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s-l300We know that dream symbolism is a language all its own. And if we are able to learn to translate that language, the information available to us in our dreams becomes dramatically more detailed and usable. Here is a great example of this: just the opening setup of a dream, the time, the place, and the characters, all contribute to creating the backdrop for an internal conversation that is meant to benefit us, and give us an insight into what we are processing in our life. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Carol: Okay, so here’s the first. So I’m in a beautiful house with very, very large windows and a lake. And I have a monkey, a baby monkey, and I also have puppies around me, but really the monkey I’m holding.

John: Let’s just stop right there. I’ll explain a little bit of the symbolism. So, the large windows in the house have two meanings. One meaning is, window like that, is like a type of illusionary veil. It’s like an illusionary veil, but you can see out of it so the flip side of that is that it’s meant, when you break that, to have a greater perspective of sight.

And then when you have the lake itself out front, a lake represents a quality of stillness. In a Rumi poem, when you have a wind that blows over the lake, that causes the waves, that causes a froth, that froth, then, is considered a vibration. And that vibration then rises up, and that becomes something in manifestation, that can rise up to even be a human being, meaning a vibration that has to live itself out is the implication of that.

So when you see the lake you are seeing something that is meant to reach a point of stillness. Now you have a quality that’s jumping around inside of you, that keeps this from being like a literal thing for you – and it’s the monkey. You like the monkey. The monkey is your trickster.

Now how is it that you see the monkey? That’s how I would say it, but the monkey means something even more for you. How do you see the monkey?

Carol: Actually, when you said that, it made me laugh because I think you got the feeling of it. In the dream I just loved him.

John: That’s correct. I know that. You love the monkey, and somehow letting go of the monkey, integrating this monkey into yourself, the vibratory beingness of this monkey into yourself, this is an aspect of shamanism.

Shamans believe that a person can benefit if they can catch up with their animal spirit. And a shaman believes that each person has a particular given loudness of an animal spirit, maybe a person is an eagle, or he’s a lion or something, and that if you can access the vibration of that animal spirit you can use that vibration in which to learn. In other words, it has a kind of prima materia effect, a lower-self prima materia effect, in terms of helping you transform.

But instead of it just floating around in there and being part of you, that’s kind of, okay, this is my personality and you haven’t caught up with the whole fullness of that characteristic. Instead of it floating around like that, a shaman believes that you take and you bring that to a real loud epiphany and then you can use that as a seeing tool.

In other words, you’re seeing through the eyes of the monkey, or seeing through the eyes of the lion. And so that’s why you have such symbolism that comes down from things like there’s medicine cards, don’t use them as medicine cards, but just use the meaning behind each animal. And the very best descriptions of the meanings behind each animal is brought through from Native Americans that used to relate and, as a culture, was closer to the naturalness of the outer; like a horse represents power, just to give you an idea.

Everything represents something in terms of an animal essence inside of you. To me, I infer the monkey as representing something of a bit of a trickster inside of you, which can cause you to vacillate from a deeper clarity. And that trickster is important. That trickster is important because, as you bring that quality to you, it actually helps you. It has a lower self negative side. It has a higher self positive side in that you bring that to a depth of wholeness inside of yourself, and then you can see with that. In other words, the trickster doesn’t confuse you in relationship to the expanse looking out the window at the quality of the lake. You can feel then the dance of the trickster, and you can use that as a medium. In other words, it’s a type of lower-self vibratoriness.

And the lake represents a higher-self total stillness, if you are able to be totally still as a lake. And in that lake you put a drop into that lake; you cannot pull that same drop out again because it’s in the wholeness. And yet the dancing around of the monkey is still separate from that wholeness of that lake, so it’s a type of vibratory state, thus a kind of trickster.

And you go through the vibratory states to get to the stillness. And so you have the stillness that’s meant to emerge, you have big windows that you can peer out into the wholeness of things, and then you’ve got the louder, louder thing, that’s why you love it, that’s why you really like it, lower-self trickster. You like this part of yourself.

