The Swirl of Everything

swirlsHumans are naturally intertwined with all that exists, yet if we are too filled with inner noise we can’t hear the subtlety of that connection. What makes us too noisy inside is our reactivity to the physical life we encounter, and the impossible idea that we can control events around us. Here, John takes us through how the dream process develops us toward the greater Whole. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: I remember when I used to first start dreaming. I would get, oh, my gosh, this was so incredible. It can’t get any better than this, kind of thing, and then I would go and I would try to tell it to someone else and they would just look at me like I was nine-tenths looney.

And then I would reflect upon how that will strike them as haywire, and also how I had been over-the-top in a bookish sense, so to speak, just like I was reading the book inside of myself or something, and I overindulged how bookish, you know, I hadn’t really owned it yet, and so I just have to shake my head.

But then as time progresses, the value of being thrown haywire like that starts to lend itself to balancing itself out, and then the result is something that is more natural, or more of who you really are, in kind of a station way, where you take into account things that you normally didn’t take into account when you were just all pitch and no catch.

It’s interesting to watch how all of that evolves. And as you watch that evolve, you realize the one thing that will kill it, over and over and over again, is when you stab the heart. And you stab the heart with your reactions, with the hissy fits, or the failure to listen to the intonation of something as it’s changing and it’s switching – and this all has to do with the intertwining.

And you can have these moments where you glimpse this intertwining, and then you see how nothing is intertwined and you can get righteous. At least I get righteous, because I have that as a tilt factor in my nature that’s gone to some sort of excess somehow. And when I get righteous, then I think I can bombastically make it happen – either by shaming something, or belittling it, or pooh-poohing it, or purposely agitating it so that it can see that I’m right and it’s wrong or something. It never works that way.

And just the slightest bit of this kind of transgression takes you outside of the intertwining. It causes someone else to have to then take one step back and look at themselves, and then look at themselves in relationship to you, and then do their own little sorting it out. And the terms that they use to sort it out are what? Their own senses and their own mind.

They don’t hear the intertwining either. They may feel that what you said is incredible, but they haven’t figured out how to make that flow flow through them. It can touch them, but it doesn’t flow through them in a way so that they embody it.

That’s why this whole process of having a teacher is important, because when you come around a teacher, the teacher embodies something. And when you act up, the teacher doesn’t drop into the pits of it either, just because you do, the teacher doesn’t. The teacher holds the note.

And in that presence, the part of you that’s watching – you get it. You don’t even have to have words that are said. His vibration uplifts the something from a space that he knows is important, and his perceptions about things are not what are important, it’s that space he carries inside of himself. That’s what a teacher does.

Like when you’re around the teacher, however it is that you act up, or do, the teacher holds the note, and then the reflection coming back goes, oh my God, what an idiot, what an idiot, and you get something, you gain something that way.

Now, that helps a little bit, that helps a little bit, but how does that become a station to where you own that? That takes time. Now, you have certain people that benefit being around a teacher because the states of life that they go through, maybe they can’t handle very well. And you have others that are weakened if they stay around the teacher, because they need to go through and do a certain living, and experiencing states, and then strengthening, and getting solid in relationship to that, so that it emerges and you would get polished into a station.

In Sufism you have terms for those that do best around the teacher, or the teacher takes and keeps those close like that, and someone who’s out there in Timbuktu acting like they’re totally abandoned and whatnot, but they’re going through this and going through that, can easily say, it sure is greener on the other side of the fence – but you can’t switch places.

They can’t come into what you’re doing, for example. You can’t be in terms of how they are, because there’s no such thing as one having it better necessarily than the other, when it’s a process of what best suits the catching up or the evolving.

You can even take this all the way down to, let’s say, the Indian tribe. They may have a tone or a mood that creates a heck of a lot of affliction for them, which you can say that the white man has transcended. But what they also carry is maybe an acknowledgement, or a recognition to the great spirit, or to their own essence of a way of life or something.

They haven’t lost that, white man has lost that, and so as you sit there, who’s better off? Is it the white man that doesn’t have the mood, or is it the Indian that has the heaviness of getting by, but still the echo of the other?

What’s really nice is to be able to take and sit and see the best of both, but not having to see that in a mental-sense consciousness, but in this swirl of how everything is all part of a Whole.

It all fits. It all is intertwined; to honor the intertwining. When you’re working with the Indian tribes, you honor their expression. And they intertwine you in, and whatever is meaningful then is able to rub across both ways.
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