Balancing Point

John: Dreams have a tendency to go through opposites, first one extreme and then the other. There is a sense of them expanding and then contracting within a specific theme, so if there is a nightmarish dream early in the morning, then there is often a dream with everything getting fixed just before you wake up. It gives a great sense of relief – you don’t want to wake up before you get the dream that fixes things.

So this dream follows the dream I described yesterday (Assembly Required). The images from the two dreams, when taken in, create a balance, and a way of holding the theme intact, as if the heart has memorized it all. It’s interesting how it comes together. On one hand there is the discombobulating and the over-reaction that wears you down, and on the other hand there is the composure, the balance, and the self-assurance that is naturally there. When the two sides are brought together, something else becomes possible.

The first thing that I notice is that a lot of time has elapsed since my last high school reunion. My hair has grown out and I see myself lying on a couch with my robe on. I am in a first floor apartment; there is a door at the other end of the room that looks out onto a street.

A postal truck pulls up and the postman rushes by, because this is a postman who moves really fast as he does his job. I don’t pay any attention to begin with so I just assume that it’s the regular postman. I raise my hand as if to greet or acknowledge him. His view of me is not the clearest, but I think he saw the gesture.

Well, I guess he assumed that I was signaling him to come over because he squints a bit, comes out of the truck and comes in the door. I see that he’s not the usual postman. I indicate that I was simply greeting him; he mumbles some things that don’t make a lot of sense, but what I do understand is that he doesn’t have his bearings about things on his route. He’s the new guy on the job. I’m also able to make out that the regular mail carrier is retiring.

I comment about how he can look forward to a route that he’ll probably be able to enjoy, like the fellow who preceded him, for 20 years or so. He doesn’t know what to make of that, so he just shrugs like he is not sure. Deep down, though, I know that will change when he gets used to the route because it’s an excellent assignment.

I know that the regular guy had a natural way and flow and friendliness about him; that he always went by foot, door to door, greeting people along the way. This new employee responds quickly when I question him by saying “Yes, you have to do to it that way.”

When I hear that I know that everything is going to work out well for this guy because he has the right focus and attention to maintain what is necessary to get the job done properly.

So we are speaking now of a consolidation, an aspect of the first dream. What I’m being shown is that when I get my bearings, and overcome imbalances that still exist in the second dream, everything will run smoothly. Both characters in this are aspects of me: the man in the house who feels a little anxious that things stay the same, and the new postman who needs to adjust to his new environment but has the right approach. The new man is integrating the two situations into one flow.

Then everything will be in balance for a good long time (20 years or so). I understand these messages about balance, and how the two dreams create their own internal balance, but I’m still catching up with what that’s all about in my outer life.

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