Isn't The Real World Heaven?

This is a very common confusion. A Course In Miracle is quite clear that the Real World is not Heaven. The Real World is still a "world," however it is a world that reflects Reality or Heaven. "The real world still is but a dream. ... It is a dream in which no one is used to substitute for something else nor interposed between the thoughts the mind conceives and what it sees. No one is used for something he is not ... And what was once a dream of judgment now has changed into a dream where all is joy because that is the purpose which it has. Only forgiving dreams can enter here, for time is almost over." (OrEd.Tx.29.67) There are many other passages which would say the same thing.

There is a special topic in part two of the Workbook titled, "What is the Real World?" (Right after Lesson #290) That also contains clear statements that the Real World is not Heaven or Reality. Here are a few selected quotations from there. "The real world is a symbol like the rest of what perception offers. Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made. Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind. The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible and witnesses to fear can not be found. -- The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world, a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains. The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace. Nothing but rest is there. There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing here remains outside forgiveness. And the sights are gentle. Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself. -- The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over and God’s Son no longer sleeps. His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love, the certain promise that he is redeemed." (OrEd.WkBk.SpTp291.1.2.4)

The Real World is sometimes called "The Last Illusion" or the "Final Dream." It's the happy dream that God wakes us up from. We can't wake up from a nightmare.


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