Australia Newsletter August 2012
There is No Will But Gods
Free Will is another name for God's Will, for it is eternally free, happy, peaceful, and joyful. This State of Mind is Perfection or Reality or Truth. The Will is free in perfect Oneness and Union, and this freedom is a characteristic of Spirit or Eternal Creation, which is the abstract Light of unconditional love sometimes reported in "near death experiences." This Light is total understanding and Love, or Oneness. God creates only Light and Oneness. Duality is the illusion of the ego.
Choice did not seem to arise until the "fall from Grace" that reflects the belief that separation from God is possible. This belief in separation produces what appears to be a dualistic dream-world of extremes and opposites: the time-space cosmos. These seeming "choices between specifics" which are the common "choices of the world" are a distraction from understanding that the choice of purpose in one's mind is the only meaningful choice remaining to the dreamer of the dream-world.
No one can serve two masters, and the ego's voice and the inner voice of the Spirit are as different in purpose as night and day. Learning to discern between these two voices, lay aside the ego, and align completely with the Voice for God is the goal of life, for God's Will for us is perfect happiness. The Voice for God leads to awakening from the dream-world of fear to the Reality of Eternal Love and Oneness.
What does it require to remember God? Nothing in Reality. You don't need to do anything to Be What You Are. If the illusion of time still seems real, what is your only need? You know the answer.... The forgetting of this world of fragmentation, the forgiveness of illusions, the releasing of the past. Don't put your faith in the ego and its laws of economics, medicine, nutrition, physics, friendship, and its doctrines, rituals, and creeds that tell you that you must "struggle" to survive. Let go of the belief that you are confined to a body. Let go of the belief that you have a past or a future. Watch your care and concerns disappear from awareness. Behold the blazing light of your True Identity in God, changeless and timeless. The truth is now, the present moment, free of all illusory restrictions and limitations.
In Awakening to God you will first have a happy dream, cleansed of judgments and grievances. Joy and laughter will replace sadness and sorrow. The mind becomes completely "saved" from the belief in error, and what was error but a mistake to be corrected by the Holy Spirit, the Answer within. Now is the time of release, for happy dreams lead to Awakening to Love and Light, Peace Eternal. Welcome Home Holy Child of the Living God!
By David Hoffmeister - From "Teacher of Teachers" website - Unlearning the World
Letting Go the Illusion of Control
I've recently got honest with myself in the recognition that I've been a control freak! The contrast between this and a quiet mind has become pretty glaring! I've seen so many ways of holding on to personhood from wanting things a certain way, mismothering, (a term for the misdirected love impulse!) people pleasing of course, rebellion and lack of trust in the Spirit etc. The list goes on and on, but as I write I see the futility of even repeating it one more time! It's all thoughts maintained in the closed system of the ego. It's all about the belief in causes in a world that shift and change to which I believe I am at effect. I'm not! Let's stop looking at the error and instead open to the correction!
As I allow the thoughts of control to be exposed to the light of clarity, I find my life being orchestrated toward deeper collaboration and extension. Instead of seeking personal goals, I discover a strengthening of connection with the flow of Spirit and the call of the heart. This is where I pause and smile in happiness 'as One' with you! Now I give the 'little willingness' to accepting what 'is'! The strength and power of God floods in and I discover I am the flow of miraculous life itself! I am worthy of God's love after all! Even the idea of linear time starts to fall away as I learn to listen to the prompts of the heart and allow Spirit to orchestrate in all the busy doings of a seeming life.
Jesus says 'I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal'. He reminds me to hand over space and time into His hands! Wow what a gift? I accept; I humbly accept!!
"The truth is true. Nothing else matters, nothing else is real, and everything beside it is not there." T-14.II.3:3-4
Dancing together into the Stillness......
Enjoy Greg's song inspired by the ACIM lesson 23
"I can escape the world I see by giving up attack thoughts".
Bringing Illusions to Truth
by David Hoffmeister (DVD)
This DVD was filmed at the July 2011 retreat at the Monastery in Utah. When I first saw this DVD I thought, "Wow! This is all you would need to heal your mind!"
Throughout this talk, David gives wonderfully in depth responses to several questions asked by participants at this retreat. He tells us that ACIM is really a book on bringing illusions to truth and that this is all we really need do whenever any form of upset arises. Often our problem is that we attempt to reverse this by bringing truth to illusions. This may play out in our lives by trying to make the world better or get a relationship, a better job, more money etc. It is not that anything is wrong with any of these things but they simply will never truly satisfy us. As God's Son, the truth, reality is all that will ever really satisfy us. These other things are simply not worthy goals for a child of God.
Listen for the powerful biblical parables towards the end of this DVD. David gives us insights and examples in the life of Jesus. You can feel the wisdom, power and humour of Christ pour through David as he shares these stories.
You will find this talk helpful on a practical level. This material can be used and applied to any problem or issue that may be arising in your life.
Movie Review - Intouchables
(France 2011, starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy)
I highly recommend this delightful French film, inspired by a 'true story'. Philippe is a wealthy tetraplegic, in need of a 'carer'. Driss comes to a job interview, hoping for nothing more than a signature on a piece of paper to maintain his unemployment benefit. It's a Holy Spirit set-up for a transformational relationship assignment. Philippe recognizes true empathy immediately! The contrast between a trained 'carer' who perceives Philippe as a broken body, and Driss, who acts and speaks directly from his own experience is like night and day. True empathy, love and laughter are what truly heals.