It’s okay, and you should, like this part of yourself, but this doesn’t carry the final word on things. It’s just a quality that you can let go to. I’ll give you a similar thing here. It’s very similar to like, let’s say I’ve had just a super, super active day, and so I’m going to sit down and I’m going to try to meditate. Now I don’t know what meditation is, other than the fact that I hit a stillness. Now if I have this monkey energy jumping around inside of me, my thoughts are going wild about this, that, and the other and I’m trying to ponder and figure this out, and then having to sort this out in the heart in terms of where this is meaningful, and where this isn’t meaningful. Then I’m not going to hit the stillness.

The lake is that stillness. And yet if I don’t have that other jumping around, if I don’t have that, then nothing is going on. Then I kind of sit in a subjective state. In the, I think the name of the book is Kingdom of Man, the Ibn Arabi book, the scribe, the thing that goes back and forth that’s always right, in other words the monkey is always right in the highest level of seeing him, it goes back and forth, and that’s what that scribe is, that monkey is that scribe for you, or the scribe is that monkey for you. However you want to say that. It’s very interesting.

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im0We’ve spoken in recent posts about the nature of a saint (a person with spiritual attainment). But it doesn’t have to look holy, in fact the only way to get real spiritual development is to go through the difficulties of life buoyed by the strength of your higher purpose. In this dream we see exactly that: there’s no road to get where the dreamer needs to go, and what needs to happen seems impossible, even crazy. Yet, the dreamer trusts in her guidance and everything works out well, even magically. That’s what becomes possible when we realize and accept that something else is in charge. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well, as the dream continues, it shifts a little. I’m in a car now, and I’ve made up the trunk of the car into a really comfortable bed that my dad can ride in. And I have at least one man and somebody else in the rest of the car with me.

And I’m trying to get somewhere now. It feels less like being chased and that I just have to get somewhere. Well I’ve driven the car and gotten up on this part of a mountain. It’s not all the way up the mountain. It’s partway up a mountain, and I’m not sure how I got there because there doesn’t seem to be a road.

Because there’s no road, then I look around and I see where the road is, but I suddenly realize that there’s no actual road between me and where the road is so, what I’m going to have to do is go off the side; it’s like where the road is across a gap from where I am, and in that gap you’d have to take the car just down the mountain, with no road, and some water has gone through and I see where some of the area can be muddy or it’s pooled. There’s a wild horse down there. I think it’s a white horse.

There may be even a place where the car would have to kind of leap across a chasm, and then when you go across you could either plow into a side that’s all muddy, or there’s a muddy track that goes up to the left a bit that you could get stuck in – but might work. And so I’ve just launched off because I can see on the other side of that is the road I need to go the rest of the way up the mountain.

So I’ve launched off. There’s this wild ride down that kind of leaps across the chasm. I see I could plow into the side, but I manage to turn and find this little track. It doesn’t get stuck in the mud. Then, finally, it comes to rest not far from the road. I mean like I can get on the road now. And I realize as crazy and insane as all that was, that I kind of like it that way.

John: Where was your dad? Always in the trunk?

Jeane: Yeah, he’s in the trunk – in a comfortable bed.

John: So the second half actually contends with a getting it, in terms of not getting lost in a type of spiritual illusion. In other words, the spiritual illusion would have been the going up the mountain, meaning the recognition of something that veils you out, which is like an aspect of the masculine, that can have an insight of bringing something through – but there’s still work to be done in terms of fully grounding what needs to be grounded.

And you’re far enough along in the dreaming process of the understanding of how this flows, and unfolds, to where you could have steered the dream, almost steered the dream, and that’s why it’s good sometimes once dreams are really amnesic, yet you could’ve steered the dream into kind of a spiritual direction, or the seeming spiritual direction.

But what ended up happening is you realized that you still have to contend with things that are a little mucky, and sloppy, and whatnot. You still have to contend with whatever the dynamic is that has a type of flow that’s in life, that isn’t defined in terms of where the road is, or the path is, still has a quality of bewilderment, or price of admission. And, when you go through that, you just suddenly find yourself where you need to be – as opposed to try to struggle so hard to get there.

