“If you could be someone else, who would you like to become?”
“I think I’d like to change back into myself. As of late, I often sense that my life is confined to the shadow of someone else’s dreams.”
“Yet, being yourself can often be a challenge. I don’t even understand well what this means. Can you define the idea of self? Can you tell me what the self is?”
“You have just asked me about imagining being someone else, and now you’re saying you don’t fathom the idea of self? Why has everything to be so confusing? I, the person here, thinking and talking, the one who is within this body should be me, the ego, the self.”
“Then, if the one within your body, seeing, hearing, talking, thinking is you, how can you say you’re under the impression of being someone else?”
“I might have been myself in the past, but at night, soon after I go to bed and fall asleep, I dream of other worlds and people. And sometimes, more often than I wish, I dream of being a different person. Then, when I wake up from my dream the next morning, how can I trust I’m still the same as the one who went to sleep? Furthermore, if I’ve got lost along the way and someone else is here in my stead, where am I now?”
“How can you know you’re not the same person? Anyone who has a mind and a heart, and sees and hears, and feels and talks within your body has to be you. It doesn’t matter whether you sense or not that you have a certain name and age and status. When you dream you are someone else, it is still you the one who sleeps and lives the other life in the realms of Morpheus. On those lands of phantasy, you can be more than a mere human, you can expand your self. Why should you limit your own perception and existence to the willow shell that is your body?”
“Yet, is it really me the one who wakes up in the morning? How can I know? How can I be sure the life from my dream is not the real life? Maybe I’m dreaming now, and everything around me is only an illusion. Yet, I still feel that between dream and reality, between the one who dreams and the one who is dreamed of, there has to be a subtle difference. Nonetheless, dream and reality look now so similar, like two mirrors reflecting each other. Or even better said: like a single mirror reflecting itself. How can I find out which one is the mirror and which one is the reflection?”
“You really wish to find out which one is your true self? Then, in silence, you have to shut down the doors and windows connecting your mind and soul to the outside world. Light, sound, heat, or cold should not bother you anymore. Then you can listen to what your heart is telling you. When you can hear your heart, you are the mirror, when you can’t, you are the reflection. Yet, don’t forget: sometimes the mirrors can break! When this happens, you will see that the ego itself is an illusion, an illusion within an illusion. And when you reach this level of understanding, you can become anyone you like.”
Seraphios — Dialogues at the Edge of Time (excerpt from "Butterfly's Dream" by Marian C. Ghilea)
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