We don’t really do it any more, but our computers used to go through a process called defragging, during which the system would reorder and reorganize the way the files were stored – to make for faster access and more useable storage space. When we sleep, our systems go through a similar process of cleaning, sorting, and storing all the feelings, experiences, images, and stimuli that we have taken in. Our dreams provide a deeper level of review, allowing us to resolve, or further process, aspects that are not ready to be permanently filed away. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
John: So, this is kind of like a breakthrough in which I incorporate a mystery in science into it, and show how that applies to the human being.
Last night I learned the reason why I dream. This has to do with being brought back from the stillness within, that is out of reach under ordinary circumstances, in other words, coming back into life. Some part of me comes into life, in other words, it has a substance or a quality or something, and it is that substance or quality that has a presence, a bifurcation mannerism – and it’s touching that, looking at that, handling that with soft hands, so to speak, or noticing it within the parameters of a greater stillness.
The noticing of that, the seeing of that, leads to dreaming because it’s something that’s distinct, that’s like a thought or something. It’s a substance aspect that arises, or is there, outside of what ordinarily would just be a stillness.
So, what I have found is that when I have a need to know what this condition is that is coming out, I kind of go into the inner – by going to the inner I can kind of kind of go to the deeper stillness – and, in doing so, in the stillness it kind of focalizes things upon what is this little aspect, this little cell of something emerging out of the stillness.
That little cell then becomes like a type of landmark, otherwise there’s just a nothingness. So, to do this is kind of like a subtle approach, when my soul comes from the inner stillness it is only when there is a subtle demeanor that is returning reflectively from the overallness, that something is able to be noted. That’s why I dream. Otherwise, you would just be in a stillness and nothing would be going on.
So, my ability to see and read what is bookmarked, in other words something that’s emerging, so to speak, is made possible for me in terms of bringing from the pervasive stillness, bringing this as a way of seeing and hearing, of which the seeing and hearing is based upon the expulsion that is bookmarked.
There’s just the stillness. And so when something arises like a thought or whatever it is, it draws your attention, and to the degree your attention goes, is the degree to which something is noted, or bookmarked, and that then becomes the dream: becomes the sleep dream, and it becomes the outer dream.
And in the sleep dream, of course, you can look at it in a more overall context because you don’t get caught up in ego, and in mind and senses, like you do in the outer dream.
So why does it work this way? The reason it works this way is because we are the stuff that dreams are made of, and more; that is the substance, the density, of our nature. So the more, what is more, is a stillness – because that’s the more, that’s the everything, that’s the absolute of it at all. Because it’s in the essence of the stillness, of absolute stillness, that all of life predominates, predominates in the stillness. It can then become reflective if something arises out of it, and that takes on a storyline, which could be like a dream, or it can be just this whole thing in the outer, which is a dream.
So when I am able to be still enough to let go of the outer densities, or definition, that has a loudness, which refrains my beingness to having to denote the outer orientation, because it goes from an inner that’s a dream, to an outer orientation, which is an outer dream. And when I am seeing it as an outer dream, generally then I’m not able to let go of such a projection, I buy into it.
To travel to a depth within to where my true beingness resides, this being a stillness, is to travel in a way that is so far within that there is nothing to talk about. However, when something comes out, I notice it in terms of the breath, which then grabs it, or notes it, and it then gets reflected upon the lens of the heart in order to denote something.
And what it denotes is that this is something that is out of the stillness, meaning that it’s somewhere on the breath, that you’re zooming in on it with the lens of things, and you notice that the in-breath out-breath interval is the inner. And the outer is the out-breath in-breath interval.
When you are able to be there, you’re able to reference to the stillness, instead of what snuck out from the stillness. In order for one to take the subtle substance of something that has come out back into the stillness, to know that it belongs in the stillness, that it’s just a reflection, it’s almost like you have to make it oblivious enough to slip through the veil, or otherwise you have to keep acting it out when it’s too loud or has a hold of you, in terms of your ego.
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