To Have and to Hold

Jeane: In my first dream, I’m in a very large space with even taller structures. It’s like different levels are coming into this space and the structures have large rings on them.

I seem to be moving around this space. Mostly everything’s black. I’m studying how things are and seeing how I can move around when I’m in these areas that are more off the ground.  

The structures are solid, but it’s like the casinos (here in Vegas) where there are a lot of things to look at up above. The dream seems to be studying how it all works and even asking some questions about it, or seeing what one can do.

John: What could trigger an image like this resonates with something you expressed yesterday in saying that the Fremont Street Experience (in Vegas) has more heart, but less potential, compared to the Vegas Strip. The main Vegas strip is colder in its nature, but it draws an incredible expression of opulence. It’s an expression that reaches out in a dynamic way and makes itself known throughout the world. But it’s colder in its nature and there’s a certain tension that it carries, which you don’t get in the Fremont Street Experience, which has more heart.

It’s an interesting statement to make, and to probe and understand it more you’d need to get off the ground and go up, which is a more masculine modality, to see if it’s worth it. Inayat Khan (who brought Sufism to the West) asks, “Who does more for mankind, the person who has the money to have an effect in a charitable way, or the person who approaches something in a very simplistic, inner-connected way, but actually loses that connection and ability to touch things in the outer?”

Well, it all depends on how you look at it. In your imagery, you’re going up off the ground into a space, into a void, taking yourself a bit out of the rootedness of Creation…

Jeane: It’s not a void, actually, it’s got a structural aspect to it.

John: Yes, there are structures, but they’re off the ground. That’s not grounded in the way of the feminine. What the dream is asking is, can you do both? That is, can you hold the grounded nature (feminine) while also experiencing the flight and viewpoint possible above the ground (masculine) – both the heartfulness and the insight?

There comes a point in time on a spiritual path when you’re charged with the responsibility of having to carry on with whatever your anointed nature is. I call it an anointed nature because it’s something that evolves, as with a thought of God. The greater teacher has come in and influenced your enfoldment.

It’s not necessarily in a way that you might like to see it happen, but it comes in such a way that you’re pruned and guided into an expression that’s not so personally indulgent, which enables you to serve in a capacity of greater linkage and connection.

That brings us back to the question of Inayat Khan. What about the ability to touch and affect things in Creation, that a person who becomes linked to the inner path tends to lose the ability to do? What do you say about that? The person who becomes connected to things on the inner can’t directly affect or influence, externally, certain things anymore, so there’s a loss from that perspective.

In reaching for the greater potential, has the Vegas Strip lost a certain heartfulness? Is the purpose to be able to be in a particular place (of the world) in Creation, or in a particular (inner) space in Creation? Can both sides be accommodated?

Your dream is answering those questions in a way that’s a little different than the way of the masculine, which would use a process of identifications, images, thoughts, and interactions, where the clarity comes through in relationship to the pros and cons of things.

But you’re able to answer the question just by feeling the space and by noting the different parts of you. You’re in one scenario, and then you go into another scenario that’s a little bit more off the ground and you feel what the experience in the structure tells you. That’s your way of doing it. That’s more of a container approach, i.e., you’re trying to expand your containment to reach out and probe further.

You wouldn’t be asking that question inside if there wasn’t something important in that regard, which is more masculine, and so you have to go out and make that distinction for yourself. How can it come together and yet at the same time hold?

When you do this you’re recognizing that you’re in a different structure – you’re off the ground -and to what degree does that effect your heartfulness? Does it estrange you? Do you have the ability to hold both places? This is the test. This is the tease.

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