those who look outside dream
those who look inside awaken
This is part one of my book on the meaning of life. In it I say that life is a dream because consciousness is God, creating reality in complete freedom.
In technical terms, it’s a subjective metaphysic, an attempt to express Vedantic nondualism in a simple Western analytical framework. The actual cosmological model I've developed is presented in Part Two.
This is a theology/spirituality/self-help book on the meaning of life. It centers around a new model of the universe, a cosmology that unifies mind and matter and confronts ancient questions about suffering, evil, free will, and the limits of rational thought.
An oft-quoted assertion is that the most important question we have to answer in our lives is this: is the universe friendly? In other words, "why is there tragedy and injustice in the world? Does everything really turn out for the best?" To answer these ancient questions, I offer the view that despite appearances, reality is ultimately subjective, not objective. Consciousness, the divine part of us, is fundamentally free. In other words, life is a dream of God.
This Eastern, “nondualistic” perspective is nothing new, but the Western holographic model I’ve developed is. I define everything from atoms and time to God in a concise, mathematical way.
If life is a dream, then the question becomes, “why do we have nightmares? And what does it mean to wake up?” To answer these questions, we need to distinguish between how we see ourselves (our ego) and who we truly are (the consciousness of God). This, in turn, frees us from a fear-based approach to life to one based on love and trust.
Love & Curiosity, Part I (2009)