The Text contains a number of highly effective practices, which are nearly indistinguishable from the practices found in the Workbook. These practices often begin with a particular setting, such as “when anything threatens your peace of mind.” Then they instruct you to say a particular statement to yourself, a statement designed to shift you out of the state of mind that you are in.
What follows is, first, some suggestions for how to use these practices, and then a list of the shorter practices from the Text. I strongly encourage you to spend time using each of these practices, and do so repeatedly, for each one has a beauty and effectiveness all its own.
How to use the Text practices
- Use them, don’t just read them.
- It is crucial to understand them. To do so, you must see them in light of the teaching that has preceded them.
- Repeat them slowly, out loud if it helps you.
- When saying them, think about the meaning of the words.
- Apply them to a specific upset in your life (if asked to).
- It helps greatly to memorize them, or to carry them around on note cards.
- You can use the first line as a short version.
- When upset, repeat them over and over until you feel a sense of relief.
- Find which ones work best and for what kinds of problems.
- Over time, incorporate them into your problem-solving repertoire.
When you are afraid
Say to yourself that you must somehow have chosen not to love, or the fear could not have arisen. (T-2.VI.7:2)
In response to what the ego tells you about yourself
To the ego’s dark glass you need but say, “I will not look there because I know these images are not true.” Then let the Holy One shine on you in peace, knowing that this and only this must be. (T-4.IV.9:2-3)
When trying to make a decision for God
Say to the Holy Spirit only, “Decide for me,” and it is done. (T-14.III.16:1)
When anything frightens you
When you seem to see some twisted form of the original error rising to frighten you, say only, “God is not fear, but Love,” and it will disappear. (T-18.I.7:1)
The only question
There is no question but one you should ever ask of yourself;—“Do I want to know my Father’s Will for me?” (T-8.VI.8:1)
When your peace of mind is threatened
When anything threatens your peace of mind, ask yourself, “Has God changed His Mind about me?” Then accept His decision, for it is indeed changeless, and refuse to change your mind about yourself. (T-10.IN.3:9-10)
When you think you have to earn happiness or God’s favor
“I need do nothing” is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation. (T-18.VII.6:7-8)
When you look on sin in the world
And then it will be clear to you that, as you look on the effects of sin in any form, all you need do is simply ask yourself:
Is this what I would see? Do I want this? (T-21.VII.8:3-4)
In moments of temptation
The Kingdom is perfectly united and perfectly protected,
and the ego will not prevail against it. Amen.
This is written in the form of a prayer because it is useful in moments of temptation. It is a declaration of independence. You will find it very helpful if you understand it fully. (T-4.III.1-2)
The healer’s prayer
It is impossible for a child of God to love his neighbor except as himself. That is why the healer’s prayer is:
Let me know this brother as I know myself. (T-5.IN.3)
When you experience anxiety, depression or panic
And if you do distort reality you will experience anxiety, depression and ultimately panic, because you are trying to make yourself unreal. When you feel these things, do not try to look beyond yourself for truth, for truth can only be within you. Say, therefore:
Christ is in me, and where He is God must be,
for Christ is part of Him. (T-9.I.14)
Say to everyone
Say, then, to everyone:
Because I will to know myself,
I see you as God’s Son and my brother. (T-9.II.12)
When you question your value
Whenever you question your value, say:
God Himself is incomplete without me. (T-9.VII.8)
When you feel attached to the problem
You made the problem God has answered. Ask yourself, therefore, but one simple question:
Do I want the problem or do I want the answer? (T-11.VIII.4)
When you think that you want physical possessions
Whenever you are tempted to undertake a useless journey that would lead away from light, remember what you really want, and say:
The Holy Spirit leads me unto Christ,
and where else would I go?
What need have I but to awake in Him? (T-13.VII.14)
When you condemn a brother
No one who condemns a brother can see himself as guiltless and in the peace of God. If he is guiltless and in peace and sees it not, he is delusional, and has not looked upon himself. To him I say:
Behold the Son of God, and look upon his purity and be still.
