With Great Power

When we speak of energies, we are speaking of cause and effect. Energy at a certain vibration will manifest a certain pattern in physical matter. The more potent the energy, the greater the effect. In this dream, the dreamer runs into parts of himself that he doesn’t connect with often. One aspect has moved on, while the others are more fixed. This causes a contest of wills to arise between them. This scenario shows how the potencies within us need to be in agreement and alignment for us to flow smoothly, as one. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So, in this dream, I go back to where I grew up and run into a couple chums who, over all these years, as far as I can tell have hardly progressed. And one is kind of behind a counter, and the other is standing right in front of me. 

And this person seems to realize that the way he used to mess with me, before, is going to have to be different this time. In other words, he used to have to do this because this was just his dense mannerism and way of being, but something about that he can’t pull off anymore. So he backs away, and tells the fellow classmate of mine as well, who’s behind a counter, that I made this, that, and the other kind of comment about him. Almost as if I was demeaning this guy; he just makes it all up in order to keep the kind of agitation going. 

And none of this was true. But it was enough to scramble this guy’s nature to act out, like he had as a pattern, as if to have to go beyond the insult. So as he ponders coming out, because I have this certain flow that I can naturally feel, I open my big mouth and, instead of being discreet, humble and considerate, say that if he comes out from behind the counter, I’m going to hit him so hard in the head that this is apt to break his neck. 

Of course, when you act like that, in terms of the misuse of the flow, these are like fighting words and a dare, right? So this person has also changed. I may not have noticed it, but he has changed over the years. And he has accessed the quality of a rootedness in an occult way. He’s like a shapeshifter, where I may look at him behind the counter, and he may look like he has a beak and a gangly neck, but he is a person who can affect objects in the environment as a flow. 

So what comes out first is this long flowing garment; it just floats in the air, as if it has a life of its own – but it’s under the vibrational intertwined directive of what had been part of this large beaked, bird-like man. He shapeshifted. Or he’s affected it because he can touch it, and so it’s part of him. 

And so as this drape comes near me, I tear off a corner. And then out from behind a counter comes a large serpent-like creature with many tentacles. I don’t even see the head anymore. It’s like an octopus on the ground or something. And the tentacles, when I put my attention upon them, are hard, and not something I can strike and do any direct damage to. 

And then I realize that I have a huge problem. The flowing drape is like a weapon. Paying attention to the serpent is going to get me in trouble. The drape can attack from behind, wrap itself around my face and choke me to death. 

So how do I fight both? How do I contend with both? He has a flow, he’s weaponized the flow all around me. And so if you take and you utilize this in a way that creates a reaction, in terms of how a flow goes through you, if you still carry a personal regard in some sense it’s like setting something like that off, or setting it up. And that guy that was glancing around and whatnot still carried that little subtle quality whereby, if you bumped him, he could just, in play, flip you, just for pure fun, and think that it was funny. He could hurt somebody. And he’s meant to show a greater humility.

So the meaning, and warning, is being able to touch a flow from within requires that I carry myself with a deeper abidingness of humility. In other words, if I don’t I am apt to become a little more like a monster. 

So, to be in touch with the flow does not mean I have special rights over anything that is something that I can exude in a prerogative manner. Instead, it means I am able to be a force of change capable of touching the flow that permeates through everything in a way so that that, as an effect, as a mirrored effect is able to feel themselves. In other words, if you just feel the density, then the density predominates and you stay in a certain kind of ego orientation. 

So if an interconnected, empowered, inner flow is used as a force to disturb others intentionally, without recognizing the humility approach in it, so that you hold it back all the time and don’t go leading with it, such an effect we’ll come back and haunt you. The reason why it comes back and haunts you is you’re everything. 

So the lesson is, I am in everything, and there is an intertwined capacity, and to challenge those parts of myself that exist as an unseen force of nature to a contest of wills is a kind of self-demeaning of one’s greater, intertwined self.

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Aliveness Within

We consider artists to be those who can capture the essence of something and bring it into the physical world, whether through a new poem, song, painting, dance or any other medium. Yet spirituality tells us that we are all such artists, and the essence we are trying to capture and bring through into life is the energetic aliveness that surrounds us in everything we can connect with. In that way we can be fully with something, giving it expression, and also in service to what the essences are trying to emerge as in the outer. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So, the theme of the dreaming was, like we mentioned, was that of having to work with the aspect of a flow being more predominant, in terms of what is going on, than what is reflective. And that you can bring this through the breath, with a rhythm, down into life. 

And the degree to which you can contend with a density, and take it on, is the degree to which you are able to work with this flow – and its more predominant naturalness. 

So, in the meditation dream, I start out reading a poem that has to do with there being a greater awareness. And this poem, because I’m in one spot and the poem is in another spot, and the poem is in front of me, I am having to immerse something from the essence of this poem that I am reading. In order to grasp this poem I have to be this poem in some kind of immersed, beingness, aliveness way in order to touch the hidden fabric of a flow. 

So to be immersed inextricably into the fabric of life, as this poem and image portrays, is a consciousness in which physical space isn’t predominant. You can play with it and work with it, and whatnot, but keep and hold to the spirituality. 

So, similarly speaking, I am finding myself standing before the physical denseness that I am unconscious towards – you’re unconscious towards it initially – and then you come to perceive what I am before that is a physical, dense black-and-white image, but there’s something behind that, within that, as a flow. And that is what is important. 

And, if you don’t realize that, then you get caught under kind of the spell of the magnetism, because when you do these practices and whatnot, you do increase the magnetism. And then that magnetism becomes a kind of quality of state. You can’t take that with you, what you can take with you is the stillness or quality of a flow that pulls down with it from the inner. And, when you do that, well the purpose of doing that is to recognize a greater hidden aliveness within.

