Posts Tagged ‘letting go of attachment to physical life’

Jeane: Last night it seemed like my physical discomfort was keeping my dreams from going too deep. I do remember one of my early dreams, and it feels like I’m traveling by boat down a little river and through a jungle. Then we stop by a village.

It feels like one of the men gets off the boat with the intent to go into the village. Once off the boat, we have to go down a path and I think something needs to be crossed to go further. So, to be able to travel further, the man is taking something with him to place down on the road, which will allow us to walk across.

Whatever it is that he places down is supposed to expand; that’s how it helps us get into the village. But what he doesn’t realize is that what he has taken with him is a little wooden board, about three-inches wide, and it has all these little skeleton bodies on it. It’s supposed to expand but, because it has all of those little bodies on it, it doesn’t really expand. So we can’t use that to get into the village.

John: So, you actually could get off the boat and onto the land?

Jeane: Yes, but we couldn’t go very far.

John: And the wooden board had all these miniature skeleton bodies on it, right?

Jeane: Yes, skeleton bodies; they were tribal, I think.

John: So you already knew at the time that you were to do this, that in order for it to work the connection had to expand?

Jeane: Yes, but because of what he was using it wasn’t going to work.

John: It’s a dream that’s trying to tell you something about how consciousness works. Something needs to expand, and what is expansion? Expansion is a type of letting go, isn’t it?

Jeane: Or going deeper into something.

John: Yes, expansion is a letting go so that you can go deeper into something (the village). But if you’re still holding on to the aspects of the body (the skeletons), that will prevent your attention from completely shifting.

What’s interesting is that you’ve gotten off the boat. I mean, you’ve made a journey. You’re in the place, so to speak, but you still have to let go of identifying with yourself physically because that keeps you compacted. That keeps you contracted. That keeps your being from letting go.

The scenario of your dream seems to have been that your attention was on worrying about your physical condition as you went to sleep, you were sore and such. And the dream seems to have incorporated that by saying that that’s what kept you from letting go.

You know, one of the ways of perceiving this dream is that, perhaps you normally do let go and move about, having made a journey. And now you’re able to explore something in a more grounded, rooted sense (on land), and see it for what it really is, or for how it’s meant to be seen.

But then the dream took the opportunity to point out that the degree to which the body occupies one’s attention, or the physical life occupies one’s attention, so that the soul isn’t able to take on its full role in everything there is, that’s the degree to which you can’t go very far because that then controls, or limits, how it is that you’re able to relate.

If you’re relating to the physical conditions of things, then you can’t truly cross over, or cross into, the greater depth. You’re only able to work the slight edge of the beach, or something, but you can’t truly cross into the inner realms.

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John: In our recent dreams, we’ve been following the thread of darkness (the lower self nature of a human) heading toward the light (the higher self nature [for the previous dreams, see The Unawakened, A Profound Step, and The Enemy of the Lower Self]).

For me, this dream scenario was triggered by a conversation in my waking life where, in speaking to a friend, I shared too much information with him. Instead of opening his eyes to a different view of life, it disturbed his equilibrium and upset his worldview. This brought out the Inquisition in him. When a person doesn’t understand something, they can view it as scary, or dangerous, or strange.

One way to understand the lower self is that it’s the physical life we’re born into. The lower self is our planetary existence, dealing with food, shelter, procreation – all our animal instincts and senses. But it’s not meant to be the whole of our life, it is instead the platform through which to take care of physical needs so we can then tend to the growth and flowering of our higher self.

Unfortunately, for many reasons throughout history, humans have become separated from this truth. We, as a species, have become like a plant that never flowers. What this looks like in day-to-day living is a life focused on the personal, ego identity, where everything is seen as happening to “us.” It’s the part of us that thinks life should unfold according to “our” plans, rather than our being involved in, and an integral part of, the greater unfolding of the plans of Creation.

So this is a tremendous difference in viewpoint. And a life lived only in the lower self aspect is blind to, or veiled from, the greater truth behind what we see and experience in the physical realms. Because we, in our culture and education, have become so estranged from the idea of developing our higher selves, any information that delves into that arena comes as a shock to our system – if we’re not open to it.

That manifests in the world as closed-mindedness, and a desire to label such spiritual values as something bad. The response to what is unknown or unfamiliar is fear. In the scenario we’re discussing, it’s a fear of losing credibility in terms of how another person or group sees themselves. And we’re all familiar with the desperate measures some will go to to keep themselves from having to contend with that which is beyond their consciousness, or their ability to understand.

What I’m describing is one reason why the inner is hidden from the world in most religions. A person who’s caught up in the outer, made-up world, where everything is reflected and illusory, can’t be content or at peace with themselves if their mind is unable to pigeonhole everything in the outer environment.

In other words, the unknown has to be compartmentalized and labeled to make a person feel safe again. By talking to my friend about things he couldn’t control or pigeonhole, I’m actually violating his (false) convictions about things. This makes him want to stamp it out, or put it in a safe container so he doesn’t feel threatened. If he can’t do that, then it’s a danger and he can’t be trusted.

He doesn’t mean to be untrustworthy. That’s just how it is in terms of the inner and the outer in relationship to that which is more conscious. That’s why it’s said that a person who lives in the outer, and only relates to things flowing from the outer toward the inner, is unable to see and hear their inner aspects because they don’t allow that possibility for themselves – they’re closed to it.

