The happy dream is a dream of non-judgment. People organize their lives based on false belief systems. Forgiveness is a belief system that swallows all of them up. When you experience forgiveness, you experience that all specific beliefs are completely untrue and so you are in a state of complete open-mindedness and acceptance. It is no longer possible to get into an argument because there are zero differences, zero opinions. Everything is you, now, in peace and joy. The perceptual dream is purified and that is the only dream there is.
David welcomes a group at the start of a weekend retreat and gives an overview of the spiritual journey. Topics include: purification of thought; oneness; pure, open-mindedness; letting go of dualism; devoted practice and the desire to be still and know God; innocence.
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.
The world is the domain of beliefs. Everyone has a belief system. Even unbelief is a belief. You have to believe something to perceive something. All beliefs are false. In Heaven there is no perception and no beliefs. A purified belief system, where every trace of the past is taken away, is what we are going for. And we are left with a blessing, which Jesus calls the happy dream.
This clip, from the final day of the May/June 2010 retreat at the Living Miracles Monastery, talks about projection and how it is necessary to allow the darkness to come up in order for it to be shone away. From this clear place, the light can shine through and the miracle can be extended.
In this session, David Hoffmeister shares his experience that everything is mind. Projection makes perception. ACIM teaches that all is thought and unified awareness. We are not the victims of the world we perceive. If there is no inner or outer, nobody is doing anything to anyone. The world is forgiven. What we experience is an outside picture of an inward condition. When we go into hypotheticals is when we go into error. Scenarios of past or future take us out of the present moment. Trust would settle every problem now.
There is no inside/outside and in the end, there is no projection. Projection is the idea of trying to get rid of something while still keeping it. The Holy Spirit uses contrast experiences to lead us to the recognition that we want nothing but Love. Through the purification process we begin to see everything as a miracle.
In a very practical way, we can apply the miracle to physical symptoms. As Jesus teaches in “A Course in Miracles,” Lesson 136, “Sickness is a defense against the truth.” (W-136) The real question to ponder is whether I want to experience the sickness or whether I want to experience the Christ. It takes a very deep tracing inwards of thoughts in order to see how it must be one or the other, but this kind of deep inner looking is well worth it!