Cause and Effect

Jeane: In my dream I am traveling and I have come to a city with a group of people. My niece is part of the group, too. When we initially arrive we are on a streetcar, and it has stopped for a minute. Someone I used to know who led seminars hops on and is talking to the group. He doesn’t recognize me. He has a kind of goofy haircut and is joking around; he’s not quite being himself. He seems to be playing a role.

I suddenly make a comment so he notices me and knows that I recognize him. He steps aside and we talk for a minute. Because I’ve recognized him, he leaves. We then go through an area that is under construction. Ancient buildings, some not unlike the Parthenon, are being dismantled by very big machines. It’s not that they are being destroyed; parts of them are being torn down to be rebuilt. Where our group is standing, it seems to me like some of the machinery might run over us or some of the blocks might drop on us, so I am trying to get the group to move a bit to another area on the side where it is a little less dangerous. It seems to take a long time.

When we do go to the site, I am explaining to my niece that even though it looks like things are being torn down, what is really happening is that they are reconstructing some space to add a new room to what is already built there. Even though it’s a different time period, they are making this addition. Then, as my niece is talking to me I realize that she has a music teacher. It’s like I can see the singing – I can see that they have somewhat of a true tone and some strength there, but they still need more training. I realize that my niece is a bit infatuated with her music teacher who is married, and has a child, and she does not yet see yet the dangers in that.

I go to a group meeting at the music teacher’s house with her, and he has apparently separated from his wife because he likes my niece. I am coming down a little hard on him that he needs to just take seven months and not be involved with anyone. I am talking to her, trying to put a little sense into her about not really being pulled in by this person because he has a wife and child.

Anyway, that is about all I pulled out from the dream. In fact, it was hard to pull that out. I almost lost it all.

John: The dream is portraying an overall situation that has gotten so casual that you cannot go anywhere without the most common of things intruding on the imagery. You are with this group and you think you can travel about in the outer expansively, taking things in – in an overall sense – casually. But you can’t do that without drawing a lot of attention. There may have been a point in time when you could move about, getting on streetcars etc., and be invisible, but now the circumstances have changed, and wherever you go, you draw attention. There is a cause and effect.

This is happening because of a certain lack of understanding in an area that you have not been paying a lot of attention to. It’s an area that has to do with common sense, but you haven’t taken the time to settle back and adjust. As a result, it’s easy to be blindsided by events that seem innocent enough in their appearance. Such events can have a flow to them, but the result is not sophisticated. That flow and those events in relationship to who you are can demean what is important.

It says you require more attention to live a particular role, especially if you are blindsided by characteristics inside yourself that you have not properly confronted. So the theme of last night had to do with security breaking down, with assumptions made that fail to take into account the importance of what is at hand. There is a tendency for abuse to occur when our demeanor becomes too casual and we forget what is important.

You might say the dream is trying to show the need to strengthen a certain aspect of character, or a way of carrying oneself, in relationship to something that is important. Do you see how that works?

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