Dreamlife in the cartoon universe
In today’s cartoon we see Walter deal with the delight of all characters-absolute surprise at one’s very next thought.
We do not see even one thought “into” the future, and it is this fact that can be used to dissolve the ego’s puffery. If I, as ego, am the author of my thoughts, then why don’t I have a wonderful life filled with love, compassion, bliss, infinity-yeah!-those kinds of thoughts? If my ego is not the author of my thoughts, then the ego is not “the I,” eh?
Therefore, whenever you have a thought that contains a word like “me, mine, my,” be on guard, and know that thought to be, at the very least, misleading. Though it is impossible to describe the non-quality witness, there is a harmonizing clarity that comes to the personality of the character from pretending that the witness is not the noisy ego and is beyond even silence itself. This is a largely intellectual process that gradually builds an emotional basis for such a “belief.”
Clearly “we” (our thoughts and other mental experiences) are all being manufactured by largely unknown processes. Clearly our nervous systems do not consult “us” about their functions or the products of those processes.
And, clearly whatever is deciding our next thought is not acting in the ego’s best interest.
Yet the ego, in utter desperation to be real (instead of a transparently convenient and edited history of occurrences of other unplanned thoughts,) is so insistent on being sentient that it will take responsibility for the “mental aspects” of our lives in order to “grasp at doership” and hence lay claim to being a conscious entity. “I suffer therefore I am.” The ego is a psychologically bogus milieu of smoke and mirrors.
Know ego to be a thief who steals doership from Universal Consciousness-the ultimate author of ALL THIS-just as your brain seems to be the ultimate author of that “smaller universe,” your dreams.
This is the value of supporting philosophical and psychological patterns of thinking (by these exercises or whatever method you find best) that seem to be about the witness. “About” is the operative word here. No thought or emotion or bodily sensation can BE or even adequately symbolize the witness-although, indeed, everything is a partial reflection of its infinite potentiality. When you support those thoughts you have about the witness, this does not make the witness “there” nor does this “increase” the witness; instead, it serves as an axiomatic meta-pattern against which your other patterns can be compared and thereby augmented. The more that you “bend” the “rest of your mind” into harmony with the basic concept that the witness is beyond all qualities and that the witness is the true “I” of all your experiences, then you’ll find that clarity and contentment results from earnestness in this regard.
You are the witness. Once your character gets this, the struggling begins to subside.
And the surprises continue.
Ask yourself,What do I say is the meaning of life if all this is true? Why would ALL THIS be set up so?
If I were to finally “imbue and saturate” my character’s personality with the conclusion that it is as helplessly “local” as Walter in its perceptions of the basic aspects of my existence, what would this do to my future after that? How could I even believe in a future if I no longer believe in a “me” that is individuated consciousness?
What would a dream character say after being clearly shown that its world is all happening “inside” the confines of about two pounds of brain sleeping on a pillow?
If I wrote, produced, and directed this vast entertainment called ALL THIS, how would I relate to the various characters? How would I justify having so many bad characters in this drama? Is this how the author of ALL THIS feels about me?
If I knew that tonight, in my dreams, I, as a dream character, was going to murder an innocent dream person, how would I feel about going to sleep? Would I feel differently if tonight I was going to fall in love?
How do I feel about all the dreams I have “created?” Have I ever “done” anything good or evil in my dreams? Did any of my actions therein “count?”