One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
Dreams are just that ... dreams. They are illusions until you start to believe them to be real. Then, they become delusions. Your life is a delusion cause you know this is all there can be. From your experiences, you know this life. Nothing else. When you begin your inquiry of your mind, you start the journey to see the truth. Sit and practice .... read ... find a teacher ... find a sangha ... hahaha