Zhuangzi and the butterfly
Who's to say there was a dream at all? We can recite memories of our own experiences to others, but dream of not, that experience required imagination for the listener to envision. Although they can believe it to be true, it will never meld into and be owned by any mind other than the one in which it originated. Even in shared experiences, what goes through the individual's mind will only be real to them. What has gone through the mind of the fellow audience may be similar, but never identical, and never fully understood by anyone else. Therefore, If no experience is truly real, it is for the individual to decide what they believe and how they wish to see. If Zhuangzi so vividly felt his conscience merged with the body of a butterfly, perhaps the experience was real and there was no dream at all.