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John: So yesterday we looked at the first in this series of dreams (see Not Being There), and each subsequent dream progresses in a way that seeks to fix, or evolve, the situation into a better state, from within, but it’s still off. The general inspiration for these dreams is our recent transition from the Northwest to the city of Las Vegas, and our process of making adjustments within ourselves as a result of the different environmental factors

The next images have me preparing to meet with someone. I’ve spent more than 15 minutes trying to get my glasses clean because all kinds of weird stuff has fallen on them. I’m trying to scrape it off.

I see that I’m veering away from where I’m expected to go. When I get to a building, I realize that I still need some sort of metal object that can slice; I need something that’s strong and firm enough that it can cut through things. I must build it myself.

I have permission to go into an area where odds and ends are stored to select something that might work to help rectify the condition. I take out four objects in an effort to alleviate the situation. I think I can use a welding tool to cobble things into place, but what I’ve selected doesn’t work because when I apply any heat to it, it will melt or burn through the material. The tools I have do not have what it takes to hold something in place, so I’m using this material to create something that can slice through. 

Meanwhile, I need to set this project aside because I’m running late and I nearly compromise my principles because I’m under pressure. At the last minute I clean up after the work I’ve done.

In other words, I tried to cut a little of this off, I tried to burn a little of that off, and I made a bit of a mess. I pick up after myself and take what’s left of the implements – they need to be returned. They didn’t work for me, but maybe they can be used as components for something else. I look around to see if I can make anything else work for what I need.

Someone is coming over so I have to put everything aside for now. But instead of putting the tools into a closet or some drawers where they would best be kept, I put some of them into a refrigerator. I can straighten that out later, but at the moment I need to gain some composure for my meeting.

What is this showing me? Well, although I still haven’t accomplished what I was trying to do, I’m aware of what the problem is – I just haven’t acquired the proper tools that I need to be successful.

However, I do realize that I must look within myself for what I need, in order to find balance in the outer life. This will take time, but at least I’m looking around (within) for the tools to resolve the imbalance. If I were looking for the solution in the outer life, I would be in serious trouble.

In the next dream, the imagery moves further toward a sense of completion (after that, my dreams again start to deviate from it, showing that nothing is complete, all is just a step forward and then it all starts over again).

In this dream, I find a condo that I feel I can make into a place of balance. I notice that in doing this, other apartment units near mine start changing, shaping themselves up to be more in a balanced energetic.

So what had been a state of confusion and chaos, in terms of everything being too much to cope with (because of the sensory overload of Las Vegas), is now being brought into greater alignment. I see that I’m able to move about without feeling so lost.

What this adds to the scenario is that, if I take the time to look at what lies within – as an awareness, or as an answer – I’m better able to flow in the maze of the outer world. I’m learning how to hold onto and apply an inner connection that is able to reach into all that is before me.

And I’m starting to find the value latent within (the outer world of Las Vegas) that I ordinarily don’t reach (nor do most people). Nearly everyone in Las Vegas is expecting to catch up with the meaning of this place in some sort of outer reflection, and that is just a veil over what is really here.

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Jeane: Well, in my next dream, I feel like I’m more of an observer, but there’s a man who, perhaps, had either lost everything, or had been in prison. I’m not sure what happened, but now he’s on his horse with some big bundles of money and he’s riding very fast. It’s as though he’s riding away from something, and he has all this money, and he’s going now to get his wife.

He’s been away from his wife for years. He rides up to a house that seems to be more in the air than on the ground. It has a platform of wood all around it, and the man has to ride by this house to get to where his wife is living.

The horse is tired and he’s tired, so he stops at this floating house with the narrow wooden platform. He has to be careful, and make sure that the horse is okay, because otherwise you could fall off.

The house has shutters around it and the shutters open and the people inside are going to give him tea. I get the feeling that one of the men in the house is, perhaps, interested in his wife, so they’re not exactly welcoming. I think they just open up the shutters and serve him the tea.

Then it feels like the man has gone a little distance ahead to see his wife. From his wife’s perspective, she’s wondering how he got the money. If he stole it, that’s bad. He’s been away a long time – was he in prison? What was he doing?

Then he’s showing her some bookkeeping sheets, and it seems like what he was really doing all that time was working very hard to earn this money to bring to her. I guess to start over.

So, as she’s looking at the balance sheets and seeing how he saved up every day, they hear some commotion in the distance and some people are riding towards them. He has the impression they’re going to ride toward the house where the horse is and steal the horse or something. That’s the last I remember of that dream.

John: So, here we have the third dream of the night, and the imagery shows a continuation of the journey back that you’ve been on – a journey back into life (see A Saint in the Darkness and Choosing the Right Door).

You’ve gone through this process of feeling like a stranger in a strange land, then being in more familiar circumstances (a college) where you are gaining new knowledge to bring with you. When the last dream ended you were trying to choose which door was the right one to emerge through.

