Do we wake up to the dream or from the dream?
“To the dream” is close, but no cigar.
In reality, neither.
It is assumed that there is a separate entity that can awaken either to or from the dream.
There isn’t such an entity. It is an unexamined assumption. That is the very fact that is revealed in awakening.
That is what should be meditated on to remove the spiritual thorn the seeker carries stuck in his/her mind.
There is an awakening. The awakening reveals in no uncertain terms that there is no one who awakens or is awake. And the dream itself is irrelevant.
We are Consciousness. Consciousness is not conscious “of” anything. Neither are “we” inside Consciousness. Consciousness IS everything.
There is no subject experiencing the dream and there is no actual subject in the dream except as a mental construct and the experience of the senses.
Subject-object relationships ARE the dream. So the notion of an “I” who supposedly awakens to or from the dream is part of the dream.
Also, there is not a problem with the dream being a dream.
Usually, people want to awaken because their dream is unpleasant. Fair enough. That is the basis of suffering and seeking. But often, they want to get away from the pain by idealizing bliss, preferably eternal, somewhere outside the dream. They are unhappy and suffering and then project a “spiritual” solution to it. That idealism remains unfulfilled as there is no end of seeking or suffering down that road.
The personality is the dream, the mind, the emotions, the world is the dream. It is the manifested. It is fine as it is. The dream as a whole is not a problem. That is exactly why Spiritual Realization can be expressed as “there is nothing wrong anymore”.