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A109Eating ice cream in a dream may not seem to point to deeper concepts, yet here, because of the colors of the ice cream and the situation, the implications are profound. The human is the crucible where processes between the inner and the outer can occur. We are unique in creation in this ability. Thus it is part of our birth right to fulfill this potential – but we must consciously choose it. That’s the only way it can happen. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: In the dream, I have purchased two kinds of ice cream to take home. And these ice cream containers are like five gallon containers, round containers. And I’m with two friends. There’s nothing special about them, just that I know that there’s another man and a woman. I know that there are three of us.

One of the colors is yellow of the ice cream, and the other is melon, which is kind of orange. So I have a reason for having gotten this ice cream and that is, in conjunction with, it’s part of or needed in some fashion to fixing something back at my home.

Before reaching home I come across, me and these other two that I’m with, the repairman that is needed to fix something back home. So we stop and we enjoy the ice cream together before proceeding to the house. And we, meaning myself and the woman and the guy that I’m with, we all partake of the yellow ice cream, and the repairman he likes the orange-colored melon ice cream.

The thing of it is, is after eating the ice cream, there’s still a whole lot more yellow ice cream left than there is of the orange melon-colored ice cream. At some point in time, obviously, they were both two, full, five gallon containers, but there’s just a little bit of the orange melon ice cream left, and quite a bit of the yellow. 

I don’t know how to explain that because the three of us had the yellow ice cream, and he had the orange, so apparently it’s depleting in life in some fashion. And, of course, this ice cream has gotten soft and we need to get to the house, and get the repair done, and the ice cream put away so it hardens back up again. 

I’m eager to get to the point where I can have a taste of this melon ice cream. I know the yellow was incredible, but just based upon how the repairman is acting I know that the melon has got to be excellent, too, and I can hardly wait. Neither can he, of course. 

Just as we reach the house the ice cream has gotten real soft and, of course, when we got it it was hard so it means it was quite a journey to get there and the ice cream has been melting or getting soft. And then I announce that when the repair work in the house is done, we can all have some ice cream again.

And, of course, the man and the woman I’m with seem to go along with that, that makes complete sense, and of course it’s like they know that, how could it be any other way? This ice cream is melting, and we have to get inside and put it in the freezer or whatever.

But the repairman is not quite getting the memo, and he jokingly comments, and I think it’s kind of a joke but you’re never sure, and he says, “Let’s put it to a vote. Who wants to have more ice cream now?” 

And, of course, he’s the only one who votes for that. And then he says, “Well, I was just joking.” And I keep feeling he had to be joking because he has to know that we need to freeze it right away because if we were to stop and have a little now, whatever it is that we indulge in, there won’t be anything left then because the rest will all be wasted. It’ll all melt. 

And so the work on the house, if something like this were to happen, and had we stopped and partook and indulged, then what needed yet to transpire as far as the work on the house would end up being rather belated, because under such circumstances of taking on what was right in front of us – as opposed to doing what was necessary – the end result would be that there would be nothing to look forward to, or to show, when the task was ended.

This dream has a lot of meaning to it because the yellow ice cream corresponds to the inner consciousness, in which I come to know things from within as if there’s kind of an awakening or speaking of things about life from deep within. That’s the yellow. That’s the deep inner path process of what we’re on.

And, technically, from this place that I know that my house is in need of inner repairs, and that I need to find someone to come over to help. I need assistance to fix this. And then what I need, of course, is someone who understands the earth energies, and the melon, colored orange, is the color of that. 

I mean, it’s also the color that a shamanistic nature reflects, and such a person also carries kind of traits or mannerisms that bring about skills or qualities that the ordinary person doesn’t have. It’s almost like they have an alchemical magic to them, or something, because they can put things together from almost another in-between place.

And, of course, this is the person that I need to find, and I have the ice cream needed as a reward, enticement, connection and bonus compensation that is deemed part of what needs to come together. 

And so, as you look at this you could say that the inner and the outer are represented, the inner being the yellow, and the outer being the orange. Or another way of saying it, the inner being the mystical, and the outer being the alchemical – and then you bring them together.

And the container of ice cream portrays the two qualities that are important, and what’s important is there is a lot of yellow ice cream in the five gallon container yet, but only a little of the melon-colored ice cream. 

And that time hasn’t been good to the melon ice cream. It’s nearly depleted and, if it were to be depleted, then there would be a problem for the yellow ice cream because it would then all totally melt. If the melon was gone then, even though there was so more of the yellow what can you do with it? 

