– quoting Jed McKenna –
Just imagine, if you woke up inside a dream, how would you see other people in the dream? How seriously would you take things? Members of movie audiences don’t leap out of their seats to save characters in the film. Of what real importance is any given situation in a dream?
When one becomes lucid in a night-dream one has no real desire for attractive objects since one knows them to be but projections of one’s own consciousness, and one has no real aversions to unpleasant seeming elements in the dream for the same reason, that they are but projections of one’s consciousness.
If you became fully lucid in your dreams, would you want to spend your time telling dream characters that their reality isn’t real? There is no need to rescue each other from sleeping and dreaming. I don’t think of people as victims or patients or in any way defective, just asleep.
Imagine you’re in the audience watching a play, and you slowly come to realize that the actors don’t know they’re actors. They think that they’re normal people going about their normal lives, unaware that they’re on a stage, performing.
So most people you see are, in a way, sort of not really present, sleepwalking through their roles, absent from their own lives. They are fully in character and don’t know any other way. I don’t see it as my role to save or rescue anybody any more that regular people feel the need to rescue each other from sleeping and dreaming.
Any time you look at a group of people, any group, really, you can place the individuals on a spectrum of ego attachment, a kind of “false-self identification spectrum range”. At one end of the spectrum are those who identify completely with their false self, and on the other are those who wear their ego impersonally, like a garment. Follow? In the world and of the world at one end, in the world but not of the world at the other.
The more you realize the dreamstate nature of reality, you start to develop a sense of detached observer quality. That means constantly perceiving life as a movie, as a day-dream, as a stage drama, as a dreamstate. A sense of detachment from the character and the dream. You can see how people are truly identified with their character. You may watch them and your own character with amused detachment.
The really strange thing about being awake isn’t being awake; it’s the people that aren’t. The more you detached from the dream, the more you see people like sleepwalkers. They’re walking and talking in their dreamstates; some of them declaring their deep commitment to waking up while doing everything possible not to. They might say they want to wake up, but it quickly becomes apparent that they have some dreamworld notion of what awake means that might involve anything so long as it doesn’t disturb their slumber.
I may be doing this or that -fulfilling my role- but I’m almost always out in the seats somewhere, watching it all, as unprepared for the next thing I do as anyone else. Being a detached observer is nearer my reality and I find it belief-defying that everyone isn’t the same- they’re up in their characters playing out all this life stuff like it’s for real. I am also playing a character role but all importance is illusory.
You’re playing your role on the stage, but you don’t confuse your role with the detached observer or the stage with reality. It means you know that you’re playing a character in a staged production. To switch analogies, it’s like lucid dreaming. You achieve normal waking conscious within the dream so that you’re in the dream but not of the dream.