Something Happens

Jeane: My dream starts out at a dance. It’s the end of high school and everyone is going to go their own way. My boyfriend and a friend of his are going to be joining the Army and they’ll be deployed the next day, although they’ve arranged to be deployed locally.

I go over to his house to see him that night and then I leave. I’m going to go back the next morning. His whole family will be there.

Well, when I start back the next morning, I find myself out in a desert area, in an arroyo that doesn’t have any water in it anymore. There’s a high bank near me, but I spot an area where the dirt has collapsed, so I start climbing up that.

Then I see where someone has stuck a pen and a few other things into the dirt to create a handhold and some footholds. I’m able to get to the point where I can reach my hands up on top of the bank and pull myself up.  

I go to his house but everyone has already left and the house is empty. I walk up to the sink and see one or two dishes and I just start washing them. The house is filled with quite a bit of light.

Next, a poor Mexican family comes to the door with their children, but I realize I can’t help them because the house is empty and there doesn’t seem to be anything in it. All I can do is point them in a direction that they can go. Then I go outside.

At that point there’s a shift in the dream.

John: You’re describing a setup where something happens, i.e., this young man is going into the service or being deployed. I kept listening to determine if this event is a good thing or a bad thing and, in and of itself, it’s not either one.

The thing that’s missing, however, is a certain perspective, or way of hearing, or catching up with something. That’s what doesn’t come through. You’re the person who’s being deployed and yet, at the same time, you’re also the person who shows up too late.

In other words, you don’t quite have the opportunity to make the connection because the part of you that would be able to look at the bigger picture doesn’t have access to the memo. It just isn’t coming through, or you’re unable to catch up with it.

As a consequence, the dream raises the issue, or points out, that things have to be turned away (the Mexican family). If you had gotten there a moment earlier – when the boy and his family were still there and you could have established a linkage – then other things that were ready and able to ensue from that point could have tied in or connected with that.

Instead, because you were late, there’s a whole sequence of events that was dropped or lost as a consequence of that connection not being made. Said another way, something was left empty, from your perspective, when trying to make that shift and then to get there on time.

And there are further ramifications because after you arrive late to the empty house, you also have to turn away the family who came to the door for help. So there’s a cascade, or repetition, of missed connections that continue to play out.

That’s what’s happening in your dream.

Fire and Brimstone

volcano2 In my next dream I see that I’m purchasing something from a friend, an artist, who’s rather down and out. I buy some candy from him and it seems like I pay more than it’s worth. That way I put some extra money in his pocket.

Then I see that my friend has stepped away, and I’m being told what bad shape he’s in financially. My friend has gone off to one side where a homeless person is asking him for money. When he comes back he says, “What can you do, this guy is always hitting me up for money?”

My friend had given him $2.40, which is a good portion of what I had given him when I bought the candy.

Strange, right? Again, it’s showing levels, but now it’s showing how to recognize the nuances and the humor of life as this is going on in the outer and being brought all the way through. These dreams have explored levels of consciousness, and how we identify with the outer perception only. To do that causes us to see life with varying degrees of limited perception, where we only see certain things and completely ignore others. (For the previous dreams in this sequence, see A Perception of Depth and The Connected State.)

The key is to be able to relate energetically from top to bottom. To only bring things through to a particular point is to deny life that which it needs. I feel that in Vegas I’m trying to note a side of life that has been ignored or even abandoned – it’s the opposite of the outer life here that has an over-the-top expression of opulence. The external expression of Vegas is an example of only bringing energy through to a limited point.

So in the dream I’m shown that it’s important to bring whatever that energetic is right down into the plane of existence. What I see – because all of the people in the dream are aspects of me – is that I’m bringing the energetic right down to the lowest common denominator, represented by the needy people I’m helping.

In Vegas, the underlying energy can really be considered looking at the lowest common denominator because it affects everything. Yet nobody pays any attention to it. If something is trying to awaken, or to touch things in life, the tendency is to try to see it from the lowest common denominator, not the highest.

There’s a question in spirituality: What’s worse off, the lowest common denominator or the highest common denominator? It’s generally said, as perceived spiritually, that it’s the lowest common denominator that’s worse off, but actually it’s the highest.

I guess the only thing I could add to that is that the perception in life, when looking at the spiritual path, is that one assumes they are relating to that which is half empty – meaning a person who empties their cup is more receptive. The person who’s “half full” sees themselves as fully engaged with the material life of the outer and, therefore, is less likely to be open to receiving what’s new, in terms of energy.