And so, from this dream it’s made clear that if we do not go into the house right away – the house being where the inner and the outer come together consciously – both will be lost. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to fix what is broken within the house. I mean, the bigger deal is this process that has to do with retaining, preserving, and further appreciating the inner and outer, in other words bringing them together, them being the mystical and alchemical principles of the whole. 

In order to appreciate in the future these two traits as one, a consciousness needs to be reached. By that I mean, there needs to be a focus and attention upon the inner and outer simultaneously. 

That occurs simultaneously because one has to take responsibility for where we are at. In other words, we are in the outer, and yet we do this as if we are also in the inner. We become more conscious, and we do this by way of breaking through the outer malaise, through the process of dreams and meditation, for example, and it is this quality that stirs something, that prepares or fixes the conundrum, which in this case is fixing the house. 

So that attentiveness is important in one, sustaining the “as above, so below” correlation, two, thus realizing the inner and outer as being intertwinable, to three, is all being a process upon which the mystical-alchemical come together to a wholeness. 

Other terms that can be also articulated in terms of the process are, one, divine and human becoming one and same, or two, creator and creation coming back together as one in the same.

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davidWhat does freedom of choice have to do with spirituality, religion, and God? One way to think of freedom of choice is to consider that everything has been created by something greater than ourselves, yet we are not enslaved to that greater power, we can do what we like. Still, it is part of our design to return to our creator, but we have to do it of our own free will. So all our choices matter. But the most important decision is whether we are living on behalf of something else, or for ourselves.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So now comes something that is very similar to your knife thing that shows the two halves playing themselves out in the outer. And yet to begin with, if I hadn’t had this to realize that this was the motif of the theme of how a perception needs to be and that you catch up with these reflections. 

Another way of saying it is, you have a dream body side of yourself, or a body of light, which is separate from your physical body, and in that is the dreamer. And the physical body of things that is the more slowed down manifestation part, is the dreamed – and the two connect. That’s another way of saying it. 

So in this dream, because the setting is speeded up as a result of the influence of an inner vibration upon the scenario, it is not acceptable to carry on as if everything is as usual. In other words, you don’t reject things and whatnot. Everything is meaningful. 

So in this setting there is a person who invites things to be thrown in their direction. Now is that a real person? Well, it’s kind of like a mannequin in the image of a human being. To pitch things out in the usual way would be unacceptable in this speeded up setting in which revealing something more is there as a potentiality. 

In other words, you don’t just judge what is happening. Everything no matter how ludicrous it looked is depicting something. So to portray this, you know to further what this looks like, it’s like you have a mannequin that’s like on a placard or something, and it sits standing up just like a human being, and so you’re told that you have to throw these feathers at this mannequin. And to begin with, this is like stupid except there’s a difference in what’s going on. 

The mannequin, because it’s on a placard, if it moves a little bit there’s a sticky side, and whatever you throw sticks along that side. And when the mannequin falls back, whatever you throw sticks on the other side. And so these are like projections in which you’re throwing something that’s like a feather-like object, very subtle, and then how it hits, it’s a little bit coming from the dreamer side as a dreamed effect, it’s a little bit out of your control because how do you… you know, it’s not like you’re throwing a knife or something which is very focused. 

You’re throwing something that’s more like a feather, it’s more subtle, and yet it hits the sticky surface on the side of the body, first on the left side or then on the right, or however, depending upon how this mannequin is turned first one way or the other, and when it hits that subject it sticks out like a quill.

And so when the process is done, and the feather’s stick out like quills on each side of the mannequin’s body, how this is portrayed or what this looks like, what it appears to be in its random way, is most revealing. How the feather quills are lined by what seemed on the surface to be a totally random action depicts, revelationally, the end result indicates something most meaningful about the person who had thought his projections were of no meaningful significance. 

The meaning is, is everything we do reveals something meaningful in terms of the aliveness of manifestation in every regard and, of course, an aliveness as a kind of “as above, so below” kind of way of being able to see it, the dreamer of the dream. 

So what was set up was like a meter. In other words, it was like a type of gauge between the inner and the outer, which depicted the setting of a person in terms of consciousness and/or unconscious projection. This was possibly because the setting was speeded up so that the actions of a person in the outer spoke of the dreamer dreamed aliveness. 

The results depicted in the outer were not meaningless coincidences. Thusly, that which reflected in the outer spoke of the way that the divine was coming into its world from within. The dreamed may not be fully aware of how this was designed, but a teacher familiar with this speeded-up inner process was able to see the revelational meaningfulness. 

This is especially true for those who he works with in terms of awakening the secret substance in their heart. What that then reveals is reflective of how the divine is revealing himself. The divine reveals himself in the world in ways that are so wondrous that, for a person with eyes to perceive, this being the inner/outer teacher aspect of life, to step back and react reactively is not where it is at. 

