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Alchemy-8As John notes here, dreams give us an access to the essence of who we are, yet they also can connect us to what is ancient in us. Humans have a deep connection to what has gone on before, through history, at the energetic levels. Accessing this inner wisdom is both a process that gives us deeper knowledge, yet also carries us forward into the future. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So, that means I have to tell my last dream, because that last dream indicates kind of that something is waking up.

And the ability to recognize, to see, to actually see how this is working, and that this works, has a greater, larger quality trait about it. The ability to connect to something inside of yourself in a way that is so deep that it just goes right through whatever it is that sits out there in its mutable way that kind of holds and effects the collective.

And you can change it, and transform things, instantaneously, and you usually don’t notice that you’re able to do that because it is done so quickly. It happens in the moment. There is no time delay and, if there is a time delay, there’s a way of rationalizing and explaining how that time delay worked in a logical format.

In other words, what is happening in the physical, and the way the world is changing, has to do with something that is set in motion with this kind of intentionality based into the vibration of things, which is clicking and it permeates the collective that exists in whatever neurosis or mannerism that it exists in. It goes right through that.

So my dream about it came across as a means of accessing something that works in that kind of way, or that has a means of a greater magnification of this sort of thing. But, of course, to understand it its usual trappings in the physical are perceived as a type of orchestration or magic even.

And so the dream goes off and portrays it a little like that. In other words, a person with jet black hair and a little white in the center – he’d have to point it out to you because normally he combs his hair and he covers up even that little patch of white, and so you just see his jet black hair as if one actually died their hair deep black, it’s that black – recognizes that I have an alchemical imbalance to my body.  

So he offers me a substance that he thinks might help, which I, at first, don’t know how it’s supposed to be applied. I think it’s like a soap or something, but when I rub it in my hands, my hands start to absorb it. In other words, there’s something about my hands that need something in order to bring them back into kind of a balance. And so he can see that my body seems to crave the substance. 

The next thing that I find myself doing is rubbing this through my hair. If I’m not able to take on this essence, my hair would turn white. The person holds a groundedness that is founded in an ancient tradition, which is access to regal substances or mannerisms. This particular substance I am rubbing in is hardly ever prescribed or used. 

I mean, it’s been maintained for ages because the occasion for its application rarely ever comes up, and yet this is a very, very rare substance, that’s deemed to be very precious, that has been handed down for ages. 

It’s now time for its application, and it’s as if this guy is really reluctant and yet, at the same time, is compelled to offer this for me to take in. And all he could say is it has kind of gotten to the point where it’s a matter of “use it, or lose it.” 

The rest of the dream comprises a dialogue that awakens me to the ancient meaningfulness of what is taking place in my linkage to this hidden art. I wake up feeling the connection because I am able to recognize this coming alive inside of me. I’m able to recognize my long lost connection; it’s like this ancient form of energy transmission.

So what is going on is, dreams connect us not only to the essence of who we are, that is deep within, that exists as levels linking up that we are not readily familiar with, or living, in manifestation. It does that, but it also opens us up to our ancient history in which a presence we have comes alive for us. 

I’m talking about a quality you might say is like a type of alchemical connection that, when awakened, is able to emanate out and touch manifestation. In this experience, I am feeling this ancient art coming alive. The taking in of a compound, that is rubbed over my body, that hasn’t been applied for ages, and is deemed to be of extreme value as a power essence, inner essence that has a quickening over everything, is presented to me.

This person of this lineage indicates that even though this substance has been passed down and been under his care for years, he can’t use it for himself and has reached a point where it needs to be brought forth.

To begin with, he even has qualms as to whether or not it is something that matches, or fits, or goes towards me. But he couldn’t help but notice, when he didn’t even tell me what this was about, he just had me put it on my hands and I rubbed it in and expected my hands to soap up and instead my hands absorbed it.

What this did for my hands got his attention, because he knew how it was supposed to work. But he also knows that if it isn’t something I am able to handle, that by rubbing it into my hair, if it’s too much for me to handle, my hair will turn white.

This person has a demeanor that is like that of a magician, except that what he does goes beyond magic. This occurs through his presence. There was no outward display for others to perceive or to see.

Then I kind of mentioned about how things are vibrationally affected, and how everything is affected instantaneously when you maintain a certain focus and attention, if the attention is strong enough that is. And in probing this, an experience was evoked from within to indicate that what I am referring to is an ancient art that is unnoticed and unappreciated in life. It’s lost, in other words.

Most people, if they were to ever come across something like this, would have no way of putting it into a reference so that it would be seen as something like an intertwined magic or something. And I apparently crossed a kind of threshold towards this yesterday and, as a result, invoked this inner image as an experience.

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In this conversation between John and Ann, an archetypal dream scenario unfolds. (This recording does have some difficult passages, in terms of audio quality, but the text is provided to clarify any uncertain wording. It’s a journey worth pursuing! At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: It was another active night of dreaming. Did you dream actively too?

