According to the Course, ‘ultimately’ there is no reincarnation. Reincarnation is a time-bound concept, and time says the Course is a vast illusion. We could say that reincarnation is true in time i.e., within the dream. However, seeing how there is no time, there is no reincarnation. Still, another way to say this is that the separation is a system of thought real enough in time, though not in eternity. (T-3.VIII.3:2) Or, we could say that time and eternity are incompatible.
Ultimately, ‘you are not a body’ as all bodies disappear in time. Likewise, ultimately there is no world as the world, too, will disappear in time. Ultimately, only Heaven is real, and Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, (T-8.VI.1:5). In the meantime, as long as we are embodied, we must make our way through this world, this dream, this ‘seeming reality,’ until Spirit simply can’t hold on to the body anymore and finally says, “Enough!” A friend recently said to me. “I don’t want to come back here again.” And I agree with her. The level of the illusion in this world is still very high and despite an expansion in consciousness, the ego still dominates within the dream.
This “is” an insane world,
and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity.
Ultimately, every member of the family of God must return and we are all already home if you can see it. In the meantime, ‘the dreaming of the world’ seems very real, and we must, with some facility, learn how to live within this dream without letting its nightmarish elements overwhelm us.
If you have a lucid dream, it means, it is as though you are awake within the dream. Being awake within the dream means we can have some control over the dream without being subject to its frightening dimensions.
The good news of the Course is that we do not have to die to know Heaven. All we need to do is to wake up and see that Heaven is already here. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, we never left home. Projection makes perception and there is a positive dimension to projection called creation – which means the extension of love and there is nothing that makes us happier than extending love.
Ultimately, you are not a body. Bodies are temporal limitations in form. There are, I know, any number of folks whose bodies do not work as well as they once did who are looking forward to going home. In the meantime, they must wait patiently, doing what good they can within the illusory world of form until they get to go home. One woman I know, now in her 90s, a little impatiently asked me, “Why won’t Jesus take me home?” Ultimately, we all stand transparently before God, and God being love, does not see sin. He cannot see what is not there. Sin is blinding. Love is freeing, and ultimately only what is loving is true. T-5.IV.1:3
After Ken Wapnick was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, he returned one day to the Center in Temecula, looking very thin and sunken. One lady, seeing his condition, expressed her concern, and Ken said: “Don’t be worried. I am not here already, and neither are you.” Ultimately, we really do love each other, and that is the only thing that matters. Chocolates, roses, and a card may be a nice gesture; but it is what’s in our hearts that matters. Bodies are limitations in form and high maintenance. Be glad someday you will be free of the daily chore of maintaining this thing. In the meantime, let's stay awake, be alive, and lucidly celebrate Life.
Learning itself, like the classrooms in which it occurs, is temporary.
This world is a mental hospital. It is a reformatory. It is a school, and we all want to graduate. The thing is you can’t graduate by ‘dropping’ out of school. The best thing is to get on with learning the lessons we came here to learn. After all the lesson may be patience. Ultimately no compromise is possible between everything and nothing. Ultimately all perception is translated into knowledge. Ultimately, those who are now fighting will see that their similarity is more important than their differences. Ultimately, all anger and fear come from misperception. Ultimately everyone must remember the Will of God, because ultimately, everyone must recognize himself. T-9.I.9:1
Ultimately all there is, is Love.
Ultimately, we’re already Home.
Say with me,
Heaven is here. Heaven is now.
There is no other place. There is no other time.