How do we wake up and transform our dreams into reality?
This may seem like a dream you’ve had before. It similar to one of those dreams that stay with you even upon waking the next morning.
You suddenly find yourself in a place you swear you’ve been before. It looks like an arena without a stage or a field. Walls of thick concrete and twisted metal are offset by blasts of electric light that seem to be emanating from nowhere in particular.
There are staircases. . . . but they don’t lead anywhere; there are masses of faceless people walking around aimlessly, unable to look at or communicate with you, and yet you know that you are there for a purpose. If only you could figure out what it was.
Why were you in a strange location that seemed so familiar at the time? Could it have been somewhere you have in fact been but don’t remember? The possibilities of our dreams seem endless but we tell ourselves that there must be a universal key that unlocks all of them.
At rest, dreams are a natural function. We might remember them and we might not. A particularly vivid occurrence may prompt questions of our sanity but they quickly fall to the wayside as we slip back into the reality of waking hours. These are not the only type of dreams, however. Some of us are able to transcend the confines of our reality and delve into the mysterious daydream.
What would you give if you could have some control over your dreams? What if you could solve their mysteries by acting through them as you would in everyday life? This may seem impossible, but it isn’t. In dreams, we are still conscious, only it’s a different kind of consciousness. If we think in terms of all states of being as a dream, whose to say that we cannot have a part in the outcome of our fantasies? Our whole lives could be one living, waking dream.
This idea isn’t necessarily new. It might sound like a science fiction novel but the concept of separating our perception of reality to what is actually real is a principle of certain elements of Buddhism, mysticism, and even Wiccan teachings. You may not believe in all that these denominations have to offer, but the idea that we can make our dreams come true is something that appeals to all of us. We wouldn’t have fairy tales such as Cinderella and Pinocchio if we didn’t believe in turning fantasy into reality.
When people say they want to fulfill their dreams, what are they really expressing? They want to achieve their goals, they want happiness and prosperity, and they want to reach these dreams in a distinct manner that sets their unique self apart from the rest. This concept makes “fulfilling our dreams” into a very internal process that can be applied to our daily lives.
The Strange Reality of Dreams
If we set aside the pressures from our external reality we will achieve a sense of freedom with which to pursue our right path. In short, think of your own life as a dream. Don’t worry so much about choosing path number one over path number two. Listen to your instincts and move forward. If this is all just a dream, there truly is nothing to fear. There is nothing to inhibit us from growing and becoming that which we are suppose to be. You can climb the mountain without the terror of falling.
This is not suggesting that you should be reckless. You can’t jump off the Brooklyn Bridge and expect to fly. Your living dream may end very abruptly in that case. The idea is simply to preoccupy your mind with your inner self in order to navigate through life unaffected. It frees you from agonizing over the dreaded “supposed to” so that you may move forward with what you feel is the right direction for you. Fulfill YOUR deepest desires. Once on the right track, you can maintain a sense of control in a world where we possess very little.
Not only are you able to pursue your own path but you are able to cultivate your own little dream world. Here your imagination can do more than coincide with your reality. It can actually become a part of it. You have the choice to be as creative as possible without wondering whether or not others are going to appreciate it. Your creative process functions as something particular to you and you alone.
From the Outside In
Now, you may be thinking that this is a very selfish ideal. At first glance, it might sound that way with all of this talk of “the self”, but the concept is really quite the opposite. There are times in our lives where we find ourselves frozen without knowing which way to turn. We can be confused, overwhelmed, sad, or angry all because we have outside pressures that are keeping us from taking a step forward. What kind of helpful, altruistic person are you then? You can’t even take care of your own mind and body!
Imagine, on the other hand, an individual who has created his or her own space in reality not bound to damaging external stimuli. This person walks to the beat of his or her own drum. He or she is fully self-aware and unafraid. This person has the capacity to assist where needed and to pass along the knowledge of the universe. This person possesses something that is absolutely crucial: a relationship to possibility. They “get it.”
The Occasional Nightmare
Nightmares, unfortunately, are a part of dreaming. They can be downright terrifying. You try to scream and you can’t. The incident doesn’t even make sense but you know there is something utterly wrong. They truly are an awful experience but so are things that happen to us in reality. Moments that we never expected to happen take place and that can be devastating. In nightmares, you know that the pain is temporary and that you will eventually wake up. Can we shift our ideal of what is “good” and what is “bad” and just take it all in as part of this big bubble in which we live?
What if we apply this theory to a living dream? If we know that all the “bad” things that happen are momentary and that we will soon be released from the suffering and panic induced, won’t that soften the blow of a tragedy? We can better handle difficulty when we know there is an end or a chance to start over just as when we wake up in the morning after a dream. Everything we have is just an experience.
In the end, aren’t we, and everything that happens to us, just one big dream? We become memories of the past that sometimes take on our own properties and symbolism for future generations. Let’s use this knowledge to our advantage while we are here and make ourselves and our world a better place .
If you enjoyed reading about the waking state of dreaming, remember this is just one of many ways to “bend” reality, tap into powers beyond your conscious existence. . . . and connect with your infinite self.