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Jeane: In the next image, I’m trying to get to my car. I’ve walked up to the local grade school, and I can see that my car is parked on the other side of the playground.

As I walk toward the car, I suddenly hit my head against a fence. I realize that, for some reason, there is a glass fence surrounding the school that I couldn’t see. I run right into it.

I realize that I’m going to have to walk around the block to get to my car because there is no shortcut across the playground.

John: Can you repeat that? (Jeane repeats the dream.)

Each of us has our own way of being that’s rooted in the environment that is before us – because we’re in creation. That means we have the realities of where we are born, whether we are male or female, and the aspects of our circumstances that we have to manage as we go through life.

All that is before us, so to speak. And it could be said that represents the playground we act within. Your car, on the other hand, represents the you-of-you – it is you as a thing in motion and traveling through this existence. It is your real home. The image of your dream shows you trying to navigate, or cross through, the playground of your life to reach the inner you.

That’s a great description of the spiritual journey, and the challenge of being on a spiritual path. Because this outer life shouldn’t be something that prevents us from reaching our inner self, but rather we should be in our inner self as we experience the playground of life.

So even though we must be participant in the goings on of life, we shouldn’t get too caught up in the drama of it. Because if we experience it as drama – meaning we take it too personally – then it tends to throw us off course. When we are thrown off course, we can visualize that as being pulled out of our “car”; we are no longer based in our inner self, but entangled in an outward identity.

The more we are entangled in an outward identity, the more the truth of the universe becomes veiled to us – the more we are sleepwalking through life, rather than being awake and conscious. What prevents us can seem like invisible forces (a glass fence) that keep these two realities separate.

What happens is that when we come to develop a bit of spiritual understanding, we begin to realize that it isn’t the external playground that is causing all the disturbances in our life, but it is our reaction to, and personal involvement in, what is occurring outside of ourselves.

We experience those disturbances as stress, anxiety, and fear, and we attribute them to the external events, but it’s closer to the truth to say that those disturbances arise because we are getting further and further away from our inner selves (the car).

The result is that we are no longer able to simply proceed, in a natural way, because we have surrounded ourselves with glass fences. Then our energy is spent in trying to figure out how to circumvent those barriers to our inner selves and, as the dream shows, we find that there are no shortcuts back.

However, the dream is trying to show you that this feeling of having to go the long way around isn’t natural. You are meant to be able to go straight toward the car – you can see it and recognize it, but it’s just out of reach.

So we are meant to transcend the playground of this life; in other words, glide over whatever barriers may arise. When we are centered in our inner selves, we are in the flow of things.

The images signify that you have become more aware that the outer is an abstraction to how you truly are on the inner. We (you) should be able to incorporate both places simultaneously, and be able to deal with all that occurs in the flow of the outer, without creating veils, or resistance, to our ability to catch up with the real car of ourself.

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The following discussion is an analysis of the dream described in Kiss, Chase, Earthquake.

John: That’s quite a journey you went on! And I think the important theme of it is about staying attentive to the condition and the state that you’re in. In other words, at some point you become aware of the process that is occurring on the path that you are on. You do this, of course, to be able to see and to recognize what opens you up, and facilitates a natural unfolding, versus what may prevent it.

To begin with you find yourself in a scenario in which everything is going at a particular pace and there are young people whipping around. So what is available to you at the beginning of the dream is a fresher, livelier, quicker, overallness of yourself. Whenever anything speeds up, you then have to figure out how to put it into a cadence within you, based on how you see yourself.

That’s to create the inflection that will allow it to carry through. So you kiss the boy and that opens up something and increases the speed, which causes the dream to take a different course. All of it can’t catch up with you yet, which means you have to develop the other part of yourself (the feminine part) – so you kiss the girl. You’re flip-flopping in a way; the images are creating a roller-coaster effect.

Then the scene switches to a deeper part of yourself, to a state inside that’s grasping events with more acuity, in terms of you finding a balance or rhythm. What’s interesting is that I have to be careful in how I describe this because the tendency for me is to describe it as if you’re dealing in something that streamlines, but that is a more masculine perspective.

You are coming at it from a more feminine perspective, so in your case it’s about a rhythm that has to do with how you take things into account, or how you feel things, in an overall way. From a masculine way of saying it, it’s easier to try to see it as streamlining, which sorts everything out by saying “yea” or “nay,” up or down, or stop or go. (That’s how my dreams often work because they have that trait to them. The feminine is more grounded, the masculine is more up in the air.)

So your dreams deal with a slightly different listening center that tends to pull things down and look at them in terms of how you carry information – how you bring the information back and forth, or hold onto the information. It’s concerned with whether you can be nimble enough with the information that you can carry it through in a way that you can them embody it, or sustain it into your life.

The car in the dream represents you, and here it depicts how you’re catching up with that sense of self in your relation to the outer world. You barely get on the road before there’s an earthquake, and then the car is something that you can pick up and carry. So your sense of self isn’t strong – you’ve got a “little” car. It’s small, it needs protection, and it hasn’t unfolded like it needs to unfold.

You are meant to have more power than that. You’re carrying something that has tremendous depth and strength, and which can stand up against everything that comes at it. But you feel the need to protect it, although, eventually, you realize that you can start taking things into the car and you pack it full of people and find a clear stretch of road.

So your sense of self has strengthened, so the next problem becomes one of doing, of acting in the world, because what you are bringing through is all so much bigger than you realized. And that sense of being overwhelmed arises in the image of male dogs mounting male dogs, the interior car light that won’t go off, and the people chasing you.

What is being asked of you, or required of you, is for you to sort this out. You need to be able to discriminate from among the things that life is throwing at you, exactly what it is you want to carry in the car (you) with you. It’s the same discrimination that is required in waking life.

So that imagery is a type of yo-yoing again, but now it’s a back-and-forth on an inner level, whereas before it was more in the outer realms. In the outer realms you need to navigate the ups and downs by understanding how something is affecting your overall feelings. On an inner level, it’s more about keeping balance and staying in rhythm, because more has been added to the mix than what you began with.

See Part II of this analysis tomorrow.

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