I’ve been getting into a weekly routine of adopting new philosophies into my lifestyle and implementing their teachings or ideas into the way I view the world on a daily basis. It has been both optimistically intriguing and negatively frustrating throughout the process but has allowed for a new perspective to be introduced into my life and has been extremely beneficial for keeping an open mind.
I would like to share this week’s adopted philosophy which comes from the work of British philosopher, Alan Watts. In the link posted below, Watts explores what he calls, “The Dream of Life.” The teaching offers the idea that life may be nothing more than a dream; one that has been dreamed up by ourselves and for ourselves. If you had the power to dream up any life you desired, and fill it with as many pleasures as possible, there is a strong chance everyone would choose to do so. But, this philosophy examines the big picture. Say after several nights of living the most incredible life imaginable, you find yourself wanting a twist ending. So you don’t allow yourself to possess the knowledge of how tonight’s dream life will end. Eventually, this philosophy states, you will end up living the life you are at this current moment of time. All of the struggles and obstacles present in the life you live are simply tests that you are giving yourself in the form of a dream.
In my opinion, this is a beautiful way to view problems in life that need solving. It takes away the need to cast pity upon ourselves and play the role of the victim. Instead of viewing our predicaments as useless stress that offer no benefits, they can be seen as tools that will allow for more growth in our lives. Check out the link posted below and toy around with this philosophy in your head, Enjoy!