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Is Life Real, Or Just A Dream? What If This World Is Just An Illusion

"All of life’s a stage" It’s an old question in philosophy and religion:

Is our experience of life in this world real?

It sounds a little crazy to ask the question, doesn’t it? It makes you think of people who are mentally unbalanced, who can’t tell the difference between the world they live in and the hallucinations that run around in their heads.

What do people mean when they ask if our experience of life in this world is real?

There are many questions hiding behind the simple world “real”

Do our senses give us an accurate picture of the world outside of us, uncolored by our personal experience and expectations? Here we’re asking whether we get a clear picture of the “real” world, or whether we’re at least partially living in a world colored by our fears and desires.

Is this world and our experience of it a superficial or limited experience of a deeper, larger, more profound reality? What if our life on this earth is just a brief moment in a much greater existence. What if there are other dimensions of existence that we live in before and after we come to this world? If true, then our life on earth has a certain reality to it, but it pales when compared with our broader existence.

Is this world planned, structured, and orchestrated with some purpose in mind? This question is an add-on to the last one. What if our time in this world is somewhat scripted and purposeful. What if we’re here to learn some lesson, or accomplish some spiritual task before moving on to another existence? If so, this world is real to a point. Like a play or a simulation, it may have meaning, but there’s so much going on beyond the stage and beyond the simulator.

Is this world an illusion? Does this world, like a magician, use some kind of misdirection to get me to focus on the more trivial aspects of existence and ignore more fundamental, more important aspects of existence?

What’s the difference?

Ok. What’s the difference whether this world is real?

What’s the difference to me right now if there are other realities that I’m not aware of.

Even if I was some sort of lab rat being observed, who cares?

I’m here, I’m alive. I’ve got to play the game according to what I can see.

I could imagine a thousand alternate stories for what’s beyond this world.

But they might be pure fantasy. Seems better then, to just focus on what I can see, doesn’t it? Even if we’re like the people in The Matrix, serving as unwitting but happy slaves, wouldn’t we rather not know?

Brave new world, Maybe, or maybe not. It depends.

It depends on whether we have the ability to see beyond the world that we’re currently living in.

It depends on whether we have the capability to use knowledge of other realities to change ourselves and this world to become something much greater.

If we can rise up, take off the blinders and live differently, then there is a point in knowing whether there’s more to the world than what we’ve been told.

Not yet

Let’s say this all sounds pretty far fetched to you, and way beyond your experience.

What then?

Well, I have one more uncomfortable version of “is life real” to throw at you.

Am I living the life that I’m capable of living with all my talents? Have I fully explored the possibilities within me?

Can any of us really say that we’re living life 100%, and living up to the possibilities hidden away within us?

Can you and I live lives dramatically more powerful than the lives we’re living now?

If we feel and know that we can find and live a greatness that we’ve only seen hints of, then our current lives must be looked at as shadows of the real life that we can live in this world.

The answer to the question, “Is life real?”, might just be: “Not yet.”

http://fearlessdreams.com/blog/is-life-real-or-just-a-dream_78.html

Please I need some inputs from you guys, what could have made Kind Solomon say Life is vanity upon vanity, all is vanity, Is there a way to prove that our reality is the real reality? are we all living in our dreams here on earth, when shall we wake up from this dream?

Would a loving father, all powerful, all knowing be responsible for this imperfect world, if we all know how to give good things to our children, how much more the almighty father? how would you feel if you are the almighty father monitoring all daily activities in this imperfect world for 6,000+ years, how much headache would you have if you care really?

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Can you assume that you had the first class knowledge of what you are experiencing here, can you prove Karma if no why can't you get all you want?

Let me come down can you explain wizardry, hypnosis and the saying 'wat goes around comes around'. do you know why things are not exactly the way they should be do you know why you are not suffering as one of those terrorist or disaster victim if by chance tell me you are better than they are?

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The brain is a monstrous engine whose whole capability am afraid might never be deciphered, such that can be effectively programmed and reprogrammed. So I guess that the world we see today is just what the brain wants us to see. And who are this 'we' if not but the brain, then we are a working puppet in the hands of who?

About 'Life' well, should be a product of choice (not too sure about this cause grace is one of the major factors in distinguishing life). two things that are imminent in life and that's the good and the bad they are indispensable and irrefutable trust me that in life you move forward forever approaching your death date. imagine you're in a tunnel made up of a network of choices labelled good and bad (some good and some bad) and there is no going back. The whole thingy sounds scary to me.

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We are in deep sleep, illusion and the only time we are going to wake up from it is when Christ comes back.

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1. True, but that is speaking in relative terms of human history. Relative to the life span of say an ant or a cell in the body, 10 human years is a very long time.

2. Very true

3. This is speculation and not proven in any way

4. You are assuming the existence of the spirit,  can you prove the existence? anything the spirit supposedly does that cannot be attributed to anything else?

5. The question might not be who made? but what made?

6. You are assuming their is an entity/personality involved, but as I said earlier this is yet to be proven.

7. Maybe becos there is no such being and our answers lies elsewhere, science and research perhaps (usually shows consistent results but I do agree there are no answers there yet )

8 & 9. see above

10. Like what exactly? please give examples.

11. Point taken, but yu still haven't proven that there is a firstly a maker and secondly a plan.

12. On what basis do yu make these assumptions? whoever made us might as well have been barmy, bored and looking for some entertainment or more likely nonexistent.

