Are you in my dream, or am I in yours?

Updated August 7, 2022

Are you in my dream, or am I in yours? Some think this is a brilliant question. But it is foolish because it implies there is somebody in a dream, and it is nothing but empty space, so there is nobody in it. The question, therefore, only makes sense if you want to establish what and where you believe in being is real and not an illusion created of nothing. The graphic is grabbed from the web.

Comparing a world where there seems to be more than one to a dream does not mean somebody is making or having such a dream because it takes more than one to make or have something, and there is no more than that which is One since it is formless, thus endless. Hence questions like Are you in my dream or am I in yours? only makes sense for those who believe it is possible to be and have more than that which is one.

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Since there is no more than that which is one, and it takes more than one to feel alone, there is no loneliness in oneness.

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Though a dream appears to be in the dreamer, who seems to be in the dream, it is not in the dreamer or anywhere else. Nor is the dreamer in the dream but its bed, which momentarily is excluded from the dreamer’s awareness to experience being in a dream made of nothing.

However, due to the dreamer’s interpretation, nothing is experienced as something. Therefore, if you refrain from interpreting it, there does not appear to be something where there is nothing. The same applies when you believe to be awake.

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You say my body, which indicates the body is not you. It is something you believe to have. So who has the body? This question has been asked for ages – and nobody has come up with an answer. It is like asking who is having something in a dream. There is no one in it, so there is no answer. Nevertheless, as long as you appear to be in a world of something, you better take it seriously – otherwise, you may not realise it is nothing, thus trying to remain in it when it is about to return to nothing. 

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There are no dimensions because oneness is formless, thus endless. In other words, seeing something, you must be dreaming. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

Those who believe the world is real have not been able to find proof of its existence – neither through science nor anything else. Yet, they demand factual arguments for the statements in Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings that the world is make-believe. But it cannot be proved because the world would be real if it could.

The world is to be compared to the world in a dream. It can neither be proved real nor unreal. The proof is just another part of the unreality of the dream.

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A dream is an illusion that temporarily is layered on top of reality, which appears hidden as long as you believe the illusion is real.

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No matter what and where you appear in a dream, there is no reason to change or stop it because you are not there. Likewise, there is no reason to change or transform anything in a world where there seems to be more than one. You are not there or anywhere else, because it takes more than one to be somewhere, and there is no more than that which is One.

That is why Alexius’ Enlightened Non-Teachings are neither about realising oneness nor returning to it but enjoying the belief that it is possible to be and have more than that which is one while having it undone.

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Since reality is that which is One and it takes more than one to see something, everything experienced is to be compared to a dream.

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If you experience running in a dream, you are mistaken. You are not there but in your bed organising thoughts so you can perceive yourself as someone running somewhere else. The same applies to your experience of a world where there seems to be more than one, except you are not in oneness dreaming about it. You are not experiencing anything because it requires more and there is no more than that which is One.

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There is no help to get in a dream, and it is not needed, because it is not real.

You do not need help to get out of a dream because you are not there. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

A dream is made from nothing and not orchestrated by someone definitive. Likewise what you believe in being, as it takes more than one to orchestrate something.

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Dreaming is perhaps closer to oneness than being awake because, in dreams, everyone is close together in the dreamer – like in oneness, where everything is so close together that there is no more than that which is One.

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The experience of being someone definitive amongst others in a world where there seems to be more than one is like having a dream where you appear to be together with others. However, it is not an experience you share with anybody but yourself (see also hack #7.1 Alone together, we go home).

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Despite the direction you seem to go, you are not going anywhere. It calls for more than one to be somewhere, and there is no more than that which is one because it is endless. Therefore, since it is everywhere, you do not have to look for oneness but for what makes you appear as someone separated from it. Fortunately, you do not need to understand this to correct this appearance. On the contrary, it requires more than one to understand something. Thus all you need to undo the belief in separation is to forget what and where you are.

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A dream does not progress in a well-ordered way. Therefore, in retrospect, relationships that seem to connect the discontinuity into something coherent are made up to make it meaningful. But no matter how a dream is interpreted, it is a fantasy because you were not there but in your bed. The same applies to experiencing being someone awake. It requires more than one, and there is no more than that which is One.

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Although Alexius appears to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one, he is not. Just like in the context of such a world, he is not in a game he plays. It is something he pretends. Photo © Alexius Jorgensen.

A dream does not progress in a well-ordered way. Therefore, in retrospect, relationships that seem to connect the discontinuity into something coherent are made up to make it meaningful. But no matter how a dream is interpreted, it is a fantasy because you were not there but in your bed. The same applies to experiencing being someone awake. It requires more than one, and there is no more than that which is One.

One way to undo the belief that you are someone in a world where there seems to be more than one is to pretend to be there because what you pretend to be, you are not. This does not mean that feeling angry, for example, is over. Pretending to be mad is based on feeling it. Read more about that in hack #1.3 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation.

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The peace you look for via mindfulness, quiet music, and whatnot does not have the energy to ignite a take-off into the empty breath. Actually, it has so little energy that you probably fall asleep and mistake heaven for being in dreams.

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To say that a world where there seems to be more than one is a dream might be a bit too literal. It suggests the experience of such a world can be explained, but it is not possible. That which is One is formless, thus endless, so there is no more than that which is One.

Therefore, appearing to be someone in a world where there seems to be more than one is not a dream. However, it can be compared to that because, in a dream, nothing is real. Only the dreamer is. The dreamer, however, is not in the dream, nor is anybody else, so nobody in the dream needs to wake up.

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There only seems to be life in the world of a movie because you choose to believe what you feel is caused by it. Likewise, you have selected to be an effect of a dream about a world defined by time and space.

A dream only appears to be there because of the dreamer. However, the dreamer is not in, nor is anything else. Likewise, the world where you believe in being can only be experienced due to life. Nevertheless, the world is lifeless.


NOTE: This article is part of hack #1.1 What and where you appear to be is make-believe.