The first event of profound impact upon me in my awakening process was the near-nightly recurrence of a quite memorable and vivid dream. In this dream, I am walking down a busy city street in an American metropolitan area. I get the sense that there is a lot of bustle, but I never get an impression of faces. As I head down the street, I make my way into a sports bar. The setting changes slightly from dream-to-dream, but while the scenery changes, the overarching message and the perceived sequence of events does not.