David Hoffmeister clarifies the distinction between “error” and “sin.” Error is a mistake that is correctible, but sin is a belief that there is something dark and devious that is stronger than Love. This is a crazy idea! David shares how our only function is acceptance the correction—the grace is already there! So, how does one practically experience this truth? By giving one’s mind over to Spirit, we open to the joy of true service.
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.
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, economics, being liked? A Course in Miracles teaches us, that to find lasting peace and happiness, we must start to withdraw our attention and focus from the thoughts of this world—the ego belief system—and start reinvesting our trust in that which will bring true fruition, true peace of mind. What is true happiness? It is not found in this world. You are entitled to peace, happiness, and joy; but you have forgotten who you are and are looking to the world for these things. The Holy Spirit is calling you out of this world and its belief system. This is the only worthy cause to put your mind energy into. It is one thing to say the words, “I trust you Holy Spirit and I want to hear you.” But most of the work with A Course in Miracles is taking a very close, honest look at the idea of, What have I invested in? It isn’t even a matter of having more trust. You can run a “guilt trip” on yourself even for that. For example, “I don’t have enough trust, I need to trust more.” It isn’t so much a more-or-less-thing, but it is withdrawing our belief and trust in the ego’s belief system and instead trusting in guidance.
Trust 5–10 mins, Dark and Intense Emotions, Divine Providence, Fear, God, God-Dependence, Holy Spirit, Quantum Physics, Self-Concept, True Freedom, Trust
Lesson 50 of A Course in Miracles: “I am sustained by the Love of God.” In that lesson, Jesus tells us that, “In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God.” By following the Holy Spirit’s prompts we begin to trust that we will be divinely provided for in every circumstance.
Trust 5–10 mins, Ego, Jesus, Listen and Follow, Mind Training, Readiness and Willingness, The Matrix, Trust
“A Course in Miracles” says that trust is key to learning to hear guidance. Trusting David and the Messengers of Peace is a way to start. It takes great trust, willingness and readiness to hear Spirit.
You believe you are personally responsible for your survival, but you can change your mind about that! The belief that you are a separate individual creates exhaustion, weariness, depression. When you are tired of the rat race, ask instead for guidance. This goes beyond material props. It is about the attitude of joy that happens spontaneously as you open to divine inspiration. In the story of Pinocchio when he want’s to become a real boy, he’s taken to Pleasure Island, and some scary things happen! The body is like a puppet, wanting to be real. “A Course in Miracles” talks about the authority problem; wanting to make the puppet real. You get to experience trying to make a living, fighting off disease and death, struggling to survive. It’s a drama! Your prayer to the Holy Spirit can be, “Get me back on the strings!” Or as Saint Francis said, “Make me an instrument.”
Remove everything that is not truth. ACIM uses reason as synonymous with the Holy Spirit. The ego’s premises are false. Follow out the Holy Spirit’s premises to the truth. Learn to not put your faith in the laws of the world, the ego’s thought system. Put your faith in the Holy Spirit.
If everything is Whole and I’m not experiencing Wholeness in this moment, then what I’m believing cannot be true. The question then becomes, “What am I compromising on?” I ask, then look for the answers to appear. Doing this moment by moment, in relationships, and in all that is given, is the most practical and time-saving way. Holy Spirit is in the lead.
You save the world at the mind level. You accept the Atonement for yourself. You accept yourself as the Christ. Resurrection—healing—is of the mind. When you accept this goal, your life will change. Course metaphors are on different rungs of the ladder and, as our understanding grows, we let go off the metaphors on the lower rungs. Finally we outgrow all of them.
Peace of mind, being aligned with the Holy Spirit, is the goal and is what saves the world. What you do comes from what you think. While you’re listening to both the Holy Spirit and the ego, your thinking and behavior will be erratic. You don’t save the world personally. The problem is perceiving a fragmented world, seeing separate people who need help. You ask yourself, “What is it for?” The deeper you go with the mind training, you become clear on following the Holy Spirit’s purpose.