When you’re dreaming, you think the dream is for real, don’t you? When you wake up, you’re surprised to find that your dream didn’t happen. When you’re awake, you know that you also experience a dream reality, but when you’re asleep, you don’t know that you also experience a waking reality. The dream is it, your total reality, while you’re in it.
Does this thought ever make you question your waking reality? It should. How real is waking life if dreaming life, while you’re in it, also seems real?
Might you one day wake up from waking life and discover it too was a kind of dream?
Your experience of waking life is a result of how you see it: both how you choose to see life, and how your personal unconscious mind sees it. We all look at life from our own personal perspectives. We all experience the same world from different angles. We all process and interpret the world we live in according to our beliefs, attitudes, and previous experiences.
So how real is the waking world you experience? Is it a kind of dream? You decide. It’s definitely a kind of illusion, isn’t it? It’s your illusion, and you can change it at any point by changing the way you see it.
Dream interpretation helps you to understand and see through your own illusions. In this way, dream interpretation helps you to change your waking world. The tip here is that the best way to change the world is to start with your dreams. As you get to understand yourself deeply, you start to see how the world can become a better place, and how you can play your part in its transformation. Begin with learning how to interpret your dreams.
[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson]
(The images I’ve chosen for this blog are from the movie Waking Life (2001), directed by Richard Linklater, a must-see if you haven’t already.)
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