Dreams of Las Vegas

John: So yesterday we ended with the question: Do we have the right to reject anything we come upon in a dream? It’s kind of both yes and no, isn’t it? (See Inner Warehouse for the beginning of this discussion.)

In other words, two men in a bathtub may not be something you’re going to take home from the warehouse, yet at the same time, it’s something that’s there – it’s part of the “reality.”

To dismiss it means you must have had other expectations, and when you saw that scene you became adamant that this wasn’t what you wanted. That sense of aggravation carried through, even into your day, after you woke up.

You’re holding your head. Do you have a headache?

Jeane: You’re going to have a headache in a minute! I’m sitting here thinking how cozy our place is here, and now with this new place [referring to a proposed move to a larger condo – in Las Vegas], I don’t even know where we’re going to sit or eat meals. I think I feel a bit freaked out by it, all of a sudden.

John: Okay, so that concern has carried into your dreaming. You’re saying that you’re bothered by the fact that we’re about to go to a new place and that new place feels huge, thus the big warehouse. And there are things in this space that just aren’t right, and you’re dwelling upon those things that just aren’t right.

Jeane: Are they over the top?

John: Exactly, are they over the top? Because there’s a lot involved in this move, and yet the minutia is getting to you, the small details.

Jeane: What if we’re wrong about the move?

John: The thing of it is, we’ve tested this move on an inner level. It’s easy to assume that a move to Las Vegas is based on notions or desires that are part of the lower-self nature, meaning the idea of it might satisfy on a physical, planetary level of excitement, good weather, etc.

However, when we thought we were doing this from a shallow perspective, we threw the idea aside and decided against it. That left you feeling a sadness that you couldn’t explain. Then, when you said, “Okay, maybe there’s a process here,” and you opened yourself up to that process, the idea became exciting again.

So the question became, “Are you getting excited for the right reasons, or the wrong reasons?” Because it always comes down to why we do the things we do – the reasons and intentions are more profound to our life than the acts themselves.

And this move isn’t particularly exciting as a new challenge, or something to keep us busy. It’s not that kind of a change. It’s something more. You feel it in the core of your being from somewhere deep inside – in an inner capacity. So that stimulates you, and all of a sudden your energy kicks in and you have this, that, and the other thing to do to get ready.

Yet the excitement of being busy with it can also blur the process, where you disconnect from your deeper reasons. That’s when you begin to feel doubt creep back in. I think if you stopped all the busy work of the move, and settled back for a moment, the deeper feelings would rise up again.

Jeane: I hope so.

John: Are you saying it’s not coming back to you now?

Jeane: Not in this minute.

John: Because you’re grumpy.

Jeane: Leave me alone!

John: In a roundabout way, this process actually makes a good point as to “Why do dream work?” Because otherwise we would just be floundering about, carried along by the whims and emotions of the moment, with little or no insight into what’s at play in us.

Instead, your dream has shown you the dilemma that you’re feeling in your daily life, but that has been operating at a more unconscious level. This process brings it into the open where you can work with the core of the situation, rather than just the surface symptoms.

So it can allow us to get straight to the heart of the matter, which enables us to understand the doubt that has arisen from a proper perspective. It can speed the process of understanding. Very interesting.

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