Chapter 1: The Dream
An excerpt from You Have Chosen to Remember: A Journey of Self-Awareness, Peace of Mind and Joy by James Blanchard Cisneros.
Imagine yourself in God’s arms. You have fallen asleep, and you begin to dream. Some dreams take you outside your home, others to different countries, and still others to different worlds. Yet, if you were to awaken, you would still find yourself in God’s arms. Regardless of the dreams you created, regardless of what you chose to believe and experience in those dreams, regardless of how scared you were, or the words you chose to use, God watched over you with everlasting love, patience and peace.
Imagine yourself smiling as you watch your children sleep. So too does God watch over you with absolute love. Regardless of what you choose to see as true, regardless of how you view Him or dream of Him, He waits patiently for you to awaken. You might scream or kick Him, but He understands that you dream, and that you are simply reacting to a dream. He embraces you with perfect love and acceptance. He strokes your head, and although you sleep, you feel His love. And deep within, although you sleep, you are grateful for His love. My friend, you will awaken. And when you do, you will awaken to a place you have never left.
Some of you have a difficult time believing that God loves you unconditionally. You may look at your life, having experienced pain, guilt, anger, suffering, envy, lust and jealousy, and ask, “How could God really love me if I am all these things and more? How could God lovingly hold me in his arms while I experience such emotions?” Remember, God is looking at you while you sleep. He also knows what you are like when you are awake. (Yes, we are still talking about God, not Santa Claus.) He created you in His image. If you choose to believe God knows you not, then allow as true that God knows Himself. If He knows Himself, then he knows His image, and if He knows His image, then He at least knows the truth about you.
God knows who you have always been, even if you don’t know who you are now. My friend, we dream, and in our dreams we make ourselves into characters who can experience emotions such as pain, guilt, anger, suffering, envy, lust and jealousy. Yet, dreams and illusions are, by their very nature, temporary. In fact, our dreams are but a blink of eternity’s eyes.
If you have not yet given birth to a son or a daughter, imagine creating such a being. Imagine the absolute love you would have for him or her. Now, imagine yourself suddenly judging or even hating this perfect creature because he or she chooses to blink. This is what many believe God could and is doing to us. Can you now begin to conceptualize the scale and magnitude of our illusions? God’s love for us is changeless and eternal, and this life is a momentary blink in eternity’s eyes. Would you judge or hate your child for blinking? Would God?
My friend, if God does not judge His creations, why would we ever want to judge them? God loves His creations, and if we do anything but love His creations, we will have a feeling of separation. The opposite of love is fear, and fear is manifested through judgment. Judgment is the basis for separation, which is the ego’s goal. When we judge a brother or sister, be it in thought or action, we create a sense of separation, which then results in feelings of guilt. Inwardly, we feel guilty because we judge what God loves and sees as perfect. If we judge God’s child, then, by definition, we have judged ourselves. If we judge ourselves without knowing that we are doing so, then we create confusion. Once we experience enough confusion we create a chaotic state.
A life lived in chaos and confusion will not bring about peace of mind and joy. Our tolerance for chaos and confusion may be high, but it is not without limit. There comes a time for all of us when we say to ourselves, “There must be a better way, a better, more productive answer than chaos and confusion.” And as we begin to question ourselves, we start to awaken and remember our true selves. We realize and remember that just as confusion and chaos are the result of meeting our brothers and sisters with judgment, so too are peace of mind and joy the result of meeting our brothers and sisters with acceptance and love.
My friend, allow your brothers and sisters to experience the illusions they perceive as real. Often it is only when our brothers and sisters physically, emotionally and spiritually experience the emptiness of their actions and reactions that they realize their futility. Please understand that I’m not saying that you should not make an effort to guide your brothers and sisters in a positive direction. But be very aware of the subtle differences between guidance and control. These differences are more often than not very muddled in the ego’s thought system. If asked, we may offer our brothers and sisters guidance, but we need to refrain from attachment to its outcome. Be not attached to your brothers and sisters following your direction. Look within your heart, offer support and love, and trust that His will will be done. If your brothers and sisters insist on falling, let them fall, for sooner or later they will land on their knees, and when they do they will not experience pain but relief. One of the greatest gifts you can offer your brothers and sisters is the loving space they need to fall, land on their knees and experience their perfection.
