Here’s the situation. We are spirit, and mind is our instrument to be active. This mind, in a moment of temporary insanity, dreams up a world of form separate from the one and only reality that is God. Separating from the all powerful One is a fearsome act, but by mental dissociation the mind escapes from recognizing what it fears so much. It scatters its awareness further by identification with different dream bodies that don’t appear to be very enlightened. Next, as separate bodily identities we start asking ourselves questions like: “Am I enlightened?” “Are you enlightened?” “How can I become enlightened?”
If we would awaken right now, we would find ourselves fully enlightened, because that’s what spirit is forever. Reality is total. Totality doesn’t change at all. There’s only one spirit and it’s pure love, endlessly expanding. That’s how we were created: as an expansion of the love that is God. It’s the nature of love to always create more of itself, changelessly, forever and ever. This way, God is sharing Himself totally with us, and we share every aspect of our being fully with Him.
So, what are we doing here? This is clearly not where we belong. Our place is Heaven. Therefore, this temporal dream experience can only be turned into something useful if we see it as a teaching aid, to learn that love is what we are.
There’s nothing personal about enlightenment, neither is it partial. Knowledge is total, because reality is. Knowing the totality means being it, nothing less. There’s no way to be partially total. Parts are the illusion of a scattered mind and therefore do not exist.
So, all the drama belongs to the dream state, not to changeless reality. The drama consists of all things local, temporal, partial or personal.
As a dream ‘person’ I’ve not yet wholly accepted what I am. Therefore I’m still experiencing myself here, whether it’s in a body or not. Separation from reality is of the mind. Whether this insanity is being temporarily experienced in human form, or not, doesn’t matter. In a bodiless state one can still be dreaming of separation. It may be easier, though, to wholly accept our reality while still experiencing a body dream, because we’ve made this experience so convincing. The experiential feedback from a change of mind here, seeing our oneness manifested through different bodies, will make that realization much more convincing, too.
If there’s any truth in these words, it belongs to God – the undivided oneness that we are. All the foolish parts are my personal accomplishment – but not really, of course. 😉
- A Course in Miracles (ISBN 0-9606388-8-1). More information about this wonderful book for self-study can be found at the website: http://www.acim.org/
- Gary Renard’s The Disappearance of the Universe : Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness.
- The book by Gary Renard is a great help in understanding the teaching of A Course in Miracles.