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I have had some experiences and was wondering if other's might have had similar ones.

Ever since I started reading the lessons, sometimes when I go to bed and am in complete darkness with my eyes closed and I'm just about to fall asleep; I get a flash of light so bright that it startles me and cause me to open my eyes and look around. It is almost as if someone is flashing a bright flashlight into my eyes and I can see the brightness, even though my eyes are closed. This happens very quickly, but it is strange.

Another thing that sometimes happens is that when I do the lessons and close my eyes, it's as if a light is pulsating. We know what it is like to see light get brighter even when our eyes are closed. We can see the brightness through our eyelids and this is what it is like. The light seems to pulsate almost like a pulse or like it is breathing. If I'm in a dark room, this doesn't happen, but if I'm in a room with some light, this seems to happen quite often.

Has anyone else experienced something like this?

Take care,

Eric

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No one else?
Hi Eric:
I think it's very special that you see the light.
I'm happy for you. I don't experience it quite like you.
But when i close my eyes during meditation and prayer - i see beautiful colors.
I think they are the colors of the chakras ....... people have told me so.
They move about and blend into different colors. Mostly i see indigo purple.
It's pretty cool.
Peace ........... Donna
Hi Eric,
I know a few people who have had and still have that experience. I myself now seem to be able to see with my eyes closed because of that light....
Having said that, it the course reminds us to see all those things in this dream world with innocent eyes. The course reminds us if we are seeing something as special-a beautiful sunset-a psychic reading- a war in afghanistan- we are actually seeing the difference-the separation- from other things.
The course reminds us gently over and over again that by seeing something and seeing it as different we are reaffirming the separation. My friend and I awhile back we discussed frequently about the specialness of things and the more we read the course and understand it the more we realised that all things are the same-separation makes them different and beautiful or awful.
As a child I always thought that everything was wonderful with no difference. It was then annoying to me that someone would say look at the beautiful flower! to me everything was beautiful so there was no specialness to one thing. As I started my spiritual journey my best friend was a lot into positive affirmations. It was annoying to me because why would you want to be happy all the time? cause happiness and unhappiness to me were working hand in hand...I remember thinking at some point at the beginning of my reading the course,but then by taking the specialness off everythinbg and everyone,what is left?It took me awhile to understand that love is all there is and that what is surrounding us in this dream...
Love and Light,
Nat
Hi Eric, I have experienced light more in the sense that Donna described above. Yet in those moments when I am just being... in full appreciation ... I think the experience is so complete that it is the Love which stands out and as Nathalie mentioned above it is the light which allowed me to experience Love ... the feeling of heightened awareness as Eckhart Tolle speaks of. Here is quote from Workbook lesson 15 "My thoughts are images I have made.":

"This introductory idea to the process of image making that you call seeing will not have much meaning for you. You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. That is the beginning of real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.

As we go along, you may have many “light episodes”. They may take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. Do not be afraid of them. They are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. They will not persist, because they merely symbolise true perception, and they are not related to knowledge. These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. But they will prepare the way to it."

Thanks for posting ... I love your sharing.

Love,
Ruby
Although temporary light sensations and other related things may occur, and even seem to be connected with insights indicative of something special...overall they mean nothing. We may hold them dear and regard them with meanings we have assigned to them, and that is fine, for we may use this belief and mental-emotional set to impact our willingness to look more closely. But whatever we may look at more closely only has power to open our mind toward seeing when what we look at more closely is real. A side note from your description is that it sounds like episodes of "flashers and floaters."

I occasionally have moments between sleep and full wakefulness when I can see a radiating checkerboard. I can also induce this with some pressure against my eyes for a short time. I like to look at it like a model indicating how the light of spirit comes to me and flows from me from and to all directions...but I know it is an illusion, and that to think that such an interpretation is adding another level/layer to that illusion. Still, I enjoy the thought. I too have seen flashes of light from time to time, sometimes at moments of cool insights, sometimes not. Neither the light flashes nor the insights have any real meaning in and of themselves. However, seeing is to notice the source of influence and impact on the mind's illusory content (which is always interpreted to mean whatever we opt to think about it)...and the source is real, and thus the only meaning anywhere (but is not the light or insights themselves).

Hope that helps a little.

Doug
Thanks everyone for sharing,

I just want to make a clarification on something. I don't find these light episodes special. Often times I find them a bit distracting, especially when I'm trying to go to sleep.

Take care,

Eric
I've had a different experience, at night when I close my eyes....I see profound darkness. Also, ever since I've started doing the lessons I've experienced confusion, frustration, and often times denial. Occasionally I feel a little inspiration or gain a little insight, and feel a little less guilty. It's at those times that I think that plodding through a 1300 page book that denies everything I really believe about myself deep down (like thinking I'm a body, special, etc)....just might be worth it.
Holy Spirit Batman!!! Luvin the digs you got going on there in the pic Mike! That's awsome!!

And I too have found frustration at times doing the lessons. Especially the first 50. I was told that the first ones are the hardest and there seems to be a running joke in the ACIM community that if you haven't hucked the booked across the room, then you're not really doing the course. ut I have to say as I continue to get farther along in the lessons, I have more and more peace.

I just got laid off work today, that's why I'm home and I don't know if it has sunk in or not, but I know that before ACIM I would have been a ball of nerves, but for some reason, I am fairly calm about the situation. I'm not happy about it, but I feel that it is going to all work out. My boss was extremely upset about it and was actually crying about laying me off. I was the one comforting him. Ain't that some irony.

But I felt no anger about it or really any fear. Just a calm understanding that it was happening. Don't confuse it with apathy, because I already have plans running through my head of possibilities. We'll see, maybe this is a lesson or an unseen opportunity.

Take care,

Eric
Yes Eric, it's all opportunity. All appearance of challenges are setup for the miracle... development of trust section in Teachers Manual is a section I've returned to over and over again. Everything falls into place. I join with you in love and light.

Thank you for sharing with us Mike. LOL... well put... "It's at those times that I think that plodding through a 1300 page book that denies everything I really believe about myself deep down (like thinking I'm a body, special, etc)....just might be worth it." It does take great willingness to question everything you ever believed...as Jesus tells us were this Course not so heavily reinforced with God's Help (Holy Spirit) responding to our slightest willingness, it would be hard indeed.

Namaste, Ruby
Hi Eric
I also have the light episodes
Sparkles and flashes of Light etc - often in the peripheral vision
If you take a look at lesson 14 it speaks about it

W-15.2. This introductory idea to the process of image making that you call seeing will not have much meaning for you. 2 You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. 3 That is the beginning of real vision. 4 You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.

W-15.3. As we go along, you may have many "light episodes." 2 They may take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. 3 Do not be afraid of them. 4 They are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. 5 They will not persist, because they merely symbolize true perception, and they are not related to knowledge. 6 These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. 7 But they will prepare the way to it.

Hope thats helpfull

Love Tony

Ruby said:
Yes Eric, it's all opportunity. All appearance of challenges are setup for the miracle... development of trust section in Teachers Manual is a section I've returned to over and over again. Everything falls into place. I join with you in love and light.

Thank you for sharing with us Mike. LOL... well put... "It's at those times that I think that plodding through a 1300 page book that denies everything I really believe about myself deep down (like thinking I'm a body, special, etc)....just might be worth it." It does take great willingness to question everything you ever believed...as Jesus tells us were this Course not so heavily reinforced with God's Help (Holy Spirit) responding to our slightest willingness, it would be hard indeed.

Namaste, Ruby

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