Our job as teachers of God is…
“Awareness of dreaming is the real function of God’s teachers.” (M-12.6:6)
A way of thinking that might be helpful in developing and maintaining that awareness is the “Alice in Wonderland” through the looking glass analogy which goes something like this…
The illusion is a reflection, in a mirror, of the thoughts in our collective and individual minds. It just reflects to us what is in our minds. It is an image in a mirror. The image in the mirror only changes as the thoughts in our minds change.
When we believed that we had attacked God and were looking for a place to hide from His potential abandonment, retaliation and punishment, we went through the looking glass or mirror into the reflection.
How is that possible? It is not. But we are the author of the story so we can imagine anything is possible. And in this story, we go through the mirror and into the reflection to hide.
Now that we are in the reflection, we forget how we got there and teach ourselves that our seeming self, experience and feelings, in the reflection, are real. They become more and more real as we continue to participate in the reflection as if it were real.
“For you have gone from waking to sleeping, and on and on to a yet deeper sleep. Each dream has led to other dreams, and every fantasy that seemed to bring a light into the darkness but made the darkness deeper. Your goal was darkness, in which no ray of light could enter. And you sought a blackness so complete that you could hide from truth forever, in complete insanity. What you forgot was simply that God cannot destroy Himself. The light is in you. Darkness can cover it, but cannot put it out.” (T-18.III.1:2-8)
We cannot participate in a reflection. Stand in front of a mirror. Can you walk into the reflection and participate in that reflection? We are so delusional, so insane that we actually believe that we are participating in relationships, having goals, having preferences and endless lists of other story variations. All of which can only seem to happen in the reflection.
Now we are trapped in the reflection, thinking we are the thing that seems to be born, live and die here. We think we are these bodies in the reflection and that we and matter have creative abilities. We have forgotten that all shifts and changes, seeming to happen in the reflection, are attributable to the mind.
Who controls the story of the reflection? It depends on which voice you are listening to.
The only thing to be done, as long as we seem to be trapped in the mirror, is mind training. We must keep undoing the thoughts in our minds until the mirror disappears and we remember what and where we are. We must stop participating in the reflection as if it were real. We do this anytime we try to change the reflection, or judge the reflection as good or bad, or worry about the reflection or participate with it in anyway save to use it to be taught of its unreality.
You can pretend, make believe that you are actually participating in the reflection, that something is actually happening in the reflection. It is not. It cannot. You will go further away from the entrance of the reflection, deeper into sleep if you try to change the reflection. It is disheartening and causes feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and despair to attempt to change the reflection while participating in it as if it were real because you cannot change the reflection from within the reflection. The only way to change the reflection is to change the mind that is being reflected. This requires stopping participating in the reflection as if it were real and concentrating on using the reflection to mind train.
“The Holy Spirit, ever practical in His wisdom, accepts your dreams (the reflection) and uses them as means for waking. You would have used them to remain asleep (remain in the reflection).” (T-18.II.6:1-2)
We have gone into the mirror and are participating in the reflection as if it were real. We have assigned creative abilities to the “matter” in the reflection. There seems to be a whole world, a universe, through the mirror, where people seem to be born, live and die. We have dissociated everything. What mirror? What reflection? What Father? What Home? What Self? All forgotten. All replaced.
We are now trapped in the reflection because we do not acknowledge its unreality and that it is a problem. We cannot change something if we do not admit it is a problem. Why would you want to change something that you have deemed as good and functioning? We only want to change things we deem to be problematic. Are you participating in something that is not real as if it were real? Is that a problem? You may not think so. Jesus does.
“Anything in this world (reflection) that you believe is good and valuable and worth striving for can hurt you, and will do so. Not because it has the power to hurt, but just because you have denied it is but an illusion, and made it real. And it is real to you. It is not nothing. And through its perceived reality has entered all the world of sick illusions. All belief in sin, in power of attack, in hurt and harm, in sacrifice and death, has come to you. For no one can make one illusion real, and still escape the rest.” (T-26.VI.1:1-7)
We have gone through the looking glass. We are in the reflection. We believe it is life. We believe we are doing something and being something in the reflection. We are not. We are making the reflection real by accepting it as real which is attested to by our participating in it as if it were real. You may say you do not believe there are pink elephants in the backyard, but if you are out there feeding them every morning…
“You are free to believe what you choose, and what you do attests to what you believe.” ( T-1.II.1:9)
In the epilogue of the workbook we find,
“Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God and for your Self when you retire from the world, to seek reality instead.” (W-ep.3:2)
To retire from the world means to stop participating in the reflection as if it were real.
I am through the looking glass.
I am in the reflection.
There is only mind training.