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Awakening from the Dream of Fear

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 [fear] 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.

It is the sharing of the evil dreams of hate and malice, bitterness and death, of sin and suffering and pain and loss, that makes them real. Unshared, they are perceived as meaningless. The fear is gone from them 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.

You share no evil dreams if you forgive the dreamer, and perceive that he is not the dream he made. And so he cannot be a part of yours, from which you both are free. Forgiveness separates the dreamer from the evil dream, and thus releases him. (A Course in Miracles,T-28.V.1:6-3:3. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)


Dreaming is a choice. It is the wish to experience a different “reality” than our waking state. When we choose to dream, we have chosen against our true Reality. And thus we seem to have a different identity.

When we perceive a brother in this dream, we see a dream identity that is not real. If we see him in our dream, we are sharing a dream and this sharing makes the dream seem real. To waken from this dream, we must learn and accept that the dreamer of the dream is not the identity we perceive in the dream. Thus the appearance of a brother who upsets us is not his true Identity.

Recognizing the distinction between the dreamer and the dream helps us release our mistaken perception of his identity. This release applies to both our brother and ourselves. We can disconnect from the dream and recognize our brother as one with us in the Self that God created as His Son. A dream can be forgiven because it is not real. It has no effect on the dreamer. As we let go of the dream through forgiveness, we awaken to the Reality of our oneness in Love.

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