Jesus will guide us so our journey is smooth and joyful. We only feel pain and sacrifice when we resist. Plan Bs are resistance, used to support the self-concept rather than the Christ Self. Yet the Holy Spirit and Jesus show us that trust is justified. Are we willing to trust so much that we let go of our plan Bs? Our problem is that first we decide what we want, and then we ask for guidance. The asking needs to come first. When we are identified with a self-concept we don’t know our best interests; we are completely lost and need the help of the Holy Spirit. Thankfully, that help is available to us anytime we ask for it. “There is danger when you think you know your own best interests when you actually don’t… You’re in a delusion, you’re hallucinating a world that doesn’t even exist! You are really lost in time and space and you need so much help. If you knew how much help you needed you would start asking; you would start praying right away… Let present trust direct the way.”
Contentment and Happiness
Full Length Talks, Guidance, Trust 60+ mins, Choice and Free Will, Contentment and Happiness, Divine Providence, God's Plan, Guidance, Miracles, Purpose, Spiritual Journey, Surrender, Trust, Undoing the Ego
A plan B is anything we have in mind for our future happiness while ignoring the present moment. We are fighting ourselves with these distractive plan Bs. To be happy we need to trust the present Love of God, to trust it so much that we give up the plan Bs. In no situation do we know our own best interests. Yet we think we do. We tend to first decide what we want and then ask Spirit for direction. Instead, by deciding not to decide, we can open ourselves to let Spirit decide for us. In this way we come to experience that all real pleasure comes from doing God’s will. “The ego doesn’t want you to give your life and possessions over to the Holy Spirit, because that would put the ego out of business, fast. So the ego is going to use plan Bs to defend against jumping all the way in to Spirit’s plan. That’s what our education has been in the world. Not only from our parents, but from our universities, from our seminars and workshops. We are told to save for a rainy day, to follow the ways of the world and always be prepared for future catastrophes. This is the bread and butter of the ego. Trusting in the Holy Spirit and giving it over to Jesus is the exact opposite of that.”
Suicide > 5 min, Awakening, Contentment and Happiness, Death, Ego, Heart Opening, Love, Perception, Purpose, Self-Concept, Time and Space, True Joy, Unwinding from the World
David Hoffmeister shares an experience he had while practicing A Course in Miracles workbook lesson 163, “There is no death. The Son of God is free.” He had the experience that there truly is no death and that death is the ego. A woman in front of David had collapsed on the ground and stopped breathing in the grocery store he was in while practicing the ACIM lesson. When David had the experience that there truly is no death, the women seemed to be a reflection of mind and simultaneously began breathing again. What does Jesus mean by, “There is no death. The Son of God is free”? He’s really saying, “There is no ego. The Son of God is free.”
Stress and Worry < 5 mins, Anxiety, Atonement, Concern and Worry, Contentment and Happiness, Ego, Fear, Fear of Loss, Insurance, Safety, Stress, Undoing the Ego
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.
Living with Purpose < 5 mins, Ambition, Beliefs and Concepts, Contentment and Happiness, Desire to Change the World, Gratitude, Mind Training, Purpose, Self-Concept, Self-Improvement, Unwinding from the World
There is only one problem with self-help—the Self that we are doesn’t need any help. As we move towards the Atonement, we move increasingly to the awareness that we have been wrong about everything, and towards the realization that, “my mind holds only what I think with God.” Our purpose is not to create a utopia on earth, but only to open our minds to a state of deep love and gratitude for the One, our Creator. Many of us were taught that it’s not wise to become too happy, but Love invites us to be divinely and fully happy now.
Inspiration 5–10 mins, Christ-Identity, Contentment and Happiness, Dedication and Devotion, Desire, Gentleness, Healing, Heaven, Holy Instant, Love, Metaphysics, Mystical Experiences, Mystics and Saints, Oneness, Present Moment, Quantum Physics
What if you do entertain the notion of enlightenment? Some symbols and stories are about the possibility that you will become enlightened in a different Earth lifetime, and that it isn’t possible in this one. But deep down, there is a feeling that anything is possible. What if you entertain the notion of the Holy Instant as spoken about in “A Course in Miracles?”
Trust < 5 mins, Contentment and Happiness, Control, Discernment, Education, Guidance, Happy Learner, Hypotheticals, Knowing, Trust
What if the answer to every problem was so easy that it could not be missed? What if it was so available that it is always here now? “A Course in Miracles” teaches us that ‘… trust would settle every problem now.’ It is giving it to us real straight.
Relationships < 5 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Contentment and Happiness, Family, Love, Metaphysics, Obstacles, Relationships, Teaching
The essence of who we are is not the role and it is not the name. When I free my mind of thinking of people as those roles and names, and that they are limited by a role and by a name, by a history, by their ambitions, or who they seem to be in a personality way, then I feel all this love. This happens when I do not hold them to something from the past.
Trust < 5 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Contentment and Happiness, Faith, Guidance, Holy Instant, Practical Steps, Questioning, Self-Honesty, Theory vs Experience, True Freedom, True Peace, Trust, Undoing the Ego, Unwinding from the World, Worldly Issues
You have been exerting a lot of mind energy trying to find love, freedom, happiness, and peace in the wrong direction: the world. Put all of your trust in the Spirit, and look closely and honestly at where your mind energy goes. What are you invested in? What are you putting your trust in? Nutrition, […]
Depression 5–10 mins, Body, Communication, Contentment and Happiness, Creation and Extension, Function, Jesus, Listen and Follow, Love, Mind, Miracle Worker, Roles, Trust
The mind has become the slave of the body, doing meaningless things. You are a transcendent being. Use the body as a miracle worker for the glory of God, as a blessing for the whole universe. You are headed for joy and peace! In this illusion, the body has become the end—pleasure, comfort, and convenience are all for the body. In the Kingdom of Heaven, minds don’t work to give the body a life because there is no body to have a life. Everything is reversed here. Here, mind seems private and separate and has its own private thoughts and that it has to work out life.