The Structure

trompe-arch1Sometimes the images in our dreams get straight to the point: here, a barrier has been erected in front of a doorway.  So, where there was a flow, where movement was possible, it has now become difficult or impossible. And because the setting is a home, or apartment, the dream is speaking of the inner life of the dreamer. So the structure that is being put up is between one aspect of the inner life and another, pointing out the resistance to what is being found, or a fear of what might be found. Still, in the dream world is the safety of finding a resolution in a natural way.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I had one of those deep dreams that was hard to pull out, so I just remember parts of it. It seemed like I think I was with you, and we had an apartment that seemed to be partly underground, or a house.

And, at some point, while we were doing something, like in one room, a repairman had come and he was fixing something up towards where our exit was – because we had to go up to exit. Although what he had done was pretty, he had put this really thick board with bolts across there.

I’m then mentioning to you that I don’t think I can get out now, because I go over and I have to jump up to even grab onto it. And then I try to see if I can haul myself up, and roll over, and that would be how I’d have to get out – and that doesn’t seem like a way to really kind of come in and out of the house. He needed to build it so that there was more space, or not quite so high.

And then I can’t remember the other things that were going on in the apartment, but it felt like in the background I could see somebody that was holding… it’s like they were holding energy, in a particular way. And the conclusion I drew from this was that change is a lot harder than one thinks, because of these traits that get kind of held strongly. And that was the most I could tell you about the dream.

John: Well, it seemed like you had an image, in terms of whatever was built, or constructed, as an outer idea, it was done in such a way so that you couldn’t come and go freely, right?

Jeane: Mm huh.

John: And so what you’re describing is something that’s put in place based upon ideas, concept protocols, essentially projected ideas, of the time. And what you’re finding is that what has occurred is in the way of a natural flow. Isn’t that what you’re describing?

Jeane: Yes.

John: And so your dream is attempting to direct your attention to the intertwined, connective flow, because that’s where your heart can naturally relate, and that’s where you find yourself to be at ease. And your not at ease having to try to contend with the conceptualizations, and the mannerisms, and projections, that are in the environment around you.

Now what you’ve done, with this dream, is you’ve taken the thought-upon-thought, and you recognize that that becomes concretized, in terms of the outer, and that certain man-acted-upon, or projected, thoughts-upon-thoughts have led to a structure, or a barrier, that makes it difficult to come and go. And the coming and going that you’re talking about is a coming and going in terms of the inner essence of yourself.

And so these concretized thought-upon-thoughts have imposed barriers to the natural free flow of a quality of heartfulness in and of yourself. In other words, your dream jumps you ahead from the standpoint that, in the physical, what you see around you is an accentuation of thought-upon-thought, or in the mindfulness of projection, concretized into the outer.

And your dream is jumping you ahead to a sensibility that comes from the heart, that knows that that sort of thing is in the way, and just needs to be set aside. That’s an interesting dream, right?

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On the Other Side


Brittany Castle

Most people admit to a feeling of longing in their life, at least at some point, and it often is associated with the ideas of finding meaning or finding connection. Spiritually, meaning and connection are intrinsic to the journey, and inseparable from one another. In everyday life, meaning and connection can get separated, in the sense that a career or family can give meaning, and friends or partners can give the feeling of connection. But the deep longing that we may experience can only truly be fulfilled by the spiritual meaning and connection, the other options are merely placeholders. Through a spiritual path, the longing is satisfied, and then everything we do has meaning and connection.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Then I seem to be with you, in the same large drugstore, but maybe in a slightly different section of it. And it feels like you and I have observed some films, at some point, of a man and his wife who are doing something somewhat shamanic – and you’re quite interested in this.

So after we’ve watched these films a few times, it feels like we go to a separate area of the drugstore where this man and woman will be, and other people, a large group of people, have come almost like for a weekend workshop, or meetings, or I don’t know what. It’s just in a different area of the drugstore.

And when we go there there’s a large crowd. It’s like this man and woman who have these shamanic techniques are on a circular platform, and it’s crowded with other people who are there also, and we’re observing, but we’re further back in the crowd watching, And it feels like, at some point, you must catch their attention, and you actually go down close to where they are, or talk to them.

But it’s almost like I’m kind of invisible to them, or they don’t pay attention to me, one of the two. But when whatever they were demonstrating, or talking about, is all over, you come back to where I am and we’re going to leave. And it feels like they’re disappointed, like maybe they wanted you to go with them, or partake in some part of their ceremony, or something that they were using, or exchanging. But you’ve come back to me, and we’re leaving.

And I notice that, in a sense, they don’t really pay attention to me at all because they have this disappointment that you’re not kind of joining their group, or their ceremony, or whatever. That was the end of the dream.

John: It was kind of hard to follow because I was drifting in it, because what I was drifting in was in kind of a recognition, or understanding, of how things abide in kind of a connectivity. Where you were going back and forth, up and down, with all of that.

In other words, the connectivity, the glimpse of the connectivity, that is like on an in-breath, other-sideness of yourself, that is kind of like more on planes of light even, is perhaps a way of saying it, because the thought mind senses keep one oriented to things being distinguished as in a kind of separateness. That was inflected in the first part of the dream.

