A Constant Guide

Jeane: I had a long, jumbled dream… It feels like I’m on the curve of the earth’s surface. Wherever I am it’s curved and desert-like and things are getting really jumbled up.  

I go out, and then I have to find my way back. At the end, as I’m making my way back, I find a curved rod like a railing that heads along a round window.
If I can find where the railing is and find the center of it, then I’ll know how to get back. Sometimes I get lost. It’s funny.  

Usually I don’t have an interpretation for my dreams, but in this one, at the end I finally find my way back to the center using the railing. My interpretation is that the railing is like the dhikr, which is a practice of remembrance. If there’s one thing that can be done to bring oneself back to center, that’s it. The dream was short and sweet.

John: This image reminds me of a phenomenon I saw earlier in the morning. I was looking at a small knob that stuck out from the dirt on a little side bank. It was surrounded by tiny spiders or perhaps ants. They seemed to congregate or swarm around the knob like it was their home base.

I tapped the knob with my shoe and watched them swarm around it even more energetically. It was like a signal went out to the group and they came from wherever else they were, as if they were protecting this home base.

In other words, it was in their psyche or their nature to defend this spot. I think you were doing something like that in your dream. Can you describe it again?

Jeane: It felt like when I would go out I’d get lost because everything seemed so jumbled up. I would have to find something that could guide me back. It ended up being a railing that went around the curve of the earth.

John: And so we all have some sense in our nature that directs us… just like the ants or spiders do. We all have a sense of having to sustain or maintain, or comply with a certain inner echo of how to maintain or sustain.

Even if it’s a situation that doesn’t actually work, it’s still built into us. We have this innate mechanism that can enable us to respond in a particular way. Like I’ve heard you say, if a human being learns to do that which they’re meant to do, then it’s the most natural thing to be able to stay connected to the inner vibration, or energetic imprint, that reaches into the depths of who and what we are at our core.

If a human being learns to follow this sensory note that resonates throughout them (which your image showed as a railing leading back to a base or center), they would see or recognize that there’s some quality or mannerism in a human being that, if they pay attention to, or hold to, will steer them in the best way they can go.  

So this image is meant to show that we all carry such innate intelligence, and it echoes from a really, really deep level within us and serves as our constant guide in terms of what it means to hold to one’s true nature in the face of everything.

One has to uphold that; one has to live within that. If we are too noisy inside (with bills, job, etc.) we often don’t know if we’re listening to a proper inner echo. But we do know that there’s something that sits at the core of our basic nature that attunes us to where we are and what needs to be done next.

We see this reflected and echoed in nature in many, many ways, like with the ants and spiders who hold a particular space they deem important. They try to defend it. Their reactions might not seem rational to us (perhaps they should flee when something bigger attacks them?), but they don’t. Instead, they maintain what is the core of them (their true nature) no matter what happens.

And just such an instinct is in our nature, yet not about our external home base, it’s in maintaining or sustaining our connection to our inner home base, which is connected to all of Creation.

That’s what separates us from other living things on this planet: they are connected to the earth and maintain that connection that no matter what. The planet sustains the human being, but our true home base is in Creation. It is our nature and, in a sense, our duty, to maintain our Creation connection while we are here.

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