Instead you have to reflect revelationally. To not do this is to not respect the freedom of choice and think that something needs yet to be manipulated or changed, in some sense, as if there is an alignment problem. Such a conclusion would be an annihilation of the divine when it comes to situations like this. 

That is why it is said that when the spiritual path has reached a certain point, that the human being yet doesn’t know what to annihilate, but both the wayfarer and the teacher can struggle with this annihilation business. You know, they can be off on what it is that they understand because so-called imbalances are not necessarily imbalances given the huge overallness of what God is. And everything is God.

And a human being reflects that so you never know for sure what to annihilate when you get to this level of revealing. 

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As-Above-So-Below -8The theme continues here, as John’s dreams find him wrestling with the idea of removing oneself from the outer world because it seems to have little of value left, and existing only on the inner realms as a safety. Yet as becomes clear, it is the responsibility of a human to be a part of the manifested world. We have a role to play in its unfolding, as much as we are meant to be the eyes and ears of God in this place. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So the object here is to see if you can recognize how your dreams and my dreams are actually talking the same subject, but just in a different way. And that I approach it from a mannerism that just has a different way of trying to shake the bush.

So in the meditation dream, what seems apparent, or obvious, and it’s based upon outer appearances, does not correlate to what I feel is going to happen soon. In other words, what I’m trying to say is, what is happening in manifestation, because it’s working at the speed of sound and I’m accessing something that is its corollary in the speed of light, I’m aware that something is about to take place, even though it hasn’t come completely through in terms of manifestation.

And I can’t state precisely what is going to take place. However, I know it is going to be overwhelming. This ominous sensation feels like there is going to be a tearing away of everything that I had been relying upon as true. Consequently, I am not sure how it is that I should be, I guess.

It’s as if I sense an horrific sequence of events that’s going to be unfolding, and is going to dominate. For some people that I know, they are letting the fear principle dominate. And those people are retracting from the conventional norm and trying to step aside.

But I haven’t done that. Instead, I reside in a state of anticipatory shock, stunned and frozen, unable to determine what course of action I should take to withstand the inevitable. In other words, still, in that motif, it’s just like if you’re presented two alternatives, one is okay, and the other one is a hazard to your health, which are you going to choose?

And most people will select the alternative that’s okay. Why put oneself immediately into harm’s way? So, that seems to be the sensation, yet in terms of what is to take place, what is okay is temporal, because what is coming, the flip side of the sound – meaning the light now – what is coming, in other words we have this illusion that in the light everything is always a certain way.

What is coming is going to shake things up. It could be construed, I suppose, to a person who wants things to be just a certain way, it can be construed as even a type of danger – coming from within. Now if you try to step away from that, that isn’t going to work, either. And yet, what is coming you just feel in your bones.

And so it’s easy to adopt a spiritual illusion where you basically say, okay, nothing is important. Nothing that is happening in the environment that is going on now is going to have any value whatsoever, because a big shift is coming. And so you just hang out in terms of that. And you can’t really do that either, because that also is irresponsible. And the next two dreams explain or show why that is.

Because that is a type of, then, seeking as an escape hatch to go to what you’ve accessed from within, and hanging out there and letting everything sift by. And when everything sifts by, it is like having adopted an attitude that you can let life be and go its own course, and that you’re going to just situate yourself in another center of awareness, separate from all of that.

And if you seek to do that, there will be consequences for doing that. You will become insipid, you will become a sicko, and you don’t really uphold the wholeness. The next two dreams portray two images that depict that.

In the first dream, I am in a family in which I am like the visiting guest or maybe I’m a type of long lost relative or something, and by family I mean there’s a mother and a father and there are kids. And, because I am a bit estranged from things the kids, who initially might relate to how I am, come to ignore me more and more, and relate to the father, and hug the father when he goes to work to work each day, and says goodnight to them.

In other words there is a similitude that exists. But as time progresses, I become more and more of a stranger in this family. And what I notice is, is I am not identifying with things in the environment that this family is identifying with. 

I am simply there, noticing that I cannot truly identify as important or take on as a value that which exists in the outer. And therefore I cannot project what is important to this family role model. In other words, I am separate now, from them. I don’t mean to be but I have gotten that way because I have rejected those things.

I have become more and more of a stranger to the day-to-day affairs of the outer world. The kids look up to the accomplishments of the father, but as for me, I am doing less and less that is memorable. I’m hearing a different drummer. It is not a drummer whose identity comes from accomplishments or mannerisms in the outer world.

