One possible theory of how we create our reality is that in fact everything we are experiencing is in fact the equivalent of a dream that we are all partaking in or co-creating. This theory was expounded in the movie What the Bleep and is also the subject of discussion in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements.
In The Four Agreements, Ruiz speaks of the ancient Toltec culture from Mexico. He says that the Toltecs realised that life as we experiece it is just a 'dream' - that dreaming is in fact "the main function of the mind, and the mind dreams twenty-four hours a day. It dreams when the brain is awake, and it also dreams when the brain is asleep. The difference is that when the brain is awake, there is a material frame that makes us perceive things in a linear way. When we got to sleep we do not have the frame, and the dream has the tendency to change.constantly."
So lets consider this concept for a minute:
- One of the key aspects of enlightenment is increased consciousness. And many mystics speak to the fact that on achieving enlightenment, they see things as they really are - and not the 'illusion' which they bought into on earth. If you consider the fact that a 'dream-state' is in fact a state of lesser consciousness - it is not a significant stretch to consider that in fact we are actually always dreaming in our lives here on earth - and that the achievement of englightenment is when we wake up - an 'awakening'.
Objectivity is a theoretical construct only. Everything - absolutely everything we experience can only ever be through our subjective expeirence. Our senses are just that - 'our' senses. ALL the information we take in, we take in through our individual senses and that information is then filtered through our individual brains. We have no way of accessing information except through our subjective experience - as how could anyone possibly know anything other than thorugh their own subjective faculties?
Byron Katie suggest that in fact the more conscious you become, the more you realise that 'everything outside you is a reflection of your own thinking. You are the storyteller, the projector of all stories, and the world is the projected image of your thoughts."
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