Whatever it is that you have learned through these processes has become the treasure strapped to this horse. You have traveled into the emptiness and brought back something that is valuable for your life. So you are making a return; you are riding back into life (represented by returning to the wife you left behind), with these newly acquired riches.

What you have acquired has to be brought through you into life or else it is of little value. That’s why the house is up in the air – what you have gained needs to be grounded. The dream images depict a man – that is your masculine spirit energy, which is less grounded than the feminine spirit energy. It is the hope of the masculine to reconnect with the feminine nature that can ground it and bring it from the inner realms into outer life.

Well, the feminine nature is always dubious of any ideas that the masculine nature comes up with, so little by little the man makes his case by showing her the records of how he – legitimately – came by his riches. You are proving to her that you are genuine.

When coming back into life you still have to contend with your psychologies and your sense of things. While making your case to the wife, you suddenly fear that some people are coming to steal the horse.

Did you need the horse anymore?

Jeane: Well, the treasure is on the horse.

John: The treasure is on the horse – oh my gosh! So, you could still lose it if it’s not properly grounded. Well, obviously, such a journey is never easy. Let’s see if we find out what happens next.

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A spiritual journey can require a lifting of the “veils” to see beyond the illusion of daily reality, into the greater truth that is behind it. Yet that journey requires maintaining a certain groundedness, like a mountaineer scaling great heights requires ropes anchored into the rock to insure some measure of safety. These reflections were begun with the dream Not So Itsy-Bitsy and continued withA Vivid Imagination.

John: It’s very awkward to see what is real through the veil of illusion because we all have an ego and will always carry an ego, even though it is tamed to some degree, as long as we are in a physical body. So that keeps some small aspect in-between, even as one’s sense of otherness develops to a greater and greater degree. And this whole sense of otherness, because it includes everything that can be imagined, needs to be connected to a certain quality of the heart. That heart connection is what keeps the sense of otherness from flying off into wild imagination.

So when one feels a certain pressure, whether in a dream or in life, or that one is trapped, it can set off the active imagination in some fashion, and so one has to be careful how literally one takes things or feels things. If one’s tendency is to be swept up in these feelings it can limit what can be gained naturally through the listening center. In a roundabout way, this is a higher octave of what your dream means to me, in that it draws a focus and attention to it while showing that there is a part of you that hears beyond these kinds of things.

So how does one get beyond these kinds of things? Well, the oddity of being really open in an overallness, the awkwardness of something like that, is that if one stays in just this vast connected state, one tends to hear or become aware of things that are going on that are perhaps not as “reality-based” as usual. So one’s attention needs focus to ground it. In other words, one can’t just float in the otherness, one has to have a groundedness within that which can provide a clarity of direction. If one doesn’t have that rootedness, then the huge expanse can carry one to the beyond of the beyond, which is not a proper opening up process.

I can give you an example of how one can get lost: We have the capacity to connect to something on the other side, and we can see images there. If one gets totally enmeshed in that, one can become a bit dysfunctional in the outer. That is a danger, and a propensity, that one can experience when one starts connecting to something that literally is a movement inside oneself, that sits there in the subtlety of things. It takes a certain audacity, almost a certain wildness, to make the ego sort out from all that the inner and the outer worlds. It is important to have that going on.

It may not look like it is important, because that sense of reality may seem to just get in the way. But if one just went into the expanse without that sense of reality, there’s no way to make heads or tails out of it. Everything can seem to be literally real; that’s where the spiders can be humongous, and every little thing can just spiral into something wilder and wilder, created by the wildest inflections that one has. We all carry these inflections inside us somehow. We could have been subjected to all kinds of strange traumas from which these things have been incubated or bred.

So if you see this kind of thing coming on, what is very interesting is that you don’t actually get rid of it by paying attention to it. You almost make it more real as you focus and pay attention to it (and let an active imagination run in it). It reminds me of a man I knew who could not meditate because as soon as he sat down he would lose his groundedness and would start to astral travel. He expressed this as a serious concern in that he needed to stay rooted because he had the ability to drop human existence away. Without the rootedness he would get all out of sorts. It was the strangest thing I’d heard of, but that was his condition.

So this is a dilemma that occurs when a person gets to a particular point of development. It’s a point where one can actually make a distinction between the density of how something is in the physical realm, and also the attractiveness and the quality of something on the other side. It’s really easy to just let go and go to the other side. A person can get to this point naturally, but many have also done this unnaturally, by going into a hallucinogenic state where they have no rapport with their physical rootedness and get to a point where they can’t sort it out anymore. It is the fifth level of the heart that saves a person from something like that.

We each have our own different way of making this experience of opening up inside what it really is. In the example of your dream, your imagination has made it into this huge spider, and that’s your way of being able to reflect it back to yourself with a degree of safety.

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