Posts Tagged ‘all religions seek’

John: In the next dream, I go to the opposite extreme. I have transitioned from a state of dense contraction, in the first dream, to a state of extreme expansion. (See the first dream here: Nearing the Top.)

I am picked up in a helicopter to be taken to a house. The pilot, a woman, takes the helicopter up so fast it practically stalls out the engine, and the helicopter plunges toward the ground. The pilot rights it just in time, with the helicopter blades hitting treetops and branches, but we make it through.

The treetops give way and don’t break the helicopter blades. I give a huge sigh of relief: “Boy, was that close!” The pilot, rather than easing up, presses the helicopter hard toward its destination.

In other words, she doesn’t give it a chance to regain some sort of balance. There’s no effort to get stabilized. It’s just helter skelter flying. The person I’m with, who is the owner of the house I’m going to, just kind of looks away. He’s not paying any attention.

I’m not able to be so cool, calm, and collected. I gasp as we barrel along, swerving between trees, crashing through bushes that, fortunately, don’t cause the helicopter to crash. Finally, we set down at the base of a hill.

The house we’re going to is at the top of some steps, but to begin with I just jump out of the helicopter. Man, I’m in a state of shock. At the top of the steps I yell at the helicopter pilot.

I say things like, “Do you have a death wish?” The owner of the house and another passenger just tend to business. They bring up the luggage from down below. I’m still in a state of shock. I’m not offering any help in bringing up the luggage.

As the owner and the other guest return from down below, I’m still standing at the top of the stairs. As I gather my composure, I ask the owner, “Is there anything else left in the helicopter that I can bring up?”

Significance: In this dream I’m shown an approach that is the opposite of the first dream. In that dream, I’m burdened with a dense, animalistic energy that inhibits me and can’t be brought on my journey. It’s like a weight that gets heavier as I near the top. I can’t come before the teacher in such a condition. Still, we saw that that energy could serve a purpose because it could function as a type of way station.

In the second dream, I’ve entered into expansiveness – I’m flying in a helicopter – but everything is chaotic. It’s not smooth, controlled, or balanced, but I am up off the ground. It’s not a flight I can appreciate however, because I’m basically in shock and consumed by my reactions. Again, I do get to the destination, but I’m not in good shape.

I’m being shown that I’m somewhere in between these two extremes. The denser, contractive energy is a feminine condition that seeks union. The expansive, masculine condition experiences the chaos that creates separation.

Somehow, these two states need to be consolidated in me. Both are trying to bring about change, yet they are doing so in clumsy, unacceptable ways.

I’m shown that I can’t reach my destination with all my familiar psychological patterns. I need to let go of the lower-self ego aspects, and I need to trust in the higher aspects that can “fly” me to where I want to go.

Fortunately, I had a third dream that consolidates these two extremes.

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Jeane: So, in the next dream it feels like I’m in the city and there’s a girl’s school there. It feels like there are gypsies around who might either kidnap the kids or take something from them. I’m worried that the kids don’t always know to be careful around them.

One of the gypsies comes into the classroom and he’s kind of charming. Then, one of the little girls wants to follow him to see what’s going on, and I’m trying to caution her that she shouldn’t just follow strangers.

In fact, I actually follow them myself to intervene and protect the girl. It feels like the dream is confusing. There are a lot of little scenarios where I need to interpret and understand what something means. For instance, we come across a wall and I think something might be buried there.

When I reach up it seems as if an old soldier might have died there but no one knew he was there. I find an artifact that’s left over from that time. It’s a small statue of a woman and it looks like there is a little child carved into the base of it.

I’m aware that if I turn the statue in a certain way, I can lift out the little baby that’s carved at her feet. It’s sort of like a Madonna and child, except this time the child is at her feet. I sense that it’s this little carving of the child that the gypsy actually wants.

I take the statue so the gypsy can’t take it. I’m trying to take it back to another place where I know the people; I feel like it will be harder for the gypsies to do something if I’m there. I want to keep the kids safe.

That’s the best impression I can give of the dream. It’s a hard one to hold onto, and it had a lot of dark energy to it. It’s even dark visually because everything is wooden – old hand carvings and things like that from a different era.

John: Well this dream is very complicated in terms of the stability of the vibration and the energy that is involved. What you’re dealing with is an essence of something that’s very deep, but in your attempts to reach it there is a lot of confusion.

