The Dream is Over

Yesterday I had an experience that I would like to share with you. I was asleep and dreaming. (Now I am asleep and dreaming that I am at my keyboard writing a blog post, but yesterday I was asleep in bed within the dream, dreaming!!) It was raining outside, and suddenly I realised it was also raining inside the room, that water was pouring down near the walls and everything was getting soaking wet. I went into crisis mode of ‘Ok, disater is occuring, what do I do, where’s the hatch onto the roof, how do I stop this happening, how did it happen and why?’… And then… I woke up.

What did I do when I woke up? Did I continue to try to solve the problem as it had been presented to me a moment previously? Did I assert that my fabrication was really happening and continue to try to discover a solution? Did I ponder over how this could possibly have happened and why things of value to me were being destroyed? NO!!! I recognised that what I thought a moment previously had been happening had not occured. I realised that what I had experienced within the dream was not real, and had never happened. I understood in a second that the disaster I had seen occur was a fabrication of a mind asleep – my mind asleep. It didn’t need me to think about it or try to understand it or solve it in any way. Any time spent on pondering its cause or its solution was going to be wasted time, spent on something entirely ridiculous and unneccesary.

“The world you see [in front of you and all around you, right now] has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.”

“Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself: ‘The real world is not like this. It has no buildings and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do not need. It is not lit with artificial light, and night comes not upon it. There is no day that brightens and grows dim. There is no loss. Nothing is there but shines, and shines forever’.”

This is what forgiveness is: being still and letting your Father show you what is real. In this moment of awakening it is as obvious that your body-identity in space and time has never happened as it was to me when I awoke that the dream was not real. The light that you are shown in your mind entirely dispels all your ideas of a separate identity. The light you are given and that you join with is so clearly your own identity, and is so obviously the thing for which you have always, always been searching; it nourishes you so deeply and so fully, it reaches places in your soul that you had given up ever being reached by anything; it fills you with a clarity and a joy so rich that you understand in a second that that deep nourishing beauty is what love is, what God is, and what You Are, and in that holy instant you are free from all dreams of disaster. There are no more questions in your mind, no more analyses and no more attempts to solve your problem and thus hold onto it. You are free. The question of your identity, your cause, has been answered, and as all questions and problems come from this one core delusion, all of them are gone as one.

“There is a light in you the world can not perceive. And with its eyes you will not see this light, for you are blinded by the world. Yet you have eyes to see it. It is there for you to look upon. It was not placed in you to be kept hidden from your sight. This light is a reflection of the thought we practice now. To feel the Love of God within you is to see the world anew, shining in innocence, alive with hope, and blessed with perfect charity and love.

Who could feel fear in such a world as this? It welcomes you, rejoices that you came, and sings your praises as it keeps you safe from every form of danger and of pain. It offers you a warm and gentle home in which to stay a while. It blesses you throughout the day, and watches through the night as silent guardian of your holy sleep. It sees salvation in you, and protects the light in you, in which it sees its own. It offers you its flowers and its snow, in thankfulness for your benevolence.

This is the world the Love of God reveals. It is so different from the world you see through darkened eyes of malice and of fear, that one belies the other. Only one can be perceived at all. The other one is wholly meaningless. A world in which forgiveness shines on everything, and peace offers its gentle light to everyone, is inconceivable to those who see a world of hatred rising from attack, poised to avenge, to murder and destroy.

Yet is the world of hatred equally unseen and inconceivable to those who feel God’s Love in them. Their world reflects the quietness and peace that shines in them; the gentleness and innocence they see surrounding them; the joy with which they look out from the endless wells of joy within. What they have felt in them they look upon, and see its sure reflection everywhere.”

I thank my Father eternally for the experience I am given that shows me that nothing in this world is true. I give thanks for His Grace, which in this holy instant dissolves my world entirely and reminds me unequivocally of my identity in the Heaven of His Mind. I recognise in this instant that the world is a fabrication of a mind asleep – my mind asleep; that it is my responsibility to release it through the experience of its unreality and the true vision that comes from that experience. Thank you Father for my job, and for making it possible, where without you it would be impossible indeed.

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Popping In and Out: The Expression of the Holy Instant

From chapter 17, section 5 of A Course in Miracles: “The holy relationship is the expression of the holy instant in living in this world. Like everything about salvation, the holy relationship is a practical device, witnessed to by its results. The holy instant never fails. The experience of it is always felt. Yes without expression it is not remembered. The holy relationship is a constant reminder of the experience in which the relationship became what it is.”

My experience of the beauty of my holy relationship with you: I’m going to be with you now and forever in our joyful union of mind and let the beautiful love that is your identity, which is God, nourish me eternally to the very nucleus of each single cell of my physicality and beyond to the atomic structure of my being, where I share the same space with you and all the universe of life, and I and we and it are popping in and out of existence and through the veils of multi-dimensionality continuously!

Amen.

My One Fundamental Need

Your one fundamental need is to know your own identity. Nothing but this will give you lasting happiness, and nothing but this will bring you real peace. But this knowledge, firmly kept within the shining awareness of your own mind, cherished and adored within your own heart, and extended to all who you meet or think of, will protect you from all thoughts of lack or of pain or of grief. And through your focus on this knowledge, and the extension of it, its perfect certainty will grow in you.

You are the light. There isn’t anything else that you could possibly offer your brother or your self, but this certain knowledge. Your light is the light of this world. It is the releasing factor, it is the power that brings rememberance of your Father’s love to all who seem to inhabit this strange place of seeming differences and separate ideas. What do you want? Do you want to know yourself as you are created, this moment, in the glorious and infinite extension of your Father’s love?

