Fairy tales, myths, movies and dreams all use the scenario of a rescue to tell a story, or share a truth. And, when it comes to dreams, we are always rescuing ourselves – or specific parts of ourselves. Think about it: how many of our inner aspects have been lost to us through our prior experiences and the psychologies they create? On our journey, we want to reclaim as much of that territory as we can, so that our lives can be as full an expression of our potential as possible. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
Jeane: I wish I could remember more details about the beginning of this dream. I’m somewhere, and it’s almost like a place where things are run by someone who’s a little bit of a strong arm. And I want to get out of there.
And, in order to get out of there, I need to get his two kids. And I think I get him, too, but first the thing is to get the kids; there’s a boy and a girl. And it feels like I have one of the female servants colluding with me. I go into a room and I know I knock one person over the head, a guard, and tie them up. And I have maybe the female the servant, so we’ve gotten the girl free.
And then I have to leave her somewhere. Then it feels like her brother’s even helping me – someone’s helping me, some young person’s helping me, anyway. Then I have to go get the other kid.
Then I had to go to another house, bodyguards and people were kind of swarming around the house, so I have to crawl up through the garden, and I see people come in through a door, but again a kid comes and shows me how to go in through a window.
And then we get the little boy. And it feels like maybe we want to take his dad with us, too. I’m not sure about that part. There’s someone we take with us. Then we have to sneak out of the house. Then we have to get all the way to where the little girl is, and then we have to get out of town without getting caught.
John: So, what this dream is showing is that you have this side of yourself, this young, innocent, established, inner side of yourself, which is represented by all of these kids, both boys and girls, both masculine and feminine.
Often times, in a dream, as part of a process, the initial dreams will have you looking at first the ominen and then the ominous side of yourself as something very, very youthful that you have to catch up with. In this particular dream, what it’s showing is that you’re able to catch up with this side of yourself – and you don’t have to knock anything over the head, or, that by knocking something over the head, you limit your potentiality of catching up with this inner quality of yourself.
In other words, it starts off with you thinking that that’s how it is that you’re rescuing something, but, in that process, you only are able to catch one kid, or catch up with one kid. You’re only able to deal with one part of yourself. In that case, what was the kid that you caught, was it a boy or a girl?
Jeane: The first one was a girl.
John: So that’s a sense that you think you have to have in terms of dealing with your feminine nature. But then the dream points out that you actually limited yourself by doing that, because now you’ve set something on guard, or on aware, when it comes to the other parts of yourself. And so you’re in need of having to get help in that regard.
And so it’s a boy that helps you figure out how to reach the other. So it’s as if you now need a clarity now, in terms of how to deal with it, because you’ve done something to avert a more natural flow.
Well, the way the dream ends, though, is the dream ends in that if you can sort this out and catch up with all of those parts inside of yourself, you’re then able to rescue the adults. That’s very interesting. To start off with, you view the more grown up, or outer part of yourself, as a problem. And the kids inside of you are actually your inner side, your more speeded up, more dynamic, your quickened, your more alert, your more viable, your fresher, your more innocent innerness of being.
And the adults are your outer, and so it’s as if you’re trying to solicit the help of the… you’re trying to pull this inner together, and you’re doing it in such a way that struggles with the outer. You’re actually doing things that hurt the outer, and thus inhibit the capacity of yourself to bring the inner, and all of its qualities, together.
And even though you foiter and fumble around like this, you do catch up with what’s needed, and essential, and necessary because, in the end, even though you make it a yo-yo approach, you get the kids and, in the process, you’re also then able to take into account the outer – or the adult side of yourself. Isn’t that an interesting dream?
Now, depending upon the tone in which you dreamt that, it could be like a teaching dream, and a guidance dream, and it could also be a type of warning dream. In other words, if you were critical of yourself you could see this as a type of warning dream, in which what you’re doing is making it more difficult to catch up with the kids – if you’re overly critical with yourself.
If you’re more accepting with yourself, you will realize that it’s a process dream that is giving you information. And if you’re neutral in terms of looking at all of this, and accepting the guidance, it’s a guidance dream. Isn’t that interesting, that you could take it one of three ways?
And you’re meant to grow, and learn, from this as a modality, or process, of unfoldment. Very good dream.
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