Your Dream is Over… or Has it Just Begun?

This is one of the most soothing songs I’d ever heard, that is gentle while singing of strength. I read that it was ‘written to sooth a young child who had had a bad dream about being all alone and lost’. Many sought solace in it as it seems to sing about loss of a loved one too. I heard it many years ago but never really looked into what it meant. For some reason, it came to mind again while travelling overseas. Here is my dharmic interpretation.

Silent Lucidity (Queensryche)

Hush now, don’t you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You’re lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream
Spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leaving the game of life

Comments: No matter what happens, so long as we are not fully awake, all our experiences are dreamlike, coming to pass. Even the worst we go through in Samsara are but fleeting nightmares upon hindsight. All the cherish are never really lost; they just take in other forms in other lives.

So here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day
Your dream is over… or has it just begun?

Comments: Every time we awake, physically or spiritually, it is another chance to live a better life. Even if this is still a dream, it is part of the process towards awakening fully.

There’s a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run through in the night
Relax child, you were there
But only didn’t realize and you were scared
It’s a place where you will learn
To face your fears, retrace the years
And ride the whims of your mind
Commanding in another world
Suddenly you hear and see
This magic new dimension

Comments: Every time we slip into a dream, we might be hiding from reality, yet every nightmare might present a part of reality too. In dreams as when awake, we can learn to face our fears, to relive experiences missed or not fully lived, so that we can relearn.

I- will be watching over you
I- am gonna help you see it through
I- will protect you in the night
I- am smiling next to you, in silent lucidity

Comments: When we are mindful of them, we are protected by the compassion and wisdom of both Buddhas and our Buddha-nature, be we awake or dreaming. With Samatha and Vipassana meditation well practised, we can experience both silence (stillness; calmness) and lucidity (clarity; insight) respectively.

-spoken during solo-
[Visualize your dream]
[Record it in the present tense]
[Put it into a permanent form]
[If you persist in your efforts]
[You can achieve dream control]
[Dream control]
[How’s that then, better?]
[Dream control]
[Dream control]
[Dream control]
[Dream control]
[Hug me]

Comments: These words speak of lucid dreaming. If we live our moments awake in lucidity, why not dream lucidly too? In both moments awake and in dreams, we create and control our reality in the present tense – to the extent that we are mindful. The only permanence we can experience is release and bliss with the perfection of mindfulness.

If you open your mind for me
You won’t rely on open eyes to see
The walls you built within
Come tumbling down, and a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn
You’re safe from pain in the dream domain
A ‘soul’ set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize
Your dream’s alive, you can be the guide but…

Comments: The physical power of sight can never be greater than the spiritual power of insight. When uninhibited by mental limitations, possibilities are boundless. You live twice when you live fully when awake or dreaming. When we realise our dream worlds are unsubstantial, we are always safe from suffering within them.

I- will be watching over you
I- am gonna help to see it through
I- will protect you in the night
I- am smiling next to you….

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