Is this a bad thing? No, it doesn't have to be if you accept that you’re living on the planet of lesson and you’ve made the decision to learn the difference between making choices while in a dream-state or while awake. In other words, are you opting to be a sleepwalker or a creative being?
A sleepwalker is one who makes decisions in a state of sleep, not knowing or caring about the inner consequences of their choices. If you want to break the hold that your state of sleep has on you, you need to understand that your brain functions like a machine. It is designed to help you deal with the ever-changing demands of your environment. Your five senses—sight, sound, feeling, touch and taste—are all sending information to your brain so that it can make a choice about whether to run from something or embrace it. However, it is up to you whether this is a conscious choice or merely a mechanical reaction.
Habits and trains of thoughts do become things. They are like those elephants mindlessly holding onto each others’ tails and moving forward: one thought follows another until eventually a trend develops and gains enough strength to manifest an experience. Not one second of this thought association requires any conscious thought. The power of thinking by association lies in your tendency to allow your life to be driven by your conditioning—that is, to follow well-used thought paths. We sometimes refer to these as “ruts.”
Believing that you are always fully aware of what you do and why you do it is a delusion. Failing to break free of this fantasy is what will keep you living the life of a sleepwalker rather than that of a sentient being. Your life on this planet is an experiment in self-evolution, and the only way to achieve this is to wake up from your state of sleep. Sleepwalking blocks your ability to live as a fully developed spiritual being.
It's rare when a person catches a glimpse of how mechanical they are and how it cuts them off from being the unlimited and creative being they were meant to be. But once you see this tendency, even if it is on a subtle level, a struggle ensues between you and your machine. In the movie, The Matrix, the authors attempted to depict this internal struggle between the mechanical, sleeping parts of yourself, and the real you who is fighting to awaken. The underlying theme obviously struck a chord with people even when they didn’t consciously understand the message.
If you live your life as a sleepwalker, is there any physical harm? No, there isn't! As a matter of fact, in terms of your matrix, or your life, you can appear to be successful and happy. However, if you desire to take part in the process of self-evolution, which as Jesus said lifts all others with you, you have to start to wake up. If nothing else, why cheat yourself out of the ability to use your creative power to raise your own spiritual awareness and enhance your life in all ways?
How do you rise above being a sleepwalker?
- You begin to transform yourself and your life by accepting that everything moves from the within to the without, not the other way around.
- You make the choice to view your life experiences as opportunities to discover what erroneous attitudes lie within you.
- Then you work to change those inner attitudes, which in turn will change your outer experiences.