The Past is No More

It is said that division is man-made. And it’s true: could the universe operate the way it does if everything was at odds with everything else? Even the great feeding, or predator and prey, is a symbiosis – everything that works, works together. As above, so below, and, as in the outer, so on the inner. When we are at odds with our self, we have veered away from our natural state – and that is what prevents us from reaching our fulfillment. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: And then, in breaking it down, I come back from a trip and find that on Main Street the first thing I see as I come back into town is that on main street there are no vehicles or people. And I look again and I see that some fire swept over the whole town; forest fire, or something, swept through. 

And I ask a person I come across, what happened? And he tells me that he wasn’t there when it happened, but the fire burned even the furniture in the historical district. I come across the mayor, and he says that if there had been more minorities who lived in town, the town would qualify for funds necessary towards rebuilding. In other words, they’d qualify for government assistance to have it rebuilt. 

I learn that the mayor is committed to negotiations with the Republicans. I say to him, why are you negotiating against yourself? The lieutenant mayor chuckles. The mayor, who means well, and doesn’t take what I have said personally, says, if you want to chew me out, you can. I have no reason to do so because he gets it, and that is what is important. 

Meaning: this dream is also pointing out that the past that had been identified with is no more. The past is no more. I mean that you can’t go back and rely upon the past. In other words, this is even exemplified by the statement, even the furniture from end to end, in other words, because the statement had to do with from one end of the historical district to the other has been burned up. 

The dream has the sense of there being a mistake in terms of how to conduct oneself, which needs to be corrected. The mistake wasn’t intentional. And the error in judgment is now obvious. 

And a deeper meaning is, a person is negotiating against themselves when the focus is based upon what is happening, or has happened, in the outer. It takes both the inner and the outer to face the situation. In other words, top down and bottom up – not just one or the other. 

In the dream the Republicans are symbolic, being represented as being the outer, and the other party is the inner. Brought together, the Republicans and Democrats represent the breath: neither party has the answer, is the conclusion I walk away with. What needs to be known is from one’s self.

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An Unfoldment Process

24776441Sometimes the images in a dream can be very clear in their meaning. Here we see the old and the new, together. And no matter how attached we may feel to the things that have been important to our journey thus far, a time will come when we need to let go of that past and embrace the future. Because everything has its role to play in our unfolding process, but our attachments must always give way to what offers our next growth and possibility. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: In my dream I’m standing with two others in a driveway area of a yard. This is a circular driveway to this place. In the center there are two trees. One is old and perhaps dead. It seems like it could fall over but it hasn’t.

The other is a vibrant young tree that I haven’t been paying much attention to because I feel it was placed there as an afterthought. In other words, it doesn’t command my attention. Because I feel it is not genuine, I tend to have a rather cavalier attitude about it.

I’m pondering the old tree that I feel must go, however, and a person there sings the glories of this new tree that is straight and pure. There are no knots in the trunk. The person is saying that, whether this tree was part of another tree, was placed here in some other manner, all of that is irrelevant. What is important is it is here, and it took a lot to be a tree with no knots. He finds this to be quite remarkable.

And as he’s making these comments, it’s like he’s looking at this tree leaning on the old tree, and as soon as he steps back from having leaned on this old tree it falls over onto the circular driveway.

And these other two are just nonchalant about what just happened, and I’m looking at this tree that fell over because they’re enamored instead about this other tree that I am, through what they are saying, realizing that maybe I’m not properly appreciating.

In the last scene, I’m trying to mobilize their help to get rid of the dead tree and free up the driveway so we can go as we need when we need.

Meaning: My attention is being diverted to that which is anew, and away from that which was. That which was has nothing further to offer. It is now in the way of an unfolding process; it needs to just fall away. And it may be in the way of a person properly flowing because it falls across the driveway and needs to be removed.

And that which is new is what is anew. It didn’t get the respect it deserved from me for the longest time, but something has changed as I am finally figuring it out. The old patterns, notions, and mannerisms and ways of expression are no more. This new awakening is where it is at now.

This is not as new as it seems. It took a lot to make a tree trunk that is straight and true with no knots in that whole trunk. I am not appreciating it because I was attached to the gnarly branches that this tree has dropped.

Now there’s one more thing, too, in that their attention and focus is upon this new tree, and I’m realizing that this other tree, which I kind of liked even though the branches were dead, gnarly, and sticking out, and this other tree doesn’t really have a lot of branches so it’s just kind of a straight tree, you know, having dropped the lower branches, but now that this old tree has fallen away I’m feeling that we can’t properly eat or do anything unless we get this out of the way.

And so I’m debating, do I just do this on my own, do I try to solicit their help? But we need to clear this out of the way so that we can come and go.

So you might say the old tree and the new tree that something new is arising and that thing that is new is, just because it doesn’t look old, is ancient in its own way as a newness – because it took a lot, and even though no one knows where it could have come from, it had to have gone through a lot to be able to be a tree with no knots in it, meaning having dropped its little branches.

It’s a lot like a ponderosa pine, which is a real knotty tree that can look good and everybody can like just stand under it for shade and whatnot, but when it turns into a yellow pine it drops all of its lower branches and becomes a very regal tree, and takes on a yellow hue even. In the West, it’s the best, and most valuable, and most useful tree in terms of making certain speciality things.

So that pointed out an unfoldment process, a shift in one’s attention, in other words, that there was something in the nature of how something had to be taken on in terms of how it encompassed a greater whole.

