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12_nWe are so deeply entrenched in the ways of our world that it is difficult to extricate ourselves to the ways and means of a spiritual life. And if we look at the practices that have been used by humans over the millennia, most of them are the early steps and processes that enable us to lessen our focus on temporal issues and become more focused on the universal. As we develop, the processes will change and deepen because no one thing will take us all the way to where we are aiming to go. But that’s okay, because we want to get ourselves on the path and then keep making incremental progress. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well I know I dreamt a lot last night, but I mostly just have an impression, and the impression I had was of a lot of space. I can remember that the dog I had, which seemed more like a younger dog, was in the dream. And it feels like there’s something off in the distance, which did involve other people, that I was trying to involve myself with, but it felt like there was something, some element, about it that wasn’t quite right, yet, whether it was timing, or something else I had to do.

But it wasn’t upsetting. I mean it was a pretty peaceful open space, but I think that if I had an impression I would say that, because we had gotten an email yesterday from someone describing a practice they were going to be doing for, let’s say the next month, or I don’t know how many days, of kind of deepening their spiritual practice, but with fasting, or charity, or other things they were practicing. But it was just a series of practices they were going to be doing for a certain number of days, and I think I was processing something about that.

That was my impression, anyway. Like I said, I didn’t pull out details of the dream. It was more spacious and peaceful. It had the puppy, or dog, in it, and something that I wasn’t quite linking with yet.

John: It looks like you’re mixing two components that you haven’t yet sorted out. In other words, if you were to use the scenario of things, you’re seeing that there is an attention that’s placed, in terms of steps that can be taken, which place a person in a type of modality that is a little different than what their normal customs are, that cause them to have to go through things differently. And, hopefully, in doing so, come to recognize something more in life than the day-to-day that overwhelms them.

And, within that, you have this impression that I presented that, yes, something like that is interesting. I mean fasting and such can lead to kind of a bit of an altered state that can give you an experience that’s a little different than what you’re normally accustomed to. However, it is also an understood quality. In fact, it’s part of a Hindu arti that, translated into English, goes as follows: Chanting, fasting, charity, and austerity can never bring you knowledge of the soul.

So, even though there are these practices, they only hint at something more. And that the image that you had seems to be a kind of answer to all of that, in that it indicates that you have a friend, like a dog is a friend, and your closeness to that friend is what will bring you to where and how you need to be, in terms of experiencing, and perceiving, in a conscious way.

So it’s almost as if this other, this other in terms of practices and such, pique a question in you as to another way of approaching things. And, in manifestation, we have all kinds of ways in which we impinge ourselves. In other words, it’s part of a lot of spiritual practices, or processes, to live simply. Some of them even incorporate the idea of vegetarianism. They carefully say that that’s not the end all be all, but they still indicate that that can help because it can heighten sensitivity.

And then there are others that realize that that isn’t a fast and true rule for everyone, because some people are overly sensitive and need a groundedness, something as a denseness, to help hold them into a rootedness that their sensitivity might cause them to go away from, and in those instances that might recommend harsher conditions like eating meat, or something, or going through more raw energy.

And so you’re kind of like portraying a search that you’re doing, and the search that you’re doing is towards, or to, the awakening of an innerness. And you’re trying to sort out to what degree it makes sense, given what you’ve heard and seen, in terms of outer actions that seem to be presented as a meaningfulness, of which a result can happen that shakes off a little rust, or something. And those are small things. Those aren’t big things, those are small things. A quality that goes to a deep, deep depth is not something that’s readily perceivable to the senses.

So these kinds of practices aren’t going to get you to this kind of shifted awareness that is like that, but it can perhaps shake a little rust loose to let you know that there is something more. And your dream tends to say that you do have an answer, and that you do have this friend, this friend that is with you, that you are part of, and it is part of you, that there is a closeness that exists. And that you don’t need to go through a harshness to get there, although most spiritual practices somehow or another, because of the characteristic of the outer impressions being so dominant, 99.9% dominant, seem to indicate or suggest that getting a little freedom from that is important.

But if that were so, then how do you explain some of these qualities that just are suddenly there, out of the blue, in one great big fell swoop? They didn’t go through anything like that. So, again, you’re seeking to understand, or break through, the mystery of it all.

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imag55esIn dream analysis, the ideas portrayed by the images can often be understood by a person’s relationship to the action. Here, Jeane is in a situation that could be scary, but she doesn’t resist it, and she doesn’t react to it. Instead, she stays within her self – she stays fairly neutral to the action. Such a state of acceptance is important to flowing with life, rather than beings at odds with it. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I have this sensation that I’m dreaming a lot, but then it’s so hard to pull anything out.

I remember one scene: I’m in an apartment and there’s a woman and a man and some other people that maybe come through, and I like them, but I realize they’re actually part of a gang that’s maybe going to rip me off or something.

