Good Counsel

CriWe have seen chase dreams with narrow escapes, and images where everything is coming together just as needed. So, if we are all the characters in our dreams, what do those two opposite experiences say about us? That we’re complicated, and that we have many pieces that really just want to be part of one thing. Yet to get there, we sometimes have to chase and catch, we sometimes have to woo, we sometimes have to invite in politely. In other words, some parts of us are more wounded or wary than others, and bringing them in from their separate or alienated state is something our dreams are trying to help us do. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So, as the dream continues, I go to a counseling office where I’m starting work and the clients I have scheduled, at a certain time, don’t show up – and I’m somewhat concerned. One of them does phone, I think it’s a very brief phone call, or maybe there was just a message left, because I can tell that it’s not just one man but it’s two, that they’ve been traumatized maybe by war, and they drink, or do something. And I do want to get them into the office to be seen, but they’re very suspicious of coming into any agency, or working with anyone. I can’t even get the one to talk to me.

And I’m kind of pondering all that because I was working in the office and doing paperwork, but it feels like I don’t really see any clients that day and I’d had them scheduled, but they didn’t show up.

So I leave there and I go somewhere else, and when I’m at this other building one of the two of them shows up. The other one I feel like is out in the hallway somewhere, and I’m able to have a bit of a dialogue with him and set it up so they will come in. And I want him to bring his friend in for regular counseling, but I’m also explaining that if they come to counseling they have to come to counseling sober, you know at least for that time, because otherwise it’s like if you’re drinking you just retain what you learned when you’re drinking. You’d forget it when you got sober.

I’m trying to explain a little bit to them. and I’m trying to get him to get his friend through his paranoia about coming in to any room, or any agency, and getting it set up for them to come in. And I know that in some ways when they do come in they’d want to overwhelm you with how long they’d want to be there, and so I’m also trying to set some limits that there’s only so much you can take in at one time, you know, that we would have to have time limited appointments. It just feels like I’m trying to explain to them how that works.

John: So you’re describing the process in which you come to understand that there is a means of moving around, this moving around – which is really inside of yourself, but you see it as over a distance and such – upon which you can come to catch up with a deeper aspect, or essence, of what is real, or what the realness is.

And you tend to be inclined to viewing it as something that you access, or aspire to accessing, as opposed to it just being naturally there inside of yourself to be reached, or discovered, or unveiled, or unfrozen, or whatever the capacity is that one does, to justify sitting in an amnesia.

You then progress this to the point where you’re looking at parts of yourself that you need to somehow cater to, that you need to somehow or another assist or to help, that you need to somehow or another embrace. That it’s not sufficient that you take and have a depth that you can reach, or find, inside of yourself – it is meaningless unless it is something that can go and touch, and reach, all parts of yourself that are still astray.

And, of course, these are parts of yourself that you see need to take a step forward: that they need to show up for guidance, for counseling, for help. But then you come to realize that these parts of yourself that don’t show up, to the degree to which you’re not taking and closing the gap, that it’s not that easy, that you have to proceed to that, you have to go out of your way to touch that, to find that, and that when you do you’re bringing something together at the same time. That’s why it’s said that a teacher finds the student and, of course, this applies on a lot of levels.

Well, in your dream, that is kind of what you’re doing when you take and realize that you can get off of a certain pedestal and go and find, seek out, reach out to the parts of yourself that aren’t showing up. In other words, yes, you can take a position where you can expect it to come, but that doesn’t always work in that there are times when you have to reach out in order to touch something. And that’s why it is said that, it may look different, but the teacher being a proper teacher is actually selecting or going to the student. You know, it’s not that the student is clamoring to the teacher. That’s an illusion. It’s the teacher that’s making the accommodations always for the student.

That principle, if you were to sum it up in a word, for it to be effective it has to be invisible, or otherwise the student might get to thinking that there is something going on that’s important in terms of themselves, or something, and go off into a head trip or something on a spiral. So the teacher is most effective if they follow the principle; in other words, having the means and the ability to love without leaving traces. And that’s half of it. The other half, of course, which applies in a different way, is to fly without leaving a shadow.

So your dream, when you put that whole thing together, shows that you’re meant to have a means to connect to something deep, deep, deep inside and you just need to come to know that that is a wholeness that comes from you, you don’t go seeking it out somewhere. And when you catch up with that, recognized that way, then you exude it into the environment. You don’t expect the environment to change to your predilection. You exude it into however and wherever you put your attention.

