Ever notice how many fairy tales use sleep as a metaphor? Sleeping Beauty and Snow White were both poisoned into long, deep, death-like sleep; Cinderella spent hours and hours dreaming by the fire. The world they left was evil and wanted to hurt them. Perhaps they dreamed a Happy Dream; certainly, in purity of heart and soul, they held no malice for the wickedness they left behind. As pain and terror are removed, “the dreams that seemed to settle on the world are gone.”
And what did they wake to? “The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God’s Son no longer sleeps.” Their lives were transformed, from outcast and in hiding to prodigal daughter triumphant. “His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of His Father’s Love.” In fairy tales, God is portrayed by the Handsome Prince, a kiss of Love. “And as we look upon a world forgiven, it is He Who calls to us and comes to take us home.” A new world, worthy of golden streets and gates of pearl, the heroine is carried instantly away to a protected life in a castle, far from the nightmares of the past.
“The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers.” In our dream we play all the characters, the innocent, the witch and the redeemer, then become the innocent once again. Each scene is of our own authorship: the terror of evil, the fearful flight, the deep sleep and the longing for love. Even the new world comes from our perception, but the Embrace is real. The innocence and forgiveness are true. “Fear appears in many forms, but love is one,” and a whole world is redeemed. The Holy Spirit looks through me TODAY. Lesson 295.