Something of Value

Jeane: In this next dream I’m working as a therapist. My office is upstairs in one building, the receptionist is downstairs, and then we have another large office in a building across the street.

Apparently, my client arrived at the offices across the street, and I’ve gone downstairs. My receptionist seems to be feuding with the receptionist in the other building, because neither of them will bring the client over.

The client hasn’t been to my office before so she doesn’t know exactly where it is. I realize that the receptionists are in one of those petty office struggles, so I decide that it makes the most sense for me to walk over and get the client myself.

I don’t want the client to waste her appointment time with all this stuff; i.e., having to get in her car and drive across to my side. If I go over and get her, then we could talk while we’re walking back.

I’m just going to have to figure out how to work this situation out. Perhaps when the receptionist on the other side sees me come and get my client, they’ll be a little more gracious about helping in the future. We’ll see.

It’s not real easy to cross the road because it feels like I have to climb up on an area with some pebbles or something, and where I have to walk feels a little risky. Still, that’s my plan for getting the client.

John: Now what you’re describing, through this imagery, is what the treasure really is (see The Treasure). We have been through four dreams now, from a single night of dreams, and it’s only when they are looked at as a single process does the entire arc of what is being shown to you become clear. (To follow this thread from the beginning, see Dream 1, Dream 2, and Dream 3.)

So the treasure, as it is revealed here, is for you to re-connect to all of life, with the new insight and connections you have gained. All the characters in this dream are you. The client is you, but how do you re-connect with the client? How do you close that gap?

How do you reformulate that relationship between yourself and yourself? We can see that you still show a certain degree of reluctance about things – you are the two receptionists that are feuding and of no help whatsoever. Yet, at the same time, you have a certain degree of determination to overcome the obstacles in your way and to make the connection happen.

And, ultimately, that is the real treasure: to create a bridge in yourself between the inner life and the outer life. That is a unique ability of human beings: to enable, or open ourselves to, our inner connections with the entire universe, and let them come through our individual life into all of life. That is the treasure that all religions and spiritual journeys are seeking, in way or another.

So this trace of dreams has painted this whole inner journey, as it applies to a specific aspect within you that is opening up. You are acting as a bridge between a personal, inner knowing, and the knowingness of everything. It’s really a fascinating look at the process.

The Treasure

Jeane: Well, in my next dream, I feel like I’m more of an observer, but there’s a man who, perhaps, had either lost everything, or had been in prison. I’m not sure what happened, but now he’s on his horse with some big bundles of money and he’s riding very fast. It’s as though he’s riding away from something, and he has all this money, and he’s going now to get his wife.

He’s been away from his wife for years. He rides up to a house that seems to be more in the air than on the ground. It has a platform of wood all around it, and the man has to ride by this house to get to where his wife is living.

The horse is tired and he’s tired, so he stops at this floating house with the narrow wooden platform. He has to be careful, and make sure that the horse is okay, because otherwise you could fall off.

The house has shutters around it and the shutters open and the people inside are going to give him tea. I get the feeling that one of the men in the house is, perhaps, interested in his wife, so they’re not exactly welcoming. I think they just open up the shutters and serve him the tea.

Then it feels like the man has gone a little distance ahead to see his wife. From his wife’s perspective, she’s wondering how he got the money. If he stole it, that’s bad. He’s been away a long time – was he in prison? What was he doing?

Then he’s showing her some bookkeeping sheets, and it seems like what he was really doing all that time was working very hard to earn this money to bring to her. I guess to start over.

So, as she’s looking at the balance sheets and seeing how he saved up every day, they hear some commotion in the distance and some people are riding towards them. He has the impression they’re going to ride toward the house where the horse is and steal the horse or something. That’s the last I remember of that dream.

John: So, here we have the third dream of the night, and the imagery shows a continuation of the journey back that you’ve been on – a journey back into life (see A Saint in the Darkness and Choosing the Right Door).

You’ve gone through this process of feeling like a stranger in a strange land, then being in more familiar circumstances (a college) where you are gaining new knowledge to bring with you. When the last dream ended you were trying to choose which door was the right one to emerge through.