Or, to say this another way, the initial black-and-white dense objectification is in the way of an inner aliveness that is all-pervasive, but doesn’t have to be that way. Initially, it’s more in the way, and then in the end, the flow is more there. And so the outer then becomes something that you play with to bring the flow through. You can use the physical then in terms of what you’re doing, as part of pulling that flow through. 

That’s what made Bruce Lee so good, they claim that Bruce Lee was not necessarily built of a certain physical condition so that you could say that it was a matter of strength and whatnot, yet he had a tremendous, tremendous strength because he had the strength of that flow. And it just didn’t make sense to people, that he could be like that, being the little guy that he was. So he could go up against a real strong guy and he could actually match up, hand on hand. And it was just amazing what he could do because he channeled that inner flow. 

And that’s what this dojo is about: learning to channel that inner flow. And you play with the physical, but, behind that, find the inner flow, that spiritual quality. So, similarly speaking, to experience a grogginess, so this is what happens as a precondition to this where you’re kind of in the outer and can be caught under the spell of that, or you can kind of experience this pervasive flow. Maybe it doesn’t naturally come through because of the density of things. 

And when something is really, really dense it’s easy to checkout from it almost in a protective way. So, to experience a grogginess as I go from the outer denseness of physical perception of the senses, which is where the senses are at, the outer grogginess that I oftentimes experience is a protection from the denseness because I haven’t learned how to take the flow through it, so that I don’t damage the flow, or my heart doesn’t get mired in a way so that I go backwards until I caught up with how that flow can come through. 

That’s why sleep in movies and bad shows and stuff like that, I go into this grogginess that I can’t control because, from the outer denseness of physical perception an inner immersed beingness is in an understandable shift. It’s trying to shift, it’s trying to come in. 

So, what is going on is I am in sync with a flow, that’s what the dreaming is about, is to be in sync with a flow that goes through the objectivized outer to an intertwined overallness. This is possible when a subtle inner hiddenness is experienced as all-pervasive in its flow, and the feeling of all-pervasiveness permeates the consciousness. That’s the meditation dream.

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An Outward Impression

Gossip among friends and acquaintances is common in the world, but it’s not something you see in a dream too often. Yet, in the unconscious, the effect is the same: one aspect (character) is upset because of something that happened and the word spreads quickly. Then the damage must be contained. On our inner worlds, different characters have different sensibilities that have to be taken into account, sometimes soothed, or reasoned with. Feelings get hurt. It’s all part of trying to become one within ourselves. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: And then, in my other dream, it feels like I’ve gone back to a hotel to visit a woman who’s a friend of a woman I’m in a relationship with. 

And, at one point, I had gotten a ride to the hotel from another woman who’d made a pass at me and I had told the woman that was a friend, I’m visiting her in her room, but I was shocked that she had gone and confronted that woman, or told the woman I was in a relationship with, when I felt like I’d handled the matter, and it was over with. 

So I’m talking with her about that, because I don’t know why she felt the need to bring it all up with everybody because it felt like it had just been handled and it was over with. And I wasn’t even sure why the other woman felt it necessary to make a pass, either; I was looking at that. 

And then I think she was kind of in denial about it. So I was just feeling like this all just needed to smooth itself out, and didn’t know why someone else had bothered to bring it up to everybody. And so I’m talking with her about that.

And, in the midst of that, it feels like I look back at the earlier dream I’d had, and I realize that instead of fighting someone to belong to the dojo, you actually could just go and dance with them. It’s like you really just had to do a dance, not a fight.

John: So the first part of the second dream is still in keeping with the first part of the prior dream, in which you’re acting as if you have to find something that supports you, that helps you maintain what is necessary as you are accessing the flow, within, for yourself. 

And so you start off, in this dream, with the fact that that isn’t quite clear in coming through, it is creating an outwardly impression, a noticeability, basically a gossip or something, in the energy in terms of the fact that it is still buying into something having to have a certain quality to it that is of an outer figuring out, or pointing to, or directive. 

But, in this dream, the difference is that at the very end you come to realize, apparently you had to go through that type of self-conscious barrier there, in order to come to realize that you were able to be at home by accessing a flow within. That, if you can set your stuff aside, you can catch up with just the flow and then that flow is the acceptance on a greater level of inner beingness. 

And when you catch up with that flow, you come to find out that that predominates; the outer mannerism, or whatnot, is always there, and that that density is always in a reflective condition in the outer, but when you can take that outer mannerism and bring the flow down through – all the way through – that’s what makes the difference. It creates a certain kind of quality, a certain kind of naturalness, when you are able to access this inside of yourself without the loudness of the density of this kind of energy. 

That’s one of the dilemmas of the human body is that in the ideal state, in the totally ideal state, which we’re never able to reach in the human body, stillness is really where it’s at. But if I play strictly in the stillness, then, because I still have a part of myself that is moving, the heartbeat, the breath a little bit, the blood circulating, that in that stillness, a kind of checked-out, removed, somewhere else stillness, that which is left behind gets toxic in its aloneness. 

But when you hold the rhythm, and you can bring something all the way down and through and hold the rhythm, which is a feeling quality of the heart, and of an in-breath, then you’re actually able to affect things, from within, in an outer context way. Instead of realizing that you can affect things in an outer context way, which is very easy to suddenly just notice, you in your second dream came to realize that you can be accepted and become part of the flow, which is everything, without having to take on the density to get there – and use the density as a vehicle of helping to ground, or bring down, this inner flow.

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