When i was in my early twenties i did a six week meditation and yoga retreat with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Humbolt State College in California. After all this rounding (alternating yoga asanas and TM ) i came out so clear that i could actually see the molecules in the leaves of the plants
and other objects. It was like being in a very good dream and only a couple of other times have i been able to attain
I met and apprentised to Don Miguel Ruiz in 1997. He used to whisper in my ear, ” ees juss a dream, eees not even real”. He did this ever time he saw me.
I could appreciate what he was saying but still could not get
the totality of my being wrapped around this thought.
Then Miguel told me about the Smokey Mirror. It seems there
was a student at the great mystery school of Teotihuacan thousands of years ago. He had been meditating in a cave under the pyramid of the Sun as the legend goes. When he came out he looked at his hands and could see the energy of his body as if they were stars in the heavens. Then he knew he was one with everything and as Miguel says:
He looked at the stars again, and then he realized that it’s not the stars that create light, but rather light that creates the stars. “Everything is made of light,” he said, “and the space in-between isn’t empty.” And he knew that everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messenger of life, because it is alive and contains all information.
Then he realized that although he was made of stars, he was not those stars. “I am in-between the stars,” he thought. So he called the stars the tonal, and the light between the stars the nagual, and he knew that what created the harmony and peace between the two is Life or Intent. Without Life, the tonal and the nagual could not exist. Life is the force of the absolute, the supreme, the Creator who creates everything.
This is what he discovered; Everything in existence is a manifestation of the one living being we call God. Everything is God. And he came to the conclusion that human perception is merely light perceiving light. He also saw that matter is a mirror – everything is a mirror that reflects light and creates images of that light – and the world of illusion, the Dream, is just like the smoke which doesn’t allow us to see what we really are. “The real us is pure love, pure light,” he said.
This realization changed his life. Once he knew what he really was, he looked around at other humans and the rest of nature, and he was amazed at what he saw. He saw himself in everything – in every human, in every animal, in every tree, in the water, in the rain, in the clouds, in the earth. And he saw that Life mixed the tonal and the nagual in different ways to create billions of manifestations of Life.
In those few moments he comprehended everything. He was very excited, and his heart filled with peace. He could hardly wait to tell his people what he had discovered. But there were no words to explain it. He tried to tell the others, but they could not understand. They could see that he had changed, that something beautiful was radiating from his eyes and his voice. They noticed that he no longer had judgement about anything or anyone. He was no longer like anyone else.
He could understand everyone very well, but no one could understand him. They believed that he was an incarnation of God, and he smiled when he heard this and he said, “It is true. I am God. But you are also God. We are the same, you and I. We are images of light. We are God.” But still the people didn’t understand him.
He had discovered that he was a mirror for the rest of the people, a mirror in which he could see himself. “Everyone is a mirror,” he said. He saw himself in everyone, but nobody saw him as themselves. And he realized that everyone was dreaming, but without awareness, without knowing what they really are. They couldn’t see him as themselves because there was a wall of fog or smoke between the mirrors. And that wall of fog was made by the interpretation of images of light – the Dream of humans.
Then he knew that he would soon forget all that he had learned. He wanted to remember all the visions he had had, so he decided to call himself the Smokey Mirror so that he would always know that matter is a mirror and the smoke in-between is what keeps us from knowing what we are. He said, “I am the Smokey Mirror, because I am looking at myself in all of you, but we don’t recognize each other because of the smoke in-between us. That smoke is the Dream, and the mirror is you, the dreamer.” don Miguel Ruiz
This is what it means to dream while we are awake….to have a lack of awareness for the present moment and all moments that came before it. He goes onto to explain about “society’s dream” to further the point as to how much of our reality is a dream….all of the distractions that we preoccupy ourselves with – work, school, TV, radio, clothes, money, Facebook, books, Internet, our own egos….the list goes on and on…..these are our attachments and our aversions that keep us from knowing, trusting, and loving our true Selves….these are the things that catch our attention (our awareness). He discusses the implications (or karma) whether or not we choose to allow them to keep our attention, or if we will choose to allow our attention to shift to something else.