What if you didn’t believe in money? True generosity is a giving heart; it’s really a state of mind of being loving, joyful, and happy, and it has nothing to do with what we describe and define generosity to be in terms of the material world.
David Hoffmeister has a revealing conversation with two former Chief Executive Officers who left their careers to devote their lives to God. CEOs cannot become enlightened. Holding any role as an identity—mother, father, butcher, baker—keeps you in illusion. You can’t spiritualize a business. You can’t bring the truth to the illusion; you must bring the illusion to the truth.
What do I value in my life? I want a measurement for how to tell if something has value for me on this spiritual journey. If it doesn’t have value, why would I want it? “A Course in Miracles” gives you the measurement, beautifully and clearly spelled out: “If you choose a thing that will not last forever, what you choose is valueless.” (ACIM, W-133.6.) Through “A Course in Miracles” daily lessons, the awakening mind is trained to set aside the ego’s goals, and choose instead with Spirit. The confused mind is trained to think with the Holy Spirit. This is a change in direction towards peace and away from fear.
When you get into spirituality, the ego wants to make a career out of it, to make and maintain a spiritual self-concept. When you identify with that illusion, you will defend it. This is with anything, without exception, anything in the world that you place value in; this is an identification delusion. When you are upset about anything, it is this ego belief system’s littleness-identification fearing the light, projecting the upset out onto the world, forgetting it has done so, and then blaming the projection. The root of insanity lies here.
Manifesting is wanting more of form, more illusion, more of the past. Spirit is not a “manifester.” You do not have the power to manifest. Jesus in “A Course in Miracles” says, “Strictly speaking this is impossible.” (T-8.VIII.7:2)
How much do you cherish the body? What plans do you make that don’t involved the body? If you watch your mind, you’ll know how much you cherish the body, even as you go about your daily activities. Those little flare ups in emotion signal that you’ve chosen attack.
Should I try to manifest abundance in my life? Is manifesting possible? In response to a question about the movie, “The Secret,” David Hoffmeister explains that the mind is very powerful and a movie such as “The Secret” can be a useful launching pad to go deeper. Early in the Workbook, “A Course in Miracles” daily lessons guide the mind to look at perception, and then look at thoughts. The purpose of the Workbook is to lead the mind into an experience that the thoughts the mind thinks it thinks, and the world that it thinks it sees, are actually the same. There is no world outside the mind.
Busy, busy, busy. The ego counts on your business. When you give the mind permission to merge with the stillness of Spirit, you experience being. It is so different from doing! The ego is a constant “doer,” while the Spirit is still. This is as simple as it gets: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Cultivate the place of stillness and light in your mind and watch as all thoughts you bring there disappear into light.
ACIM videos immerse the mind in a new perspective. In this video, David Hoffmeister speaks on the topic of not having a job. Is the human condition your only choice or is there something beyond the human condition? When the mind goes to sleep and forgets Oneness and Nirvana and Heaven, it seems to now be existing in a very limited condition—the human condition. Part of the human condition is to have needs and desires and wants.