“I was awakened from dreaming by the sounds of knocking on the door. However, I perceived that the sound was not real, but only part of the dream. Still, I got up out of bed and went to check to see if anyone was at the door. I opened the door and looked out. No one was there.”
But what is called me is also just a dream. What is called sin is a dream, as well as suffering and redemption. All of these are dreams because words are only dreams. This sharing is to introduce a possibility of freedom and peace.
In dreams, there are perceptions of sequences of events. There is the perception of a dreamer who experiences the sequences of events, which may includes perceptions of other personalities and characters in the sequence of events. All of that is just dreaming.
The perception of a sequence of events allows for the perception of a past for the perceived dreamer. However, the past of the perceived dreamer is just a dream and the perceived dreamer is also just a dream.
However, when dreaming ends, all of the perceptions from the dreaming may be recognized instantly to be fictions or illusions from the dreaming. Those perceived fictions may seem totally real or believable during the dreaming, but when the dreaming ends, there is nothing to be done to fix them or to argue with anyone about whether they are real or not real or to convince anyone of anything about them.
The perceptions stop and attention to them fades. In fact, the memory of the sequence of events in the dream may also dissolve quite suddenly.
Yet the perception of a dreamer may continue after the sleeping ends. The perception of a dreamer is the same as the perception of an isolated identity while awake.
Is this clear? When awake, a subjective perceiver can be noticed in contrast to the perceptions of things happening to this subjective perceiver. When dreaming, a subjective perceiver- who may answer to the same name as when awake- can be noticed in contrast to the perceptions of things happening in the dream to the perception of a subjective perceiver.
But is the perception of a subjective perceiver real or a similar perception to all of the other perceptions of dreaming? Can there be attention and curiosity as to the possibility that the perception of a subjective perceiver is also temporary?
Look at the body of someone sleeping. It could be a family member sleeping or a cat or dog sleeping or a video of your own body sleeping. While sleeping, is the perception of a subjective perceiver constant? Aren’t there times when sleeping but not dreaming that no subjective perceiver is functioning? Isn’t the subjective perceiver just one of the occasional functions of life? Sometimes there is a perception of a dreamer dreaming while asleep. Sometimes there is a perception of a subjective perceiver who is awake. Sometimes, however, the body may continue to operate without the presence of a perception of a subjective perceiver.
What is left then? A body may still be sleeping with breathing and other functions of life operating. However, the function of a perception of a subjective dreamer or perceiver may occasionally arise and occasionally cease. Someone is awake, the same someone is dreaming, and then the someone disappears even though the body is still operating during dreamless sleep.
Could it be that life can be present even without the perception of a subjective perceiver? Indeed, the personal-identifying of a me is clearly a function of language. Someone can identify themselves with their body or with their family or with their name or with their place of birth. These are just categories in language: earthling, human, male, female, awake, asleep, dreaming, dreamer, perceiver, sin, sinner, redemption, heaven, hell, earth, solar system, galaxy, universe, organ, cell, molecule, element, particle, quark, quantum consciousness and so on. All those words are just myths. None of them are wordier or mythier than any of the others, no matter how much arguing may go on about them.
Really, the language of “a perceiver” is totally optional. There is just a perceiving. There is the perceiving of dreaming. There is the perceiving of someone dreaming and then the same someone waking up. There is the perceiving of someone identifying as a particular someone in a particular way: with a particular name or a particular place or a particular category in language.
The direct perceiving of identifying is distinct from the dream of being a perceiver. In the dream, there is a perceiver to whom the dream happens. That dreamer or perceiver may continue to operate or function after the body wakes. Further, consciousness may recognize that the perceiving of a subjective dreamer or of a someone to whom life seems to happen is actually just another instance of perceiving and then labeling linguistically.
Identifying can happen as a personal process: I. Identifying can also happen as a sub-personal process: this organ or that bruise or those cells or these molecules and atomic particles and sub-atomic somethings.
Every “something” is just one possible identifying in language. Every “someone” or “we” is just one possible identifying in language. “We” could be “all the people on this planet” or “all the living things on this planet.” “We” is a category in language.
When present to the reality that “we” and “I” and all other linguistic forms are in fact simply a few of the many possible linguistic forms, the perception of a subjective perceiver may dissolve into the direct perceiving of the process of identifying. Consciousness may awaken from the dream of the fundamental reality of a subjective dreamer. The dreamer is part of the functioning of dreaming. The dreamer is one possible categorizing in language.
The dreamer is a perception. The dreamer is a dream. The dreamer is a linguistic labeling, an identifying, a process.
The dreaming may produce the bold statement “but I am real. That was not just a dream. That was my dream!”
However, who made the dream? Who created the dream? Who planned it?
Likewise, who made the dreamer? Who created the dreamer? Who planned the dreamer?
In the dreaming, various alleged dreamers may argue over words. Bodies may even die over such arguings and warrings over words.
In the dreaming, someone may knock on a door that is not really there and then say “wake up, consciousness. Stop dreaming of being only a dreamer. The dreamer was just a dream. The dreamer cannot escape from being a dreamer. The dreamer cannot awake from being a dreamer. There is no tool or method for the dreamer to end the dreaming. There is nothing wrong with the dreaming. Dreaming is not evil. Dreaming is not sinful. Dreaming innocently happens by itself. Dreaming may be called a wrong perception, but only wrong as in inaccurate or partial or cloudy, rather than wrong as in personal guilt and deserving punishment.”
The dreamer is just an identifying of the dreaming as made of two things: a dream and a dreamer. However, perhaps the dreamer is a function of the dreaming.
The ego or personality is just an identifying of the process of living as made of two things: a life and someone living it. However, perhaps the perceived someone is just a function of the living. Perhaps the identifying of a personality is just a branch on the vine of God or the tree of life.
In one dream, the personality is a child. In another dream, the personality is a pilot who can fly around without a plane. In the next dream, the personality identifies with one name, but then gets married and identifies with a different name. In the next dreaming, the identifying of personality may associate with a particular place, like my new street or my new address or my new citizenship or my new school.
In the next perceiving, the perceiving may identify with “my body” and then with “my children” and then with “my neighborhood” and “my country.” The identifying may perceive “these children are my children and those children are not” or “this is my country and that is not” and so on.
Consciousness itself may be doing these identifyings and perceivings and dreamings and labelings. Consciousness may notice peace now for consciousness can recognize that consciousness itself, rather than anyone in particular or any cell in particular or any planet in particular, is the only one here.
There is no God but God. The Lord thy God is one: the only one!
Now, consciousness may remain in peace and yet play freely in the creating of identifyings, perceivings, dreamings, and labelings. Consciousness can even argue and war and agonize and try to avoid hell or earn it’s way to heaven. Consciousness can practice very earnestly to become more conscious or to attain consciousness. Consciousness can try to live better or to rescue consciousness from it’s words and it’s myths or to simply remain as freedom in peace.