A Combined Wisdom

John: Well, I’m again dreaming in ways that are kind of hard to explain, because the real energetic that’s at play and moving can sometimes be invisible, i.e., not a part of the visual imagery. That’s the way it is in this first dream, where I identify myself as an invisible energetic that’s observing the unfolding of events. In other words, I don’t “see” myself, but I’m there. I’m on another level, so I must be the energetic.

As the dream begins I see a woman being led into a room by a guide. This is a room where change takes place. To be at ease in this room, a person is required to make a shift within. To denote what’s shifting, I suddenly become aware of something trying to come through.

Simultaneously, the energy that’s causing something to move in me manifests as the feeling that I have a sore spot, like a pimple. I can’t remember what part of my body it’s on, but it’s bumpier than normal, although it’s not quite to the point where I can pop it. But I squeeze it real hard and it suddenly pops; a fluid from deep within oozes out.

This breakthrough enables the guide and the woman to go off to one side. In other words, they were appreciating this room, but now another level of awareness has opened up. They’re now able to move off to one side and still take in the whole room, without having to move around from spot to spot.

I’m observing this from an invisible, inner plane. With the shift, the woman and guide now carry a natural awareness of what’s going on in the room and are able to take into their beingness all that is there to behold. Before they were being overwhelmed by their physical perceptions in the room.

Suddenly, though, it’s like I take a step back and I’m looking at some denser aspect. What I imaged has a sudden manifestation about it, and I realize that it’s very loud compared to what had existed. This loudness sets off a reaction that veils the natural perception emanating, as an overallness, from the space.

The last part of this image, with the emergence of the loudness, shows how easily we can cut ourselves off from our deeper connections by letting our mind wander back into the illusion. In other words, if we are too deeply immersed in the outer world, it becomes a loudness that deafens us to our natural inner guidance.

But, of course, to understand this dream we have to look at two levels that are being represented.

First, there’s the level from which I’m observing, that’s on an invisible, inner plane where I’m not in the picture but I have insight about what is unfolding. Second, there’s another part of me, seen as the woman and the guide, which has an awareness of the overall space. But these two viewpoints seem separate. One is invisible to the other. The woman’s awareness of the overall is invisible to the insightfulness. And, what kind of insightfulness are we talking about?

So this dream is describing an energetic shift, which takes into account two whole levels of beingness. The masculine level of sight (my perspective) is in a hidden state. In other words, it’s a state within, or it’s something that has come down into life, but it’s still just a vibration and isn’t yet in a manifested state.

The feminine awareness takes into account the overallness, in all its facets, in creation, i.e., it can take in the whole room at once. So this is a shift, where I have a presence within creation (in the room), and yet at the same time, if I can pull the masculine back into it, I can connect to a deeper energetic insight that incorporates both levels. These two perspectives should be perceived simultaneously, like a type of combined wisdom, within it all.

What this image brings to mind is the Sufi principle of “Solitude in the Crowd.” This phrase captures the idea of a person maintaining their connection with God no matter where they are or what they’re doing. A spiritual journey today doesn’t mean going up on a mountaintop, it means maintaining our connections to the universal, through our higher self, in everything we do. We want to be in “the room,” without losing sight of our greater relationship with everything.

So we want to be in the world, yet not of it, i.e., not affected by it. There’s also the idea in this of having our “head in the heavens, and our feet on the ground,” in which a part of us is somewhere else and yet at the same time we’re in life, we’re in creation.

This sense of duality also recalls the understanding of the in-breath (feminine) and the out-breath (masculine) of creation. The out-breath brings down something from above, as from the crown that touches creation, and that’s like the hidden quality of the will coming through. As it touches creation, it awakens an awareness that takes into account the overallness, and each breath is said to be a cycle of creation.

So this dream touches on all of these elements through its imagery, yet the disturbance at the end shows that I didn’t quite succeed in connecting these two levels, or making them known to one another. Instead, the loudness of some subtle inner resistance interrupted the process.

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