So how do we shift from feeling separate from the whole to feeling at one with it, as an integrated aspect of its unfolding? First we must remember that it is natural to us, and that to do so is part of our design. In some inner way we already know how to connect, and trying harder isn’t the key. It points us to the idea that we let go of what we hold onto that is personal, and fall into the embrace of the universal. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
John: Then when I went to bed I had a dream that tries to explain this, it tries to use an example. I came up with an example in my sleep of something in the outer that carries with it the same trait, in other words, in this trait in this sense you’re able to see it in terms of an outward orientation.
I have cable TV and in the cable TV there is a feature called On Demand, and then the dream says that I pay $4.80 per month for this feature – but it just comes as part of the cable package. It’s almost like it’s something that’s there; I don’t think about it. They may charge me $4.80, but I didn’t even realize that, so it kind of gets lost in the package so to speak. You just kind of blank it out, or you don’t think about it, it’s just there.
Well, what this enables me to do is to download hundreds of movies on demand. Without that feature, this access that I rarely see myself using, because I don’t think about it, so I rarely see myself using it. However, it adds something in what may be an intangible way to the overall service or quality of life.
Another example is the amenities in a condo: they’re not within the condo unit itself, but they’re amenities like pool and library and stuff like that, that are shared and a benefit whenever the need is there for this, which leads to possibilities, increases one’s aliveness that otherwise would not be so. So then there’s that, and then comes this.
So I wake up to something where this woman has just answered the second question in like a Jeopardy contest or something, and she has this high glee in her voice so you’re almost convinced that the next question is going to be a cinch, and is going to be game over.
I forget what she had answered as the second question or the first question or something. I just knew that there was the second question is where I picked it up, and my attention didn’t come around until the final question in which the clue was rekindling-like and, of course, it’s not rekindling which is a verb, it’s rekindling-like which is a noun.
So that had me pondering. I wasn’t given the answer, so what do I think the answer is? And I know that the reply or response is going to be a thing that functions as a means which will lead to much more energy, or power, or heat or whatever. If you take paper it doesn’t carry much heat, but it ignites quickly and then it can then take and light real dried out small pieces of wood that fire off really quickly. And those little small pieces of wood are called kindling, and they then light a big log.
But then that log, if that log gets boiled down to the embers where all of the moisture is out, it doesn’t smoke or anything anymore because the dross is off of it, those embers carry a presence and a space in and of themselves that’s rekindling-like. Anything that touches that will catch fire.
So the context of the dream is I had just demonstrated – this is like a second dream but it all leads into the same – I had just demonstrated how to establish a potentiality which can be used to extend over an area so that what is there is able to be realized. After demonstrating the focus, and the manner, and the attention, and what needs to be, the person I am directing acquires leases that affect a land area as he seeks the realization. I comment to him, “That is the way it is done.”
And the meaning is, all of what is happening in this dream has to do with, and I am including it all as if it’s one dream, all of what is happening in this dream has to do with the expansion of consciousness out of sight of one’s limited personal self and into the larger self that ignites a connectivity, that ignites to, connects to, and becomes and is the greater whole.
But it’s interesting if you look at the process by which you came to that. We started off trying to understand that there’s something intangible in the background that you can’t put your finger on, that takes and has its way, or subtle effect, from somewhere else upon another state that is more tangible. But probably because it’s so much more tangible, it’s very, very hard to take and go from that tangibility to something that’s intangible, yet this intangible is what is real.
And then we realize that the condition that man is in, he takes this stuff for granted. He doesn’t really realize that this is the depth of what needs to be. And then the final recognition and realization about this, we find out that it is super, super important because it is the embers, it is the means by which whatever touches it gets ignited. It’s rekindling-like.
And so this whole process is the way that it’s done, and when you do this in this whole process like this you are taking your consciousness outside of yourself and extending it out into whatever it is that you look at,or peer at. Everything in the outer is the whole. You are in the whole. You’re not sitting there noodling around in some sort of deviated mannerism as if that’s what is important.
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