An Acquired Taste

Nathan Filbrandt

Here’s a great example of how our subconscious tells us a story. First, one aspect of Jeanne offers another aspect of Jeane something new and strong – and it’s rejected. Then the story shifts, and she is shown that she can’t go back to where she used to “live,” she has to move on. That’s how inner guidance in a dream works: we have a type of self-surveillance, and then recommendations are made on how to proceed. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well I had this dream that I was doing fine remembering until a scene in the dream where the guy I’m with suddenly starts eating some cheese. And it’s such pungent cheese, and he wants me to eat it, too, and it has such a sharp taste, and it’s pungent and has this sharp taste that I dislike it so much. I mean, I don’t want to eat it at all, let alone even smell it.

But it’s almost like that takes over, like sends everything else out of my mind because I know somewhere in the complex where we live I know that there’s some milder cheese. And so then I started thinking about the milder cheese, you know one that doesn’t smell and has a nice mild taste and I’m thinking that’s what I should eat – and whoever I’m with should eat. Not necessarily the guy, I guess he likes that pungent cheese.

But my other impression of the dream is that I’m in a complex that’s almost like a home and an apartment both, and on one level is a unit. I’ve been in this building before and I know that in one level is a unit that’s kind of unusually shaped with some old furniture. And sometimes roommates or other people will live there and it’s actually quite nice.

But it seems like that’s something that was in the past now, that’s blocked off to me, that wherever I’m going to live in whatever section of the building I’ll live in that it’s going to be a different section, or I’m going to have to move on to a new building. That it just feels like something where in the past I could have made it work. It’s not really suitable anymore. That’s the best I can do.

John: So the second part of the dream has to do with you letting go of something that’s a kind of familiarity or recognition that you can take and contend with as a memory, as a patterned synaptic memory, in terms of how it is that you could organize or orchestrate the unfoldment of your life.

The first dream does something about what is known as loudness in which you’re given two contrasting aspects of it, one that has an effect that is so, well, as you use the word pungent or direct, that you take it in as presented to you, like in your case presented by your boyfriend or something. You are able to take it in, and you like being able to take that in, but it does push you to some limits.

And so even in that you’re looking around for something that’s milder, in other words, something that’s milder that you can enjoy, share, and live. This has this reverse element in the dream in that you don’t realize that being presented with the pungent cheese that stands out, that has an acquired taste, you don’t realize that that signifies something in terms of an unfoldment on the other side that is being teased. In other words, there’s more to this, but that’s an outer event but it has an inner ramification behind it.

The second aspect of the dream takes the mild cheese approach. The floor that you used to be able to live in is the past. The choice that you are making to wanting to take and go to the mild cheese is like going back to a past conditioning. You found that you kind of like the pungent or sharp-type cheese.

Jeane: I don’t like it.

John: Well, a part of you kind of liked it, but you still made a choice to go to the mild cheese. You’re meant to be able to go to that which you would like with an acquired taste, and you may fight that, but you can’t stay in the apartment that you’re familiar with in the past, even though you kind of would like to because there’s easy memories there – but you can’t stay there. You’re being pushed away.

This is how these two correlate. but what’s important is, what’s effecting you is that you’re having to adopt or take on a way of being with a fullness of yourself that is able to recognize, receive, hear, take in, share, intertwine with that wholeness that you’re able to take on when you get out of the way of usual patterns and motifs. If you can do that, then you will find that you have an acquired taste, so to speak, to a whole other language.

And so what is this whole other language, because I had to ponder this, too? What is this whole other language? Well, rather than describe that whole other language at this point, I’ll tell you my way of fumbling with the same kind of aspect of dreaming, and then this whole other language will explain both of them.

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