Awakening is a metaphorical reference to the undoing of the dream of separation. To awaken is to remember that we are no longer separated from God or God’s loving extension of Himself in Creation. Awakening is preceded by the Happy Dream, in which our experience joy and peace in the context of separation increases, until separation is merely a faint memory. Although awakening is sometimes equated with enlightenment – especially with Eastern religious overtones – it does not really correlate with those traditions. Awakening from the dream is the end of the dream; one does not both awake and remain in the dream as an awakened dreamer. In this sense, awakening is closer to the ACIM concepts of healing and atonement. It is the process by which we remember what we are in truth and accept that identity.