Trying to arrest the flow of consciousness…


Why is waking life so privileged over the dream or deep sleep states, when it is simply the flow of consciousness, which we try to put the brakes on, we try to squeeze, we try to alter or change in desperate fashion, so that things will seem to be “okay” again. It tends to transpire as a desperate struggle, like when one is trying to rip the cap off of a childproof medicine bottle. In this case though, the analgesic we are grasping after tends to be consolation in the form of relationship with others, or circumstances “out there” somehow bending to our own preferences. Our minds insist that unless things bend in our favor, it may be that we will not even be able to continue on. The mind enacts its own drama repeatedly in this fashion, as it desperately seeks confirmation of its own existence.

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