I'm reading a gentle, yet powerful, book about spiritual awakening calld The Message: A Guide to Being Human by L.D. Thompson. In the spirit of a daily devotional (although not numbered or dated as such), the author offers gentle reminders of the "dream" of reality, our soul's curriculum, personal knowing and spiritual values. I'm delighted to bring you the following excerpt fro The Message as my Book Gems #4:
You believe that you were conceived and born, and that you were a baby who grew into an adult. You have the photographs and the bronzed baby shoes to prove it. Yet that is not what occurred. Furthermore, when it comes time for you to leave this reality and move to the next, you will not wither and die. These are games that your mind plays, because your mind is designed to build continuity, a story. It is designed to connect the dots, so to speak.
Between each of the events that occurs in your life—your journey from home to office, moving from one city to the next, or accomplishing a goal—your mind makes up a continual story thread, with a beginning, middle, and end. Your mind fits the story into the illusion of time.
This dream of life has laws, rules, and guidelines that have evolved. You have been a part of the process of evolving the rules. Though you experience yourself as subject to the rules, they are really subject to you. In order for you to harness the power of your dream, you must grasp this idea: Though you experience your life here as a continuity that fits very neatly into the confines of time and space, this experience is utter illusion.