Are you Awake?

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I’m sure we’ve all experienced the peculiar situation in which we know for a fact the things around us are ‘just as they seem’, yet we didn’t ever look back at how they got that way.

In particular, I’m referring to this strange, inherent ‘dream-knowledge’ we have while dreaming; for instance, you may have been visiting a friend, yet they didn’t at all look like your friend, but for some reason, in the dream, you knew who they were, and you didn’t question it. Had you maybe questioned things, you would have probably been provided some degree of insight, or even fallen into a state of lucidity(awareness).

Instead, you take it at face value, because it just seems to be the most convenient conclusion at the time. I think you would find this kind of ‘unquestioned assumption’ almost always carries over into our everyday lives, and can affect us deeply there too. We assume someone meant a particular thing when they only said a few words, or didn’t say a few words, or made a certain gesture. We assume things that can then derail our entire day, or even throw off the friendship or potential relationship with that person, yet if you try to trace back exactly the source of how you ‘know this to be true’ you really never come to a concrete occurrence which would have lead you to believe it.

What I’m getting as is that you should regularly be questioning your assumptions about your life, and see if they have a basis in reality, or atleast a basis in the reality you desire to be living from. If you find yourself in a situation where you aren’t sure how things got the way they are, you are most likely living in an illusion, and taking it as face value. If you’re sure that guy at the gas station just doesn’t like you, but you can’t trace it back to an incidence, it’s an illusion, a deception of our ego.

Maybe you’re certain that it’s impossible to find a job you enjoy, or that all men want is sex and all women want is money, and you’ll never find true love. Well, have you worked every job imaginable, or met every potential paramour out there? Certainly you have not, and are making assumptions based on a very small slice of experience you may or may not have even had.

Next time you feel a limiting belief about yourself, or about the universe, check to make sure you aren’t just dreaming. Check to make sure you aren’t looking at an illusion and mistaking it for real life.

If you follow this train of deduction back and it has no source, then cast it away like last night’s bad dream.

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About OneBreathMeditation

I have been meditating for 8 years, and while I don't consider myself an expert, I know I'm knowledgeable about the subject, and can possibly provide help to others who want to experience the enriching benefits of meditation.
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3 Responses to Are you Awake?

  1. tbmlister says:

    How do we know that we exist at all? Descartes thought it was because we think. But he could never be certain that they way we see things is the way they are.
    If the only thing I can be certain of is my thoughts, I’m going to do my damned best to make sure they’re enjoyable ones.

    I probably am dreaming.

  2. Had a good time reading your blog ! yes you are right one should always questain the existance, as my guru rightly say you are the book read yourself !

  3. Interesting post. There is a difference between thoughts and thinking. Thoughts come. Thinking is a choice. If we start dis-identifying with our minds, slowly the magic starts to creep back in, into life and everything else we take for granted. Then limiting beliefs and all other thoughts are just ‘thoughts’, and not to be taken seriously anymore.

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