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Exploration And DiscoveryThis dream beautifully illustrates the nature of a development journey. John is standing in the midst of an ocean (to start), as we are all born into the wholeness of the universe. And there is abundance that he can access (the fish), but he can’t just grab it. The universe and its higher connections are there, but not for the casual taking. Yet we can access all of it, when we are in the right alignment of space in our selves – energetically. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So in this dream, I find myself standing in the ocean and then I suddenly think, I wonder if there are fish nearby? I mean there are waves going up and down and whatnot; you don’t see any fish, so it’s just a thought.

I no sooner than have the thought then it’s kind of like the tides coming in so I’m going to have to exercise on this thought pretty quickly to see what I make out of it. And I think I had the thought just before the tide started to come in, and just before the tide started to come in I had taken a kind of a makeshift thing that I somehow found that has a haphazard hook that’s not really capable of catching anything, but you throw it out there, it might be enough if there’s something out there – you could feel the fish hit it if there are any fish.

And when I do that I can feel that there’s something out there because I can feel the effect striking the pretend hook. It’s at that point in time that, just when I find something, now the tide’s coming in. And so I’m going to have to start backtracking in the waters, and does that mean that the fish will get swept in with the tide? I mean who knows?

So I take off what I have on as a bright colored jacket and, holding onto one end of it, I throw it out into the water seeing if this bright object will attract the fish. What I suddenly notice is that the fish seem to gather, and they seem to be hitting the jacket, and the thought even comes to my mind of jerking the jacket real quickly and any fish that are biting, or holding onto the jacket, at that moment can get flipped all the way to shore.

But I no more than ponder the idea, it’s as if the fish sense that there’s danger, too, because they pull back a little. And now, of course, I’m able to see a dark mass which are all of these fish, all kinds of them, so I just leave the jacket there because they’re somewhere within proximity of the jacket, and I cycle around, and I’m thinking that I can get around where this mass of fish are, reach down, there are so many of them, that I could just take my hands and just fling them up, and fling them up, and be knocking the fish to shore.

In other words, this is my idea of fishing because I don’t have a good fishing pole or anything. I’m not covered with the right accoutrements. But this idea doesn’t work out, either. But as I attempt to do this, I suddenly find, as if something shifted to change the image or illusion, that I’m dipping into a container with water in it and there are fish in there that I can touch, that I can reach.

But as I start to follow up on this idea of flipping them to shore, I suddenly realize I have no right to do this because this container with these fish in it, in other words no longer the big ocean, belongs to a woman. And in the matter of a split second I learn from this woman that the fish literally jumped into her container. And after I hear this, I also hear a voice from afar that says, “Let him have it,” which means let them have the fish or something. But when I hear that it could mean something else, too, I suppose. When I hear that it causes me to pause, draw back, and wake up.

So the meaning is I come to realize that the unseen consciousness is all around me. As I come to notice that, I tend to lose a more ambivalent composure and I instead realize – when I may not have realized it before – that I can draw the consciousness to me but, try as I might, I can’t indulge in it as I would like. My idea of doing or catching up with it doesn’t work. Yet in the right space, it literally jumps in to a feminine container of myself – but the masculine side can’t catch up with this. What I do to try and close the gap is overly presumptive and, thus, it doesn’t work that way, and I don’t have the permissive right to make that work like that.

When I suddenly realize what I am doing, I hear a voice that says “Let him have it,” so I stop. I have to stop, I’m almost in shock that something is watching, or seeing, or noticing or whatever, observant. And I didn’t realize that I was clutching at that which I have no right to claim.

The dream is portraying that I am in the midst of it all, you know of a consciousness and such, and that I am able to perceive it, in other words, look at it and notice that it’s there, but I’m unable to claim it. And, as shown in the first dream, when I don’t let go to the proper flow, and act out my own approach or ideas, I create repressed conditions that stifle the unfoldment. Isn’t that interesting?

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shutter-focusIn this dream, the image of a family reunion reminds us that we are all the characters in our dreams. So to bring everyone together is an important event because to truly become connected, and to be in the flow, one needs to have all their inner lives in alignment – to a singular purpose. We can see in the outer world that successful people often have a singular focus to achieve their success. It’s true of an inner, spiritual path as well. Our decisions and actions need to be viewed through the singular lens of what we are in service toward. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So in this first dream I’m trying to reach a feeling where everything gets to be as it needs to be. In other words, there’s a feeling that’s like that, where everything is as it needs to be.

So in this dream, as I am seeking this, I notice that whenever you’re seeking something, or trying to get something to happen – instead of just being in it – that you are also in-between; you’re in a state of flux, reaching to find the tranquility.

So as I am wrestling inside what I seem to be doing is trying to catch up with relatives, in other words other parts of myself, that are in some other motif of mannerism or, in other words, they’re going to and fro doing what they feel is important in their life. And the setting that this is happening in is that I’m trying to come together and function as a family or, in other words, all the parts of myself in terms of relating, or being able to relate, to what is going on around us.

