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.
Leap of Faith
The Ego Is a Perceptual Problem
You made the ego by believing in it. The ego IS the big bang! An experience (beyond the ego) will come to end your doubting. This will not be another theological concept. It will be an experience.
Open to Joy
To the ego, opening is equated with loss, vulnerability, pain, and rejection. The Holy Spirit uses relationships to create new associations with love and appreciation. The ego says, “You are too joyful. Turn down your joy.” Open to joy. Your confidence will grow.
The Death Wish
Any upsetting thought is just a thin veil drawn over intense rage. Death is a decision. What happens to you, you have asked for. Atonement is accepting the correction that has already been given. Forgiveness is a life wish. The ego is a death wish. The prerequisite for accepting the correction is to see the death wish as in your mind. First you must understand that your problem is always a perceptual problem; you are seeing something that is not there. Once you admit this then you can accept the answer, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The solution is never a choice in this world; nothing in the world needs to be saved; only the mind can be salvaged. Face your darkness, your belief in lack. You are worthy of moving through it to perfect happiness. God’s plan for you cannot fail. The world is escaped through life.
David talks about the removal of the last filter that covers over the experience of the truth of who we are. It seems we have to trust as we let go of concepts and beliefs and then, at a certain point, we have to trust completely to allow the experience of Lesson 50 “I am sustained by the Love of God” (W-50) to come into full awareness.