The Polarity of Things

analog-dualityThis simple dream opens up a huge territory, and really takes us into the heart of what it means to commit ourselves to being in service to something greater than ourselves, i.e., the purposes of creation. And it also shows the power of freedom of choice, because in every moment we can say “no” to creation and “yes” to our personal wants and needs. This shows the depth of what it takes – a constant choosing – to keep our feet on the spiritual path – in fact, that act of constant choosing is the path itself. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So in this next dream it’s like I’m working. I’m working somewhere like a welfare office that offers services to people of some form that they come for. There’s a major reorganization going on. And you feel like when they come down and announce this reorganization like maybe they’ve gotten rid of some of the top management even, because they want things done different to serve better – but they’re pleased with the work I’m doing. However, what I didn’t expect is they’re changing our hours, so instead of working like, let’s say, 8:00am to 5:00pm or something, we’re going to be working 10:00am to 7:00pm.

And there’s something about this, like this change in hours which means that it’s going to limit life in a little bit that you don’t go into work until 10:00am. And that makes me wonder if maybe I should go back home and be living with Dad again, because it just wasn’t quite a change that I expected. And it feels like when you work those hours you’re not going to have much of your own personal life. Anyway, that’s all.

John: That’s an interesting dilemma that everyone faces. You see this all the time, in that a person will take and maybe they’ll do something that could be considered meritorious, a breakthrough. Then there’s the idea that now they’re entitled to a reprieve, or a stepping back more into the personal.

And what happens is they’re not understanding, and it’s hard to understand this because this is not something that is mental, or something that’s logical or rational, but as you open up or are affected by conscious energy in a particular way, it’s easier to be unconscious than it is to be conscious, and so something is invigorated or pressed that rises to the fore. It’s easy, then, to think almost like you’ve done your dues or something like that, and so then you tend to step back so that you don’t have to quite be at the same acuity that’s been quickened.

And when you do that you’re trying to make personal choices, which you now feel that you’re entitled to do, or entitled to make. And everyone does it. But the danger is, is the degree to which it veils the responsibility of the clarity of understanding that has opened up when you had the conscious effect or push occur in your life.

And so, again, this is back to the theming of the contrast. Whenever something is put in your face, as a possibility or potentiality, the way you learn is you recognize how that is important as an aspect of your beingness, that you make time for, or turn your attention towards, as something that is needing to unfold, that unfolds in relationship to you understanding yourself as part of a greater whole.

So you’re presented with something like that, and then, at the same time, you always have the other option of making personal choices and choices that have to do with your idea of responsibility that kind of correspond with old patterns and mannerisms of your nature. And the reason it’s presented like that is so that you sort the two out, so that you really do make a decision, you make a choice, that’s in cohesion with what is naturally unfolding inside. But you’re always given the option and the choice.

So your dreams, you did this three different times where you took and you looked at first one side and then another, and one side and the other, and the other side you can look at can be 180-degree polarity. It could be something that you don’t even really agree with necessarily, but if you don’t look at it and you don’t recognize and put it into its proper balance and place, then nothing can happen in either direction.

The reason why it’s like this is because one direction or the other has problems. You have to include both directions. In other words, those who aspire just to become say saints and take and go into this way of being that annihilates all kinds of things that are awkward or hard in the world because they hold onto a particular mannerism that is steering themselves in a particular way – they can’t go very far, either. They can go and go and go in one particular direction, but they’re going to be hit with all kinds of mayhem and confusion in the outer, that will constantly harass and bother them, and they will actually start to look kind of sickly if they keep maintaining the one direction only as if that is the end all, be all. You have to include the polarity of things because you are in the outer, and you do have to deal with how things are all jumbled in the physical. You can’t just reject that.

And so when you take and you have a connection inside, that’s an inner connection – it’s not really talked about that much in Sufism, but you have the corresponding opposite side, too. It’s almost like things have a one-to-one correspondence, a certain trust in one direction requires a certain back step or something, or so it appears, into creation, so you can’t take and run out a schematic in one particular direction to the denial of the other.

It’s true of however you approach life. I mean, you see these various schematics from the standpoint where you would see someone who’s big in meditation and in the saintly quality, and you realize that they’re basket cases in terms of function in the outer. And then you can look at another person who’s extremely successful in the outer, but has no inner recognition of value because he’s caught up completely in the outer.

Are they really that different? If the two could come together as an integrated component you would really have something as a balanced individual, but the one that’s all caught up in power and control and very, very good at what they do on the outer and very successful in the outer, is kind of the other side of the coin from the person that’s the saintly trait that has completely let go of things but would be a basket case and would be a peculiarity in terms of the outer.

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A Cherry-Picked Game

ReachingWell, there it’s been said: we humans spend our lives trying to create our own narrow band of reality, one that collects all the bits that we enjoy and value, and that deletes or suppresses all that we would rather not deal with or be part of. Would it surprise any of us to realize it (the universe) doesn’t really work that way? To become part of it is to embrace all of it, without see-sawing emotionally. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Then I have a dream, I’m not sure of the sequence of the next two dreams, but I think I have a dream in which I go into this building and there are some people in it that seem Middle Eastern.

Even though it’s inside a building I go into a room and what I have to do is to relate to animals. The first thing is one of the men has a really large horse that is kind of resting. You know, it’s not like standing up, it’s resting on the floor, and I have to go over and make friends with the horse. It doesn’t have a bridle on it, or anything. I go over and the horse almost has to show me how to relate to it before it stands up and everything.

