The beauty of working with our dreams to gain greater clarity on our spiritual journey is that they will give us the most honest snapshot of where we are at any given time. In this series of dreams, John is shown exactly that: he can see that he is willing to do what it takes to keep progressing, but that doesn’t mean that another part of him won’t resist or get in his way. Why would that be the case? Because different parts of us have different jobs. The aspects in us that resist change are merely staying in support of something else we have taught them at an earlier point. That’s why we need to be consistent in our desire to change. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
John: My dream starts right off with the image, and then I have to understand the image. It’s a cute little story.
I am part of a raid that sneaks onto the property of a person with political values and beliefs that I oppose. I am trying to remain undetected as I go about my reconnaissance. I suddenly realize that I’m about to be exposed, so I slip off to try to hide in a chicken coop.
And then I realize that this person is apt to come walking in here – not purposely looking for me, just going about his rounds – so I have to disguise myself, or hide. So I attempt to try to make myself unnoticeable by throwing straw in the chicken coop over the top of me as I sit in a corner. And the hope is that this first step will hide me from detection.
The person I am spying upon, sure enough, comes into the chicken coop to gather up eggs and, of course, spots something awkward or off in the corner, which is me sitting there in this woeful condition trying to hide by having this straw piled up and around and about me.
Of course this straw has got chicken poop on it and everything else, so it makes me a horrendous sight. And so because this horrendous condition tends to disguise who I am, this person sees me to be some sort of street person who is coming to his place. So he comes over and tells me about the relief program he is going to implement if he is elected president.
In other words, he’s a political person. The person leaves to go to get others who can help the situation in a more general overall way. In other words, to give me a helping hand in some capacity. But I don’t dare let that happen. If I get cleaned up, or something, I’m apt to be recognized. So to escape detection, I crawl out the runway hole for the chickens.
Well, I crawl out that. I don’t go out the door because that’s where others could see me, so I crawl out the runway hole and, when I am outside, I scurry real quickly to get out of the area. I go through a fence and I’m now back on the property that I own.
I have pulled this off without being detected. If I am seen making inroads and trails upon my own property, that will not matter, that doesn’t affect anything. In other words, I haven’t intruded where I don’t belong, that’s okay. We each are entitled to our own perspective.
The point is, is I was not detected like I was a spy. The result of doing something like this is that upon getting up close and personal, the methodologies that obstruct my growth, up close and personal so I can see the methodologies, the mannerisms, the attitudes, the perspectives, the conduct that obstruct my growth, I’m able to counteract these actions with a more reasonable plan.
In other words, that part that is running counter and creating friction has no idea that I have come to know the playbook, and that I am able to adjust as needed to make a difference.
The meaning is, is I am a person willing to do what it takes to overcome barriers I have that get in the way of my inner development. The problem that exists with my approach is that I’m playing amnesic games with myself and my life.
This too is a veil that keeps me from letting go of all nuances. As long as I think I’m getting away with these antics, I keep this self-deception alive. What I learn from carrying on like this doesn’t really change anything. I am simply reorienting my conduct to do a better job of deceiving myself. As a result this doesn’t go anywhere and, even worse, I remain separate from realizing my true self and a reality that doesn’t have to be anything at all to be accepted by life.
If I am able to accept that I am okay as I am, then I can let go of a lot of poise and nuances that keep me from waking up to what is really going on. Such antics make a fool out of me because I believe that I am getting away with this conduct.
And so the deeper meaning is I am shown an energetic mannerism, reflectively, in order to reconcile what I am inadvertently doing to alienate myself from myself – just like dreams are messages from self to self.
When I came to bed I had this really short image that turns out to be kind of deep, and it’s an image of a person sitting in front of me, and a little to the right, and they’re facing forward as if they’re watching TV or doing something. And I’m behind there and there is a bureau of drawers on the side of the couch even, as they’re sitting on the couch even, or something like that.
So as I am talking I have opened a lower drawer – and I have done this unbeknownst to the other person to see what I might secretively find there. Whatever I find my intention is to keep this to myself in a constructive way. In other words, I’m not doing something malicious. I’m not really doing something behind the person’s back to do them any harm.
In other words, the meaning is this is another example of utilizing a consciousness that in its discreetness is playing games with itself, in other words, that’s the first gut view that you can take of this. But because the intention is constructive, which means that it is also meaningful, good intent, what I need to see therefore then will have the opportunity to make itself known non-reactively. In other words if I did this and disrupted the person who was watching the TV or whatever and broke the lilt and the tone and the flow, then things could get all skewered.
So in this way I am not having to justify my lower self because, to do so, would get in the way of the well meaning, secretive unfoldment. Isn’t that a cute little dream?
And then this one was kind of hard to write up because it’s like a dictation now. I am dictated protocol to follow in regard to how I conduct myself in the outer. The protocol, often called adab, using a Sufi term, is set forth by way of the following dream.
I’m about to go out into the world and go through county records in search of property. This is the dream. I am being loaned the resources, which means the inner energetic, for this to occur. To keep from hurting life, and thus myself, in the process, before I am allowed to establish any kind of position in the outer I must do more than just take my best guess, or follow one’s concepts. I must adhere to a higher standard than is ordinarily dictated.
In the dream I must back up each purchase with an agreement that everyone understands. I must have a deed that confirms the protocol, and I must acquire a title to every transaction so there is no question as to the authenticity and everyone is on the same page.
The purpose for such a dream: what is important in life is that the energetic flow conducts itself with a heartfelt protocol so the results that take place do not veil any part of the overall by stepping upon some part of myself. If it’s done this way, everything is taken into account right from the beginning.
So when you put it together now in relationship to the earlier dreams, the dreams last night pointed out that there are veils that exist both above and below, both as light and darkness. In other words, how can it be light? Well, it can be light because it can burn you, it can be too much and then you don’t know how to integrate it into the outer.
And of course the darkness is the dense and the slowness that keeps you going only at a particular rate or pace that you have to break through in order to catch up with the light. And, of course, the light will burn you if you’re too dark. It’s a strange conundrum.
So what I’ve done is I’ve conducted my past seeking the energetic that transcends the barriers between where I’m at and where I’m going. In other words, I’ve been looking to the light, but there is a problem with just this approach. I must also place my attention upon the protocol, mannerisms, and design that are revealed through inner reflections to the below.
In the second dream, this is seen as the pulling open of a drawer just off the ground. For most people who have not developed an association that seeks to be as whole as possible in the outer, a correspondence that reaches the lower drawers of outer life must also be attentive, or must also follow the unfoldment of the upper drawers of the inner – from which permission is given – and then the protocols, mannerisms, and designs intertwine.
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