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The world we live in is all a dream. There is no “out there”. Everything is “in here”, but that inner is a much bigger inner than our heads. It is an inner than encompasses everything you know or can ever imagine, as well as everything everyone else can imagine. It is a very BIG dream. And we’re in it together.
The great part is – because its a dream its up to us how we want it to be. Note I said US. Its our dream, not my dream. Any ideas you have about making it mine may contrast with our dream and thus fail. But if you join the team, you can work miracles.
Making our dream work for you usually requires some changes in thinking. The first is in simply beginning to get this idea.
You don’t have to believe it. Belief has a way of creating expectations that can get in the way of accepting it as it is. Thats the next part. Being OK with what is. That doesn’t mean approving it or supporting it. Just allowing for it so you can clearly see it. If you are resisting what is, your vision is not clear and you will not be able to work with the dream effectively.
Know that you have a unique and significant purpose. If you didn’t, you would not be here. Every character in the play has a role. Its that simple. As Eckhart Tolle puts it, you have an inner purpose to awaken to your true nature. And you have an outer purpose to express yourself in some unique way. The mind cannot discover that outer destiny. That will become clear from experience and intuition. Or someone will tell you. (laughs)
Don’t confuse your purpose with your work. Thats a mistake we often make. For some rare people, work and purpose are closely entwined. But for most of us, work is how we pay our bills. Purpose is how we fulfill our destiny. There’s no point fighting it trying to force the issue.
This does not mean our work serves no purpose. We all have duty. Nor does it mean we cannot express our destiny through our work. Eckhart Tolle describes how a waiter can, in the simple act of placing a plate before a customer, embody the silence and invite the customer in. What we do is much less important than how we do it.
This is the art of attention. What we give our attention to is how we express our part of the dream. The more open we are to the flow of the dream that is underway, the easier and more fun the dream will be. If you find doubt and expectations and old stories coming up, thats fine. Just see thats the mind. Thats the small dream of the little man, the usurper. See it for what it is, don’t push against it, then bring your attention back to the bigger dream.
If you are not sure which dream is which, watch for engagement. Does this engage me with the world? Or does it engage me with the small and petty? Does it make me feel like I’m on top of the world or a Princess of Nada? What does it feel like? Does it raise you up, stretch you a little? Or does it make you feel small? Those are some of the differences between the dream of the universe and the story of the ego.
Your passion and true dreams will lead you up the staircase in our dream. Just remember, its a very big dream. Anything can happen. Its never your fault. There’s nothing to doubt or worry about. So have fun with it. Thats what its for. Why else would we dream?
“Life’s magic is a lot like a swift flowing river. No matter how long you’ve overlooked it or unwittingly swam against it, the instant you stop struggling you’re back in the flow, hat down low, coolest cat on the block.” — TUT, Notes from the Universe