In other words, you do the opposite of what your mind would have had you doing, which would have been to try to continue to go up the road. You recognize that you have to step back and go down, and up, and around, and through the much and such. And what you’re describing there, what you’re describing there is you’re not buying into a certain aspect of masculine projection, either, because the masculine projection would always have you trying to reach to something of more of control or power.

And you are in manifestation, and you’re responsible for that, and you accept that, and you go into that, and you hold your role in that, and you go through that, and as you go through that you reach the other – and you’d have it no other way.

That’s the contending with the price of admission of things in the outer. You’re not suddenly saying, okay, enough is enough, and then you take and make this about face. Yes, you had kind of the shadow of the dog, of the friend, looking out for things quietly, and silently. You weren’t’ inclined to realize just how important that company was.

And, yes, you got to a particular point where you started to recognize how you could find an inner guidance inside, but you didn’t get carried away with that. You didn’t go to a great extreme in that because you realized that you didn’t have enough of a connection with that to trust it, to be able to follow it. You still are in a daze and still have to pay the price of admission. You still have to relate to how things are in the outer.

In other words, the father of things is still in the trunk, asleep. You could have tried to wake, or resurrect, or contend with that other, reach to the other, but you didn’t do that. Had you done that, you would have on one level thought that you were speeding yourself up, but on another level, only later after the fact would you have come to realize that you had actually just slowed yourself down. In other words, the concept would have been deceiving.

By going down the hill and through the muck and this, that, and the other, where no trail exists you reach the road – and who would’ve guessed? And you would prefer doing it that way because why? Because that’s the way that it has to be done. That’s the way that you know that it has to be done in order to hold something in terms of the overall. That’s an interesting way of approaching it.

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6-3Discovering uncharted territories is a passionate pursuit for humans: the New World, the  depths of the ocean, outer space. It is natural for us to want to claim new space. But what if that inclination in us is really built into our design so that we can bring consciousness to what is unconscious? Created so we could discover what is on the inside? Because when we shine the light of our attention into new places, so much more becomes possible – particularly for our journey. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So, in the dream, I am inclined to believe that I may be doing something wrong when I lose myself like that, but then of course when you wake up you realize, oh my goodness, it’s amazing what’s going on here. Because the dream is pointing out that in the emptiness, and stillness, and a letting go, I’m able to access within a place therein that I am able to merge into, and merge with.

In other words, it’s not like it’s separate, it’s part of me. It comes out and it automatically sweeps everything into it. And this is a merging into a wholeness that energetically permeates all of life, and it permeates it from the inner level.

That is why you don’t try to control, or regulate, the light because it’s controlling things from the inner level and you in the outer then would be imposing controls that prevent this from permeating. So the idea of it being a problem, in other words, the fact that it sweeps over everything like it does is just a pun, because when you settle back you see that there’s a wonderful result in being able to take in a flow, through one’s self, that is connected inner and outer, and outer and inner; it flows.

So that’s the meditation dream; so that has to be broken down. And so, in my dream, I proceed, or take you, to a past in which I had lived which is in Hungry Horse. And we go to Hungry Horse to where there is a river that flows through the area, and the river is at the lowest level I’ve ever seen, so low that I am able to cross the river to the other side, which is something I have never done before.

When I was a kid there I never did this. There are others there that give you concern, just seeing them. It’s just they were hooligans or something, but I know everything is okay. In other words, they’re kind of trying to like maybe keep this place to themselves and, once one gets over that little trepidation, as you look you’re amazed at the trail system that exists – that I didn’t know was there – because I’d always assumed that this is a pristine area, which is what it was when I grew up, unexplored, and it’s natural beauty had been untouched by man.

So we come to a place where there are kids in a small pool that looks wonderful. I ask if it’s a hot spring. They say that the water is only about 50 degrees, in other words, just barely survivable in a situation in which outside it’s still snowy and could still be part of a melt going on. It could be very cold.

