I figured, what the hell, I’ll post another blog entry. Since I’m not working tonight, it makes sense since I’ll have no time constraints other than my will to go to sleep. This reality is certainly interesting. We can only take so much of it, then we have to sleep. We finally get to take a break, but sometimes we even have to work during our sleep, like when we are dreaming. Mitch Hedberg had a great line when he was still alive about dreams and sleep, “I go to sleep so I can rest, but then suddenly I have to build a go-cart with my ex-landlord.” Or take the quote from Steven Wright, “I have to be in bed by 1 AM, because my dreams start then whether I’m asleep or not.” Of course, these are paraphrased, but they relate to what I am going to talk about today (or tonight for those of you keeping score). I want to talk about how dreams and reality have a close relationship and how it could be entirely possible that we are living in a dream world of our own imagination.
Since this idea cannot be proven wrong objectively or subjectively, you have to assume it could be true. How would you know otherwise? If you knew your entire reality is nothing but a dream that “something” is having, with you being the first-person view, what would that mean for you? Would you live this “dream” any differently than you life your current life? Would certain pressing issues cease to matter at this point? Would fear even be a problem? Would you change your outlook on life to one of wonder and curiosity? Or would it be the same old thing?
It’s interesting that when we are dreaming, it is very real to us. We feel emotions that correspond with the dream events. No matter how ludicrous the situation, it is plausible in the dream, as long as we don’t realize that we are dreaming. Once we realize we are dreaming, one of two things happen. We either wake up or become lucid within the dream. I have had a couple of lucid dreams, maybe 5 total in my lifetime. I could fly, and do crazy unimaginable things just because I knew it was a dream. The excitement of that caused me to wake up. Back to reality. Or was it? I have had a dream within a dream before and woken up out of the second dream and was still sleeping, but awake in the first dream. Waking up within the dream felt really real to me, so for me it is entirely possible that this reality is nothing more than a really, really long dream. Whether or not I know this to be true is not confirmed, but it is certainly in the realm of possibility. And it is certainly something worth trying, at least for awhile, to see if it empowers or disempowers me.
The very truth is that we do not know for sure what the nature of our existence is, so we get to fill in the gaps with different beliefs and thoughts. Keeping an open mind and adopting a belief like this is yet another experiment that could yield much better results than you are getting now. It’s not like I’m going to go buy 50 puppies and just let them live in my house, or even build a go-cart with my ex-landlord, but being in this dream mental state, it makes reality that much more interesting and creates more and more curiosity. I believe it was the Buddha who came up with the idea that life could be a dream and that it was a powerful way to transcend fear. If everything is a dream anyway, what’s the harm in trying something new and failing at it? There is truly nothing to fear, not even fear itself, once you’ve transcended it. So if that is the only thing holding you back, it may be wise to try this way of living for awhile. Just out of curiosity, if nothing else. It will certainly make your normal days that much more interesting. Imagine trying to interpret your life as you would a dream. Talk about mind-bending…
I’m just trying to get to the core of who we all are and whether or not we can decode this reality to its very nature. There are so many stories you can tell about reality and why we are here, but it makes more sense, at least to me, to come up with an answer that fits me and my understanding, while at the same time remaining open to any thoughts and ideas that may enhance what I already believe to be true. Lao Tzu once said, “I had a dream I was a butterfly and now I do not know if I am a human who dreamed I was a butterfly or if I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a human.” Food for thought. Because we don’t really know for sure what is real. Sure, things feel real and look real, but even that can be manipulated by stimulating the brain in certain ways. We are the imagination of ourselves. That’s what Einstein proved. “Matter is reduced to nothing but a slow moving vibration. There is no such thing as death. We are the imagination of ourselves.” Bill Hicks does a great joke on that.
I’m just trying to open doors and not close any windows. For example, recently the numbers 9:11 have appeared in my reality almost every day. Some call 11 a wink from the universe. Others call it a nod. Some people deny what they are seeing and pass it off as coincidence. But when these things keep showing up, what are you to do? Cling to your objective framework and deny that there may be something more? Or ask questions why these things are happening? Perhaps there is a deeper meaning to all of this. Perhaps this is a dream, but that doesn’t make it meaningless. Perhaps this reality is manufactured. We don’t know. But that doesn’t change what we experience. To us, it’s real. We cannot deny what is right in front of us. Our experiences are what make us who we are. Also, how we perceive our experiences, which is what I am working on now. I encourage you all to do the same. Whether you want to experiment with a dream-based belief or some other belief about reality, try it out, see how it fits. It may just be your size.
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