It’s kind of like your pleasure to do that because you found it in the whole. You realize that it’s all the whole, and you realize that there isn’t two things going on, so you touch in that fashion, naturally, which is the principle of loving without leaving traces, flying without leaving a shadow, a shadow of some separation or something being kind of the motif behind it all. It’s not that behind it all. There are no shadows. It is just one thing, and one thing only, having a relationship with itself.

And so you took and you went from a kind of overtness, a kind of separation, or distinction, where something is expected to come just because you are still somewhat linked to the idea that you have to go somewhere in order to learn something. Therefore if you’re counseling that something has to come to you – instead of realizing that you are able to do this constantly, as opposed to conditionally.

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There to be Learned

rNkQWe are made to believe, from and early age, that memorization and the study of any subject is an end in itself. But it’s not really the case: we only really know something when we can do it, or put it into action, or into practice. That is when we understand the limits of our intellectual knowledge and see the need for how something gets put into life. And that is the process of a spiritual journey: to take our understandings, and beliefs, about life, and put them to the test through actually using them. In that way, what we learn can become a part of us – something we never forget. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So, the earliest dream, I’m not as clear about. I know that I travel to a series of buildings because I’m looking for this Oriental master, and it’s hard to travel there. It’s like the road will run out, and I have to figure out how to get across water, and zigzag back and forth, and then I finally reach the building.

But the building has a series of rooms and people there. It’s almost like a museum, and some people there are helpful and other people don’t know where things are, or where he is, and there’s someone else, a younger man, too, that also kind of goes with me to where this master is.

And I want to learn some kind of form from him that’s almost like a Tai Chi form, or it could be a twirling form, or it could just be anything, and this young man seems to know that form also. I feel like we find and have some kind of brief contact with the master, and I learn something, but that whole part of the dream I’m not as clear about. I just know that having made a contact, and the young man having made a contact, that, at some point, we’re able to leave there, and that the contact is brief. But we take something from it that we can practice, maybe we can practice it from learning from each other, too. And that’s the initial part of the dream, or the first dream.

John: What you’re portraying is an overall scenario in which you are able to be in, in a way in which unlike how it’s portrayed in mine, where there can be veils, or something can be frozen, or it can be limited, you’re able to be in the situation with open access. And, as a consequence, even though you can go to the place, can you, once there, take in what is readily offered and bring it into your world?

In other words, can you come and go with that kind of knowingness, or that kind of connection, because you’re not limited in this dream of being able to go to this place. The only question that exists is, can you take in what is there, take it in and then leave from there with that as a part of your being?

The illusion of the dream is that you’re required to go there, and then come back. That’s kind of the illusion we find ourselves in, as if there’s a difference between light and sound, as if there’s a difference between inner and outer, as if there’s a difference between above and below. But because you’re everything in the dream, you’re also what is there to be learned, and to be known, and to be found. It’s all within you.

But you’re, at this point, willing to, or in a state of being in which it is still taken in as if it is something that you aspire to, or reach to, or access, as opposed to it just all being there open to you, and for you.

Well the interesting thing is at least it’s not so distant that it’s in a bewilderment. You are able to be, so to speak, plopped into the life, and move about in life, and come to grips with that as a quality, as a consciousness, as a wholeness in life. And the key, then, to it being something that you’re able to live is a kind of awakening that is near, but not there, not with you yet, because when it is, you will then be an aspect, or you will be that which is sought, or that which you feel you have access to, to open up, or to understand, or to gain an insight from. You will just be that; and when you’re able to just be that, then you’re able to be the soul.

Now what’s also interesting about this dream is it doesn’t seal. You’re doing this in an overall sense. Or maybe if it does seal, it seals from the standpoint that you go into the depths and find a new Tai Chi or movement or something, and this is something that becomes instantaneous because it’s really brief, you know it’s just a matter of a shift or something. And then when you’re able to leave you’re able to leave with that. So maybe it does seal, because it’s in that sense then.

The quality of going across and finding and having access to this place, you’re feeling the vibration of the connection, and how you’re feeling that vibration and connection that is the part that can change a little bit to where it is something that you just take in as a quality of an inner knowingness. It’s not a matter of aspiring or reaching. It’s just imbedded, it’s just there, it just comes out, it just is unthawed, it is not veiled, it is at your disposal.