Whatever it is that you have learned through these processes has become the treasure strapped to this horse. You have traveled into the emptiness and brought back something that is valuable for your life. So you are making a return; you are riding back into life (represented by returning to the wife you left behind), with these newly acquired riches.

What you have acquired has to be brought through you into life or else it is of little value. That’s why the house is up in the air – what you have gained needs to be grounded. The dream images depict a man – that is your masculine spirit energy, which is less grounded than the feminine spirit energy. It is the hope of the masculine to reconnect with the feminine nature that can ground it and bring it from the inner realms into outer life.

Well, the feminine nature is always dubious of any ideas that the masculine nature comes up with, so little by little the man makes his case by showing her the records of how he – legitimately – came by his riches. You are proving to her that you are genuine.

When coming back into life you still have to contend with your psychologies and your sense of things. While making your case to the wife, you suddenly fear that some people are coming to steal the horse.

Did you need the horse anymore?

Jeane: Well, the treasure is on the horse.

John: The treasure is on the horse – oh my gosh! So, you could still lose it if it’s not properly grounded. Well, obviously, such a journey is never easy. Let’s see if we find out what happens next.

Choosing the Right Door

Jeane: In the next dream I’m a brunette in my early 40s and I seem to be at a university. I’m taking courses but I realize that I’m not trying to get a degree like other people, because I already have a degree.

I’ve met a man on campus at one of the coffee shops. He seems a little older, but he’s very interested in me and he wants me to meet him at the place where he lives on campus.

It seems like he must be a teacher or something because the place he is describing is a type of campus housing. While we are sitting in the coffee shop we are playing some odd style of poker that I sense I can’t really win at.

But I do decide to go to his place. When I get there, it seems that I have to check in at one building before I can get to the building this man is in. This process makes me feel very self-conscious; I’m not sure whether what I’m doing is the right thing.

But then I see other women come and check in. I watch them put their lipstick on and then walk back out of the building – I guess to go see someone. The whole thing doesn’t feel quite right, but I continue to the next building where this man has a room.

I walk up to this wall – it’s a white, plaster wall – and it has a smooth corner. In that corner I can see the outlines of three doors and each one has writing on it, perhaps even a symbol of some sort.

I know one of these doors leads into his room, so I’m reading the signs very carefully. I want to be sure that I get the right door.

That’s all I remember of that dream.

John: Yesterday we looked at the dream you had earlier in the night (see A Saint in the Darkness). This one continues the thread, yet takes you a step further in the progression.

As we discussed, the previous dream found you in a foreign land (with a teacher), feeling out of sorts and unable to trust the circumstances – even the water was too contaminated to wash in. So here you find yourself as a women in her 40s taking college classes, so you are still in a strange environment, but it’s much less strange.

Seeing yourself back at college as an adult can be looked at in different ways. It could be read as an inability to move on – becoming a perennial student is like existing in the void. Or it could be seen as gathering new information to allow you to go back into life with a greater understanding.

In this case I think it’s the latter; you’re actually looking to come back into life. So you are returned from the foreign land, so to speak, and this now is another step in the process. And you are trying to incorporate this new knowledge into your life.

Unfortunately, you woke up before we saw which door you selected. Because it’s possible for you, being in an uncomfortable position, to select the option that falls back on the old established patterns rather than working through the struggle to incorporate the new growth into your life.

Just as we discussed yesterday, are you going to shine a light in the darkness? You’ve made an inner recognition where you’re no longer sure of what you’re feeling, so you’ve gone back to get another infusion of insight, i.e., college classes.

So how will you utilize that? Will you take it back into life as a growth and advancement? Or do you use the new insight as a crutch to lean on, like a merit badge you point to for your own sense of security, or idea of balance?

When you were telling the first dream, I kept thinking, that’s a type of transcendent journey, because you get into an expanse where you can’t find anything about yourself. Everything can seem dead and dry. Then, when you told the second dream, a positive way to look at it is as a return to a point where something is seen as vitally alive again.

You’ve gone from a dazzling darkness in the first dream – where there’s aliveness, but you’re not aware of it – back into the light. I think it could be a very advanced stage that your dream might be describing.