~ David Hoffmeister, internationally renowned spiritual teacher and modern-day mystic, author, and a living demonstration of “A Course in Miracles”
In the parable of David, it was very difficult trying to make it through childhood and adolescence. I was very shy and unsure about what this whole time and space thing was about. Turn to your parents, turn to your religion, turn to your leaders, turn to your friends. Clueless. Just trying to just survive another day. Most of us can relate to that.
And then I started listening to music. I remember my sister Mary Jo came home one day and she brought one of those vinyl albums into the house to play on our phonograph. “What’s that?” I asked. “It’s the Beatles,” she told me. I liked what I was hearing.
Even though I was raised in Christianity, I had to be introduced to something else that was very deep and connected. Why? Because the Spirit has to reach us with something that we can relate to. Many of us were raised in religions, but we didn’t quite get it. But there was something with the music that started to light my heart up. That’s right, it wasn’t the religion that did it. It wasn’t meditation. It wasn’t even my friendships. The music was one of those time-release capsules that was literally doing its job. I was getting something heavenly coming into my consciousness through the music.
I was starting to have expansive experiences through listening to music. And I know a lot of you can relate to this. There’s something that was reaching my heart, something that was pouring beams of light into me. I didn’t know it was God reaching me.
When I was in my mid-20s, I started to get a feel with certain songs and so I would put them on cassette tapes and I’d string together these songs. And then I would play back the songs and there would be messages coming through the lyrics of songs. And I thought, “Wow I’m getting a psychic reading from songs, without seeing a psychic.” I’m just listening to these songs that the Spirit is putting together and I’m getting messages from lyrics of the songs. How fantastic! Now that I can relate to. It wasn’t some stuffy theology giving me these expansive experiences.
So before I had Jesus and the Holy Spirit using movie watching to expand my mind, it was the music. It was the songs that came first. You might say the power of my mind was being activated through the songs without me consciously understanding what was happening. But somewhere deep inside I must have been saying, “This world doesn’t make sense. I don’t know where this is heading.” In the parable of David, my teen years and into my 20s, there were times of depression, of helplessness, of hopelessness. And then somehow the music started opening me up. And I’m not alone.
For Ken Wapnick, it was Beethoven, it was Mozart, it was classical music that prepared him for his function as the first public teacher of “A Course in Miracles.” It was music that prepared me for the function I would seem to take; the symbols of letting the words be spoken through the form of David around the world and in 44 countries. I was prepared for the function by the song. And now I can say, “Oh, that was the song of prayer working in me, working through me.”