So the dream takes you up to a spark point, where the day comes when it’s just like that. Of course that’s a hard day, that’s an unusual day, to reach because that’s a day when you’re no longer conducting yourself in the mannerisms, and in the mechanisms, and means that everyone else does, that still sees something as afar, or as yet separate. You lose the ability then, if you get to that point, of seeing something as separate from yourself.

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In the Unfoldment

GRIYThis dream image can give a sense of what it is like to be in the flow of things because, as things unfold, there are surprises and strange events, yet there are also opportunities for new information and knowings. And this is as it should be: we will never control what other things are doing in life, but we can be conscious of ourselves and the way we stay focused to the human purpose to which we are joined. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: The next dream, that I kind of just remember scenes in, takes place in a desert city. And there’s one wall as you kind of walk in where there are soldiers that stand guard, like with different kinds of rifles or machine guns. There are three or four of them, kind of lounging against that wall.

There’s also a place where I know people are singing, and there’s one place where I know somebody, I guy I think first, kind of just his car comes to a halt in front of where we are. And then we walk up wanting to go to the place where everyone’s singing, there’s a woman who comes and she kind of runs her car into the wall next to us, or bumps it into it.

And we looked in and she’s kind of passed out in the car. And it almost feels like the car is kind of sealed with some kind of plastic, or a window you can see through, but it’s like a convertible that is covered. There’s something over her that’s kind of covering her, and she looks like she’s passed out in the car.

We’re moving around this village a lot. At one point we’re next to the soldiers at the gate; you and I are making out so that they’ll just ignore us, but we’re also kind of spying a little on what they’re doing. And then I’m taking you into one of the shops, and it felt like we have knowledge of an older woman, almost from another time during the war or something, that people even sing a song about her, but it’s like they thing that, you know, just something happened then everything with her came to an end. But I know the shopkeeper knows the rest of the story.

And we go into the shop, and I think he will sing us the rest of the story. And what I think the rest of the story will be is I think where everybody just thought that she came to a stop, or was captured at some point during the war, I think she was actually one of those who went into the factory that was in the movie Schindler’s List and became one of those people that helped people escape. And I think that’s the song he’ll sing us. Anyway, that’s when I woke up.

John: So, what you did that’s a little different, is what Ellen describes. Well, first of all, he says that in terms of what needs to be done in life, that most of us haven’t made the journey. And it’s the journey through what is called the Ring of Fire.

And what the Ring of Fire is, is that you have to lose all of the personal aspect of yourself in order to actually be able to do something in a knowingness way in life, because otherwise what you will be doing will involve some aspect of ego. In other words, personal identification. And then you have that aspect of ego and personal identification, then you do not honor the energetic that is behind the flow of things, that is from the standpoint of a knowingness. You do not honor it. You instead get caught in some aspect of identity, or self glorification or something.

So you have to have gone through and then annihilated, or burned, in terms of what is called this Ring of Fire. And so what Ellen was pointing out there are only a handful in that room that have done this. None of the others have done it. And so he was also pointing out, why is he even describing something which is about something that no one is able to see, either? And he said, “Well, the reason is because a Sufi is meant to be able to see what isn’t seen. And that there has been a shortcut that has been designed for this period of time, and that is that as long as your focus and attention is correct you can participate in the process.”

See that’s what your dream is like. It has a certain focus and attention to it that ends up being able to be involved and, to your surprise, finding out that you’re always kind of in the right place at the right time in terms of what takes place. What I recall, vibrationally, about what you’re saying is that first there’s kind of a sound, you know, that you hear, right?

Jeane: Um-huh.

John: And that draws your attention. And then there is something that attempts to get there, to pay attention to it, but crashes and gets sealed in a car, right?

Jeane: Right.

John: And then what happens after that?

Jeane: Then it’s like you and I are kissing over near the gates, I think where the soldiers are, kind of spying on them.

John: Yeah, there’s the diversion. There’s the diversion, but at the same time there is the focus and attention. That focus and attention draws you in terms of a holding a capacity so that you then can come closer to what needs to unfold and, in that way, you can intuit, or invoke, or invibe what needs to follow. That’s the principle of the feminine.

The feminine is just plopped into life, actually is able to do the entire process because as long as it pays close attention and adheres to that, then its vibration, and the way that it’s able to touch life, unfolds, extends, reaches, probes out, and moves into what is meant to be as an unfoldment.

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