You Will Eventually Wake Up
I wonder, I wonder what you would do if you had the power to dream at night any dream you wanted to dream. And you would of course be able to alter your time sense and slip say 75 years of subjective time into eight hours of sleep.
You would I suppose start out by fulfilling all your wishes. You could design for yourself what would be the most ecstatic life.
Love affairs, banquets, dancing girls, wonderful journeys, gardens, music beyond belief. And then after a couple of months of this sort of thing, at 75 years a night, you’ll be getting a little taste for something different and you would move over to an adventurous dimension where there were sudden dangers involved and the thrill of dealing with dangers.
And you could rescue princesses from dragons and go on dangerous journeys, make wonderful explosions that blow them up. Eventually get into contests with enemies and after you’ve done that for some time, you’ll think up a new wrinkle – to forget that you were dreaming, so that you would think it was all for real and to be anxious about it. And then, because it would be so great when you woke up. And then you’d say “well, like children who dare each other on things, how far out could you get? What could you take? What dimension of being lost, of abandonment of your power, what dimension of that could you stand?” You could ask yourself this because you know you would eventually wake up.
Then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further and further out gamble’s as to what you would dream. Finally… you would dream where you are now.
You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today. That would be within the infinite multiplicity of choices you would have, of playing that you weren’t God. Because the whole nature of the Godhead, according to this idea, is to play that he is not.
So in this idea then everybody is fundamentally the alternate reality. Not “god” in a politically kingly sense but “god” in the sense of being the self, the deep down basic whatever there is and… you are all that… only you’re pretending you’re not. – Alan Watts