Creating a Contrast

rubik-fig9In this dream imagery we have a wonderful example of how the unconscious uses things we know from everyday life to tell us a story. And in this story we have an effort to make coffee – to release something from its confined state. And we have cats and dogs with their different natures, and we have water and milk with their different natures. And each of these elements holds a certain energetic essence that we can understand and relate to, which is how all dream images are used in the effort of our higher systems to speak to us in ways that we already understand. In fact, each person dreams in their own vocabulary of references and meanings. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.) This post was originally published in December 2017.

Jeane: I had a dream in which I seem to be working in a somewhat confined, felt almost like underground, space, or at least a confined space with other people. It felt like there was an overseer somewhere.

It’s like we were assembling all the ingredients for something. It might have been something as simple as coffee, but we only had the dry ingredients. And there would be times when we would try to introduce a wet ingredient, but milk didn’t work. And if cats came around the whole process didn’t work at all.

But if dogs came around, it didn’t seem to make a difference. But mainly there were two things I was doing, one was I was trying to find a way we could assemble and introduce at some point a wet ingredient, and that was just not getting it right yet, although if you had a wet ingredient water was going to work better than milk at this point in time.

And the other thing that seemed to be going on is, on another level, I seemed to be searching for someone that I used to know. It was a woman that had actually been in a relationship with another woman I knew, and I could find the one woman, but I couldn’t locate what had happened to her friend.

So I was just struggling to try to get the whole process to work at all, once you introduced the final ingredients, or something, or how you could do that. And so it was like the two themes kind of got intertwined. But that was about all I could remember from it.

John: Well, what’s striking here is, cats didn’t work in the scenario because cats are precocious, and dogs are considered the friend. In other words, the dog takes and relates to what you want or need as your friend. It supports you. But cats are precocious; you have to win them over.

And water works better than milk. Water again is more general. Milk is more specific. Water is colorless. Has a more translucent, colorless quality to it. Milk has a distinction in which there’s an effect. Milk is often associated with a type of purity effect, but it’s a designed purity effect. Water doesn’t have any of that to it. It leaves everything as is. It’s more of an invisible overallness.

So you kind of have to figure out how those two uses of energy apply. A cat that is precocious is more raw energy than a dog that subordinates, and is your friend, and goes along with however it is that it’s trained to be. A cat, you can’t abuse a cat or it’ll go wild, more raw energy.

And milk, in relationship to water, milk I suppose can be a belief, or spiritual quality, when water leaves everything in its overallness. It doesn’t try to distinguish or anything. So water works better than milk, and dogs work better than cats.

And so this is all done in relationship to trying to jumpstart yourself, in other words, to try to heighten something, to speed something up. And so you’re not yet able to figure out how to make it fluid, so you’re settling with just trying to get the components together for something that can then take a step forward or be speeded up.

And, energetically, you’re looking at a conduciveness, so the conduciveness you’re looking at you’re not able to get it to flow. It’s almost like you know part of it, but you’re still sorting out the other part. In other words, in my opinion, I think you’re right that water works better than milk because water is neutral, and something that’s neutral doesn’t go off and perhaps go into any kind of tangential way, even if that tangential way leads to a greater purity or something, it leaves everything alone. It’s neutral.

And when it comes to speeding something up, you have to have a neutral approach or otherwise you’re going to disturb. You have to be very neutral in your nature or you’ll disturb, you’ll impose. But when it comes to cats and dogs, yes, you can be friendly, but you can also be precocious. If you’re friendly you can make yourself more acceptable and you can get closer to the situation, but do you limit yourself in some way by doing that?

And yet a cat can’t get necessarily closer to the situation unless it’s on its own terms. It is a raw energy that has to be pacified. That’s a tougher call because, in the short run, the friendly energy works better. It leads to more openness and helps facilitate the free flow. However, the cat energy is an interesting energy in that it is actually more contractive because it is pushing off, and yet when it is able to let go it has a more soothing, rather than obedient, effect upon things. It can have a more soothing effect. It purrs and everything. It gets into a nice lilt.

