We Live In A Dream-State
It’s upsetting to think that we live in a dream-state; when we actually observe this, it’s a shock, and could be something that we don’t even want to consider. “I know what’s real!” Really?
This is the theme of the film, “The Matrix”, where everyone has individual responsibility to make the choice between the real world and an artificial world. The terms ‘red pill’ and ‘blue pill’ refer to a choice between the willingness to learn a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth by taking the red pill, or remaining in contented ignorance with the blue pill.
To be frank, this dream-state is a banal-state. It’s lacking in originality, and is obvious and monotonous. We live in a patched-up collection of ideas, projecting these on to everything that we come into contact with; in other words, we live through memories that limit genuine experience. That is the dream-state.
There are two realities. One is seeing directly, without comment. It is fresh, with inspired potential that tells us all we need to know for that moment. We can read between the lines, and know what will be said before the words are spoken.
The other is the imposition of scanned memories onto the moment of confused concepts which seem real, as in a dream.
This isn’t theory; it’s blatantly obvious. People repeat themselves. We think we are ‘in the loop’, not realising that the collective wants us to stay that way, merely repeating the programming. It’s just a soap opera – man wants, man doesn’t get, man runs amuck. 😀 Read the headlines today!
Every time something occurs in our life, we refer to a memory, and then react. Get it? We re-enact past memories, rather than dealing with what is actually taking place under our nose. Reality is whatever is happening right now – not what goes on in our mind about something that we’ve read. This re-enactment keeps the mind dull and docile.
When we believe this dream, we become deluded.
In Buddhism, this is the meaning of the two obscurations:
the ignoring of our reality, and the maintenance of that ignorance.
The shock of realisation can be enlightening.
We overlay our bias on to whatever appears. This is unavoidable, as we lack experience of investigating our own mind. Personal enquiry is more valuable than reading about the mind, which is just theory. It’s the same as reading this blog: each individual has to do the work and take responsibility, facing the consequences for how they see life.
The evidence for this lies in noting how we actually react in our habitual motivation. Someone mentions a name and off we go, before the sentence is even finished! The eyes glaze over, and we’re are away, off with the fairies. 😀 This is the world of sentimentality, rather than the raw experience of pure consciousness.
Before we can criticise others, we need to know a person’s dream-state and, of course, our own. Only then we can engage in an empathetic discussion.