Dreaming Ourselves Awake
Many years ago I read a curious book by Hugh Prather, a man who unbeknownst to him, was one of my greatest spiritual mentors. He called this collection of experiments, A Book of Games: A Course in Spiritual Play.
There was one game I’ve never forgotten. It’s an especially juicy game for spiritual entrepreneurs to play. In it he suggests that when we wake in the morning, we don’t think of it as really waking, but only “passing from one dream into another.” Since we’re the dreamer, our whole day is our dream.
At the end of your chosen day, review it in detail. As you reflect, remember that you were everyone you saw because “the entire dream was yours alone.”
- What did you think of yourself? Were you kind in your thoughts?
- How did you interact with yourself? Were you present?
- What did you say to yourself? Were the words ones you enjoyed hearing?
If you experiment with this idea, be easy with it – it’s a game. Don’t let it devolve into an opportunity for self-judgement. Play. Observe. Wonder.
Until next time …
What a fanciful thing to have said:
That the universe fits in your head -
Every aspect of Tao
As it’s happening now,
But you think that you’re tiny instead.
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