Posts Tagged ‘bridging higher and lower’

John: The next dream is similar to the previous one, and it’s also a repeat dream, but this is the first time I’ve recognized that and been able to pull it out.

I’m with a group, walking along a mountainside trail. The valley floor is far below. I come to an open area where there is a straight drop to the valley floor.

To my surprise (which causes me to reflect back at having seen this happen before), a couple of young kids in the group just walk over to the ledge and jump off. When I look over the edge, and see the great height they have fallen, I’m impressed that they are completely okay when they land.

Personally, I don’t dare jump off myself, so I hold back. When I had looked over this edge a previous time, part of me felt I might do it, but I had a twinge of fear about not surviving the leap. And just that slight fear might have prevented me from being successful.

That quality of hesitancy, of fear, might just cause me to experience the worst-case scenario of what I imagine – that it’s a drop that goes on and on and I’d crash pretty hard. It’s far more than what I see my normal capabilities to be.

My attention shifts after I watch these boys jump off the edge without hesitation. It catches me by surprise. I look behind me and I see a young girl. She has her hair up in a bun and I can see she is contemplating this challenge: two people have done it, and now she has to confront her own fear if she wants to follow along.

I tell her she needs to let her hair down because, if she jumps, it’s not going to stay like that. I then say to her, “This is priceless.” Then I see myself going down to the canyon floor below to see how this all works out. I do not want to miss out on an appreciation of the full effect. 

What makes this so exciting is that this young lady is a combination of innocence, inner beauty, and bravado all rolled into one. All of these qualities are coming together, at the same time, in an effort to confront what most people would see as impossible.

So what is the meaning here? Both dreams (see the first dream, No Limitations) are about penetrating barriers that hold a person back from experiencing all that is possible – all that is available in a given moment.

In the first dream, the heart is measuring the situation. When the heart fails to follow what it feels, then the heart contracts. When it contracts, it’s felt as a constriction of its flow. That’s when we get out-of-sorts with ourselves. We can feel the change inside us.

In the second dream, the sensation is to let go – no matter what the height of the drop, or the level of the challenge – knowing always that one is going to be okay. Because I’ve seen others do it before me.

If I do not take on this challenge, then the heart will cringe. I will fall back, and miss an important step to my well-being. The height is really a measure of my personal fear about crossing a certain threshold. It can be seen that others don’t experience this fear in the same way.

In others words, the great height is a symptom of my irrationality toward letting go, or breaking through. Inside I know I can make it, but I’m still preventing myself from achieving what is possible.

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Jeane: In my dreams last night, the impression I have is that I am trying to find something that will complete something else, and it is a struggle.

At one point I have a ticket, or something rectangular – it could even be money. Then I have something circular, and I’m looking for the piece that completes it. 

Somebody is constructing something. I’m annoyed with them. Part of my struggle has to do with shapes, and trying to complete the building of something.

There’s a young masculine energy that might be getting in the way, and that’s why I’m annoyed, but I can’t pull out the details. I was working pretty hard at it.

John: The compelling energetic of the dreaming last night focused on trying to cause something to come into cohesion, or balance.

What you are doing is looking at some limiting barrier, inside, and trying to bring that into alignment. This type of dynamic gets triggered when a person goes through sadness or hurt, or experiences an aching heart, compared with a happier feeling of soaring.

In other words, it’s the feeling of great relief or of a breakthrough. It’s reaching a state of peace, happiness, or joy, when earlier the feeling may have been a quality of sadness, or an aching heart. Between these two states there is the search for the missing pieces, which could manifest as to trying to find something, or to break through a barrier or veil, or to bridge a gap that lies in the way.

If you don’t experience the aching heart (to find the missing piece), or if you don’t have the contrast with something exhilarating and joyful, then you don’t have both polarities to work with. One polarity is an up energy and the other polarity is a down energy (the aching heart). If you don’t go in both directions, or take into account both degrees, then you won’t have a dream like you had last night where you are trying to resolve the difference, so that the two aspects can come together.

This is how veils, or barriers, are transcended in life. The depth and the height are brought together, and the inner and the outer are brought together. By reaching an inner depth, one can then reach the height.

It can almost get to the point where it’s hard to tell which is which. This is the process whereby life is nurtured. To learn to live in this zone – to be able to recognize inside oneself the wisdom of those two polarities – and to live in a zone that pulls them together into wholeness… that’s a human being who connects to everything in life.

That’s what it is all about. That’s what is required. It can only happen through the human – we are designed to process in this way. So this is exactly how we’re meant to live in the human body, rather than spending our time figuring out how to either project or protect our own self-identity.

It’s a state of freedom, really, where we can flow freely. After a certain point of maturity, we can stop letting ourselves get smashed in the depths – the aching heart, or despair, anger, or sadness – of whatever our predilection is, which is just a symptom of us being in a contracted state and shut down.

It’s good if we don’t have to do that. But if we do, then we tend also to the opposite extreme, which isn’t a whole lot different, because that sets us up for a fall. When we soar to these unbelievable heights in terms of a sense of wonderfulness, without the other state pulled together and brought into the in-between, then there’s an imbalance in either direction. Either polarity is a flipside of the same coin.

It’s not a whole lot different when everything is working out wonderfully and you’re riding the wave of that, compared to when everything is all compressed and you’re shut down and in contraction. Technically speaking, those two states are simply thresholds of extremes that are flip sides of each other – the polarities of existence.

The veils all fall away when you bring yourself to face a challenge or overcome what lies in between. When you feel how to do that – and the feeling of how to do that is the actual carrying forth of that energetic – you can penetrate the veils and come that much closer to the truth of things.

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