Below the Surface

Jeane: A woman friend of mine turns up as an image in two consecutive dreams

In the first dream, I’m interacting with my friend and I have on a wool cape coat – it’s one that I recently took to the cleaners (in waking life) and it’s periwinkle blue with speckles. My friend has expressed an interest in this coat, so I’ve set it a little bit out of her reach.

Because of her interest, I also change the design to spiral colors of black and orange that weave through the material. This causes us both to move in a tight spiral pattern that then becomes a broader spiral pattern.

Somehow we move through the entire village in this spiral pattern for a long time. Then we come to a point where she can have the coat.

In the second dream, my friend and I have gone to stay in a cabin on a mountainside not far from a town. I remember feeling that I needed to do two things.

First, I’m in a room with her and I sense that before I go anywhere I have to wash some clothes. There’s one shirt in particular – dark red with long sleeves – and, as I wash it, it drips water all over the floor. I wring it out and wipe up the water, but I realize that I need to put the shirt and the rest of the laundry in a sack because if I wash everything it will leave too much water on the floor.

The second thing I have to do involves a hike up a trail. Along the way, two people require that I pay a toll for further passage. One is a man sitting down on the road, and another is a man who guides us to a stream that needs to be crossed. One toll is 14 cents, and I think the other was around a nickel.  

When I get to the stream to cross over, the two men want me to see something. I look and see that underwater, in a small, carved-out area, are the mummified bodies of a man and a woman (and several others) dressed in old-fashioned clothing (she’s in a white dress).

As I complete the crossing of the stream, I realize that seeing the mummies underwater was something they wanted me to do before I left.

John: As we have seen, your dreams are pointing to a shift, and to accommodate, or allow, that shift, you’re required to first hear what has changed – to recognize it. By recognizing the shift, you support its unfolding.

So that’s what both these dream scenarios are pointing toward. They both require something of you before the end action can take place.

In the first dream, you move the coat out of the reach of your friend because it’s too soon for her (you) to have it. It’s not done in a mean way, it’s only done to give you the chance to recognize what is at play, and you do that through the changing of the colors. Because that act is actually supportive of the process, it leads to the two of you spiraling through town. You gain the needed understanding and then the transition can take place – she can have the coat.

In the second dream there are two things for you to accomplish before you leave. That’s the process of you opening up – expanding your perspective. Yet in order for you to gain the greater perspective, you have a make a trade-off.

One trade-off is the realization that you can’t take on so much at once (the washing of the clothes) in relation to what is changing, or you’ll find yourself too scattered (the water on the floor). You’ve got to be careful about this because in order for this shift to work, your time and attention can’t be filled up by, or indulged in, unimportant details.

In other words, you don’t want the space in you filled by the “noise” of the rinsing and the cleaning-up of the water. You’re meant to stay open, as you’re transitioning, to bring in an old energy (the bodies under water) that’s important in life, but that has been sitting dormant in some way.

Let’s assume that this dream is a reflection of our effort to find a home in Las Vegas. That transition requires a great shift in us in real life, and the action of the dream brings you more in tune with an internal shift. Because you don’t know exactly how things will go, the tendency is to over indulge. You’re apt to scatter water on the floor, rinse things too much – to over prep or over analyze.

So this energy is under the water, sitting dormant. It’s not part of the hoopla and excitement because it’s fallen to the side as other things have dominated. But you’re able to bring in this value. As you make the shift, you’re altering what you do – in terms of your flow and your patterns – to bring forth something that needs to be brought back into the equation of the whole.

So you are taking steps towards the shift, and you’re allowing a deeper meaningfulness to come into a situation that has been mostly superficial.

Stranger in a Strange Land

Jeane: This dream takes place in a town I’m visiting. It’s a resort town and I feel as though I’m there for a conference, but also to see what’s going on there.

The town is in a high desert area and there are cliffs. As I move around, sometimes the path gets narrow and runs along the cliff, even though I’m still in the town.

At one point I leave the hotel to meet a woman at her apartment. She knows that as a therapist I work with people in pain. She has back or body pain and wants me to do a session with her.

I’m a little anxious about that because I usually follow a script as a reference point and I don’t have that with me. I’d have to wing it. Also, there is a sense in this dream that I have to keep on the move.

I want to keep on the move because the path runs along the cliff, but also because it feels like there might be aliens or some group who, if they knew I was there, might represent a danger. I have to proceed carefully. 

