To begin this journey of Awakening can be very frightening. Getting out of your comfort zone by revealing and releasing your resistance and judgments takes courage. “Creating your own reality” is a notion coming from the ego. This is not about improving the personality, it is about letting it go and moving in the direction of the unknown. The gap between what is known and what is unknown can be terrifying. Old ways of relating seem to be falling apart and bringing us to our knees.
Fear of Loss
Look at your thoughts. Are my thoughts fearful? What is the purpose or motive underneath? Believing there is spirit in matter, in doing certain behaviors, is to miss the point. Let those thoughts go. You are a saint in training. Purify your mind. Begin to think of yourself as holy. Focus on your mind, not form. Remind yourself, “I am worth the goal of peace of mind.”
You don’t have to learn to accept specific upsetting situations. You are never upset for the reason you think. You have an underlying divine innocence that is invulnerable. So you look inside and clear away your beliefs that are covering that over. Loving relationships are undefined, guided, and collaborative. When you are at peace, all outcomes are equally acceptable.
This discussion follows a viewing of the “Star Trek” episode, “The Thaw,” which illustrates how the ego operates and uses fear. The first question to ask on the spiritual journey is, “What aspect of the dream do you like?” The likes and dislikes are both part of a judgment system to keep the mind asleep. The dreams you think you like can hold you back just as much as the dreams in which the fear is apparent. The things you like are part of the prison without you knowing it. The mind is enmeshed and addicted to fear.
David Hoffmeister shares his ideas on a range of topics at the Swedish Peace House near Hoor, Sweden. David Hoffmeister has visited Sweden several times since 2006. In 2008, a non-profit Awakening Mind branch was established in southern Sweden to help bring David back to Sweden and Europe and to help distribute his teaching resources and materials in Europe. The ideas are based on the living experience of the principles of “A Course in Miracles.”
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.
“A Course in Miracles” is a pathway to God through relationships. In this session, David Hoffmeister shares on giving over relationships to the Holy Spirit. When you allow relationships to be used for the Holy Spirit’s purpose of healing the mind, it can be a very intense pathway to God as the mirroring can seem so heightened. What is getting exposed is the deep root of the belief in sacrifice and loss. Yet if you decide to learn it (a sustained and committed relationship for complete forgiveness/Atonement), the perfect lesson stands before you and can be learned. This is the fast track to Awakening as everything gets flushed up for the healing.
How can I align my mind with Spirit and feel guidance in each moment? What thoughts or beliefs do I have to release? When you hear about “releasing” or “letting go” of something, another way to think of it is “letting in” more and more of the world you interact with. Many beautiful “A Course in Miracles” quotes point to this non-dualistic, inclusive viewpoint. In the perspective of Oneness, loss is not possible! It is mistaken perception.
David answers a question on surrender and how it worked for him in his early study of “A Course in Miracles.” As he gave himself over to the teachings of ACIM, lessons in trust began to come very quickly. His complete surrender was largely due to readiness, and this readiness led him to a very quick transfer of training. After spending devotional time reading ACIM, David began to hear a small voice like a bird that gave him very specific instructions on who to go see, where to turn, if he forgot something, etc.