a sense of connection with Jesus.

“I Take the Journey with You”

Workbook, Review V, Introduction, Paragraph 6

Fill in the blanks either with your name, or with the object of various negative emotions in you, as indicated. Once done, then read back over it as if Jesus is speaking directly to you.

I take the journey with you, __________.

For I share your doubts about ______________

and your fears about____________________

a little while,

that you may come to me who recognize the road by which all fears and doubts are overcome.

We walk together,_________.

I must understand your uncertainty about___________

and pain over________________,

although I know they have no meaning.

Yet, being a savior, I must remain with you,

seeing what you see,

but still retaining in my mind the way that led me out of the same basic predicament,

and now will lead you out with me.

God’s Son—the entire Sonship—is crucified until you walk along the road with me,________________.

“My Birth in You Is Your Awakening to Grandeur”

If you are comfortable with it, do the following visualization, suspending your doubts and remembering that by inviting Jesus in, you invite into you everything he has and everything he is.

See yourself arranging your holiday decorations and placing a nativity scene out on the mantle or a table.

Now notice how having Jesus in that manger puts him outside of you, in a long ago time and place.

Now turn your attention inward, deep inside of you, to a place in you filled with light.

In this place you see an altar, an altar dedicated to pure holiness.

On this altar, surrounding this altar, is not the slightest shred of ego; just pure holiness.

Now welcome Jesus onto this altar, in whatever way is comfortable for you.

See this as his permanent home within you.

Visualize him on this altar, or standing behind this altar, in whatever form you like.

And hear him say, “My birth in you is your awakening to grandeur.”

Feel the grandeur that comes from him being born in you.

And then he says, “If I live in you, you are awake.”

Just sit with that statement. Let it permeate your whole mind.

“Jesus, My Brother, Show Me Your Love”

This brief exercises is based on instructions that Jesus gave to Bill Thetford, to help Bill come out of his sense of separateness, weakness, and detachment.

Take this very instant, now,

and think of it as all there is of time.

Nothing can reach you here out of the past,

and it is here that you are completely absolved,

completely free and wholly without condemnation.

Forget the hurts of the past that have weighed you down

Forget your worries of the future, your concerns about the day

Forget your body; forget you even have a body

Forget your thoughts of how worthy you are to be with God

Come to Jesus with a wholly open mind and say these lines (originally given for Bill to say):

I would like to pray that my will be united with thine,

recognizing that thy perfect love will suffice (or correct) for my imperfect love.

I pray that my fear be replaced by an active sense of thy love,

and thy continual willingness to help me overcome the divided will, which is responsible for my difficulty with this.

Then conclude with this line that Jesus asked Bill to say to him:

Jesus, my brother, show me your love.

“Think of me holding your hand and leading you”

This is a series of quotes, patched together from Lessons 69 and 70, and from the Text, Chapters 8 and 31, in which Jesus asks us to reach for us his hand. I recommend reading through them and trying to follow their instructions. Whenever they mention taking Jesus’ hand or reaching out your hand to him, visualize this very consciously.

Very quietly now, with your eyes closed, try to let go of all the content that generally occupies your consciousness.

Think of your mind as a vast circle, surrounded by a layer of heavy, dark clouds.

You can see only the clouds because you seem to be standing outside the circle and quite apart from it.

From where you stand, you can see no reason to believe there is a brilliant light hidden by the clouds.

The clouds seem to be the only reality.

They seem to be all there is to see.

Therefore, you do not attempt to go through them and past them,

which is the only way in which you would be really convinced of their lack of substance.

We will make this attempt today.

After you have thought about the importance of what you are trying to do for yourself and the world

(pause)

try to settle down in perfect stillness,

remembering only how much you want to reach the light in you today, — now!

Determine to go past the clouds.

Reach out and touch them in your mind.

Brush them aside with your hand;

feel them resting on your cheeks

and forehead

and eyelids as you go through them.

Go on; clouds cannot stop you. (Lesson 69)

Try to pass the clouds by whatever means appeals to you.

If it helps you,

think of me holding your hand

and leading you.

And I assure you this will be no idle fantasy. (Lesson 70)

In joyous welcome is my hand outstretched to every brother who would join with me in reaching past temptation,

and who looks with fixed determination toward the light that shines beyond in perfect constancy. (T-31.VIII.11:1)

Leave all illusions behind, and reach beyond all attempts of the ego to hold you back.

I go before you because I am beyond the ego.

Reach, therefore, for my hand because you want to transcend the ego.

My strength will never be wanting, and if you choose to share it you will do so.

I give it willingly and gladly, because I need you as much as you need me. (T-8.V.6:6-10)

The way is open.

Now we follow it in peace together.

You have reached your hand to me, and I will never leave you.

We are one. (Lesson 225)

 

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