The goal of spiritual practice is to be in the flow of presence, to be tuned in to Spirit. Here we learn to forgive all perceptions of suffering and lack we have placed upon the world. Decision-making becomes simple and easy with the Spirit. It only seems difficult when we attempt to run some aspects of our lives by ourselves. This is where all sense of struggle comes in. When we completely let go and let God, all struggling comes to an end. In its place we find happiness, joy and freedom. It is a state of mind that cannot be shaken, regardless of outcomes in the world of form. Under Spirit’s guide we ride the intuitive flow of our heart, and Joy is our destiny. “But the ego is the attempt to think apart from, or against God. We are here to forgive what the ego made, the reaction to God… the death wish. As long as we are invested in the world of form, the parts rather than the whole, then forgiveness escapes us. We have to see the world in a unified way before it will disappear from our awareness. Forgiveness IS that unified perception. We become so invested in forgiveness that the world fuses together in our perception, and our mind comes to a sense of detachment from form outcomes, expectations, and goals.”
This world we see can seem very real, but, in fact, it is a dream. We may feel like we have many problems in this life such as money, relationships, jobs, family issues, addictions and all kinds of issues the ego wants us to believe we have. There is only one problem, and that is our perception. By changing our thought and belief system we can wake up from this dream world and change our perception to a happy dream. The ego would have us think that to escape the world as we see it is a very complex mission, whereas the Spirit would have us learn that it is very simple. Each time we take a step towards the happy dream the ego tags along in the hope of distracting us. It wants to keep us locked into our dualistic way of seeing the world through comparison, diversity, and multiplicity. When we come into a direct experience of a non-dualistic perception all comparison and judgments drop, giving way to the happy dream. This is a place of gratitude and thankfulness, knowing that we are not separate but are all one. “The ego is complex and the Holy Spirit is simple. The fragmented world of separation and distortion is complicated and the happy dream is simple. But it is so extremely, extremely, extremely simple that the only way you can experience it is through it’s simplicity. And you will be challenged by the ego at every turn because the ego doesn’t want you to experience that simplicity. Because it’s out of business, and never was, in that simplicity.”
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.
There’s nothing in the linear world that can inform you of your readiness for Awakening. The willingness is the first step, which is why most people can relate to being willing to follow Spirit throughout the day. Readiness comes after much willingness, and then mastery follows. The ego believes that mastery can be achieved by doing things in form to master their fear, but true mastery can only be achieved through Love—through following the Holy Spirit’s gentle and loving guidance without exception.
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David speaks near Portage, Wisconsin about events along his inward journey, stating that first, it is important to realize that the problem is a perceptual problem.
David Hoffmeister shares this teaching about how to free the mind from the thoughts that produce guilt. A participant question and example brings forth clarity on the topic. This is the forgiveness Jesus calls for, and which brings about healing and happiness.