David Hoffmeister describes following the invitations and leaping from one “lily pad” to the next to build trust. This process can seem like a frog’s path of leaping, and builds trust in the divine plan.
Guidance 5–10 mins, Body, Clueless, Defenselessness, Guidance, Listen and Follow, Mind Training, Purpose
David Hoffmeister shares the steps of Awakening by using movie references to “Being There” and “The Matrix.” Raj shares a story of being directed by Spirit and following instructions, and of a free postage day in New Zealand that allows him to publish the magazine he was guided to take to New Zealand.
Guidance 5–10 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, God, Guidance, Holy Spirit, Illusion vs Reality, Metaphysics, Miracles, Purpose, Symbols
You see what you want to see; you perceive what you believe. The Holy Spirit can use these signs and symbols to give you inspiration along the way. The purpose of a treasure map is to find the treasure. ACIM is a road-map designed to take you past your thoughts and perceptions to the Kingdom of Heaven within. God knows not form. The point of “A Course in Miracles: is to find the truth; then you let go of “A Course in Miracles” because it is form. “The world I see holds nothing that I want. The only value this world has is that you pass it by.” (W-128) Revelation lifts you to Christ’s Vision that is prior to form. “Beyond this world there is a world I want,” (W-129) talks about the forgiven world, the happy dream.
Guidance 5–10 mins, Consciousness, Ego, Guidance, Holy Spirit, Music, Purpose, Relationships, Symbols, Unconsciousness, Words
Jesus teaches in ACIM that this cosmos is built like a prison for our mind. Therefore we must look closely at the shadows within to discover if they are true or untrue. Holy Spirit knows the illusion is not real, so he is the very best guide out of the prison, not the symbols themselves. Give them to the Holy Spirit and see the healing happen through them.
Guidance 5–10 mins, Guidance, Non-Judgment, Openness, Perception, State of Mind, Symbols, The Voice, Words
Guidance can come in the form of feelings, intuitions, words, streams of thought, signs and symbols in the world like billboards and bumper stickers, opening ACIM as an oracle, other books, music playing in restaurants or on the car radio, dreams, journalling, art, and more! Gradually you link into a glorious flow that draws you inward. Synchronicities show that it’s all just reflections of thought. Take the limits off. Pay attention and stay open.
Guidance 5–10 mins, Dark and Intense Emotions, Denial and Repression, Discernment, Guidance, Listen and Follow, Movie-Watching, Partnership, Right Mind vs Wrong Mind
David opens the session by talking about how, on the spiritual journey, the ego feels like it’s getting chased out of its hiding places like a spider down in a well. Also, how, at times, the spiritual journey can get disorienting as things start to seem less “solid” and more surreal, but how this starts to be experienced as relaxing and new. There are also phases when there don’t seem to be external witnesses for the Spirit, and this is a call to go deeper and rely more on the inner guidance. He also talks about letting the Spirit speak through you without censorship. But when you share this message, it is not always going to go over well with people, and that’s okay. There’s no need to convert people to “A Course in Miracles.” It’s always about peace for oneself and that’s it. David talks about when someone once asked him why he goes anywhere if everything is perfect, and he affirms that, “Yes, there’s no impetus to change anything.” The ego will try to commercialize spirituality like what’s happened to most holidays. Jesus is just a symbol of the unreality of this world and the Love that is true. You don’t need to be perfect in form. Accept your perfection only in Spirit. Be gentle with yourself and follow the prompts you receive.
This clip from one of the morning gatherings at the Living Miracles Monastery in June 2010 speaks about hearing guidance, the voice of Jesus, and how this is available for everyone.
Guidance 10–30 mins, A Course in Miracles, Guidance, Healing, Listen and Follow, Practical Steps, Purification, Self-Concept
The Holy Spirit has a great perspective and knows in every seeming circumstance what would be most helpful. David speaks about Helen Schucman’s experience with scribing “A Course in Miracles” and how she had a lot of resistance towards the Voice. The Holy Spirit cannot take your fear away because it would be interfering with the most basic laws of cause and effect, trying to step between your thoughts and their effects. It is an inside job and you can use the guidance to see the conditions that were set up in your mind, and really, you are not bound by these conditions. The Course is only a tool to bring you in contact with your internal teacher. The Holy Spirit is kind and gentle and will help undo concepts.