I move quietly as I pass this group. I’m interested in their setup, but I don’t want them to notice me so I keep going.  

The only other thing I remember is that the name of the woman who wanted to have a session with me was Mrs. Berch. And it was specifically stated that it wasn’t spelled “Birch,” it was spelled “Berch.”

John: It’s interesting that in the time we have been in Las Vegas, as we consider getting a home here, so much of this process has been reflected back to us through our dreams.

In this imagery the land is a desert-like terrain, it’s a resort town that you are just visiting, and you don’t have your usual “script” for how to proceed in your daily life.

And yet the central image puts you in a scenario where you have something to offer: a woman is in pain and wants your help.

So you feel yourself to be somewhat displaced – out of your element or comfort zone (the aliens or potentially dangerous group). So a stranger in a strange land, perhaps, but for a reason that might not be very clear.

You find yourself in a place where you don’t have a lot of roots or memories, and that you don’t see as your home. But you do have the sense that others recognize you as someone who might be able to do something. The oddity of it is, you don’t have any awareness as to why you have this involvement – you just do. You can help in one capacity or another.

I keep wondering what a birch signifies, because it’s a beautiful tree that seems to have a constantly peeling bark (or skin). The bark is almost like paper and it peels off. That’s a phenomenon that you don’t really see with other trees. And the trunk is white, so it really stands out against darker tree trunks.

So in the dream you are somewhere and you may not quite understand why – you are out of your element. Yet, like a white birch among the dark trees in a forest, there is a value to the difference you represent that can be seen by others, and the place itself, even though you may not be able to see it yet.

It’s a peculiar sensation.

The Space of Creation

John: We’re continuing the conversation about your dream yesterday, The Adventure. The imagery ends with you about to begin a chase scene, taking with you what you found in the hidden rooms and hidden boxes – things you will need for the journey.

And this dream opens up three levels of information, and on these other levels you can’t reduce what you find there back to the mundane. In other words, having followed the thread from the beginning of the dream, you’ve developed something deeper, and then reached a point where you become entwined with the inner space itself.

However, the process that you’re in – the insight you are accessing – isn’t something that’s meant to be obvious or apparent or understandable to anyone who can pop their head in and try to understand it.

In fact, they probably have no right to understand it because they don’t have it in them to view life in such a way, so all it will do is confuse them, and create more complexities and problems. They might not be able to handle the energetics of it – they’ll be overwhelmed.

And when someone gets overwhelmed by energetics, the tendency is to create a stigma that gets in the way, that puts a barrier in place that doesn’t need to be there. These come in the form of judgment, expectation, attitude, or mood, and that’s just the sort of thing that can haunt a person in the way of a chase, where things pop their heads up.

However none of that will occur if you’re able to hold a hiddenness, because your understanding of things is transcending three levels.

First we see the level of the path, or thread, in terms of the rollercoaster. Here, a part of you recognizes that as too much, so you work around that in a gentler way. This accesses the second level, where you take responsibility for gathering up certain things that are useful, or necessary, or that need to be held onto to facilitate the whole process.

Then you realize that there’s an even deeper level, found in the second set of boxes, and this is where the heads pop in to get a glimpse of what it’s all about. But at this level it no longer has to do with what you’re maintaining, or what’s unfolding that’s literally described, it’s about something that you’re intertwined with – the effect comes to you but also from you – and this you must do in a hiddenness.

We’re all linked to all of these levels naturally, but we need to be a certain way in ourselves to access them. So you are having an effect, just by “catching up” energetically with the space you’re in.

At the third level, you strip away that outer appearance and reach a type of connection that’s… well, the only way to describe it is to say it’s hidden and intertwined but nothing can really be known about it in language, so to speak, because you’re working with something that’s in a hiddenness itself. Yet you know that you’re in the hiddenness.

Only others who are in the hiddenness can see you in the hiddenness. You can try as much as you like to try to tell others about the hiddenness, but they won’t really get it. They might be amazed, but they’ll also try to define it and pigeonhole it through the details. The only way for them to understand it is to bring it down a level to where they are. But once you do that, the true essence of it is lost.

The jewelry that you gathered up is actually a lower-level way of saying that you have found a deeper value at a higher level. The jewelry is a lower-level trace of a higher-level connection that you have intertwined with. It’s almost a cellular connection, in a way.

In other words, it’s outside of matter, as we know it. It’s a space and you’re affecting things in it. Said another way, you’re approaching the epicenter of Creation as a space.