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What is the meaning of "awakening mind"? Are we actually asleep in a dream?
Question: What is meant by the words “awakening mind?” I believe we are awakening from the illusion that we were tricked into by the greatest illusionist there is—satan! We were given the choice to believe the illusion, so we also have the choice to awaken and remember that what we see is not reality, but only illusion. I am not sure if creation was created by God as the illusion that we see now, or if Creation is truth, separate from the illusion. Please tell me if and where I am incorrect.
Answer: The time-space cosmos can seem very much like a dream, for it was the projection of the belief in separation. God, Being Perfect Love, creates forever Perfect Love, and such is Eternal Creation. Christ is a Perfect Creation in the Mind of God and Christ creates forever Perfectly in Love, as God creates. In this sense, "all that exists is Christ or from Christ." Truth and error, Reality and illusion, Eternity and time are not both true, or equally true. Truth is true and only Truth is true. Because God/Christ/Creation is true, error is false and nonexistent. The deceived or sleeping mind seems to have forgotten God, Christ, and Creation. It dreams of many, many, many separate parts, which are apparently separated by time and space, for it has forgotten the wholeness of the forgiven world that the Holy Spirit offers. It has forgotten as well the Eternal Heaven, Which is Mind Awake in God. The Holy Spirit's Perspective of forgiveness is what was pointed to in writing: “we also have the choice to awaken or remember that what we see is not reality but only illusion.” The Holy Spirit sees the error of separation, but looks past it to the Atonement or Correction. The Holy Spirit is the present reminder of what is beyond error entirely, for in the Holy Spirit is the Memory of God and Christ. Before the deceived mind can awaken to Eternal Reality it must accept the gentle dream of non-judgment that the Holy Spirit offers. In this forgiving dream the cosmos is seen as one whole tapestry. Distinctions and categories and increments and levels and degrees and parts have vanished entirely, for only wholeness remains in the Mind. This perception of wholeness is itself an illusion and will not last, yet this illusion is the last illusion for it is the gateway to the Eternal.
Since God is real the cosmos is not. Since Christ is real, satan is not. Since Eternity is real, time is not. "Perfect Love casts out fear" is a way of saying: "Since Love is real, fear is not." Love and fear therefore cannot coexist. When fear seems to be experienced, Love has seemingly been blocked from awareness. Yet only Love exists and Love is ever present, so the apparent experience of fear is but an illusion to be released. When you turn on a light in a dark room, the light does not battle the darkness—it is simply light that banishes the darkness. Similarly, the Light of Love shines and there can be no darkness in Light. Bring the error of darkness to the Holy Spirit's Light and see that only Light remains—for there is only Love to behold, Beloved Child of God.
Awakening mind is simply a phrase used to represent the uncovering, emptying, or release of error. Release is the Holy Spirit's Purpose for a deceived mind that believes in the "reality" of the time-space world. It is as you wrote: "...the choice to awaken or be aware that what we see is not reality but only illusion." Forgiveness sees the false as false. Forgiveness is a miracle.
From "A Course In Miracles": "A miracle is a correction. It does not create, nor really change at all. It merely looks on devastation, and reminds the mind that what it sees is false. It undoes error, but does not attempt to go beyond perception, nor exceed the function of forgiveness. Thus it stays within the limits of time, yet it paves the way for the return of timelessness and love's awakening, for fear must slip away under the gentle remedy it brings."
Love & Blessings always, David