Charlotte, your perspective is quite literally one of the metaphors that are commonly used to describe the difference between ‘regular life’ and ‘the insight after awakening’. For example, I just started reading David Carse’s Perfect Brilliant Stillness and he describes life as ‘a dream’ or ‘dream-like’, too. His account is quite beautiful, actually, as he outlines quite well how utterly helpless we are in trying to pursue, or in the face of, consciousness. Quite like a dream character.
Looking forward to the rest of your explanation,