The Assignment

fishesYesterday we saw Jeane trying to connect with a man she was attracted to (see Out of Its Skin). In the next dream from the same night, she is still trying to connect with a man, i.e., the masculine aspect in her, but some investigative work is required. As we delve into our inner depths, the balance of masculine and feminine becomes more and more important. The relationship between genders in our dreams can show us where we are in that process. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: The next two little episodes seem to take place in the same area, which feels a bit like a campus setting, although it’s more outdoors in that setting.

And in one part of it, I’m kind of observing as a woman and her husband meet. And he’s a little miffed because she has wanted them to move and move to the same place, but somehow she’s gotten them both signed up with the FBI, and the FBI is assigning them to different cities.

And she feels like it’ll just be temporary until they can get together, but he’s kind of miffed with the whole arrangement.

John: Again it’s a dream about awakening. And the idea of an FBI is an FBI takes and looks at something that is hidden.

The conflict that you’re waging inside is that the feminine part of yourself wants to take and probe, or go into, something hidden. In other words, you’re signing yourself up for that kind of an assignment.

The masculine part of yourself doesn’t want to get scattered about. In other words, it’s an aspect that wants to work things out in a contained, localized manner. And so, it’s an interesting image that has a lot of different nuances to it.

There’s the part of it that is accepting kind of the assignment, but wants to, in accepting the assignment, recognizes and realizes the limitations that exist in terms of something could open up and cause one to be spread out, or have their attention go into areas that they have no comfortable and familiar control over.

So you want something to open up and you’re taking steps, signing up for that to happen, but then having to contend with the fact that you end up with an awareness that causes your identity to be located in ways that you hadn’t anticipated, or taken into account.

And you’re not sure what you think about that, on one level. And on another level, that seems to be what it’s all about when you take this sort of step. It kind of comes with the territory. In other words, you can’t go and look at something hidden. It needs to be investigated, and unraveled, and untwined, FBI-like. You can’t do that without subjecting yourself to going places, or having a greater dimension of yourself to have to take into account.

I guess another way of looking at this would be to pretend that the dream didn’t happen and that you’re just describing the existing scenario without something like this. In that case, you’d be totally comfortable within the environment that you’re in—staying asleep and not waking anything up—maintaining a copacetic mannerism about the environment that you’re in, and not aware of anything like this as a mannerism, or beckoning, that can be awakened.

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Out of Its Skin

2_taylorjamesIf we remember that we are all the characters in our dreams, male and female, we can see Jeane’s physical attraction to a man is more about making a deeper connection to an inner, masculine element. That, in turn, allows us to see more easily the distraction her female friend is creating – will she cause Jeane to miss her connection? It requires an alliance of both genders inside us to make the necessary journey forward. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Then I remember a little excerpt from a dream, where I’m with some people I knew from the days when I did seminars. And one of them is a woman that really liked to dress kind of with designer fashions and stuff, and so she’s interested in me – both in terms of maybe helping her with what she’s wearing, or she’s interested suddenly in something new that I’m wearing.

However, I’m interested in the guy, who I was kind of visiting with before she came. And I kind of want to hook up with him. He’s like over in his bed, and I had gone over there and he usually just sees me as a friend, but it feels like I can’t really find time to connect with him in any way because, you know, she’s kind of dominant.

Although she’s pleased right now with some changes I’ve made in what I’m wearing, it’s almost like we’re a little at cross purposes, because she kind of wants to pull me into that whole dialogue, or go off and be interested in that, and I’m more interested in hooking up with the guy, because I feel like the window of time that I have to connect with him is limited.

John: How did it start?

Jeane: It actually started with I was kind of visiting with a guy, maybe even sitting on his bed, and then she came along. And she’s interested suddenly in a change in what I’m wearing or in my helping her with what she’s wearing.

John: So, this is actually similar to the prior dream, in that you’re finding the feminine aspect of yourself wanting to get out of its own skin, so to speak, or take another leap, from how it is in terms of creation or/and also, therein, what one is wearing, into a whole other frame of reference.

I suppose that makes actually a lot of sense, because the literal nature of the feminine is, is that it is creation, and that it does have to contend with the matter of things in manifestation. And yet there is so much more that is also going on, that is repressed or hidden, in terms of a literalness about just manifestation, per se, that one understands or appreciates in terms of their senses and their mind.

And so that, if you have an inkling that there needs to be more, that you would find yourself fighting to take that step, which means that you are rejecting or repelling what is offered to you, even in terms of how your opinion might even be solicited in relationship to some aspect of what is going on around you, because you recognize that what you need is something of a masculine or bringing in of spirit energy, or however that works as a process that comes from inner into outer.

You need that sort of revealing, in order to be more than what you currently are.

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Probing the Frontier

AnneAbernathy_03_2_Dream-Leap-of-Faith-2Understanding dreams is a good practice for understanding life, i.e., both require looking behind or beyond the specific details of what is occurring. In Jeane’s dream, the symbolism can be looked at as having positive or negative implications, so the context is important. With a dream image, it’s like looking at an ornate throne and understanding that it’s still just a chair. In Jeane’s case, a character may have flown off the edge of the earth, but what has really happened is there’s been a leap into the unknown. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: My earliest one, what I remember, it’s like in the moonlight and kind of on the curve of the earth, it feels like I’m with other people that are traveling at night, or go out at night.

And, at one point, I’m with this girl and I notice her and she takes a flying leap and sometimes she can go a certain distance through the air, but this time she gets caught up with a pack of animals that travel in the air. And so she kind of gets swept off with them into the air realm.

And I’ve gone back and her mother’s looking for her and I’m not sure I should tell her that the girl’s gone now. It’s almost like the leap that she took to travel where she was going, it was like she leaped a little too far and now she’s kind of swept off.

John: So, to get this right, the image was there’s a person that just took a leap and disappeared somewhere?

Jeane: Well, they’re like animals that ran in the air, almost like wolves, except you couldn’t see them really clearly. And there were certain streams or currents. And so if you leapt and you tried to to travel too far on that curve of the earth or something, and you got caught up in one of those swirls, and suddenly you’re swept up before that pack ran.

John: Well, it’s interesting how these themes that we have just have to be kept the same, so that one can understand it and comprehend it. Because what that’s doing is it has to do with an awakening or revealing.

In other words, it’s like you’re getting out of your usual frame of reference. You’re being compelled to take a step. The dilemma is, on the negative side, is it a step that’s off the ground and over the edge, and therefore, because it’s not grounded, it’s taking you into unintelligible delirium. That’s the negative way of looking at it.

The positive way of looking at it is that you are plumbing the depths of something about yourself that is heretofore unknown. And, in doing so, it’s like you disappear. You go to a place where there’s no news. There’s a whole other kind of awakening.

You take the leap, in other words, you make the plunge, which is kind of an image that’s often, you might say, commonly purported when someone is confronted with a major decision. Can they make that major decision? Can they leap off of whatever it is as a constrained quality of their nature, jump off of, jump through, or go beyond a particular barrier.

So you’ve got a couple different ways you could look at it, both the positive and the negative. I’m inclined to think that because it’s a process of waking up, that it’s more along the latter – that one is reaching states and awareness inside of themselves, or that they are approaching that anyway, and/or you’re facing it and you’re taking a leap off of what had been an edge, or probing into the frontiers of yourself, in a way that had not heretofore existed or occurred. And, as a consequence, that changes you.

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