I guess I have a tendency to believe that it’s important to recognize and hold the “other half.” Does everything in the outer have to be crushed and destroyed in order to allow other levels to reveal themselves? Or, does every indulgence have to be stripped out to make room for something else? If so, that means we’re not capable of having the attitude of the creator (top to bottom), only the pain-of-love aspect of how a consciousness awakens.

If it’s only going to go in one direction, then the result for this world looks pretty bleak. We can see that things are breaking down and dynasties are falling apart; what needs to fall apart is going to fall apart. But, on the other hand, there’s nothing holding an order to things together, in terms of scientific breakthroughs and marvels that exist that benefit mankind, at least in a way of living in the outer.

So what’s useful can be torn to pieces as well, and in the instances where things are breaking down in the outer – Egypt, Libya, etc. – that’s what’s happening. Infrastructures are being destroyed; treasures are being lost.

What I’m pointing to is the importance that the other half sit there too, in terms of being able to maintain some semblance of Creation when it gets rocked and rolled. You can’t just have it go “poof” and start all over again, in another Sodom and Gomorrah scenario.

I think what I’m recognizing and acknowledging is that in life you’ve got to be able to touch the light in the top of things, the opulence expression, and not only the lower expression where there’s longing and desperation.

Both states need to be held together or else everything is going to self-destruct or burn itself out. It’s probably because people are used to seeing that life ultimately ends in some sort of fiery inferno. But it’s not good to have to go all the way back and start from scratch.

That’s what happened when Atlantis was lost to humanity. It would be nice if humanity could get through these times, to make the next step, without having to be completely crushed and going back to square one again.

The Connected State

John: So, isn’t that a strange dream (see yesterday’s post, A Perception of Depth)? It shows a glimpse into the hidden levels that are available to us when we connect to our surroundings beyond our five senses (on an inner level), and then shows how all these hidden levels vary in accessibility depending on our personal state of consciousness.

It’s said that when things are really disturbed and shaken up in the outer world that generally what’s behind it is a degree of consciousness that’s waking up (the Sixties, for example), and when everything is stable and set and ordered, that consciousness is generally asleep.

So when things are carrying on like they are in the world today, it’s as if there’s a type of consciousness awakening in people. But from the denser perspective – which is our material world, egocentric viewpoint – we usually come from, we tend to think that upheaval implies that things are breaking down, and that results in an even greater denseness – a sleepwalking state of (un) consciousness.

In other words, something energetically is trying to snap us awake, or to switch something on, so that we are able to access a much greater sense of knowingness. This greater knowingness is astir on the other side (the unseen, energetic worlds) and what we see as turmoil in the world is its reflection manifesting through us. Something is meant to change, but we don’t consciously know what it is.

In the dream, when I noticed these deeper levels and tried to pay attention to them, they would dissipate. What this is saying is that the intangible knowing can’t be controlled by us, or made “ours” – it needs to be brought through into life without our changing it.

We must try to carry such insight through to the ground level (waking life), but to do so requires bringing the intangible into the outer. The closer we get to the outer life, from this state of knowing, the more we start to see everything in terms of separation, which makes the knowing harder to hold onto.

So, the intangible…  I love the sensation of how it reveals itself in some small and fleeting way. Yet because we still can’t help but see ourselves as separate from everything else in Creation, the transition into life doesn’t go smoothly – it gets interrupted.

When we lose the necessary focus and awareness, we lose the connection. The dream is indicating that my inner awareness (what is available to me as a knowing) varies depending upon the depth within. As I come back into the outer world of the senses – the image of waking up and going to breakfast – I realize I’m moving slower again relative to the others.

But when I try to regain the state of awareness (by writing it down) I’m able to feel myself faster than the others because they were being indulgent in the outer state – making small talk, disturbing me, etc. So we can see how these depth levels move back and forth depending on our connection.

An even deeper meaning is that this state of awareness cannot be fully taken in by our denser state, no matter how much we try – the connected state can’t coexist with with our state of separation. The awareness of the inner must be such that both the inner and outer can be embodied simultaneously.

If they can be embodied simultaneously, it would lead to a greater state of seeing and hearing. Then we would have insight into how and why things are changing in the outer world. In other words, we would be part of a process of both recognizing it, and enabling it to come into existence.

But try as I might in the dream, my efforts fell short. I lost it and was no longer aware of what I’d lost. Then instead of seeing the Real, I see only the reflections.

So this is a description of going up (inner) and down (outer), and trying to bring something higher back into the physical. I dreamed half of that process because I couldn’t bring the awareness completely through. There’s something more going on, and we just have to connect to that innate sense.