The Dream of Life

The Dream of Life

This speech was written and recited by the late philosopher, writer, and speaker Alan Watts. It still gives me chills to this day. I would recommend you follow along with the audio track using the words of the speech below.

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 am 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 possibilities, I am not trying to prove it. I am just putting it forward as a possibility of life to think about. So then, 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 75 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 during your sleep. And after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each you would say “Well that was pretty great”. But now let’s have a surprise, let’s have a dream which isn’t under control, where something is gonna happen to me that I don’t know what it's gonna be.

And you would dig that and would come out of that and you would 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-out gambles what you would dream. And 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 you would have. Of playing that you weren't god, because the whole nature of the godhead, according to this idea, is to play that he is 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 basic whatever there is. And you are all that, only you are pretending you are not.

My depression often makes me feel like I'm on this world by fluke. It makes me feel as if I'm a stranger in the world like Watts describes as if I'm on probation. The last sentence holds the words that so perfectly articulate what I'm thinking everyday.

"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 basic whatever there is. And you are all that, only you are pretending you are not."

As I continue on this journey of finding a deeper understanding and connection to "self", I have realized that the biggest obstacle in my way is realizing and accepting myself as my own ultimate reality and truth. The more I accept the ultimate reality of life, the less of a stranger to this universe I will become. The less anxiety I feel to "find my passion", the more I can live openly, honestly and wholy in the moment intead of feeling as if I'm on probation and have to follow some preset formula for life, I can live my life according to my ultimate reality. 

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