A Course in Miracles Text Made Simple

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Chapter 29: The Awakening

Section V. The Changeless Dwelling Place

Read A Course in Miracles, Chapter 29, Section V. (pages 614-615)

What is the changeless dwelling place?

The changeless dwelling place is within us, where we abide with our Father in Heaven. Jesus describes our changeless dwelling place in a way that helps us accept our true Home:

“The changelessness of Heaven is in you, so deep within that nothing in this world but passes by, unnoticed and unseen. The still infinity of endless peace surrounds you gently in its soft embrace, so strong and quiet, tranquil in the might of its Creator, nothing can intrude upon the sacred Son of God within.” (2:3-4)

What is the role the Holy Spirit gives us?

Our role is as follows: “Nothing is asked of you but to accept the changeless and eternal that abide in him, for your Identity is there. The peace in you can but be found in him. And every thought of love you offer him but brings you nearer to your wakening to peace eternal and to endless joy.” (3:3-5 italics added)

In the next paragraph Jesus adds: “Be very still and hear God’s Voice in him, and let It tell you what his function is. He was created that you might be whole, for only the complete can be a part of God’s completion, which created you.” (4:2-3)

What are we asked to behold?

Our Father asks us to behold the unified Christ Mind that lies behind every separate and changing form we see in this ego world. Jesus tells us, “Behold His Son, His perfect gift, in whom his Father shines forever, and to whom is all creation given as his own. Because [our brother] has [God’s perfect gift] is it given you, and where it lies in him behold your peace.” (5:2-3) Here we see that we experience God’s peace when we acknowledge that our brother has been given God’s perfect gift, just as we have received the same gift from God.

How do we experience the happy dreams that Jesus speaks of in this section?

Jesus tells us how simple it is to receive the happy dreams that come to us as we are willing to release our hold on the vain illusions of the world: “The quiet that surrounds you dwells in him, and from this quiet come the happy dreams in which your hands are joined in innocence. These are not hands that grasp in dreams of pain. They hold no sword, for they have left their hold on every vain illusion of the world. And [these hands] being empty they receive, instead, a brother’s hand in which completion lies. (5:4-7 italics added)

As we allow ourselves to see through the eyes of Christ’s vision, we are able to see past our brother’s dreams of death and see that we are all joined right now in the united Spirit of Love. Through accepting Christ’s vision we join the happy dreams that come from the Holy Spirit.

Jesus explains it this way: “A dream is given you in which [your brother] is your savior, not our enemy in hate. A dream is given you in which you have forgiven him for all his dreams of death; a dream of hope you share with him, instead of dreaming evil separate dreams of hate. Why does it seem so hard to share this dream? Because unless the Holy Spirit gives the dream its function, it was made for hate, and will continue in death’s services.” (7:1-4)

What is the purpose that forgiving dreams serve?

Forgiving dreams move us into a state of mind where we become aware of the changeless dwelling place where we are eternally at Home with our Father. Forgiving dreams bring us to the quietness of Heaven and the awareness of the eternal blessings that are our natural inheritance. Forgiving dreams bring us back to the awareness of God’s one Son and the fact that nothing has really happened to change our one, united Self.

Jesus tells us, “Forgiving dreams are means to step aside from dreaming of a world outside yourself. And leading finally beyond all dreams, unto the peace of everlasting life.” (8:5-6)

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