We’re Here Seeking Balance

One day when I was folding laundry, my young daughter walked into the room and said, “Mommy, I have a question.”

Fantasy horses“Okay,” I said, placing a towel on the stack. “What is it?”

“I can’t tell if when I’m sleeping is the real world, or if this is the real world.”

Whoa, is she my daughter, or what? “Well, I think I’ve decided that since we spend more time awake than asleep, this is the real world. But I can’t say for sure.”

“Okay, thanks, mommy.” And she skipped out of the room, leaving me wondering how in the world I was to answer questions like that from someone so young.

Every spiritual practice I’ve read about describes the veil between this world and the world of light—the real world. So, where are we when we’re awake and when we’re asleep? I love that our dreams teach us about our emotions, and that we can fly, and swim under water without gills, and speak and cause things to happen. I suppose having those powers is also why we have to wake up. We can’t all speak and cause whatever we want to happen; that really would be a disaster. 🙂

I guess being born on Earth really is school, with life showing us what is possible when goodness rules–and if darkness was to rule. We’re here seeking balance, learning that we’re not the center of the universe, yet that we are precious to God; that it’s not about what we take, but what we produce and give; and that the darkness we see in this world is a con job and that our true home is in the light. No matter how much the darkness puffs itself up, we’re headed for the light. It is decreed.


4 thoughts on “We’re Here Seeking Balance

  1. I’m emerging from a week and a half of being so busy that I can hardly find time to think. It’s not bad busy — it’s reading student drafts, writing suggestions, grading some really good papers (often with students really discovering new facts about, say, life in the third world), but your post has me thinking. When I get caught up in all this, is it the real world? I think maybe it hasn’t been, because my focus gets away from the spirit and my daily effort to connect with the divine into simply getting tasks done and dealing with a lack of sleep and a neck ache. Perhaps whether or not one is in the real world depends on how one is thinking at the time. I’ve been so immersed in “reality” that I think I sometimes lose my grip on “the real world!”

    • You know, we’re here and we have to live and, hopefully, make a positive contribution to the world like you do, Scott. Someone told me a long time ago it’s about carrying the love with you wherever you are. I guess when we can do that, then we’re in the real world. Thanks for making me think!

  2. There are so many dreams I’ve had where the dream world was the REAL world that I remembered from previous dreams. I’m a Pisces and I still often feel like a fish out of water. Bottom line, however, is that both worlds reflect our level of spirituality. I find the dream world to be more honest and real since it reveals truths about me without my ego’s interference. And when we shed our bodies we’ll move on to where our level of consciousness leads us. So it does behoove us to focus on eternal qualities like love and kindness which will lead us home into the light.

    • Thank you, Anita. Maybe when enough love and kindness are in the world, this will become the real world. Who knows? We gotta keep at it, though, that’s for sure. Love you.

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