Every symbol and image that you see with the body’s eyes is a reflection. When you look at a child, you can see the child as a mirror of your mind. Any grievances and limits you see in the child are within your own mind. If you are practicing ACIM and raising children, you see what is taking place in your thoughts. As children go through grade school and into high school, you can look at your own beliefs about authority, normalcy, education and success.
David welcomes a group at the start of a weekend retreat and gives an overview of the spiritual journey. Topics include: removing grievances, judgments, and attack thoughts from the mind and being grateful; placing faith in the Holy Spirit to find peace of mind; the nature of problems; stepping back and opening to guidance/intuition.
Money 5–10 mins, Career and Work, Control, Dismantling, Divine Providence, Feelings of Lack, Money and Finances, Poverty, Self-Concept
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.
We live in an ambition-based culture. In this culture, it might seem to that having ambition is a good thing, and that having zero ambition is a problem. Is that true? In this video, see that having zero ambition is a great way to live! David Hoffmeister laughs, saying that after ten years of attending university, he realized that he had to start unlearning! This is a point of seeing that you must move in reverse! “A Course in Miracles” is not a learning curriculum, rather an unlearning that is aimed at emptying the mind of the concepts which are integrated into this seeming reality.
Addictions 10–30 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Competition, Contentment and Happiness, Dismantling, Duality, Inspiration, Memory, Morality, Oneness, Pleasure, Romance, Time and Space
The “people” concept fades pretty quickly. We laugh at the people/duality/linear time game because deep down we know it’s not real. Let it be dismantled. All memories are equally false. Let inspiration lead you.
Relationships 5–10 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Dismantling, Health, Hierarchy, Jesus, Personality-Self, Projection, Roles, True Forgiveness
David Hoffmeister gives both a parable of forgiveness along with the metaphysics underneath the parable. “A Course in Miracles” ideas and applications are what living a life of joy is all about, and David serves as a living demonstration of Course principles in action. It is a peaceful state of Mind.
Relationships 10–30 mins, Attack Thoughts, Bringing Illusions to Truth, Dismantling, Guidance, Miracles, Private Thoughts, Special Relationship
When confronted with difficult people and difficult situations, it is helpful to remember “It’s your lesson.” Part of the problem is situational thinking. You can never bring peace into situations. God is abstract love and light and does not create situations. Truth is Oneness and situations are the illusion. We need to hand everything over to the Spirit. These are not people, these are thoughts. If there seems to be a nagging thought in your mind that doesn’t seem to go away, it’s because you don’t want it to go away. There is a sick attraction to it.
Anger 10–30 mins, Clueless, Dismantling, Family, Fear of Loss, Holy Relationship, Humility, Memory, Movie-Watching, Possession and Ownership, Purpose, Roles, Self-Concept
Dismantling the ego is a journey that is guided by by the Holy Spirit. To the ego, the dismantling seems to be a big threat. But it is not an ending, it is an opening. You are opening to a completely new way of being. You enter into the journey with out any clue of where the path will lead. It’s like a ride at an amusement park where the floor keeps dropping out, free-falling until there is nothing left to grasp. At times many memories surface, childhood memories, dark closets, closed doors. It is about opening these doors until there is nothing left.