A lot of Buddhist teachers (including myself) describe our meditation practice as the tool we use to wake up out of our induced “trance state” of consciousness. This implies that we have been sleeping all along, and with practice we begin waking up to a more real conscious reality.
That has certainly been my experience. Before regular meditation, while in this trance state, I experienced people, things, and even the world as more solid, stable, and rigidly held into place according to my perceptions. There were little to no grey areas and no space. My reality was also object-focused.
As my practice has deepened, everybody and everything has changed. Walls, people, and even rocks do not appear completely solid. Things have become more fluid, dynamic and amorphous. Reality is constantly ebbing, flowing, and changing, and is experienced more so like from a waking, sleeping dream state. The “me” has dropped away most of the time, as it too ebbs and flows into and out of existence (could say a lot about this too). Reality is also more space or emptiness-focused.
Awakening out of the trance state of consciousness into a more dreamlike state of conscious awareness sounds ironic, doesn’t it?
So the question is, what state of consciousness is more real? Are any of them real? Or is our experience in varying states of consciousness just a collection of projections created by the mind?