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Jordanis Keramidas

Being held captive, a rescue on horseback, and an escape – these are the elements that we find in fairy tales and action movies. Yet when the images come from a dream, and we understand that all the elements are a part of the dreamer’s inner life, we can gain an insight into what is being wrestled with. To free oneself of something a person needs to summon an inner power greater that what holds the person back. Yet letting go is never easy, so the image shows the characters trying to grab supplies as they break free – but, of course, it can’t work that way. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: In this dream, I’m like a little girl but I’ve been bound and kept captive somewhere. My hands are kind of loosely in some kind of a soft handcuff and I’m kept somewhere. And I’m kept in this building that’s almost like a school; there’s other kids there.

Well, I’m trying to figure out how to get free, and I do get out of the room one day, and then there’s a horse outside and the horse turns into my uncle, so I get away with my uncle.

And then there’s me as the little girl, there seems to be me as an older version, and my uncle, and we are all trying to get out of town and escape. But we have to figure out how to get some supplies.

Now, I start looking around for supplies. My uncle, sometimes he’s like a man, my uncle, and sometimes he’s the horse again, and then there’s the little girl me also. Now when we go looking for supplies, she goes back to the school and she gets seen. And I don’t know why she went there looking for something – the school where she’d been kind of imprisoned. Some people see her, so I have to kind of get her out of there again.

And then we’re going through the town very fast. We can’t go back to the house, a house where we’re known. We’re trying to find some supplies. We go into a building, and it’s a building where there’s weavers and things. We think we may actually take some things from there, just like, you know, to stay warm or whatever. But I realize that whatever we take, they may put a tracker in it.

So I have a thought that we’ll take this tracker and we’ll give it to the kid on the street, we’ll find out where they’ve hid the tracker in whatever we take, and we’ll give it to a kid on the street. And that might solve the problem, except they might have a hidden tracker as well that I’d have to find. I think that’s the point in the dream when the glass fell over and so I woke up.

John: So the energetic of feeling like bound, or tied up, is the contractive condition of where one is still caught in some sort of allure or identification. So a power is needed, an inner power, that breaks through the trance that exists when one is enraptured with the condition of seeking to maintain a certain mannerism. 

And so the inner power comes, because it recognizes it can let go of that condition that keeps one bound. And so then you’re swept away.

So when you gain the inner power, you also access certain traits and qualities that you’re able to function with, that kind of come with the inner power. However the little girl experiences the power just as an energetic, in and of itself, and doesn’t need any of the accoutrements that help facilitate a sense of balance in terms of you and your way of relating to the outer. In other words, that can all fall away.

Well the reason why there’s the sense of people trying to capture you again is because one didn’t totally let go. The little girl suggests something that could have let go by wandering on off, but the concept is that doing so endangers her because she could be hurt.

That’s a type of worrying, and a type of imposed stress, as a way of being in place of the total letting go. In other words, there’s always the tendency, the human nature always has the tendency of having to utilize something, instead of being able to shift in such a way so that there’s nothing that has to be leaned on. And you can shift in such a way so you don’t ever even lean on the back of a wall, or another place, or tool or whatever. That would involve not sitting in a way that gives one some sort of sense of driftiness. These are all examples of holding on to something, when in reality you really don’t need to hold onto anything. It’s a deep dream.

So the glass broke and shattered the whole flow of the dream, but you pulled and held onto the dream even with the glass having shattered because the dream carried a resonance that pointed to something as a letting go towards an emptiness.

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growthThe feeling of being pinned down, described here in Jeane’s dream, sheds an interesting light on how we hold ourselves back, or resist, aspects of our spiritual awakening. In this instance, breaking free would seem the obvious next step. But there is a subtlety in this, where the things that pin us down can also be the exact thing, within us, that we need to struggle against – as we proceed on our journey. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I had a dream in which it felt like there was a force that was like capturing or holding people captive; it particularly would pin down maybe my left arm slightly. And you could try to get free, but if you tried to get completely free you actually made it worse for everybody. It was like you could only get so free and you had to keep part of yourself pinned down, or it made it worse for everybody.

It was kind of an ugly force. I remember it just felt like it was frustrating: how did you struggle against this?

John: That’s a cute dilemma. I did not put it that way, but it’s a cute dilemma.

A part of you that is pinned down and if you break free from that part of you, then something else struggles more, right? The part of you that’s pinned down, is the part of you that’s required to recognize what is going on, from within, and therefore it is cornered or pinned down to terms of what it can do in the outer. And if it throws away this being pinned down, and continues as if it has a role, or an identity that it can’t let go of in the outer, then something is held back.

So it has to accept that it’s being directed, to put its attention upon a change of direction, in terms of what things are about, in terms of an inner conscious unfoldment, as opposed to the tendency to believe that one has responsibilities in terms of placing their attention in the outer as if the outer is everything.