They have this little device that when they plug it in, I think it will knock people unconscious or it’ll do something, it’ll release something. Well, I don’t want them to realize that I’m on to it, and so I wait until they’ve wandered out of the room or something, and I either unplug or hide the device.

And then when the woman comes in at one point, I even take something and kind of tie her up and hide her behind the couch, so that maybe another member of her gang doesn’t notice I’ve done that.

Now I know that if they can’t knock any of us in the apartment unconscious, then they can’t really rob us or whatever they were planning on doing. But then I realize I also have another dilemma. I don’t really want them to be punished or anything; I just didn’t want them to succeed with their plan to knock us all out, or rob us, or whatever they were going to do.

But I kind of like them, or I like her, anyway, so it’s like now I have this dilemma of, I really don’t want to see her get arrested and taken off, but I also just don’t want their plan to go forward. It’s mostly like a sensation feeling that I remember from that.

John: What you’re being compelled to do, and actually it’s interesting how you’re making this choice too, that even though you are thrown into a situation in which something is a little backwards, and awkward, energetically, you don’t really totally reject it. You kind of have a way of embracing it.

What you’re doing is you’re taking an overall scenario, and you’re putting yourself in the overall scenario, in that you have energy that’s really slowed down, or contracted, and then you have kind of an epiphany of vibration in which you have choices.

Now, usually when you’re feeling compressed, or restrained, it hurts the heart, and you don’t like it, and you cringe, shut down a little. But in your particular case, you’re still staying vibrant. In other words, you’re doing what needs to be done in the instance of there being an altered vibrational sensation that hurts, or can compact, in some fashion, and you’re able to have some fluidity.

You’re able to function in some degree, because instead of it being a type of sadness, or pain, or remorse where you shut down, you actually kind of appreciate, or you kind of have an empathy, or respect for the situation.

In other words, you say in the dream that you don’t wish them ill will, so you’re not issuing yourself any ill will when you find yourself compacted and contracted and unable to be in a particular other dimension of greater openness, or speed, or freedom.

It’s good that you have arrived at that because that’s a very accepting state, and it’s a state that you have to have to be able to make the journey in life, because that’s precisely what happens when you’re in the physical body and you’re overwhelmed by the circumstances and the variables around you. You find yourself just coping.

And in the coping you could have a fit. You could get reactive, and you could say, why me?, this shouldn’t be, and throw a regular hissy fit. or you could just realize that it’s the way that it is. You don’t wish any ill will upon yourself, or anything else that is you. You’re okay with it.

It may not have the flexibility and the freedom, but you cope with it, you work with it, which means that when you have that kind of acceptance and approach, you have a good chance of being able to reach and beckon in energies from the higher self, or from the other side, or however you would say that, which can kind of alleviate, or work to enhance, or embrace, or to spark things.

The dreams last night had to do with the contrast between two states of sensation flow. You had a setting that was set in the overall, and the reason why I say your setting was set in the overall is you’re not dwelling on the specifics. You’re dealing with it in an overall way.

In other words, if you were dwelling on the specifics, each choice, and each manner of expression that you would make, would be weighed and carried, as if a door opened and closed in terms of the heart, which means that a part of you doesn’t accept something that’s happening, and another part of you totally embraces something – if it will open up.

And so you’re swinging back and forth, and back and forth, and that’s kind of a state in which there’s something like you still have the illusion of there being like a good or a bad, that this is not as good.

In your particular case, you’re closer to neutral, you’re closer to allowing yourself to be turned either this way, or that way kind of thing, because you’re not issuing any ill will. You’re not really fighting the situation. You’re just properly coping, and holding, and keeping the counsel of your own energy and connection working as best you can, as best that you’re connected to it. You deal with it.

This is not a scene where you’re running, or trying to hide, or anything like that. Yeah, you might be tying something up, and yes you might have a little bit of concern about how you can recognize that there’s a way of taking it so that it can zap you, or can hurt you, but by and large you’re not going through the cringing in that that hits the heart, that leaves scars on the heart, when you fight the illusion that way.

Yours does it in an overall way. You’re working with the aspect of an energetic that exists in two states, one state where things are slower, and another state where things are more conscious, or more speeded up. By more conscious actually you have accepted, or a part of you has kind of adopted, the fact that this all functions and works in relationship to the greater Whole, or otherwise if you didn’t really believe that, you would be taking a different approach, you wouldn’t like it, you would be rejecting it, you would be thinking ill of it as if it is something foreign. But no, there’s something about that, as awkward as it is in terms of how it strikes you, there’s something about that that you like.

Well, that’s probably why you’re able to accept raw energy too, because raw energy, in and of itself, if it does something that completely distorts or disturbs your equanimity and way of perceiving and being, in relationship to what you feel might be important in life, that you’ve defined to be important in life, and segregate as important to life, if you’ve made that kind of a distinction, then the raw energy would be something that you would have to reject.

