The Speeds of Progress

Jeane: Next I have a dream where I’m wandering around a village area with other young girls. Initially the wandering is random, but I find an interesting branch with some leaves on it, with one part like a flower. I take the branch and go to the head of our group, which makes us into a procession that seems like it’s going somewhere, even though I know it’s not.  

But now that I’m at the front, I have to figure out where we should go and what we’re going to do to put the branch down.

John: This image is like a recognition that the outer (physical) world has a certain illusion to it. Another way of looking at it is that you can see, as you play with it, that it develops an enfoldment.

The fact that that’s possible means that, at some depth inside, something else is moving around. The way it comes out in the outer (even though it may seem insignificant, or a sort of tangent) is it’s still like a side reel to the motion picture; there’s something deeper inside.

So you suddenly see that this is the way it is. You pick up something (the branch) which enables you to go to the front of the group and create the flow (procession). Others join behind you, and it seems to have a continuity, and now you’re going to new places.

So how do you put the branch down? How do you see what’s behind it that’s trying to open up and come through?

It’s a paradoxical phrase: “putting it down.” In other words, you put down the branch that you’ve picked up, but that’s just a symbolic act. It denotes something else that’s waking up as the underlying thread behind this whole way you find yourself being.

In other words, all of it signifies something. It’s just a question of whether you, yourself, can catch up with what it’s pointing toward.

Jeane: Then I’ve gone into a couple’s house, and they have a baby and a slightly older child. I go to the older child.

They’ve set something up that’s like a computer or small TV on a stool in front of the kids, but the kids are complaining because they can’t get it to work. I seem to be able to fiddle with it so they can watch it better. I explain to them the problem.  

Then I get down on the floor and I notice the baby needs a diaper change. There’s a pretty strong odor, which makes me feel a little nauseous. The mom comes and scoops him up to change him, but some of the mess has fallen on the floor. I want to pick it up, but the odor makes me so nauseous I can’t seem to do anything,

Then the dad comes and scoops it up.

That’s that dream.

John: In letting yourself be natural, you have the ability to help focus and bring a certain picture into reality, a certain perception, a certain sight, and it’s as if you’re doing it amongst those who can’t do it for themselves (tuning the TV for the young children).

However, how is that going to work if those who’re supposed to appreciate it, don’t get it (are too young)? Basically that creates a mess that discombobulates how you feel in terms of the situation. In other words, this causes an intervening event (with the diaper), which has muddied the picture. So how do you handle or conduct yourself there?

This scenario exposes that whatever you were doing wasn’t quite in tune with how the situation needed to unfold. Rather than gaining clarity, the situation degenerated. Maybe what you were experiencing was too bright – too much for you to handle – and it caused a reaction.

The image, though, has an even deeper meaning: It’s attempting to get you to realize and recognize that you have to pace yourself in terms of how you open up, and how you see things.  Because if you expose yourself to everything all at once, the parts of you that are awakening and seeing more can embrace it, but the parts of you that aren’t as awakened will knock you into a trance or state where you lose your fluidity (see Reflections of the Past). And, thus, a dullness and an awkwardness will set in.

You look at the two states, and in one you want so much for the clarity (with the branch) to be there and you note how that feels, and then you note what it’s like when something gets putrefied. You know what that feels like and so you work to reconcile that. You’re reconciling levels of yourself.

When we’re intertwined with Creation, there are parts of us that get cooked at different rates, so we have to learn how to work at a pace that facilitates that. What’s really interesting is, if you can catch that right, instead of dulling yourself when you’re a little off or trying to force something, you actually take on a whole other level of insight that you that hadn’t noticed before.

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