The Prison of the Lower Self

Jeane: In this dream I’m on an island, but this island is a large prison. I don’t have the sense that there are fences or bars to keep me in, but because it’s isolated there’s also no sense of freedom.

However, I do know I’m going to be given a pass by the warden to go somewhere. This pass means that I can leave briefly or have a little more freedom for a while. One of the limitations with this pass, though, is that I know there’s a lion wandering around on the property. At some point I’m going to have to sit down and have an interaction with this lion. I don’t seem to be too afraid of the lion; it’s just a side note to what’s going on.

Meanwhile, before I get my pass and go out to interact with the lion, I’m observing other prisoners and I’m wondering how they’re going to handle things. One of the men seems more restricted than I am.

Then I go inside a building and I run into old friends that lead personal growth seminars. (This encounter also has the feeling of a side dream within the larger dream.) These friends are in town promoting some new people that they’re very excited about who are giving a seminar. 

One of the men is Native American and I’m observing his program material as I interact with my friends. Next I go into some of the individual groups and observe what’s going on and looking at the people that are attending. I’m seeing how everyone is interacting.

Afterwards I’m talking with one of the seminar leaders and someone comes in and sets down an elaborately decorated cloth and then lays down on it. I see that the woman seminar leader has sewn a design into the cloth that has the shape of an open cup or glass – it has three sides and is open at the top and very straight. It looks like she has sewn it on a machine. 

Another man says that this design represents what’s happening, or what is supposed to be done for the seminar. He’s surprised at how simple it looks. I comment that the seminar leader always does it that way and that it will actually work well for what it represents.

Then I’m talking to another prisoner, who’s also supposed to get out on a pass. In the back of my mind I’m still wondering whether I’m going to have this encounter with the lion.

John: First of all, symbolically, the prison that you’re in is considered the lower-self nature of your being. There’s a process going on in you in terms of reconciling the lower self with the higher self. So we see you in the prison (lower self) and then we see you at the personal growth seminars (higher self).

A Native American man (ancient tradition) and a woman are leading the seminars. The woman has designed and sewn a cloth showing the feminine symbol of the cup. This cup represents the openness and vacancy that is to be filled spiritually. The cloth also speaks of you quilting or piecing the parts of yourself together so that you are able to leave the prison of your lower self.

It’s an interesting dream in that it is describing how you have one foot back in the lower self of your nature – your ego-based aspect – where you’re having to sort things out. That sorting process is known as “Traveling Toward God.”

If you were in your lower-self nature when confronting the lion – meaning still in the prison – you would be very fearful because the energetic power that the lion represents would be way, way too much to handle. But as you progress and develop and come to know more of your higher self, you gain the sense of being able to break away from this prison. Going outside the prison of your lower self is where the journey of “Traveling In God” begins, or at least it’s a distinct shift in terms of how you work on yourself.

Tomorrow we can delve a litter further into the discussion that this process represents.

Out of the Comfort Zone

John: In the next dream I’m relying upon conditions to stay the same as I proceed with a particular approach in life. I feel that as long as conditions stay as they are, in terms of their setness in the outer life, I’ll be okay.

In the dream I see this represented by a person who has a deck of cards in their hand. They play with the cards and that’s their life. I’m able to see the hand that everyone at the table is holding. It would be confusing if that were to change. I’ve gotten comfortable with those conditions – knowing what lies before me, seeing how everyone else is – so I’m prepared for what I’m seeing.

The image in the dream shows me that each person has been dealt a similar hand of cards that they are meant to play. I’m aware of what they have. If I weren’t aware, then I would find myself in an awkward position because I’ve designed myself for that which I can perceive.

What does this imagery mean? It’s showing that I have a game plan that works – that I feel comfortable with – in terms of what is dealt to me in the outer life. But I also feel that my approach will only work smoothly as long as the outer remains as it is. I’ve come to believe that this is how things are (in the outer) and that this is how they will continue to be.

However, should these conditions change, then my way of life will have to change as it expresses itself in the outer. If things change, then my current game plan or approach would have to die to make room for something new.

By indulging in these outer conditions, as I perceive them, there is concern that this will result in some sort of personal benefit. That is, if I’m attached to this state, then I become like a pig (see The Game Changer). To let go is to be part of the great experiment and journey of life as it unfolds in Creation, without leaving any residue behind of one’s outer self to stink up the place!

