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.
Health and Sickness < 5 mins, Illusion vs Reality, Joining, Miracles, Power of Thought, Presence, Reflections, Self-Concept, Sickness
The “I” is identified with egoic thoughts. If you have a mind that knows true happiness, then happiness is all you’ll know. This is because happiness has always been our natural state. It only takes an instant of joining to bring the mind back into that state.
Relationships < 5 mins, Creation and Extension, Jesus, Presence, Private Thoughts, Reflections, Transcendence
“No private thoughts” is one of the guidelines of the Messengers of Peace. This clip from a retreat at the Living Miracles Monastery gives the metaphysics underneath this and how there literally are no private thoughts. The metaphysical understanding of ACIM is necessary as a prerequisite to understanding the metaphysics of “no private thoughts.” ACIM uses an educational approach to teach the mind the spiritual metaphysics and the metaphysical definitions that are needed to train the mind to awaken to reality. All of this will be transcended when the meaning of metaphysics is fully grasped and the experience that the metaphysics is pointing to is experienced.
Relationships 5–10 mins, Distractions, Expectations, Projection, Reflections, Special Relationship, Specialness
The context of all relationships is egoic. All relationships start special. The Spirit can work with all things. The Holy Spirit uses your special relationships and when truth is reintroduced into them, they are used to purify the mind.
Relationships 10–30 mins, Anger, Distractions, Empty Your Mind, Feelings of Lack, Forgiven World, Perception, Purpose, Reflections, Self-Concept, Special Relationship, Specialness, Symbols, Unified Perception
The special relationship is a futile attempt to complete your self by adding another self. But completion can only be found within your mind. Your relationship mirrors what is in your mind. Does it serve the purpose of projection and blame? Or do you use it to help you identify your own feelings, thoughts, and beliefs so you can turn them over to the Holy Spirit?
Relationships 5–10 mins, Dark and Intense Emotions, Guidance, Holy Relationship, Living in Community, Mind Training, Purpose, Reflections, Responsibility, State of Mind
A spiritual community can be a “celestial speed-up” for Self-realization; an intense mirroring of all your thoughts and behaviors. Projecting or denying your feelings will not release them. We must face our emotions directly; we are 100% responsible for our state of mind. We are not at the mercy of others in this world, nor of the world itself. We cannot do this alone, so we join with our mighty companions to help flush up the negative thoughts and to see they are not real. Let your thoughts and emotions come up, give them full expression, and then ask the Holy Spirit to handle them for you.
Relationships 5–10 mins, Beliefs and Concepts, Desire, Empty Your Mind, Expectations, Guidance, Guilt, Marriage, Reflections, Special Relationship
Expectations in relationships can block us from the truth. Relationships mirror your consciousness; they are based on desire and future expectations. When these expectations, such as the desire for companionship, are not met, we feel discomfort. The journey to peace is a journey into consciousness in which layers of expectations and beliefs are uncovered and exposed. As we feel, and look closely at, our discomfort, we can come to see that guilt runs deep beneath it. The way to find completion is to find and follow your inner calling.
Relationships 10–30 mins, Assignments, Attack Thoughts, Christ-Identity, Commitment, Communication, Comparison, From Darkness to Light, Holy Relationship, Mind, Mystical Experiences, Preferences, Purpose, Reflections, Transcendence
Pure oneness comes from being fully committed to the Spirit no matter what. Should you commit to a relationship that has darkness? You commit to go through the darkness to the Light. Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford had a testy relationship. Spirit uses all kinds of assignments. There has to be some sense of attraction, of purpose. In the Course, Jesus says the teaching/learning balance is perfect in lifelong relationship assignments. Spirit uses the body for communication, leading ultimately to communion with the One.