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Jeane: In the main dream I had, it seems like there are two primary ways to approach getting something done, and they are both represented by a small cloud, which has, I think, four appendages hanging from it.

If you move this cloud, or shake it, in a certain way, the appendages fall in a certain pattern and that represents a situation where something has been completed. I could get this procedure to the point where it was very consistent and well timed (that’s what I was aiming for), but each time the cloud had to be moved a little differently.

I could get it so that the timing between the two different ways, and the results, were very, very close, and either one of those two ways really worked well in the situation.

There was a third way that some people were trying, but that was an option that I didn’t think should be used. I spent a lot of time working the first two ways to see if I could gain more accuracy, or if one way was better than the other.

What I discovered was that the difference between those two was so minute that I really couldn’t tell.

John: You mean between the first and second ways?

Jeane: Yes. The third way, even though some people thought it produced a better result, was too rigid. I’m not sure what exactly was wrong with it, but it really wasn’t the best way to do it, so I just played with the other two for a long time.

John: So it doesn’t sound like you found an answer.

Jeane: Well, either of the first two options seemed okay. The third way wasn’t as useful.

John: Did the third one involve too radical a shift?

Jeane: Yes, it didn’t seem to work in the long run.

John: So, what do you think you’re describing? Are you describing something that’s a precursor, in terms of the outer, in the sense that there’s going to be some sort of backlash? You have this process where two ways seem to keep things in a state of equilibrium, yet there is also the presence of a third way, a bit more radical, which points to the idea that the equilibrium can’t last. The third option points to something more that needs to become awakened into life.

Jeane: Well, I would say that there are several ways it could work, but there’s a third way that seems too rigid to work.

John: If you were to try to relate this image to something in the outer world (that may have triggered it) what to you feels like it’s too rigid? Is it the military rule in this country (Egypt)?

Jeane: Yes, I feel like that’s too controlling.

John: That would be too controlling: it’s the power of the masculine and its ongoing attempts to control the re-awakening of the insights of the past. And where is the heart that exists – on some level – that sits here with no one paying any attention to it, and hardly anyone even recognizing it – not just here but throughout the world?

Jeane: I actually had another dream that I think had more heart in it.

John: So there’s something else yet to come. What’s being said through this first image is that you’re trying to sort something out, which can then be shaped or brought into existence.

Jeane: Yes.

John: And in this first dream, you haven’t really found a good answer. You know more about what shouldn’t happen, rather than how the existing dynamic should play out.

So your next dream is going to zoom in closer, I suspect.

Jeane: Yes…

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Jeane: In this dream, I seem to be visiting a series of old rooms that are pie-shaped, or at least they are as seen from the outside. I can go into them, and it feels similar to the way Egypt felt in that the areas that haven’t been visited often have many rooms that are outdated.

Elizabeth Taylor is there in one of the rooms, or is planning to be. Because there aren’t many rooms, I can visit each one, look at it, and come back out. But because there are so few people visiting, I realize that I can go in and start modernizing them, or cleaning them up, or do something with them to bring them forward in time.  

I might not be able to do a lot, but I can do a little bit. It’s almost like being in a museum: I can move forward and back through different time periods, going forward in and coming back out.  

At first I did it slowly, but then I realized that now there is more freedom to fix them up a bit.

John: I actually believe that about you: that there’s a quality in your overall nature that has this mannerism where you take what is brought before you, in terms of your attention, and seek to balance it out.

This is an approach that has an ancient quality to it. It’s not the approach of a naive person – you just are that way. You’ve taken on that type of responsibility and you tend to shape and condition your environment around you. If there’s something out of balance, or if confusion exists, you take the time to work at it – to bring it around into a proper cadence that you recognize, inside, as needing to exist. Is that right?

Jeane: Yes.

John: That’s the opposite of me, of course. I’m the bad guy. Was that the whole dream?

Jeane: A little bit more came in after that, but I’m not too clear on it because it was just before I woke up.

It felt like I was visiting with someone and we were having a dialogue. I even invited them over to a house. We weren’t really ready for company, but they came anyway.  

There’s a group of us there, and someone starts to ask me about a place I used to work. There were two supervisors there who were not good managers, both a man and a woman, I think. They were people from the past. I’m being asked about them because the rumor was that they were fired. I said: “No, it’s more like they were demoted or reassigned.”  