In the second part of the dream, what you’re doing is you’re weighing, it’s like you’re measuring, the degree of indulgence, and experiencing the pros and cons of that, in terms of the heart, because everything vies for the heart. And you have your outer mind sense thought aspects, and then you have this connectivity, which is like a spaciousness, and it has to follow some sort of heartfelt connectivity in order for it to be meaningful – thus like the whiplash between the interval of the out-breath turning to the in-breath, where the longing is accentuated.

And the degree to which you understand that, or know that, or have caught up with that, or are awakening to that, is kind of like being measured, or evaluated, in this aspect of the dream.

So basically what you’re doing is, the theme of the dreaming last night had to do with recognizing that the connectivity that is important, that pulls things together in an overallness, that that’s what life is really all about.

And then comes the information in which there can be the dreams that slip to that sort of thing a bit, for imagery purposes, and thus then the slow recognition of where that is at in relationship to the breath, and that this is more of on an in-breath level. And on an in-breath level, it’s more subjective, it’s more subtle, it’s more etheric, it’s more like in the light, or planes of light, and therefore unspoken, and intangible, and yet all effusive, which runs counter to the energy that is coming down, which gets magnified in a whiplash way when it hits the interval between the out-breath turning to the in-breath, to where from the whiplash it starts its return journey as an in-breath going back to everything that is.

And, of course, in the going back it travels through the planes of light, and who knows what all else, and that an awareness from the longing, whiplash area, just like in outer space where you talk about a spaceship that will use the gravity of a planet, or the density of something, to create kind of a snap, a propulsion, is kind of like that in terms of the breath, is a way of saying it, as you come to recognize the greater dimensionality of yourself, as a kind of other side, that is on the in-breath. The out-breath we’re very familiar with because the out-breath is a concretized, thought-upon-thought quality of us, being us, as matter in manifestation.

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A Connective Quality

zodiac ceilingWe cannot use one methodology to resolve every situation we find ourselves in. Every lock has its own key. We see that there are two genders and 12 signs of the Zodiac, and each one has skills and traits useful in certain situations. As a human we can, and should, use them all – when the time is appropriate – when we find ourselves trying to unlock that certain door. In this dream, the dreamer needs to add a little champagne to the situation, to ease tension or fear, and that allows a different connection to be made. We use these processes all the time, but they are even more powerful when we are conscious of it. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well, my dream seemed to take place in this large drugstore, and, in the first part of the dream, I even am wearing some kind of a uniform, like maybe I’m a nurse or something.

And I’m in the drugstore and I have a feeling that this man, that I have some relationship with, is gone, and so I have, for about three days, that I go into this one area of the drugstore on my own, and every time I go in there, and walk by the shelves and go to some part of the drugstore, I’m carrying with me a glass of champagne, I think it is, that I take. And that’s kind of how I deal with being alone.

And then, on the third day, it feels like this man’s coming back, and he has kind of an entourage. He’s this kind of very attractive black man who plays a gangster and drug dealer on one of the TV shows, and so he has this dangerous feel to him. And when he comes back I’m kind of leery about how he, or his men, are going to react to the fact that the way that I dealt with going into the drugstore, or this area of the drugstore, on my own everyday, was by taking a glass of champagne or wine with me.

So I’m leery about that. But when they come back it’s like they seem to observe what I’ve done, but then they keep a certain distance; but nothing bad seems to happen. Then the dream shifts.

John: So what you’re describing, in kind of an overall sense, is the quality of connectivity that is outside of the usual mind sense state of awareness.

And what I’m talking about, in terms of a mind sense state of awareness, is usually there is a conduct, an outward conduct, that’s correlated with mind sense action. And what you’re talking about is a connectivity that has to do with a spatiality, that you’re able to sustain, or maintain, or find.

And you are talking about this using something symbolic like wine, a type of drunkenness from the usual predominating veil-like outer mind sense oriented conditions, so that you kind of fall into this connectivity that normally would be shut off, or veiled, or concealed by your usual outward demeanor.

And you’re also reporting it correctly when you say that when you notice something like this as having a parallel, or an intertwinement, with a way of connecting to something outside of your normal perception of self, that that has a sense of danger to it. Initially, that is always true, that it comes across as being more than you are able to reconcile with your mind senses. So the usual response is to view it as threatening, or dangerous. But, eventually, there is a stillness, a greater stillness.

This is all part of playing with a greater dimensionality that is a quality of the in-breath. The out-breath is where it focuses down, brings down the thoughts and the momentousness, which you need for creating a yearning. It’s almost like using the magnetism in a whiplash way, much like you see in outer space travel where they use the gravity of a planet where they come really close to it and then they try to whiplash that to propel themselves.

This is much like what happens when the out-breath comes down. It hits a momentous propelling quality of longing at the interval where the out-breath turns to the in-breath, and that then can whiplash you, so to speak, into a connective quality that is an aspect of the in-breath that will not make sense to the out-breath, per se, that is of a mind sense orientation.

So since it won’t make sense, there is going to be the quality of danger, or alarm, but the connectivity, when you let go of the danger or alarm, that connectivity is not just fascinating, there’s actually a kind of an exquisiteness in it that it can be found, that it can be noticed, that it can be taken in, because it leads to kind of a greater completeness expansively, intertwinedly, in a connectivity way, to one’s beingness – which won’t make sense, and is not a behavior that you look at in the usual mind sense orientation. It’s something that you sort of fall, or abide, into outside of time and space.

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