On a spiritual journey, we are always confronted by the reasons why we do what we do. Jeane’s dream points out this issue in a dream triggered by the thought of owning a certain type of car, which may or may not be justifiable in a spiritual life. This dilemma puts her on an alien planet, as a way of looking at this issue from a safe distance. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: In my first dream, it feels like I’m on another planet, and something is going on on that planet suddenly, that seems to be threatening it. We’re going to have to leave the planet, I think.
I have a little pod-shaped thing. It’s almost like a huge egg in which I’m concealing some things that I’ll be either… it’s a little unclear to me. I’m either going to be leaving them on the planet, or inside this are things that will help us on the planet.
I can’t tell whether I’m trying to save the planet, or help destroy it, so I’m looking inside the pod to see what I’ve put in there and I have something that sets fires, but there’s already been a fire going, and I have a little piece of turquoise cloth that seems to expand almost magically, and just a couple other things in there. It’s almost like a little mechanical device that you can hide.
And then I can put things in there and then the other people around me won’t know what I have, because you don’t know whether they’re trying to help things, or destroy them, so I can put things in this little egg and hide them and have it on the planet. That was the first part of the dream.
John: It’s an interesting rationalization that you’re not sure whether others are a problem or not, in relationship to the issue of you keeping, or holding off to one side, something for a use later.
The reason why you’re calling it another planet is that it’s not within the direct perspective of your day-to-day awareness, or approach, to life. It’s something that you have set aside like for a rainy day, or for a need that could possibly exist at another point in time, or in another place, or under another set of circumstances.
In the dream, you make it sound as if that’s okay for you to do that, that that’s kind of like maybe you wouldn’t have this tendency to take on this idea, or approach, if it were straight out and in front of you. But if you can rationalize it with this being an accepted excuse, in other words that it’s on another planet, or it’s for another point in time, and that it’s somewhat set aside purposely for that rainy day or something, and that you have to carefully do this because you don’t know what would happen if others saw this. That this could be considered maybe something that isn’t appropriate or right or something.
So in your dream, because you’ve characterized the scenarios like this, it’s like, if you were to do this straight out as a process that you took on head on, you probably would see limitations and faults in that in terms of how that can affect your ego and your self-image. And you probably would realize that you don’t like that, or don’t need that, that it somehow gets in the way, or veils, something in terms of a greater surrender or graciousness.
But when you are able to rationalize it as being on this other channel, or level, that isn’t as up front, that is more on a secondary fallback way of being – that that’s okay. And so the reason why you’re looking at this, in this particular way, is best understood when you look at the theme for the dreaming.
In other words, this isn’t a looking at ego or self-gratification straight on, because you more or less have in terms of your day-to-day, found kind of a way of being in which you know that that’s not the way to be, that you can set that part of things aside and be more surrendered.
But the self-glorification could still exist in this secondary way, where you have your ace-in-the-hole, or you have the ability to rationalize something in relationship to something in another place, or for another reason.
In other words, what trips a dream like this? Well, it could be for example the car like you wouldn’t probably feel comfortable running around, with all to see, in a Jaguar, except that you can justify the Jaguar from the standpoint that it is part of serving another purpose, a different kind of duty, so to speak, in terms of the way you live in this other place, and that therefore you have a good excuse for being able to have the car.
The better way of putting it is, there’s a fine line between seeing this as something that adds to one’s being in some fashion, and whether it adds to something called your “duty.” If you can see what you do as something that’s just following orders, or following an inner duty, then the various things that you take on, or set aside, or have as secondary tools, do not become part of ego orientation because your frame of reference is looking at a bigger picture.
But if you use the bigger picture as a rationalization, and then somehow get lost and fail to recognize that it’s for a bigger picture purpose, and start to get attached, or intrigued, or fascinated by it as a manner of image or something, or as a manner of a way of seeing yourself in a needing this or something, you can lose a certain graciousness, or you can adopt a certain image of yourself.
And of course it’s so subtle you can do this, and rationalize it, because it’s on this other planet, or on this other level. One has just got to be careful how one recognizes themselves, or how one sees themselves. The object to see one’s self, is to see yourself as part of a functionality that’s in a greater Whole, in which you have a role to play, or a duty, and not as something that goes about and establishes distinguishable characteristics, or cuts in between, seeing okay, well, the Vegas is different and therefore the car there makes sense for Vegas, and therefore it’s on another level.
You have to be careful of being in between, too. And so it all depends on how you stroke yourself or preen yourself with the idea. The key to be separate from attachments in order to then be open to a greater flow, is to be surrendered and let go with whatever it is that’s presented before you.
And one of the limitations in terms of being able to do that, is the greater rationalization in which you pretend that it’s okay, based upon the fact that it’s on another level, or another planet as you call it, and therefore it’s an exception to the general rule.
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