At first forgiveness seems to deal with specifics. As if something in the world had a real cause and effect. It may seem that something you thought you had forgiven reappears. This is an opportunity to go deeper in the mind to get at the very root of the seeming problem. One begins to see there is only one problem and one solution, not many differing problems. This is the good news!
Guidance 5–10 mins, Accepting Correction, Happy Dream, Illusion vs Reality, Mind, Movie-Watching, Non-Judgment, Sacrifice, Time and Space
The Holy Spirit will use symbols the ego made—such as movies—for forgiveness lessons to gradually wake you from the nightmare and show you a happy dream. Follow your heart on a safe, fun process of unlearning.
Trust 5–10 mins, Accepting Correction, Allowance, Defensiveness, Healing, Judgments, Readiness and Willingness, Spiritual Journey, True Forgiveness
Our only function is forgiveness. To forgive the world we made, we need only expose and welcome the darkness when it comes instead of pushing it down. Then, accept and allow it no matter what it looks or feels like, without judging yourself. Finally, just hand it over to the Spirit and it is literally gone.
If you can choose the miracle, the need for exposing falls away. The Holy Spirit overlooks the unreal effects and their unreal cause (the ego). You accept the correction for the error. Ultimately, the attraction of love leads to ascension. If you can see the true value of the miracle, then the need for exposing beliefs falls away. For example, Taoism uses many beautiful metaphors about nature, saying all streams and rivers merge into the ocean of Oneness. There is also the metaphor of the tree, with all its branches and leaves.
Stress and Worry 5–10 mins, Accepting Correction, Awareness, Christ-Identity, Dreaming, Oneness, Separation, Theory vs Experience
David Hoffmeister shares an afternoon ACIM workshop titled, “I Could See Peace Instead of This.” They offer teachings and practical application of forgiveness as presented in the book, “A Course in Miracles,” with lots of examples and metaphors.
Relationships < 5 mins, Accepting Correction, Beliefs and Concepts, Idols, Love, Special Relationship, Specialness
In this video, David speaks on love and relationship. What does it mean to love? The ego’s definition of love is very different from the Spirit’s definition. While the ego can use love to say, “I love my country,” this is objectifying love, and therefore, not it. By attaching it to an object, we break the definition of love! Love has no object. Love is abstract. When we say “I love” and then put something after it, that’s not love. Most of the things we think we love in this world are idols that cover over true love. Love is a state of acceptance.
Relationships 10–30 mins, Accepting Correction, Assignments, Desire, Discernment, From Darkness to Light, Guidance, Jesus, Judgments, Love, Openness, Presence
The guidance of the Holy Spirit is always beneficial to everyone. Assignments are teaching-learning opportunities. The whole point of the mind training is to let go of everything you think you know about form and come into an experience of the content of love in your heart. The more you are concerned about content the less you are concerned with the form. The ego set up very rigid roles. The concepts and illusions need to be brought to the light, and the purpose of assignments is to come into more expansive states of mind and broader self-concepts that approach forgiveness.
Suicide 5–10 mins, Accepting Correction, Contentment and Happiness, Death, Fear, Guilt, Mystical Experiences, Projection, Purpose, Separation, True Forgiveness
The purpose of the ego is death. It has no good aspects, no source and no healing purpose. Unplug from it. The world is a projection of guilt, hatred, and anger. Decide that you want to heal, and Spirit will help you see differently. Love has the power to reinterpret everything you perceive! This world is error. The Correction, Atonement, is that the separation never happened. An experience of pure love will come that will end your doubting. This is the reason for happiness. You are not responsible for the error, but only for accepting the correction. Stop projecting the error onto the world; that’s the way you keep it. On the other hand, when you forgive it, you free yourself and the world.
Anger < 5 mins, Accepting Correction, Clueless, Control, Disillusionment, Expectations, Openness, True Joy
Just like a child outgrows a favorite toy, as you move towards Awakening you are outgrowing the familiar. Everything is totally brand new! There is a sense of wonder. David shares his experience of how wonderful it is to not be sentimental, to not have an expectation. As soon as the mind clicks into the familiar, it is as if the mind knows something, and you don’t question the world. The agony of outgrowing the familiar brings openness, a freedom from conclusions, and joy.
Guidance 5–10 mins, Accepting Correction, Desire, Healing, Heart Opening, Listen and Follow, Readiness and Willingness, Self-Concept, Theory vs Experience
Open your heart to love and start to feel that God is within you. Receive his gifts by listening to and following what is given. Meet those who have given their life over to the Course. Allow yourself to fall apart and come undone. The struggle comes from identifying with the self. Accept the gifts that are in front of you and surrender!