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Connection and interaction concept . Mixed mediaIt should be great comfort to realize that what we seek on a spiritual path is also seeking us. We may be the seeker, but we are also the sought. And it has become easy for us to dismiss this idea and think that, in such a huge universe, how could we, as individuals, matter? But that is the first premise of human life: to respond to the call of creation that is built in us. And this is why we feel these strange longings, and get those moments of emptiness, because we are disconnected. That is the call we are meant to respond to; but it is not a wake-up club on the head, because it has to be our free choice. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well I had been reading a book about a woman detective in Norway, so in my dream I’m that woman detective. I’ve gone back to a small hometown, somewhere in Norway, to fill in for the chief of police while he’s gone on vacation.

And, while I’m there, there’s a murder of a man I knew in my childhood, and I’m investigating the murder. So it feels like all night I’m investigating that murder, going back and forth. But then, towards morning, I realize that I was the one that had committed the murder. Maybe there had been another murder that was like it, that was years ago; now I realize I did it whether I was at a party and I was drunk and I just forgot, I don’t know, but now I realize that I did it. I have to turn myself in. That’s the only dream I had.

John: That’s a good dream. That’s a dream in which there is something that is seeking you. In other words, you’re the detective. In that regard you could call it a higher self. The higher self is a detective. I mean that’s just putting a label on the fact that there is an inner beingness, you know some would call it God, that is seeking you. And that you are denying this fact when, in actuality, you turn out to be the one that is sought.

Now what’s interesting is, let’s do something with this because this is the theme of the dreaming last night, and let’s do something with this in terms of what is being purported in a way that is being laid out in a very subtle and quiet way – not meant to rock any cages, or disturb any equanimity, because everything that he does, including all the practices he gives and everything, that he just throws out there as kind of suggestions, by and large fall by the way boards.

Now what he was emphasizing, that I don’t know how many people realized, he waited until the last day to bring it up, and when it’s brought up on the last day you might say that there might have been a buildup to this from all what occurred in the days before to get to a point like this. And the point that he’s bringing up is not a way of being that is in keeping with the way the Chistis are inclined to see themselves. It is in keeping with the way that the Naqshbandis are expected to see themselves, but don’t.

And that is that there is, as your dream indicates, something that is trying to come across and grab our attention. And we may deny it, and be looking in other ways and regards, but it is nevertheless occurring.

In other words, in your dream, it’s the police detective and the denial, the denial that we dream, which is the way most people in our dream group portray it. They deny that they dream, yet in itself they are the guilty ones. They do carry that coming through them, whether they are aware of it or not, like to pretend that it isn’t happening for them, but everyone dreams prolifically and they refuse to admit that they’re the guilty ones. In your dream, they’re the ones that have committed the mayhem or the murder.

They refuse to recognize that this is them. In other words, the ability to bring through them something of a greater wholeness of their soul, of a beingness, that is the true them, that they refuse or deny because they choose to be lazy or asleep. And then he suggested, and of course this isn’t going to necessarily work but it might help, he suggested that they set alarms to wake up every 90 minutes until they realize that this process is alive, and quickened, and is functioning in and through them.

Well, just like most all the practices he prescribes, unless he gives specific guidance with those that he’s guiding that they start doing this, they are probably just going to hear this as just so much of all of what he represents and it will kind of fall by the way boards. And I’m not sure how much it would work, anyway, because when you set an alarm it wakes you up every 90 minutes, until you’ve trained yourself to be able to shift straightaway and drop, something quickly, which is what his practices were designed to do in terms of the thought patterns that we carry, you know, you’re just suddenly going to wake up and be blank because your thought patterns will still be somehow or another circulating in a louder capacity and be in the way.

I still remember how it was when I first started trying to realize that I dreamt, kind of also in this state of denying that I ever dreamt, and as soon as I started to realize that I dreamt I started to realize that I had been dreaming before and had been just purposely blanking that out. And that, for me to pull out the dreams, I had to apply what I call focus and attention that was very stringent because it was so easy for these dreams to be fleeting.

So it’s very, very interesting that you have a Sufi path that has, for all intents and appearances, gone along for a long, long time, refers to the fact that there can be dreams but doesn’t specifically direct one’s attention to focusing upon them like you have in the Naqshbandi path.

