What does it mean when simple, everyday actions become complicated or impossible in a dream scenario? Here’s a perfect example: Jeane is trying to buy bread, a deep symbolic image in her spiritual journey, but she can’t get help, and then it even becomes difficult to exit the market she is in. It shows the inner struggle, because even though she has found in the store what she truly wants, part of her is unwilling to help her get it. That’s why we need to choose our journey constantly, to convince all the inner parts of us that it’s truly what we want. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: In this next little scenario it feels like I’ve gone to… it’s almost like some kind of a fair, or a market going on. It’s somewhat established because there are like semi-buildings as well as stalls, and I know I bought some little thing because I have a very small little sack I have in one hand, and then what I want to buy before I go is some fresh bread.
And I go over to this store that’s selling bread – well they bake it there so it’s nice – and they have all different sized loaves which I like. I go in there and I see some of the really fresh, big loaves and they’re sliced so you can make sandwiches and stuff, and I just want to buy one of those loaves of bread to take.
But I can’t get anybody to wait on me because they seem to be standing in a semicircle kind of having a meeting, even though this is the middle of the business day, which I don’t quite understand. So I try to see is there any way I can get bread there and I can’t. I just feel like I can’t quite, so I’m about to leave but then a lady on the end of the line notices this so she comes over and then says, no, she’ll get some bread for me.
But she can’t get me the big loaves, but she does find me a loaf that’s sliced that will fit into a little bag that will be enough to make sandwiches with, so I’m okay with that, although I still think it’s strange they’re standing around in a semicircle when they should be waiting on customers.
And now I seem to be a little disoriented when I leave, because if I’m going to leave near the back of this area, then I realize that if I don’t have a receipt from the place where I just bought the bread and this one other little thing that maybe I have to go back and exit through where I bought something.
I can exit through this other place, but then they’ll want me to go into one of the other stores there, and exit through that store, and I don’t really want to go into anymore stores. It’s like I have what I need, which was the bread, and I don’t know what’s in the other little sack, so when this gal tries to direct me to exit through this larger store it’s like, no, it’s like I’m going to turn around, maybe I’ll go back out the way I came.
John: So it’s a kind of a complicated little dream in that you’re using in the dream a symbolism that isn’t generally used in a Sufi dream, at least I haven’t heard it before. And the symbolism is the bread, and what the bread symbolizes is your need, the bread symbolizes your need. You’ve caught up to your need.
Now, when you catch up to your need, you have a kind of maybe threaded way that you did that, and when you reach that you have to be careful because you can easily lose the recognition that you’ve caught up with your need – based upon the fact that you still look at things as having an imbalanced focus or mannerism.
In other words, the masculine, in this particular case, is supposedly in the arena of the place, but is not necessarily serving the need and, therefore, this recognition of that can cause you to feel bothered, and can cause you to be even reactive, and can cause you to do other things out of reaction instead of letting go, instead of adhering to having reached to the need and be able to let it be at that.
In other words, if you were able to just come in, get the bread, and leave, and hold a clear space, that would do more to changing what needed to be changed there in one’s being because you would be reflecting the validity, the essence, of what it is that you’re seeking.
But if you come in and get the bread and go through all these nuances because you have issues with the space yet, in relationship to the ideas, and the mannerisms, and the projections, and the attitudes, in other words, you still carry bits and pieces of all of that part, then you still have this long circuitous dance yet to make, which deludes and keeps you from owning, living, and maintaining the need that you have accessed.
It’s a complicated dream from the standpoint that you had to know what the bread was, and once you know what the bread was, then the second thing you had to know is, what are those guys standing around not attendant to satisfying the need, what is that about? And then you recognized that that is about a part of yourself that still has its questions, that is still not sure, that’s still, even though it can be right in front of you, can still carry on as if there’s something missing.
And the idea that something is amiss, or something isn’t right, can cause you then to become tangential yet.
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