Your state of mind is your only responsibility. God wants you happy and happiness is your only function. If you are in your function, everything else will be taken care of through Divine Providence.
State of Mind
The further we follow the spiritual path, we see that everything is mind. We see everything in the world as aspects of what is within as thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and concepts. Therefore, if we see a problem, we don’t try to fix it out on the screen. That would be impossible. Rather, we go to our mind with Spirit to find the root of the seeming problem. Once we see the “cause” then we can ask for it to be removed for us. This is Spirit’s job. The result is a clearing, a shift in mind, a miracle. This is always joyful. Feeling joy, we don’t have an expectation or outcome of the form in mind. Nevertheless, form always reflects that change in mind. This is how powerful the mind is. It is more powerful than we know.
David Hoffmeister shares on modern mysticism and the miracle of changed perception. “A Course in Miracles” is a pointer towards non-dual awareness. Once you taste the stillness of the mystical, non-dual experience, everything changes. In this teaching, David Hoffmeister reminds us that ACIM guides us towards bringing illusions in to truth, not the other way around. You can’t bring spirit into your workplace; you can’t spiritualize your relationships. If you try to use ACIM to make a better planet, you will fail. Once we have that one non-dual moment, that experience of Oneness, then we begin to apply it without exception. It is an experience of mind. You realize that you are perfect just as you are now.
Do you ever notice depressed thoughts in your mind or feel suicidal? Spirituality takes the stigma off of suicide because you realize life is not of the body. The body never lives or dies. “A Course in Miracles” is taking us into a state of mind in which we see that hell, upset, and the death wish are synonymous with wrong-mindedness. Joy, peace, happiness, and clarity are all synonymous with right-mindedness. The important decision is who am I aligning with: the Spirit or the ego? You realize heaven is reached through the choice for life. Expose the valueless death wish and choose resurrection of the mind. Everything is the result of a decision, the outward picture of an inward state of mind. Choose a miracle!
What is my identity? Who am I? How do I define myself? Maybe you’ve had the feeling that Neo had in the movie “The Matrix,” that there is a splinter in your mind driving you crazy. It is a deep-down feeling that something is not right. It makes you question your self-concept. Anxiety and discomfort comes with having a split mind. People try to feel better by changing things out in the world. They try to see if they can feel free by giving away all of their things, living a life of renunciation and simplicity. It doesn’t matter what you do in form. It is not the possessions that are the problem, it is the belief in possessions that is the problem! It is an identity crisis in the mind.
In “A Course in Miracles,” Jesus shares a question that we would do well to ask ourself in any situation in which we are uncertain: “What do I want to come of this? What is it FOR?” (T-26.IV.2.1) This question forms a logical thought trail in the mind to follow inwards, first towards recognizing whatever motives the ego had for the situation; and then secondly to help reconnect us with our True Purpose of Inner Peace. Joined in this shared Purpose, it can be seen that the ego’s motives for everything and everyone are actually quite humorous. Ask yourself, what is the purpose of relationships? What do I want to come out of this relationship in particular? What is it FOR?
Does spiritual awakening change relationships? As you move along a path of spiritual practice, what happens to interpersonal relationships? Another way to ask these questions is: Do you think in terms of persons and bodies? As your perception shifts, you get to a turning point where you see that you can let go of everything you believe is true. The scariest thing for the ego is for us to start opening up to the Spiritual Vision of Christ which takes us past the body and interpersonal relationships entirely. The Holy Spirit is taking us to a whole different perception of everything and everyone that we perceive; a way of opening to a deep intimacy to feel that deep Love that we’ve always known is there, a Love that includes everyone.
In this video, David Hoffmeister talks about sexuality and hunger. In Heaven, in Oneness, there are no needs. But in the world, sexuality and hunger appear to be basic human needs. There can seem to be problems sexual or food cravings. They are on the continuum of preferences, and preferences are judgments. The trick is that the ego makes hierarchies of these illusions even though they are really all the same. The Holy Spirit knows there are ego preferences. When you give yourself over to Him, He will use your preferences to unwind them all.