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Deconstructing the Dream World Workshop

Deconstructing the Dream World

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

-Albert Einstein

When you dream at night, the dream feels real until you wake up from it and realize, "Oh, it was just a dream... wow, it seemed so real!" Well, what if the so called "waking experience" was in fact also a dream!? Have you ever considered this? We frequently use expressions that indicate at some level we sense this, especially when "reality" suddenly takes an unexpected or tragic turn and we say things like, "It felt like a bad dream." Or, if we have been depressed we may have had the thought, "I want to escape from this nightmare!"

Join us Saturday, January 26, from 1-4pm at Westwood Park in West Los Angeles (by the children’s play area), for the “Deconstructing the Dream World” Workshop. In it, we will break down how the illusion works, and what makes the dream (maya in Sanskrit) appear so convincing.

For example, have you ever noticed that you never see any object in its totality? Look at anything… you never see ALL of it. Why? Because, like a movie set, you only need to see that which is “on camera” and your mind fills in (assumes) the rest! As I saw, and you will too, it is all smoke and mirrors. Mind has taught itself how to reflect light back to itself and attach meaning to those shapes/colors and sounds. Until we see how the illusion works, it will continue to “get us,” and we will continue to suffer.

This is just one example of the material we will cover. On a personal note, I can tell you that deconstructing the “physical universe” was critical to awakening. -Michael

“The greatest dream that we can have is to forget that we are dreaming. Lost in our mind’s imagined world of judgments, beliefs, and opinions, we are literally caught in a waking dream.” -Adyashanti

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  • Robbie

    This was a thought provoking, heart and mind opening meeting. Michael is an excellent facilitator of constructing who we want to be this world.

    January 27, 2013

  • Susan E.

    Thank you Lovely day

    January 27, 2013

  • Tom B

    To me the real value of the workshop emerged when I woke up this morning from a "real" dream in which nothing “made sense” and yet everything sort of fit together and I realized upon awakening that from within the dream it all seemed “real” and that then, the reality into which I awoke was just as fragile; having awoken from one thing that seemed real and wasn’t I was now just in another seemingly real dream. I also really appreciate the chance to explore these deep questions with like minded spirits in a beautiful setting.

    January 27, 2013

  • Carol R.

    This was a wonderful opportunity to experience Presence in the out-of-doors. Discussing Non-Duality—in this boundary-less park with continual sound and visual stimulation—allowed me several tiny shifts in perception. I'm definitely looking forward to the next workshop!

    January 27, 2013

  • michael j.

    Thank you to all who attended and participated!!

    January 26, 2013

  • Dave S.

    Life is full of questions - but to spend three hours with an enlightened and enlightening leader working on the "BIG" questions of "who are we" and "what is life" was a wonderful experience. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to ponder those questions.

    January 26, 2013

  • Joanna

    You must check this out — it was a paradigm shifting afternoon with like-minded people who are awakening to a different view of reality.

    January 26, 2013

  • Joanna

    The forecast is for sun and some continued showers on Saturday after 2 days of rain. Will the meeting place stay the same if it is raining?

    January 23, 2013

    • michael j.

      Hi Joanna, Yes, we are meeting at the "Aidan's Playground" sign under the trees at Westwood Park on Sat. at 1pm, rain or shine. Bring a warm jacket and umbrella just in case (and we can also go inside the recreation center if need be). Either way it's going to be a fun and enlightening afternoon!

      January 23, 2013

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