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John: In this dream I’ve returned to doing something that I know backward and forward, i.e., I have clear-cut authority in terms of the ups and downs and the ins and outs of this process.

So there’s nothing new under the sun for me in terms of this activity. I’m standing in a courthouse in front of a number of people making some sort of presentation or application. One of the clerks is willing to go along with everything I’m proposing, providing I agree to pay for some sort of review.

I point out that I understand why the review is needed in most cases but, in my case, it would be a waste of time because I’m the authority on this. Many others might do this without the appropriate knowledge, so there’s good justification to have a review process, but in my particular case it would be a waste of time. Plus, it would create more problems for the county.

I’m explaining all this saying that whatever the county wants to do they can do, but I’d advise against it because the long-term impact is going to make things worse.

The purpose of this dream is to indicate, and to show, that some things need to be left to evolve naturally. When things do evolve naturally, without too much control or over regulation, they can actually achieve a greater natural balance. Micromanagement can make a lot of sense in certain situations, but it can also choke something off from fully coming to fruition.

So, this is a teaching dream, and it takes a common waking life scenario (for me) and uses it to make a more universal point. It’s indicating that there’s a process by which things unfold in life and in creation, and that they unfold best if they’re left to unfold naturally. Whenever we humans attempt to control, or manipulate, or oversee, the outcome of events, we invariably have an effect on the way things turn out, but not always in the way we might hope.

No one person has the depth of sight to be able to oversee the process and unfolding of life. Any attempts to do that usually create a bigger mess, no matter how well-intended.

Controls may appear to make things better because they can cut through a lot of the issues and problems that take place at the very beginning of something. However, what helps initially, usually ends up choking things off from truly emerging in a bigger way.

That’s why freedom of choice is such an interesting thing. We have this freedom, which is unique to the human species, in our outer lives, but we also have it in our inner lives. We are so trained to try and streamline everything in our lives in some particular way, we fall into the trap of set patterns on an inner level.

As a growing-up process, everything can use a little guiding hand, like good parents offer to their offspring. It makes sense on that level. Yet when we get to a level in our development journey, or in our human journey, where we’re supposed to be able to take on a higher responsibility, the less of “us” in the process the better.

Human responsibility includes our responsibility to the whole. While we are trying to fulfill our purpose, it is equally important that we don’t prevent anything else from fulfilling its purpose. Only our natural connections, inside, can guide us in that, not our brain or our ego identity.

So this dream is using an image that I understand to speak to me of a deeper issue that I face, which is how to take responsibility for what I bring to the world (physically and energetically), without trying to control the outcome. Being in the space where that’s possible means surrendering to the flow, or listening to our own inner guidance.

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John: So in our last two posts we have been looking at the process of bringing light into the darker aspects of ourselves (see Coal into Diamonds and An Explosive Situation). The dream imagery first showed this as bringing coal out of a basement (from an inner depth). The next image showed you trying to manage the fear of live hand grenades.

The hand grenade image speaks of the potential danger in opening up the Pandora’s box of our inner selves. Yet it is a process that’s critical to spiritual development because we need to become conscious of our intentions and thought processes, i.e., we have to gain awareness of the personal training and history that often controls our reactions and decisions.

Now, in the last image of An Explosive Situation, you saw what seemed to be stagnant water running clear and pure – signaling that something must be changing. But it’s hard to accept that anything’s changing in us because we can never be sure. The next time you look at an inner issue, after having given it some time (under the blankets), after trying to sift through all of that, you’re never sure whether it’s going to go off or not (like a grenade), or whether you’ve really overcome it.

Yet as a consequence of approaching it in this way, you can actually reach a point where you’ve created a process of purification. What your dream is doing is using a play on words, in terms of what’s alive and what’s dead: the water, the water bug, and the frog. An aliveness can be described as something that no longer has to sit in a state where it reacts to everything (like we do with our ingrained patterns).

Instead, it sits in a purity, which can appear as a stillness, from our perspective of time and space. That’s why the bug and the frog can appear to be dead, and in purity there is a death. You’ve died to the world, so to speak.

But the imagery also shows something that’s very different, in that the water is then seen as pure and everything is amazing, and it sits in a stillness. And even in that condition, where something has become purified in its overall nature, you’re never really sure that it has.

Can it move (swim away)? Does it still have an action that could go off and be like the old pattern, or is it really as still and yet alive in that purity as it could possibly be?

Jeane: One of the things I remember is that the children in the dream seem to know where the grenades are but they wouldn’t tell the adults. Then at one point I overheard the conversation of one of the women in the house, whose feelings were hurt because she found out that one of the men she liked was dating other women in the group. I remember thinking there was a time in my life when that could have been me finding out something like that, or I might have chosen a man like that, but I’m not like that anymore.

John: Well, there’s a natural acceptance to things in the flow in the outer. That’s where the statement comes up, “in the greatest surrender is the greatest freedom.” If you view it from an outer perspective it actually means you’re more vulnerable and, as a consequence of being more vulnerable, stuff is going to happen to you.

But from an inner perspective, you’re less vulnerable. If you’re more subjective, and if you just let things go, you actually have, at a depth inside, access to a universal grace. It’s like the idea in the Bible about the lilies of the field, i.e., even they are looked after.

It’s like that with children as well. It’s the younger part of you in the dream that’s not entangled with the world and that knows where the grenades are; there’s no worry. As we go through life, we develop a woundology through our experiences. It’s the child part of us that knows to just let it be, that it’s all fine. And so it’s the children that seem to have the greatest sense about how to trust and be at ease with what’s unfolding, not the adults.

The adults still have their conceptualizations from the past and perhaps bad memories of this and that. That part of the dream is showing you that this greater depth inside is what you need to feel and what you need to connect with.

What’s interesting about this part is it’s kind of joyful, it has a gleefulness to it. It can laugh at things a lot easier. The part that’s more adult is going to worry about whether those grenades could go off at any time.

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