Toward an Emptiness


Jordanis Keramidas

Being held captive, a rescue on horseback, and an escape – these are the elements that we find in fairy tales and action movies. Yet when the images come from a dream, and we understand that all the elements are a part of the dreamer’s inner life, we can gain an insight into what is being wrestled with. To free oneself of something a person needs to summon an inner power greater that what holds the person back. Yet letting go is never easy, so the image shows the characters trying to grab supplies as they break free – but, of course, it can’t work that way. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: In this dream, I’m like a little girl but I’ve been bound and kept captive somewhere. My hands are kind of loosely in some kind of a soft handcuff and I’m kept somewhere. And I’m kept in this building that’s almost like a school; there’s other kids there.

Well, I’m trying to figure out how to get free, and I do get out of the room one day, and then there’s a horse outside and the horse turns into my uncle, so I get away with my uncle.

And then there’s me as the little girl, there seems to be me as an older version, and my uncle, and we are all trying to get out of town and escape. But we have to figure out how to get some supplies.

Now, I start looking around for supplies. My uncle, sometimes he’s like a man, my uncle, and sometimes he’s the horse again, and then there’s the little girl me also. Now when we go looking for supplies, she goes back to the school and she gets seen. And I don’t know why she went there looking for something – the school where she’d been kind of imprisoned. Some people see her, so I have to kind of get her out of there again.

And then we’re going through the town very fast. We can’t go back to the house, a house where we’re known. We’re trying to find some supplies. We go into a building, and it’s a building where there’s weavers and things. We think we may actually take some things from there, just like, you know, to stay warm or whatever. But I realize that whatever we take, they may put a tracker in it.

So I have a thought that we’ll take this tracker and we’ll give it to the kid on the street, we’ll find out where they’ve hid the tracker in whatever we take, and we’ll give it to a kid on the street. And that might solve the problem, except they might have a hidden tracker as well that I’d have to find. I think that’s the point in the dream when the glass fell over and so I woke up.

John: So the energetic of feeling like bound, or tied up, is the contractive condition of where one is still caught in some sort of allure or identification. So a power is needed, an inner power, that breaks through the trance that exists when one is enraptured with the condition of seeking to maintain a certain mannerism. 

And so the inner power comes, because it recognizes it can let go of that condition that keeps one bound. And so then you’re swept away.

So when you gain the inner power, you also access certain traits and qualities that you’re able to function with, that kind of come with the inner power. However the little girl experiences the power just as an energetic, in and of itself, and doesn’t need any of the accoutrements that help facilitate a sense of balance in terms of you and your way of relating to the outer. In other words, that can all fall away.

Well the reason why there’s the sense of people trying to capture you again is because one didn’t totally let go. The little girl suggests something that could have let go by wandering on off, but the concept is that doing so endangers her because she could be hurt.

That’s a type of worrying, and a type of imposed stress, as a way of being in place of the total letting go. In other words, there’s always the tendency, the human nature always has the tendency of having to utilize something, instead of being able to shift in such a way so that there’s nothing that has to be leaned on. And you can shift in such a way so you don’t ever even lean on the back of a wall, or another place, or tool or whatever. That would involve not sitting in a way that gives one some sort of sense of driftiness. These are all examples of holding on to something, when in reality you really don’t need to hold onto anything. It’s a deep dream.

So the glass broke and shattered the whole flow of the dream, but you pulled and held onto the dream even with the glass having shattered because the dream carried a resonance that pointed to something as a letting go towards an emptiness.

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Apart from the Herd

imag933es copyNature is a great teacher for a human, but humans also have a higher calling than anything we see in the natural world. In this dream progression, we can see the context of becoming more natural, but that’s not the end of the journey. The next dream shows that there is higher learning to be found, and higher “mountains” to be climbed for a human. What nature can show us is how to be in the flow of life, yet at the higher, human level. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I just remember my first and my last dream. I’m like watching a heard of animals run across a plain, and I’m with some people that want to be able to approach the animals, but they don’t seem to be able to because of something in their mannerism.

But I go over to the animals and, as I get closer to the herd, the herd kind of stops, and I realize that this is a mixture of animals, like there might be like a baby moose running alongside an ape. I mean it’s just not like a normal herd at all. And, as I’ve gotten closer, they’ve all suddenly stopped and even though they make me a little nervous I walk really close.

