Source: T&H – Inspiration & Motivation
Alan Watts suggests that our life is like a dream, where we are parts of a greater reality, experiencing human existence while forgetting our true, limitless nature. See the transcript below.
Note: Watch THIS excellent 3-minute video featuring Bashar for a detailed explanation of how our reality is a dream. HERE is a shorter (1-min) version.
TRANSCRIPT (Alan Watts):
If you awaken from this illusion and you understand that black implies white, self implies other, life implies death or shall I say death implies life, you can feel yourself not as a stranger in the world, not as something here on probation, not as something that has arrived here by fluke, but you can begin to feel your own existence as absolutely fundamental.
I'm not trying to sell you on this idea in the sense of converting you to it. I want you to play with it. I want you to think of its possiblities. I'm not trying to prove it I'm just putting it forward as a possibility of life to think about.
So then, let's suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream. And that you could for example have the power within one night to dream seventy-five years of time. Or any length of time you wanted to have.
And you would naturally, as you began on this adventure of dreams, you would fulfill all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure.
And after several nights of seventy-five years of total pleasure each, you would say:
“Well, that was pretty great! But now let's – let's have a surprise. Let's have a dream which isn't under control – where something is going to happen to me but I don't know what it's going to be.”
And you would dig that and come out of that you'd say “Wow that was a close shave wasn't it?” Then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further and further gambles to what you would dream.
Finally, you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today. That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices that you would have – of playing that you weren't God. Because the whole nature of the God in you according to this idea, is to play that he's not.
So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality, not God in a politically kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self. The deep down basics, whatever there is. And you're all that – only your pretending your not.