David Hoffmeister speaks about humility and how peace, freedom, and intimacy are part of our natural birthright.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Awareness, Desire, Empty Your Mind, Holy Instant, Jesus, Meditation, Presence, Time and Space
Meditation is generally considered as an activity on the timeline, to still the mind. In reality it’s not an activity. Release time-related concepts such as preparation. Empty your mind. You can only desire the holy instant. Give yourself over to the desire for the peace of God.
Anger 5–10 mins, Accepting Correction, Beliefs and Concepts, Choice and Free Will, Ego, Expression Sessions, Metaphysics, Practical Steps, Self-Honesty, Separation, Theory vs Experience, Undoing the Ego
There is no true answer to the question, “How did the separation happen?” A short while into the scribing of A Course in Miracles, Helen and Bill asked Jesus, “Wait a minute! How could the separation have happened in the first place!?” Jesus’ answer was, “You can tell by your emotions that you believe it happened!” In this humorous and insightful video, David expounds on this answer from Jesus by explaining how the Course was written for the mind that believes in the separation and therefore must meet the mind where it believes it is. All the things of this world which hold no value are magnified by the ego as a distraction. It is an upside-down and backwards world we live in.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Death, Mind Training, Openness, Perception, Real Thoughts, Sickness, True Forgiveness, Undoing the Ego
Spirit can use these situations in which you are uncertain to bring you through to a sense of true forgiveness. You can face your feelings around death and expand your mind. Pray and ask to be used in the most helpful way. “Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both.” (T-1.I.24:1)
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Attack Thoughts, Form and Content, Illusion vs Reality, Manifesting, Personality-Self, Purpose, Service
The sense of service can be a helpful step as a backdrop for watching the mind. Everything is thought, and really, the service is learning how to forgive and release attack thoughts. “I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.” (W-23) Service cannot be judged in terms of form. True service is an alignment in purpose.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Comparison, Death, Ego, Knowing, Mind, Practical Steps, State of Mind, Theory vs Experience, True Forgiveness, True Joy
Spirituality has to be practical. We don’t really need another theology. We’re here to have an experience. A Course in Miracles says an experience will come to end your doubting. In heaven there are no concepts, but one concept that is still helpful while we are here is forgiveness. There is no thought of forgiveness in heaven; God does not forgive for he has never condemned. There must be condemnation first before forgiveness is necessary. The ego is a wish to be separate from God and forgiveness is a healing wish. Everything is mind. The question always comes down to, “What do you want?”
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Face of Innocence, Frustration, Grievances, Mind, Parenting, Struggle, Symbols, Time and Space
“A Course in Miracles” (ACIM) teaches that time is simultaneous. To show the concept of linear time, David Hoffmeister uses a spaghetti string, a noodle. He says that we are like a fish out of water. Or, “a spirit out of spirit—on a noodle!” A spirit who has forgotten spirit and is on a noodle now; that’s pretty difficult. So, if you have had struggles and difficulties in your life, it’s not even surprising, because of the mind’s belief in time. In ACIM, Jesus says that the world was made as an attack upon God. Why would God send you to a world that was made as an attack upon God? That would be mean! Some people may say, “I didn’t ask to be here.” The answer to that is that everyone who believes they are in time asked to be here.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Christ-Identity, Defensiveness, Mind, Rituals, Roles, Self-Concept, Theory vs Experience, Time and Space
David defines Christ as love and then says Christianity is a defense against Christ/love. In essence he says this is true of all religions. The ego has taken something in form (e.g., Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mohammed) and then turned it into a religion. David then reinterprets the word “religion” to mean a peaceful state of mind. David does not view himself as belonging to any formal religion but instead part of a religion of oneness and truth.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Duality, Eternity, Guilt, Illusion vs Reality, Non-Duality, Oneness, Present Moment, Time and Space, True Peace
Love is all there is, with no opposites. God is one and extends perfect oneness as Spirit. The present moment is the closest approximation to eternity this world offers. People’s dualistic thoughts, feeling guilty about the past, and fearing the future are covering over eternity. So, we let go of them in favor of an experience of the heart.
Living with Purpose 5–10 mins, Choice and Free Will, Dark and Intense Emotions, Discernment, Form and Content, Holy Spirit, Inspiration, Making Decisions, Purpose
We are often tempted to choose where it’s not really possible. Most of the choices we make in this world are of the same order, and the questions we typically ask make no sense in Reality. Choices become easier when we follow the Holy Spirit (peace); we will feel in harmony and flow with life. Ask only one question in any situation: “What is it for?” That’s very different from the ego saying, “What are the pros and cons here?” A mind in turmoil is not an inspired place from which to make decisions.a