Nothing can go wrong when we follow the Spirit’s guidance. When we begin the spiritual journey, we may seem to get negative reflections from our family at first; but they are really just calls for love. Keep extending love in these moments and just trust in the great plan for awakening and in the Holy Spirit. Everything always works out in the end. And remember that all things work together for good, you can’t mess this up! “The best thing you can do for your family and for everyone is to follow that guidance and stay true to that course, because the greatest gift we can offer anybody is happiness. And our families are counting on us to be happy. We’re to be the way-showers of happiness and oftentimes when we follow Spirit’s guidance it doesn’t seem to register with the goals of the world. Jesus says at one point you may notice that the goal of ACIM is very different to the goals of the world. He’s pointing out there is a huge difference between the goal for present peace, for forgiveness now, for that love, joy and happiness right now than there is with the goals of the world.”
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This whole world was made to cover over the rage against God and the more we expose it, the more intense it seems to get. If we had been told beforehand how intense it was going to get, we would have never signed up for this. We need the help of the Holy Spirit and our mighty companions to help lift this anger, so it can be released. “The more you uncover, the more layers you take off, the more intense the rage is. It is almost like this whole world was made to cover over the anger. To minimize the rage, to dilute it, to deflect away and distract away from it. The more you go on this spiritual journey it’s like this hatred comes up, intense fury and hatred.”
In order to have peace of mind we have to raise up the ego beliefs and be free of them. Sexuality is the basic belief in needs which is all part of the perception of being a human being. As these needs are fulfilled on a regular basis the mind can be raise up into and advanced higher order of needs and that would be self actualization. Sexual desire is a distorted miracle impulse, and is actually a gentle reminder, to see that you are being called back to God. “As long as the mind believes in the ego, of course there is wanting because the ego is the belief system in lack, that is where the wanting comes from. There is no wanting in Heaven. But you have to work with the Holy Spirit and Jesus on really clearing that belief system in lack, so you can experience those miracle impulses directly.” This recording of David Hoffmeister took place in 2014, on the South African tour.
Be authentic with your feelings, and when anger arises, welcome it. Jesus never says you should not be angry, only that it is never justified! In other words, do not try to justify your anger using external causes (i.e. being mistreated, seeing others mistreated, etc.) Attempting to justify why you feel angry will only put you into an unhappy loop. Instead, practice pausing and reminding yourself that, as Lesson 5 says, “I am never upset for the reason I think”. Ask for Help of Him Who knows you truly, and give your anger to Him. Share your mind with Jesus and/or the Holy Spirit, and let your mind be healed for you. “Anger could never occur unless you believed you were mistreated by something not yourself. If you were mistreated by something outside of you, that’s the condition for anger. And Jesus knows that there is nothing out there forcing you to be angry so that’s why he’s saying, ‘Just don’t justify it.’”
Violence is in the mind, not in the world. The ego belief system opposes oneness, opposes love, opposes God. The ego belief system is what is violent and abusive. Judgment is violent. Egoic perception is violent. Jesus gave us the two most helpful words in all of history: “Judge not.” Therefore, when you have a major upset and are perceiving violence in the world, the most helpful thing you can do for yourself is ask for help in perceiving differently. Only true forgiveness can heal the perception of violence.
The Spirit will unwind our mind from all the sexual repression and denial that has gone on, and it will use symbols in a highly individualized way depending on each person’s patterns. For example, one who has been very sexually promiscuous in the past may very well be Guided to be celibate for a time. On the other hand, one who has repressed their sexuality may be Guided to start having more sexual experiences which undo old ideas about what sexuality means. In either case…
Spirit will draw forth mighty companions with whom there is a feeling of safety to expose things. But this should be done with discernment, under guidance.
Sickness is a trick of the ego; an attempt to project the problem of guilt onto the body so that the mind will be too distracted to look within for the real solution. All forms of sickness and pain have, at their root, an unforgiveness. In this beautiful talk, given at the 2016 international A Course in Miracles Conference in Las Vegas, NV, David shares a parable about Robert Varley in which his toothache was healed by following Jesus’ guidance to forgive his father. The cause of the problem is never in the body, but always in the mind.
Accepting the Atonement for ourselves is the ultimate insurance policy. The Atonement is the perfect solution to the belief in separation. It will always bring us to safety. It will always bless us and lead us towards God’s Will for us, which is perfect happiness. Whenever the ego appears to tempt or threaten us, we don’t need to try to change or fix anything in the world. All we can do is change our mind about the world.
Interdependency is assumed to be normal and necessary at every level of the human experience, from interpersonal to international. But, in truth, it’s an ego substitute for the oneness of Spirit which is our fundamental, quantum reality. Human collaboration will never set us free from the human condition. True collaboration comes from following your heart and your intuition, and for this to be possible, there must be a shift in perception that sees there is nothing outside of you and that all minds are inherently interconnected.