A bird in a cage seems a simple enough image for denoting something that isn’t as free as it was meant to be. Yet, in the dream world, that thing is always a part of us, because we are all the characters in our dreams. Combine that with the image of being overfed, or overstuffed, and we can see what is trapping the spirit that wants to fly free – and it is the indulgence in planetary foods, i.e., the things we like to do and spend our time at, but that are things that only give physical satisfaction and ignore the desires and needs of the spirit. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: In my first dream, it’s like there’s a group of us in one of those old time saloons that maybe has two stories to it, and we have these little cages with birds in them. It’s like there’s a contest going on to see who can win something, by how they’re raising or feeding their birds; who can get the birds to eat the most or something.
I remember going over and looking at one man’s cage and realizing that the little birdie he had in there was actually like a rather wild bird. But he’s like a gambler, and whatever he’s feeding those wild birds it’s like they win the contest – because he can get them to eat more, or grow faster, or whatever.
But, at the same time, within a short period of time, one of his birds dies. So whatever he was feeding he could win a contest with it, but it doesn’t feel like they survive well. That was the first dream.
John: So the nature of the dreaming last night had to do with the tenuousness in which the innerness, or the connection inside, how tenuous that actually is. That it doesn’t take much, just a very slight thing and you can lose it, or start losing it.
I mean that was how the dreams started last night, was where there could be something that could happen, that could cause you to begin the process of letting go of the attunement that needs to be maintained in order for a process from within to open up, or to awaken.
And so in your dream you are a person who has this treasure in a cage. It’s housed inside of you. That’s the bird, the little bird. And you’ve been led to believe, on the basis of your senses and, therefore, the way you’re reflective understanding is in terms of the outer, that there are things that you can do that are okay in the outer. And so you get caught in the indulgences in the outer. And when you get caught in the indulgences, as if that is something that is there for you to do, like the world is your oyster and handed to you to more or less take on to whatever degree you want to take it on.
What you are doing when you take it on, is you are getting that aspect, you’re eating or indulging in that aspect, the outer, more and more, and you’re doing it to the expense of that little spark, your own little light inside, or in your dream the little bird that is in the cage, or the soul that is housed within the physical nature of the body. And you kill the awakening process by virtue of such indulgences.
Now that’s just the template. You’re dreaming the template. In other words, it’s like you’re using that to strike the note, because it’s almost as if there’s a question that’s raised, and then this is how you start, you raise the question, and then the additional dreams off of this will show that there is still that process trying to break through, and break through, and break through. But you seem to be starting this off with a dream showing how the amnesia can set in to the point where you lose connection to what is real.
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