We may understand nightmares to show us some terrible truth, but dreams are always showing us a truth about the situation we find ourselves in, and sometimes it seems mundane – until we look at the details. Here, a simple game of ping pong, but the man is handicapped. And then a game of pool, and a woman needs to be taped into alignment. All in the midst of a noisy arcade – the hustle and bustle of life. This is our dilemma: how do we bring our masculine and feminine aspects into alignment in such a crazy world? (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
John: That way of portraying it in a dream is quite similar to my sleep dream in that, given that this was the particular theme, the image that ensued was: I’m in this place when this guy, who has his chaperone or person that looks after him, maybe it’s because of who he is, or how distinguished he is, or up in age he is, or who knows.
He checks into kind of this hotel, this establishment place, and in checking in I’m off to one side. He asks if there’s anyone that plays table tennis here. He wants to play table tennis. And I look at him, and because I haven’t played table tennis in a long time I think, oh, yeah, anybody to play table tennis with, okay.
And so as I open up a conversation with him I suddenly see that he only has one hand, and so I ask him, “So you play left-handed?” And he said, “No, no, no,” and somehow or another he takes his handicapped hand and he plays table tennis. He says, “Well, I play real slow.” And I say, “Well, I don’t play slow, I play a fast game. Maybe this isn’t a good idea.” And he says, “Oh, let’s try, let’s give it a try.”
So, it’s agreed. So the question then comes up: Where do we get a table? And he suggests maybe it’ll have to be outside. And I say, “No, no, no, it’ll have to be set up inside.” And I vaguely remember that there’s a way of doing it inside. And so I say, “I’ll take responsibility and get that set up,” and I point to an area where I think that once upon a time somehow long ago or something I notice that there had been a table tennis that could be there.
And it’s kind of a bit of an open area, and in this open area all around it is kids that are playing; it’s like an arcade or something all around this open area. Whether they’re playing on game machines of some sort or whatever, I don’t know, but they’re just rambunctious as can be. And I think, oh, this is going to be challenging. I don’t know how this is going to work because table tennis is a fairly focused game. It requires movement but you can’t have this kind of behavior in the way. It’s kind of an incoherent vibrancy that doesn’t pay any attention to how it’s bobbing around.
And so I set up the table, but as the table gets set up it turns into a pool table. And so then the image switches and, when something is to happen, it’s a girl, a young girl, that gets on the pool table.
Now all of this rambunctious activity around, that was vibrating around, which is similar to all of the action that you had in this house that everyone had to be gotten rid of because all of those ideas and mannerisms were too much; that’s kind of a masculine quality characteristic, it’s always too much to sort out, had narrowed itself down to where that was no longer an issue and it was a matter of alignment.
So it was almost like this pool table was like some sort of gizmo in which it was more difficult than it looked. It involved having to tape this young girl into an alignment to fit the table, as if the table spun a little bit. It was easy to get something out of alignment.
And so what does this image represent? Well, they represent the same thing as yours in that, to begin with, that this old guy, the old guy, is from the crown. You know, he’s the masculine energy. He’s the transcendent space. He’s the ancient energy. He’s the something that I look forward to doing, something that is ancient and long ago that I don’t really remember having done for a long, long time.
And yet it’s not that possible because things are off the ground. Things are handicapped, and plus everything is chaotic.
And then, of course, on the other side when one is considering the virtues of it having to have something to do, and everything being kind of a rhythm that has something to do with the breath, with manifestation, the importance of manifestation because the breath is into manifestation and out, and back, and back and forth. And everything about manifestation is a cycle in and out, a relationship is an in and out relationship, an eating is an in and an out aspect, that the combination of the two leads to a wholeness.
And so it’s as if I’m having to contend with the reconciliation of those two images. Well, it created kind of a complexity, a dilemma, because technically speaking both exist and you can’t seem to get by with one over the other. You don’t just look one way or the other, and then your dream points out that it’s all in the process. The way I come up with it is, one has to reconcile the fact that I have to contend with the old guy, and yet at the same time I have to deal with how that is in terms of manifestation – which is represented by the feminine.
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