“How you wake is the sign of how you have used sleep. To whom did you give it? Under which teacher did you place it? Whenever you wake dispiritedly, it was not given to the Holy Spirit. Only when you awaken joyously have you utilized sleep according to His purpose. You can indeed be ‘drugged’ by sleep, if you have misused it on behalf of sickness.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-8.IX.4)
We need, as this quotation says, to give our sleep over unreservedly to the Holy Spirit. Considering this dictate, and considering what little willingness we really do have to have when we follow this guidance, is a good way to fall into a relaxed frame of mind—the very best way in which to fall asleep soundly and with peace.
Not all of us are morning people, and some will continue to wake up, sensing that they have almost been “drugged.” But this is not the way that Jesus would point out to us. He would have us wake up in good spirits, ready to meet the day and its experiences with ease. Let us try to think along these lines tonight, as we prepare for sleep.
What might we have to do to prepare for such a sleep, a sleep given over to our Guide, the Holy Spirit? Quiet time spent reading and reflecting is good; it will orient us away from fear, as Jesus tells us elsewhere in A Course in Miracles. He would have us lull our minds into peace that speaks to our heart. The heart does not need the “proof” that the mind does, and so our doubts are quietened.
What do you do in the morning if you awaken “drugged”? Basically, we try again the next night, because the sense of overwhelming sleepiness is a sign that we are undernourished by the Holy Spirit. He will set us aright. We need no other Guide.