John: I had a series of short dreams during the night that all pointed me toward the same understanding.
In the first image, I’m lying on my back. Another person is lying in the opposite direction so that their feet are up near my head and part of their body is draped over mine. I don’t mind that, but they have their shoes on and the shoes are wet. That does bother me. I tell them that they can take their shoes off and it will be okay with me.
What does such an image mean? It suggests that I can adjust to and handle almost anything – as long as it’s natural – if I maintain a certain attitude within. The shoes didn’t fit that naturalness. I can’t accommodate things when there’s a “foreign” influence. Something unnatural creates too big a barrier for me handle.
A deeper meaning is that I’m shown to have a closeness with what is – the person is draped over parts of me. As long as it maintains characteristics of familiarity, I’m able to find the natural cohesion.
An example of this type of accommodation is how you (Jeane) can’t sleep when lights are left on, but here we are in Vegas where there is always light coming in the windows. There’s a state in which you can find that to be natural, even though they’re man-made. There’s a way to accommodate that.
In the next dream I’m laying upon a surface that’s composed of different layers of cardboard that have been taped together. I notice that I’m able to be comfortable, or accept the differences, when I come to recognize that all the layers are correlated.
In other words, I have overcome the disturbance I feel in being in this situation. If I know how to thread my way through and see why things are the way they are, I can be okay with it. When I let go of the attitude that something’s out of place or not right, I’m able to see the correlation to that which is entwined together (all of Creation).
In the final dream, I’m among a lot of other people. They seem to be carefree in their outer mannerisms. I’m told in the dream that everything’s more natural and flows together when there’s no hiding who we are or how we are. As I hear this, I notice that I’ve dropped my usual inhibitions and I’m observing how this opens doors into the flow.
An overall theme here has to do with connecting to what’s natural. In the first dream I prefer that there be no foreign aspects affecting the closeness – unnatural aspects (shoes) create a separation. I don’t mind if what I’m close to is the complete opposite from me (the feet at my head), as long as they aren’t holding onto something that supports the illusion of separation. I’m seeking to breach the barriers of separation so that the naturalness that exists can be accommodated.
In the next scene, I’m shown that as long as there’s a natural thread, I’ll be able to probe the intertwined depths (the many layers of cardboard) of the environment I’m in.
In the third scene, I bring the first two images of acceptance together and take on a flow in which I hide nothing so that nothing is hidden from me. This enables a person’s greater beingness to penetrate the outer barriers, which is possible naturally when the distinctions are removed.
Through this process I come to know that Creation has a naturalness of its own that we just need to accept. If we do, we will naturally flow with it. If we hold ourselves distinct and separate, we’ll simply become confused and disturb others. To put everything out into the open is to allow the energetic within to permeate and touch, nonverbally, the environment around us.
That’s possible because deep down we’re intertwined with Creation, but we haven’t accepted this union because outer appearances suggest otherwise. Oneness isn’t possible until our outer barriers are dropped. And the key to understanding who we really are requires dropping the outer distinctions that alienate us from the whole.
In Vegas, perhaps surprisingly, this seems to be something that’s more easily done. Somehow the environment comes across in a way that enables us to recognize and see it.
But we do have to hold our principles inside. There are people in Vegas who can get smothered by how it is. They don’t take a particular inner stand. So we all have to accept and accommodate everything, and we also have to have an inner conviction that can pierce the illusion.
In the outer it’s called conviction, but it must be conviction without judgment. It must be accepting of everything as part of a natural flow. In that way an intertwining is able to come through us and come across to others.
We don’t actually ever convince anybody of anything, nor do we change them. What does happen, though, if we’re natural and open, is that our connections to Creation can create easement in others, and that facilitates their own personal awakening or opening up.