Deconstructing the Dream World
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
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