And now, all of a sudden, here you have a Chisti path that is accentuating the importance and even offering a technique or two to try to activate the significance of the dream world. And then you have a Naqshbandi path that has gone on accentuating the importance of the dream world, with students who are in a state of having pulled away from it and believing that they only dream when they need to dream, which is very, very infrequently – instead of realizing that, in terms of what is meant to come through them, that it needs to be very, very continuous, that you can have this kind of as something of a lucidity, from within, that is dream-like, with your eyes wide open.

You’ve heard the statement that we are the dreamed, and who’s the dreamer and who’s the dreamed? It just keeps on going. In other words, there’s the whole recognition of the importance of something that comes through, that is meant to come through.

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BalanceAre we always conscious of the role we play in the unfolding of life? Sometimes we need to be the pro-active agent of events and steer them in some direction. Other times we need to be a container of the things that are important – as others are involved in their unfolding. So we play many roles at different times but, most often, we are not conscious of these roles. But our systems know better and, in this dream, the dreamer is being shown that the best role she can play, in whatever is occurring in her life, is to bring to the situation a sense of balance – so that what unfolds doesn’t veer too far from its intended path. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So my coughing really got in the way of my dreaming last night, so I only have two brief dreams. One dream it just felt like was down in Las Vegas and I have gone to see the woman whose husband had just died, which meant I had to go over and ride the elevator up to where her unit was. And I had gone in there because I’ve never seen her unit before, and it was like I was going to meet with her and there were some other people there. I just don’t remember any details of that, other than that.

And then I had a second just brief dream, just now, in which I seem to be walking into an office setting and there’s a girl that’s come for me that wants some help with a budget. And a woman I know from New York, who’s apparently a supervisor in the office, walks in, and she’s a blonde lady wearing kind of a red outfit. She walks up to a file cabinet and she knows where the budget sheets are. I didn’t know where they were.

She opens up a file cabinet, and then she looks at me because, apparently, not only is there some kind of budget sheet in the file cabinet, but then whatever else I need is going to be printing out. She’s pressed something, so it’s printing out on a computer in her office. So I’m going with her to go get the forms for this girl so she can have a form to figure out a budget. And that was when the alarm went off.

John: So, if you put the two images together, what they portray is that there is an expression that flows through you, that goes out and touches something in life, and that something that it touches in life is something that is not generally considered where one would place an attention.

However, there is something about that that is deemed important. The fruition of which is not in keeping with the way that one might feel they need to take into account – under current circumstances. It is important from the standpoint that it balances out something in life. In other words, without an effect or a touching in this particular regard, or area, where there is an opening that exists, there is an imbalance in the overall equation of things.

And so what this dream is saying is, because the dream is always you, what it is saying is it is saying that there is something about the nature of your makeup that is designed to function as a kind of balancing mechanism, in which the effect that is brought into a situation is meaningful -but meaningful as a quality that is important to uphold a balance that is important in terms of some overall equation, or picture, to how something needs to be.

In other words, what the dream is saying is that what you’re able to do and see is not something that will necessarily comport with the spatiality of your usual ordinary appearance, or way of seeing yourself in life, or of conducting yourself in life, and yet the involvement, the connection, is important in that it sets in motion, or furthers the setting in motion, of something essential and important to the general overall equation of life.

So what the dream is saying is you are that component, that is and does that. That’s interesting. And because you do that naturally, unequivocally, it has an effect that awakens or infectiously sets in motion something in life.

Now what the dream is hinting at is that it is something that comes to pass. It both is and isn’t something that is tangible. In other words, it is tangible, and yet it isn’t tangible, because it’s also something that is awakening something, somehow, somewhere, in some way important, in a manner in which your graspability is still at bay.

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rsdTo be in the flow of life means that we surrender our attempt to steer everything toward some imagined outcome, and instead be with what the universe is offering at the moment. In ancient Babylon, their daily calendar plotted celestial effects for morning and afternoon, showing what was a possible, or a recommended, way to proceed with one’s efforts. If the heavens didn’t support something, they wouldn’t try to do it – until the heavens shifted to a more supportive configuration. But we don’t need a celestial map to respond to the cues and clues we get from our systems, and the world around us, on how to best proceed – we just need to take the advice we are being given. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So then comes a dream, in the wee hours of the morning, that kind of puts that into action.

