Into the Mud

Jeane: In my main dream last night, it felt like I could speed very quickly over a forested area, almost like Central Park. There were stands of trees and then a grassy area would open up where I could see people.

I was traveling in a certain way and moving very fast, but I was also having a dialogue with myself about how I should go down into the meadow. I was feeling the need to put my feet in the mud and to spend some time down there before I continued my speeding along.

So there just seemed to be a dialogue going on about this shift between moving fast above the trees, and being in the mud and grass and walking along, and then going fast again.

That seemed to be all I dreamed.

John: What you’re describing is a condition of being lost.

Jeane: Really?

John: Yes, you’re speeding around, off the ground and disconcerted, and at some point you know you have to get back down into the mud. You’re sensing a gap between the two aspects and that’s an aspect of being lost.

The speeding around represents a particular pattern or mannerism in you. It’s a habituation, or a routine, where you go about your business. In that regard, it represents how you normally perceive yourself. That’s “how it is.”

Yet at some point you feel a duty, or greater sense of responsibility, where you want to come to grips with something in a greater capacity. That’s the desire to go down and get in the mud.

A dream like this can cause you to recognize that you’re spending a lot of time in this state of free flow. You’re not tethered to anything. That may seem like a good thing, but it’s a state that lacks consciousness. If you were to put a reference to it, you might say that you’re free-floating three-quarters of the time, and you’re down in the mud one-quarter of the time.

We all have a predilection to free-float in our lives – it’s kind of casual and comfortable and easy to do. Then we realize that we have to deal with the consequences that were pushed aside while we were free floating. But you’re able to see all of this as kind of okay, because at least you do realize you need to get down in the mud.

So, the dream has to do with wanting to catch up to an even greater dimension of your self. Over our lives, we get used to the way we perceive the world around us. That band of perception becomes a kind of filter that screens our experience. Eventually, everything begins to seem humdrum, or mundane.

And you may not even see anything necessarily wrong with that, because you’re not seeing what is being lost as a possibility. Getting into the mud is like a process of addressing something at a greater depth inside, and that can only be done through a quality of the heart trying to bring everything into alignment.

When you have a dream like this, you might sit there and ask, “How do I feel about this?” Well, it feels like there was recognition that your free floating was bringing information to you in a biased way. I mean, even in free-floating you have a connection to the whole, but it’s one that’s tailored to a particular pattern or mannerism that you’ve come to adopt.

What you fail to realize is that you’re trying to have it both ways, free-floating and getting into the depth of yourself. So you’ve worked it out through an inner dialogue that concludes that everything’s okay because you do plan to get down in the mud.

Do you see how that works?

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