The gypsy energy can be looked at in terms of something that you’re holding onto or withholding. There’s a sense to it of stealing, or trying to get away with something, in a way that can catch you off-guard. That’s why you want to warn the girl and get the statue safely away. You’re trying to maintain your awareness of what can happen.

That can be the way one’s world changes, too, if you think about it. If you’re too dependent upon something from the standpoint of expectations about life, you can get blind-sided by events. That’s like a gypsy energy that comes and takes away or effects things in an unexpected way. I noticed that you described the gypsy as charming, and that’s the way these energies can appear.

But you have to play the gypsy energy in two directions. It can have a blind-side effect, or it can also represent a defense mechanism, where you are trying to get away with something yourself, or are trying to hide something (represented by the statue with the small carved child).

So you are trying to get to something deeper in yourself, but in trying to reach that inner place, you are challenged by this gypsy energy that impedes your progress. It’s like the rhinoceros in the road in your earlier dream from that night that we discussed yesterday.

The essence that you are trying to reach is very precious, but there is some distance to cross before you get to it. The negative energy that arises from your doubts, confusion or, perhaps, even dependency on the status quo, combine into the figure of the gypsy energy that comes to steal away what you are trying to hold onto.

If this gypsy energy rattles you or causes you to lose your way, you won’t reach the essence you are struggling toward. It echoes so many allegories and fables where the children are on a journey, but they have to get past the troll or the ogre before they can reach their destination.

So, this dream is showing you some very, very subtle qualities that can keep you from touching that essence. It may be pointing to overall patterns or psychologies that might prevent you, in the sense of the way you feel about yourself, or of your relationship to the things around you.

Deep down you might be able to hear this essence all the time, but you’ve put some conditions on it that are stifling your ability to connect. That’s the interesting thing. You’re hearing the essence all the time, but you’re hearing it through the aspect of your gypsy reaction, so you are not getting it directly.

It’s a very interesting and complicated dream, so it’s not surprising that it was difficult to pull out.

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Jeane: In this next dream I’m working as a therapist. My office is upstairs in one building, the receptionist is downstairs, and then we have another large office in a building across the street.

Apparently, my client arrived at the offices across the street, and I’ve gone downstairs. My receptionist seems to be feuding with the receptionist in the other building, because neither of them will bring the client over.

The client hasn’t been to my office before so she doesn’t know exactly where it is. I realize that the receptionists are in one of those petty office struggles, so I decide that it makes the most sense for me to walk over and get the client myself.

I don’t want the client to waste her appointment time with all this stuff; i.e., having to get in her car and drive across to my side. If I go over and get her, then we could talk while we’re walking back.

I’m just going to have to figure out how to work this situation out. Perhaps when the receptionist on the other side sees me come and get my client, they’ll be a little more gracious about helping in the future. We’ll see.

It’s not real easy to cross the road because it feels like I have to climb up on an area with some pebbles or something, and where I have to walk feels a little risky. Still, that’s my plan for getting the client.

John: Now what you’re describing, through this imagery, is what the treasure really is (see The Treasure). We have been through four dreams now, from a single night of dreams, and it’s only when they are looked at as a single process does the entire arc of what is being shown to you become clear. (To follow this thread from the beginning, see Dream 1, Dream 2, and Dream 3.)

So the treasure, as it is revealed here, is for you to re-connect to all of life, with the new insight and connections you have gained. All the characters in this dream are you. The client is you, but how do you re-connect with the client? How do you close that gap?

How do you reformulate that relationship between yourself and yourself? We can see that you still show a certain degree of reluctance about things – you are the two receptionists that are feuding and of no help whatsoever. Yet, at the same time, you have a certain degree of determination to overcome the obstacles in your way and to make the connection happen.

And, ultimately, that is the real treasure: to create a bridge in yourself between the inner life and the outer life. That is a unique ability of human beings: to enable, or open ourselves to, our inner connections with the entire universe, and let them come through our individual life into all of life. That is the treasure that all religions and spiritual journeys are seeking, in way or another.

So this trace of dreams has painted this whole inner journey, as it applies to a specific aspect within you that is opening up. You are acting as a bridge between a personal, inner knowing, and the knowingness of everything. It’s really a fascinating look at the process.

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