David talks about the metaphysics of attack and gratification in Tilba, Australia, 2009.
Relationships 5–10 mins, Cause and Effect, Communication, Healing, Holy Relationship, Love, Miracles, Prayer, Special Relationship, Victimhood
There is a tremendous fear of loss in the mind, especially with interpersonal relationships. The ego believes firmly in sacrifice and yet the Spirit knows that sacrifice is impossible. From the Higher perspective it can always be seen that when things or relationships seem to fall away, it is simply to clear the way for the next gift we are to receive. We can trust that the way things naturally unfold in form will always be a blessing if we use it for the purpose of true forgiveness; for bringing us into greater intimacy with our Self and with God.
Stress and Worry 10–30 mins, Awareness, Choice and Free Will, Dark Night of the Soul, Death, Defensiveness, Ego Backlash, Gentleness, Grief and Sadness, Holy Spirit, Hopelessness, Judgments, Memory, Miracles, Past–Future Thoughts, Presence, Responsibility, True Forgiveness, True Innocence, Victimhood
The more you make major steps forward in a loving way, the more the ego rises up in defense. It’s like two steps forward, one step back. Just watch the one step back, the attack thoughts. The ego backlash can seem very dark. It’s the same old pattern. Don’t draw any conclusions. Then find a pick-up, a reminder, such as, “Dream softly of your sinless brother.” (T-27.VII.15:1) You have never been unfairly treated; that was just a misperception. Don’t allow yourself to keep falling for defenses, for drama, or for games that would distract you.
Health and Sickness 5–10 mins, Bringing Illusions to Truth, Healing, Illusion vs Reality, Jesus, Perceptual Problem, Practical Steps, True Forgiveness, Victimhood
Simple healing! “A Course in Miracles” is an answer to the mind that is asking for healing. It is very direct. Jesus says the same thing repeatedly and in many different ways. The world is a hallucination, but that’s not even the problem! The problem isn’t the world. The problem is your mistaken perception of the world. You can see the world in a new way with the Holy Spirit. ACIM daily lessons are the laboratory in which your healing work will take place. The Holy Spirit will give you everything you need for your healing. Carry your lesson like a torch through the day, knowing that every thing that comes into your awareness will help you in your Awakening. There may seem to be millions of complex problems with many accompanying decisions, but the only choice is in your mind. It is the choice between reality and unreality coming to you in many disguises.
Health and Sickness 5–10 mins, Authority Problem, Body Issues, Cancer, God-Dependence, God-Dependent, Resistance, Responsibility, Sickness, Victimhood
Let’s question the belief that you are a victim of sickness! When you see sickness for what it is, the mind can heal. So what is sickness? It is a game about being a victim of outside forces. The mind selects all the bodily symptoms of sickness. It quickly forgets having done so. Then it looks for their cause outside in the world as if the mind had not selected them! When you feel like you are a victim of sickness, you are playing a pretend game about what sickness is and where it came from.
Addictions 10–30 mins, Addictions, Attack Thoughts, Collaboration, Denial and Repression, Expressing, Hallucination, Motivation, Perceptual Problem, Practical Steps, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Self-Concept, True and False Empathy, True Forgiveness, Unconsciousness, Victimhood
Practical application of “A Course in Miracles” begins with a step similar to that of a twelve-step program. First you must see that there is a problem. Acknowledge your perceptual problem, your hallucination, schizophrenia, and psychosis. The mind needs healing. Expose your dark thoughts, beliefs, and interpretations and the Holy Spirit will heal them. Work through the Instrument for Peace in the book “Awakening through A Course in Miracles.”
Anger 10–30 mins, Anger, Attack Thoughts, Bringing Illusions to Truth, Conflict, Dark Night of the Soul, Ordering of Thoughts, Victimhood
Authentically healing anger and rage ultimately comes down to working with thoughts. Expressing anger with the body can be useful initially to break through patterns of repression and denial but ultimately it is the thoughts that need to be released.
Abuse 30+ mins, Authenticity, Conflict, Defensiveness, Expectations, Forgiveness, Guilt, Identity Confusion, Reciprocity, Relationships, Self-Concept, Victimhood
When defensiveness in relationships arise ask yourself, “What am I defending?” In all cases it’s some aspect of our own self-concept; some aspect or image of what we’ve identified with. The deeper you go into spirituality, you start to realize that however it looks on the screen of the world, you are only ever talking or listening to yourself. The ego feels it is lacking and incomplete, and so it looks at a relationship partner to fill that lack. It thinks it deserves love and it looks for a partner to fulfill that love.
Anger 10–30 mins, Attack Thoughts, Contentment and Happiness, Dismantling, Fear, Healing, Mind Training, Sickness, Stillness, Victimhood
There is no cause but mind. To release attack thoughts you must see there is no difference between attacking and being attacked. Attack is not possible. Jesus teaches, “I am not a body. And my mind cannot attack. So I can not be sick.” (W-136.20:5-7) You believe you have attacked God in your mind. Attack and defense seem to be the natural order so we don’t question the idea of attack. It is the linchpin illusion.
Abuse 5–10 mins, Abuse, Beliefs and Concepts, Body Issues, Mind Training, Projection, True Forgiveness, Upset, Victimhood
Healing from abuse means working with thoughts and beliefs. David Hoffmeister addresses the question of healing the belief in abuse, mentioning that Jesus works from the bottom up and must meet the mind with what it believes. Specific memories are a starting point, though the healing occurs when the “cause” is seen in the mind and released.