“[Miracles] thus atone for your errors by freeing you from your nightmares. By releasing your mind from the imprisonment of your illusions, they restore your sanity. (T5)”
Affirmation: “I would be free of nightmares.”
1 – Sanity
The restoration of our sanity is the great need of all humankind. It is not sanity as perceived by the world, but sanity as perceived by the Awakening. Miracles will bring this great event closer in time.
2 – What Does “Insane” Mean?
We are not all locked up in our insanity, but we live at large in the world. Some who are certifiably “mentally ill” may have a deeper awareness of the real world than any of us who are supposed to be mentally healthy. It is not a coincidence that much of the delusion of the mentally ill has to do with religious convictions. They are living closer to reality, but they have drowned in the light. As Joseph Campbell said, the insane are drowning, while the mystic is swimming in the same waters.
3 – Made Mad by Guilt
We have indeed been lost in nightmares. We have been made mad by guilt (a Course concept). Happy dreams will arrive as soon as we let the miracles replace our madness. And the real world, according to the Course, will arrive soon afterwards. Then it is only a brief moment in time before God Himself will take the last step, the Awakening. This is not something that we can effect ourselves.
4 – Nightmares and Illusions
“Nightmares” and “illusions” are linked in this passage. May we reach toward the promise of sanity in the real world when we give up our illusions, and, with them, our nightmares. Fear will subside, and in calm and quiet we will live in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
5 – The Real World
Nowhere in A Course in Miracles is the “real world” concisely defined. We are simply told that its presence will be brief, and then we will be awakened by God. Time (an illusion anyway) is not measured in eternity the same way that it is measured on earth. And so we really have no guidance in ACIM about how long we will perceive the real world. Let us hope that the real world will come soon to us, and may we remove all blocks to love’s awareness that keeps it from us (paraphrases from ACIM).
I would live today as sanely as it is possible for me, caught in this world, to live. I would not scare myself with my own fears. I would seek guidance of the Holy Spirit about my goings and comings. I would not try to direct my life, for I cannot judge aright. But my Guide can judge aright, and it is to Him that I will turn today.
Help me to keep these resolutions. Thank You.