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Daily Prompt: Just a Dream

You’re having a nightmare, and have to choose between three doors. Pick one, and tell us about what you find on the other side.

As I grew up with Christianity and Buddhism, I will borrow from the story of Scrooge to weave this dream

I find myself confronted by Mara. In Buddhism Mara is the Lord of bad fortune, sins, desires. Mara is the master of want and death, the two evils that chains man to the wheel of ceaseless rebirth. Mara reviled man, blinds him, uses sensuous
desires to tempt man, and once man is in his bondage, Mara is free to destroy him. After many temptations, which I barely resist, he gives me a choice of three doors.

The first door is the door to my past, where he will grant me one change to anything in the past, I would have happen differently, than this present has it as. Perhaps, he says my first marriage would still be intact. Or one of my friends who passed away, could still be alive. Yet another possibility, is one of the decisions I made, could be reversed, meaning I wouldn’t be where I am today, but in some exotic location.

The second door he offers, is to my future. Yet what he shows isn’t my future, rather just one possible chain of events, and outcomes from my choices to events that haven’t occurred. I could be a famous best-selling author, with my books in demand, turned into blockbuster after blockbuster. While I live on a tropical beach, with the most beautiful woman I have ever met.

The third door, he says is back to the present, with all the pain and challenges of my life. Mara says surely you don’t want to go back to this? You have suffered, and will continue to suffer on this path. Surely you want, something more pleasing, satisfying, and rewarding.

As I reach for the door handle, I awake, still here in the present.

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Some of my friends bad dreams;

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http://hastywords.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/the-devils-doors/

http://thematticuskingdom.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/daily-prompt-just-another-door-dream/

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15 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Just a Dream

  1. I wanted to read more. Well done!

  2. Glad you stayed here.

  3. I think most if not all of us wanted to stay a while in the past and change things we regret. If only we really have the opportunity…your story is beautiful.

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  5. Thanks for following my blog. I’ve returned the favour and will be keeping an eye on your posts.
    Loved your interpretation by the way. :)

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  7. Phew! Thankfully, he doesn’t try to grab you…

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