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Awakening to Love in the Present

In sleep you are alone, and your awareness is narrowed to yourself. And that is why the nightmares come. You dream of isolation because your [spiritual] eyes are closed. You do not see your brothers, and in the darkness you cannot look upon the light you gave to them.

And yet the laws of love are not suspended because you sleep. And you have followed them through all your nightmares, and have been faithful in your giving, for you were not alone. Even in sleep has Christ protected you, ensuring the real world for you when you awake. In your name He has given for you, and given you the gifts He gave. God’s Son is still as loving as his Father. Continuous with his Father, he has no past apart from Him. So he has never ceased to be his Father’s witness and his own. Although he slept, Christ’s vision did not leave him. And so it is that he can call unto himself the witnesses that teach him that he never slept. (A Course in Miracles, T-13.VI.12:4-13:9. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

Only in dreams does there seem to be a past and future. Time is part of the ego dream, used to hide the present beneath layers of “memories” from the past. Even our thoughts about the future are constructed out of past memories.

Love is one, eternal and changeless. By this definition, Love cannot have a past, nor is the future any different than now. This is the reality of our true Self, the Son of God. We find the Love in the eternal present by forgiving the thoughts and beliefs we bring with us from the past. Forgiveness allows the Light of Love in the present to shine through the barriers the dream builds against present Love.

Thankfully dreams have no effect on the reality of Love. Love continuously extends Love, whether or not we sleep with our spiritual eyes closed to Love’s presence. Our true Self gives and receives Love continuously. We recognize and accept this Love as we forgive the barriers to Love that hold the dream in place. Today we practice frequently pausing to ask Christ’s vision to show us how to see past the barriers to the presence of Love.

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