The Fleeting Certainty of Dreams

By Anthony Gold

While we are in the midst of a dream, everything seems real. We wander in and out of environments and their concomitant experiences rarely questioning validity.

It isn’t until we wake up and ponder the dream that we consider its strangeness. Sure we may find some connection with our everyday occurrences, but the links are tenuous. Often the laws of physics were completely violated while recalling the dream’s narrative.

Perhaps even more interesting is the speed with which the dream’s content dissipates to the point of total forgetfulness.

And we repeat this cycle nearly every day. Sometimes the dreams are terrifying and we awaken in a cold sweat. Other times the dreams are pleasant and we attempt to “re-enter” them upon awakening.

Thus is the nature of dreams.

But what we call “reality” is nothing more than what A Course in Miracles refers to as waking dreams. We think this (everything about us – all our daily drama, fears, relationships, and aspirations) is real. We never question the validity of our experiences – we simply accept them as real.

All your time is spent in dreaming. Your sleeping and your waking dreams have different forms, and that is all. (T-18.II.5)

The dreaming of the world takes many forms, because the body seeks in many ways to prove it is autonomous and real. (T-27.VIII.2)

Once we recognize that this is all a dream – and that we are the dreamers of the dream – then we can begin the process of awakening. True awakening, leading to incredible peace and happiness. Join us in Monday’s class where we will explore this “mind-blowing” concept that what we think is reality is all a dream – and how we can have our “dreams of fear changed to happy dreams.” I look forward to seeing you then.

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