One of the ways we get sidetracked in a spiritual journey is when we adopt a facade of holiness – often because we think that’s what is required. But it is only our connections that determine our divinity, i.e., our connections to the inner, or higher aspects in life. So it’s not a matter of solemnity, or robes, or places of worship. The journey is to learn to become connected in everything we do: tending a garden, changing a diaper, or talking with a person we’ve just met. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)
John: In the next dream, I’m shown why it is that I am vulnerable to spiritual illusions. You know, like staying in the inner and not going into the outer can lead to a spiritual illusion where you can be like something that is taking off in a rocket ship, so to speak, like your first dream, and then not coming back and not facing the reality of things in the outer, which is your greater teacher that shapes you.
In this dream, I am observing a woman. All she seems to think about is how she is photographed, and is constantly seeking the most pleasing and ideal conditions in which to have her photograph taken; in other words as she moves about in the outer.
She has to have the backdrop orchestrated just as she wants it. She also feels she needs to be smiling and always putting her best face forward. This woman asked me to take a picture of her. The last picture she had taken didn’t turn out that well. The lighting wasn’t right, so she is trying to have that set aside with a new picture.
I have the freedom—normally, I don’t have this freedom, normally she insists on doing it her way—but I have the freedom to work with the background, so I choose a spot that she would have never considered. This causes her to look a bit imbalanced as she tries to adjust. Because normally, if she’s doing the setup, she quickly is able to put on her best face and whatnot immediately and everything is kosher.
Well, because I’ve taken and set something up that’s caught her by surprise, as she is scrambling to get her act down, I snap the picture. This bothers her. But I explain to her that given time, she will come to appreciate this picture more and more because this picture is not staged and captures her in a more natural state.
So, then when you put the two dreams together, in the first dream it is easy to assume the situation to be other than it really is, when sheltered from the outer. Staying too long in the inner state causes one to get out of touch with themselves.
The way things are in the outer in their natural state is more important than I am realizing and accepting. I tend to be too removed. And when in the outer, I carry myself with a mannerism that is too cheesy. I’m constantly trying to shape appearances. As a result, the outer has more of a blindside effect upon me because I am not used to being as vulnerable.
As a result, things around me get more estranged as a result of my lack of an overall attentiveness. This results in a view, or way of seeing life, that is not as grounded as it needs to be, and a demeanor that comes across more distant and aloof. This all started with the idea that I needed to be more removed and sheltered, or at least control that way of being removed and sheltered, or as a type of defense mechanism approach.
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