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Thank you James for your time and efforts in sharing such a true and touching message. It resonates in my heart that’s how I know is true.
Thank you Pamela for being open to the message and for being a member of our community. We are all One, there is nothing true within one, that is not within all. All glory to God. Peace. JBC
I feel like a child starting a journey of wonder, I need to be in Jesus’ arms.
I had forgotten everything, again. Thankyou for the book. Now I am beginning to remimber. I can feel my ego trembling. It is about time it does instead of me.
I love it all .! I felt it !
Downstream pleasure . I love and appreciate you with unconditional love.! Beautiful inside and out!🙏❤🙏❤🙏❤
Thank you Virginia for being a member of our community.
Thanks to my brother for bringing me to this site under his wings.
These words are enlightening! With everything that is going on, it is good to remember that God is always here for us! His everlasting love is always around us!
I can’t wait for the book to arrive so I can read all the chapters and remember!
I read the first chapter, it is absolutely beautiful and breath taking. I agree that we are all one, and pray for all my brothers and sisters as a whole. I just published a book of inspirational prayers and poems also hoping to inspire others, not for money or self gratification but for the love of the universe and being one big family, all children of God.
Very dood advice. God holds me in HIS arms a very good thought to cling to every day. Thank you.
Beautiful! The words of this first chapter resounded in my heart. I choose to remember! “I believe, Lord help my unbelief”… Remember to remember. Will continue to log in for more inspiration.
THIS IS A VERY INSPIRATIONAL STORY THAT HAS KEPT ME GOING!!
Its so easy to become disconnected or self absorbed, I am thankful to be reminded that I am never alone and know that love is eternally acessible.
I had a dream and it had scared me so and woke up in the middle of it and I had that same dream twice that evening and i was so scared so much
God’s unconditional love is the ultimate gift. Just think about the fact that he loves us for what we are not what we do and in his mercy he loves us regardless of our present circumstance whether sick, sinful, rejected, out of control and he promised to make our lives meaningful. Praised be the name of the Lord!
God is God: The Alpha and the omega what a gift salvation: what else is their.
I want so desperately to achieve peace in my heart that no one can take away. At work the atmosphere is materialistic and it’s harder to achieve the peace that I desire there. I am working toward obtaining that peace and find Yoga and meditation very helpful. I believe in God and am grateful in my heart. I repeat over and over to Him that I trust him, I love him and I need him. Then I concentrate on the things that I am grateful for. I made a conscience choice to just go ahead and ask Jesus to be real to me. It took a few months of searching, but one day, I was touched in a way that I have a hard time explaining or understanding. From the top of my head to the bottom of my toes a feeling rushed through my body when I said, “You want my will? Take it, if you’re real and you are who you say you are. I want you to have my entire life and everything and everyone who is a part of it.” I meant it. That’s when He touched me or whatever you want to call it. The peace I felt was so real, there was no denying that something beyond myself had happened. Everything seemed different, sounds, colors, my feelings toward people. I know that everyone’s experience is different when God becomes real to them. I take it very personally about what happened in my case and don’t expect it to be the same way for everyone.
The one thing that I find really hard to live with in my faith is that Christianity teaches that only those people who believe Jesus is the son of God will enter the gates of heaven. If that’s indeed the truth, I believe that Jesus reveals himself to every single dying person in such a real way that they have to know he’s real. The choice is left up to the person whether they want to accept him or not.
I SENCE THE SPIRIT AND PERFECTION OF YOUR WRITE UP, I TRUELY BELIEVE IN LOVE AND JUDGE NOT IDEAS, OUR BODY IS MADE OF THE TEMPLE OF GOD SO WE DO NOT NEED TO BE JUDGE ON BY GOD HIMSELF. BLESS YOU.
Remembering God’s unconditional love is very comforting and motivating. Thank you for helping me remember.