When we wake up to this reality, things appear to be different. Instead of things happening spontaneously like they do while we're asleep, they either take lots of time to unfold or they come through people. You convince yourself that maybe God/Love/Light or whatever Power you believe in is choosing to express through that person.
Let's say you are hungry and desperate to have some food but you have no money. As you believe in God you pray for some money to get some food. Soon you bump into an old friend who insists that he buys you lunch so you can catch up. In your mind your prayer has been answered through your friend. However, your friend who doesn't share your belief thinks he's buying a friend lunch and enjoying your company in return.
Why didn't the meal manifest instantly as it does in my dream? Why did I need human intervention? Surely if this waking reality is another dream, it should operate in the same way as sleeping dreams?
It matters not what dream state you're experiencing but how you identify yourself in the dream.
While I may still be preoccupied with human thoughts in my sleeping dream, I know that I am Mind. In Mind all things are possible. This is why I can move by thought. I only have to think about something and it appears. When I want a dream to finish I wake myself out of the dream. The moment you wake out of the sleeping dream state you're back to identifying yourself as a human personality that is limited by time and space and human beliefs.
A lucid dreamer is one who is always conscious of his identity as Mind no matter what dream state he finds himself in.
In the book, Autobiography of a Yogi, when Lahiri Mahasaya met his master, Babaji, he's amazed to discover that his master has materialised him a palace.
'Come, brother,' my companion said. 'The master awaits you.'Lahiri asked the guide how Babaji had achieved this. His guide response was:
"He led the way through the forest. The somber night was suddenly lit by a steady luminosity in the distance.
"'Can that be the sunrise?' I inquired. 'Surely the whole night has not passed?'
"'The hour is midnight.' My guide laughed softly. 'Yonder light is the glow of a golden palace, materialized here tonight by the peerless Babaji. In the dim past, you once expressed a desire to enjoy the beauties of a palace. Our master is now satisfying your wish, thus freeing you from the bonds of karma.' He added, 'The magnificent palace will be the scene of your initiation tonight into Kriya Yoga. All your brothers here join in a paean of welcome, rejoicing at the end of your long exile. Behold!'
"A vast palace of dazzling gold stood before us. Studded with countless jewels, and set amidst landscaped gardens, it presented a spectacle of unparalleled grandeur. Saints of angelic countenance were stationed by resplendent gates, half-reddened by the glitter of rubies. Diamonds, pearls, sapphires, and emeralds of great size and luster were imbedded in the decorative arches.
"I followed my companion into a spacious reception hall. The odor of incense and of roses wafted through the air; dim lamps shed a multicolored glow. Small groups of devotees, some fair, some dark-skinned, chanted musically, or sat in the meditative posture, immersed in an inner peace. A vibrant joy pervaded the atmosphere. Materializing a Palace in the Himalaya
"'Being one with the infinite all-accomplishing Will, Babaji can summon the elemental atoms to combine and manifest themselves in any form. This golden palace, instantaneously created, is real, even as this earth is real. Babaji created this palatial mansion out of his mind and is holding its atoms together by the power of his will, even as God created this earth and is maintaining it intact.' He added, 'When this structure has served its purpose, Babaji will dematerialize it.'The reason why Babaji can manifest a palace because he is awake to his true identity that he is one with Mind. The palace was manifested in exactly the same way it would do in a dream. There was no human labour involved, it was just Mind being Mind.
"As I remained silent in awe, my guide made a sweeping gesture. 'This shimmering palace, superbly embellished with jewels, has not been built by human effort or with laboriously mined gold and gems. It stands solidly, a monumental challenge to man. Whoever realizes himself as a son of God, even as Babaji has done, can reach any goal by the infinite powers hidden within him. A common stone locks within itself the secret of stupendous atomic energy;6 even so, a mortal is yet a powerhouse of divinity.'Materializing a Palace in the Himalaya
Speaking of which, while I was typing this article in the library, I saw that my time was running out. Usually when you have five minutes remaining, a message pops up to remind you, but it didn't happen. As I was still working on the piece I asked the librarian to extend my time but she said my time had been extended. I didn't care how it had I was just grateful.
No matter what dream reality I am in, I am Infinite Mind.
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