Detachment

The structure of "individual consciousness" is essentially irrelevant because it is a concept representing the "original error" or the "original sin." To study the error itself does not lead to correction, if you are indeed to succeed in overlooking the error. And it is just this process of overlooking at which the course aims. (C-in.1)

Awareness of dreaming is the real function of God's teachers. They watch the dream figures come and go, shift and change, suffer and die. Yet they are not deceived by what they see. They recognize that to behold a dream figure as sick and separate is no more real than to regard it as healthy and beautiful. Unity alone is not a thing of dreams. And it is this God's teachers acknowledge as behind the dream, beyond all seeming and yet surely theirs. (M-12.6)

Most students are fantastic at recognizing when they or others are coming from ego. They can get really good at understanding the true motivation (some form of fear) behind unloving thoughts or actions. But you do not awaken from a dream by going deeper into it. That is what you are doing if you are analyzing ego and how it works and why it does what it does. This validates that ego is real to you. If you recognized it as a mistake in identity you would not want to give it any thought. You would simply let it go once you recognized it.

Detachment from the world and its drama becomes natural as you spend more and more time with your Holy Spirit. This means putting time aside every day to sit quietly and open your mind to God, and it also means to “check-in” consciously several times a day and remember Who you are. It means that when you do get caught up, you stop and let it go.


To turn a situation over to your Holy Spirit means to turn your mind over to your Holy Spirit. It means you recognize that you have got caught in the dream again and are willing to let it go. Some students have complained to me that they see this detachment as cold and unfeeling. That just means that the dream is still more important to them than freedom from it. The peace and joy that come with detachment from the world is not cold and unfeeling, but it is everything. Be grateful that this is your real function!


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