“The choice is yours to make between a sleeping death and dreams of evil or a happy wakening and joy of life. (T583)”
1 – Our Real Goal
This is the choice that is placed before us in the A Course in Miracles: dreams of evil or joy of life. The contrast could not be more stark. If we learn ACIM, we will dismiss our sleeping death and instead, eventually, know a happy wakening. Surely this is a goal that all of us would choose.
2 – How Do We Choose the Goal?
Perhaps the goal seems too hard. How do we make this choice? We may indeed make it a long time before the Awakening happens to us. Elsewhere we are told that if the way seems long, to be content. We are on the pathway. What more could we want? It is said in the Text that the separation seemed to occur over millions of years, and that the return of all of us will take a similarly long period of time, maybe even longer. These statement seem disheartening. But Jesus does not leave us in dejection. He knows that we have turned the corner now; we have chosen to walk the pathway back home. If the way seems long, at least we know that the joyous ending is assured.
3 – The “Sleeping Death”
It is hard to hear, and perhaps we think we have wasted our lives, when we hear of a “sleeping death.” Yet this is exactly what the ego has brought us to. We have had our moments of joy, but they were bought at a grave price when brought to us by the ego.
4 – The Joy of Life
The joy of life comes when we let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit. We must listen to the promptings of our spirit, and let the guidance from deep within lead us forward. Then, we can hope, the happy wakening will not be far behind. And life gets better as we approach the happy wakening, because we are dreaming soothing dreams, the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (from the Workbook). We would not be awakened without this preparation, because we would be afraid of it. Jesus guides us the gentle way, when wakening is welcomed, not feared.
Help me today to find a joyous life and to turn aside from what is called a “sleeping death.” Be with me throughout the day as I make the choice that will bring Awakening to me on a sustainable basis, not simply in snatches. Thank You for Your promise that You will rescue me as soon as I am ready, that You will “reach down” and “lift me up” to Awakening. Help me to wait for You patiently.
All of us here need You, and perhaps those of us who recognize our need are at an advantage. But help us to help all of our brothers and sisters who have not learned that our real need is at home in You. May we let the ego wither away. May we let drama in our lives just disappear. I would not live drama today, but I would ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit at all points that I remember. Help me to remember today.