Contending with Things

In understanding that everything is interconnected, we can look at the cycle of the breath, in-breath and out-breath, and see how it is mirrored in so many of life’s processes, and even can be applied to the unfolding scenarios in our dreams. Here we have an excellent example that shows what can be learned by realizing where we are, in terms of the in/out, or up/down, cycling of the breathing of life. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So, in the middle dream, which seems like a sequence to the first, it’s like I’m in what feels almost like a southern town because of how people relate, but the town seems to consist of what feels almost like antique shops or stores that link to each other, because they have a lot of things in them. 

And I’m kind of wandering through maybe following a few of the local women trying to figure out how these stores link up, and what’s contained in them, and where the food is. And I might get distracted for a minute by something that’s in there that’s old or interesting, but I keep moving on. 

And they just have that complexity that antique-type stores have. And the people seem to be interweaving their lives in these buildings. And so I look at where they have the food in several separate places, in two different stores that are linked together. 

And then it feels like I follow this woman out onto the street and up to the hills. At that point, I feel more like a man. We go up to the hills and there’s a kind of complex set of caves, and I follow her into these caves. You almost feel like some of them seal behind you and you’re not sure how it is you’ll get out. 

But we go in and we sit down on one, and, it’s like, if I have my arm around her I’m looking for a kiss. But then I realize at some point that she’s going to use that kind of yearning for a kiss or something to both keep a distance and maybe even leave me there in the caves for whatever she wants me to do in the caves. So I’m having the thought that I don’t think I want to go along with this scheme, I think I’m going to leave the cave, I think that was when I woke up.

John: It’s good to be able to have that kind of perception that knows how to recognize when something is going wrong, that you’re not meant to do anything with, or try to do anything with, because it is sitting in a modality, or frame of reference, that is adamant in that frame of reference that it’s in. 

And so if you put any attention to that frame of reference, you could get sick, or you could be hurt. Sicknesses come in multiple ways, it can be an energetic sickness, where something hits you energetically. But the sickness that can be an energetic sickness can actually afflict an aspect of the body because the breath and the thought of something coming through, is coming through into matter. 

So you’re playing with the two directions like you’re going to the south, which is down into life, which is the out-breath. So you’re going into manifestation, into the town, where the people are at. And you’re looking at how things are in terms of the myriad of things that exists that way. And then, of course, because you have the out-breath, you also have the in-breath. 

And so with the in-breath now you’re going back up into the mountains. It’s the feminine, the breath on the in-breath is the feminine breath. The breath on the out-breath is a masculine breath. So when you come down into life, you come down and you look at things, and you contend with things, in more of an animalistic way, which is more masculine, which is a thought energy that is more masculine coming down as an out-breath. 

On the in-breath, you’re going back more to the angelic, you’re going back more as the in-breath is the feminine path. The out-breath is the masculine breath, in terms of the general overall schematic. So when you went back as an in-breath, you went back witnessing, so the masculine quality that came down went back witnessing the feminine side, or the side that is more angelic, the side that is more spacious. You went back recognizing that. 

So you’re flipping the practice around, just like, for example, when the practice was done where you put your attention on the out-breath, and then there was no rising back up, as if the rising had already occurred, and then you come down. You are doing it the opposite. You come down, which is like the “al” and then “lah” back up on the in-breath. 

So you’re doing it in the Naqshband way. Done in the Chisti way of “al” on the in-breath, and “lah” coming back down is where you contend with setting in motion stuff that you, if you’re not very mature, or if you are holding on to something, is apt to happen. You supposed to be able to do that: come down and touch life, in the outer, and be in this other place simultaneously. 

So what you’re doing is you’re looking at this quality, only you’re looking at it kind of as a coming down in a Naqsband way, where you come down and then you follow something back up, you take something back up.

Whether you say that that’s Nasqhband, or Chisti, or whatever, both work with the breath. But you started with the out-breath, and came to the in-breath; the Naqshband’s way. The Chisti’s start with the in-breath going home, and then can’t stay there in the place that they go to because it’s too limited, or isolated, or something. And they come back down. 

It’s interesting, you’re working with the dynamic. And the way that fits with the prior dream is, within that dynamic you develop an ability to function in the two worlds, and you develop a certain way, and a clarity, and a depth for doing so. And you recognize that the witnessing way – without having to say anything – is the best. And the second best is the ability to speak with a certain clarity, or brevity. And that is often identified and expressed through a certain power of the breath that carries the focus and connection in a strong enough, connected way, so that it inflects. Still, that’s not bad.

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