Is there a danger in becoming too God-dependent? There is a seeming danger of becoming dependent on a concept of God. To be truly God dependent is just to be dependent on the present moment. The present moment is our gateway back to eternity.
The Happy Dream
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.
ACIM Gathering in Maui, Hawaii
David speaks about releasing the identification and attachment to private thoughts, and the experience of living in constant peace of mind. Everything merges together in the experience.
Save the World (Part I)
Peace of mind, being aligned with the Holy Spirit, is the goal and is what saves the world. What you do comes from what you think. While you’re listening to both the Holy Spirit and the ego, your thinking and behavior will be erratic. You don’t save the world personally. The problem is perceiving a fragmented world, seeing separate people who need help. You ask yourself, “What is it for?” The deeper you go with the mind training, you become clear on following the Holy Spirit’s purpose.
Trust and Unlearning the World
David Hoffmeister shares about how he was guided to start traveling around 1991 and how that was a big lesson in trust. There are many sections in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) which state that if we trust, everything we seem to need will be taken care of. This world is layer upon layer of much ado about nothing and it all has to be unlearned. ACIM is a course in unlearning. You have to empty your mind. While you still believe there is time and space to move through, you will be guided gently, easily, and gracefully.
Should I Lock My Car
Look at your thoughts. Are my thoughts fearful? What is the purpose or motive underneath? Believing there is spirit in matter, in doing certain behaviors, is to miss the point. Let those thoughts go. You are a saint in training. Purify your mind. Begin to think of yourself as holy. Focus on your mind, not form. Remind yourself, “I am worth the goal of peace of mind.”
Withdrawing Investment in the Ego
We can take an honest look at how we have invested the mind’s energy: “you made it [the ego] by believing in it, so you can dispel it by withdrawing belief from it,” (T-7.VIII.5:2) says ACIM. It’s not about trusting more (you’ll just beat yourself up over that one); it’s about reinvesting your trust in that which will bring true fruition, true peace of mind. We’ve invested our belief in personal freedom and special people and places to bring us truth/peace. Loosen your investment in the personal and come to freedom as a state of mind.
Salvation and Sacrifice
Salvation is always of the mind and is only accomplished through peace. You will not find salvation in time, and letting go of the world is never a sacrifice. How can it be a sacrifice to see the nothing as nothing and to embrace the everything?
Peace of Mind
David talks about accepting Correction within the context of the invitation to expose error.
Reduce Stress and Worry, Grace vs. Control
We want to experience peace. We want to reduce stress and worry in our lives. But how? In this clip, David Hoffmeister shares on letting go of the illusion of control and sinking into divine Grace. The ego seeks to demonstrate that it is the author of itself by working, planning, and controlling as many “personal” aspects of life as possible. But doing each “must” and “have to” is highly stressful. The alternative to attempting to control things is to relax into divine Grace.