‘Yu’ Gotta Be Dreamin’
*WHEN YOU BECOME AWARE that you ‘do’ survive death, you’ll realize that your life is an illusion. You’ll also understand that life implies death, (or should it be, death implies life). You will feel yourself not as a stranger in the world, not as something here on probation, not as something that has arrived here by chance.
You will begin to feel your own existence as an essential part of the whole. Let’s suppose for a moment that you had the power to dream every night whatever dream you wanted to dream, and each dream could last say 75 years, or whatever length you wanted.
You would naturally fulfill all of your wishes while you were on this adventure of dreams. You would have every kind of pleasure that you could possibly imagine and after many nightly dreams of around 75 years duration, each filled with total pleasure, you would say, ‘Well, that was fantastic, I had a wow of a time’.
But now let’s imagine having a dream which ‘isn’t’ under your control – where something may happen to you and you won’t know what it’s going to be. You would live that dream and when you come out of it you would say ‘Wow, that was pretty full on, that was traumatic!’
Then, as you gained experience and confidence you would get more and more daring and you would take even further way out risks as to what you would dream, and finally you would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.
We are all fundamentally the ultimate reality. Your life is an illusion, a dream with infinite choices where you pretend that you aren’t God. Not God in a political, kingly sense, but God in the sense of being the self, the deep down, basic, whatever there is – And you’re all that – only you’re pretending you’re not…
Dan’s Quote: “Death is but a stepping stone on our continuing spiritual journey.”
*This is an edited transcript of a talk given by the renowned philosopher,
Alan Watts called: ‘The Dream Of Life’. Click to watch the video.
Header: A camel train on Cable Beach, ‘Broome’, Western Australia.