The story/dramas that the false self experiences occur directly and precisely according to one’s programmed conditioning [attachments, expectations and identifications tied to memory (past) and imagination (future)]. Manipulating these ongoing stories to play-out in certain ways in relation to one’s desires [also arising due to their conditioning], does NOT ‘shift’ anything ‘real’. It simply rearranges the props on the stage of dreams. The illusion of ‘growth’ happens as these constantly shifting stories happen and these are further enhanced by the illusions of time and space since Truth lies outside both.
Truth is ‘revealed’ when the pursuit of story/dramas [dreams] are departed from. The momentum of these experiences wind down as attention is ‘pulled-from’ the desire to manifest life in a certain way. This is called surrender. This dissolves the smoke-screen that these story/dramas have caused that hide the ever-Present Truth of Who You Really Are. IT never changes and has never been so-called ‘lost’ … only veiled by the illusory activities taking place on the screen of Consciousness.
HOW SUFFERING LEADS TO FREEDOM” - The Transition out of Deep Sleep to Liberation - by John McIntosh