You’ve Been Living in a Dream World

You’ve Been Living in a Dream World

“Most people are other people,” Oscar Wilde once remarked. “Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” If he’s even half right, then chances the vast majority of us are not who we’ve been pretending to be, and the life we’ve been living up until now has been molded by someone else’s rules and values. It would seem that the mass of humanity is stuck in someone else’s discarded chewing gum and have yet to break free.

Unless you are a rare exception, brave enough to have forsaken the false security of the illusion’s chrysalis, here’s your likely portrait. You have adopted the same religious convictions as your parents or the community in which you were raised; you root for the hometown or school sports teams; you’ve formed political allegiances within the party systems offered by your society; you value the pageantry of your culture and go out of your way to watch events such as, say, the Super Bowl and Oscars; You celebrate the holidays of your religion and culture such as Christmas, New Years Eve, and Independence Day; You look to your political and religious leaders to guide and protect you; You are driven to succeed, make more money, and live a better life.

We are often reminded that these are the worthy and desirable qualities that hold the fabric of our families and societies together. Without them we wouldn’t be who we are. Many would argue that they not only define us, but they are essential to our sense of self-identity. You likely share this commonly accepted belief and have become so accustomed to admiring the wrapping paper that you have yet to look inside the box. If you did lift the lid, you’d soon discover how these basic thoughts first arose in you, and how they have they managed to completely form your life.

In fact, each is no more than a behavior pattern originating from a belief so deeply ingrained within your subconscious and formed out of the understandable confusion that surrounded you during the first few years of your life. If you didn’t compromise and find clever ways of pleasing your parents and others in your immediate world, you were far less likely to survive easily. As children grow, they typically want to belong and bend their perceptions/realities to match those held by people they admire. They find clever ways to please their parents and others in order to be comfortable, to belong, and to get the acknowledgement and admiration that we all seem to crave.

Somewhere along the line, our essential being drowned in society’s riptide that carried us far from the innocent shore of our birth. The price for surrendering to a consensus is the loss of individuality and curiosity. Without these two magnificent attributes we disconnect from the grandness of creation and implode into the holographic illusion humans have come to call reality. When we finally resurface, we find ourselves among Oscar Wilde’s “other people . . .  thinking someone else’s opinions” while assuming they are our own. This condition is beyond pandemic, it is virtually universal. This—far more than all other factors combined—is the underlying cause of the world as we know it.

People have become so stuck in their own sense of personal and group identities that they are blinded to any solution that is not dependent on defending their point of view, separating us from them, right from wrong, and love from hate.

How can anyone mired in such judgment even begin to grasp Oneness?

And so, as these thought-patterns of avoidance became more deeply ingrained with each succeeding generation, the children of Earth sank ever deeper into the quagmire of separation, clinging to any shred of theological detritus that offered the promise of salvation. The all too predictable outcome is the world we’ve created, beset by paranoia and fear. How can anyone escape the compelling guile of the illusion that commands us all to believe what our senses and fellow humans tell us?

We are totally trapped in my daily drama of bank accounts, mortgages, family, sporting events, wars, hurricanes, tsunamis, famine, floods, sex offenders, AIDS, the worldwide threat of avian flu, corrupt governments, terrorism, global warming, economic inequities. . . All the while, the media supplies constant doses of fantasy sport teams, the latest film and CD releases, Donald Trump, Paris Hilton, awards, holidays, and an endless stream of other diversions that demand our attention like spoiled children.  The matrix plays us like an instrument. Thirty-second news bites are all it takes to push our buttons. We get concerned and riled, liberally lacing our collective guts with the corrosive chemicals unleashed by righteous indignation. It would seem that we’ve found our rightful place in the matrix’s web, mastering the art of making ourselves as comfortable as possible; impotent addicts to the illusion.

In short, humanity has been bent on hurling itself on a downward spiral of self destruction. This is particularly significant at this time because the entire solar system is moving through a highly concentrated field of consciousness (also called the Photon Belt or Manasic Ring) that is providing a brief portal through which individual humans may elect to move into the next octave of experience. Unless they awaken very soon, they will likely miss the opportunity.

Since coming to this planet I have come to the unnerving realization that all human are meant to take an epic journey of discovery at some point in their series of worldly existences. It’s no less than a supreme vision quest that demands that they leave the comfort of their known world to walk alone, unaided by the crutch of belief or dogma, into the vast unknown.

But who among us is willing to awaken? Most of us would agree that abandoning the security of our beliefs to embrace the ineffable mystery would require uncommon daring or foolhardiness. From our human perception, the universe appears to be far too daunting, and far too elusive for us to comprehend. It seems such a scary proposition that most of us would rather get caught up in the business of earning a living, or raising families, or helping our communities, than deal with the immensity of the unknown. Our minds, the custodians of our sanity, would rather fight all the known enemies of our collective cultures than venture into the unsettling realm that looms beyond the edges of our know world.