A dog always stays at a point of attention in a subservient way. A cat, when it’s in its raw energy state, is more precocious, and then when it chooses to intertwine it can let go and go into this interesting purring state that’s very, very soothing. So in the long run if you can work with the raw energy, the cat energy, you can accomplish more.

And so what you’re trying to do is you’re working with this in terms of the schematic of speeding something up – in order to see. So you’re using the comparison between a cat and a dog and water and milk. Now water’s more important to the overall, for coffee, and for releasing what’s necessary to be released, for purposes of something working as an aspect that speeds things up. And if you’re just doing this in a literal way, you can do it faster with dog energy, with friendly energy. But if you’re trying to do this to a greater depth, and you’re trying to have a greater depth with it you would need more of the cat energy, the raw energy that gets to a purring which reaches the soothing quality state.

So in the long run it’s better if this opens up before it seals, or becomes effectuated, in your nature. It’s better if you can open up to the cat energy in the process, along with the water. In the short run, for expediency purposes, the other works and the cat energy and the water can appear to oppose each other, initially. In the long run however this leads to something that’s a better end result.

Well, you’re not there with that better end result, and there is something about the friendliness of the dog that must bother you in some capacity because you’re not doing it. You’re still trying to figure out the best way of doing it. A cat energy is going to enjoy a dark area better than a dog energy. Yes, you would need the dog energy to try to get close enough, to create a friendly enough atmosphere, to figure out what the components needed to be to be put together.

But in terms of the actual release of the energy, of the qualities of something that speeded something up and can facilitate a greater seeing, the cat energy would then come into play. You would have to use both. So that means in terms of the water you’d have to actually use both, too, because the milk’s going to be important in the end, like a cream, to finish the coffee.

So you’re going to need water to begin with, you’re going to need dog energy to begin with, but then for the depth you’re going to need the cat and the milk. And in terms of the expediency of something, if you try to do it with just dog and water you can only go to a certain depth, to a certain point. To go to a greater depth you need to utilize the milk and the cat.

Some part of you knows that, or you wouldn’t have created that contrast to try to unfold. You created that contrast in order to better understand an intertwining – because everything is correlated, and when you live in a dense outer world you tend to look at this looking like that, and that looking like that, and you don’t necessarily see the correlations. And therefore you keep things distinct, and then as part of a process of an energetic release that is all pervasive in things, it has to be an energetic that’s composed out of everything in the environment. It can’t be an energetic that goes back and forth.

And, of course, there are qualities of things like the milk that gets ingested and turned into a product, a byproduct of all of that, which has healing capacities, nurturing capacities. In other words, you have to work with all of the components, some that are just generic like water, and then others that are refined like milk.

And a human being needs to find acceptance in order to function, which is a dog energy, but comes to realize that there is something so much more that can be found in a more soothing way, even though it may not look like it, when you work with the precociousness of a raw energy like a cat. So you’re sorting out animal energy, which is an interesting feature of the feminine nature.

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A Different Approach

We often see the resistance we are putting up, inside, when we experience the feeling of being chased in a dream. What we are trying to escape from is often a deeper connection between inner aspects, or we are avoiding making a brand new integration that scares us for some reason. In this dream we also see the outcome of such an integration: a new ability to utilize an inner power to move forward in a different way. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: As far as I remember about any dreams I had closer to morning, I think they were just about the headache I had, almost like how to work with it or something. I don’t remember that as well. 

But I had this dream and image last night and, in that image, I’m in this black buggy being pulled by a horse. It feels like there’s a young boy or young man in there with me, too, I don’t quite see clearly. And we’re being pursued and trying to get away – even maybe being shot at. 

And then the horse shakes off the traces that are pulling the buggy and goes down the road a bit, it stops in the middle of the road. And now it’s quite bright out. And then the horse goes down there and then he turns around; it’s a red horse, a roan horse. And I go up to the horse and it agrees for me to place a rope in its mouth, just like taking a bit, and I get the rope and I get on its back. 

And it’s fine so far, but then when the man, or the boy, that had been in the buggy with me comes out and gets on the horse, too, the horse at first slumps down like it’s maybe all too heavy for it. But then it gets up. And then we seem to get away, even though someone’s chasing us. And I have a sense that we’re okay. 

