Those of us who study the Toltec spiritual path recognize that the function of the human mind is to dream. Most of us associate dreaming with the activity we engage in at night and consider ourselves awake during the day. However this is far from the truth for Toltecs! To be awake for us means that we are seeing directly with our spiritual eyes, rather than aligning with the virtual reality that results from light interacting with the human brain.

We are beings of perception constantly receiving information about our surroundings from our five senses. When we receive light waves from our eyes and ears our brain interprets that information and creates a 3-D virtual reality for us to interact with. For example, have you ever put on those cool looking headsets on that allow you to fight and interact in imaginary computer worlds? They are using the same process as your own brain does as you are taking action in a world that is a projected virtual reality.

As humans we cannot perceive the outside world of energy directly since our bodies are not capable of that function. Our brain must interpret energy or light for us and create a world of colors and shapes for us to interact in. We rarely take the time to appreciate this process and as a result make the assumption that what we see is real. But this could not be further from the truth. All we do is interact with a virtual realty all day, we never really see the world as it is. Our spiritual eyes are capable of this feat, not our human eyes. This is why Toltecs say we are dreaming all the time – day and night – as the virtual reality is simply a dream.

For us to wake up means we must detach from this dream-virtual reality and learn to see directly with our spiritual eyes. Otherwise we are subject to the interpretation of our reality according to the machine and all its inherent limitations. Not only is our perception limited by the brain – but the mind further limits us with its repository of beliefs and concepts that we use to interpret and filter our virtual reality through. This makes what we see and hear even further from the truth.

In the end we are only seeing from the point of view of the mind, its ideas, concepts, and judgments. As a result we are not free; we are prisoners of the virtual reality until we recognize it for what it is. Now I am not saying this is bad, it is simply how we were made to function. But to live our lives only seeing through the machine is denying ourselves one of the greatest gifts that Spirit has given us.

Carl Jung once said: Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart – Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens. I encourage you challenge your absolute faith in your dreaming and learn to waken your spiritual or inner eyes. If you do, the reward will be great as you will experience the magic of a life without limitations (remember Neo in The Matrix?).

As always, I wish you the best on your path.

Author's Bio: 

Sheri Rosenthal DPM is a master Toltec teacher and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Toltec Wisdom and Banish Mind Spam!. Having trained with don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements®, she currently takes students on spiritual journeys works with personal apprentices and enjoys being extremely happy. You can reach her at or and