November 16, 2008

How Dare I Say, You Are Dreaming...

"The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist." This is a statement directly out of A Course In Miracles, which teaches a new way to think and perceive through a revolutionary mind training program. There simply is no world, you made it all up. It doesn't exist, because it is not based on a true idea. Yet it is based on an idea. It is only your beliefs that hold it in chains. You maintain it in thought, yet it is already over. It was over a long time ago.

Wouldn't this be joyous news to anyone in this world? All your sickness, pain, getting old and dying is not so. You are just dreaming. Why would you in your right mind object to this idea of you being an hallucination in your own mind?

Take a closer look at it? I like to think things through. Well, shall we ask, what if?

You appear to be a human being in a body in an objective world, and you are confronted with the idea that no part of your limited existence is real, that you are simply dreaming a dream of separation that is not based on reality in any regard? You obviously in your current mind set either reject the idea, or accept it. You can discuss and analyze it all you want, however, thereby you do not accept it. You reject it instead. There is no consequence to that. You just continue your existence in an objective world. We want to look at the second possibility: You accept the idea that there is no world, and that you are merely dreaming. What if you accepted this idea to be true?

What would you lose, if you accepted this, except what you don't want? You don't want to suffer pain, or be unhappy, and you don't want something seemingly good, if it's result is pain. Not really.

If this world is not real in any regard, and you knew it, would you want it? Would things at the very least not become much easier and lighter, if you knew you are really dreaming all of this? You could even go on dreaming, pretending all is still playing out as it seemed before. Maybe, you might take things not as serious as before. But it doesn't necessarily mean that you don't do them, except you see that you really want something else. It would not have to mean that you become irresponsible to people and things around you. Why would you? What reason would you have to act unlovingly if you knew you were dreaming? What reason would you have in any regard to act unlovingly? There is no justification for an unloving act. It's just that you don't remember what loving is, and you don't know yourself as what love is. You are dreaming. But in the light of this idea you would have a chance to look differently at yourself and the world. You could let go of fear and a deep sense of deprivation, because they would not be based on anything real.

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Would there be any immediate changes in your experience? How far would you want to go with it? It would depend on your decision, wouldn't it, if your action of mind got you to the point where you are now. (Follow deeper this thought below.)

What about the scenario where there is truly an objective world of bodies of space and time, and you just accepted this "crazy" idea that there is no world but in your dreams? Say, you would live as if the idea were true, faking your fake identity. Again, we see that it would be meaningful only, if you did it all the way. It could only bring change in your experience if you let the idea be true in all circumstances. But in the end, what you did in your mind would make no difference, because you, just like anyone else, would share in the same fate every occupant of this objective world suffers. You would get old, sick and die. No matter what belief you held all along.

Just recently some people of some news station painted deliberately, by selection of material completely out of context, a bleak and fearful picture of Endeavor Academy, saying the people there (I) don't think for themselves (myself), and saying they (I) might be in danger to even kill themselves (myself). My mind works differently. What gain is there in engendering fear? And why in hell would I want to hurt myself or anyone else, if I have the idea that this world is not real? Would that get me anything? If I knew that this world is not real, the idea of getting something would no longer be a valid one. If it is all a dream, what could I really get except more of the same?

If it is all a dream, it would have to be my dream. If it is my dream, I obviously determine the content of my dream by my choice of what I want and want to be. I would have very good reasons to examine my mind and decide about what I want to do in my mind, if I am getting the result of my action of mind.

So, why is this idea fearful? What if you are hallucinating? What if you knew you are hallucinating? So far, there are only indications that it would offer a much greater sense of freedom and choice, even a real possibility to escape the idea of suffering forever. Why would someone need to be protected from this idea that he is dreaming? Could it be that he knows already, and knew all the time that he is indeed dreaming, and would have to face the collapse of a false sense of self, of a false sense of reality, that does not hold, and never will do so? Could it be that this fear of having to admit to his falsity governs this blind and bewildered objection A Course In Miracles meets everywhere in this world?

Because if he thought through the idea, he would see that his sense of self does not depend on anything in his dream. So what then is he? Who is he, and how did he get here? Does he know? Is there an answer?

How dare I say all this... Am I your reflection, and you are about to wake up?

Any questions? If you reasoned with me, and in any case, you might want to check out our new documentary film, A Course In Miracles Unleashed.

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2 comments:

Andrea said...

The thing that scares me is the possibility that the Course is not true. That I could become deluded into thinking that the suffering of my neighbor is insignificant because he is "only dreaming" his miseries. I don't want to become drunk on euphoria and dismissive of those whose suffering is shattering them while I "bliss out" (i.e. abused children, starving people or those suffering from agonizing chronic pain).

Alban Fenle said...

Thanks, Andrea. I can assure you, the Course is true, and it works, although very few really let it mean what it says. It clearly states, that what you see in the world is your pain and denial of God's love. By really changing your mind about yourself, you will see the world change. You could not ask for a more powerful and effective way to heal the ills you perceive. Heal yourself, and the world is healed. You are never healed alone. Doing the Course most certainly will not make you drunk, but alert and truly joyful and peaceful, by which you will be an inspiration to anyone you meet, and suffering will not be tolerable to you. Salvation of the world depends on you. :-)