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Has anyone read the book Absense From Felicity by Ken Wapnick about Helen Shuchman? I'm only on page 110 and so far I am finding it to be a fascinating book about Helen and what is so far the events of her life that is leading up to the course. For some reason I'm even getting a deeper sense of a deeper meaning of the course by reading what I have read so far.

Her dreams that she kept record of are pretty amazing. Speaking of which, has anyone had a course related dream? Meaning anything that you think that is related to the course whether directly or indirectly.


I mentioned a dream on Deborah's blog not too long ago that I had that I was dreaming that I was dreaming and in the dream within the dream, I was walking around somewhere. I'm not sure where, but I was just walking aimlessly. Suddenly a very loud 3 dimensional voice that seemed to not only be in my head but all around me was telling me something about the course. It seemed very important so I was looking for something to write it down before I forgot it. I couldn't find anything and I became in a panic.

I then woke up from the dream within the dream. In this continuation of the dream I thought I was awake and I jumped out of bed looking for a pen and paper in a panic while repeating what I remembered over and over so that I wouldn't forget it. Yet I couldn't find a pen or paper anywhere in my house and again started to panic.

I then woke up to my waking dream of reality and could not remember anything except the nagging feeling that it was important.

But you know how dreams are. It could have saidsomething like, "op89375yt9uhfre nvekjvn dafvkjlfvj[IOFVJH[IOVJFVKDNA;F" Which just seemed important in the dream LOL.

Take care,

Eric

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Comment by Eric G. on September 5, 2009 at 7:19pm
Hi Carrie,

I understand what you're saying. I think what I meant about my dreams was that they were along time ago in the past. Now there is no need for me to go back and analize them for they were merely projections that happened in the past. My nightmare, yes an obvious projection of fear and if I went into dtail of what it was, the reson behind it would be quite apparent.

I've had a few strange things happen in my life and I'm not sure by analizing them, that it will d ome much good in the present. For example

1. When I was in 8th grade I came home from school and heard my mom talking to someone in her room clear as day. I thought it odd because she was supposed to be at work and her car wasn't in the driveway. I yelled that I was home, but got no answer, yet the voice continued to talk to someone. I put my books in my room, came back out and yelled again. No reply, just a continuation of a voice. Annoyed I yelled I was home again while walking towards her room. No reply. Irritated I walked in her room about to ask why she wasn't answering me, but when I walked in, there was no one there and the voice stopped as soon as I stepped into the room. I was a little freaked out by this. I did have a couple of other experiences in that house.

2. When I was in my early 20's, I was going to sleep one night in my basement room. I remember feeling physically and mentally exhausted. As I was dozing off, I all of a sudden started to feel a pressure on my chest that increaed to the point of being painful. Next thing I know, I'm a few inches from the ceiling and looking to my right, I am eye level with my small window which the botton of it is at least 6 feet from the floor. As quickly as it happened, I was in my bed again. Again obviously freaked out.

3. A few weeks later, I was laying on the couch after being in a car accident(not badly hurt). The same feeling came over me and my vision started to get blurry. I felt that I wasn't on the couch but maybe a few inches off of the couch. There seemed to be a purplish mist in the room and across the room there was a spider that was about 4 to 5 feet long in leg span. It was also purplish color but also I could see through it. For some reason I thought it evil. I don't know how long this lasted but it seemed a while and then I closed my eyes and it was gone. Needless to say, I hobbled out of the house and sat in the yard for a while.

About this time, I was very scared, and I must note why. My mother has a schizophrenic disorder and I read that it can start to develop in the late teens early 20's. By these two experiences, I was scared that I might be losing my mind. I even talked to a friend about it and all I got was a blank stare and a "I don't know what to tell you man."


Coincedentally I had just started a job and there was a guy that was 1/2 Native American. Somehow we got on that conversation and I mentioned the spider. He looked at me blank. I thought, "Great" He then told about the Grandmother or Grandfather (I can't remember which) of all spiders and that it was watching over me. I was excited, not because I really believed what he said to me, but I got at least another explanation than I was crazy. LOL It wasn't until later on that the first episode with the pressure on my chest, I read an article on astral projection in which the lady described exactly what I experienced.

The two dreams that "came true"

1.In the dream I was driving and got into a car accident. Then the cop was scolding me and gave me a ticket. A few days later I got a speeding ticket. So I don't know if it was a dream that came true or just a similar coincedence.

2. This was actually two dreams that I told my roomate about at the time after each one, because I thought that they were strange. The first dream, there was someone dressed up as a gorilla in my yard and there were a bunch of police trying to capture it. I Came out and they told me to go inside because it was too dangerous. All the while the police couldn't find the guy, but I saw him hiding in the bush and kept trying to tell the police where he was, but they wouldn't listen to me.

The next night, I had a dream that I was being chased by the police on a motorcycle for some reason and they had both the helicopter and the police dogs after me. I really don't remember much of it except for that.

Two nights later, my roomate and I were watching TV when a very bright light came in through our front window and there was a bunch of commotion going on. We looked at each other and went outside. The bright light was from a police helicopter and there were a bunch of police in my yard! One officer told me to go back inside because they had the K-9 units out searching for a suspect. My roomate looked at me and reminded me of the two dreams I told him about and then said that was spooky.LOL

Sometimes I wonder about these things, but I have to keep in mind that they are projections. While they're kind of neat stories to tell, I don't think that I should invest myself in trying to analyze them, for they are just illusory projections of my mind in the past. I'm not sure they can help me correct my perception by studying them.

Take care,

Eric
Comment by Eric G. on September 5, 2009 at 4:27pm
Hi everyone,

Thank you for your comments and stories. I'm still reading the book and a little over 1/2 way through it. It is very interesting and is helping me to find a deeper meaning in the course.

Thank you also for sharing your experiences with dreams. Very interesting. I've had a few intersting dream experiences in my life. Though I don't hold much importance on them. A couple of them came true a few days after I dreamt them and when I was a kid, I had the same nightmare a couple of a times a month for about 3 years. The strange thing is that nightmare didn't vary one bit each time a dreamt it. Though they are merely projections.

And of course it isn'tall that important to remember what we're doing here, but as long as I'm here, I might as well do somethingI'm not going just do nothing. As Ken Wapnick said, I still got to pay my bills and eat and live while I'm here. LOL Time is for learning after all. No meditation on a mountain top for me. ooohhhhmmmmmmmmmmm

Take care,

Eric
Comment by Ruby on September 5, 2009 at 12:34am
Thanks for sharing that Deborah. Powerful insight from dream... and powerful passage..."And what you see is hell, for fear IS hell. All that is given you is for release; the sight, the vision and the inner Guide all lead you OUT of hell, with those you love beside you, and the universe with them.” I felt that way about my life before the Course... seemed no matter what I did....it didn't fulfill me. I think I'm being brought to an experience of my true Self as I begin to question my beliefs about everything I thought I knew "removing the blocks to the awareness of Love's Presence." Namaste, Ruby
Comment by Ruby on September 4, 2009 at 1:24am
Hi Eric, sounds like an interesting dream. I think it may have significance. I haven't read Absence from Felicity, but have seen the documentary of ACIM where Helen had a series of dreams before she received dictation from Jesus. I had some strange dreams early on in my reading of ACIM, One of which involved a beach house with many rooms.. and to get to the house I had to travel through terrain that was dangerous with wild animals. I saw that as representative of the compartments of my mind... there were comforting places and what felt like treacherous places I had to go through first. Thanks for posting. Love, Ruby

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