Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Waking Up Within a Dream

Neo: "But if you already know, how can I make a choice?"
The Oracle: "Because you didn't come here to make the choice, you have already made it. You are here to try to understand "why" you made it."

I remember as a student in Graduate School a night when I argued passionately with someone that there must be more to life than just being yanked around by forces beyond our conscious control, as he claimed we were. In the meantime, I am no longer so sure. Especially after I learned about a neurological study in which researchers found a light bulb going off in our brain prior to us having become conscious of having made a decision, just as the Oracle explained it to Neo.

Both the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching claim that that's exactly what is going on. Says Lord Krishna to Arjun in the Bhagavad Gita:

The LORD dwells deep in the heart 
of all beings, by HIS wondrous power
making them all revolve 
like puppets on a carousel.

So while I would no longer pick a fight with the student of the graduate school days, I also today understand better what irked me about his thesis at that time, it was the pointlessness of living a subconscious life. But then, we have spirituality to wake up to. We can be the spiritual aspirant who wakes up to the choices she makes, and with it, awakens to the movie we are operating in. Maybe as long as we walk the earth, we are always caught in a dream; but we can wake up within the dream and adjust the level of consciousness. Lucid dreaming is a lot of fun. Why don't you give it a try!

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