When you go to sleep at night and have a sleeping-dream all that appears in your sleeping-dream is just your own consciousness. All the people you communicate with and all the places are really just your own consciousness. They are not real. They are your consciousness appearing as people, places, events and things. Therefore what they really are is just one consciousness that has the ability to appear as everything in the dream.

The body and the mind are limited and therefore vulnerable; they need protection which gives rise to fear. As long as you identify yourself with them you are bound to suffer; realize your independence and remain happy. I tell you, this is the secret of happiness. To believe that you depend on things and people for happiness is due to ignorance of your true nature; to know that you need nothing to be happy, except Self-knowledge, is wisdom.