What is behind the idea that life is an illusion? It’s based on the understanding that what we see and perceive most easily, with our senses, is only part of the story, and generally the least important part of that story. On a development journey we begin to learn how to see beyond the veils, or beyond the surface impressions, and into the deeper, causing realms. How do we do that? By dropping our insistence that our life here is about us and embracing the intertwined nature of everything. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: Earlier in the night it just felt like I was going over some dilemma in a book I was reading rather than dreaming. I’ve been reading a book and there was something in the book that I couldn’t figure out, so it felt like I was just trying to figure that out. It was about what somebody would do if they didn’t have any hands, in a way.
Then this morning I had a dream. In the beginning of the dream I seem to be going out and I’m going by a stream, by a pond, and I’m looking in the pond and the water seems rather dark, almost like there’s not enough life in the stream. Then I see a turtle kind of coming up from the bottom; that at least is something.
And then I see some frogs that are kind of forming themselves into a ball. They don’t look like normal frogs. They’re bigger and one of them almost looks like it’s made out of blue and red felt, but it’s the biggest frog.
And then I’m pointing out to a couple other people that if you take the ball of frogs and you start pulling them apart you find the biggest frog on the bottom. And I just start pulling the frogs apart so I can show them this.
Then I kind of go on from there and I’ve gone to a camp and the teacher is at this large camp and it’s almost like whatever event we had there was breaking up and the teacher has taken something – it’s actually one of those Middle Eastern drums that gets narrow in the middle and is wider at both ends – and he has tossed it out to us to play with like we’re supposed to kind of catch it and then toss it on. But we don’t seem to know how to play.
When I get it I realize I could toss it back to the teacher, but that really isn’t what he wants us to do. It’s like he wants us to send it around the circle, so I kind of toss it up to one girl I know but she doesn’t know quite how to catch it, either. I kind of throw it badly the first time but the second time I get it to her.
Then I get it back. I toss it to a guy, but he’s smoking a pipe and maybe reading something so it just hits him, and I’m kind of trying to get him to see that even though it’s hard to know how to pick this up and throw it like a ball and throw it around the circle, the teacher is at the other end and is talking about maybe on Friday nights he’s going to have like a game night or something if that’s permitted. It’s like we don’t know quite how to play.
John: It is like two dreams here, and they both say essentially the same thing. In the first dream you come across a stream or a pond that is like stagnant. It doesn’t look right to you; it has a darkish color to it.
And yet there is a way of looking at this stream and perceiving this stream as if it is an essence to the whole because you have the turtle that comes up. And the turtle is the symbolic image that carries the world on its back, so to speak.
And then you have the frogs and the frogs are the symbolic quality of yourself that you use to kind of go into and appreciate kind of a different depth, or sense, in other words, that takes you outside of your personal. And so this frog is also rolled up in a ball; it’s a round ball. And that as you take and you recognize this round ball for what it is, you are going in deeper and deeper towards appreciating the essence of what this is all about.
If you were to apply some masculine insight into this, you could have rejected that pond because of its darkish nature, which would have been a personal motif reaction that could have been taken on. And that would have had to do with your sense of it – that it’s kind of dark and maybe not in keeping with one’s personal demeanor of conceptualization might have tended to be in a general outer way.
But you instead came to appreciate this pond on a deeper level, as symbolized by the depth of what a turtle represents, in other words, going beyond just the stagnant quality of it, or the dark quality of it. And the significance of what a frog means, which has a special meaning for you, too, in terms of a certain way of being more consciously aware.
So then it’s like the next part that you mention, that has to do with the teacher, the drum is something that penetrates into all of life and that it needs to be absorbed by the whole. It needs to be taken in by the whole. It’s not something that you are able to try to keep for yourself.
And as things flow, as the quality comes about, it only comes about by way of you disseminating it into the whole. It doesn’t work if you try to toss it back at the teacher, or to try to personalize it in some fashion as yourself in relationship to something greater or something. Instead you’re just part of the whole. You need to be able to toss it around to appreciate this greater wholeness that you are.
It’s not that much different than the first dream in which in the first dream the wholeness… well, the wholeness is found in being able to see through something that others would tend to ignore or not accept. In other words, in this dark pool of water, or stream, or pond, you could have the tendency of dismissing it or not really seeing what’s truly there, but therein lays frogs and turtles, a wholeness lies beyond the typical, personal presumptions that one could have.
And this is true of everything. Everything has an outer appearance that’s a reflection, and then it has a meaningfulness that goes much deeper.
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