Ask: Why do I keep passing out into peace?
“When I read the text, the manual and/or the lessons, I invariably fall asleep with the book open in front of me, often even when I’m fresh soon after waking. I first read the Course nearly 30 years ago. Ever since, it happens each time I read the Course, including your “Message of…” versions of them. It does not happen when I read them with a group. But this falling asleep — more like passing out — is often a remarkable experience because when I wake I experience a sense of release, clarity, energy, and a great welcome for what is happening in the present. It’s something more than merely waking from a nap or even from a deep night’s sleep. The words of the Course seem to have so much power that they virtually sort through my thoughts and find a new place, such that “my” thoughts seem to be set aside. The result is that I feel a great sense of peace even though I’m perplexed why I seem to pass out while reading. Is this an experience you’ve had, and is there a way that I can be conscious of its purpose and value?” – GB
When I was first a student of A Course in Miracles I would read a paragraph in the Text and fall asleep. I could not keep myself awake, no matter the time of day or that I was an otherwise vigorous and energetic 20 year old. This was clearly a form of resistance because it totally interfered with my studying. But what you describe does not sound like a form of resistance. It seems like your unique way of absorbing the Course.I have not heard of this before. But I have heard from others that they sometimes have dreams at night that seem to lead to a similar experience though they do not always remember the dream or the dream itself seems unremarkable. Something is going on in the unconscious in these experiences. And you stated the purpose and value of them yourself: “…I experience a sense of release, clarity, energy, and a great welcome for what is happening in the present… The result is that I feel a great sense of peace…”
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