We ended the last post (Play it Again, Sam) thinking about the territory of repetition, specifically as it related to Jeane’s dream where the movie replayed with a different outcome. But repetition offers a great service in our dreams and in our outer lives, in that it allows us to learn and improve, step by step. Of course if we are not paying attention, it can become the rut we are stuck in.
John: It’s an interesting dynamic, because if you took a negative view of the events in your dream, you could say, “You are missing the boat. You’re not getting it.” There’s a judgment in that, implying that you aren’t keeping up. In our outer lives, as we know, when we are meant to see something and aren’t picking up on it, it keeps repeating a pattern, and we wonder why our lives don’t change. And time goes by, years could go by, and we might have gone nowhere, consciously, because we are constantly caught up in our own trivialities.
In the dream world, however, the fact that you can see like that – have the experience from two perspectives – means that part of you has identified with and is trying to hold onto the clarity of the energetic. The part of you that is “experiencing” in the dream does not have the clear viewpoint, but the part of you observing the experience does. The observer viewpoint is connected to the deeper vibratory note that is permeating the action, and it is meant to link you to what is real. You are able to maintain the observer perspective, so you have a sense of what is real, and what it is not, in the “experienced” aspect of the dream. So you keep coming up to a certain point, realize what is not right, and then you go back through it.
Each time through, your attention and focus changes. You see what is different in the repeating pattern, and that is the degree to which you are catching up to the clarity of that vibratory note. It also shows that the vibratory note dictates and controls the scene as it is unfolding. Again, a part of you knows that something is missing, but you aren’t quite able to connect enough to make it come out right. This is a very interesting way to see that the higher self can be beating away in the background, trying to flush itself into the foreground, and in the foreground you have a kind of amnesia going on, in which you are oblivious to what is really happening behind the scenes.
This also can give a sense of how working through dreams can speed the learning process up. You can go through numerous repetitions in a dream to flush through the energetic that you need to be functioning from and with, compared to the outer life where repetitions can unfold so slowly that you get lost in other distractions. In the dream, you have shifted behind the scenes of the repetition, where it is possible to align or attune to the vibration that is meant to be at play. And you are going to keep doing this until it is aligned. That’s a very interesting way of being guided, but guided toward hearing the one note or the one thing that one has to hear.
So your attention is not on the repeating outer event, but is upon that which is different, which is the energetic. And each time through is an opportunity to get that right. In outer life experience, because the illusion is so great, we tend not to be able to look through the veils and see the aspect that is divine, that is causing the action in the outer.
This brings us very close to the territory where our outer reality and our dreams can seem to cross paths. Where do the dreams separate? One distinguishing characteristic is that the inner dream enables us to make a greater leap toward what is real, more so than outer life tends to offer. If we are caught in the reflections of the outer world, we forget that we have the ability to peek around the corner. Our dreams help us tap into that ability.