In quiet look upon his holiness,
and offer thanks unto his Father that no guilt has ever touched him. (T-13.X.11-12)
When others are accusing you of guilt and you are tempted to agree
Whenever the pain of guilt seems to attract you, remember that if you yield to it, you are deciding against your happiness, and will not learn how to be happy. Say therefore, to yourself, gently, but with the conviction born of the Love of God and of His Son:
What I experience I will make manifest [in my behavior toward others].
If I am guiltless, I have nothing to fear [I can demonstrate fearlessness in the face of my brothers’ accusations].
I choose to testify to my acceptance of the Atonement, not to its rejection [I choose to show others my acceptance of my guiltlessness, not my acceptance of their message of guilt].
I would accept my guiltlessness by making it manifest [to others] and sharing it
Let me bring peace to God’s Son from his Father. (T-14.III.3)
When in doubt about what you should do
Whenever you are in doubt what you should do, think of His Presence in you, and tell yourself this, and only this:
He leadeth me and knows the way, which I know not.
Yet He will never keep from me what He would have me learn.
And so I trust Him to communicate to me all that He knows for me.
Then let Him teach you quietly how to perceive your guiltlessness, which is already there. (T-14.III.19)
When you want to imprison your brother to your needs
Say, then, to your brother:
I give you to the Holy Spirit as part of myself.
I know that you will be released,
unless I want to use you to imprison myself.
In the name of my freedom I choose your release,
because I recognize that we will be released together. (T-15.XI.10)
When you want happiness and release from pain
This is the only thing that you need do for vision, happiness, release from pain and the complete escape from sin, all to be given you. Say only this, but mean it with no reservations, for here the power of salvation lies:
I am responsible for what I see.
I choose the feelings I experience,
and I decide upon the goal I would achieve.
And everything that seems to happen to me I ask for,
and receive as I have asked.
Deceive yourself no longer that you are helpless in the face of what is done to you. Acknowledge but that you have been mistaken, and all effects of your mistakes will disappear. (T-21.II.2)
When you are tempted to desire an idol
Do not look back except in honesty. And when an idol tempts you, think of this:
There never was a time an idol brought you anything
except the “gift” of guilt.
Not one was bought except at cost of pain,
nor was it ever paid by you alone. (T-30.V.10)
When you think your brother does not merit escape from guilt
God’s Son is perfect, or he cannot be God’s Son. Nor will you know him, if you think he does not merit the escape from guilt in all its consequences and its forms. There is no way to think of him but this, if you would know the truth about yourself.
I thank You, Father, for Your perfect Son,
and in his glory will I see my own.
Here is the joyful statement that there are no forms of evil that can overcome the Will of God; the glad acknowledgment that guilt has not succeeded by your wish to make illusions real. And what is this except a simple statement of the truth? (T-30.VI.9)
When deciding what your brother is really asking you for
What does he ask you for [for death or for life, for hate or for forgiveness and help]? And listen well! For he is asking what will come to you, because you see an image of yourself and hear your voice requesting what you want.
Before you answer, pause to think of this:
The answer that I give my brother is what I am asking for.
And what I learn of him is what I learn about myself.
Then let us wait an instant and be still, forgetting everything we thought we heard; remembering how much we do not know. (T-31.II.5-6)
To cleanse your mind of all self-concepts
There will come a time when images have all gone by, and you will see you know not what you are. It is to this unsealed and open mind that truth returns, unhindered and unbound. Where concepts of the self have been laid by is truth revealed exactly as it is. When every concept has been raised to doubt and question, and been recognized as made on no assumptions that would stand the light, then is the truth left free to enter in its sanctuary, clean and free of guilt. There is no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than this:
I do not know the thing I am,
and therefore do not know what I am doing,
where I am,
or how to look upon the world or on myself.
Yet in this learning is salvation born. And What you are will tell you of Itself. (T-31.V.17)
The happy habit of response to all temptation
Learn, then, the happy habit of response to all temptation to perceive yourself as weak and miserable with these words:
I am as God created me.
His Son can suffer nothing.
And I am His Son. (T-31.VIII.5)
[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]