Parable: The Dream Contract

This comes from the book The Song of the Bird by Anthony De Mello. Commentary will be the un italicized section of it.

It was nine o’clock in the morning and
Nasruddin was fast asleep. The sun had
risen in the sky, the birds were singing
in the trees, and Nasruddin’s breakfast
was getting cold. So his wife woke
him up.

He woke up in a towering rage. “Why did
you wake me up just now?” he shouted.

“The sun has risen in the sky,” said his
wife, “the birds are singing in the trees,
and your breakfast is getting cold.”

“Breakfast be damned,” he said.
“I was about to sign a contract
worth a million grams of gold.”

With that he closed his eyes
to recapture his shattered dream
and those million grams of gold.


Now Nasruddin was cheating in that contract and his business partner was a tyrant.

If, on recapturing his dream, Nasruddin gives up his cheating, he will become a saint.

If, in the midst of his dream, he suddenly realizes that he is dreaming, he will become awakened. Enlightened.

What kind of saint or freedom fighter are you if you are still asleep?

This parable kind of pulls me back to the topic of being aware.. It all seems to stem from awareness and that everything is incorporated within awareness. We are in a state of sleep yet we are the contradictory, we are awakeness itself, or awareness. We have taken ourselves to be something that we are not, like nasruddin or takes himself to be the business man in the deal in his dream, we take ourselves to be human beings or this or that instead of a “being that appears as human” as Adyashanti puts it.

So wake up! All you have to do is open your eyes to who you are.


Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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4 comments on “Parable: The Dream Contract
  1. msayers says:

    Great story. I’ve been hearing, or seeing Anthony De Mello’s name a lot lately. Guess I best start looking him up, huh?

    How can you think of such things AND worry about graduating college at the same time? Do you have a meditation shed in your parents’ back yard? 🙂

  2. lol, i usually meditate in my room , sometimes my parents come in but most of the time not… haha funny that you should ask that…I also do it later at night because for whatever reason love seems to present itself more at night or rather, I can see it alot more clearly =]

    As for the having time… I have my ways! but the first commentary is anthony, the second is just some thoughts added into by myself. He is definitely one Mystical Jesuit who I do admire, he has a lot of insight… I suggest Awareness by him if you ever get the chance… I have his audio book on it if you want or i can try and find an e-book for you if you’re interested in hearing what he has to say. He really is an amazing personality just like every other fun loving Mystic is. =P

  3. Liz Madsen says:

    Who am I then? 😛

  4. well the appearance is lizzy, but you are nothing but an illusion of the one, you have never been separate from the One. You are all prevasive Emptiness, you are the no-self, you are nothing that you perceive but yet everything that there is. You have no beginning and no end. You are not the body, the mind, or emotions yet all of these things are inside of you at the same time. You are a great void of all potential. You are not these words yet these words take refuge inside of you.

    You are You, yet the words are only pointers to what you actually are, the mind cannot comprehend. The knife cannot cut itself just like you cannot know yourself, but you are, you have always been, you transcend time and space, eternal and timeless… I can go on and on, on what you are, but yet this would never hit the mark on what you are because these are mere words, ideas, and concepts of what you actually are, merely writing them reduces them to the mind and makes them only a fraction of what you are. hopefully the pointer can show you in which direction to go though. 🙂

    as Adyashanti said, “We are being appearing as humans”

    “To find out what you are, you must first find out what you are not” -Nisargadatta Maharaj

    To be receptive to the Trtuh, you must first see that all thought is subjective and thus not truth, it is the illusion itself, the appearance of you.

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