“So many think that because THEN happened NOW isn’t.
But . . .
the ongoing WOW is happening right NOW!
We are all co-authors of this dancing exuberance . . . where even our own inabilities are having a roast.
This entire thing that we are involved with, called the world, is an opportunity to exhibit how exciting alienation can be.
For, REMEMBERING is so much more a psychotic activity than forgetting.
When one realizes that one is a dream figure in another person’s dream . . . THAT is self-awareness!”
from the movie, WAKING LIFE, directed by Richard Linklater.
Kudos to Richard Linklater for making such a superb film about perception and dreaming. This film does a great job at making us think about the differences between dreaming and “waking life” and alerting us to the fact that they are tied to each other at the waist. This quote is from one of the more profound scenes. It is a monologue delivered by western guru type person and he is sharing some real wisdom here. He does a great job at helping us to imagine what our perspective on our life might be if we could look back on it from some magnificent heaven that we gained after death. From that perspective we might value, even appreciate, our moments of most extreme “alienation” and “inability.” He is trying to teach us that we can live this type of perspective right now.
His definition of “self-awareness,” otherwise known as “LIBERATION,” is equally brilliant. He says that we are truly awake to our True Self when we perceive that we are only a dream figure within someone ELSE’S dream. Where is the room for the ego in such a realization? Clearly this is a far cry from the romantic notion that upon LIBERATION we will jump up and down in self-congratulatory victory. Here this quote tells us that self-awareness is a profoundly humbling experience: not only is this all a dream but it’s NOT EVEN MY dream! Ha Ha Ha.