So I’ve checked out from the outer world. That’s the first dream. If you were to take and try to evaluate just that dream you might actually make a mistake about what it means. But after the second dream you realize that we’re repeating this pattern again.

This time I’m in a college classroom. I no longer carry the excitement for the studies like I had in the first year of college; that was a year in which I excelled academically. This year I find myself having a hard time applying myself to the curriculum. I seem to be present, but I am no longer applying myself like the other students.

In the dream, the teacher is requiring the students to do homework in which they figure out answers on their own, to an aspect of the curriculum, and everything builds from that because if they don’t do that they will not be able to follow the next step that the teacher is to teach.

And also then directly after all of that there’s going to be a test. And in the dream, I am realizing that I will be hard pressed to get a “C” if I continue with this attitude, when in the past I always did better than that.

The reason is because I am not sure if I have it in me, or if I will take and put myself under the pressure that’s required, and the focus that pushes me into taking this sort of thing on which is a type of east/west energy. In other words, getting into the minutia of the subject and intertwine this into my being.

I have gotten accustomed to just letting be, or letting go, because to delve more deeply puts pressure upon the heart.

And so the meaning is, is like the first dream where if I no longer stay relevant I lose a connection to others and find myself separate from what other human beings find meaningful, in this dream, I’m also losing relevance in that which is making things tick in life.

The dreams are saying, this may look like a path in which everything in the outer is left behind, but if that is what you truly believe, then in the final analysis you lose relatability to others and to the environment that you’re in.

The relatability to others and the environment you’re in is the flip side of the coin. Or, said another way, the outer is the microcosm of the macrocosm. Simply because the energetics are slowed down doesn’t mean that such energetics are no longer relevant to the whole.

The path appears to be a journey in which the soul lets go of the effects of manifestation – that isn’t entirely so. The microcosm is grasped, and more deeply appreciated, when a person seeking a greater consciousness recognizes the importance of creation. Creation is the greater teacher.

The macrocosm cannot be grasped without the eyes of creation awakened. To awaken those eyes, the initiate needs to be intertwined with what is going on in manifestation. A student is a student of all of life, both above and below.

To be in manifestation for the sake of manifestation is to remain spiritually healthy. To extricate oneself so that we shut ourselves off from what is going on with others, and what is going on in the surroundings – the first dream is about with others, and the second dream is about the surroundings – not only makes us insipid, and takes us out of the inner-to-outer flow, but it also shuts us off from the east/west energy described in a prior dream, which makes us irrelevant, insipid, and we come to be seen in the eyes of others as being a bit of a cop-out or sicko.

We also see this being out of touch and a bit of a sicko in our own eyes as well, but tend to justify this by admonishing the importance of this spiritual illusion. The spiritual illusion being that we have to die to this world in order to aspire to something or to take in something more.

Yes, you die before you die, but you’re still a soldier of both worlds. You’re not just situated in one dynamic macrocosm or the microcosm only. You’re situated in both the microcosm and the macrocosm.

And so there are a lot of little sayings that help you stay on track. Like one of them is, “as above, so below.” And there’s also the saying that a human being is the microcosm of the macrocosm. There’s also the saying that we are the eyes and ears of God in manifestation. In other words, if you died to manifestation completely, then how can you be the eyes and ears of God in manifestation?

And there’s also the saying that a human being is inextricably intertwined with all that there is. And there’s also the understanding, as portrayed in the Scriptures, that after God created manifestation, he still had one thing more to do which was to create man out of the substance of everything that existed. So, again showing that we’re intertwined.

And there’s also the saying that a true human being is a soldier of both worlds. In other words you die to what you die to – in terms of your overindulgence, but you awaken to the recognition that you sit in this world in all places.

And to put this together with my meditation dream, which is setting the template, I need to take responsibility for what I feel in my bones is coming, and not act as if what will be, will be. In other words, not the old Haight-Ashbury hippie mentality which is self-destructive and does nothing for manifestation, and is a poison that alienates me from the macrocosm. It alienates me from the microcosm. You’re lost in-between.

To adopt that demeanor is to act as if there is a north/south energy only, and not realize that the heart seems to also breathe in an east/west way as it contends with the condensed energetics of manifestation.

I must never forget that the condensed energies are akin to light in the form of sound. Sound is slower, but when speeded up becomes light. I am in a world of sound – if I ignore the sound and aspire only to the light I will remain estranged. The two are intertwined. 

The north/south energy is likewise intertwined because the heart cannot be whole if it isn’t able to put everything in manifestation, creation, the universe, the cosmos into it. We are part of everything.

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