In the dream, a new birth has occurred in terms of the group. I am coming into a dining room late. I’m not sure if there is much food left for me. I am informed that I need to sit at a table with the group in support of what has happened, in other words, like there’s a new birth there. Something is coming alive there.

The group is situated in a center area. In other words, there are tables around the center area, but I can’t get into the center area, plus I’ve come in late, and so the place that I find to be available is along the perimeter.

Because I’m kind of told that I need to support this, I’m looking for a place like that to sit. Ordinarily I would’ve been perfectly comfortable going off a little bit on my own. It would’ve been a little alone and awkward, but that’s my nature. And that’s my self-denial.

Well, even though I came in late, I assumed that there was going to be trouble finding the food I needed from the service line, but it turns out that that concern isn’t founded. There’s just enough of a little of this, and a little of that, that I get more than what I need. I even start off with a small plate, as it doesn’t look like maybe there’s much left – and I fill it with ease. And then I use a regular normal size plate for everything else. And it even seems to surprise the servers, you know, that I have such a full plate. Even I have to glance at it because it’s full of a lot of different colors and nutritional vegetables.

The main dilemma, after after stepping from the food line, is finding juice to drink. I mean I guess there’s some water, but I’m looking for some juice. And it seemed like I saw some juice bottles that others have claimed, but I’m now looking from where the actual juice is at, and when I come across where they’re concentrated, the bottles are mostly empty and/or contain juices I had never heard of before.

So there’s a bottle there that’s got a little more in it than other bottles that are there and I pour this into a glass and it immediately fills the glass right up, which was kind of shocking. I just splashed it right in; and it’s an orange colored juice called Lean, L E A N. Someone who is standing there with me said, “It is probably very good.” Just because I have never seen it before doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious.

I don’t see anything else right there in the juice line, that’s concentrated, that grabs my attention, so I’m off a little bit to one side, right next to the juice area, and I’m taking a jar, I’m tipping it upside down so the liquid can flow to the top. It has to strain to the top through the roots, and through the coloration and whatnot, that is there. In other words that is sitting in kind of a depth within, I’m trying to get it to come to the surface.

And what I’m planning on doing is I’m going to give what looks like a multicolored object, the liquid that can be brought to the surface, pour that into a glass and give it a try. I just assume I’m still in the juice area. The person who said the Lean juice glass is probably very good, comes over and says, “You do not drink that. This is a plant. You’re in a plant area. You only drink in the juice area.”

I pause and realize that, sure enough, what I am staring at is kind of an arboretum area next to the juice area. It’s kind of exotic. Well, it’s as if a buzz goes up from the group, you know, as if somehow or another they hear of something bizarre like that that’s going on, that I’m trying to get the juice from a plant, as if that’s intriguing to them, it’s fascinating that I would even consider drinking a plant’s liquid as juice, a thought that never crossed anybody’s mind before. It sure is odd, it sure is different, that I would consider doing such a thing.

Nevertheless there is something about this action that draws their attention to me. It kind of draws me in, in that it offsets a bit of my stand alone nature, that I am also feeling, that enables me to support the perimeter of the table arrangement for the group, which is more in the center.

So the meaning is, in the dream, I am flowing with a feeling that is carrying me along. Everything I need is actually in ample abundance, even though I may question that by thinking this isn’t so. But all I have to do is look at my plate and I have filled it with a lot of wonderful vegetables, maybe overindulged. In other words, I’ve taken it to a point in time that goes through what I would have, and was acting as if, was going to be difficult.

I am feeling within a stirring that won’t go away. It is this inner energetic that compels me to scope about. I find juices I need, and naturally find fascinating, the life blood liquid of plants to be like a juice. This is the inner space I am in.

I support the group indirectly as my attention takes me into probing the aliveness around me and learning to better appreciate it all. To my surprise, this endears me, indirectly and directly, to the group. It is a surprise because I see myself as being on an outside edge trying to look in, knowing that in the center, where the group is more situated, something in need of support is being born. Or to put it another way, my actions are able to point to something emerging in an unusual, non-assuming way.

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