But if you realized that it all functions in kind of a catalytic, greater, overall Whole, which you’re part of, you can find something neat about that too. Yes, it causes you to have to cope differently, but so be it.

It’s a very balanced kind of dream, accepting kind of dream. It’s not stabbing itself, it’s not hurting itself, it’s kind of accepting what is, it’s working with it. You’re not taking on huge moods or anything like that, which would then create big veils, and a whole malaise or qualm, which would be a heavy overtone that would lay over something, that would set off a sensation of kind of a doom and gloom.

You don’t have any of that in the dream, and so it’s kind of like, in terms of what you’re compelled to face and confront, you’re saying, that’s okay, I’m okay with it, and that’s unusual, because most people can be presented with things in which at some particular point they’ll react.

The best story in the Bible told about it is Job, in which he keeps accepting and accepting and accepting and accepting, and then all of a sudden he reaches his breaking point, and he acts like that whatever is happening is just not something that he can carry or handle or accept anymore, and he reacts, and he snaps.

And of course they portray this as a challenge to say, okay, can he be the faithful surrendered? And he does reach a point where the journey is too much for him, in terms of what he’s put through. But for the longest time he keeps saying whatever is, is, I’ll take it, I’ll take it, I’ll take it, and take it with the right attitude.

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Lueam-fastWell, that escalated quickly. Yesterday we had a dream that involved a loving touch between the dreamer and a woman (see Ongoing Process), and in the very next dream, which is a continuation of the thread of the dreaming, it is a woman who shoots our dreamer. But the shooter is both a crime boss and a teacher, so there is more than meets the eye. And, even after the shooting, both sides try to offer kindness and consideration to the other. Just like in outer life, things between our inner lives can get messy before they find mutual ground and connection.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So, in this next dream, I’ve gone into an older building in a city and, somewhere in the building, there’s a woman who’s a crime boss, and she also looks like a combination of my Hawaiian teacher and a Native American teacher I knew. She’s like a small, older lady.

And, for some reason, when we come down from one of the upper floors, closer to the ground floor, in this old building, she shoots me. She shoots me with a pistol. She must shoot me three or four times, but very small bullets – but I am wounded.

And then I can tell she feels a little bad. I think she even gives me a phone so I can call an ambulance, or the police, whoever I need to call. She’s such a crime boss that she’s kind of immune to anybody who tries to touch her. But rather than leave right away, first she starts telling me that when I’m out of the hospital and I’m feeling better I haven’t been eating right, so I need to come out to her ranch, or farm, and get better food.

And then she turns around and she starts cleaning up the bathroom. And meanwhile I’m very careful to dial the police that I know will come and just bring an ambulance, rather than police that will come in the building to just try to have a shootout with her. It’s kind of an ironic little dream.

John: It’s a continuation in which everything that I said before could be said yet, because it’s still a continuation of the quality of scoping about in terms of an overall capacity, in terms of an atmosphere, in which you take note, and are always attentive to being aware of, when there is some little shift or capacity change that one has to take into account in order to maintain a general sense of well being.

It’s kind of like being consciously on guard so that something out of the blue doesn’t hit in such a way as to knock one off cadence to some great degree, or another, that throws one backwards, or has one having to sort out, or go beyond, a quality of a bewilderment.

In other words, there is a pace, and there is a manner, and there’s an unfoldment that is in keeping with a general overall well being. It’s almost as if you’re able to take the temperature, and the barometer, of yourself, as you are unfolding in the way that you’re just placed into life.

The interesting thing to denote is to ponder why it is that one would be reviewing or looking at something like this in this general context way, because I dreamt the same thing, but looked at this thing from a standpoint of seeing, trying to see, and trying to decipher, and denote, the idiosyncrasies that make the difference, or that cause the change, or sustain the consciousness, or however you put it.

I denoted that it was almost as if, because things seem to be copacetic, things seem to be okay in an overall way, that a person takes a step back because they’re accustomed to knowing that whenever it’s like that there’s always usually something more. In other words, a person is accustomed to having to struggle with things, and so when one isn’t struggling with things they’re looking around wondering when, and where, and how, and what might be that can throw them back into that context again, almost as if one is surprised to not have to be affected by something or another.

It’s kind of an aspect, or nature, of the process, and you’re looking at this thing almost unaware that it could change, but at the same time trying to sustain and maintain it as being in a particular mannerism that is fluid.

It’s hard to say it’s like a dream, you know. It’s kind of like you’re doing an introspection of yourself, or something, in an overall way. It’s kind of like you’re trying to follow the energy lines of an overallness or something. It’s like trying to hold a spatiality, or something. It’s not like it’s really a dream in that sense because it doesn’t really tell a good storyline because there’s so much of a reviewing theme, a taking into account theme, that predominates.

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