Ann: Well, I wrote it up here this morning because I finally was able to put my finger on it. The dream theme has been organizing. It’s like there are three parts to the organization and every night it’s been different dreams, very in depth, but organizing, and it has to do with three.

Like one night I was dreaming and organizing people into these three groups…

John: When you’re working with three you’re shifting something in. One step links to the next step links to the next step and what’s really, really unusual, that even a lot of teachers don’t notice, is that there actually is a fourth step. But mostly it’s three steps over and over again.

The first step is good for your foundation, the second step puts you into an aspect of how you correlate a motion with it, but aren’t necessarily conscious, but are unfolding nevertheless in that regard, and the third step is generally a breakthrough.

So let’s see how you did it.

Ann: Okay. In one of the first dreams I just remember that there were groups of people and I didn’t necessarily know the people, but I had to organize the people into these three groups. And so at one point I remember shifting some of the people around and moving them and thinking well no, that’s not quite right, and then finally, towards the end of that particular dream, I’d stand back and think okay, now that’s the way it should be.

John: It is said that on this path we are the designers, and what you’re doing is you’re shaping something. You’re attempting to tune in to a center of listening that knows how something is meant to be.

In other words, how it’s to be contained, or how it’s to be in the overall. That’s the general motif that you, so to speak, feel in your bones, or in other words, whenever I say that one’s feeling this so to speak in their bones, and so you go around and around to try to get it to come out or to flow or to come together, it’s like something that’s felt in the bones is like an inner vibration that is trying to live through you.

In other words, the way you live in the outer is one thing, identifying with your senses and how you perceive off of that and such. This other is like a whole other dimension that has you taking on, if one was describing it in a shamanistic way, your spot, your point in the whole. In other words, how it is that everything cycles. It’s like you being the essence and everything’s cycled around that, is perhaps another way of saying it.

That’s not quite right because everything is the wholeness. Nothing is distinguishable, but it’s how it kind of can be inclined to feel when you are trying to pull it all together.

So how does it work in the second dream?

Ann: The second dream earlier this week, I had lists of things and I had files and lists and I was trying to organize these things into these three lists. I just remember three kept coming up.

John: That trait that you’re describing is what the teacher says is the greatest problem for the feminine. The masculine is another word for it, that its greatest problem, and there are actually two things that are considered the big problem for the feminine, and you’re doing the second here. You’re not able to stop your doingness.

In other words, the feminine is a container energy, but then it can get lost in the minutia of its doingness, where it’s got this and this and this and that and that and that. So you have this central thing that is pushing you, the essence of something trying to come through that’s pushing you, and the way you’re working with it is you’re making your lists to try to pull it together, thinking that the list will pull it together.

Actually what happens is you kill the energy that way, but you make it so mundane, you make it so tight, you make it so dense that you put yourself in a mud puddle of suffering. You know, in trying to make the list work because the list format won’t work, because the list format is based upon how all of this needs to portray itself in the outer.

See, the vibration is an innerness coming in, and the list is an attempt to orchestrate that in the outer. I mean, this is the best you can do to catch up with it. I mean, you’ve done your best to try to contain the whole essence of what it is that’s in your bones so to speak, and because you’re in the outer your faculties come to bear then, and try to make lists to help it, but everything is being done in relationship to the outer, which is the reflective deadness of things.

And once in a while you get a break and something actually kind of works, and that spoils you. Because it’s kind of like maybe more by accident, because the inner is what is alive and the outer is the reflective or the dormant, and most of the time it’s on a slightly different tango. So, that’s how you are trying to work with it. Now let’s see if the third aspect shows you making the breakthrough.

Ann: Yeah, this is the last dream I had last night and so I’m kind of like sitting, I’m sitting at like a table or something, and I’m looking up at this great big screen and it’s like you know how you have documents on your computer and you have them in icons?

I had these icons and I kept moving them around and moving them around and thinking okay, I can’t quite get this but I was moving them around knowing that they were supposed to sort of be in a sequence or something, and all of a sudden it was like I moved them and I just sat there and I said, “Oh, I got it, I got it,” and then I woke up.

John: Huh. Now that would be different for the masculine than for the feminine. No wonder I created such a reaction when I was playing with this idea of the mystic versus the alchemist.

It’s the masculine needs to figure out how to be the alchemist. The feminine is naturally the alchemist. It’s the feminine that needs to figure out how to be the mystic, how to see.

That’s what you’re doing is you get to the point where aha, you see, and… I don’t know, this is so simple. I am surprised I didn’t make this correlation before, because a lot of times when I’m talking to the feminine, suddenly there’s the aha moment, the light bulb moment.

It is really pronounced with this little old lady that I talk to that’s like 70 some years old, and she’ll quibble and struggle with how it is that she perceives because she’s had a lifetime of experiences. And often times I’m just trying to get this to come through, trying to get this to come through, and all of a sudden maybe I trip through whatever the barrier is.

