What is a dream?
"A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily
in the mind during certain stages of sleep."
"A daydream; a reverie.""A state of abstraction; a trance."
And how is that different from being awake?
Our common state is thinking, a state of abstraction (not "what is", presence),
a series of images occurring involuntarily in the mind.
One may argue that their thoughts are voluntary while awake. But if we are
honest, for every voluntary thought there are a dozen or more involuntary ones
that react to it. We are more asleep than we are awake.
The whole world is this way and no one seems to care.
We care about a thousand things, but no one is "occupying" any street or city
and demanding that we wake up from our dreams - the greatest conspiracy of
"Thinking is an impediment to experiencing; and there is no wisdom without
experiencing. Knowledge, idea, belief, stand in the way of wisdom. An occupied mind
is not free, spontaneous, and only in spontaneity can there be discovery. An occupied
mind is self-enclosing; it is unapproachable, not vulnerable, and therein lies its security.
Thought, by its very structure, is self-isolating; it cannot be made vulnerable. Thought
cannot be spontaneous, it can never be free. Thought is the continuation of the past, and
that which continues cannot be free." - J. Krishnamurti
Don't you see, when we use our thought/knowledge/past/images we are dreaming - the
ego, the imaginary construct of thought, the thinker, is dreaming for you. The Matrix
"You are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that
you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind."
"This is what happens with human beings. Our mind is a biological machine like a computer.
There is different information in every human being according to their experience. Each one
has learned differently from parents, society, school and religion. The information that we
put in our computer is what will teach us to dream. It tells us how to interpret what we perceive.
According to that information, we perceive the world and call it reality. This information is the
source of our limitations. We create images about ourselves and about everything else. We then
want to believe in those images. The process of putting the information in the computer is the
Domestication. We were domesticated in the same way that we domesticate dogs, by punishment
and reward... The dream of the planet, held by all of us, is the same. When we rise out of the
dream of the planet, and out of our own dream, we find that what we have thought of as truth is
nothing but information in our computer, and it can be easily changed." - Miguel Ruiz
Not only can you change information in your computer, but you can perceive in an entirely
different way, beyond the mechanical computer system of thought.
You can exchange one dream for another, decorating your prison cell differently - it is still a
prison. "Thought cannot be free."
Or you can leave the prison, get up and walk out of Plato's cave of reflected images and into
"I don't want to dream anymore. I want to wake up."