Awakening from the Trance of Everyday Life

Are you awake . . . or in the trance of everyday life?

In most dreams, we accept what we see without question and lose control of the unfolding story, and often this is because we are not aware that we are asleep and dreaming. With lucid dreaming, we recognize that we are dreaming, regaining control of our own actions and shape the dream itself.

In everyday life, we can fall into a trance.

One part of the trance is not seeing and fully experiencing the depth, breadth and significance of our world and our circumstances. We may drive by breathtaking vistas on our way to work and walk by profoundly beautiful people but not see any of them at all.

We can take for granted the people we see every day and never really know who they are.

We can become accustomed to seeing a wondrous, three-dimensional world with a monochrome, two-dimensional lens. We can fail to feel the depth of our own love towards those closest to us.

The other part of the trance is not recognizing the power of choice and therefore not accepting our responsibility as dynamic co-creators of our own world. We find ourselves in situations and relationships that seem vaguely familiar, not recognizing the patterns we have fallen into or rather sleepwalked through.

Recognizing these patterns, we may learn our lessons and be able to move forward in our lives along a new trajectory, awakened and engaged in the telling of our own great stories.


About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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