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Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 28, Section V. (pages 600-602)
In this world we are sharing the dream of separate bodies. We join with the ego thought system and reinforce our brother’s dream of separation with our own. Jesus calls them dreams of fear because it is very fearful to dream we have separated from God. In these dreams we are no longer aware of the strength of our Identity, so we feel weak, vulnerable and guilty. We feel uncertain, unsafe and lacking in our dream of fear. We are now at a point where we are willing to question the validity of our fearful dreams. As we come to this turning point, we are more willing to open up to the Holy Spirit’s alternate to dreams of fear.
Jesus encourages us to open up to the following alternate: “God is the Alternate to dreams of fear. Who shares in [dreams of fear] can never share in Him. But who withdraws his mind from sharing them is sharing Him. There is no other choice. Except you share it, nothing can exist. And you exist because God shared His Will with you, that His creation might create.” (1:6-11)
As we practice remembering that every brother is not the dream he made, we are released from our dreams of fear. We get what we ask for in our heart of hearts. When we want to make separate bodies real, they are there for us to see. When we no longer want to see separation, the fearful dream will disappear from our awareness and the truth of Love’s oneness is all that we will see.
Jesus tells us we have a choice: “The fear is gone from [dreams of fear] because you did not give them your support. Where fear has gone there Love must come, because there are but these alternatives. Where one appears, the other disappears. And which you share becomes the only one you have. You have the one that you accept, because it is the only one you wish to have.” (2:3-7)
Jesus answers this question when he says, “You who believe there is a little gap between you and your brother, do not see that it is here you are as prisoners in a world perceived to be existing here. The world you see does not exist, because the place where you perceive it is not real. The gap is carefully concealed in fog, and misty pictures rise to cover it with vague uncertain forms and changing shapes, forever unsubstantial and unsure. Yet in the gap is nothing. And there are no awesome secrets and no darkened tombs where terror rises from the bones of death. Look at the little gap, and you behold the innocence and emptiness of sin that you will see within yourself, when you have lost the fear of recognizing Love.” (7:1-6)
The more we are willing to step back from what we see with the body’s eyes and open to the quiet whisperings of the Holy Spirit, the sooner will the face of Christ show up as all there is to see. We will see innocence instead of guilt. We will experience happiness instead of fear. We will feel the peace of God and be grateful that we are willing to be free of the ego thought system.
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