Being aware and noticing is like being awake – instead of asleep and dreaming.
Imagine having a dream.
You probably have noticed one of the main things about a dream. Virtually always, the “you” in the dream doesn't realize it’s a dream.
The characters in a dream automatically assume they are wide awake! The dream characters are not awake. The dream experiences are not real. But in the dream, none of that has been noticed.
Notice something else about a dream.
As far as the dream characters are concerned, there is nothing beyond the dream. The dream characters have no idea that there is another, real kind of awakeness. A dream character has no idea what it’s missing.
It is the same in daily living when being up and awake – but not really aware. You have no idea what you’re missing. You might be shocked at how many of today’s beliefs are like that dream.
One such belief is that Life is limited to being only on earth.
Many today are willing to agree that Life may also be on other planets, but notice that they still believe Life is only on planets. This way of seeing or “model” is that Life is only on something. Generally speaking, this belief of Life being “on” is virtually unquestioned by society. It is no one’s fault because it seems this is all we’ve been taught.
We are speaking of an entirely different way of seeing things.
The old belief of Life being “on” is like a dream. To blindly continue to accept it would be the equivalent of the dream characters saying, “There is nothing beyond this dream.”
So there is good reason to notice closely and expose some of today’s widely accepted false beliefs about Life. This dissolves the limitations that seem to have resulted from false beliefs.
Then unnecessary distress and unhappiness automatically dissolve, too, as they are only caused by false beliefs about what Life really is.