The Creative Quality

In Jeane’s dreams, we can follow how the imagery leads her from an awakening, or an inner stirring, toward a deeper inner connection, where things happen in a natural and magical way – without the usual struggle.

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Jeane: I had two dreams that were really hard to remember, and I was going over rehearsing them, and then I fell into a repeat dream that was so dominant I forgot my middle dream.

The first dream I had, the main features about it, it’s like I’ve gone into kind of a crowded living area, and into the room of a young woman who’s psychic. And it’s like when I have to go to the bathroom, it’s like she has almost like sacks that go into the ground at certain points, or into the floor, and you can over there and pee. And if there’s one that’s kind of a little closer to the bed that works out better.

But then she suddenly gets fussy and wants us to use one that’s kind of around the corner, which I don’t particularly want to do. So I think I’m a little irritable in that. I don’t quite figure out why she keeps changing what she wants.

And then it feels like when I go around the corner to where there’s kind of a divider and then there’s somebody else, a young man is renting a room or something. And he’s decided that since she has all these people coming and going that maybe he can sublet the back of his room, which doesn’t feel quite right.

It’s like because of what he sees is going on at her place then he wants to do something that brings in more people, or differently utilizes his space.

And then that seems to just shift into a dream that the only thing I remember about the second dream was that I would keep shifting whether I was the… I think I was a young man in it, or if I was the man or I was the woman. It’s almost like I could be all parts in it, but I never got back to pulling out that dream because the repeat dream, or what I felt was a repeat dream, came in that was so dominant.

John: The repeat dream is the dream you’re going to tell next?

Jeane: Yes.

John: What you’re doing in this dream is there’s something that you feel that is affecting you, that is astir in your nature, that causes you to have to look at how you function or live differently. In other words, it uses a peculiar analogy to get there. In other words, it has to do with whether you relieve yourself in this way or in that way, or over around this corner or however, as if you’re following a thread in terms of this process of how you’re releasing things, or as a type of release.

But it’s more than just a type of release. It’s also a way of unfolding to where you get closer and closer to the inner recognition as you are going about outer reflections. The outer reflects the inner. What you’re seeing is that you have a different responsibility.

In other words, you have all these other considerations that you have to take in, that is like a tightening up of the process in terms of how you’re unfolding, or relieving yourself, or however you want to say that.

And so what you’re describing is the spiritual path as perceived by a type of focus and attention that you have with yourself.

Jeane: What feels like to me a repeat dream, it’s even a repeat dream in the dream, it feels like you and I’ve been on an assignment with a number of other people and one of the parts of the assignment is when we got to a certain place, which happened to be my maternal grandmother’s house, that we would put on a certain skit and everyone would come up with a different skit that they put on.

Well, in the original dream, you and I had arrived there alone at night and none of the others were there, and we had come up with this great skit because I never really knew that you could kind of dance and sing and I even had this big wig I put on and we had gotten these animals to participate including this really large poisonous snake.

It had gone really well but we had done the whole skit without anyone else there. We just knew that was going to be part of our assignment. That was the dream I’d had before, and then I have it again.

In the dream this time we arrive at my grandmother’s house, but the whole group is there, and then they tell us we have to do our skit. I hadn’t known we’d have to repeat it again, but of course none of them were there when we did it, and so I’m a little off base because I don’t know what will happen as far as getting the animals there or anything but sure enough the big, large, poisonous, pink, female snake shows up.

And then it’s like I look at the ground and I just do something with focus and waving my hands and suddenly all of the – it’s almost like the ground kind of opens up – and all the other little critters appear. And so that will be part of it.

And I send you off to find your notebook because you had written down the lyrics to the song, which I didn’t remember, and I go off into an inner space going through various rooms looking for a place to change into the outfit and the wig that I wore, and I have some trouble finding a place to change because the rooms we’d used before have changed into a stable and there’s even a saddled horse there, and another one’s a restaurant with people there now, but I finally come back.

I seem to have gotten my… whatever changes I needed to make happen so that we go on to sing. And I go right up to the poisonous snake and it actually has a feminine aspect to her and she is huge. I mean, like she has a face almost as big as a human’s, big python type, all pink, and I actually do some things where I’m scratching her face and getting ready for the performance to sing to her and somebody else is commenting that they had really kind of slacked off on what they were doing for their skit but it felt like we kind of went all out.

You do the singing in the skit for the most part. I just have to get your notebook for a few lines. I guess that’s the main dream.

John: That’s a dream that takes you completely outside of the world of the outer, and into a world so connected to the inner that the reflections that occur in the outer are no longer reflections per se, as if they’re estranged or disconcerted or separate from the inner.

In the first dream that had to do with you trying to figure out where you needed to be and how you needed to be, that dream had a bewilderment and awkwardness to it in that you were still trying to catch up with the ability to grasp or follow the thread to a knowingness of how it is that you are, or are meant to be.

