I hope the premise behind this blog post blows your mind as much as it did mine the first time I read about it.
My spiritual guru, Wayne Dyer, strikes again.
I was recently reading his fabulous book called, You’ll See It When You Believe It, and my head almost exploded when he presented the concept below.
Under the subheading of “Oneness and The Dream,” Dr. Dyer outlined a very common experience that most of us encounter every single day of our lives — waking up from a dream.
In this case, let’s assume the dream is a bad dream where you’re being chased by someone who is trying to kill you. You’re familiar with the drill: you can sense the person chasing you, you can see the person chasing you – maybe you know them, maybe you don’t, but you’re scrambling to get away from them as if your life depends on it.
Because it does.
During your dream, this scene is incredibly real. So real, in fact, that when you wake up from the dream, your heart is racing, your palms are sweating, your blood pressure has increased, and you’re fully freaked out.
Here’s Dyer’s first fascinating fact about this waking up from a dream:
While your fear is real, what’s causing the fear is actually an illusion.
Holy crap, that’s true.
As you’re running frantically through the woods in your frightful dream, your body produces a real reaction to something that is anything but real. The person chasing you is not real. They are an illusion that you created in your mind.
Funny how that works. Here’s how it works:
- You fall asleep at night, and you enter an alternative reality.
- In this alternative reality, you get bothered and flustered about things that do not exist.
- When you wake up in the morning, you feel silly for reacting so strongly to the illusions in your mind.
- You shake it off and get back to really living.
Here’s Dyer’s second fascinating fact about waking up from a dream:
The same sequence above will happen when you die.
Here’s his premise. One day when we leave this world (regardless of your religious beliefs on this topic), we will enter a new world. Our physical bodies will die, but our consciousness will live on in a different, more metaphysical world. And when we wake up in this new, magical world, we will look back on our physical time on earth and see the folly of having held so tightly to the illusions we created in our minds.
Then, we’ll shake it off and get on with the next level of living.