Reality or just a dream?

India
February 23, 2009 6:22am CST
How do you know you and everything around you is really here and not just a dream? At times my imagination have taken me to a world where we all are just a living object in the stomach of a giant how is so huge that our whole universe is a food grain sitting at a corner of his stomach. Have you ever felt anything as strange as this?
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@neha2k94u (408)
• India
24 Feb 09
Well I am obsessed with this kind of thoughts...As I feel the creater is so giant that he can play with all the planets as we do with the balls... If some day he would do that with our earth...then...U can guess...What will happen... Till then enjoy...
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• India
24 Feb 09
Earth being a ball is not that bad but its effect may be... yup let us enjoy till then.
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@derek_a (10898)
23 Feb 09
I am a Zen practitioner and in Zen they talk about the only reality being here and now. The past is an illusion because it is no longer there, the future, because it is not yet and the present.. Well, that's a bit of a problem too, because as soon as we see the present it is gone! If I think very deeply about this, I can see how what is out there in the world is so transient and therefore, dream-like. - Derek
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• India
24 Feb 09
It is not that much about the past, present or the future but the fact, is it true. The way we thought about our past, the way we are looking at our future and the way we are going to live in future or is all this an illusion.
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@derek_a (10898)
24 Feb 09
"The way we thought about our past, the way we are looking at our future and the way we are going to live in future or is all this an illusion." If we think about our past, we are thinking about something that is no longer there. Is something that is no longer there real? If we think about our future and the way we are going to live, we are thinking about something that is not yet? Is something that is not yet, real? . Derek
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@syankee525 (6293)
• United States
23 Feb 09
yeah sometime it seem like for me, but knowing how to keep what real and what not real is the part that was hard to do
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• India
23 Feb 09
so what is your most abstract imagination you have found yourself chasing?
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• United States
23 Feb 09
my was just life in general. with my disorder i had trouble to figure what was real and what was make belive. found myself doing stuipd things without relizing it. had so many differnet things but not i have to think before i do things
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@jlamela (4907)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
Of course I always believe that I am living in reality because that is what I always feel that I am alive and just a human being. It is very difficult to live in fantasy or dreams there's a great chance that you cannot experience life itself.
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@Spook619 (335)
25 Feb 09
In my personal expereince, when you live in fantasies and dreams then it is almost impossible to experience life. It was partly because of this that my rediculasly optimistic optlook on life became watered to about 30% optimistic and 70% pesimistic... a ballance I like to call reality. On the plus side, if you prepare pesimisticly then you never get dissapointed :)
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
24 Feb 09
There are certain spiritual philosophies which talk about what we perceive as real is in fact just a dream so we should not get too caught up in petty earthly matters. I don't know if I have felt like that though unless I've been meditating. It sounds like you could do great creative work when you are in such a state. Make the most of it.
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• India
24 Feb 09
Talking about doing some creative work, I have tried creating a few cartoon characters, the start has always been great but then my focus fades and the product either remains unfinished or don't have good finish.
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• United States
23 Feb 09
i think of things like that to amuse myself occasionally. i've often wondered if we were nothing but atoms on the same giant's fingernail. for all we know,we could be.after all,under high powered lenses,they've found tiny parasites living on us.
• India
24 Feb 09
I guess living on the fingernails is a better thing to do then being in the stomach though. lol Thanks for your response
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@Pose123 (21665)
• Canada
23 Feb 09
Hi coolmailrai, I'm afraid I'm never felt anything quite like that but I know what you mean. I have often wondered if the things around me, even the people in my life were real or if everything was a dream. In a sense it probable is like a dream, but I'm sure the things around us are as real as we are. I've wondered too if there were beings that are so different from us that we are not able to comprehend them. Blessings.
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• India
24 Feb 09
Hi thanks for your response. Well you can call me raj, that is my actual name.
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@Canellita (12056)
• United States
26 Feb 09
That's the sixty million dollar question isn't it? All that talk of alternate universes and alternate realities can srrew with your head and movies like The Matrix certainly don't help. Ever felt like you were the subject of something like The Truman Story? Life can definitely feel weird at times making you wonder where the cameras are. Your body is it's own weird ecosystem so that in a sense you are your own walking planet orbiting everyone else. How's that for subjective reality?
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@timhinyy (1653)
• United States
26 Feb 09
sometimes when you are dreaming its hard to tell that you are dreaming unless the dream wakes you up and you start thinking what the heck was that all about i have had some weird ones over the course of my life and i would wake up thinking why the heck did i dream about that cause it has nothing to do with things i normally think about
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@joyangz32 (322)
• Netherlands
26 Feb 09
I don't feel any strange. Actually, I'm a dreamer. My mind travels anywhere even I'm working. It just like an escape from my real world(where problems, sufferings, worries, sacrifices present). I would like more to dream than to be in the real world. It's nice to imagine things beyond our control which are so impossible. Unfortunately, we need to deal with our real world.
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@aprilten (1966)
• Philippines
26 Feb 09
Honestly, I never felt as strange like that. Your discussion reminded me of the movie 'Matrix'. If you've seen that movie you know what I mean. But, between the real world and the unreal world in matrix, I think I'd like to be in the unreal world than fighting all those strange creatures in the real world. It seems that there is no peace in the real world in that movie.
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@littleowl (7157)
26 Feb 09
Hi cool', I beleive at this precise moment in time we are living in a reality that is real, everything around us is living everything we do is real but there are parralell universes and other dimensions of which I do beleive we still live in the past and the future...if you look into remote viewiing then it will explain things a bit more where the past is repeating itself and still living the future has already happened and is still going on...even this moment is history the next is the future we are just molecules in the universe that live for as long as it want us to...littleowl
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@Spook619 (335)
24 Feb 09
Super String Theory would say that your "grain" analagery isn't far wrong from the real truth, that there mustr be many universes existing to creat points in the 7th dimension. (for further explanation please visit www.socyberty.com/Philosophy/Eleven-Dimensions.533857 ) I spent a long time thinking about this over the years and I came to this conclusion. I was born, I have a living conscience which feels pain, joy and love. I know that some day I will die in the physical sense and trust that I will join the great party in Heaven. On the basis that I feel pain and can dream in this life I must be really here. On the other side of the coin, I have ahad dreams where in the first person I have fallen asleep and had a dream within a dream. From this I must deduce that it is possible that I am part of a greater being who lives and entire lifetime while they sleep and I am simply the character in their dream. When they wake up, I will die and they shall live, yet someone else will be born when they once again return to sleep. Over-all however I think that we are really here, but it is down to the individual to define what "really here" means.
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@winterose (39898)
• Canada
24 Feb 09
no because I do know the difference between reality and day dreams, so I cannot relate to what you are saying unfortunately.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
23 Feb 09
It doesn't take much science study to realize how limited we humans are in our perceptions. The thing that make us stand out is the fact that we can realize this and study it. Each of us is no more then a cell of life in the total scheme of things. The fact that we usually don't think about this is what is amazing.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
23 Feb 09
I have often felt like this also. I feel alot of times that we are just a piece of dust or small molecule floating around but we have to eat, sleep and breathe.
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@eshaan (6193)
• India
23 Feb 09
hey...pinch yourself and confirm that u are not in a dream.... i should say that ur imagination has wings and you can be a good poet or writer. I have such thoughts slightly for a few seconds, when i wake up in the morning, and i have seen some dream lately, just before waking up....when i come in the real world, i feel...what is all this,where i was and who are all these people...but then soon i become familiar
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