John: Your dream yesterday was an interesting one because it showed, in a fairly simple way, how the imagery establishes where you are – in Roman times, in a social gathering – and then it introduces a new element – the invaders (see The Invaders). In the social gathering aspect, the detail of the levels plays a part, but more importantly is that you are in a kind of comfort zone there – you are part of the scene and everything seems to be okay.
Then the invaders come in. In this way, the dream is challenging your status quo. So the question becomes, “How will you respond to this invasion of a new force?” Yesterday we describe two possible options: incorporate it into your life by retaining your balance, or be thrown off course by it and who knows what might happen.
So we see that you have incorporated it because the invader, instead of succeeding in taking a woman, he is compelled to marry one. So instead of the new force overwhelming the feminine, the feminine has accommodated it and integrated it.
In a sense, this is the way it is with so much of our lives – new things are introduced and we either integrate them, or we are overwhelmed by them. When we get overwhelmed, that’s when things spiral out of control in our lives (or in our dreams).
The women are representative of Creation, or the feminine in life, and the invader represents a compelling force that comes through, which is masculine. The entire scenario shows parts of a whole that need to be taken into account, in one fell swoop, in terms of the larger dimension, the overallness, of you.
In this particular case the feminine steps forward and acts as the integrating component, which is natural to her, and the invading force is masculine, bringing in new ideas to the feminine. The masculine force is like the out-breath of Creation, and the feminine force is like the in-breath. The two make up a complete cycle: Creation is simply one breath.
This imagery shows an advancement, just in the imagery of the women stepping forward, unafraid, able to accommodate and accept. You are able to keep your balance in this way, and not be thrown off-course. It is also an act of maintaining your wholeness rather than succumbing to the sense of separation of things.
So a part of you recognizes that the sense of separation is an illusion. Your dream, in other words, is showing that you have initially gone to a depth with the synergy, in terms of yourself, and you’ve built up strength to be able to realize that you’re capable of coping with whatever else there is, within the whole, that can come at you. You’re no longer sitting in a corner of yourself in terms of your light. You’re now able to let that light take in the greater light that is coming in, or coming down.
It’s like you went to the depths of yourself and realized that you’re not as helpless, or removed, or reactive, or hidden in terms of your carnal nature – meaning how densely you live in the physical of yourself. You’re not limited to just that. You have opened up and gained confidence in your own ability.
This dream shows how spiritual processes are constantly underway within us, whether we are aware of them or not – awakened to them or not. One has to break out of the physical, cultural fog to awaken to them.