Greener Grass

imag0922esWe may have grown up to think that we need all types of things that we don’t have, i.e., money, career, property. And while those things are highly valued in the culture and system we find ourselves in, humans are, like everything else on this planet, born into a situation where they are given everything they need to fulfill their purpose and function. So while it may seem that our fulfillment is outside of us, it is really found in the proper understanding and use of what we already have been given: our human design, an ecology meant to support us, and a universe that reaches down to us – if we reach up. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: In the meditation dream, initially I own a piece of property that is a bit on a slope, but it’s located in a good environment, or good area, but because it’s on a slope or has a little hill or incline to it, when I water it, even though there’s excellent soil, the water tends to gravitate down to a lower area.

What is fascinating about this is that the grass in this lower area stays greener. It doesn’t even require anything to speak of because it just seems to have the natural benefit of the area that’s surrounding it. And so it has me a little bit baffled because this lower area, there isn’t the focus and attention being placed upon this lower area like there is in terms of all that slopes around it, and yet it seems to be getting all of the same benefit without the effort.

Well, initially, like I say, I own a piece of property that’s on the slope, but maybe based on the fact of realizing what it’s like in this other more grounded, centered place of this area, and how it is greener, and more plush, without all the effort to water, I end up buying this, or end up doing a trade or something, so I end up with the property.

Now at first I’m a bit concerned because I’m thinking, you know, with all this run off drainage coming from these other properties, will that be too much for the center’s area? And will it sour the soil after a point in time, which can happen if the water ends up pooling down there and standing around? But it never seems to be the case. It seems to absorb just at the right amount all the time. It seems to be balanced, and the grass is really, really green.

And I’ve acquired this because I’ve gotten tired of struggling with the effort that’s had to be expended on property that had all of this to have to go through, to contend with the slope, and issues, obstacles, of this adjacent area. And I made the transition because I know that this other center property has more potential and consistency, so I’m glad to make the trade because this property seems to benefit vicariously from the care and attention placed upon the surrounding environment. Why go to all this effort on this slope property with all these obstacles, when I don’t have to fight anything?

So of course to get to this point I had to go beyond this idea that it was too easy or something like that and, therefore, there needed to be barriers or something, or otherwise what could happen would be too much and sour things. And, in taking this on, there’s something more that’s expected of me. Maybe I didn’t have to go through all of the steps and process and efforts like those did to kind of keep the slopes and the hillsides green, but I still have to develop this, you know. In other words, even though it’s able to just be, I still have to develop it.

And so I have to take a portion of the property on the corner, which is a wonderful green spot, just a natural grace or beauty that it carries, and on this spot I have to sacrifice that greenness and put a garbage can there, for pickup by the garbage man. And so it’s on the edge, and by putting a garbage can there there’s going to be traffic going back and forth to that particular spot, and it’s going to be sacrificed in that way. But it’s part of developing a property.

In other words, it’s a good problem, in a way, to have because it means the property, by putting something connective like a garbage can there, where there’s comings and goings from the outside to pick up and to relate to this place, it’s seen or recognized more.

So as I contemplate what has to be done, I’m again amazed at how much I seem to favorably benefit, in this overall way, from the surrounding condition that just rubs off on me.

The meaning of this dream is I am describing a scenario in life in which I am a vicarious beneficiary of the environment in which I am situated. The atmosphere is such that I benefit as if in the best of all worlds. Whatever my neighbors do to enhance the quality of the area enhances where I am at effortlessly.

The reason it works out that way is I am not carrying any restrictions. I am receptive, but not overly so. I am never overwhelmed. I am not ungrateful, and I know how to appreciate the benefits I readily receive, and I know how to conduct myself as a good neighbor, and gentleman, in terms of plugging into this community.

I am able to do so without drawing undue attention to myself. In other words, this property just is and most people don’t realize. Everyone seems to think you have to do this, that, or the other. So I just do this, and a concern I carry from having gotten so centrally situated is if I take this on in some esteemed way never factors in, never enters my mind.

The deeper meaning is I’ve come to know the true meaning of naturalness. Naturalness is a flow that accrues effortlessly based upon the day-to-day benefits that take place in an overall beingness. Location is everything, and I am situated in the heart of it all. I am grounded, but not overly so. Everything I need is there in the right proportionalities. My challenge is to make the best use of it gracefully. That’s the meditation dream. It’s a good dream.

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The Order of Things

John: In this dream I come across a small poodle-like dog. I needed to find this dog in order to help change a mood or state that I seem to be walking around in. I come upon this dog after having won a jackpot – or had some success in an unexpected way – but I can’t really put my finger on that part of the dream.

However, because of this unexpected success, I’m still carrying a mood or feeling that I sense is in the way of where I want to be. Somehow this small white poodle is an elixir, or a cure, for that. I have the dog and I know that I need to proceed onward to somewhere else. 

I’m not sure exactly where I need to go, but I’ve come to a little store that I think I need to go into. I have to leave the dog outside, and I’m not very familiar with how best to tie this dog up. I leave it on top of a parked car where it hunkers down on the warm roof. It looks comfortable and serene there as I plan to go inside.  

But I never quite get inside the store because I keep gauging the situation as other people emerge from the store. I only need to pop in for an instant, but I don’t want the car owner to come out and disturb this poor dog. The dog is lying on the roof like a small lap dog, and it looks quite comfortable in a quiet, accepting way; its demeanor is very gentle.

For some reason I begin to like this dog more and more. Initially, when I was going to tie it up near the car, I was feeling that it was something of a nuisance. Before I headed into the store, an older woman came out and I was trying to explain why the dog was there. She knew the breed and said that this dog was not a pure breed. In other words, she was a perfectionist. She said, “The dog’s coat has some yellow in it.” And then she said, “But at least it doesn’t have any mercury because that would be bad.”  

I pick up the dog. I guess I never actually get into the store and I still haven’t figured out where I’m going. But I do seem to be getting a little information here and a little information there, based upon what’s unfolding.

In the next step I find myself speaking with a man who’s talking about the spring runoff from the mountain streams happening earlier and earlier. He thinks it’s premature. Apparently, I gave given him the impression I’m interested; that’s my guess as to why he feels it’s important to tell me about the mountain highlands and how they are this year.

He goes on to say it has something to do with illegal crabbing. In other words, there are crabs in the mountains in the snow, and each year the snow melts earlier and earlier because the crabbers are causing a breakdown in the conditions higher up on the mountain slopes. Normally, weather changes would dictate the runoff, but now he thinks humans are causing the early melt.

He’s making the point that the early runoff isn’t natural, as most people assume. It’s not weather related; it’s caused by man pushing the situation to get a jump on the harvest even though this is premature and the crabbing season hasn’t actually opened for everyone.  

But there are people who do this more and more each year, and there isn’t any enforcement or protection of the rules for when the crab season begins. And there’s no concern about whether the habitat is being affected in a deleterious way. 

So, what does this mean?

Tomorrow we’ll delve into the inner workings of this dream imagery.