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To Dream or to Awaken - That is the Question

Some students try to use the Course to dream a better dream rather than to awaken. This, of course, is going to result in limited peace and happiness. Since dreams are not true they cannot satisfy you – you will always know you are missing Something and will seek and seek and seek.

Let’s say tonight you go to sleep and have a nightmare. After a while you awaken, breathe a sigh of relief that it was only a dream, roll over and go back to sleep. This time you have a pleasant dream. Which one is real – the nightmare or the pleasant dream? Obviously, both are dreams. Neither is true.

Wouldn’t you rather awaken from all dreams? It is inevitable that your pleasant dreams will turn to nightmares because they are not true, you know this on some level, and you feel guilty because you feel you usurped God’s power. The Course tells us a happy dream will precede full awakening but this is only because you recognize that you are dreaming. The goal of awakening causes the happy dream. The goal of a h…

The Simplicity of One Goal

As a student of A Course in Miracles your goal is to become a teacher of God. This requires a huge internal shift that may or may not manifest “out there” in the world. Now, instead of the world being your end it becomes your means.

Your job or career; your relationships; your finances; all the “things” you have accumulated – now all of these are not ends in themselves, but means to your awakening. When you encounter others throughout the day they are no longer family, friends, co-workers, customers – they are your Self. You work where you work or go where you go because these are the places you need to be to learn what you have to learn to awaken.

Changes may occur “out there”. You may change jobs or where you live. People will drop away; others will show up. But you now know every change has a greater purpose than it seems to have on the surface.

Now you don’t have many goals. Your life is simplified because you have one unified goal in every situation and every encounter.

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Hiding Your Fear of God

We are told to put our trust in our Holy Spirit. For a long time I felt that trusting my Holy Spirit wasn’t my problem. My problem was I didn’t trust myself to trust my Holy Spirit. For example, when I was anticipating a fearful situation I had no doubt my Holy Spirit would be there with me. What I feared was that when the fearful situation arrived, I wouldn’t turn to my Holy Spirit. I feared I would let me down.

Then one day it dawned on me: My trust couldn’t be in two places at the same time! If I truly put my trust in my Holy Spirit, I did not have to worry about trusting myself. My trust was already in the only place it had to be.

What this revealed to me was that I really didn’t trust in my Holy Spirit as much as I thought. First of all, I couldn’t fear in the future since the future never arrives. If I was feeling fear I had to be feeling it now. Projecting fear into the future was a way of not dealing with it. It meant I wasn’t living in the present – the only time I could actual…

The Mesmerizing Details of the Separation

Do not seek vision through your eyes, for you made your way of seeing that you might see in darkness, and in this you are deceived. Beyond this darkness, and yet still within you, is the vision of Christ, Who looks on all in light. Your "vision" comes from fear, as His from love. (T-13.V.9)

I do not get a newspaper or watch the news but I can tell you what they contained today: War, famine, poverty, natural disaster, corruption, business deals, murder, robbery, fraud, heroism, terrorism, public humiliation, political fights, strong opinions – do I need to continue? It’s all the same over and over, day after day. What do the details matter?

It is with the details that the ego mesmerizes us. The details make it real to us. The details spark the emotional reaction. Since all we see is a projection of our own minds, what do the details matter? They don’t. The separation is the separation is the separation. The form it takes is there to mask the meaninglessness of what we are seein…

God as "Other"

What seems to be the fear of God is really the fear of your own reality. (T-9.I.2)

Your Oneness with God is not just a warm and fuzzy idea. It is a literal fact. Your fear of God is your fear of yourself; your rejection or denial of God is your rejection or denial of yourself; your guilt over your perceived attack on God is guilt toward yourself for a perceived attack on yourself. Does this make sense?

The ego needs for God to be “other” – different from you – in order to make fear, rejection, denial, attack and guilt real. The “separation” refers to your mind being divided against itself. Healing the separation means returning your mind back to Wholeness – God. But if God is “other”, then the separation may be justified. How can you know you can trust God? How can you know for sure that you won’t be punished? The one thing the ego does not want you to experience is that you are One with God. As long as there is some space between you and God, there is room for doubt about God. And in t…