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Gen 1:27 [/b]So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (God is Spirit so man must have been created as a Spirit Man)

[b]Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Everything was made satisfactorily)

[b]Gen 2:17 [/b]But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (a good God would have prevented a sudden death of his new creature by all means knowing fully well their innermost thoughts)

[b]Gen 2:21 [/b]And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

Before he ate the forbidden fruit, he had a deep sleep, he slept, what happened after he slept could be dream.

Alternately, could it be that he actually died after eating the forbidden fruits as warned by God in verse 17 above, that death could also be a separation from God or a deep sleep, or a cut off from source / from paradise, or a blind folding or an illusion, hence all we see here on earth

Please, I'm not making any assertion or preaching any religion doctine, this is just a question, it's not to promote any kind of ungodliness. Thanks

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from  A Midsummer Night's Dream

If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended,

That you have but slumber'd here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream

its a tempting thought, but unfortunately, the world is all too real. In which case, the dream is substance.

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This is not to say that this present life is a false one but may [/b]not be the real one, we can't just rule out the fact that it could be a dream of the choices that we've made to try and exist eternaly as children of God outside of this present life

I'm sure you will agree that life here is for a brief moment, the brief moment here on earth definitely can not be all that is, we came from somewhere and we would go back to our source.

Like I said before, I don't have all the answers

This is only a matter of opinion

, but you are already suggesting levels of the dream?

Also, you have not answered the question if you've ever known of anyone actually interacting physically with any entity from their dreams.

It's difficult to proof and I'm not in a position to convince you or anyone on this matter, it's difficult to explain,

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@Krayola

What yu're talking about is totally different, it is true we might not know the absolute truth as everything we know is to an extent relative and one can't really rule out any possibiblities but until someone conclusively proves these theories (as was done with the dual nature of matter which you pointed out) and make them pragmatic, the only reality we need bother about is the one that stares you and I in the face. Any other reality is the stuff of research and sci-fi movies.

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You haven't shown that we are in a dream yet, but you are already suggesting levels of the dream?

Also, you have not answered the question if you've ever known of anyone actually interacting physically with any entity from their dreams (apart from lunatics that is).

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@duduspace

Not enough, we need more selfless people, this can only be possible with more insight.

No one can turn reality in to dream, but dream can be turned into reality, that is when this world will be of a better place.

I'm not disputing that, but that we should consider and see far beyond this material world, probably we could find out a more real life exist outside of this present one, we don't need to disconnect from here but could be re-connected back to our original source

I appreciate you and what you believe in, we do not really need to disconnect from here to be awaken to the consciousness of our origin which may be far more real than this present one.

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You can only speak for yourself and not for anyone else, there are people selfless in loving others both within the religious and atheistic camps. You don't need to turn reality (as we know it) into a dream before you realise that we are all of a family, the name of the family is mankind.

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OK, how do we explain various behaviors of others, how could a loving father be watching his children killing themselves thousands of years as if we made ourselves, what of those natural events we can not directly control

I don't believe in God but we can genuinely appreciate our fellow men without disconnecting from the reality we now know.

Please feel free to answer my earlier questions.

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Yes, but genuine love is far less among men, most often our love is really based on what we can get in return, if we know our real self and that we are of a family over there, we may begin to see things differently, this unreal world may begin to be of a more pleasant dream

OK, how do we explain various behaviors of others, how could a loving father be watching his children killing themselves thousands of years as if we made ourselves, what of those natural events we can not directly control

What if we are all related and one over there, but here, our dream has made us all seem separate from one another and separated from our original source, hence all we see.

How do we genuinely appreciate almighty God and our fellow men, if we are totally disconnected from our real self and if this life is the real one.

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The world is all too real, but that's what we think even when we are deep asleep, most of the time it's always very real to us, could this be a pointer to something higher.

One day dream from outside of this material world may be equivalent to a 100years here on earth, so to us it seems real but to them, here is unreal.

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Absolutely intereting one, i never even though of it.

Can't we be dreaming.

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This is a very deep and interesting matter for contemplation.

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I'll bother about this question after I've woken up from the dream.

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nice thought, but unfortunately, the world is all too real.

Even if its a dream, its a very realistic one.

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Sometimes when we dream in a deep sleep, the dream becomes so real but still is a dream

Some other time we realise even in the dream that it's just a dream

If you relate this also to this material world, we might be having dreams within dream

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1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all [is] vanity.

1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

1:4 [One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

1:11 [There is] no remembrance of former [things]; neither shall there be [any] remembrance of [things] that are to come with [those] that shall come after.

1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all [things] that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.

Why would God create vanity upon vanities unless if truly this life is all but vanities and just a dream?

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Gen 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept:

Since this story of Adam may be symbolic as to what happens to all men pre-material world, could it be that men are yet to wake up from that deep sleep, hence all we see in this imperfect world.

Would you worry less, forgive and love more if all we see and going through are just dream

If you ever thought about this, kindly share what you think

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