“But the Final Judgment will not come until it is no longer associated with fear. One day each one will welcome it, and on that very day it will be given him. (M-15.1)”
Affirmation: “Let me not think of the Final Judgment with fear.”
1 – Personal Experience
I once had a “waking dream,” not unlike what John Keats, the poem (“Ode to a Nightingale”) describes so well. In that semi-hypnotic state, I imagined the Final Judgment was coming to me. I was asked a number of questions, which I tried to answer, but not always truthfully. And my unseen questioner knew that I was dissembling. I responded, “How do you expect me to pass this test?” As one who always tries to tell the truth, this memory is painful. But the experience itself was very uplifting. My unseen questioner in this waking dream then gave me a series of directives for my life. I have forgotten most of them, but I do recall that one was to buy an “older” house when I was in a position to purchase a house. Through no machinations of my own, that is exactly what my husband and I did: a house built in 1922, with well-preserved, with numerous refurbishing.
2 – Many Years Later
I do not now, more than 30 years later, know how accurate this waking dream was, or whether or not I could even call it a “Final Judgment” carried out by one of my brothers in his lifetime. Jesus says elsewhere that the Final Judgment of all will be carried out in conjunction with his brothers (and sisters) in this world. So I sometimes ponder this strange experience. The waking dream has never recurred, and only once or twice had something akin to it ever happened to me previously.
3 – “Tall Order”
But I was not afraid. I remember commenting in my dream, with all the assertions of what I ought to do with my life, “That is a tall order.” But the parts that I have remembered have come true,, almost fated (or so it seems). There were, of course, parts that I do not recall, for this was an altered state of consciousness.
4 – Altered Consciousness
One probably ought not to plan for altered states of consciousness. We are not usually of much help to other people when we are living in such a way. But Jesus says in ACIM that the channels of communication in our universe are not limited to the few channels that this world recognizes. He goes on to say that salvation would be impossible without these additional channels that this world does not recognize.
5 – Turn Aside from the Ego
Do not let the ego get a toehold in your own psychic imaginings. When we have withdrawn support from the ego, it will, absolutely will, try to rise in ascendancy by guile. And we certainly do not want that.
Thank You for the unusual experience of more than 30 years ago. But I do not wish for altered states of consciousness. I want my feet on the ground, even as my head is sometimes in the clouds. Be with me to be certain that my imaginings do not mislead others or myself.
Thank You for a busy but good day. Help me to have a flowing expereince in my thoughts. No obsessions. And I pray for a stress-free day tomorrow. Be with all of us who are trying so hard. May we realize, anew, that Your Way is effortless.