Enjoy this video with Enlightened ACIM Teacher David Hoffmeister. Filmed in Bryce Canyon, Utah, David descends the canyon as a metaphor for descending into the mind and shares his inner path to Enlightenment. This video contains teachings and music and nature scenes that inspire you to awaken in joy. Set to a backdrop of natural beauty, the adventure inward is made plain and simple and accessible. David uses beautiful Bryce Canyon to illustrate the journey into the mind that leads to the remembrance of God.
In a world of opposites, forgiveness isn’t positive. In fact, “A Course in Miracles” states, “The miracle does nothing. All it does is to undo.” (T-28.I.1:1-2) So, we could even call a miracle a positive thing, in the sense that all it does is undo. The journey from the ego’s perspective is very disheartening, challenging, disconcerting, frustrating, irritating. In fact, a vast amount of the stages in the development of trust are very difficult to go through. With this forewarning, it is no surprise when the floor drops out and we experience intensity. But it is only inevitable that the floor will no longer drop. Eventually, we experience lasting stability in mind. This is no small gift.
In this “A Course in Miracles” Toowoomba, Australia gathering, David and his friend Rob discuss the journey from a point of fear to love. Overcome the grips of fear and forgiving, and open to the experience of God’s Love. When we discover what it takes to let go of the ego, there is an intense amount of fear. We are completely unaware of this fact in our normal lives because we have endless places to project it onto. Yet just having the willingness to go through the fear and open up to love is enough. We don’t need to be concerned with conquering the ego because we will be given all we need to walk through our fear. We’re even given brothers to walk through the fear with.
The world is set up as an identity substitution and the mask we wear as a body image is very shaky. People make a list of pros to try to offset the cons (negative feelings), but there’s an underlying fear. When you get down to the underpinnings, you can see that it’s taking a lot of energy to keep the mask in place, and it’s really not worth it. The ego has many tricks though, to make us believe that if I could just change this thing or that thing, I would be happy. We might think we would be happy if we could have our “ideal body image”, but it’s actually not true. Trying to create a perfect body image is an endless pursuit.
Movies are modern-day parables. Happy Feet is a story that gives us insights into finding the inner dance, forgiveness, and social commentary. Even though free falling out of old belief systems is a scary prospect, divine providence seems to slip in when we least expect it, and mighty companions show up to accompany us on the way.
Our only function is forgiveness. To forgive the world we made, we need only expose and welcome the darkness when it comes instead of pushing it down. Then, accept and allow it no matter what it looks or feels like, without judging yourself. Finally, just hand it over to the Spirit and it is literally gone.
At first, forgiveness seems to deal with specifics, as if something in the world had a real cause and effect. It may seem that something you thought you had forgiven reappears. This is an opportunity to go deeper in the mind to get at the very root of the seeming problem. One begins to see there is only one problem and one solution, not many differing problems. This is the good news!
Letting go of control and letting everything be given by Spirit is a radical life change. It is as radical as learning to breath liquid oxygen. You will experience periods of disorientation and come out soaring. The Course prepares you for being miracle-minded, even helping you remove the special relationship. Every miracle reinforces the awareness that life is but a dream.
In this clip, David Hoffmeister has been asked about meditation. He says that “A Course in Miracles” is a pathway to meditation. The Course is designed to remove any obstacles to peace that are in the mind. This leads perfectly into being able to meditate without the “monkey mind” and all its distractions. The latter part of this talk introduces the idea of living from inspiration and not doing things merely from a sense of obligation. Here, true peace and freedom is found. “What is meditation?” is a question many people ask. This video answers the questions: “How do I meditate?” and “How can I get into a state of relaxation through meditating using the ‘A Course in Miracles’ Workbook?” Being in a state of mindfulness deepens the meditative state and gives a sense of stress relief.
David Hoffmeister is asked about the ego and the defense of simply attempting to use words to deny the “reality” of the world. David talks about how unconscious beliefs must be undone and how it is important to go through the darkness to the light.