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The Ego that never dreams

From the March 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

On a recent flight I fell asleep and had a dream. I dreamed that I was working in my home office in Los Angeles, when I felt a rumbling. It felt like a small earthquake. Usually, when this happens in Los Angeles, it lasts for a matter of seconds, but this time it kept going on and on. Concerned, in my dream I went to my neighbors and friends to ask them if they felt it. They said no. I was incredulous. How could they not feel it? We were having an earthquake! It felt so real, I wondered why it wasn’t on the news. How could this be? My concern grew that we were having a cataclysmic event. How could I be the only one feeling this? Should I call the police? Perhaps I should call a Christian Science practitioner to pray about the situation. 

Suddenly, I woke up and realized that I had been dreaming and it was the mild turbulence of the airplane that I had been feeling. The truth was that there was never an earthquake at all. It was all an illusion. I didn’t need to stop the earthquake. I just needed to wake up. 

Immediately I saw the parallel between this dream and how sickness or inharmony is the illusion that we need to wake up from in order to see the reality of perfect God, Spirit, infinite good, and His perfect spiritual creation. Sometimes our challenges seem as big as earthquakes and it feels as if there’s no solution. Though we may attempt to solve the problems humanly, this is never a solution. The solution is to awake to God’s infinite, loving presence—a presence eternally with us, His reflection, His perfect children. 

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