"when consciousness becomes form, it enters a dreamlike state"
All the books that I've read consider that animals live continuously in the present and only adult humans are able to pull themselves from the present and fantasize about past and future."consciousness loses itself in form, becomes identified with form"
However, I'm strongly inclined to believe that many animals are able to do the same thing humans do (to some extent).
A well-known example is that of animals (from insects to mammals) building shelters and, especially, storing food for the winter.
A cute example is that of a chipmunk gathering seeds in its cheeks and then spiting out those seeds in a small storage space. The chipmunk knows winter is coming and it will be hungry; therefore, it doesn't eat the seeds right away, but saves them for the future.
Now, two funny questions:
- Is it possible for the chipmunk to awaken?
- If the chipmunk's ego dissolves, how will the form of the chipmunk (the empty shell) behave?