There is a lot of suffering in the world. You don’t have to look too far to see it. If you suffer, you wonder why it occupies such a huge part of your life. You wonder what it would take to make it go away. Most people medicate — and learn to live with it, facing good and bad days. One day we are up and the next day we are down. One day we are happy, and suddenly, inexplicably, we are unhappy. We write this off as “mood swings,” and dismiss if as a “chemical imbalance.” The truth is, we not only live with suffering, we don’t want to know what suffering is all about. We avoid looking at the origin of suffering because we suspect, or almost know, that the exploration of suffering will take us places we avoid like the plague.
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For over thirty five years I operated as a traditional psychologist, defending our preferred rendition of reality, the one we work as a team to keep in place as “the truth,” and then one day a friend introduced me to the writings of Wei Wu Wei, who deconstructed Buddhism to locate the core message, a message that is 180 degrees out of phase with what we insist reality is.
This core message states that what we refer to a “reality’ is a dream in progress, featuring all the ways the dreamers in this dream dismiss truth as false in order to defend the lie they are ‘real people’ in this dream. In this light, there is no one to know who is dreaming this dream, and the dreamers in this dream have assigned many names to the dreamer of this dream, settling, perhaps, on the concept of mind, a vast intelligence that is the dreamer of this dream, such that nothing exits outside of this dream. The dream is what right now is, and it displays where all the dreamers in this dream are with that fact, somewhere between awake, and one with the truth, to deep in a trance, filling time dismissing truth in order to defend the fiction right now is real and not a
dream, and that all the dreamers in this dream are the people they insist they are.
The more you wake up, the more you realize compassion makes perfect sense. All the dreamers in this dream deserve compassion because they try so hard to prove they are people, and they can only be dreamers in this dream, defending the lie they are people. They deserve compassion because no dreamer can prove it is a person in this dream, and time accurately displays how invested we are in the fiction a dreamer in a dream can prove it is a person. It isn’t possible to make the impossible, possible. Go ahead, forgive your ‘self’ for trying.
Compassion comes into focus after you identify how
you fill time defending the fiction what you do in the dream will prove you are a person, when it’s clear no dreamer in a dream can achieve that goal. The dream dictates that our status as a dreamer in this dream is a fixed fact. Everyone in this dream can only be a dreamer in this dream, displaying the intensity they bring to the fiction they can prove they are the person they impersonate.
Compassion goes with waking up in this dream. When you wake up, you know right now is the dream mind is dreaming, and that it features TAG (“The Anti-truth Game”), or the sum of all the ways the dreamers defend and maintain the lie they are a person in this dream. Because this lie is indefensible, the defense of this lie fills the dream with drama, often referred to as “man’s inhumanity to man.”
Since no one is, or can prove it is, a person in this dream, the dream features the dreamers competing to see whose personhood parody defends “The Master Lie” convincingly, that right now is real and not a dream, and that the dreamers are the people they portray in this dream. No dreamer drama has any chance to revoke the fact the dream is the context for this drama. Defending the lie it’s possible for a dreamer in the dream to prove it is the person it insists buy cheap viagra it is, is impossible. it is the seeing of this accurately that results in compassion for the dreamers.
The dream features TAG, or all the ways mind features the dreamers creating duality to pretend they can prove nothing is content in the dream mind is dreaming. This is “The Grand Parody” because mind is dreaming the dreamers feigning defection from mind with the fiction duality is real. If mind is all there is, then there is no duality, only mind including this in “The Grand Parody” to feature how the dreamers fill time in the dream defending the fiction they are ‘real people’ having ‘real lives’ outside the dream mind is dreaming.
When waking up happens
in the dream, it is clear right now is the dream mind is dreaming, and that it features how the dreamers create duality to prove mind doesn’t exist, and right now is hardly what mind is dreaming. This is what makes this a parody: no dreamer in the dream is, or can prove it is, any kind of a person, no matter how much it feigns defection from mind. ‘Feigning defection from mind is “The Main Event” in this dream.
Truth becomes transparently obvious once you wake up in the dream. Every dreamer in this dream displays how much duality it creates to defend the fiction it is a real person and not a dreamer in the dream featured ‘trying to prove truth is false.’ Because right now is the dream mind is dreaming, “the option to prove truth is false is zero.” Every dreamer relies on the fiction its brand of duality will work to prove truth is false. Mind includes ‘amnesia’ in the dream so the dreamers can pretend they forgot truth is absolute. How could a dreamer in a dream ever hope to prove it is a person? That’s why time provides the venue for this parody.