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Closer to Real

htOn many subtle levels we cave in to the wishes of the collective during our lifetime, whether that is due to morals, or current tastes, or trends, for fear of the reaction. So to avoid the reaction, we decide not to do whatever it is we had in mind. That’s one thing in relation to the people and places we live, but it’s very different when it comes to our life possibility in connection with the universe. We must let go of much of what the collective deems important, or we won’t be able to make our journey. Again, that doesn’t mean moving to a mountaintop, but it does mean changing our fundamental relationship with the things around us. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I didn’t pull much specifically out of my dreams. It few days ago I’d watched a program on TV about some people in a law office that are breaking off and going out and starting their own firm. And the original partners don’t want them to, so there’s this fight for resources, or clients, or all the things you have to do when you’re setting up your own office.

And it felt like I was just dreaming about that; I was just observing what happens. I was observing all the opposition to this, and what they were trying to do to start up, and that’s all I really remember as I was trying to watch that whole process, both the opposition to it, and then what they do to get around that, or sometimes don’t do to get around that. That’s all I remember about the dreaming. It just seemed kind of discombobulated.

John: The theme of the dreaming last night had to do with what one goes through to come to know who it is that they really are or, in other words, to get closer to what is real.

And, in your particular case, what your dream is doing is it is showing that you need to, and are, breaking free of a kind of collective, overall entrapment. And to do that, and to be breaking free, has impacts that… well, it’s just how it is. In other words, you can’t go along with the status quo when you have reached a point where you have to come into your own.

And so, to come into your own, it’s going to have an impact upon your established surroundings, in terms of how it is that you’re seen by others in what is considered to be an established environment. And that’s an environment that’s established in the eyes of the collective, but it is not the kind of place that is meaningful for you. It is something that you have to break free from.

And so you’re gauging that in your dream. You’re looking at what all of that is going to be like. In other words, you’re looking at it from the standpoint of the vibration of what it’s going to take to jar yourself out of a kind of prevailing overall stupor, or spell, so to speak, that you’re under in terms of the collective outerness.

So it’s in keeping with the theme of the dreaming in terms of the theme last night being one of catching up with more of who it is that a person really is. In other words, they’re not the appearances, and they’re not the reflections in the outer, that there is something more, and that one has to drop this other in order to catch up with this something more.

And, in doing so, you have to do this consciously, not unconsciously. You have to consciously take note of what it is that is unfolding, and what it is that you’re doing, and how it is that you’re affecting things.

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A Recognition

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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Tumbling Down

house-collapsepNo matter how well intentioned we are as we make our spiritual journey, there will come a point where we have to break through some spiritual illusions that we have held as we made our way. It’s natural because we can’t truly understand the way of something until we get deeper into it, when we are able to say, “Aha, so that’s how it is.” This dream shows this process in the dreamer, where a meeting with the queen awaits, but first the “family house” has to be torn down to make way for what needs to be built in the next phase. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Then I have a dream in which there’s someone I’ve known since childhood, who’s planning her wedding, and I’m trying to facilitate. The fiancé is around, and other friends are around, and initially I can only do so much because at some point, around the time of the wedding, I have to go to England to do something with the queen there, go to court, do something.

So I’m doing what I can, but in the process of planning her wedding she’s getting really neurotic, even driving the fiancé nuts. At one point he comes to lay down next to me. He’s like just looking for some affection, or some kind of connection, and then that makes her nuts. I’m just trying to keep everything neutral, but getting a little fed up with the whole thing, too.

But it feels like her getting mad at me kind of gives her the energy to get refocused and start working again on what needs to be accomplished for the wedding. On the other hand, because she’s mad at me, now you feel like she doesn’t really even want me at the wedding – even though I found out I’m not going to be out of town after all.

Then I turn around and I go over to look at the house where I’ve been living, which is my family house, and it feels like I’ve been living on the lower levels of the house. In the upper levels are some monks who have been living there. And as I look at the house, something causes it all to start collapsing from the top where all the monks live. And it’s just kind of flowing down through, kind of like when you see a type of flow you get with a landslide.

It’s not like I have a sense anybody’s necessarily hurt, but obviously I can’t go back to the house. And this is causing someone who’d been observing the whole dream all the time to kind of reach out to me a little bit, instead of get wrapped up in all the types of strange emotions that have been going on with everybody else.

