Instrument for Peace

Instrument for Peace

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Levels of Mind 5 Step Instructions


David Hoffmeister Spiral


Step 1 – Perception


On the outer circle draw, or write, something that you perceive as problematic or disturbing (e.g. a thief, an environmental problem, sickness, a victim).


This cosmos is just a projection of what is going on in consciousness. What perception sees and hears appears to be real because it permits into awareness only what conforms to the wishes of the perceiver. This leads to a world of illusions, a world which needs constant defense precisely because it is not real. The world we see merely reflects our own internal frame of reference, the dominant ideas, wishes and emotions in our minds. “Projection makes perception.” We look inside first, decide the kind of world we want to see and then project that world outside, making it the truth as we see it. We make it true by our interpretations of what it is we are seeing.


Perception is a mirror, not a fact. And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward. W-304.1


If we are using perception to justify our own mistakes—our anger, our impulses to attack, our lack of love in whatever form it may take—we will see a world of evil, destruction, malice, envy and despair. All this we must learn to forgive, not because we are being “good” and “charitable, ” but because what we are seeing is not true. We have distorted the world with our twisted defenses, and are therefore seeing what is not there. As we learn to recognize our perceptual errors, we also learn to look past them and “forgive” them. Perception is a function of the body, and therefore represents a limit on awareness. Perception sees through the body’s eyes and hears through the body’s ears. It evokes the limited responses which the body makes.


Judge how well you have done this by your own feelings, for this is the one right use of judgment. T-4.IV.8


David Hoffmeister Spiral


Step 2 – Emotion


Write the feeling/s that you have in relation to this perception; for example, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, hopelessness.


The world you see is just a reflection of your emotions. To learn to follow the Holy Spirit, pay attention to your emotions. When you are upset you know you need a new thought. The Course gives you new thoughts to practice with to train your mind to think in a different way so you can feel in a different way and perceive in a different way. It is that simple.


At first you may need to think about things. But as you become more intuitive you don’t have to figure anything out. Because you are told from within what is most helpful. You have no need for opinions and can learn to say “I don’t know,” because your real focus is to be happy and peaceful. Your intuition knows the words to speak; sometimes no words, just a smile.


You have but two emotions, love and fear; one you made and one was given you. Each is a way of seeing, and different worlds arise from their different sights. T-13.V.10


You learn to laugh a lot, not to take the world so seriously, to relax and come into the present. If you think you need help, someone shows up to help you. You see that the world is coming from your own thi