I was trying to look at what those two people were doing now. I was trying to figure out what they were up to and communicating to this person what that was. I didn’t really pull that dream out well.

John: Perhaps, but you’re creating images that are vibrational to something that’s astir inside you. Through this, you’re trying to come to grips with an imbalance in terms of how something in the past was done, or how a decision was made, that occurred in an unconscious way. In that sense, as in the first dream, you are taking something from the past and updating it.

Somehow you are now able to take a position that works with that prior scenario. You’re not doing it from a position of judgment. You’re being fairly matter-of-fact, in the sense of “that’s the way that it is,” and you’re okay with catching up with seeing things as they are.

In fact, when you do catch up with it, a part of your nature knows, or has a depth to it, that can work with that and seeks to work with that. It’s almost as if you’re designed to fall into that position because you have an understanding at your core of what makes things tick.

In other words, you’re relating to this as something that has happened that you have accepted. It has happened in terms of something or someone in charge, or in a position of authority, has mishandled a situation.

But, rather than being reactive about the mishandling, you seem to have reached an understanding. You’re able to look at it from another (deeper) perspective, instead of from a shattered, fragmented, reactive perspective. There’s a part of you that’s a bit reactive, but the depth of you is able to take a step back from that. Bringing issues from the past, and updating them to where we are today, in our wisdom and understanding, can be a very healing process.

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John: I think it’s worth continuing this discussion of why we do dream work to begin with (for part one, see The Work of Dreams).

Dream work is for the person who has the audacity to believe that there is more to life than their present condition, no matter what that situation looks like. It’s for the person who wants to take responsibility for their time on this planet.

Dream work is not for the faint hearted, because it requires vigilance about oneself. A person can quickly understand that there is much more to life than meets the eye, but in a very real sense, one has to give up this visible life in order to gain the whole universe.

It has often been said in Eastern religions that “life is an illusion.” How can that be? It’s our perception of it. We tend to feel we are separate from everything, and when we do, all our relationships, whether with a person, a plant, or an animal are viewed in relation to that idea.

But it’s nearer to the truth to see that we are all part of a larger system, or larger life – however you want to say it. The universe is a single life that we are deeply connected into, and we have a role to play within that. And that life exists in the visible realms and the invisible realms – in the outer physical world, and in the inner energetic, vibrational worlds.

To see the world as only physical is to discount the most important aspect of life. And this truth can come to us through our dreams, because there we can access our connections to the invisible worlds. Life is created through a constant exchange between the unseen and the seen.

Ultimately, through dream work, a person will reach a point where the inner and outer must battle for supremacy, in a way, and to proceed one must recognize that the greater experience, and the greater truth, and the greater aliveness is found in the inner life, not in the outer life.

That’s true because the outer world is a reflection of the inner world, so it is the “life” of the outer world. The outer world only exists because of the inner worlds. When a person does dream work, they come to know, more and more, that there is something deep within the essence of each human that is connected to all that there is in life. That is Creation at play, and the Creative at play.

Many people dismiss this aspect as the unconscious, and look no further. But the true seeker, upon realizing that this higher self is knowable and can be brought into life, seeks to regain this “true self.”

Dream work is particularly interesting now, because Mankind is on the cusp of a new age. This new age is for those who choose to be a part of the whole, who choose to step through the door and rise above their cultural conditioning. It requires being in service to something greater than ourselves.

For those who embark on such a path there are obstacles created by our education, life experience, and cultural training. Very few choose to confront these shackles – these limitations – and choose to do the work to awaken the inner light of their being. It can seem daunting, but becoming part of the wholeness of the universe is the only life worth pursuing, because it’s the life that the human being was designed to live.

Jeane, do you want to add anything about why you do dream work?

Jeane: Yes, because it keeps things alive. It keeps opening up.

I think the dream work is part of interacting with all of life. Just as we watch the external signs – what the animals are doing, what the weather is doing – we need to pay the same attention to the inner signs and signals of what is going on.

Ancient peoples knew and were much more conscious of the importance and subtleties of nature and energies. To them, everything meant something. It’s the same with our inner and outer worlds – they’re all intertwined.

John: So in doing dream work, you feel you’re allowing a deeper reflection? In other words, what happens in our outer life is reflected in our dreams, and what is happening in our inner lives can come through in our dreams. It’s like a meeting place, and a reflection, of both worlds?

Jeane: Absolutely.

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