And they let me walk right up to where I’m just a few feet from one of them, and they just kind of all look me in the eye, and then they start running on. I go back to where the other people were. That was that dream.

John: This is an image more of how the natural world is, you know, from the standpoint of how it reveals itself in nature as an unfoldment. And it’s an approach that can be taken by those on a spiritual path, in which the way that one looks at the outer has a quality of inner appreciation – but it isn’t tangible as an inner into outer flow.

In other words, it hasn’t gotten to the point where the inner into the outer flow is so subtly invoked that you’re able to be there in it, almost as if under orders, or in keeping with the design. Instead, this sort of perspective, or attention in terms of one’s self, like I mentioned is more in a nature. And you can get very, very close to things in terms of one’s perception through the unfoldment and reflection of nature, but it still has more of an outer context about it – so it’s limited in terms of how far it can go.

Jeane: The last dream I have, I had been going to the university and I must have been like at graduate school or close to graduating or something, and so there was a class in a science building I wanted to take but it’s not really my major, so I’d just gotten permission from the professor to sit in on it. But with that kind of participation you don’t really go that often, or participate that much.

So that didn’t work out that well, but it gave me a taste for it or something. It’s like I wanted to do more of that, so I thought about it, and maybe I’m not even going to be at school full-time next semester. I’ve already got my degree or something. I decide that there was something about that science class that interested me, so I want to go back and take one the next semester, but this time I want to officially audit it. I still don’t particularly want a grade or anything, but I’m going to actually go pay to take the class and audit.

And then I go and there’s a new professor who’s young, and the first thing he does when we get to class is he takes us out on a field trip. And when we go out on the field trip we get to a place where we’re kind of hiking or going around this kind of interesting structure, and he and the class go one way and kind of get ahead of me, so I decide to go on a shortcut. It’s like around a plateau but it’s also involved a little bit of climbing. And so I do that, and then I’m suddenly climbing on this tall structure where they are. It’s like rocks and it gets a little precarious, but I see how I can get over to them.

But in order to do that, I kind of climb up to where I’m at a place where I’m on the very top of a rock and I can feel my fear of heights kind of kicking in. I know I have to kind of overcome that a bit, and there’s a girl in the class that indicates to me how I can jump down on one other rock and I do that. And then she tells me to get down from there. She’ll just kind of tell me where the footholds are, as I kind of go over the edge but the first one I put my foot on actually is loose and it falls away. So I move over and I have to kind of figure out how to climb down, and it feels like as I’ve climbed down a ways I suddenly see that there’s a house there in this rock.

I realize one could get down and out through the house, so I go in the door of the house and she and a couple people from the class follow me. And then I realize there’s a couple dogs that are loose. Maybe they were almost going to be walked, and they’re on their lead, but they want to rush out the door if we get out the door. And I see that there’s an owner of the house in a room. There’s kind of like a door you can see through, but she seems to be busy a little bit.

But we’re kind of rushing past that room and kind of creeping down the stairs, and go out the door, but then the other people with me it’s almost like they start to let the dogs out, so I have to gather up the dogs and put them back in the house. And then once I do that, it feels like we can get out. That was that dream.

John: The theme of the dreaming last night was presenting three ways in which a person relates in a context of themselves. You’re communicating it in a reverse order. You’re going one, two, and three, with the third being the highest starting with one, which is the lowest. And I’m going one, two, three with the one being the highest, the second being the next, and the third being one in which there is more of an archetypal influence as opposed to a proper consciousness.

Your first example that was in your first dream had to do with an approach that worked with an archetypal influence of trying to get closer to what was going on in a natural way – and that can be sacrificial. In other words, it’s not loud in the archetypes, because it’s kind of collaging the archetypes a bit, but it’s not a kind of dynamic that is truly free in terms of the depth of an individual that is more in keeping with the quietness.

In your case, I can’t really say and put my finger on which of the four primary archetypes it is that’s going on in terms of how you’re trying to get close to something, because you don’t portray the vibration of the archetype loudly enough in that dream scenario.

And then in the second dream, you go from the second aspect into a third aspect, and the second aspect is you start off more as a watcher. I hadn’t thought that about that trait, the trait that stands back and observes and denotes, and somehow or another holds a sense and a space. And then from that you access the stillness and quietness of what is meant to be, kind of as an aspected knowingness.

In other words, you’re working with a house in the rock, and a flow that flows and awakens and comes through in that regard. And the more masculine way of describing that then, is that you’re catching up with something that is a greater stillness being brought through you, almost as a kind of future carried into the present.