So anyway, I am unable to relate naturally when I react because the situation is unsold. In other words the parts are somewhere else. And so the way this is depicted in the dream is I go over to what is a main house, like a family house of the relatives. They’re all younger and I’m kind of an older guy that is traveling around to see the relatives or something.

So I go over to this main house thinking that what I seek is going to be there – but my timing is off. Everyone is gone, and the sense I have is I just miss them. So I wander around the yard pondering what to do next because there was nobody there.

Suddenly some of these relatives have come back from whatever it is that they were doing, but I can’t get comfortable. In other words, they’re still in a space in which they’re free flowing, or whatever they’ve been doing, and I can’t get comfortable in a way that I need to feel to get the focus to come together.

Although it’s nice to be together, because a moment earlier this is what I was seeking to reach, a togetherness like this, and now that the reunion is occurring and the relatives have gathered or are gathering, I realize that that doesn’t necessarily equate or turn into the tranquility that I seek – which has me baffled. And it’s almost as if they have to hang out to try to get this to come together because they’re young and I’m the older one in this group.

So I’ve gone into this ranch house that is situated on a hillside. It even has a tilt to it, like it’s an old house and it tilts a little bit. It’s not level as it sits on the hillside and it looks out over an expanse, which is this huge ranch environment it is in. Old house, been there for a long time, and carries the basics however, holds down the basics, the presence, or the setting.

The whole sense of the place is that the current conditions there have been getting by, but my presence is like creating a state of flux in which there needs to be a coming together. So I carry kind a particular vibe that presides, and exudes, and extends over the situation.

In other words, what’s happening is this dream is depicting me as someone who has a presence that can come into a situation and, based upon how it is that I’m carrying myself and feeling, I can effect that situation.

And the situation that I have come into is a situation in which there are the younger parts of myself living in kind of a natural way in life that seem to be okay with how things flow, they’re isolated from others in this rural ranch setting. And when I come into the situation with the mannerism that I carry, that I project energetically, is strong enough that it quiets everything. It interrupts the free flow, it causes something to be pent up or stifled even, because I’m carrying this specific, or specialized, or peculiarized, or vibe that exudes out as an inner energetic, an energetic that is situated on an edge trying to communicate what it feels needs to be made known. But I’m on an edge with it, but still the power is there besides, and it kind of affects the atmosphere.

So everyone here is familiar, they all are accustomed with the ranching day-to-day operations and they free flow with that, but with my presence it’s like they are suddenly having to kind of defer to see what more needs to happen, or what is to come out of all of this, to their attention, that seems to be something that would be like a bit of guidance or alteration of how they have been taking things in life – but they’re waiting to see how that is portrayed.

Because I’m on a bit of an edge, a little off, I’m seeking to figure out how it is that I catch up to what I realize needs to be communicated by me. In other words, I don’t just make this stuff up; it kind of comes through me.

The silence of this coming together is broken when it is noticed; who knows where this town is at because the place is pretty isolated, but all of a sudden there are people gathering in the yard and what looks to be happening is something is shaping up for kind of a neighborhood dance or party or something, a gathering, reception. And there are a lot of single women who are there and they’re noticing that the guys in the house are pretty young and single and available, and they’re trying to get their attention to ask them to dance.

In other words it’s reversed, the women are going to ask the guys inside the house to dance. And so this kind of energy is running counter to the seriousness and the mannerism that I’m carrying, and that has created the stifling energy, the somber energy, as they situate to see what this is going to be all about, what it is that I have to communicate.

So because I notice what is happening out the side window, there’s just this one window in which you see all of that gathered over there on the side, or coming together, that I can’t help but realize that how I am, in terms of trying to catch up with something to communicate, there’s something about that that’s stifled and now it’s even being negated, by choice, by what is taking place outside.

Because inside the theme is somber and something is waiting in terms of my nature that’s kind of pent up, hoping for a clarity to break through. And it’s like everyone has even given me space to get this to come out, to bring it through. I even see a person who looks away, careful not to disturb me as he offers me a sandwich and, of course, he’s reserved like this so he doesn’t interfere or affect what is necessary to happen next, that has to come out of me, getting off of this edge, and communicating something that I carry, that I feel, that they’re going to have to take in, that will affect the ordinary free flow that they’ve been used to in not a bad setting, actually. I mean they have been getting by out there by themselves just fine; it’s me coming in that’s kind of, in their openness, has kind of changed things a bit.

So, as I said, there’s this stifling vibe to the suspense. I break this up because I can tell there is no flow and, therefore, no clarity can come through. So I say, in terms of seeing the spontaneous gathering that is happening in what I had assumed was an extremely isolated and very sparsely populated area, which is now outside teeming with people who have gathered and come over to this setting, that this is such a contrast, and there’s a freedom and joy and happiness and liveliness in that, that this stifling suspense needs to be dropped. That there is a flow that has come together from the focus that is groping about yet seeking the peace in terms of it all. In other words something coming through, the idea being to reach a completion, or peace, or communicate something that adds more.

I suddenly realize it feels right to just let go to the flow outside and see where that is going. What is meant to be can either wait, or be found, in the letting go of the stifling suspense. In other words, I need to open up to the pent up flow that has arrived unexpectedly. In other words, my pent up flow is there that’s unnatural. What is happening is almost like coming to meet that. In other words, if I didn’t carry something that’s building inside, this other wouldn’t happen, either.

