The Skin of Things

510_Trying to make sense of things is a common process in dreams. Here, the dreamer is traveling back and forth between the inner and the outer, attempting to sort things out, but nothing is quite working as it should. As a metaphor, it points to the idea of the struggle to leave our comfort zone of viewing life as an outer experience, and seeking to find our balance and equilibrium on an inner level. Once there, what doesn’t quite work or fit will fall into place. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So in this dream I’ve traveled to a mountain community, and it’s kind of odd because I have to go into almost an indoor area like almost like a cave area that goes up the mountain, past a home where a couple lives, go up some kind of strange chute, well then I come to the homes of the people I’m going to stay with.

Well, there’s some people that live at the bottom that kind of show me how to get up the chute the first time I do it, and when I go up there initially it feels like I’m helping set up how the houses are going to be, so there’s two or three houses near each other. And one of them, it feels like one of the rooms that I’m helping set up right now has a lot in it, so I’m getting busy trying to straighten and clean it up because it has duplicates on a lot of things, whether it’s a bed or a washing machine or other things.

So I’m kind of going back and forth from one room to the other trying to get it straightened up, and cleaned up, and the laundry done and out so that the room is more usable. And then I’ve gone over next door and looked at what was going on there, and when I come back it feels like what I’m doing in this space is I‘m also setting up a store of some kind. And a swimming area, and I’ve put fish in the swimming area, even though I was swimming in the area at one point.

I get pretty tired after I’ve got all this… and someone comes in. We don’t have a calculator yet, so people want to come to one little area and maybe buy a drink or do other things, and I kind of tell the person at the counter because I don’t have a calculator or anything yet we don’t have it all set up yet, they’ll just have to write it down as best they could whether we get people a sale or sometimes we’ll give people a discount or they’ll have to just figure out the taxes. We’ll have to do all that later because they’re coming in before we’re really ready for them.

Plus, some of the kids now have gone into the pool where I just was, and I’m watching them swim, and then I’m telling someone I’m not sure they can really swim there yet because I put these tiny piranha in the pool. And they seem like friendly little piranha; they haven’t bitten anybody, but I’m still not sure if anybody should be in the pool yet with all the fish I’ve got in there.

And then I leave because I’m pretty tired, and it feels like I’ve rested, but somehow I’ve gone back down outside and I’m with some other people, and I decide to go swimming in the river or whatever’s down below. I’m with two other people but I’m not really dressed.

John: So in this dream, what you’re doing is you are making it across or, in other words, this works in stages in terms of catching up with parts of yourself, because you’ve got other qualities that are along the way, so to speak. You can then go through the corridor, and it’s now where a whole bunch of… well, it’s a whole other existence there.

This inner quality, this inner state, is a realm in which you are meant to be at home there, but you haven’t caught up with. In other words, you are there, but what’s missing in terms of an acuity is the masculine aspect of spirit energy.

You have an effect in this place, in that it has a myriad way of complexities in which what is there can be a bit much because the memo, in terms of what to make out of this, has not come through. That’s what I mean by masculine spirit energy. The feminine spirit energy effuses everywhere in this place. You don’t have the meaningfulness of it understood as to why there are piranha in the pond.

In other words it’s got the whole general schematic, but what is it all about? In other words, you embody all of that, you’re in the presence of all of that, but then you need the… you’re taking all of that in, and you’re taking it in as a quality that is opened on the other side of yourself, so to speak, in other words at an inner depth of yourself. You’re taking all of this, in even though you’re not quite sure what to denote about it. You’re still in the scenario of it all, and then what happened in the next dream?

Jeane: Well it’s like I’ve left there, left some people in charge that can figure out the taxes and all that.

So I’ve gone out and gone down and there’s a river right before where you have the entrance to this whole place. I’m with two other people, and they’re going to go swimming. I feel like I’m not quite dressed for swimming, but I must take things off and just go swimming in my slip and underclothes.

So I get in the river, then I see something floating towards me and it’s a cow skin, you know like a cow hide with a head on it, and I kind of stop it for a minute just to see that that’s all it is. It’s not a cow. It’s just a cow’s skin. Then I fold it back up and let it continue to float down the river.

John: In other words, it’s like what you’re finding is you’re finding something that in terms of its spirit energy embodiment there is something missing. In other words, you haven’t caught up with that, and it floats in life, and it’s just like not knowing what tax to put on things, what to make out of the fish.

So you’re going back and forth between inner and outer, and in the outer you’re finding something that’s just the skin of things. In other words, just the reflection of things. The body of it is still missing, so now you go back in the inner.

Jeane: Well now I try to go back in the inner. When I start up the chute though I don’t… because the people that had helped me before aren’t there, and I just worry I might slip. I’m not sure at first how to get up the chute, but the couple that had helped me before come out even though I can tell they don’t maybe not approve… totally approved of how I’m dressed, but I’m just focused on getting up the chute. That seems irrelevant to me. That’s the end of that dream and then I have another just little dream.

John: So in this dream, it’s like by adding this other part to it, it points out that you were taken somewhere but you weren’t quite comfortable in this overallness of the place that you were taken. And in this place that you were taken you’re intertwined with all that exists because that’s the nature of how spirit energy is. It’s that there is no distinctive parts. You’re intertwined with all that exists there, but you aren’t ready to understand how everything in place is meant to be, in terms of the fish, and in terms of the tax, and in terms of all of that. You don’t understand that.

So you go back out into the outer, and it doesn’t work for you there either because you realize that what you perceive in the outer is just the skin of things. You know that there is so much more. You’re kind of caught in this in-between zone where you know that there is so much more, and in the outer you can’t immerse yourself into a consciousness/unconsciousness kind of thing there because what you find there, you’ve accessed something inside of yourself in such a way so that it has no meaningfulness.

So you try to go back to the inner, but you weren’t balanced in the inner because you were missing the vitalness of what it was about, on a masculine spirit energy way, so you can’t get back in there. But you have memories of it now, because you had a glimpse of that. And so on an energetic level you recognize how it is that you’re meant to be able to hear, listen, and function.

And it’s a way in which you have to drop a little bit of the observer quality for this because what is happening there happens as a oneness in which everything makes sense. And for it to make sense that’s where the spirit energy has to open up in terms of what is all meaningful in this depth of yourself.

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