“God’s teachers choose to look on dreams a while. It is a conscious choice. For they have learned that all choices are made consciously, with full awareness of their consequences. The dream says otherwise, but who would put his faith in dreams once they are recognized for what they are? Awareness of dreaming is the real function of God’s teachers. (M-12.6)”
Affirmation: “awareness of dreaming”
1 – The Degree of Insanity
We dream, but our progress back to God is either pleasant or unpleasant, depending on our degree of insanity in the dream.
2 – We Dream
To say “we dream” is to mean that are in an illusion, not the real world. We live with an imprisoned will when we are caught by the ego, and all of us have experienced the bad times of the ego. When we follow its guidance, we know pain and suffering. We may know heights of joy, but these are eclipsed by an equal number of low points (a paraphrase from ACIM). We would not choose to live a labile life, when we know better how to live.
3 – “Happy Dreams the Holy Spirit Brings”
The better way is to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Who changes the kind of thinking that we do. We start attracting a better life, the “dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (from the Workbook). And we know a quiet peace that heretofore may have been unwelcome to ourselves. In fact, in ACIM we learn that being “perfectly calm and quiet” all the time is to be expected as we reach home.
3 – The Real World = A Condition of Mind
The real world is not easily identified, but it is the condition of mind that we enjoy when we are almost ready gor Awakening, when God Himself metaphorically reaches down and lifts us up. We know happiness, which ACIM says is our function.
4 – Insane World
When we know that we are dreaming in an insane world, we will not be upset by what we see. We will know that it is all illusion. We will empathize with our brothers and sisters who are caught in pain, but we will not overdo our sympathy, lest we contribute to making pain part of their self-image (a paraphrase from ACIM).
5 – Have a Better Day
Let us be aware of dreaming today. And, with that, a better day is set before us.
I would have a better day today, ever better, day by day. Thank You for the many blessings conferred upon me so recently. When I am unsure of what to do, I just need to listen to guidance. And the Answer will come, unfailingly, into my mind. A Course in Miracles promises this; You promise this. The Holy Spirit fulfills His role splendidly.
Be with me today in my dream of what life can offer. May I know the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings. And may I move ever closer to Awakening, an Awakening that will be sustained.