就像電影「駭客任務（The Matrix)」，夢有它的特殊相遇，現實未必全是你渴望的，但至少你沒有活在幻象或謊言中。幸運的是，「駭客任務」只是一部電影，而事實是，實際的覺醒現實是純粹的喜悅、崇高的美、內在的整體性，和神聖的提升。神的崇高狀態是你自己意識內的種子， 但你必須尋求它才能被喚醒。
Imagine that you did not wake up every morning from your dreams at night. Imagine being stuck inside a dream for days, months, years, or even a lifetime.
Just because you are not sleeping does not mean you are awake.
Just because you have gained the world, does not mean you have gained your self.
Just because you are successful in the world does not mean you are not a lost soul.
Most don’t realize, but we think living in the world means to attend to all our responsibilities, to get things done, to see people, to go places, to acquire wealth, to solve problems, to work, go on vacations, to build your external life. Between the busyness of the outer world and the complex internal world of thought and emotion, our attention is completely tied into objective reality. We have little to no connection to our pure subjective existence, the heart of who we are, the core of our existence.
Does one who is sleeping know it? We are sleeping so deep that a lucid dream is barely possible, which is the tiniest moment you suspect you may be dreaming.
Each time you meditate, you urge yourself to wake up. At first, you may be foggy and lethargic; it is you trying to get out of bed after decades of deep unconscious sleep. You may even want to just sleep a little more, to snooze just a little more. You must decide when it is enough. For some, there is never enough sleep. Through sleep, people get rest from their waking reality; sleep is a justified form of escape. Your life is a long dream; every chapter in your life is a dream inside the dream. From lifetime to lifetime, you live a series of dreams, playing different roles, undergoing different stories. The breaths you take between lives are your waking moments. However, within this life, each time you sit down to meditate, you are preparing yourself to have a waking moment.
At first, meditation is you trying to awaken. One meditation will not make you awaken. Several will not likely do. The actual point of awakening takes an enormous internal effort. Anyone who tries to tell you that it does not, that you are already awake, that it is just a slight shift in perspective or a touch of grace – is not holding awakening to a high standard. Some people describe awakening as merely a state self-awareness, a state beyond emotional flux, access to a higher perspective, or the ability to observe the mind. None of these are awakening; these are only baby steps in preparation of awakening.
Awakening is a journey with no end; you only go deeper and deeper and deeper. Unconsciousness is a fixed state; once you are unconscious you cannot go deeper. But the opposite of unconsciousness is your conscious awareness, and by contrast, there is no upper limit. You can just go on and on from the awakening of awareness, to deeper levels of consciousness, to universal consciousness and then all the layers of realization in the transpersonal realm. You can decide how far you want to enter into the truth of who you are. Our greatest bliss is when the Universe, the Source, and the Divine are fully realized inside. Our greatest suffering is our continuous contraction into the separate fearful self, caught in the realm of the mind and ego. This is the collective state of consciousness and only the most sincere, dedicated and willing who do what it takes to awaken, will actually do so.
Like the movie “Matrix,” the dream has its perks, but it is not real. Reality may not be all that you desire but at least you do not live an illusion or a lie. Luckily, “Matrix” was just a movie and the fact is that the actual reality of awakening is pure bliss, sublime beauty, inner wholeness, and divine upliftment. The exalted state of God is a seed within your own consciousness, but you must seek it to awaken it.
It takes a powerful persevering will to overcome the huge field of unconsciousness, forgetfulness and ignorance that pervades collective reality. It is like trying to extract a grain of sand from the bottom of the ocean up through muddy waters, the oceanic layers, penetrating the waters surface, finally making its way towards the eye of the sun. You can make it, there is a way but the gravity of sleep, the comfort, familiarity and laziness of doing nothing is more attractive to most people.
Some teachers describe the awakening process as simple, direct and virtually effortless. If you are looking for easy answers, willing to accept transient and surface level shifts, then you will accept this view. Basically if your spiritual aspirations are low, you will accept such an answer. If you are uncompromising in your search for truth, and are willing to turn over every piece of your system until you truly liberate, awaken and illuminate through every cell, then you cannot accept such simplified views. Only the integrity of your being will keep searching until it finds gold. If anything outside of your deepest knowing is moving you, then you will just settle for a partial path.
Our human facade and our spiritual identity is a connected by a very, very long thin thread at the beginning. Only if you follow this thread with your whole heart, does it then become a pathway, eventually leading to a succession of doorways to our innermost being, followed by gateways into the beyond. As we pass from one stage into another, we begin to unfold the unfathomably rich mystery of who we are until we reach the most all-encompassing revelations of self, and until we become a living embodiment of greater reality.
Basically, the seeker must be born in you. For most people, the first step on the path is the process of just deciding whether or not they want to awaken, this can take time, sometimes years. It may be a slow romance, the movement into wanting to intimately know yourself; you must decide when the love affair with you as your true beloved, begins.
This pathway only opens when we offer it our time. Meditation as a short-lived daily endeavour cannot lead you to your highest self. We must awaken the need to oscillate between active participation in life and retreat into the stillness of inner space. This is balance; this is the ebb and flow that even the waves of the ocean know are necessary. At first, meditation is a practice, something separate to life that you are trying to integrate into your life. Eventually, it becomes an effortless living breathing moment-to- moment experience of life whereby you are one with the state of meditation. Only dedication to meditation as a way of life will make it so.