How did we begin? Where did we come from? Where are we headed? Originally we existed in a state of perfect Oneness, meaning that nothing existed outside or apart from us. We were everything and had everything. There were no individuals, nor was there anything to perceive, as we belonged to the Infinite State, the loving inclusiveness of The Source. Then, an idea occurred within the Oneness, an idea of separation. And although this tiny idea occurred in less than a split second (a “tiny tick of time,” as A Course in Miracles states it), it nonetheless exploded into a manifestation of duality. Suddenly, what seems to us to be billions of years ago, time, space, and matter appeared to emerge, and our desire to experience something other than Oneness, Wholeness, was initiated.
The concept of the separation—the idea that we could separate from The Source and be on our own—is called “a tiny, mad idea” in A Course in Miracles, and thankfully it is a mere illusion, although it seems real. We decided collectively to experience something other than Infinite Oneness. However, The Source cannot produce or acknowledge illusion. We made it up. And we did so by entering a dream of the separated state, making time, space, matter, and separate identities an apparent reality.
Our Higher Mind is eternally at one with The Source. However, the ego-self depends entirely on projecting the notions that this world is real and that we are all separate human bodies who are at the mercy of random chaos. Yet, while we appear to be here, having this dream experience we call “life,” our Unified Self is perfectly unaffected and is joyfully extending Infinite Love in a Reality of which we are unaware while in the dream state.
We all have dreams while asleep. We experience those dreams as real. However, when we awaken, we realize very quickly that what we experienced as real isn’t real at all; it was just a dream. And oh what a relief it is when we awaken from a nightmare! Our ego experience here in this world is analogous to our sleeping dreams; when we finally “awaken” from the ego’s dream of separation, we will be absolutely overjoyed, not just temporarily, but eternally. We read in A Course in Miracles:
“Yet the Bible says that a deep sleep fell upon Adam, and nowhere is there reference to his waking up. The world has not yet experienced any comprehensive reawakening or rebirth.”
When viewed metaphorically, this statement supports the notion that Adam, who symbolizes our collective descent into the separated state, became unconscious. From that point onwards, humanity’s dream continued to unfold, and to this day there has not yet been any significant global awakening from the ego-dream. It seems that we, like Adam, undertook a mammoth journey into unconsciousness. However, just as we wake up from our sleeping dreams, so too will we eventually awaken from the dream of our illusory world to reclaim our divinity along with the endless blessings that come with it.
(Excerpt from “Take Me To Truth: Undoing the Ego” by Nouk Sanchez and Tomas Vieira)