Staying in the Dream
There's a story about one guy who went to the psychotherapist claiming that he had a big problem, and that it had been lasting a couple years already.
“I go to sleep every day, and I have the same dream at night: mice are playing soccer. It’s just a regular league! Each day, Warsaw mice are playing other mice, and it’s been like this for over a year. I don’t want to see this anymore. What should I do?”
The doctor says, “It’s ok. It’s out of stress. I have these pills, here is a prescription. Swallow one in the evening and no more dreams."
Then the guy says, “Can I please take it tomorrow? We have mice finals tonight! The end of the world cup!”
This is how it is about our waking up. It’s very similar. We want to wake up, we know it’s a dream and it’s not so cool. But we want to see the finals! Or something in the dream continues to hold us back, and we wait. That’s why we stay in the dream. So stay attentive. If you cannot wake up, it means that you have something holding you back. You have to know what it is. Maybe a teacher can help you, but the best teacher is inside yourself.