Giving up “Personal” Interests

Giving up “Personal” Interests ACIM Audio

ACIM Giving up 'personal' interestsThe following talk by David Hoffmeister addresses topics such as “backward” thoughts, the meaning of purpose, and the giving up of ”personal” interests.

David states: “If you can start to recognize the ‘backward’ thoughts in your mind and start to be aware of them and start to see how silly they are, then you are raising them up and you are withdrawing your mind from them.”    

The following is from ACIM Workbook Lesson 25:

I do not know what anything is for.

You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. These goals have nothing to do with your own best interests, because the ego is not you. This false identification makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for.  As a result, you are bound to misuse it. When you believe this, you will try to withdraw the goals you have assigned to the world, instead of attempting to reinforce them.

Another way of describing the goals you now perceive is to say that they are all concerned with “personal” interests. Since you have no personal interests, your goals are really concerned with nothing. In cherishing them, therefore, you have no goals at all. And thus you do not know what anything is for.

It is crucial to your learning to be willing to give up the goals you have established for everything. The recognition that they are meaningless, rather than “good” or “bad,” is the only way to accomplish this. 

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