The Paradox

Jeane: Last night I watched a movie about a young, black woman executive, and it felt like my dream was about her. She has gone out to a special club, like a country club, where there will be an orchestra – it’s a formal event. Almost everyone else there is white, or part of some “in” group.

She seems to be with someone, and either she, or the person she is with, gets up to say something. There is a code word that needs to be said to make the orchestra start playing. Because she and her friend are not members of the “in” group, they don’t know the exact word.

But they do know that there is a code word and they are trying to say it. Every word they offer is close, but not correct. For example, if the word is something like “shoot,” all they can think of is “shot” or “shout” or something else. So the orchestra never gets the cue to start playing.

That’s all I remember of that dream.

John: Okay, so the image starts with you going with the woman executive to a country club where she is not known. And the feeling is, because you watched a movie last night that centered on a black woman executive, that the dream reflects the energy of that movie. Yet at the same time, the action of your imagery shows you trying to “pull the trigger” to set some energetic in motion, like being able to say “shoot” and having the orchestra start to play.

So the dilemma for you in understanding the dream is that it’s easy to view it as just a type of processing of something from your outer life, i.e., the movie. But what your unconscious has added to this imagery deals with an inner effect, i.e., something on an energetic level needs to pull its trigger and come across as well.

So you are playing back and forth between the strain of that, something coming across energetically and pulling its trigger, versus the dynamics of an outer experience that seems to have carried into your sleep.

The question becomes, is this dream just a way of churning through the experiences of your waking life (the outer), or is the dream using the images from your daytime experience to convey an inner energy that wants to be set in motion in you? The imagery also describes a type of flow, or the starting of a flow, that will allow you to be one of the “in” crowd, or part of a deeper knowing.

I would say the dream is portraying spirit energy awakened.

You can strictly identify with the spirit energy view of it, or you can stay with the denser, outer-world view. But what happens in your outer life helps you to grow and become more conscious in your inner life, and vice versa.

The dynamic of the dream is set in motion by the higher self and shown through the density of the outer life images. That way, you are able to relate to the outer images and ponder the flow, determining whether it is something you want or not. So there is a natural flow that is evolving, but in your particular case, the flow is based more in the outer.

But what ends up happening when you are not able to bring the inner into the outer, or the outer into the inner – or light rising to touch light or light coming down to touch light – is you are unable to make that kind of consciousness link. But you are given the choice (we all are) whether you want to open up the flow between inner and outer. And for the human today, that is a huge dilemma. Can we pull the trigger?

If you stay in the density of the outer, it dumbs you down. If you can be in the higher speeds of the inner, that flow has a healing quality. But there is always the paradox: Our inner life wants closeness and connection – it wants to go toward the overall. Our outer perception is to want separation – I am here and that is there. With the outer life dominating, we can’t get anywhere. The two worlds must be bridged in a human journey – that’s what we are designed to do in this life.

To deny that is to live in an illusion. So this is a very interesting dream in terms of choice. It is playing with this opening up process, where you have to confront the images of the outer world, yet also find the code word to set the flow going, inner to outer, otherwise the music won’t play.

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