There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Do you remember the last time you had a vivid dream and, when you awakened from it, you said this to yourself –” Oh, thank God that was just a dream.” You were relieved that what had seemed so completely real, so true, while you were dreaming, what troubled or frightened you was not real at all. You were dreaming it and now, no longer sleeping, you can take solace in knowing that it was all illusion. How many times has this happened to you? For me, it is more times than I could ever count.
But here is another thought. What if this happens? You are at your moment of death, perhaps on your “death-bed,” you breathe the last breath of your life, and now, according to the measurements we use to designate when someone has officially died, you are technically “dead.” That’s how it appears to the world, but something else happens to you. Something you might not have expected. maybe even something outside of whatever belief system you may have embraced in life. Instead of dropping into nothingness, into a dark blankness, a void, you actually “wake up.” This time you really wake up, into a reality bigger and better than anything you could have conceived. You wake up to Eternal Life and Love. You have never felt more alive and joyous. You say to yourself, “Oh my, all of that stuff before this was only a dream. ” Maybe what you took to be your life all those years was only a dream.
You have just been introduced to maya, the Sanskrit word that denotes illusion or “that which is not.”
It is not surprising that I have waited until the last months of lessons to introduce this idea. It is for most of us too radical, too crazy, too impossible to consider. We are taught to believe that the only “reality” is the one we think of as the material, left brain, Newtonian universe. We often cling to this belief, yet there is much to the contrary. There is much that is not explainable by science and the experiences of the five senses. I believe this to the core of my being. the world, as we experience it, is nothing more than maya, an illusion, beyond time and space. And yet,, ironically, this allows us to love without conditions and to witness ourselves with acceptance in this play, this life on the stage of maya.
LESSON FORTY ONE
MAYA — THE ILLUSION
i am fully aware that this topic, this lesson, will feel totally implausible to many of you. It surely did to me when i first heard of it. Illusion? More like delusion, I thought. If you already discount near death experiences, after death communications, communication with other realms, and the credible information shared by many hospice workers, then this will be a stretch. And if you believe that all the spiritual writings of antiquity and today, as well as belief systems in many religions, are all bunk, then you have probably already stopped reading this. I get it! I used to share your incredulity, but I don’t anymore.
If you happen to be steeped in science, it might interest you to know that great physicists like Einstein, Niels Bohr, Steven Hawking, and David Bohm have weighed in with the findings of quantum physics. Who would have thought that science is coming around, at last, to the ideas that were conveyed thousands of years ago in spiritual texts. How about this? The physical world that most people take to be real and solid is nothing more than illusion. Or this? Space and time and causality are purely mental bonds. We created all this ourselves.
It was not, by the way, a typo in the title of this lesson. I meant to write hOMe. The sound “om” from which we derive Shalom, Salaam, Amen, and home is thought to have infinite power within it. Some say it is the sound of all creation that resonates in each of us, as a memory somewhere in our consciousness. When my mother was near death, she, who was not overtly a particularly religious person, exclaimed out loud and to no one I could see, “home soon.” I was stunned at her words. she knew she was going “home.” She looked radiant when she said it.
You dwell not here but in eternity.
You travel but in dreams, while safe at home.
A Course in Miracles
While I will write more on this subject in this future, I hope you will consider this:
- What if you felt safe and at “home” even in the midst of world events, problems, illness? In the midst of the illusion.
- Could you take a few moments to be quiet and consider that all is “unfolding” in your “play” in a way that you may not understand right now, but that it means something?
- Can you entertain the notion or even consider the potential that the material world is not all there is? That there is a place and thinking that is reachable and that transcends this often petty environment?
- Could you stand aside, even for moments, to become a “witness” to yourself and everything around you? Would it all still be there without any sensory acknowledgement of it?
- Could you learn to view the “illusion” in all it grandness and beauty and awesomeness as something to be enjoyed even while knowing it is a play?
- Maybe “consciousness” is all there is. How about that?
I wish you bon voyage on your journey beyond the dream and into Truth. There is nothing more exciting and it is all in your own loving heart.
With love and namaste, Deanne
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