In the second dream, you found it. You know that the energy comes through and awakens and quickens and makes everything alive, only it’s a connectiveness to the innerness, so that the aliveness in the outer is not some sort of like dead reflection, it’s a direct correlation.

In other words, it becomes a symbolic way or a meaningful way of directly creating the inner. In other words, this is a dream that has this whole creative quality to it, and it indicates the role of the masculine as an aspect because the feminine should have a completeness and a wholeness and know how to dance, and the masculine is going to be awkward that way because it does not know how to catch up with the reflections, from which it is able to reach a knowingness or a hearingness. In other words, bring that through almost as if it speaks it into an aliveness in the outer.

The power of the dream is this whole beginning part. In other words, as you’re sitting and trying to understand that, what has occurred there, you’re lowering the energy because you were just living it and going through with it naturally, without any forethought or mannerism at all, a lot different than the awkwardness of the focus and attention in the first dream to try to be where you needed to be, or to follow the thread of however it is that you are directed to be in that regard.

And there’s a certain tension in that because you haven’t yet pulled through the inner in its all encompassing way, and you somehow know when you’re like that that to properly live or relieve yourself, you have to catch up with that as a responsibility.

In the second dream it’s just suddenly there and it has a whole magical element to it in that what it is that you experience turns out to be what manifests around you.

Jeane: The only part of that dream that I forgot near the end is it feels like I go over and I look down a level, where some stairs are, and you’ve gone down there with some guys, and you are apparently moving and so you’re carrying your moving boxes. I’m considering whether I should go down and help you move in, but I’m pausing because I do not necessarily want to carry the same kind of weight boxes the guys carry, so I’m thinking that maybe if I got handed the clothing boxes or something I could carry those in and help you unpack. But I’m just pausing and deliberating on all of it because so far you’ve got guys carrying the boxes for you.

John: That’s still devolving as if it’s something that you still have to contend with or something, because in the first part of the dream it was all working in cohesion, the awareness that was an aliveness that then corresponded to things that were automatically there as if created through the inner energetic. That was all there in the initial first part of the dream.

And so what you did is you just… I mean, it’s almost like you just nonchalantly described what it’s like to bring inner into outer and what that can be like in just kind of a, plop there she be, kind of way. And the other part of the dream has you kind of somehow or another trying to reconcile all of that, and it doesn’t work that way. You can’t reconcile it.

You’re too much in the essence and its aliveness that comes through is created through the presence of that essence in as an absolute a way as you’re able to do it. It has a slight flicker in there where you recognize an aspect of the masculine, in other words that can sing the song or make the note or something like that, but other than that it would just be one seamless flow and it still is a seamless flow, you just throw that in to make sure that one recognizes how it works in terms of your having caught up with your fullness of being.

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Nothing is Personal

Jeane: In this scenario, I’m somewhere with my dad and my sister and apparently there’s been a death (I think it’s my aunt), but the estate hasn’t been completely distributed.

My sister is explaining to me that my aunt held something back and now it’s going to be distributed. I don’t seem to be very worried about it, so a portion is given to my sister.

My dad seems to be somewhere in the background, and I think he must be getting a portion too, although that’s just my assumption; I’m not really focused about it.

There’s also a portion that I’m supposed to get. My sister has concerns whether that will be distributed. I don’t seem concerned about it. I just think, “Yes it wasn’t done at the time as was expected, so there’s something to be given out now.”

I seem to feel that all this really isn’t a problem. I just have to go and collect it or see what it is. That’s that part of that dream.

John: What you’re doing in this dream is expanding upon the theme of the quality of a certain state of overall freedom, in which there’s a spaciousness, or overallness (the macrocosm), that somehow helps guide or direct things in the microcosm. (For the earlier exploration, see Getting In Tune.)

Now as your dreams have proceeded through the night, in this imagery you’re taking this idea to the next step. You find that the “estate” has something more for you, so you’re connecting to something greater and it has more to reveal to you. Things are opening up, “more” is being made known to you from within. The proposition is, how can you now carry that awareness into the world, or bring it from inner awareness into outer expression? Or, how can you distribute your inheritance?

We humans tend to be pretty lazy in this regard, because when we experience an inner breakthrough we like to sit back and noodle with it, hold onto it a bit. But we should be exploring how to distribute it, or transmit it into life. Any conduct that lacks the kind of freedom to just let it flow into life, and to twine with everything else, is a conduct in which things are lost – for others and for Creation itself.

So you’re having a bit of inner discussion through this dream, in the sense of, “Is it important to bring through all aspects of a perception that unfolds inside you? Is it important for all of that to be carried forth into the outer?”

It’s almost like you’re looking at yourself and holding yourself accountable. Are you doing it or are you not doing it? One has to ponder: “Okay, what are the considerations? Is there something that you consider too personal, or, what aspects are too personal?” This is leading to a recognition that your greater wholeness, which is intertwined in everything in the outer, is only possible if you’re able to bring everything through, i.e., ultimately nothing is personal.

