Posts Tagged ‘feminine and masculine’

John: Last time we ended by touching on some of the different aspects between the masculine way of approaching something, and the feminine way of approaching something. I think it’s interesting to explore a bit more, because we can see how it is playing out both in our dreams and in our waking life processes (see Set in Motion).

Generally, I’m too much off the ground, and that’s a natural aspect of the masculine. You experience the world with a certain fundamental rootedness, and that’s a naturally feminine aspect.

What that means is that you view, and experience, and have appreciation for things through the lens of how they fit and where they belong as part of the wholeness. For example, if we both experience the sun shining, or a sunset, or an animal running across the field, those experiences don’t necessarily register with me as being meaningful. I can easily dismiss them because I’m much less rooted in the whole. But you can be touched by the meaningfulness of those events immediately.

So your rootedness allows you to embrace the whole much better, while I’m inclined to miss its importance unless I find a way to ground it in me. At a speeded-up pace, I’m comparatively faster in assessing the motion of things, and I can quickly get a sense of what is going on, but it might not have tangibility or meaningfulness until I root it into life – into creation.

Generally, when things come up in life, you will be much better at establishing where it might belong in the overall scheme of things, and I can more quickly discern what is needed as a next step. The thing is, we both need both aspects. The next step can’t be accurately assessed without it being understood in the context of the whole (rooted).

If you see something more as a setness and it doesn’t go into motion, it will have to go through a number of different levels in you before you can get to a stage of appreciation. I have to go from a level of speed and motion that is somewhat detached from things – that doesn’t get its hands dirty – down into something rooted and pull it through. That is the process of taking what one sees and penetrating it right down into life, where it can hold a particular setness.

So this is an interesting dynamic that’s shifting around between us. What it’s doing is allowing you to better see how to appreciate the masculine quality that functions in this other capacity (motion), and helps bring things into life, because you already have a very set, solid container quality.

What I am being shown is that I have an acuity that’s too fast, too mercurial, and that I need to ground it (connect to the feminine), in order to really get a sense of what something is.

When you mix in the decisions and changes involved in our moving to Las Vegas, we’re seeing the two extremes. I find it difficult to get rooted into the atmosphere of this place because the environment is so stirred up I find it disorienting.

And you’re sitting there trying to figure out what is below that dizzying surface – what is meaningful. You get a sense that I see something meaningful. I get a sense that you see something rooted. I can’t get to the rooted if you can’t get to the meaningful. I can sense the meaningful, but it can’t be brought alive without the rootedness. It’s a very strange thing.

We can bring it all together in one image, and that’s the image of the view from the apartment overlooking The Strip. That view is something that you probably appreciate in terms of the lights in a regular way, as an aspect of creation. I appreciate it more as an aliveness that I see in the lights; it’s disjointed, but I do see the aliveness and the lights.

So what we are being asked is, “Can you see the lights and the appreciation of an aliveness in those lights, and hold the rootedness?” And, “Can I take the aliveness of those lights and find the rootedness, and therefore create a connection?

That’s what I think our dreams have been prompting in us.

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John: Your dream yesterday was an interesting one because it showed, in a fairly simple way, how the imagery establishes where you are – in Roman times, in a social gathering – and then it introduces a new element – the invaders (see The Invaders). In the social gathering aspect, the detail of the levels plays a part, but more importantly is that you are in a kind of comfort zone there – you are part of the scene and everything seems to be okay.

Then the invaders come in. In this way, the dream is challenging your status quo. So the question becomes, “How will you respond to this invasion of a new force?” Yesterday we describe two possible options: incorporate it into your life by retaining your balance, or be thrown off course by it and who knows what might happen.

So we see that you have incorporated it because the invader, instead of succeeding in taking a woman, he is compelled to marry one. So instead of the new force overwhelming the feminine, the feminine has accommodated it and integrated it.

In a sense, this is the way it is with so much of our lives – new things are introduced and we either integrate them, or we are overwhelmed by them. When we get overwhelmed, that’s when things spiral out of control in our lives (or in our dreams).

The women are representative of Creation, or the feminine in life, and the invader represents a compelling force that comes through, which is masculine. The entire scenario shows parts of a whole that need to be taken into account, in one fell swoop, in terms of the larger dimension, the overallness, of you.

In this particular case the feminine steps forward and acts as the integrating component, which is natural to her, and the invading force is masculine, bringing in new ideas to the feminine. The masculine force is like the out-breath of Creation, and the feminine force is like the in-breath. The two make up a complete cycle: Creation is simply one breath.

