Immediately, you will be surprised by something of tremendous import happening within you. The moment you think “All are dreams” suddenly, like a flash, one thing comes into your vision, “I am a dream too.” Because if the seen is a dream, then who is this “I”? If the object is a dream, then the subject is also a dream. If the object is false, how can the subject be the truth? Impossible!
If you watch everything as a dream, suddenly you will find something slipping out of your being: the idea of the ego. This is the only way to drop the ego, and the simplest. Just try it – meditate this way. Meditating this way, again and again, one day the miracle happens: you look in, and the ego is not found there.
The ego is a by-product, a by-product of the illusion that whatsoever you are seeing is true. If you think that objects are true, then the ego can exist; it is a by-product. If you think that objects are dreams, the ego disappears and if you think continuously that all is a dream, then one day, in a dream in the night, you will be surprised: suddenly in the dream, you will remember that this is a dream too. And immediately, as the remembrance happens, the dream will disappear. For the first time you will experience yourself deep asleep, yet awake – a very paradoxical experience, but of great benefit.
Once you have seen your dream disappearing because you have become aware of the dream, your quality of consciousness will have a new flavor to it. The next morning you will wake up with a totally different quality you had never known before. You will wake up for the first time. Now you will know that all those other mornings were false; you were not really awake. The dreams continued – the only difference was that in the night you were dreaming with eyes closed, in the day you were dreaming with eyes open.
If the dream has disappeared because awareness happened, suddenly you became aware in the dream. And remember, awareness and dreaming cannot exist together. Here, awareness arises, and there, the dream disappears. When you become awake in your sleep, the next morning is going to be something so important that it is incomparable. Nothing like it has ever happened. Your eyes will be so clear, so transparent, and everything will look so psychedelic, so colorful, so alive. Even rocks will be sen to be breathing, pulsating; even rocks will have a heartbeat. When you are awake, the whole existence changes its quality.
We are living in a dream. We are asleep, even when we think we are awake.
Think that all phenomena are like dreams.
First, objects will lose their objectivity, and second, the subject will lose its subjectivity. And that brings you to a transcendence. The object is no longer important, the subject is no longer important; then what is left? A transcendental consciousness: bodhichitta – just a witnessing, with no idea of “I” and “thou”; just a pure mirror which reflects that which is.
And existence is nothing but that which is.
The third sutra: