Posts Tagged ‘being of the world but not in it’

John: Well, I’m again dreaming in ways that are kind of hard to explain, because the real energetic that’s at play and moving can sometimes be invisible, i.e., not a part of the visual imagery. That’s the way it is in this first dream, where I identify myself as an invisible energetic that’s observing the unfolding of events. In other words, I don’t “see” myself, but I’m there. I’m on another level, so I must be the energetic.

As the dream begins I see a woman being led into a room by a guide. This is a room where change takes place. To be at ease in this room, a person is required to make a shift within. To denote what’s shifting, I suddenly become aware of something trying to come through.

Simultaneously, the energy that’s causing something to move in me manifests as the feeling that I have a sore spot, like a pimple. I can’t remember what part of my body it’s on, but it’s bumpier than normal, although it’s not quite to the point where I can pop it. But I squeeze it real hard and it suddenly pops; a fluid from deep within oozes out.

This breakthrough enables the guide and the woman to go off to one side. In other words, they were appreciating this room, but now another level of awareness has opened up. They’re now able to move off to one side and still take in the whole room, without having to move around from spot to spot.

I’m observing this from an invisible, inner plane. With the shift, the woman and guide now carry a natural awareness of what’s going on in the room and are able to take into their beingness all that is there to behold. Before they were being overwhelmed by their physical perceptions in the room.

Suddenly, though, it’s like I take a step back and I’m looking at some denser aspect. What I imaged has a sudden manifestation about it, and I realize that it’s very loud compared to what had existed. This loudness sets off a reaction that veils the natural perception emanating, as an overallness, from the space.

The last part of this image, with the emergence of the loudness, shows how easily we can cut ourselves off from our deeper connections by letting our mind wander back into the illusion. In other words, if we are too deeply immersed in the outer world, it becomes a loudness that deafens us to our natural inner guidance.

But, of course, to understand this dream we have to look at two levels that are being represented.

First, there’s the level from which I’m observing, that’s on an invisible, inner plane where I’m not in the picture but I have insight about what is unfolding. Second, there’s another part of me, seen as the woman and the guide, which has an awareness of the overall space. But these two viewpoints seem separate. One is invisible to the other. The woman’s awareness of the overall is invisible to the insightfulness. And, what kind of insightfulness are we talking about?

So this dream is describing an energetic shift, which takes into account two whole levels of beingness. The masculine level of sight (my perspective) is in a hidden state. In other words, it’s a state within, or it’s something that has come down into life, but it’s still just a vibration and isn’t yet in a manifested state.

The feminine awareness takes into account the overallness, in all its facets, in creation, i.e., it can take in the whole room at once. So this is a shift, where I have a presence within creation (in the room), and yet at the same time, if I can pull the masculine back into it, I can connect to a deeper energetic insight that incorporates both levels. These two perspectives should be perceived simultaneously, like a type of combined wisdom, within it all.

What this image brings to mind is the Sufi principle of “Solitude in the Crowd.” This phrase captures the idea of a person maintaining their connection with God no matter where they are or what they’re doing. A spiritual journey today doesn’t mean going up on a mountaintop, it means maintaining our connections to the universal, through our higher self, in everything we do. We want to be in “the room,” without losing sight of our greater relationship with everything.

So we want to be in the world, yet not of it, i.e., not affected by it. There’s also the idea in this of having our “head in the heavens, and our feet on the ground,” in which a part of us is somewhere else and yet at the same time we’re in life, we’re in creation.

This sense of duality also recalls the understanding of the in-breath (feminine) and the out-breath (masculine) of creation. The out-breath brings down something from above, as from the crown that touches creation, and that’s like the hidden quality of the will coming through. As it touches creation, it awakens an awareness that takes into account the overallness, and each breath is said to be a cycle of creation.

So this dream touches on all of these elements through its imagery, yet the disturbance at the end shows that I didn’t quite succeed in connecting these two levels, or making them known to one another. Instead, the loudness of some subtle inner resistance interrupted the process.

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John: In the next dream I’m relying upon conditions to stay the same as I proceed with a particular approach in life. I feel that as long as conditions stay as they are, in terms of their setness in the outer life, I’ll be okay.

In the dream I see this represented by a person who has a deck of cards in their hand. They play with the cards and that’s their life. I’m able to see the hand that everyone at the table is holding. It would be confusing if that were to change. I’ve gotten comfortable with those conditions – knowing what lies before me, seeing how everyone else is – so I’m prepared for what I’m seeing.

The image in the dream shows me that each person has been dealt a similar hand of cards that they are meant to play. I’m aware of what they have. If I weren’t aware, then I would find myself in an awkward position because I’ve designed myself for that which I can perceive.

What does this imagery mean? It’s showing that I have a game plan that works – that I feel comfortable with – in terms of what is dealt to me in the outer life. But I also feel that my approach will only work smoothly as long as the outer remains as it is. I’ve come to believe that this is how things are (in the outer) and that this is how they will continue to be.

However, should these conditions change, then my way of life will have to change as it expresses itself in the outer. If things change, then my current game plan or approach would have to die to make room for something new.

By indulging in these outer conditions, as I perceive them, there is concern that this will result in some sort of personal benefit. That is, if I’m attached to this state, then I become like a pig (see The Game Changer). To let go is to be part of the great experiment and journey of life as it unfolds in Creation, without leaving any residue behind of one’s outer self to stink up the place!

Another meaning behind this dream, and yesterday’s dream, is that when I let go of all my (personal) identifications then, and only then, can something new from within truly emerge. Until then I am an unconscious piglet, proceeding through life based upon set perceptions as to how things will unfold.

Such set perceptions are always temporal and, although I have figured out how to cope, it doesn’t lead anywhere. It’s okay for me to get close to those conditions, providing those conditions don’t rub off on me and become my reality. I can’t identify myself with what is happening in outer life. I’m meant to shift with the ever-changing enfoldment.

In other words, I can come close to it, but can’t lose the ability to shift because being able to shift with life as it unfolds is part of the design. By being able to shift I help bring through the inner as a reflection of the next picture for Creation.

It’s a dangerous dream because it’s full of pitfalls. One can easily become set in some mannerism and then the process gets stopped. That’s why when we came to Vegas and were all discombobulated, we dreamed up a storm and even got physically sick. So much was coming through that we were in a state of bewilderment.

But now that we’ve been here for a while, we’re able to adapt to the new circumstances around us and find familiarity, which takes the edge off. We sleep more soundly. Once humans get their bearings, they tend to go along with the environment and, before you know it, they’re unconsciously advocating for that environment because they’ve fully bought into it – they’re functioning within the parameters of it.

When we start doing that, we’re shutting out the inner flow because our attention is consumed by a preoccupation with the outer. To whatever degree we’ve developed perception or clarity of the energetics within ourselves, we can use that understanding to free ourselves from being too identified with the outer.

Just that idea – being of the world but not in it – makes even the little indulgences we all get into work out better because we won’t be so consumed by the collective nature of things around us. It means not totally buying in to external events and allowing something else to come through.

You could say that the process is to take a human being up to the point where they can see that if they keep letting go, and quit tying themselves in and making everything outside of themselves of great importance, they’ll begin to allow their inner guidance through, which provides a service to Creation. That gives a person the opportunity to participate in the enfoldment of the universe.

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