“To extend is a fundamental aspect of God which He gave to His Son. In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving Will to create. You have not only been fully created, but have also been created perfect. There is no emptiness in you.” (ACIM T:2:1)

It is your function to feel, to acknowledge, and to express the fullness of the experience of God. Despite your own meaningless desires to be separate! Despite any and all thoughts of death that may arise in your mind. It is your JOB to ‘pluck’ them! To notice them, to recognise them as the opposite of truth, of sanity and of love, and to declare your decision to be with your Father in truth. Where else would the work be? Where else but right here, right now, in my own mind?

My Father is completely present with me in my own mind. His creation never stops, and never sleeps. His creation IS what this eternal present IS. And there is no separation between my mind and His. There is no point where the Father stops and the Son begins – creation is continuous. Mind is continuous. There is no separation between us.

“The might of God’s teachers lies in their gentleness, for they have understood their evil thoughts came neither from God’s Son nor his Creator. Thus did they join their thoughts with Him Who is their Source. And so their will, which always was His Own, is free to be itself.” (M4:IV)

This is my fundamental need: to ‘join [my] thoughts with Him Who is [my] Source’. To be as I really am, in truth. To be ‘as God created me’, (L162 eg.) or as God creates me, right here and now, in the glorious extension of illuminate beauty and truth. There is a whole universe of beautiful light, waiting, JUST beyond the edge of the decision to have an experience of separation. And through joining my mind with this Mind of pure light that is all that is, I can be the Will of God!.. Which is my own will.. eternally creating.. eternally changing and changeless in an ever-growing dynamic expansivity that emanates throughout the entire universe!

I am mind. But I am not separate mind. I am not the mind that sees a world outside of itself – that separates itself from everything through the projection of guilt and attack. That is not what I am. And as part of learning what I am, the need is always to look upon what I am not. It is given me to look upon my ‘evil thoughts’, WITH the light of my Father’s Mind, and let Him shine them away; let Him SHOW me, through an ACTUAL EXPERIENCE of heaven – of wholeness – of light, that none of them are true. And that the mind that could conceive of separation, of bodies and of violence and of lack, CANNOT exist, if my Father does. The world that I see is NOT the representation of loving thoughts – but its total opposite. And loving thoughts exist in the mind of God – which is my mind – and I can receive them, and let them take me home to my true identity in Him. How gentle, and beautiful, that is! Thank you, Father, thank you for your reality, and thank you for the complete unreality of what I made to defy and deny you – an experience of separate mind, death, and fear, which I have propagated through the use of judgement, exclusion, rejection, and the projection of guilt and attack.

“A lesson is miracle which God offers to me, in place of thoughts I made that hurt me. What I learn of Him becomes the way I am set free. And so I choose to learn His lessons and forget my own.” (L213)

God releases you through your thoughts. The same mechanism you used to imprison yourself in a world of linear time. The miracle occurs within your mind. The miracle IS accepting God’s answer, God’s thought, in place of the one you made to imprison yourself. Your choice to BE the miracle, to be a miracle-worker, to be the gentleness of a teacher of God, to be set free.. is your decision to listen to and be with the voice of God in your own mind. It’s the decision to let all thought leave you but the one He is giving you, to comfort, heal, and bless. It is the decision to surrender entirely to the depth of the grace of His care and His love for you. It is the decision to RECEIVE His truth, so that you can naturally and with no effort whatsoever GIVE that loving knowledge of light and peace and beauty to everything that seems to exist within your mind.

So what is my one fundamental need? To know myself, as God creates me now; to know myself as wholly loving, wholly inclusive, wholly singular; to know myself as the effortless extension of the love that is the instrument as well as the symphony of creation; that is the limitless power to transform and heal the separate mind and take it home to the certainty and the peace of its own loving emancipation.

What Has Been Given To Me?

I have been given the certainty that I am a mind… that I am an awakening mind! There is a richness.. an infinite well of LIFE that is deep within me.. and I am beginning to access it. It is beginning to rise up and overflow in me, to the point where I can no longer ignore its presence! It is being given to me. It is being unlocked, unleashed, and unwound. It is being discovered. By me. And it is beautiful! It is delicious and it is pure, and it is whole. It is not associated with fragmented parts that are inherently in conflict with each other. It cannot conceive of conflict, of pain, of suffering or of loss. It is whole unto itself, and it includes everything that is, could ever be, or ever has been.

I have given myself a space in time through which to communicate this deep deliciousness of BEING that is my experience of ‘spiritual awakening’. I have provided myself with a space in time, through which to communicate my experience of being taken far beyond the space and time of separate bodily existence. And you have found it! Thank you for dropping in.. you are most welcome. From this innate wholeness of Self that I am being given, and that I am discovering at deeper and deeper levels, I can say with absolute sincerity and gratitude that I love you, that you are a whole part of me, and that you are beautiful, perfect and true. Far beyond what you think yourself to be.

“What has been given you? The knowledge that you are a mind, in Mind and purely mind, sinless forever, wholly unafraid, because you were created out of Love. Nor have you left your Source, remaining as you were created. This was given you as knowledge which you cannot lose. It was given as well to every living thing, for by that knowledge only does it live.” (ACIM L158)

Thank you for being with me in this instant of wholeness, of whole mind, of awakening. There is light here. The goal is perfect knowledge of Self in the eternal Mind of Totality. The result is freedom from suffering, pain, and death. And the journey is totally challenging, entirely humbling, and unimaginably beautiful.. and all happening right now. I love you, and I thank you…