So the meaning is that the underlying vibe behind this dream is that of coming to grips with what needs to be. The problem with such a quest is there is no way of determining what it is that will directly satisfy the need. Everything around me has gotten subjected to the state that I am carrying which is of a stifling suspense – attentive to gleaning a guidance that lies just out of touch. And those in this space with me are giving me a lot of space as they patiently wait for what needs to unfold.

What I am meant to understand is there is no answer if the flow is repressed, and there cannot be a flow without a common focus. As these two variables come together, a realization occurs simultaneously. This occurs as a release of the pent up suspense breaks out of a stupor to a flow that opens up everything to be as it needs to be.

So what is going on is this dream is unwinding a pent up energetic, which is a barrier and suspense that stands in the way of catching up with the inner peace. The dream is also suggesting that I am able to come out of this pent up stifling quality when I relate to the energetic that is unfolding around me. In other words, before something more could happen something else has to give way.

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Burning BowlIn thinking about letting go in a development journey, we could also think about the idea of removing blockages, because we are designed to be in the flow of life, but we have become blocked from it by our egos and personalized identities. Developing means dropping the things that prevent, just like removing a clog lets the water flow smoothly. So we’re really talking about a kind of mindful consciousness about what we are doing and why. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I only remembered a few of my dreams from last night. The first dream it seemed to be these images of there’s a rock star, like Steven Tyler, and I’m looking at the energy behind something that he did and I notice that it kind of scatters, or pushes things out, in the room because it has a little too much force to it. That was the first dream.

John: The only thing I can denote about this is the theme of the dreaming has to do with things that bother, or perturb, or get in the way of a process where you let go to a flow, that you’re able to catch up and hear, that you’re not able to do when there is something in one’s nature that is creating or getting in the way, by maintaining or holding onto something that stifles the flow.

So you’re observing something and how you observe it often times has to do with where you’re at. And if you’re seeing something like Steven Tyler in a way that bothers you, then in that same way you’re bothered to some degree in the outer, accordingly.

Jeane: Then I think I lost some middle dreams and there are a couple last dreams. One dream you and I are going over to visit a friend of mine who, he’s done writing, consulting, that sort of thing, and I haven’t seen him for a while. Anyway, we go over to his house and he’s in the other room when I first get there, but he has this little dog that’s on the floor so it’s like I have gotten down on the floor and I’m playing with the dog, ruffling it and you know how you kind of rub its belly and scratch its back. It’s a cute little thing.

And he comes in when I’m still on the floor. You’re kind of behind me yet, and it seems like his mother has died recently. And he has his sister, but you feel like there’s a little estrangement there. But he has this necklace of his mother’s and he’s put it around my neck – and it’s a very long amethyst necklace. He’s talking to me about the necklace, and I don’t know if he’s just having me wear it, or if he’s giving it to me. It almost feels like he’s giving it to me instead of to his sister. That’s that dream.

John: Not only is the theme about having things that one imposes in terms of how they see themselves, or how they carry themselves, that stifles something from coming through as a flow. But once you quit doing that, or if you stop doing that, you’re able to access a consciousness that is all around you. In this case you’re able to catch up with a necklace, or something that’s given to you, that just naturally then is something that you can wear, in which the quality of that can become you. Now how did the dream start?

Jeane: Well we’re just going over to his house to visit him, haven’t seen him for a long time. He’s kind of sitting behind me and I play with the dog when I get there. His mother has died.

John: Yeah, all of those are scenes of releasing. In other words, something has passed away, which means something has been removed or has gotten let go of, something that might be stifling even, that precludes one from having an access that you’re able to recognize and appreciate the dog, which is the friend. You’re able to play with that, so that it keeps you in a free flow.

And then he comes out and gives you a necklace?

Jeane: Yes, he’s actually kneeling on the floor with me, talking to me while he has put the necklace around my neck.

John: Yes, which shows a rite of passage even, too, because an energetic that normally would be in the way, goes away, and the rite of passage is so that can open up, or so that you can receive the necklace.

Jeane: So in the last dream it’s like I’m in bed with you and it’s like we’re going to make love or something, but then suddenly I notice that you’re actually on the right of me and it’s the doctor that’s on top of me, this woman doctor. And then she gets up and she makes a comment to me because she actually did a little surgery, like removed a polyp or something that she just was tired of it being there, and I’m just a little shocked. I didn’t feel any pain, but she did something almost without telling me about it, I mean ahead of time, but she was just tired of it so she removed it.

John: There’s something in there again as a nuance or mannerism, that way that you’re seeing yourself, or carrying yourself. In other words there’s a vibration in there that was keeping you disoriented or distracted from going into things quite the way the flow needs to be. So there is a concern or something that’s plaguing you. Whenever you get something that plagues you, you have to kind of try to pay attention to why it keeps plaguing you because not only does it affect an intended flow, but it could also be spawning a mannerism that is off – by the way or nature in which the body is meant to hold things, that would then go into the body and be held.

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