Dreams are an enigma. When we’re submerged in them at night, the world presented feels as tangible as our waking one. The sensations, the emotions, the perceptions all seem genuine. We hear sounds without ears, see sights without eyes, and feel emotions without a physical body. It’s as though our consciousness effortlessly slips into another realm, separate from our bodily senses.
Consider this: When dreaming, are we not conscious beings experiencing a world of perception? Both in our dreams and in our waking life, the primary tool we have to understand our surroundings is consciousness.
Ben once articulated it as: “Consciousness and perception. Consciousness and perception.” This simple repetition underscores the profound truth that all we truly know is what we perceive and that our consciousness interprets these perceptions.
In our daily lives, we tend to accept our sensory experiences at face value. The world we touch, see, and hear is believed to be the only reality. Yet, in dreams, our consciousness creates an equally believable reality without any sensory input. This leads to a potent realization: What we consider “reality” is primarily a product of consciousness.
In essence, our very sense of existence, our “I am,” is a consciousness beyond the limitations of physical biology or worldly sciences. It’s a recognition that cannot be confined, defined, or truly described. This is the pure, unfiltered essence of the mind, a radiant void of pure knowing.
Bentinho once described this as the “CH c i TTA,” the essential knowing nature of the present moment. It’s a pure state of knowing, devoid of knowledge or external constructs. This essence is the very foundation of our being, the core of our consciousness, and the bedrock of our perceptions.
Our spiritual journey, in many ways, is about recognizing this essential nature within us. This recognition can be unsettling, as it often challenges our long-held beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. But it’s also liberating, freeing us from the confines of external perceptions and allowing us to experience the pure, undiluted essence of our being.
Ben’s insights remind us of a truth echoed in spiritual teachings worldwide. To quote the Bible, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). This verse resonates with the idea that in stillness and introspection, we can recognize the divine essence within us, the pure consciousness that is at the core of our being.
Quote: “Consciousness is the bridge between the tangible and the intangible, revealing the essence of reality in its purest form.” – Unknown
Bible Quote: “Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10