This isn’t easy to do because we live in the outer and there naturally are physical constraints associated with the outer. As a consequence, it’s very easy to develop certain mannerisms and characteristics that are associated with how the outer is, in relationship to you being a soul in a physical body.

So, as a consequence, there’s the tendency, there’s the projection, that we need to pay attention to a certain safeguarding of ourselves in a personal way. We develop personal identities from early childhood and spend most of our lives supporting those psychologies as a protective device, where personal protection leads to separation from the whole.

However, this dream is having you make distinctions in terms of where you stand in this regard. It’s coaching you, if there are any doubts or resistance to being open and free within the overall, to just bring it forth and lay it out there.

It doesn’t matter how it appears compared to our training in the culture. It doesn’t matter because a human is not the type of entity, or being, in the greater sense, that’s meant to get trapped or caught in trying to sustain a specific persona or personal identity that’s separate from its identity in the overall – in Creation. We can’t be both personally involved and part of the whole; we have to choose.

Intertwined with Creation

John: I had a series of short dreams during the night that all pointed me toward the same understanding.

In the first image, I’m lying on my back. Another person is lying in the opposite direction so that their feet are up near my head and part of their body is draped over mine. I don’t mind that, but they have their shoes on and the shoes are wet. That does bother me. I tell them that they can take their shoes off and it will be okay with me.

What does such an image mean? It suggests that I can adjust to and handle almost anything – as long as it’s natural – if I maintain a certain attitude within. The shoes didn’t fit that naturalness. I can’t accommodate things when there’s a “foreign” influence. Something unnatural creates too big a barrier for me handle.

A deeper meaning is that I’m shown to have a closeness with what is – the person is draped over parts of me. As long as it maintains characteristics of familiarity, I’m able to find the natural cohesion.

An example of this type of accommodation is how you (Jeane) can’t sleep when lights are left on, but here we are in Vegas where there is always light coming in the windows. There’s a state in which you can find that to be natural, even though they’re man-made. There’s a way to accommodate that.

In the next dream I’m laying upon a surface that’s composed of different layers of cardboard that have been taped together. I notice that I’m able to be comfortable, or accept the differences, when I come to recognize that all the layers are correlated. 

In other words, I have overcome the disturbance I feel in being in this situation. If I know how to thread my way through and see why things are the way they are, I can be okay with it. When I let go of the attitude that something’s out of place or not right, I’m able to see the correlation to that which is entwined together (all of Creation).

In the final dream, I’m among a lot of other people. They seem to be carefree in their outer mannerisms. I’m told in the dream that everything’s more natural and flows together when there’s no hiding who we are or how we are. As I hear this, I notice that I’ve dropped my usual inhibitions and I’m observing how this opens doors into the flow.

An overall theme here has to do with connecting to what’s natural. In the first dream I prefer that there be no foreign aspects affecting the closeness – unnatural aspects (shoes) create a separation. I don’t mind if what I’m close to is the complete opposite from me (the feet at my head), as long as they aren’t holding onto something that supports the illusion of separation. I’m seeking to breach the barriers of separation so that the naturalness that exists can be accommodated.

In the next scene, I’m shown that as long as there’s a natural thread, I’ll be able to probe the intertwined depths (the many layers of cardboard) of the environment I’m in.

In the third scene, I bring the first two images of acceptance together and take on a flow in which I hide nothing so that nothing is hidden from me. This enables a person’s greater beingness to penetrate the outer barriers, which is possible naturally when the distinctions are removed.

Through this process I come to know that Creation has a naturalness of its own that we just need to accept. If we do, we will naturally flow with it. If we hold ourselves distinct and separate, we’ll simply become confused and disturb others. To put everything out into the open is to allow the energetic within to permeate and touch, nonverbally, the environment around us.

That’s possible because deep down we’re intertwined with Creation, but we haven’t accepted this union because outer appearances suggest otherwise. Oneness isn’t possible until our outer barriers are dropped. And the key to understanding who we really are requires dropping the outer distinctions that alienate us from the whole.

In Vegas, perhaps surprisingly, this seems to be something that’s more easily done. Somehow the environment comes across in a way that enables us to recognize and see it.

But we do have to hold our principles inside. There are people in Vegas who can get smothered by how it is. They don’t take a particular inner stand. So we all have to accept and accommodate everything, and we also have to have an inner conviction that can pierce the illusion.

In the outer it’s called conviction, but it must be conviction without judgment. It must be accepting of everything as part of a natural flow. In that way an intertwining is able to come through us and come across to others.

We don’t actually ever convince anybody of anything, nor do we change them. What does happen, though, if we’re natural and open, is that our connections to Creation can create easement in others, and that facilitates their own personal awakening or opening up.