The aim of this text is to give the reader an insight into what sleep and dreams are in relation to consciousness and the true nature of reality. The insights are based on profound personal enlightenment experiences obtained by having no desires, something often referred to as complete ego death. The experiences took place at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.
During these experiences the boundaries between the states of dream and awakeness no longer appear clearly defined. At a point they actually dissolve completely.
To describe the experiences it is necessary to speak in metaphors and allegories.
It is a rebirth in the sense that by removing the ego’s will completely, one ‘touches’ base with the primordial will that generates existence itself. At that point, ones being starts ‘skimming’ the surface of reality, as a ball which was previously been submerged underwater due to its density. Almost empty of content, it bobs along on the surface. Above is the eternal origin, which is emptiness and a direct connection to the infinite. Instead of being carried along under the surface, following a certain stream, one becomes ready to be filled with any purpose and go towards any direction from the basis of the current moment. The now can be seen as a point in a multidimensional object extending infinitely in infinite directions. This is always the case, but awareness and consciousness of an ordinary human is rarely focused on the present enough to experience it in daily life. During enlightenment experiences however, one becomes directly aware of it. In fact, this might be the reason why enlightenment is described as awakening and life as ‘the waking dream’. But instead of experiencing reality as something happening TO oneself, one experiences the whole generating CAUSE of reality as being oneself.
Now, onto insights on the reason for and origin of dreams. We will first describe the state of dreams when living life mostly unconsciously and then compare to a fully conscious or enlightened life.
A being in lower states of consciousness, resists a perceived ‘other’ during its waking hours. This other is everything it assumes to not be itself, which includes all accumulated memories.This resistance manifests as a ‘pressure’ building up in the mind and body, a bubble of unawareness. When falling asleep, the dream world is generated from the contents of the bubble. The imagined ability to control experience is now completely removed.
The more a being perceives that it is unable to control its surroundings in a positive way, the more troublesome dreams it will have. Especially if it fears anything in its immediate external circumstances. Any unresolved fears or issues of the past is carried along into the dream.
A being in a harmonious environment will dream of positive possibilities. However, it might not understand that anything in a dream is possible to experience while awake as well.
The enlightened being has transcended the boundary between self and other and does not accumulate any unwanted experiences to resolve during its waking state. Instead it effortlessly flows along without any need to control or resist. When it sleeps it does not dream at all. Future possibilities will be left to the waking state, since there is no resistance to their actualization. Fully aware and part of the creation and manifestation of all experiences and with nothing to wear the mind or body down, even the sleeping state must be consciously chosen and only a conscious intent by the being results in a dream.
What is commonly perceived as reality, or the waking state, can be seen as a longer dream. The only difference is that its longer time span makes aspects of it seem fixed or constant. Examples of such are physical laws, and a personal histories. These are, however, illusions.