Part of the fear in this situation is a sense that the new insight or information will cause them to lose themselves – it goes against what they consider “real,” which is their idea of life in a world that’s restricted to their brain and five senses.

If a person is, instead, able to work with their heart, these reactions and defense mechanisms aren’t needed, and then in life the inner can come into the illusion of the outer and create changes in life. It requires letting go of the idea that we, in some way, have real control over life.

This is why it’s said in the Bible (in Matthew 7:6) “Do not… cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” A person doesn’t mean to be unconscious, but in order to justify their existence to themselves, and to keep any doubt from arising, this is how they must be.

This exists on all levels in Creation. That’s why there’s a hiddenness that exists. It’s imperative to protect that which is real, this hiddenness, from that which is attached to the illusion. This too is part of how the world is designed.

The truly real is hidden from a human being’s lower self, and now I understand the reason why. The truth is too dynamic a force. The lower self, based in the outer, always stands against the truth.

So the dream is pointing out that, even under the most innocent of circumstances (a casual conversation) there comes a time when true consciousness must remain concealed from the average person who’s caught up in the physical world. And now is no different than during the time of Christ and the crucifixion.

This is where we find ourselves, and I must be careful now that I’ve exposed myself to my friend. I’ve violated the rule, the principle of “Solitude in the Crowd.” Now I know why I must hide and protect that which is real, because it’s too much for a humanity caught up in the illusion. It causes such a humanity to do whatever it takes to keep the inner from touching the outer.

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John: In my dream I feel like I’m still on our adventure in Egypt, only the adventure is coming to an end. To mark that, there’s a final dinner for everyone.

The meal is free, and we can have our pick of whatever salmon we’d like. Others have come before and maybe it’s been picked over a bit, so it’s hard to know exactly what’s available. I just know that I have my choice.

Then it’s indicated to me that if I sign on for another adventure, there’s a bonus that can be given, i.e., something more can happen. I feel guided by forces to this adventure that involves a boat sitting in the harbor. Other boats have been pulled from the water, but this boat is still sitting there because it has to wait for when it’s deemed right for it to move.

Suddenly the channel starts filling with water. This boat is sitting next to the dock, and it’s obvious that when the water rises the boat will be able to access the passageway to the sea.

This is showing that everything in this adventure is unfolding in a fairly natural way, with little resistance. I have a bit of uneasiness, though, because I don’t know what’s happening or why.

This dream is indicating that my consciousness is linked to an adventure that’s shaped for me to appreciate, i.e., at the dinner I have my choice of different salmon entrees.

Historically, fish represent a type of consciousness, and the salmon is the king of fish and, therefore, the king of consciousness. So, if I can go along with something as it naturally unfolds in the outer, I’m doing it in a very kingly, or highly conscious, way of being.

The dream shows that I’m in a scenario where I’m at the end of one adventure and at the beginning of another – if I sign on. I’m not told when I’m going or in what direction. My curious nature can become sad because it finds itself removed from this inner process, but the water rises to make the journey, or passage, possible.

When things happen so effortlessly, I don’t always realize how good I have it. Through this dream I’m able to denote that I’m receiving royal treatment on a conscious level (the salmon), which is directing me on how to proceed. I don’t know anything more than that, but I comply based upon my trust in the process.

I also had this strange image as I fell asleep: I had stuck dental floss into a cutout piece of watermelon. The object was to use the floss to cut the watermelon to free it up. This wasn’t so easy to do because the watermelon wasn’t fully ripe.

That image set the stage for the image I first described by showing me that I’m not fully ripe yet, but that I’m part of a wonderful fruitfulness in life even though I’m currently struggling, more than necessary, to find my way. Over time this will become more natural and happen with greater ease – if I continue to trust in the process.

There’s another meaning too, in that the bonus that’s offered if I sign on for another adventure is also an attempt to guide me, and is designed to carry me to the next destination. The problem for me is that I don’t hear that sort of guidance very well. It’s hard to know what I’m hearing because it’s so easy to get detoured from the whole by intriguing aspects.

This is one of the dangers of dreaming, because dreaming creates reflections and reflections provide a greater window into our psychologies. As we develop, the soul can move further and further away from our reliance on the limitations of our physical senses. We can then get deeper and clearer insights.

But until the soul is able to reach a point where it redeems itself, more or less, in terms of the overall, or as long as there’s still some aspect or process in which the soul is trapped by the magnetism of the physical body, and thus affected in the decisions it makes, there’s always the question of whether or not a personal bias has been introduced.

Everything becomes more and more subtle as we gain consciousness. A lot of very advanced people can still go off on some tangent; i.e., they may have taken a lot into account, but are they truly listening, or are they hearing some part of themselves still caught in the magnetism of things? And to what degree does that filter or effect the flow of what’s meant to be?

How do we really know what’s intended? We can only know if we stand back and act with a more feminine quality of receptivity: we let it proceed, but we have the foresight to know what the consequences are.

In other words, we don’t step in and shut off the process based on some greater perception that we think we have. As one develops consciousness, there are three ways to act on things. One is to act before something happens because we can see ahead. The second is to act as it is happening because we have an insight in how to shape and guide it. And the third is that we let it happen, even if it causes an embarrassment, while we hold a space that supports a change.

The third way is the hardest way to be, but it can lead to the greater consciousness of the whole and is, ultimately, closest to a natural process.

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