And that is in keeping and is catching up with the design that is meant to be. You know, you may have little octaves to it, but you are not at odds, or where you have a tendency to be at odds, with the unfolding, the general unfolding design, because you will be knowing it somehow as an aspect of that kind of higher-self consciousness, or greater stillness within, catching up with what is even deeper, more deeply imbedded.

With the watcher you’re looking at what is unfolding in life, and you’re still at a point of looking at the level of an inner into outer, and at tuning yourself with your focus and attention by perceiving what it is that is going on. In other words, the watcher denotes what is going on, doesn’t take and guess or conclude one way or another. He just notes what is going on in terms of the inner flowing into the outer.

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Creating a Release

ima097gesDo our dreams reflect our life, or does our life reflect our dreams. You could say the scenarios of both types of stories unfold in ways that help us grow, and provide opportunities for us to get what we need to learn or understand. And in that process, what we generate from within ourselves is usually a form of creating a release of something that we already have in us as a capability, but it just needs the circumstance and effort to release it. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I just remember the one dream. In this dream I’m with a man, I’ve like traveled with him to somewhere in the south where his family lives where we’re staying at a house where his brother is.

I don’t remember as much about that, except sometimes going into a room that we stayed in and at some point it dawns on me that while I’m thinking about, you know, when we’re going to leave and come back where I live and everything, that he really wants us to stay and live down there. And, although I don’t particularly want to do that, and he hasn’t really talked about any of the details of it yet, I’m trying to figure out what to do about that because it’s like if he’s staying there I have to figure out, even if I wanted to leave, you know, how to get back, which means I probably need to go get a job or something, or maybe I need to go get a job anyway, if I’m going to stay there.

I have a feeling I don’t really want to live there a long time, and maybe his thought is we’d be living with his brother or his family, too, and I’m not awfully happy with that thought. But I decide, you know, maybe I need to go look around and see about a job.

It feels like I go down to this resort and I look around, and I see it’s a resort that has a couple levels to it. And this town has one main street where everything happens and maybe it’s along a river or something and it’s southern, and when I go into this motel I go downstairs in the motel where people stay, and then upstairs there’s lots of activity and I notice that they serve them cookies in some of the areas at night, too, although some of the cookies are burnt because I go and look at them.

And I run into somebody that I used to know and, as part of her work there at the motel, she sometimes gives massages to people that are staying there. And I’m thinking, well, I could do that. You know, I have some experience with massage, but not a lot. But it doesn’t really require a professional, and I seem to be kind of heavyset in this dream, and I’m looking around at what I’m wearing, and I’m wondering what other things I could do, and I think about maybe some of the agencies in town, and what experience do I have that would translate? Because I don’t necessarily have any of my credentials and stuff with me, but I do have experience.

And I look at some of the people that are staying at the hotel, I finally go and find the people that are running it, and we start having a dialogue about what I might be able to do. And I realize that they like that I’d grown up in a family business because that means that maybe I’d be trustworthy around handling the money, or at least know what’s involved, that you have to do a lot of multitasking. That’s about all I remember. It wasn’t a very exciting dream.

John: Well, two-thirds of the dream was the endeavor to try to figure out how to take something that needed to awaken, and bring it through.

And the first part of the dream had to do with it being imbedded in kind of needing to somehow or another find a means of being able to release. And so when you have that sense, the feminine has that sense, it needs to reach a point whereby something processes, or comes out, or flows as a type of coming out.

In other words, the feminine nature seeks something all the time as kind of a latent quality knowing that it has to connect, or be connected, in life by way of something that comes up from the depths of itself and flows. In other words, it’s meant to be a container energy that is in flow, or in harmony, with the outer.

If that nature is required to sit in an unfulfilled capacity, deep down inside it is always looking for a means to find a release whereby something then is able to go back, or plug in. The sensation is an in-breath sensation, an in-breath sensation that is held in check by basically a dullness or something, that exists in the nature of living in an illusionary state. The Kundalini energy of something at a depth with inside, that goes through that dilemma, involves the energy having to rise up, having to be released, so to speak, from its imbedded state in manifestation.

That’s the nature, and that’s the means of the feminine flow – and that’s an in-breath. And prior to hitting that, you were hitting a state in which there was a type of frustration at the beginning of the dream because something more needed to happen, and then you spent the rest of the dream figuring out how to create that release.

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