Having the wisdom to know that life is but a dream does not mean that we ignore living.
As children, most of us sang that mesmerizing, wistful lullaby that ends with the words, “Life is but a dream.” This is a classic example of a deep, sophisticated truth hiding, like an underground stream, in an unlikely place. It winds its way through our minds like a riddle, coming up when we least expect it and asking that we consider its meaning. Most of us are so involved in the projection that we don’t understand it for what it is. We are completely caught up in the gay illusion, imagining that we are in a life and death struggle and taking it very seriously.
Having the wisdom to know that this life is but a dream does not mean that we ignore it or don’t do our best with the twists and turns of our fate. Rather, like an actor who plays his role fully even as he knows it’s only a role, we engage in the unfolding drama, but with a little more freedom because we know that this is not the totality of who we are.
Like an improviser, we have choices to make and the more we embrace the illusionary quality of the performance, the lighter we can be on the planet, on others, and on ourselves. We can truly play with the shadows cast by the light of the projector, fully engaging without getting bogged down.