Our life is not a real life but is a state of dream. All that which we are experiencing in this life is not real but is an experience of dream. However this fact does not get accepted till we wake up from this dream and waking up from this dream means soul waking up in the space all alone after the death of the physical body.
Every night we get into a state of dream and during dream we are not aware that we are dreaming and the experiences in dream are real experiences till we come out of dream. While we are dreaming we are not aware that we are sleeping on the bed and dreaming. That fact is known only when we wake up. Similarly this life too is a dream, though it does not appear to be so, but this fact gets realised when we die and the soul leaves the body.
Our night’s dream is deemed to be dream only after we wake up in the morning and that too because sub conscious mind is aware that the person who slept in the night is the same person who woke up, so a continuity of the persons existence is established. In the same way when we die and leave the body we (the soul) suddenly finds itself all alone in the space without physical body and without spouse, parents, children, family members, house, car, friends, society and the material world which existed before death. This state of the soul, being all alone in the space, is the same as it was before its birth and hence the continuity of its lonely existence without physical body gets established and the remembrances of life incidents become a dream. It laughs itself when life incidents gets flashed and it remembers its parents, spouse, children and the house, car, job etc which it owned as something happened in the dream and not real. It knows that nobody exists other than him and no gross body or any gross world exists in reality.
Living in the world for 70-80 years would seem to be only for short spell of time for the soul in space. This is similar to a dream in the night, where thousands of kilometers would have been travelled or a child would have grown into an adult in a span of few minutes of our time scale zone. This happens because of the difference in frequency of consciousness in awakened state, dream state and non-physical soul state.
In reality, our existence is only in dreams. We, as soul in the space, dream of life in this world (birth to death) and we as human beings in this world dream something else when we fall asleep. In the dream also we may get into another dream state.
So, as nothing is real and permanent in the whole existence of this universe why should we fear, worry and be anxious of anything. Why should we repent for the past and worry for the future. All is going to pass one day as dream, including favorable and unfavorable situations, circumstances, people and ourselves. In fact, if we look at our life in retrospect, everything will look as dream. Our childhood, school days, marriage, death of family member, job, retirement, loss, profit, sickness, strained and cordial relationships, entertainment etc all will look like dream. They may be good or bad dreams, joy giving or scary dreams but all those events having passed are dreams and have no existence. Similarly all that which is presently going on will become a dream in future.
Eventually one day when we get spiritually enlightened we would experience and realise that we were bound to dreams and got liberated from dreams. Nothing was real and nothing is real. Reality is only one and that is our existence as pure self — formless and eternal consciousness.
One can straight away achieve this enlightened state if one can constantly remain aware, all the time, of being in a dream state. Witnessing everything as happening in dream and not reacting negatively to any situation, knowing pretty well that nothing is permanent and nothing needs to be taken seriously. Even if one does not achieve enlightened state, at least one can make this life a good dream to remember and enjoy in retrospect.