Have you been tricked into believing that the future is different from the past? Let your ideas about time be retranslated! The whole of A Course in Miracles brings home one central teaching. Much like a kaleidoscope or a fractal, this teaching might be said with thousands of different words, and in a thousand different ways, but the core remains the same.
Dreamer of the Dream
Accept yourself! What is your true Identity? When you identify with a body, with a past, with a memory, or untrue thought, it seems impossible to see your complete innocence. But you are not a small limited part of an objective time-space world, you are everywhere. Accept yourself as everywhere. You have to take responsibility for sight before you can use the idea in ACIM daily lesson 61, ‘I am the light of the world.’
How you read the Course depends on the readiness of the mind. A teenage “crystal child” went to a Course group in Cincinnati and read their minds. Such a one need not read the Course cover-to-cover. Most Course students, however, read the Course cover-to-cover, not just once, but many times. Some don’t read it front-to-back, but pick it up and open it to use as an oracle.
You start off with loosening what is most dear to you. The ego doesn’t want you to know you’re dreaming. Yet the Holy Spirit uses the symbols in a beautiful way until we know we are the dreamer. Your strength is in the presence, and keeping that in awareness fuels our journey. Ultimately the awareness of dreaming is the function of God’s teachers.
When you exchange a self-concept as a substitute for the Christ, that substitute becomes the primary ego-identification. Reality is exchanged for a level-based illusion where amnesia is a normal way of functioning. This brings on a tremendous amount of guilt and a whole cosmos in the attempt to decrease that guilt into tolerable segments. Yet there are no levels in truth. Therefore death is any state in which one is not supremely happy. Even a little irritation is death. The Holy Spirit works with your confusion and translates it in a way that lifts this amnesia.