It is easy to forget that we are designed to make a spiritual journey, because it seems so removed from the culture and society we find ourselves in. But, like all living things, we are born with all the physical and mental abilities to fulfill our purpose and thrive in life. So, as adults who choose to return to their human purpose, we need to undo the things that block us and prevent us from our natural capabilities. Fundamental to that is to come to understand and recognize the defense mechanisms we have created to cope with our experiences – because they serve to separate us from the oneness that we seek. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: I lost my second dream, I’ll have to see if it pops back in. But what I remember a bit about the first dream is that I seem to be a woman who, I’m out in the countryside because society feels like it’s been really disrupted.
And it feels like back in time, you know like a younger you know 50, 100 years ago or something or more, and I seem to be trying to protect a child that’s with me, who will become more in the future. He’ll have some position of leadership.
And so I’m trying to like pull people together around me, and watch after him, but everything’s in a disrupted state – like there’s been war, or something, going on and we’re wandering the countryside. And so I’m trying to keep people awake and pull it together. That’s about all I remember of that dream.
John: So the deeper theme of all of this is, the beginning and end are connected. And so to take and have a glimpse, or an understanding, of how something is unfolding, and is set to unfold, there’s actually never anything new under the sun. It’s already in place. It’s just that we become veiled from how something is.
And we’ve developed this whole battle that has to do with whatever the mind is, meaning the mind is like somehow or another limited in terms of our perceptions because we perceive in such a limited way, having our nature confined and contracted like it is, so that the impressions that we have are based off of our senses, then, in this contractive state.
And when like that, then we’re biased and influenced by our surroundings, as if the surroundings are real. And we actually have created our surroundings, so as we’ve continued to shut parts of ourself down we continue to limit our grasp of an essential, all-pervasive overallness that permeates life.
In other words, it’s the mind that’s behind all that there is in manifestation and we have developed a limited mind, an illusionary mind to that all-pervasive mind, that is based upon having shut things down, contracted, and gotten into a mode of having created a world in which our perception is based upon our five senses. And so what we come to know, then, is illusionary. In other words, it’s just not real.
And so what you’re really doing in the dream is you’re going back inside of yourself to try to awaken that which you already know. It’s repressed, or hidden, in some capacity because of trauma and events – like you might say a wartime scenario, or whatever – that caused you to develop defense mechanisms upon which you took yourself outside of the way you need to be in terms of a greater overall all-inclusive beingness, or basically this all attunement kind of mind.
So you’re playing with this dynamic of past and future, or beginning and end, and so you have a sense of something more that’s possible, but that more that’s possible is a recognition that the way you are at present, in terms of being affected by the collective in your environment, is unacceptable.
But your conditionality is holding you from breaking that trance, and the reason is is because you have shut things off. Over the course of time, you have continually shut things off, and shut things off, and annihilated this, and annihilated that, so to speak, in terms of your awareness and awakened state in the overall – to the point that you’ve become so veiled that it’s like you have this need to go back and awaken to refine the parts of yourself that have been repressed, or subrogated, from consciousness.
And so, you know, this is the part of the journey, or the Sufi path, of being able to go into the depths of one’s self. And when you go into the depths of yourself you discover things that are traumatic or, in your dream, like a wartime past. Which is the same thing as traumas and stuff that you’ve had to take and make decisions on, in order to try to protect yourself, a protection however that is one of thinking that you have some control mechanism at play here, some choice in this regard, instead of just recognizing that you were created out of everything, you are actually the one mind that permeates everything in all of eternity.
However, you have exercised your freedom of choice in terms of trying to establish a sense of control for yourself and, as you’ve done that, you have confronted barriers that you have established, meaning veils, to create this segregated separateness of yourself. And the segregated separateness of yourself has gotten to the point where it has choked out the vibrancy of your wholeness, and has put you in kind of a sickened condition.
And in order to discover what all there is, you have to go back to where an aspect, like a wartime trauma of some sort, first originated. You have to go back and touch that. You have to go back and notice that, and you have to go back and let go of that mechanism that you put in place, which influences how it is that you’re capable of acting in terms of being real – because you are actually living in a bifurcated state now in which you have conditions and patterns that you follow, that are based upon having cut yourself off from the prime inner directive of your overall beingness.
And so in order for the future to unfold, you have to break these habituations that are entrenched, that just are there, that make sense to how you see yourself, that is in terms of how you see yourself in the present and in the outer. And if you look at yourself closely, you realize that your reactions and your mannerisms have some sort of conditional habituation about it, and if you take all of the manners, and patterns, and habituations and you total it up, that’s what ends up creating this idea of ego. And the heretics way of seeing ego and mind as correlated, that’s how you end up with this personality or persona that functions in this alienated way from what is real.
So, the theme of the dreaming was going back and finding oneself, in terms of who they really are, and not taking and sitting and contending with being yo-yoed about in terms of these habituations that one has that predominate. And as long as you just sit there and don’t like this, and futter with that, in terms of some sort of predilection that you carry, you’re just going to go around and around and around in a circle, that even psychologists know that in order to heal something they have to take it back to the vibrational source, you know, from which the trauma started. And then the acting up, and the carrying on, that a person does that continues to reflect in the outer for reasons that a person can’t put their finger on anymore, can be dropped, because you realize that you don’t need that defense mechanisms or pattern for your well being.
So in your dream you’re attempting to understand something in terms of what’s able to unfold, and emerge, and awaken in the future by going back and addressing the contractions that are like an inner war that you have come to believe exists as a result having put yourself in a position of shutting down for purposes of coping.
So, yes it’s true, as you become more conscious you are able to see yourself functioning in the future. You have a quality of an emergence that has this futuristic viewpoint, or perception, to it. But the beginning and the end are one and the same and, in order for something meaningful to unfold for the overall, you have to go back inside and redeem yourself.
So the going backwards, or going into the depths of yourself, which is like going back and saying this is where the whole path starts, is the ability to take and look at yourself, probe yourself. But what you’re probing is you’re going back and you’re untangling, and removing, the fetters that you put in place, from being able to be in an all-pervasive way. And when you’re in that all-pervasive way, the past and the future come together. So you’re doing that in order to have a recognition of what is meant to be.
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