Why Don’t We Wake Up?
“I am awake!”
We only think we are awake.
We are as awake as in a dream.
Being awake is being awake to reality,
rather than a seeming reality.
All perception takes place in the brain among the neurons and axons. The brain is our cinema, our big screen, watched by constant consciousness. All phenomena out there has no permanent reality, and our ideas about that phenomena out there also have no permanent reality. It all comes and goes.
We fall in love and get too close; we find fault and attraction turns to repulsion. We get divorced … and then look for more of the same. This is our dream world with all its ups and downs, coming to you today on the big screen! We believe in our dream … but we’re not totally confident in it, and therefore we feel vulnerable.
So, what is ‘waking up’?
Waking up is notabout what governments are doing to their people, or what disguises corporations are employing, or what the media and public relations are manipulating, or how psychologists are playing with our minds.
Waking up is realising the viewer of the big screen. That viewer is pure consciousness. The big watcher, the supreme watcher, the omniscience.
Realising that this is what we are is waking up to reality!
Now all those ideas and thoughts about whatever’s out there are just passing comments at the bottom of the screen. It’s called News Ticker, and this is what fills our lives, our attention, our awareness, our consciousness. We get so involved that we live the dream – and this dream is loaded with suffering.
We wake up by being still in body, speech and mind. Be aware, rest in that awareness, realise that we are that awareness. That is pure consciousness. We have been wake all the time, and we never knew it.
We cannot wake others because they have to want to wake up, as that means that they are aware that they are sleeping … tricky! They need to see ‘something’ that switches on the light at the right time and in the right place. Don’t take it for granted that we have woken up because we’re on a spiritual path. We merely go through the same routines, rituals and teachings until … and then we rest there!
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”