Another meaning behind this dream, and yesterday’s dream, is that when I let go of all my (personal) identifications then, and only then, can something new from within truly emerge. Until then I am an unconscious piglet, proceeding through life based upon set perceptions as to how things will unfold.

Such set perceptions are always temporal and, although I have figured out how to cope, it doesn’t lead anywhere. It’s okay for me to get close to those conditions, providing those conditions don’t rub off on me and become my reality. I can’t identify myself with what is happening in outer life. I’m meant to shift with the ever-changing enfoldment.

In other words, I can come close to it, but can’t lose the ability to shift because being able to shift with life as it unfolds is part of the design. By being able to shift I help bring through the inner as a reflection of the next picture for Creation.

It’s a dangerous dream because it’s full of pitfalls. One can easily become set in some mannerism and then the process gets stopped. That’s why when we came to Vegas and were all discombobulated, we dreamed up a storm and even got physically sick. So much was coming through that we were in a state of bewilderment.

But now that we’ve been here for a while, we’re able to adapt to the new circumstances around us and find familiarity, which takes the edge off. We sleep more soundly. Once humans get their bearings, they tend to go along with the environment and, before you know it, they’re unconsciously advocating for that environment because they’ve fully bought into it – they’re functioning within the parameters of it.

When we start doing that, we’re shutting out the inner flow because our attention is consumed by a preoccupation with the outer. To whatever degree we’ve developed perception or clarity of the energetics within ourselves, we can use that understanding to free ourselves from being too identified with the outer.

Just that idea – being of the world but not in it – makes even the little indulgences we all get into work out better because we won’t be so consumed by the collective nature of things around us. It means not totally buying in to external events and allowing something else to come through.

You could say that the process is to take a human being up to the point where they can see that if they keep letting go, and quit tying themselves in and making everything outside of themselves of great importance, they’ll begin to allow their inner guidance through, which provides a service to Creation. That gives a person the opportunity to participate in the enfoldment of the universe.

The Game Changer

John: I had two dreams and, when I woke up, I was remembering one in which there was a set order to things. Everyone had a certain way that they had to play something out. I could understand and function in relationship to that, but then all of a sudden the second dream just popped right in.

Of course I thought the one that I remembered when I first awoke was the important one, but it wanted to fade to the background because the second one was quite loud.

In this one a young girl who has spent most of her life on a science fair project tells me not to get rid of a young piglet that’s dead in a swampy ditch on the corner. There’s a house and on the corner is a ditch that catches the water runoff from the fields.

This little piglet has washed in and it’s dead, floating in the water. The girl is telling me not to do anything with this piglet because she needs to keep the conditions in the area undisturbed. She has to report everything about her science project including this unexpected event that has occurred.

I’m hearing what she wants, but I’m concerned about the piglet decaying in the water. It’s going to rot and I’m not getting any assurance from the girl in terms of when the animal will be taken away. 

My feeling is I shouldn’t have to put up with the smell when this thing decays. It’s going to be horrendous. You can’t just leave something like that out there in the open, even though it’s floating in the water.

At the same time I’m torn because I don’t want the girl to be seen as having done something wrong in terms of her project because she has put so much time into it. I know that it’s important to her that the piglet remains because if anything were to change it will cause her results to be compromised. 

I’m sitting and wondering, trying to sort this out: What is she really feeling about this? Does she feel it’s an embarrassment that this animal died after all the time on her project? Or is some part of her elated with this result and she wants to report it even though it was totally unexpected? Is it affecting the result if this were to be taken away? Is it part of the experiment for others to review the result? 

Will the people in charge discover that there’s been some tampering and determine that the whole project has been a disaster?  

It finally emerges that this result is important to the way her project is perceived. I cringe, but this girl needs the supervisors to take note of the effect as they assess the science project from beginning to end.

The meaning here is that the end result of every journey in life is the death of the idea that what we are living in is real. In my case, I’m like the baby pig because I’m not being conscious of some inner indulgence and, as a result, I’m damming up or contaminating the flow.

This is how the superiors (higher energies) read my energetic condition. The state that I’m in is unconsciously affecting an inner potential. So this state is shown as a rotting condition in the outer life that can stink up the immediate area I exist in.

So the piglet’s death, as disturbing in appearance as it may seem in terms of an outer perspective, is not seen as disturbing from a higher perspective. From an elevated view, the death of a pig is an important component. It’s part of an inner design. When it happens it’s actually a monumental event that can’t be ignored. Such an event is a game changer, a thing to be noted. It is showing that part of me is making a transition from one state to another.