There is little difference between your waking state and your dream state. You are a creature of your memories, and the world you think you see, both asleep and awake, is a projection of those memories. Your memories are valid only for you, and not for anyone else, so they cannot be “real”. To know your true Self, you need to get out of those memories, desires and expectations and live in the now. When you live in the now, you know eternity, for eternity is only in the present moment. You miss it when your mind is preoccupied with past and future. What you really are is in the now, and to meet yourself, to know what you are, you have to be in this moment with yourself. It is possible to learn to keep your mind focused in each moment. It’s called Meditation, or Mindfullness. When you learn that, you are centered in reality, and in contact with eternity. And you discover the meaning of “I am”.
Notes to myself while reading “I Am That”, P.527, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj