It is hard to deny that our reality remains stubbornly intact because our logic is stubbornly rational, geared solely to the events of the waking state. A dreamer can fly because defying gravity in a dream is just a matter of altering one’s brain wave patterns: everything that occurs in a dream, no matter how bizarre, is clearly self-generated. Yet the same holds true in waking state, with a difference.
Sitting in my chair this minute, I might think, “I want to fly,” and nothing will happen. I lack the power of a dreamer, or so it seems, and the reason, I tell myself, is that certain laws of nature have been set aside out of my control, gravity being a prominent example.
However, the rishis would argue that this setting aside is itself a human act. What holds me down to earth is not the fact that gravity is a law of nature. It is the choice of laws that happen to be in effect. When a person has reached a higher state of consciousness, he realizes such choices are always being made and can also be unmade. For every natural law that holds me down in my chair, another, still asleep in the field, would allow me to fly.
The rishis say, “This is full, that is full.” The word this signifies the manifest reality I see all around me; the word that signifies the unseen world of the transcendent, the world of Being, the field. Both worlds are full – i.e., infinite – and if I do not like the natural laws that trap me here, I can find alternatives inside the field.
I don’t have to defy the current set of laws, but only wake up a new one. This is how fire can be convincingly hot at one time and cold the next.
The doctrine of “This is full, that is full” causes the yogi to declare that nature is perfect. He is not referring to the picture that reality presents today, nor is he glossing over the gross imperfections that create suffering. But another kind of world is also available, at the touch of Being, and that fact overrides the evil we are witness to in daily life. Nature is perfect because it contains all possibilities.
Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).