In the earliest image, I’m living in a building with a large circular parking structure and for some reason (maybe because space was limited?), there’s a butler who stays in the parking structure and he sometimes serves drinks.
I’m really curious about this arrangement, trying to figure out if it actually works. There’s a teenage boy in the building and I wonder if the butler is giving him drinks that are too strong, or are inappropriate for him, at his young age.
I can go to the parking structure and get drinks from the butler, too, but I have a cough and a headache. I think I figure out that maybe it does work, but I just need to keep checking out this whole arrangement.
John: So, the parking structure represents the world. You’re in the parking structure and the butler represents something that brings things back and forth.
It’s like the Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi’s description of something that goes back and forth between the higher self and the lower self within the kingdom of man. The butler is like that.
You find yourself in Creation and it’s like a great big parking structure. You’re hanging out and there’s something going back and forth that you can denote in the outer – which is the greater teacher. You’re realizing that things are taking place that cause change, or that have an effect, and you can note this in the parking garage, i.e., the outer Creation structure. You can note that and, in noting that, you can see and come to know.
In order to denote that, to be able to see that, you have to acknowledge that it works that way. If, on the other hand, you identify with things around you as if you’re just in a transitory parking garage, i.e., it’s all random and life is an ego-based experience, then this image would make no sense to you. Then you would be relating only to the physical concrete structure. But, instead, you recognize that everything you see is reflective of something deeper, coming through the Creation, and in some way it comes through and serves things up (the butler), which creates change.
A part of you is caught up in the concrete reality, and that’s shown as the potential for a young boy (another aspect of you in the dream) to drink something inappropriate.
In other words, we can come to know what’s going on, and what it is that’s coming from somewhere else, i.e., coming from the inner into the outer energetically or vibrationally. But we’re not going to notice that it works that way if we’re holding onto our personal, ego-based identification in Creation. When we do that, we’re only able to perceive what’s right in front of us, and we’re veiled from the knowledge or understanding of what’s causing it.
So the theme of the dreams last night has to do with recognizing that a particular vibration comes down and into life, through us. And each of us carries a unique way of doing that. It’s like we are a thought of God, so to speak, and the impulses that come from that are treated as a type of dharma (natural law). We then proceed to go and live in the outer in some way that serves our understanding, in terms of catching up with this inner quality.
But most humans see their unique expression as something that belongs to them (not God), and that they feel they have a right to pursue – as an indulgence. If we partake of that, we find ourselves in a different world – one that’s separated from our natural link with the Creation.
What this dream is trying to tell you is that this world is more than just a parking garage. There’s something that goes back and forth between the seen and the unseen (the butler), that connects between the higher and the lower self – that’s also a part of you.
And it serves up things, it serves up drinks, through a masculine side of you, which is the change agent side of you. At first it shocks you to find out that it works that way, but this is what evokes change – whether you like it or not.