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Conscious of What?

Updated on November 18, 2013
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Conscious of What?

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


What dreams come define reality,

or does reality define dreams,

the two states inexplicably paired,

in this unanswerable question of much frustration.


Consciousness is indeed a conundrum,

a plethora of multi-directional warrens leading to nowhere, everywhere,

each state a separate world of possibility,

and none of which can be proven real in any sense.


Assumptions lead us to accept

if it can be touched, seen and felt then it is real,

so why is a dream less of a reality,

for all can be experienced within a dream, just the same.


Is it because we are more adept at maintaining consciousness awake,

that makes it appear more real, more plausible,

so we pay little attention to the dream state,

where our minds struggle to put all the fragments of memory together.


In dreams flight is possible, instant relocation and circumstance,

so we may address our wants instantaneously,

without the burden of thoughts and action,

and the limitations we have grown to accept in this physical life.


People say dreams are a reflection of experience,

what we want, our deepest fears, unresolved issues,

all expressed to help us deal with life,

but what if the reverse were so, life the testing ground, dreams the reality.


We take so much for granted in life,

when even the most fundamental knowledge is inconclusive,

and we assume too much, share lies that comfort us in our insecurity,

so life can be more tolerable, meaningful.


Reality is a concept not a law,

and our capability to perceive it, questionable,

so why do we assume to understand it,

our biased perceptions ever evolving.

The question remains; conscious of what?


Reality is what we make of it, and dreams what we fashion, both no closer to our understanding of truth, simply part of our ability to perceive.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Barbara, and yes an interesting concept. I guess we all have bad dreams sometimes, but also bad experiences here on earth. It's all in our perception. What is real?

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      Barbara 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Probing questions. Fun to discover. I hope dreams are not true reality. I had one this weekend that terrified me. Thanks!

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