We hear about the Divine Realms, where Everything Is One, where God Is All, and where your Being exists in joyful perfection. Then there's the world most people live in, where pain, suffering, separation, and conflict seem very real. Creating true balance in our lives means that we must bring the Divine Oneness into our "normal" world, but more often than not this seems like an impossibility. How can we be One when we appear to be separate?
One thing to understand is that our minds revolve around the paradigm of separation, and the whole perception of ourselves as separate entities is created by the mind. The separate mind cannot bridge the gap between Oneness and the illusion of separation, and all you're going to do is create cognitive dissonance trying to hold on to those two contradictory thoughts at the same time. Consciousness however, can embrace a paradox. Consciousness can exist peacefully with the Divine Mystery, which creates a sense of child-like wonder for all Life.
This is the Reality, and you only dreamed of separation. It's a relatively short dream too, something that's not going to last. That's either a very frightening thought, because you're terrified of losing all the illusion, all the nothing that you've built up, or a very enlightening thought, because you realize the impermanence of the dream and how incredibly free your True Self really is.
Realizing you're dreaming is the first part of waking. This life is a Divine Paradox, the more you see the illusions as illusions, the more you can see the Reality beyond them. The more you realize what it means to be One, an individual Being living within a pretend game of separation, the more you see yourself reflected in all the other Ones. Embracing your individuality is part of how you rejoin with the All, how mind-blowing is that? It's only then that you see yourself more clearly and begin to see Who You Truly Are.
As any lucid dreamer can tell you, a dream is only as real as you believe it is. The dreams you dream while you're "awake" may seem more real than the dreams you have while you're "asleep", but that's because the human dream is not yours alone. It's a collective creation, and one that no single person has control over. The human world is the result of all our energies coming together, and even though at the moment it's happening almost entirely unconsciously, which creates a huge mess, there's always the potential of working together Consciously to recreate paradise, that Garden of Eden from the world's religious mythologies.