“Nothing more fearful than an idle dream has terrified God’s Son, and made him think that he has lost his innocence, denied his Father, and made war upon himself. (T584)”
1 – What Does the “Idle Dream” Mean?
The world we view is seen by the A Course in Miracles as an “idle dream.” But ACIM also says that there are no idle thoughts. Form happens. This tiny instant from the distant past caused the nightmare in which we are caught. It all seems to be happening now, but Jesus places time in the distant past, being relived now. This is part of the theology of A Course in Miracles, and we probably will not fully understand, regardless of how often we revisit these passages. That does not matter. Jesus said that theology can delay us, and that it is an experience that he wants us to find. A universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is possible, and it is the latter that we should seek.
2 – Millions of Years to Escape
This is, nevertheless, a reassuring passage. If it truly was an idle dream that caused what we see today, then the way out cannot be difficult (though the return for everyone may take millions of years, another concept of ACIM).
3 – We Are the Lucky Ones
We are the lucky ones, the ones who have ACIM to show us a simple pathway out. We have not actually denied our Father. That is part of the dream. We are not terrible individuals; we have not lost our innocence. All of our attack and anger take place in the dream. And we think that we have made war on ourselves. Again, the dream.
4 – We Are the Dreamer of the Dream
And we are the dreamer of the dream. We can change the nature of the dream, with the help of the Holy Spirit, once we know that we are merely dreaming. He will guide out steps out of the nightmare into the sunshine.
I would remember today that my dreams are personally directed by me. I can choose the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings,” or I can get lost in dreams of revenge and unhappiness. What will give me more peace today? Your way is obvious, and it is obviously the way I plan to go.
May I not be daunted by the prospect of millions of years for all to return. We are here to shorten that time, and Jesus says that each of us will shorten the wait by one thousand years. Thank You for this reassurance. And may I do my part today to chip away at that one thousand years.