Dialogs With My Teacher #37

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Here’s†another installment†in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching.

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October 6, 2010 (#37)

Student: So when I am dreaming at night, I am the dreamer, so every other person in the dream is within me. Is this accurate? I mean I wrote the whole script of every dream I ever have.

Michael: Right so the entirety of both the dream and its content is within you.

Student: Does the same then apply to my waking experience, in that every person is seen within this very awareness? Therefore, everyone and everything is within me?

Michael: Iíd say so. If itís within your awareness, itís an object within an infinite subject. That infinite subject is, as we might say in Buddhism, your True Self. For example, we could say that as the sleeping dreamer, the dream’s content is a†multifaceted reflection of who we think we are. As the waking dreamer, the day-to-day state of our waking dream is pushed and pulled by additional reflections of who we think we are.

Student: How does a personís realization of True Self, or awakening, or enlightenment, or whatever you want to call it, change any of this?

Michael: Enlightened beings see through the dream entirely. This is why we call them ďawake.Ē When any of us is awake, the allure of any dream falls away. So, too, does any dreamís inertia. At this great end of ends, all dreams, all content, all boundaries are recognized as permeable expressions of vast, awakened space. Utterly open. Utterly still. Utterly void, and yet, at the same time, utterly full. Living from here radically enhances the depth and scope the unhindered expression of our natural grace, joy and ease.

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