So I go and check it out. It is fine. They’re bullshitting. It’s comfortable, but not hot, but the pool is small and probably too small for you and I. So we keep exploring, and I seem to separate from you and come to a place where there is another hot springs that is much hotter, and that’s kind of even enclosed a little bit, and when I go inside young people again, not old people. We’re the geezers over in this area.

When I go inside, the kids that are here are kind of drunk in what they’re taking in. You find the place. You come looking for me. You find the place and, as you look in, you come across as like an official authority the kids have to follow. And you say that the cans, the beer cans, got to go. And, of course, I know that they think you’re an authority figure, but I know that it’s not quite what it appears. And so I just get off and we start walking away – so the old geezer amongst these youngsters is leaving.

Suddenly, off to one side, I see like a natural slide that goes from this hot springs and, in the far distance along this slide, it comes to another hot water pool that is connected to the river below, and that’s where the old geezers are at. And so I say, “Why isn’t anyone taking in this natural water slide?” And they tell me that it is too hot.

I joke with them that it is probably fine. I have no proof of that, I just suddenly seem to think that maybe they’re kind of misguided or something. So, I have to check it out. So I get into the slide at the top and find the water to be wonderful. It’s not too hot and, in the far distance at the other end, I see people – that’s where the grownups are at, and they’re swimming around.

So it appears to me that if it’s okay at the top, and the water flows down and goes into that, it should be fine all the way. It can’t be like they are imagining. Just as a last precaution I decide to go over, you and I we’re going to go over, just to make sure it is okay.

So when we get over to where the area is approximately at, to my surprise, as a last step, suddenly we have to take a man-made elevator up to the top of a tree and proceed across from there.

I took you into a past in which there is a lot of power, but when I grew up there the power was deprived. That’s Hungry Horse, horse is power. This power place had been like a hungry ghost unable to get out from its shadow. This time something is different. A roaring river that separated the area I grew up in from inaccessible pristineness on the other side is now accessible. So now that we’re able to cross over to an area no one when I was kid had ever gone, I find it has become discovered by kids and is a wonderful place to explore. In other words, what I’m seeing is not what I had expected to find on the other side.

So then as I explore further I find a hot springs, I realize that this hot springs is connected to a kind of a waterslide, and it is from there that I can see that this natural slide goes a long ways to where it reaches a river way below, and this waterslide connects, in other words, from a youthful innocence of an energetic to the adults in the pool of their own.

So to get there the last step is we need to take an elevator up a Tree of Life and, from there, cross into this zone.

So the meaning is the dream is portraying how much I have grown consciously, in that I have come to access a dormant inner power within that was limited in what it could do long ago, but is now able to cross, in other words, to take this growth and go over into a pristine realm, or the other side.

In this area things are wonderfully different, although at first glance that isn’t apparent to the feminine side of myself, because it’s new and so you have your preponderances. That part is naturally fearful because this is an area of unknown.

Not only do I find an abundance of inner into outer hot springs that no one in the past was aware existed here, I discover that the innocent young people who are the first to find this place are kind of keeping it to themselves, so it remains yet in a kind of unconsciousness. Adults are too prudish or fearful or quick to dismiss to be able to know that there is something more. The energy consciousness of an inner youthful innocence likes it that way, and is inclined to keep it hidden from old souls. But you and I have taken steps in which we are no longer deluded, or fooled. In the end I am able to close the gap between young and old, and am able to handle the waters between the two zones; in other words, to make the linkage.

The way this fits with the meditation dream is that a greater mergable consciousness is now possible in that the time has come for assumptions about this being a no-go zone to fall away. In falling away life in terms of access and appreciation of what had been inaccessible inner levels unfold. Wrongful, or false assumptions, when they fall away, reveal a powerful inner flow, and there’s power behind that that connects old with new, or maybe you’d say new with old, and unconscious with conscious, or conscious with unconscious, depending again how you want to flip that, upon the other side inner level of my beingness.

Until it became possible to access this inner pristine place I was not aware that, on this other side, so much there needed to be opened up there again in order to realize, recognize, and appreciate how connected, how new connected to old, how above touched below, how consciousness affected unconsciousness, and that in general that on this other side the means existed for a greater fullness of consciousness to rise up anew.

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