When I face any situation, I face it with the meanings in my mind. It just cannot be otherwise. I may not notice this initially. I may not even be aware that my mind is interpreting what is happening. Telling me a bunch of stories about what is taking place, instead of truly knowing or understanding what is happening. "What is happening" outside of my mind and how my mind is perceiving or interpreting it, can be a world of difference entirely. Can I truly know what is actually taking place – or is what I am "really knowing" with such conviction, be it anything at any moment, is but a world of meanings produced by my mind, not yet realized by me?
A dream, which we all experience during our night's sleep, is a good example of how we can be so easily deceived by its realness. A totally immersive experience – leaving no room for doubt that it is only a dream – until we finally wake up from it. Only then, in that moment, can the contrast of what a dream is and what it is not, is shown. Although we can be experiencing these situations daily, we can be totally oblivious to what has just happened before the waking up, and to keep carrying on with what is coming up next. Seldom do we sit back and reflect on the power of dreams – not the storyline that has unfolded in it, rather its nature of blanketing us out of our wakeful state. How we can be so easily fooled by its realness when we are in it – as in the meaning of the word "maya" or illusion.
And not forgetting where I am leading you – is what we are experiencing at this moment really "real"? Or our realness is but a total immersion with what the mind is telling us? As long as we are identified with the mind, as I, me, or mine, such a reality check cannot be explored at all, as a total immersion has taken effect.
Welcome to the world of dreams, in you. Or, you can choose to finally wakeup to what is truly taking place closer to you. And this can only begin with the journey of awareness.