To the degree to which you feel that you’re not able to let go of the outer, is the degree to which you create the sensation of being limited or pinned down. So, the subtle distinction that has to be made is, you are in the outer, that deep down you are pinned down by having to acknowledge something that is awakening from within, unable to continue to do the things in the outer that other people identify with.

So you have to carry this quality of an echo somewhere else and, if you can do that, then things are made better. Your mind, however, tells you that this is not what it’s about.

Well, it was a heck of a Rubik’s Cube, because it was easy to misconstrue what was going on inside, because it would have been easier to say, in a negative way of looking at your dream, that some part of you was missing out on what was needed. But if this were true, then how is it that in this missing out, in terms of what is needed – meaning you’re pinned down – how is it that there is something about this pinning down that is important to the end result?

You could easily be very confused by this dream, by feeling that, okay, you shouldn’t be pinned down, but how do you reconcile that with the fact that being pinned down is somehow or another important to the end result?

The dream can even be referenced to something that points to the bigger schematic of outer life; that in outer life, a part of us is lost and confused and caught up in the outer or, as you would say, pinned down.

And then the recognition of the illusion of that, in other words the recognition that there’s a consciousness that can proceed and find its way out of this self-deception, through the pressure of feeling that you’re caught in it, is the means by which you sort through and figure something out, or go to where you need to go.

You do not go there by following some sort of Yellow Brick Road where everything is all laid out in some Simple Simon fashion. You follow the Yellow Brick Road in which everything seems to be against you, based upon how the outer is set up. And that the outer is always grabbing at your attention, and causing you to feel pinned down with its directives or purported requirements.

And that as you consciously grasp and go through that, is when you come to recognize and realize that there’s a letting go that is realized at some point, and in this realization you suddenly find the simplicity.

So, you feel the pinning down, but you do not identify with it to such a degree that you stay delusional. You feel the pinning down and realize that it’s kind of a means to grow. It may feel uncomfortable. It may seem like it’s a strange joke. However, it gets you through in terms of what it is that you need in order to awaken.

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Jeane: In this dream, I’m traveling in a railroad car that’s been taken over by bad guys. There are a number of us being held captive, including a woman senator and her daughter.

I realize that these men holding us captive may have plans to molest the women, or bother them in some way, so I manage to get to the side of the car and jump out. The train is passing alongside the Okanogan River and it’s nighttime. I’m able to just clear the bank and land in the river. It doesn’t even feel like I get wet; I just know the water catches me.

Then I get up and start walking and I see another train coming down the tracks. This time the train itself is nearly transparent and I can see a light on inside. There’s an engineer driving the train and it’s pulling just one or two cars.

As the train approaches, I wave to get his attention. He sees me and picks me up. At that moment I know that everybody else will get help, too.

John: What you’re able to do here is very interesting. In the night’s first dream (see Let It Be), the image showed lines of energy that are coming through in their pure state, undefined and uncontaminated by any directionality. In other words, they have not been used for any personal agenda. When we don’t impose ourselves on the energy, we are able to more directly usher it, through us, into life. 

Now in this second dream, you’ve taken a step back from that pure energy state, and that’s because there’s still something in your nature that’s lingering, whatever it might be, that causes you to feel an inner obstruction. This causes the “over-the-top” feeling, shown in the train dream. Because you were unable to remain calm, balanced, and feel at ease with what was happening in the pure energy state.

So you find yourself on a train, going somewhere, and an energetic has been presented to you for visibility, but that doesn’t last long. We don’t even see this energy in this dream, but we know it’s there because what ensues is your reaction to it.

And your reaction comes from a personal indulgence – a mood, or mannerism, or pattern – that alters the energetic. Basically your indulgence causes you to be alienated from this (energetic) space, which then creates the sensation that you’re being pursued or in danger. This indulgence doesn’t work very well when you’re really going somewhere, when you’re traveling within something, so it throws you off the train.

You are caused to jump off the train because you can’t be in that space with your contamination of it as well. Because you are at the point where you’re meant to be able to embody and carry that pure energy in a free-flow process of letting go. The act of jumping off the train actually serves to take away the intensity of the overindulgence or reaction, so you are quickly able to come back into that space (hop on the next train).

So then you get back on the train and you can travel some more. It’s a give and take process. You’re using this manner of “traveling within” as a way to perceive the impediments that are still in the way of you freely traveling.

This is not a dream about a shadow characteristic. At least you don’t describe it in that way (a shadow characteristic is one in which you’re still Traveling Toward God, and you still need to resolve the darker side of your nature; obstructions to the flow are still arising.)

Though you may still have dark sides to your nature, you’re no longer working on that. You’re Traveling In God. You’re traveling in this space, so the degree to which you still have some unfulfilled indulgences, or shadow aspects, they become the material that churns up in reaction to the light of things.

The image shows you being thrown out, but you’re not supposed to be thrown out. You’re meant to take those last small aspects (indulgences) and let go of them, too. So, you’re meant to be on the train. You’re meant to be traveling in this new part of yourself, which is a shift to your enfolding.

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