Awakening Within The Dream


“Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream. I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been. To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen. They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed.” ~Led Zeppelin, Kashmir

Down through the ages numerous mystics and spiritual traditions have described our lives as being like dream characters within the mind of God, divine dancers expressing the spirit of creation. In the film “The Matrix” this idea is presented as a science fiction story, in the 1960’s the vision was shared through the lyrics of rock music.

In the Upanishads it’s presented as myth, truth and poetry. All are manifestations of the One Awareness, One Heart, One Truth living within all beings. In the Diamond Sutra the Buddha speaks of how our task is to awaken to this understanding, to help others, while also realizing that in reality there are no others.

As Andrew Harvey describes it:

“All major mystical traditions have recognized that there is a paradox at the heart of the journey of return to Origin. Put simply, this is that we are already what we seek, and that what we are looking for on the Path with such an intensity of striving and passion and discipline is already within and around us at all moments. The journey and all its different ordeals are all emanations of the One Spirit that is manifesting everything in all dimensions; every rung of the ladder we climb toward final awareness is made of the divine stuff of awareness itself; Divine Consciousness is at once creating and manifesting all things and acting in and as all things in various states of self-disguise throughout all the different levels and dimensions of the universe.”

If true, then all that happens to each of us is like a single story arc within a larger cosmic narrative. Waking up within the dream brings a feeling of relief, a dropping away of anger, worry and fear. Our illusion is thinking that we are these characters and roles we play, rather then recognizing we are each inhabited by the dreamer.

There is nowhere for us to go, we are already home. Nothing to fear, we all safe. No one to hate, we are all in reality sacred emanations of one Divine Consciousness.

The Dream of Life – Alan Watts



About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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