Jeane: I just feel totally grumpy today because I’m having trouble pulling out my dreams and the only scene I remember from last night is that it felt like someone took me to this huge warehouse where people could select whatever they wanted.
One of the items there was two young men in a bathtub. I had the feeling that they were like slaves or houseboys – and their skin was the color of eggplant.
I remember looking at them and thinking that this was just way over the top. That’s all I remember.
John: One reason you didn’t dream more was because you sort of selected something. You’re in a huge warehouse and you’re meant to be able to take it all in, not just accept what is presented to you.
The large warehouse, in this scenario, is you. But you made a selection of the two men in the bathtub.
Jeane: I didn’t actually select them. I focused on them, but I just thought it was way over the top, so I kind of backed off.
John: By focusing on them, it kept you from flowing. In other words, you could have kept moving and taking in everything that was there, and letting go of anything that wasn’t of interest. Your focus on this option stops you from that, so you are left identifying with something that has a fixed or limited capacity.
There’s also something to the eggplant color. What’s the significance? That must mean something to you.
Jeane: I don’t know. It was an odd color – sort of between red and eggplant. A real eggplant color would be kind of regal, but they weren’t quite that color. They were more on the red side.
John: So, the sense is that they were refrained or restrained in some way? In other words, not able to quite be themselves? I mean, if they were regal that means that they had a certain pizazz to them.
Jeane: No, they weren’t quite regal. They were more like… You know, it’s as if it were back in Roman times and things were over the top. They just were part of a slave culture or something else.
John: So they’re victimized?
John: In other words, they’re not rising above something.
John: And so you selected that?
Jeane: Well, that’s what was presented to me, but I backed off. I didn’t want to take them home.
John: So your dream stops there, when you have a reaction to the imagery?
John: So, is it possible that you formed an identification with something in that imagery, that you might otherwise have just ignored, or let be, and you could have continued on, enjoying the huge warehouse?
Jeane: Yes. I just didn’t.
John: But you weren’t able to do that and it stopped the process right there. Okay, we’re getting somewhere.
Jeane: Well, I feel grumpy.
John: Well sure you feel grumpy – the dream didn’t flow. You didn’t get the juice out of it. You hit a wall and it’s understandable that that could leave you feeling out of sorts.
This happens all the time when we dream – we come up against something that is immovable, so to speak, in our nature, or is something that we identify with. It’s not always the higher self, it can be a characteristic of the lower self as well, where we carry a certain tone or a mood about us, and it carries into our dream world when we sleep.
So perhaps you are still under the sway of something from your day, and so there’s a choice involved in your dream. But it’s not quite a clear choice. In fact, you’re not even sure of the choice except we know that your focus has prevented the rest of the vast warehouse from opening up for you.
That tells you about your choice. Something in this whole inner domain (of you) isn’t able to open up. You’re there, you’re in a huge warehouse, and that huge warehouse is you in your greater being. But, you’re running into something. Your eyes are set on it, even if you ultimately reject it.
Do you have a right to reject anything (in this inner domain)? I mean, that’s an interesting question.
This discussion continues here.