Ever since I can remember, I knew that Earth was not my true home. As I gazed out at the stars at night, I knew that they pointed the way to places that beckoned, even as they receded while I moved inexorably away from my childhood. With each passing year, society’s insistent demands continued to scour me, seeking to turn me into another of its uniform river rocks, with all the jagged parts that defined my unique essence finally worn away. Something in me resisted. Even as a small child I learned the subtle art of duplicity—pretending to be what I knew I wasn’t. The game I played was neither easy nor conscious. I fooled myself along with everyone else.  Part of me so desperately wanted to belong. Nevertheless, I never quite fit in and, to this day, I am unable to fully understand why, in my younger days, the acceptance of my peers seemed so powerfully important to me.

Yet, it turns out that escaping this imprisonment is far easier than any of us ever imagined. However, very few will summon sufficient courage to allow our imagination to lead the way.  For it requires us to venture past the strictures of our fundamental beliefs and enter the domain of pure consciousness. If you choose to walk this path, you will find yourself in a new perspective of consciousness in which the mind, riddled by judgment and emotion, ceases to dominate, and your heart becomes your only reliable guide. The great issues of your daily life that commanded your attention now seem wondrously arbitrary and irrelevant—simply interesting experiences that lasted far too long and became unnecessarily weighty.

Shortly after you commit to the grand leap into the void, you begin to see the illusion for what it really is: a game board projection that was designed to have an aspect of the Oneness experience duality, fear, and separation. It is no more real than a programmed matrix in a computer game. Characters within this illusion (including you and me) are merely points of view imbued with awareness, embedded into the matrix, believing we are real. Who did the projecting? You. Who is the projection? You. There is only you.

In the Oneness, there is no possibility of separation. Each of the six and a half billion people holding other individuated viewpoints within the illusion is merely another aspect of you. You soon come to realize that a higher consciousness part of you (often called a Lightworker, Starseed, Wanderer, or Planetary Server) has come from another dimension to take human form within this illusion to save other parts of yourself from the trap that you created, in which you are now totally stuck. The irony of it all has got to strike you as uproariously funny.

You might ask, “But, if I am the one stuck in the program of the matrix and the one who’s come to rescue me, who is the one that is amused by it all?” That, too, is an aspect of you; the part that holds the golden key that unlocks the doors of all illusions. Any reality you choose to perceive, create, or transform is completely a function of the only two forces at your command: your attention and your intention. The cosmic formula of creation is gloriously simple: Attention + Intention = Manifestation. Nothing in the universe can evade this Law. Once you add the element of conscious awareness to this equation, everything changes. You can move outside of yourself as you monitor your thoughts.  From there you see all creation as but a game within a game within a game within a game….

As I went through this same process of discovery and slowly gained sufficient perspective to see myself from above, it became increasingly clear that the little me—the part still stuck in the illusion—was in big trouble. As I look back now, I can see that this realization, in and of itself, marked the beginning of my journey out of the illusion. Once I was able to couple the Law of A+I=M with the concept of Oneness I began to see a completely different picture. I, like each one of us on this planet, am All That Is. There is nowhere for me to go, nothing to attain, no lessons to learn.

If you buy into the reality that you are an earthbound human enmeshed in the struggle of life, presto, there you are. If you focus on the part of you that is watching you flounder in the illusion, snap, you’re free.  It can’t get much easier than that. Yet why are so few of our fellow Lightworkers awake?

The more one relies on the five senses; the more one looks to the mind for answers, the more deeply one becomes ensnared in the illusion. The more one “thinks” with the heart and embraces love and gratitude rather than fear, the more one begins to break through.

It would be wonderful if the written or spoken word could do more than point the way. But it can’t. Trading one belief system for another accomplishes nothing. I am coming to realize that the answer lies elsewhere. It is a consequence of induction. Just a few years ago it was usually accomplished by placing yourself in the presence of a guru or master and, through devotion, discipline, or some other practice, you gradually began to absorb some of his/her expanded enlightenment. The only difference is that now, with the dramatic thinning of the Veil arising from our passage through the Photon Belt, you can now become your own master. By consciously focusing your attention on the part of you that is watching the rest of you floundering in the illusion, you have taken a giant step in restoring control over how your Attention is commanded. If you add the Intention of reclaiming your essence, you complete the formula that can only result in the Manifestation that your curiosity seeks to explore.

The payoff of having been so deeply mired in the illusion that you nearly succumbed, is your increased ability to have compassion for those still stuck in the matrix, coupled with a large dose of humility. I expect that in the process you will learn, as I did, that the illusion is perfect exactly as it is. The only thing that needs to change is the point from which we view it.

Jean-Claude Gerard Koven is a writer and speaker based in Vilcabamba, Ecuador. He was a featured weekly columnist for the UPI (United Press International) Religion and Spirituality Forum and is the author of Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense, recipient of both the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award and the Award for the Best Metaphysical Book of the Year.

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