And then it’s almost like after all this is happening I see a flash of the boy that had been with me and I see that he’s on a train. He hitchhiked a ride on this train, is my feeling. And there’s this white camel that has come and it’s kind of laying outside the car he’s in and maybe even stuck his head through the glass, like it can pass its head through glass. So it can stick its head in the compartment where he’s hitched this ride for wherever he’s going, like, he’s just going to go on to the world or something. And that was the dream. 

John: So the dilemma that gets this going on multiple levels has to do with getting beyond a complaint. And the complaint is that something is too much. And when you get beyond the complaint of something being too much you actually can travel to other levels, you can actually take in other levels. 

So there’s a pressure on you. In terms of the pressure, and because it’s a horse, a horse represents power, and there’s a way of surrendering to the power, or going with the power. And that if you don’t it’s too much for you, or you have the sense that it’s too much – the power, all of that that’s going on is too much. 

Each of those things is trying to break through. I mean, you’re starting off in kind of an oppressed state, you’re starting off in a scenario in which the situation around you is not something that’s balanced. In other words, the flow is constrained. As you gain some sort of distance against whatever it is, and try to catch up with yourself, then it’s as if something is too much. That can be like a type of exhaustion. 

The key is to go into this stuff, you go into what you experience inside, kind of eagerly, not feeling like the whole thing is a bit too much. Or, otherwise, you’re accepting an exhaustion, or you’re seeing it as exhaustive, instead of seeing it as an unfolding process. I mean, this continues, you have level after level. This is like the first step. The first step was the whole sensation of something that is pursuing you or oppressing you. And that when you gain a bit of a reprieve from that, you’re then required to shift and break through and not be in a situation where you can’t quite catch your power, catch up with the power, as if something is too exhausting. Because this is just the beginning, there’s more to come.

So the boy goes into the future, that’s an image where something comes into its own. Something comes into its own and there’s a connection that’s made, and it’s able to travel. And as you said it had a whole futuristic sense to it. The other was like the precursor to it. It was like something that built up to a crescendo and then the whole thing is about something able to approach life differently. 

So, in the first part of the dream, you are oppressed as a woman, as the feminine, and not able to take on the masculine at the same time. And in the second part of the dream the masculine is complete. The boy is able to free-flow and has a rapport with his nature, which is more than just power. I wonder what a camel stands for; it’s probably like another sort of power, but in a different disciplined way. 

It’s like being able to venture anywhere: on the train, with the camel. It’s like another realm. So the horse progresses to a camel, and you catch up with a purified camel, not one that spits and carries on and acts up. One that’s well-trained, one that does the bidding, that’s merged with its owner. That’s attentive to its owner.

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Out of Containment

When we are born we have escaped the containment of the womb and are, in time, set loose in the world. In dreams, the energy of escaped cats – lions, leopards, or tigers – shows the power of what has been set free, and hints at the dangers of this new power unleashed within. Of course, if we are, in ourselves, lion tamers, or we have the ability to harness this newly released power, instead of danger we have great new enhancement. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So I had one dream where it felt like I was going into a room that was like a circular room. A large room with cages around about three sides of it. In the cages were lions or tigers, that you felt were almost like man-eaters or something. 

And when I’m there alone, at one point, I realize that one of the tigers has gotten out and I feel like it even disguises itself in the tiles of the floor. So, when somebody else comes into the room, I’m trying to point this out to them so that, as they go over there, they actually know that either the lion or the tiger is on the loose, or leopard – maybe it was a leopard because it had spots – that they know this big cat is on the loose because they could get eaten. 

That’s what I remember. And then it felt like the dream shifted a little and I was going with this person to an area to eat.

John: So, in the first dream, you just observe a bunch of cages and that a lion has gotten out of one of those cages. So, in other words, what you’re describing is something that has gotten out of its containment, and it’s able to dumb down its appearances, hide its appearances. And yet it’s dangerous.

In other words, you know that it’s gonna attack or something. That’s in keeping… it’s in the vibe of I got my pathogens and vials going that are outside of the containment field, that are disguised as if they don’t amount to anything. And yet there’s something more dangerous about all of that than meets the eye….

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