It’s is made clear in the Bible how hard it is for a wealthy man to gain the kingdom of heaven, and there is also a long history of self-denial, poverty, and chastity throughout the religions of the world. But those are coarse proscriptions for simpler times. The point that is trying to be made is that everything we get too focused on, or too obsessed with, or too personal about, deepens our ties to a planetary life, to our physical being. And our physical being is just a house for our spiritual possibility. To live a spiritual life is to align and integrate with the universal; to align with the energetic, not the magnetic. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: I’m losing the details on the second dream, what I remember most about it, and it’s like you and I were living in it felt like a two-story apartment house, two or three story with our neighbors, and we had an apartment maybe one level below them, as well as another place where we stayed.
All I really remember about the dream is kind of a sensation of moving back and forth, and I was trying to work something out about that. I just can’t remember the details.
John: I think you’re still working with this way, this quality. It’s easy to try to call it an expanse, but it’s not an expanse, because I think you’re working outside of the characteristics, the shape and characteristics. You’re working more in relationship to there being a same/sameness about above and below, north, south, east, and west.
And so you can be in a north/south alignment, so to speak north/south alignment, or you can be in a type of above and below, or east/west, or whatever kind of direction that is alignment. It really, in terms of the way of feeling things in an overallness, does not matter. The image of how you see it tends to get in the way.
So I still think you’re working on understanding a kind of spatial letting go quality in which something is there that can’t ordinarily be there when there’s any form of cognition. And that you’re using a type of cognition to note that there is this kind of bewilderment inflections.
It’s a kind of dreaming that’s very similar to the way we first used to dream in which it was hard to understand the dynamics between a shadow aspect and the shadow aspect if you’re trying to reveal and that we needed to bring that shadow aspect into a wholeness with ourself because it really was ourself and, in doing so, come to see the energy that existed behind that.
Now it’s as if one is doing this in a whole other octave in which, instead of a shadow dynamic, you have everything that you could possibly perceive and see as either this way, or that way, above or below, expansive or contractive, or east or west, or north and south, or however it is that you could possibly characterize it, you’re having that being put up against an emptiness, a true total letting go, which means that you’re having to feel, and denote, what it’s like to have any kind of viability, visual sense oriented, or way of perceiving, one’s self viability because that gets in the way of something else, something somewhere else.
In your first dream it’s like the third way, and in this dream it’s like can you see that it doesn’t matter what kind of unit you have, or what kind of place you live in, what kind of spatiality you have, and this kind of catches you by surprise because you’re accustomed to seeing an orientation. And now it is like there is no such thing as an orientation. You could be just fine, and just as complete, and just as ordinary and be just fine and turning the page in some other regard.
This kind of understanding of things, to try to put it into kind of a different framework of perception, this kind of understanding of things is often used in relationship to the idea that those who were born in the west were born into a different kind of conditionality of opulence, and the prosperities that the west has. Our old souls, that are accustomed to having to live in a type of penance or way of being, let’s say, in the east, in which the attention was placed upon a minimal set of conditions in order to try to accentuate a depth of experience within. And that way of being in the east has the same kind of flip side limitations as the way of being in the west in which you can have a certain opulence.
Both are perspectives that are geared towards a sense of well being. The sense of well being in the east that’s like this could be something that leads to a certain unfoldment, or progression, and inner growth that goes to a particular distance but it is also, like I say, it’s a flip side of the great achiever in the west who is subrogating that energy, and aiming it into the outer, instead, and both are working with an aspect of concentration.
And so you have to get beyond the concentration in order to catch up with something more. The meditating guy that came in and thought he could be a singer had accentuated the art of concentration, but he couldn’t take it to the next levels in which things opened up and expanded again. He was caught within a progression that was accentuated with concentration.
And those who take and clamor for great, great wealth in the west, and push everything else aside rudely in order to attain that are doing that with a concentration. Those in the east that were Sadhus and such that took and moved into caves, and attempted to access something from deep, deep within, are also trying to grab something, but they’re grabbing it in the opposite direction. And there is an intent of concentration there as well.
To really break free you have to recognize that both of them, both directions, are one and the same. They’re both part of a process. You can be attached to your poverty, or attached to the quality in which you’re trying to approach something within in terms of what they do in the east, or you can be attached to how you live in the outer in the west, in terms of all the toys and aspects of things around you. And you have to learn to let go of them, or otherwise you’re caught by the conditions of that.
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