Posts Tagged ‘bringing our darkness into the light’

Jeane: In the next dream, it feels like I’m in a large house with a lot of people of all different ages. I seem to know many of them from the days when I did seminars in New York City. There are only a few things I really remember from the dream because of all the people coming and going.

One is that I have a son who’s very young. It feels like I have to carry him around part of the time, but sometimes he seems able to walk. One of the peculiarities is that, now and then, he would find some hand grenades and he would pull the pin out of one of them. I would just be waiting for it to blow up, but it didn’t blow up.

Then my son would place the grenade in different places, perhaps tucked in some blankets, where someone else might come and find it. I never knew what was going to happen. I never saw the grenade blow up, but I didn’t know what to do except pick my son up and hold him, or get the other kids out of the room.  

I kept thinking maybe I could pick up the grenade and throw it, but what if it happened to go off at that moment? I never knew what to do about the grenade.  

The other thing I really remember about the dream is that, at one point, I went into a backyard and there was a stream that ran through the area. It was actually almost like a canal of green water.

At first I thought the water was dark green from algae, when there isn’t enough oxygen and it’s sort of scummy. Another time I went back and I thought I saw a dead water bug there except that it was much larger – it looked almost like a huge dead spider – but it actually started swimming underwater, so it was okay.

There were two of them. Someone picked up a frog and I thought it looked dead too, but then it started swimming away. At that point I noticed that the water had become all cleaned up and it was a really gorgeous green color. I could even see a little sand at the bottom and everything. It was all okay now.  

Those are the only things I really pulled out of that dream.

John: Again you’re playing with the polarity of something that’s ordinary in the outer, in terms of how it effects things, and then what’s divine in it, or the greater meaningfulness of it, can come through and bring about an inner alignment.

So here you start similarly to the way you did in the last dream (see Coal into Diamonds) where you’re removing the coal from the basement. This time you’re again dealing with the darker aspects of your inner depths and, as you do, you’re stirring up issues or aspects that can upset you in some fashion. Yet you’re still proceeding because you know that that’s what you need to do.

You (the feminine) don’t think twice about it. The masculine might think about it, but you don’t. In pushing further, you’re going to run into situations that are potentially explosive, where you can reveal or unearth aspects that are deeply buried, which can disturb you to a degree where you can become reactive.

In other words, these specific elements, that sit at some depth inside you, are like bombs (grenades). When you touch them (awaken them), it can set in motion some very explosive events. In other words, when you dig deeply and touch these issues, it’s like you’re pulling the pin out of a grenade.

Ordinarily (whether a grenade or a suppressed aspect), it’s an energy that’s kept in a state of balance because of its suppression (the pin is still intact). Because you’re not facing it, it stay’s dormant. But when you do face it, it’s like it becomes alive. It becomes more potent.

Rather than let this affect you or hurt you in some way, you have enough sense to know how to handle this energy in an almost prankster way, by putting it under blankets, or hidden in a bed or something. In other words, you’re buying some time to make the process of taking it in – re-absorbing it and updating it – easier.

Initially, when you start this waking up process… Well, it’s like when you first begin meditating, you can stir things up inside that can actually make your life seem more miserable than before because what you may have suppressed inside rises to the surface. When it does, it’s no longer in balance (through suppression), but active and at play in your current day, outer consciousness. It can then sometimes cause knee-jerk reactions as you try to regain, or attain, a new state of balance.

So, what your dream is saying is, okay, you’re in a process where you’re digging up the coal aspects in your nature, some of which are pretty explosive and potent. And, as you proceed, you’re going to have to deal with them. You’re going to have to address these issues, even if that means “putting them under the covers,” i.e., sitting with them a while to ease the transition, so that ultimately they can change.

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Jeane: I don’t remember the first half of this dream too well, but whatever happened takes place in a house. When I’m done with whatever I’m supposed to do, the man who owns the house allows me to go down into the basement and take some shiny coal that’s there.

John: Shiny coal?

Jeane: Yes. He gives me permission to take out all the coal I want. He doesn’t think I’m going to take out much because it’s so dusty down there and it makes me cough.

On the other hand, I take a look at all the coal spread out in the basement and I’m excited about  it. I actually call a male friend and he shows up to take some coal, too. Then I draw these lines and divide the whole basement floor into quadrants. This way someone can come and take up the coal in one quadrant and someone else can come and take another.

I have this image of all my friends coming and taking all the coal out of the basement – even though it does make me cough a lot.

John: This is a dream with a fairly common symbolism. Coal represents something that smites you, like if you’re poked, or hit, in the eye. Coal is a type of darkness. Coal is a quality, it’s a characteristic, it’s a trait of something that you have to struggle through, something that oppresses you in some fashion.

Jeane: To me, coal seems like something you could burn to get warm.

John: Well, yes, in a roundabout way, but that’s a planetary, personal view. If you look at the image, coal is something dark that’s mined from below the surface. You see yourself in a basement, also below the surface, in terms of inner levels, and you’re trying to bring all the darkness out from below.

In other words, taking out the coal is addressing this depth inside you. Said another way, you are accepting of whatever you bring up – patterns, mannerisms, psychologies – in an act of liberation.

This is how you proceed, and you’re getting a man to help you take out the coal. In other words, you’re trying to incorporate a type of sight (the feminine “hears,” the masculine “sees”). So, what does getting out the coal mean in terms of the feminine nature? It’s like awakening the darkness of one’s self, the coal aspect of one’s being, which locks certain aspects in place, or keeps a certain health and flow from happening.

The coal, in and of itself, can lead to health conditions, i.e., the dust in your lungs etc., which can be hard on you (personally) because you have reactions and things could flare up as a consequence. When you take that and bring it out of the depths of your being, it’s like freeing the spirit energy that’s trapped in matter, and using the masculine “sight” to come in and touch it.

When you do something like that, it’s almost as if you’re making it shinier, because there’s also another concept that exists in terms of coal, whereby it transforms its darkness into the brilliance of a diamond. That’s a great metaphor for the spiritual process – turning our darkness into light.

When we address that darkness, we turn it into something that’s brilliant, which then penetrates and touches and sweeps in and takes into account a greater quality of the overall. The idea is to try to understand what’s going on in life in terms of what’s truly important.

In other words, you have an energy that has a deeper meaning to it, which is imbedded in the outer characteristics (of life) happening around you, and how do you come to grips with that?

So what you’re basically saying is that you are just going to take and deal with the overall, as it is, and you’re also going to go down and deal with the coal that’s in the basement – in spite of the fact that it’s a little awkward. You enlist the masculine to help. Sure, it’s dusty and it’s scattered all over the place, but it can be cleaned out, i.e., it can be put to good use.

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