When we find ourself in a new situation we test the waters, so to speak, by dipping our toe in. Then, when we realize things are safe, we can proceed deeper into the process. It works just like that for us on an inner level: when we have something new awaken in us, our system needs to test out what the effects are of this new presence. And, ultimately, we are trying to assimilate what has opened up from within into our daily life, so we are seeking to find a new balance and settlement as we continue to progress on our journey. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: Well, this is a dream that has one point or two points in it where it shifts some. In this dream, I’m going to visit the home of a family. There are parents, and they have two sons that are very close in age, like they’re probably high school seniors or young college age.
And the house is very low and spread out, with a basement level as well the ground floor level, and it’s a little bit chaotic in there, just in a sense that sometimes it’s like there’s a lot of different things in the rooms. I remember like later in the dream there’s a time when I was looking for a bathroom and I saw a door and I open it up, and behind the door is something that looks like a cross between a fireplace and a white limestone shrine, it’s been made into a shrine whatever it is.
And some of the rooms are kind of cluttered, but they’re cluttered some way that the mother’s organizing things. And at one point when I’ve gone over the mother wants me to go to the basement and talk to a group there about the trip to India. It’s like when I first go down there’s a few people there, but when I turn around there’s a huge crowd of people – and some of them have broken into small groups.
And I seem to get a little discombobulated and feel like my talk is awkward, which it was. When I talk to the mother about that later she just laughs about it because I had kind of gotten thrown off by how the crowd was, and how it kind of went into these subgroups all over the place, and how it seemed to multiply.
Then there was almost like a shift that was different in a sense, the first shift. In this first shift I’m suddenly in a room with our friend, and we’re trying to climb somewhere. We’re trying to shift somewhere in the same house, but we have to climb up and over a partition.
And when we get kind of to the top of the partition, I notice it’s like a big spider that I’ve pushed out of the way, or brushed the web away, or something. Well, then, the spider suddenly came right back up at me – and it’s a big spider. The head must be as big as a quarter, and it has like a body and then legs. It didn’t look like a normal spider, but it was a spider in the dream.
And so I would push it up, and I would knock it down, and send it all the way down to the floor. And then it would spring back up, and I would kind of grab it behind the head and try to hold it. About the second or third time I did that the spider bit me really hard on my hand, like between the thumb and forefinger. And then I threw it back down, and when it came back up I had taken off its head, I guess, and its body was all gold and yellow now. Then I went back to the main dream.
And, in the theme in the main dream, part of what was going to happen is, even though I was somewhat older, I was going to be spending the night with one of the two brothers who share a room together. And as I go back to that, I’m supposed to be going to his room to spend the night with him, and I guess they’re rearranging the room a bit because he shares the room with his brother. Plus, the brothers inform me that they will be waking me up sometime of the night because the brother has to get up in the middle of the night and get some kind of a transfusion for his heart.
And before I go down there I’m looking for a restroom, and it feels like that’s when I walk around and I open up doors, and maybe I find a shrine, and I open another door and there’s clutter, and I actually kind of get distracted trying to put some of the house in a little better organization.
And the mom, at one point, says to me that sometimes she just goes outside to go to the bathroom. But I finally do go back to the room and find that there is a small bathroom attached to the room. And then I’m going to get in bed; the guy that I’m there to be with is actually sleeping soundly, and his brother has his arm around me, and we’re kind of standing there by the bed – and I think that’s when I wake up.
John: The theme of the dreaming involved being able to shift to different extremes in a balanced way. In other words, you repeated this three or four times in your dream. The first time you repeated it was you saw something that was like a bathroom, and then at the same time it could be like a shrine. Those are dichotomy shifts.
In other words, it’s like if you have an awakening, or an opening up inside of you, of a particular kind of awareness, in this case you use India in some element or aspect of India to denote something that quickened an energetic in your nature. Whenever the energetic is quickened in your nature, because we live in an outer sensual world you then have to put up with the shift of the outer in which you have all of the ideas, and the things that get invoked, and that is all of these little groups that are breaking up, and going on. And they are then almost like spinning in relationship to the increased energetic that has opened something up.
So the first is portrayed just something that is completely opposite. You have the one extreme of a bathroom, which is catalytic, and the other extreme of a shrine which is pulling one’s attention into a pristineness. And so you have those two extremes. The bathroom scenario that is catalytic is kind of like the process in the outer, and how do you handle and resolve that to a deeper meaning somewhere else? Which is set forth as the pristineness, but then the pristineness needs to live itself out in some sort of outer capacity as well. So then you have this repeat as India representing something that is deeply touching and significant, and then you have the spin of that that has to somehow or another be accommodated in relationship to the ordinary.
And then you go into the aspect of the brothers, and you end up finding yourself in some sort of mixing zone there. And then you have the spider, and in the spider you have this going up and going down, going up and going down, going up and going down, which is the nature of going to some depth inside, coming back down into life, going to some depth inside, coming back down into life. And in the end, dying before you die: getting bit by the spider.
Then when you rip off its head, that’s not necessarily good because that then becomes a decision that’s made in terms of direction. You have to be able to go up and down, and up and down, simultaneously; and it’s not one’s nature to be able to go up and down and up and down simultaneously. One wants to do it in one linear way, or the other linear way.
And so when you’re ripping off the spider’s head, you’re making the decision to only be directional. And the sense of the dreaming is to show you that you can multitask, so to speak, in terms of the multiplicity of things. In other words, you can have the pristineness of something and then, at the same time, you can contend with the diversity of something.
So when you have a pristineness of something, you’re able to hold the diversity of something, too. And they work hand in hand, because your pristineness can be too narrow, and the diversity is too reflective, and too broad. But by being able to somehow hold both, you can have so much more. And the pristineness you had was the shrine, versus the bathroom, which is the rumble tumble catalytic of it all. And you have to be able to correlate and to handle both.
And so you had dreams that went around this. And so you dreamt around this paradigm, and that spider aspect was very interesting because the spider aspect was more than just the spider biting you. It was going back and forth, and back and forth. You were going up and down and up and down. The key is, the ability to develop, first of all, it’s a big step to get to the point to understand that it’s inner into outer. But then it’s another step to recognize that there’s an importance in the outer reflection, and that as you go back and forth you hone the pristineness and the bathroom scenario more and more all the time. You come to know the difference between the two brothers, so to speak, that they are one and the same, in a way, because in the dream you were going back and forth between them even.
So you were caught, you were almost taken on a flip side, flip side of the coin kind of thing – the coin always being one-sided in terms of the outer – and able to somehow or another sell you the other side of the coin. That was very, very interesting.
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