And then I go over to the other side of the room and the people there have these snakes that are wound all around their bodies, and I have to let those snakes kind of come and crawl over me – and I don’t like that much. There must be six of them or so, you know like wrap around your neck and in your hair.

I really don’t like the experience, and one snake goes to bite a fly so I almost wonder if it kind of bit me, too, and so I don’t tolerate that quite as well, but it seems to be like something that I have to do.

John: The theme is to look at both sides of equations. And so when your consciousness develops you have to be able to look at the other side of the equation as well, and bring the harmony into the other side of the equation at the same time – even if it’s something that is radically different than, let’s say, the psyche of your nature. You still have to be able to see the harmony and the disharmony.

That’s kind of in keeping more with my dream than your dream, but the process is the same in that your first dream you had to look at the two options so that you don’t get black-and-white and locked into one, and get caught in something that throws an imbalance. You have to look at how both sides feel. And, in this dream, the step that is taken is that it is now pushed forward into a greater unfolding consciousness.

In other words, with the horse you’re catching up with power, and then when you catch up with power that invokes and brings in other things that normally you wouldn’t have to contend with, which is the kundalini energy, the snakes and all of that sort of stuff that crawl around and whatnot. And you now have to contend with that.

But if you didn’t bring in the power, you wouldn’t be bringing in the kundalini energy, which is an aspect of the power that causes something more to open up in relationship to what is going on in terms of how you’re unfolding. You have to unfold with both parts, and although you might want to relate to something being, say, more power, but then that comes with the territory of this other that can throw you around a bit, which is the kundalini energy.

So, in one sense then, what this dream is doing is it’s again showing degrees to going up involves the same degree of having to go down – and you have to be willing to tackle each. You can’t just segregate out, and pinpoint out, what it is that you feel, and design, and choose because if you do that then you distort yourself, and you don’t really properly let go into a wholeness, and an overallness, in which everything has to be left empty, and open, and free.

And in order to do that in life, you have to do that with yourself, and you have to do that with your consciousness as it opens up as well. You have to know how to, in other words, take in all of the components that come with the territory of however it is that you are unfolding. It’s not a cherry-picked game, you know, a wholeness involves… the word wholeness a kind of an overallness, a totality, an intertwining. And this is why there are such problems in the world is that people, left to their own cognition, they can steer their lives to where they get just what they think that they want streamlined to unfold, and then they reject whatever else there is going on – as if that somehow or another is extraneous.

The problem that comes up is that as you open up certain things come up in terms of your synaptic nature and such that may not have been in the equation of your life before. They come up automatically, and you just can’t rudely annihilate that sort of thing. So much involves a polarity, and that’s why the word grounding is so important. And an aspect of the grounding is to have to contend with all of the other kinds of variables that just naturally come through, or crop up, or enter into your way of being when you take a certain kind of step forward. It’s in both directions, so to speak.

And when you’re really talking both directions, this is actually a subject of inner and outer, too. It’s just like in the process of the breath: you can’t have just an in-breath going home, so to speak, and not have an out-breath coming back down. The equations of the breath, the in-breath and the out-breath, they are balanced in terms of each other, which is another way of saying that it all shows up in the breath, but it’s another way of saying that what unfolds is a steady pulling together of inner and outer into one.

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Both Sides

dualis11At the heart of the idea of freedom of choice is the idea that we want to truly know what we are choosing. To do that, we need to become more open to the side that we relate to less. In the process, we will also become less biased, which really is important to our spiritual journey because we are not trying to choose our favorite “thing,” we are trying to choose the best way to proceed, with the given information. And, on a path, the best way is the way that serves its purposes best, not our individual desires. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well in the first dream I have, it’s like I’m observing some scene on the river and kind of trying to interpret what the signs are because it’s like I’m looking at energy lines or something.

And I think the signs are indicating something that my father has to do, in terms of his living situation. But, then, after a short while I realize that my sister and I misinterpreted it and it’s not like what Dad is supposed to do, it’s what we’re supposed to do, like we’re supposed to have been with him rather than him do however we read it the first time. So then we have to catch up and change that. That was the first dream.

John: The only thing that is noticeable about this is the pattern by which things are presented. In other words, because of having to honor freedom of choice whenever there is a certain perspective or way that something is being presented to you, from which you can take a look at it, you have to look at it from both sides.

It’s like when you come in front of a teacher, for example: at first there can be the magnetic connection, and then the teacher will flip it as if he’s rejecting you, or pushing you away. That’s always kind of an automatic. And the reason why it’s like that is that you have to be able to look at the tug of war that goes on – and not get lost. Because every dream has a negative side to it as well as a positive side, and you have to be able to take into account both parts in order to reach a whole.

Because if you only hear something, or only look at something, in one particular way – even if that’s an important way, and a good way that you’re inclined to go, and should go in terms of an alignment – if that’s the only direction that you proceed in, you don’t integrate the other half and you end up with the spiritual illusion.

So, apparently this dream had something to do energetically with a way something is intended to, or is being presented, or has affected your consciousness in terms of how something is to unfold. And so you have looked at it one way in terms of what you consider the way to go, but in order to balance that out you have to look at the opposite, too.

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