What Next?

Jeane: This dream centers on the fact that I’m planning to get a new car, so I have to sell my old car. I go into a dealer to negotiate the price. A couple of my male friends have coached me on this, and I report the results back to them.

I finally settle on a price, but one of the guys thinks I should have gotten a trade-in price for my car and put it toward a new car. I explain that I think it’s a better deal to sell the car separately and then put that money toward another car. 

It feels like I get a good price for my car and I’m pausing to consider what I’m going to do next.

Then I drift into another dream.

John: You’re describing a situation that’s a transition from one thing to something different. You don’t know what that new thing is all about yet. All you know is that you’re releasing something, and that’s clearing the space for something else.

By clearing the space, you essentially lay the framework for the transition. But you don’t do it all in one fell swoop – everything doesn’t have to be nailed down completely at each step. You understand that it’s more important to get rid of the old, so you clear that out first. This will allow you to form a better idea, in terms of where you’re heading, as the transition begins to unfold.

It’s kind of amazing that we all don’t realize that this is the way it always works. When we are confronted with something transitional, or we have to make a change, or we just sense that change is in the air, it seems to be our nature to try and figure out “what next?” as quickly as possible.

It’s an inner struggle, because our lower-self nature – the physical, ego self – wants to hold onto things. But our higher-self nature knows that room has to be made in us before the new can arrive. In other words, we can’t just keep packing more and more into the space of ourselves our whole lives. We need to clean, clear, and let go so that new aspects can find the room to unfold.

Our lower self doesn’t like uncertainty or instability – it resists our embracing the unknown. But our higher self knows that the unknown is where all the potential and possibility of life awaits us.

So the lower self is content with the way things are and fills you with chatter about all the personal aspects – like and dislike, gain and loss, psychologies and old patterns. All this chatter makes change seem overwhelming and risky. It’s our physical, planetary self, and it keeps us focused on our planetary aspects, i.e., everything we can’t take with us when we go.

Our higher self knows that there’s much more to life: we are spiritual beings having a planetary existence. So the higher self tries constantly to give us access to more universal flow and energy. The degree to which we have space to receive it, by letting go of what’s unnecessary, or to hear it, by not being full of noise and chatter, is the degree to which we can connect to our higher selves.

So what this dream is telling you is that you will actually have a better sense of what’s meant to be, in terms of the overall, if you just let go of those things that are holding you back. And you don’t have to immediately replace those things with something new, which is what your lower-self nature wants you to do.

You don’t have to do that. You just need to clear the space, and then see how it feels. Just letting go will create an opening, allowing a breath of fresh air, so that you will tend to naturally know what needs to happen next.

It’s a very simple, direct, and to the point dream.

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