Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Hero of the Dream

In line with what I said yesterday and the day before, about this dream I offer you this excerpt from A Course in Miracles, it is about “The Hero of the Dream”:

“T-27.VIII.1.The body is the central figure in the dreaming of the world. 2 There is no dream without it, nor does it exist without the dream in which it acts as if it were a person to be seen and be believed. 3 It takes the central place in every dream, which tells the story of how it was made by other bodies, born into the world outside the body, lives a little while and dies, to be united in the dust with other bodies dying like itself. 4 In the brief time allotted it to live, it seeks for other bodies as its friends and enemies. 5 Its safety is its main concern. 6 Its comfort is its guiding rule. 7 It tries to look for pleasure, and avoid the things that would be hurtful. 8 Above all, it tries to teach itself its pains and joys are different and can be told apart.

T-27.VIII.2.The dreaming of the world takes many forms, because the body seeks in many ways to prove it is autonomous and real. 2 It puts things on itself that it has bought with little metal discs or paper strips the world proclaims as valuable and real. 3 It works to get them, doing senseless things, and tosses them away for senseless things it does not need and does not even want. 4 It hires other bodies, that they may protect it and collect more senseless things that it can call its own. p585 5 It looks about for special bodies that can share its dream. 6 Sometimes it dreams it is a conqueror of bodies weaker than itself. 7 But in some phases of the dream, it is the slave of bodies that would hurt and torture it.

T-27.VIII.3.The body's serial adventures, from the time of birth to dying are the theme of every dream the world has ever had. 2 The "hero" of this dream will never change, nor will its purpose. 3 Though the dream itself takes many forms, and seems to show a great variety of places and events wherein its "hero" finds itself, the dream has but one purpose, taught in many ways. 4 This single lesson does it try to teach again, and still again, and yet once more; that it is cause and not effect. 5 And you are its effect, and cannot be its cause.

T-27.VIII.4.Thus are you not the dreamer, but the dream. 2 And so you wander idly in and out of places and events that it contrives. 3 That this is all the body does is true, for it is but a figure in a dream. 4 But who reacts to figures in a dream unless he sees them as if they were real? 5 The instant that he sees them as they are they have no more effects on him, because he understands he gave them their effects by causing them and making them seem real.

T-27.VIII.5.How willing are you to escape effects of all the dreams the world has ever had? 2 Is it your wish to let no dream appear to be the cause of what it is you do? 3 Then let us merely look upon the dream's beginning, for the part you see is but the second part, whose cause lies in the first. 4 No one asleep and dreaming in the world remembers his attack upon himself. 5 No one believes there really was a time when he knew nothing of a body, and could never have conceived this world as real. 6 He would have seen at once that these ideas are one illusion, too ridiculous for anything but to be laughed away. 7 How serious they now appear to be! 8 And no one can remember when they would have met with laughter and with disbelief. 9 We can remember this, if we but look directly at their cause. 10 And we will see the grounds for laughter, not a cause for fear.”


HermitJim said...

Hey John...interesting reading. Very interesting indeed. Thanks for sharing that with us.


js said...

Thanks Jim. Am glad it is catching some folks' attention. That's what ACIM is about... and also the prime objective is to help you to wake or awaken from your dream. It is NOT to make this a more happy dream, as some teachers of ACIM would and do teach.