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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
This place is a dream
only a sleeper considers it real
Dreams and waking up... The metaphor of being spiritually "awake" is used a lot but not always with deep reflection. The actual experience of sudden opening is very much like waking up. It's as if you've been drifting through life in a dream state and just not known it. Nothing around you has changed, but you finally, truly see things as they are. The dream-like barrier of mental filters and projections that has stifled your perception for so long falls away like a heavy blanket. You blink, look around yourself, and are surprised to realize you've been in a sort of half-seeing trance all your life... and now you are awake.
Perhaps just as surprising -- and much more confusing to the intellect -- is the simultaneous recognition that while you were in that dream state, there was still some part of your awareness that was always fully awake, quietly, patiently watching in the background. It's just that now that inner wakefulness has come to the forefront. ...A reminder to us that we don't really need to "wake up;" instead, we just need to get out of the way of that part of ourselves that is already awake.
and though we seem
to be sleeping
there is an inner wakefulness
And from a purely poetic point of view, I really like the lines--
Humankind is being led
along an evolving course,
through this migration
To me this suggests that each experience, each "dream," each person's life is part of a grand migration of the human spirit, a journey of deepening remembrance and renewal.
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