Usually it doesn’t work that way to try to press something through, but she’s got such a good heart that it can happen that way too. And so when it does, it’s like you just hear this huge in-breath, ahh, it’s an aha moment. She got it, and it doesn’t mean she can hold onto it. It was a very fast flash. It’s a sight. It’s a seeing.

And then the tendency is her basic nature is so slower and so she could fall back and it can veil right up again, and so I’m learning to try to figure out how to do this more smoothly because I have to jam it through. It runs counter to a person’s assimilation process.

So what was happening in your particular case was you were going at this at a pace, where first of all you are confronted with what it is that is your greater responsibility in terms of who and what you really are. That’s your first dream, where you are feeling it in the bones.

But because you’re in the outer, and not on the inner, because you’re in the physical body, you’re trying to sort this out by working with the outer characteristics, and so you are trying to rearrange that. You’re making your list. You’re thinking that this way you’ll catch up with it.

But that approach is disrespectful to the inner, because it’s the inner where the attention needs to be placed, and not in the outer. The outer is reflective of the inner. Yes, on some level you can say that the inner and the outer come together, but that’s just like light and sound are, you know, a way of looking at it they’re just at different speeds.

And in the last, you pull together the inner and the outer with your aha moment, with that flash that you got. That works that way over and over and over and over and over again. You need that inflection. You need that sight.

This is something that I pondered, and how funny I never made the association with the masculine and feminine like this before, I’ve made the association in terms of thinking, feeling, intuition, and sensation.

And I identify in myself the sensation being the imbalance, and when it’s in balance I have more of an alchemical side working. I’ve often noticed that when a woman is very subjected and holds something inside of herself as a great knowingness, that needs to be jostled through, that it’s almost like her thinking function is jumping around and when it suddenly hits and then out through the intuitional flash comes the knowing, that’s like a sight.

And that works for her. The trigger being the thinking, and in this case, the intuition being the knowingness that just comes through. And then can you hold that pace, that speed? Because the tendency is, because we live in the 99.9% world of senses, is the tendency then to go back to that world of sound, so to speak, instead of the world of light, the world where you mystically see it and get it. You mystically seeing something and getting it, causes it to come through.

The masculine being able to take what it sees and somehow or another function with it, in terms of the outer, that’s the alchemical linkage. Strictly speaking the alchemical is the feminine, but she doesn’t have the masculine. Strictly speaking the masculine is the mystical, the mystic, that doesn’t have the alchemical.

It is very interesting. What happens is you tend to have to, if you’re a woman, you have to find the masculine side of yourself, which is that light, that spark.

In other words, it is like it comes down. It’s like a seed thought or something. It comes down and it finds its correspondence on the plains of wholeness. Now, if you don’t have a greater relationship or connection with that, then you fiddle around and with your moods and mannerisms you make your checklist, and you’re caught up in your doingness.

And it ain’t gonna go very far. Well, you know… It nauseates you. I mean, you know, usually you find yourself all worn out. It should have worked. I mean, you know, you took great care in making these lists, and these lists made sense because you did hear something in the bones so to speak from which to generate the list.

Now, where one gets into trouble is it’s a little bit like the gambler, like the gambler that goes down let’s say and he gets on the slot machine and he hits the jackpot. He shouldn’t of course, statistically he’s going to lose, but once he hit this jackpot he gets to imagine he’s infallible and so he thinks he can repeat this over and over and over again, and now he’s hooked and now he’s lost.

Well, the same thing can happen when you feel something in your bones and you start to make your checklist. Sometimes something is still kind of alive yet, in the outer reflection, that does correspond a wee bit to this inner thing, and when that hits then you get to thinking that it works that way.

It was only by accident that it worked that way, that that something at the slower vibration hadn’t been left behind or something, that things had moved on or whatever, in terms of the speed of things, and so you then are inclined to indulge even more. And you’re inclined to put up barriers, hissy fit barriers to fight to make that work.

I mean, you’re right – these lists have gotta make it work. You’ve done your thing. These lists is where it’s at, and it’s only when you settle back that you can come to recognize that it’s this light bulb flash.

There are other ways of describing it too. Take for example dream interpretation. It’s almost somewhat of a list orientation, if you take a dream and try to understand it in terms of its symbolism.

However, the light of it, or the flash of it, comes from a knowingness that is on a mystical level. You just know it, and if you take and apply the symbolism, sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re wrong.

And so what happens is most places where you have dream interpretation you have what this means and what that means kind of thing, and you have that kind of twisted perception.

It never jumps to the inner. It jumps to the outer correlation, which sometimes is okay and sometimes is not, but if you really feel it, it’s always missing something. It’s missing the overdrive. It’s missing the greater meaning. It might have a bit of a lesser meaning, and sometimes it misses that completely too, because things have passed it by. It’s dead energy, because it’s reflective.

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