Last night, after dinner, a friend and I went back to the house, lit the fire and the candles, and we"talked". I put on the always haunting Nick Drake. I am always amazed at the way the same reality can be interpreted in such different ways. The mystic in me knows that reality is subjective...that the Observer is the Observed. But the engineer in me has a real problem letting go of the notion that there is an objective reality out there that can be described rather accurately and that once described, can be manipulated and managed in some rational and productive way.
This morning, I pulled out a book by Don Miguel Ruiz, who is a pop shaman writer, probably mostly famous for the Four Agreements.
I began reading in the seventh chapter of the Mastery of Love, intitled the Dream Master.
Every relationship in your life can be healed, every realionship can be wonderful, but it always is going to begin with you. You need to have the courage to use the truth, to talk to yourself with the truth, to be completely honest with yourself. Perhaps you don't have to be honest with the whole world, but you can be honest with yourself. Perhaps you cannot control what is going on around you, but you can control your own reactions. Those reactions are going to guide the dream of your life, your personal dream. Its your reactions that make you so unhappy or make you so happy.
You are responsible for the conseqences of what ever you do, think, say, and feel. You can control your personal dream by making choices. You have to see if you like the consequences of your choices or not. If it's a consequence that you enjoy, the keep doing what you are doing.
But if you don't like what is happening in your life, if you aren't enjoying your dream, then try to find out what is causing the consequences you don't like.
This is the way to transform your dream.
The way we learn to dream is a set up.
With all the beliefs we have that nothing is possible, it's hard to escape the Dream of Fear. In order to awake from the Dream, you need to master the Dream.
That is why the Toltec created the Mastery of Transformation, to break free of the old Dream and to create a new dream where everything is possible, including escaping from the Dream.
In the Mastery of Transformation, the Toltec divide people into Dreamers and Stalkers. The Dreamers know that the dream is an illusion, and they play in that world of illusion, knowing it's an illusion.
The Stalkers are like a tiger, or a jaguar, stalking every action and reaction.
You have to stalk your reactions; you have to work yourself every moment. It takes a lot of time and courage, because its easier to take things personally and react the way you always react. These reactions may only generate more emotional poison and increase the drama.
If you control your reactions, you will find that soon you are going to see, meaning to perceive things as they really are. The mind normally perceives things as they really are, but because of all the programming, all the beliefs we have, we make interpretations of what we perceive, of what we hear, and mainly of what we see.
There is a big difference between seeing the way people see the Dream,
and seeing without judgement,
as it is.
"There is no worse blind man, than the one who doesn't want to see."
Religions say that when humans were created,
that God gave us "free will".
This is true, but the Dream took it away from us and kept it.
because the Dream controls the will of most humans.
We can awake from the Dream.
And create our own dream.