This imagery shows an advancement, just in the imagery of the women stepping forward, unafraid, able to accommodate and accept. You are able to keep your balance in this way, and not be thrown off-course. It is also an act of maintaining your wholeness rather than succumbing to the sense of separation of things.

So a part of you recognizes that the sense of separation is an illusion. Your dream, in other words, is showing that you have initially gone to a depth with the synergy, in terms of yourself, and you’ve built up strength to be able to realize that you’re capable of coping with whatever else there is, within the whole, that can come at you. You’re no longer sitting in a corner of yourself in terms of your light. You’re now able to let that light take in the greater light that is coming in, or coming down.

It’s like you went to the depths of yourself and realized that you’re not as helpless, or removed, or reactive, or hidden in terms of your carnal nature – meaning how densely you live in the physical of yourself. You’re not limited to just that. You have opened up and gained confidence in your own ability.

This dream shows how spiritual processes are constantly underway within us, whether we are aware of them or not – awakened to them or not. One has to break out of the physical, cultural fog to awaken to them.

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Jeane: I’m having that issue again where I have a long dream, in which I’m quite involved, and then there’s a scene at the end and that’s all I remember.

So in the last scene I’m in a rock shop, where they sell crystals. There are large glass counters and a man is standing behind them. He’s a younger man but he really seems to know what he’s doing.

It feels as if I turn to leave the store, but right before I do that, with whatever dialogue we are having, he reaches behind him and just pulls away a slab of what I thought was a wall but was actually rock. I realize it’s a huge slab of amethyst. I’m kind of amazed by this, and think that if he gets his amethyst this way, the wall behind him must keep getting smaller and smaller as he pulls away slabs to make the crystals.

Because he has uncovered this, he takes the rocks to another room – some of the crystals are loose or have come off. He rolls them on the floor in a certain way and then with his other hand he’s rolling them in some kind of water or wash.

I’m talking with him; he’s not really the owner of this business. But I have the impression that he comes from a very successful family and probably knows even more about how to do this business than the person who owns it.

I’m closely observing what he’s doing. Then it feels as though he’s going to have to go into the other room, so he shows me how I can help out.

I take some of the crystals in my hands and roll them on the floor the way I saw him do it, but then I don’t see where the wash is to put them in. So, I’m wondering about where the wash is and how he did that. Then it feels like the dream just shifts.

John: First we see that there is a sense of closeness. You stand at the counter and the man stands in front of a wall that turns to crystal – to clarity. And you are then able to take the crystals and roll them out, as the “teacher” showed you (you mention how knowledgeable he is). By laying them out, you are putting them (that clarity) into a format that is contained by you.

So, what we are seeing, on an inner level, is the degree to which you can carry a feeling of overallness. The feeling of overallness is a deep connection that enables you to be able to hold the aspect of yourself and still have access to the inner clarity you have gained.

It’s one thing to do that as a helper, while being in the presence of the teacher, and it’s another thing for you to have to be able to do that on your own (the teacher has left the room and you are trying to create the process for yourself).

The reason why the teaching, and understanding, is important on an inner level is because of the universal truth of “As above, so below”: you have something going on in your outer life that requires greater understanding for you to handle it. In other words, you have connected to your higher self and now want to apply that understanding into the lower-self aspect of your nature, and therefore into your physical life.

So you realize that it’s all about working with this and trying to bring it into the physical; you have the crystals in your hands and you’re trying to work with them in the shop.

So, this is a very interesting way of doing it and it’s the feminine way of doing it. What you are seeing in this dream is that as you dwell, as you hang out inside of, and hold on to, this overallness on the inner level, and learn how to relate to it, you are learning how to be in containment of it. The feminine seeks to contain things within the wholeness.

As you increase your ability to do that, it can give an overall quality to your being that receives the answers you need, automatically, just by the way that you hold that energy. When it’s like this for the feminine, the feminine isn’t concerned about the details and the particulars. The feminine instead carries the overallness, together with a knowingness about it, and it can know whether what it hears and sees is right or not right intuitively. It carries spatiality that is able to incorporate and absorb what is happening.

We live in a world that is dictated by the details of things, which is a masculine view. But that’s not necessarily the true way of things. The feminine contains the overall, the wholeness, and that connection can provide a higher guidance.

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