Today we have a follow-on commentary to the dream we looked at yesterday, Garbage In, Garbage Out. Here, John makes the distinction between looking at a dream in terms of its literal events, and interpreting it from a higher perspective. One way to think about the difference is to consider this question: Is a dream something I am creating because of what is going on in me, or is a dream a creation of something else, a higher part of me, trying to get a message through? The distinction may seem subtle, but it changes everything.
John: It can be a misleading to interpret a dream about a copy machine too literally, to imagine that the images are portraying something that is a reflection of current external events. On one level of dreaming, it could easily be seen as an aspect of your recent life; we all have to deal with copy machines. But at a deeper level, it shows how an ongoing agitation inside of you can require some explanation or rationalization. It seeks closure.
When an issue comes up in a person, and it can be an issue from any point in their life, it can manifest visually as a certain type of struggle or difficulty. And in that struggle, one is meant to evaluate whether the struggle makes sense or not, and whether the agitation it causes is a good use of one’s time or not. But one of the effects of a struggle is that it can cause our energy levels to drop. And when our energy levels drop, the tendency is to evaluate the experience from a lower-self perspective. This is as true for dreams as it is for outer world events. Seen from a higher-self perspective, however, the bigger picture becomes available to you. From a lower-self perspective, the events become very personal, or more literal.
So when the energy drops from the struggle and everything begins to get viewed from the lower-self perspective, the tendency is to reach for a definitive conclusion, to tie everything up neatly. The natural conclusion from your dream would be that everything went wrong in the end. You tried to make a copy, but the machine broke down. It could be taken to mean that the outcome couldn’t be helped.
From a higher-self perspective, it becomes clear that the process was bad from its inception. Ultimately, being unable to make a copy wasn’t about the machine being broken, but the machine being something else all together. It wasn’t a proper copier; the agitation comes from expecting a result that wasn’t really possible. And perhaps for the issue that has risen in you, closure can come from knowing that truth.
We see this problem all the time in the outer world today. For example, in politics or the media, if the facts don’t lead to the desired conclusion, people will dig up a new set of facts to support their end result. That’s a methodology of the lower self, and it can become righteous in its conclusions because everything has been made to fit, after a fashion. It’s also a kind of denial, and can lead to bigger problems down the road. Problems that will have to be resolved by someone, at some point.
So it is with your dream. Something arose in you seeking closure, and perhaps that closure couldn’t come without first letting go of your initial conclusion. Once the viewpoint is expanded, and new information revealed, the possibility for settlement exists. Making the facts fit the result is one way of looking at an image, another way is to ask if the image is offering guidance. Is it giving you a way to see something you were unable to see clearly before? There is a saying in the East, “As a thing begins, so it ends.”