But I also have to get somewhere, so I go down an alleyway, or I’m going to down a street and I’ll be coming back to the house but, as I go down the street, I suddenly see that running rampant over the street are these prehistoric animals. Some of them look like small dinosaurs, and some just look like crocodiles, as they kind of sweep with their big tail down the street and things it’s like then they try to harass or get some of the people, or animals, or things that are going down there.

And one of them, particularly, a smaller one, starts to kind of want to chase me as I have to go down the street to get to where I’m getting, but at this point it seems like I really am kind of fed up with some stuff like that because I seem to pick up some small little log or something and I think I chop off its horn, or parts of its tail, or something. It’s something that discourages it anyway from continuing to bug me – just because I feel like I have to get past that street.

I don’t particularly really want to hurt the animals, even though they are kind of rampaging, but you have to not have them creeping up on your back, or trying to take a bite out of you so you have to whack them.

John: That last part is kind of a way that you have become kind of indulged, or indoctrinated, by some pattern that’s ancient and prehistoric in your past, that comes up and interrupts or interferes with the unfoldment of a process.

Now the process that’s unfolding has both a top and a bottom to it. The top of it is the queen: that’s the area in which something is in a greater realization in terms of something so much more. The bottom is that which is trying to be born, or married or whatever, that’s trying to awaken. And that part that is trying to awaken is personal, so that’s like in life. That’s something in life, and the queen in something of the higher self somewhere else.

So the part that’s trying to awaken has a precociousness about it because it sees this sort of thing as something that is happening with itself, and so what it’s doing is dwelling upon that in a kind of separate motif way so that when the conditions around it do not comport with it, it gets a little peevish. The part of yourself that knows that there has to be so much more, that yields to a greater importance, doesn’t really know what that greater importance is. That’s why it’s just referred to as the queen, that it has to do something for the queen. However, that process of serving the higher self leads to the tumbling down of a way of being that is meant to go away.

And what tumbles down is all these monks that tumble down, collapse in the house, and on the other side of that is what is real. See, that breaks the spiritual illusion and everything like that. So what you’re doing is you’re playing with this dichotomy between a part of yourself that sees itself waking up, coming into knowing something and realizing something, and in that regard you can be very possessive, and protective, and peevish if it interferes with what you perceive as a process.

But then you feel inside of yourself something that is speeded up. By speeded up means that it’s traveling somewhere, meaning that it is going to a greater beingness, that being the queen, and you’re trying to reconcile the two parts. Well, the carrying on by that which is getting married is louder. You have your excuses in terms of a responsibility somewhere else to the queen. You put the two together so that neither of those occur, neither of those become a predominant loudness, and you collapse the house, you collapse all of that which is meant to be in a stillness so that there is this greater overall wholeness that is there only.

There’s no house anymore. The idea of the house had something to do with the process of working with a higher self and a lower self, working with the queen, working with the getting married, and then when all of that goes away you just have a wholeness. Everything comes tumbling down and what remains is what is real. In other words, all the monks came tumbling down, too. That’s quite a dream isn’t it?

Now that importance all happened in the first two thirds of the dream. The other one third I was almost going to say hey, it’s over, and then I started to see that’s a throwaway. And no it’s not, it wasn’t a throwaway. In the past I’m inclined to treat it like it’s a throwaway because it’s all I can do to hold onto the forces to something else that’s louder and more important, but this was very important too because what this did is it pointed out what it is that you have done, over the course of time, that tends to keep you from recognizing this part that is so obvious.

In other words, it’s like your nature going all the way back to prehistoric time has gotten caught up in having to be involved with, in terms of an effect upon you, that has caused you to be thrown off and off to one side instead of catching this schematic that is quickened. Like in the first two thirds you can easily do this step back into this other that has its peculiarities yet, because your memories are so based upon those peculiarities – even though you may not have caught up with all of those memories, because like your dream is indicating it goes way, way back like prehistoric even – it has created an indulgence of your nature, in an abstracted way from the schematic awareness, and awakening, to something so much more, reaching for the higher self, or trying to awaken through the outer to any kind of spiritual conceptualization, all the Buddhas come tumbling down.

That’s the chemistry at play, and then the layer over the top of that was this whole background that you called prehistoric even, that basically held your primary attention instead of your pristine attention. It held your primary outer attention that kept you in a particular kind of trance.

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