This essay describes our dream world and how it will end.
Imagine a five-year-old boy. After dinner, and before he went to bed, the boy went into the kitchen, climbed onto the counter, took a cookie out of the cookie jar, and ate it. He did this when no one else was looking because he liked cookies and he thought his parents wouldn’t let him have one.
However, when the boy went to bed, he began to feel guilty, and he couldn’t look into his father’s eyes when his father said, “Goodnight.” After tossing and turning for a while, the boy finally fell asleep.
While he was sleeping, he dreamed of what he had done. He dreamed again and again about taking the cookie, and he dreamed that his father was angry and yelling at him for stealing the cookie. He was terrified that his father would punish him for taking the cookie.
In the morning, when his father turned on the light and began to gently awaken the boy, the boy started crying. Suddenly, the boy began saying, “I did it! I did it! I did it!”
“You did what?” the father asked.
“I took a cookie and I ate it,” the boy said, while still crying.
“That’s quite all right,” said the father. “Those cookies were for you and your sister, but you never asked to have one.”
The father gave the boy a hug, and the boy finally stopped crying. The boy realized that he had done nothing wrong. Only thinking that he had done something wrong made him have a nightmare in which he dreamed that his father was angry and was going to punish him.
This story is an allegory of what seems to have happened to us, the children of God. God created us in heaven and we have always been in heaven (our Father’s house). In heaven, God’s creations (his children) cannot be threatened or harmed in any way.
However, at one point, something impossible seemed to happen. We believed that we had made a will that contradicted God’s will, and we believed that we had really sinned against God, our Father and Creator. We forgot to laugh at this thought because we did not realize that there is only one will, and that God’s all-powerful will cannot be contradicted.
However, our belief in this sin made us feel guilty and afraid of our Father. We made the dream-world that we currently see in order to hide from our Creator. This world is like the dream that the boy had. The boy dreamed that his father was angry and yelling at him, but the father was not really like that at all. The father was the one who turned on the light and allowed the boy to wake up and realize that he was not sinful or guilty. The father loved his son and only wanted his son to realize this.
The boy eventually “forgave” himself for what he had not done, for a sin he had not committed. In the same way, when we forgive, or overlook, our own mistakes (which cannot affect heaven), we work with our Creator to awaken all of creation. When our forgiveness is complete, we will realize that we never sinned in reality (we never hurt or destroyed what is eternally real) and that we are still safe at home in heaven with our Father. The dream can be forgotten, and heaven remembered. Only the love that we are, and which we have shared, will be remembered in heaven.
A Course in Miracles says this is how our dream world will end:
The world will end in joy, because it is a place of sorrow. When joy has come, the purpose of the world has gone. The world will end in peace, because it is a place of war. When peace has come, what is the purpose of the world? The world will end in laughter, because it is a place of tears. Where there is laughter, who can longer weep? And only complete forgiveness brings all this to bless the world.
—Schucman, Helen. A Course in Miracles: Complete and Annotated Edition (p. 1612). Circle of Atonement. Kindle Edition.