A dream can be dream. It can also be a nightmare
Once upon the time, there was a man who meditated continually for enlightenment.
One night, in his dream he saw himself walking in the forest seeking for awareness. When he woke up the next morning, he went into the woods and wandered for several hours, trying to look for the sigh that was supposed to provide him with the answers.
Finally, he saw a fox with no legs lying between two rocks in repose. He was curious as to how a legless fox could survive and stayed around to watch. By sunset, he saw a lion came by and ate the fox alive.
“Oh, I see it now,” the man exclaimed. “The secret to success in life is to trust that Tao will take care of all my needs. If I can totally surrender to the almighty Tao, I will be provided for.”
Two weeks later, frail and starving, the man had another dream. In the dream he heard a voice saying, “You fool! Be like the lion, not the fox!”
If you set your sight on the wrong things, you could mistake a nightmare as a dream.
A dream can be dream. It can also be a nightmare. This is the yin-yang of dreams.
“When people see things as beautiful, ugliness is created. When people see things as good, evil is created,”
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu (2)