The Obstacle

1192This dream shows a device that could prove very useful: a fan that blows problem situations away. Yet we already do have such a device, and it’s known as the human design. Yes, there will always be things to deal with in a physical life, but if we understand that we are here to become part of the universe, rather than to make ourselves, and our lives, a solely planetary thing, what we become entangled with will be much less important in the long run. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I remember being in the mountains in my dream. It seems like I’m talking to a friend of mine, a man who spends a lot of time outdoors, and hiking, and skiing, and doing things in the mountains.

And part of what I’m talking about in a way is the device I have that, it looks like a round, circular fan, that’s in some kind of a special case, that can roll out. And when the fan rolls out, whatever it blows away, it’s not a fan that really works on air as much as it works on a situation.

That’s all I really remember of the dream.

John: So you’re in the mountains here, in a situation in which you’re challenged by something as a setting. In other words, to be in a mountain, or climb a mountain, you’re relating to something that is an obstacle, in terms of your development, in terms of yourself.

And, generally, the idea of having to contend with the mountain is the idea of having to take on some definition, or challenge, or something about yourself that you’re still identifying with, or buying into. And what your dream is showing you is that – it’s not explaining how this works, or why this works – but it’s just saying that whatever is there, that you normally would be all caught up in and having to contend with, is not having its usual, in terms of obstacle-like nature, it’s not having its usual way with you, because you know that the way to deal with this is to just hook up a fan and blow it all away.

In other words, blow away whatever it is that you’re having to contend with there, which is an interesting way of portraying that you let go, and that you are able to be at ease, or at peace, or in a type of stillness, as opposed to constantly contending with something. So what is it that we constantly contend with?

You’re just presenting something as an overall image, and you’re being shown that in this overall image that you need to have a particular kind of mood, or tone, or demeanor. In other words, you’re seeing yourself what you’re doing, without looking at the issues or the circumstances, you find yourself knowing how to let go of something around you, in other words, to blow something away, as opposed to sitting there contending with it.

To blow something away, to use the fan and blow something away, is what you’re really blowing away is your personal story, a story that would be looking at what you were doing and trying to see it as being this, that, or the other in some aspect. But you know that it limits you in some fashion and, therefore, you have to let go of it.

Now, it’s a simple dream, but it’s a statement, and it’s an image that points to the general motif of how it is in terms of everything. Whatever it is that you take on as an involvement, that you’re telling yourself you’re intrigued at having to do as a responsibility or whatever, you are actually taking and going from an overall naturalness into something specific, and you are telling yourself that this is something that’s fun and wonderful to do, and it can be if you can do it in a free letting go way, but to the degree to which you become obsessive, or go to an extreme about it, you find out that even though it makes sense to you when you were doing this that this was going to create some sort of better situation or overall balance, what ends up happening is that this consumes you, that this actually, as an activity, can be most exhausting when you would have expected it to be kind of liberating because it was intriguing to you.

Well, this is the nature of obsession. And everything that we do is an obsession when we take on an action that goes into the outer world. That’s why the shaman who realizes that when they journey into the outer world they have to kind of be in a state of reverence, or almost ask a permission, because what they’re doing is they’re stepping out of the overallness that they are, that is all of life, in order to do an excursion. And if they don’t hold a particular kind of attunement they’re going to get lost in their diversion. They’re going to take it too literally, and it’s going to become something that they think is real, and that they approach then obsessively.

And that’s kind of how it is for everybody, you know, that you see out there. You see people doing all of these activities and, in terms of yourself, you can look at it, you can kind of understand what’s involved there, you could see how time consuming it is, you could see how distractive it is, and you don’t have to do it. You can tell that that’s going to hurt the heart. And so you have to let go of that. You don’t identify with that. That’s the fan that blows things away.

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