If you awaken from this illusion
and you understand that black implies white
self implies other
life implies death
or shall I say death implies life
you can feel yourself.
Not as a stranger in the world.
Not as something here on probation.
Not as something that has arrived here by fluke.
But you can begin to feel your own existence
as absolutely fundamental.
I’m not trying to sell you on this idea
in the sense of converting you to it.
I want you to play with it.
I want you to think of its possiblities.
I’m not trying to prove it
I’m just putting it forward as a possibility of life to think about
Let’s suppose that you were able every night,
to dream any dream you wanted to dream.
And that you could for example have the power
within one night to dream seventy five years of time.
Or any length of time you wanted to have.
And you would naturally, as you began on this adventure of dreams,
you would fulfill all your wishes.
You would have every kind of pleasure.
And after several nights
of seventy five years of total pleasure each,
you would say “Well that was pretty great!”
But now let’s – let’s have a surprise”.
“Let’s have a dream which isn’t under control”.
“Where something is going to happen to me
but I don’t what it’s going to be.”
And you would dig that
And come out of that you’d say
“Wow that was a close shave wasn’t it?”
Then you would get more and more adventurous
and you would make further and further gambles
to what you would dream.
Finally you would dream where you are now.
You would dream the dream of living the life
that you are actually living today.
That would be within the infinite multiplicity
of choices that you would have.
Of playing that you weren’t God.
Because the whole nature of the God in you
according to this idea, is to play that he’s not.
So in this idea then, everybody is fundamentally
the ultimate reality, not God in a politically kingly sense,
but God in the sense of being the self.
The deep down basics, whatever there is.
And you’re all that.
Only your pretending your not.
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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
– Albert Einstein