Enough had happened that you just needed to be, and you just needed to catch up what it was in your nature that just needed to be, and, in doing that, you would drop all of the other attempt to figure something out ,or to jerk something through, or to push something, or to try to shape something and whatnot. Just the way of being did that naturally. It caused everything to take and adjust accordingly, to glance, and to see, and to be able to feel in a new way.

You have to know how to approach life in terms of putting things into a proper perspective. But in the presence of a pure essence, a surrendered pure essence, there is a whole other inflection that is possible, that can take you outside of the knottiness of all of that waywardness, that one has in a world in which one’s senses and mind are correlated in a lower-self way.

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All Washed Up

images-22These images are an excellent illustration of how an aspect of energy works in our dreams. In each scenario, John is more energized than those around him. And, as we are all the characters in our dreams, that is an important relationship to note. Also to contemplate is, where is our energy placed? In aspects of the past, like an old Jeep, or in trying to awaken something that can’t be awakened? Understanding these energetic relationships in our dreams can help unlock their deeper implications for our life.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: The next three images show where it is delusional. And it’s delusional because you go along and you think you can do more than you what can do. In some aspect you don’t realize that something has to be let go of.

And it’s like for some strange reason you’ve gotten into a pattern, an approach pattern, and you’re not dropping it. And so the purpose of these three images is to get you to identify with the nature of the vibration, so that you can tell the difference between something that is still important to work with, versus something that is broken down and is hopeless. And you certainly should have seen or gotten the memo.

I’ve taken this breakthrough and now I’ve fallen back on all kinds of things. Basically it’s all the same vibration, though, cause there’s only one vibration. But it has different senses about it, different attunements. Attunements that get all the way to the point, if they’re sharp enough, there’s almost like a listening and seeing quality.

Well in this particular case, I fall way back behind it, just not getting the memo. Each one has me placed kind of as an idiot in a scenario, and I’m not realizing what an idiot I am.

So in the first one I’m trying to make a situation work that is all washed up. The reason I dream this is so I am able to distinguish vibrationally that which is possible, and that which is pushing the bubble beyond what is possible. 

In the dream I have a Jeep that has good memories about it – I drove it a lot. It didn’t cost me much; I’ve used it for years. I think I might have paid $500 for it. And I figure, certainly it should be worth $300 yet. And it’s like, what a great Jeep this has been – it ran and it ran.

But I’m not taking into account the condition that I’ve run it into, that it’s now in. I’m coloring the situation with memories of the past. Because I don’t drop those memories, the person who is interested in buying this off of me, because it’s time for me to let it go, they draw the conclusion, because they’re not willing to make an offer of $500 or anywhere close to what I think I need for it, which is like $300, that I must have been taken when I bought it.

Because he’s only able to see the current condition, which I’m glamorizing instead of realizing it for myself, I’m caught in my past memories. But the thing that is lost about this vehicle is it has dropped the transmission.

Isn’t that interesting? It uses the word “transmission,” I just now saw that. In a Jeep in which the transmission has dropped out, is basically a piece of junk, then. And so the father is there with him, who kind of is more balanced because otherwise I would probably quibble with this guy, because I’m set in my condition and he’s set in what he wants to do – it takes a mediator.

And he’s about to make an offer and i could tell he is going to be offering a low-ball number for the Jeep. Plus he wants another vehicle thrown in that is still functional. And he probably is going to be offering the low-ball number for what that is worth, and then the Jeep just gets thrown in. And hopefully I realize I just have to let go of the Jeep.

Will I realize it? Because I don’t know – I wake up. But the thing to denote is that in the meditation dream I was making a distinction in terms of what is able to be accomplished using viable tools, that it still has a flow connected that enables me to function in yet another intended way. How that feels and how this is, is being compared.

So in the next image I’m trying to find the energy to keep something going. I’m still interested in making this happen. So there is the idea that is brought up and everyone around me looks insipid. In other words they just don’t have any flow, and yet I’m still pushing. 

So, to try to quicken the energy and the vibe of things I start running around in a circle. In other words, it’s like a little court area and I go round and round the court to get warmed up, to get the juices flowing, to get the momentum up. And invite them to join me, figuring that this will bring them out of their trance and their insipidness, and then once their quickened, then they can get into the energy. But it doesn’t work.

I say to them that I guess they don’t have the same vested interest in the actions as I do. Another person there comments about, there are about four or five people there, and he comments about one of the others who is there, who is a person who is a minister by nature. And he says the minister should and does because he should have been interested in coming out of the condition.

And the reason, of course, he’s saying that is this minister as he is pointing out is a people’s person. So he has a vested interest in staying connected. Which means that the other guy speaking doesn’t. I mean if he doesn’t feel it, it just isn’t going to happen for him. 

But the minister, whether he feels it or not, because he’s a people person needs to come out of it. So, because I’m all of those people, obviously I’m the minister, again it’s creating the contrast between something that can’t be sitting in a trance, that there’s a way of seeing through things.

So I realize that this is a valid point. This further indicates just how out of it the situation really is, and that I am absorbing a lot of resistance in trying to make flow that which is stale. So that’s two of them.

The third one’s a little bit different. In this scenario I come across a bunch of volleyball players who have been playing and enjoying themselves, but are all tired now, and worn out, or it’s time for them to quit for the day.

But I haven’t played, and so I’m excited about seeing this opportunity. There they are, and I want to play volleyball. So my energy’s still quickened by comparison. I still have the energetic aliveness, and so I act as if I can jumpstart things; I could use my force of nature to keep this going.

And there are five of them. I would make up a sixth which is just enough to make a three on each side volleyball game. You know you can make it work, but you have to dig deep to make it work. 

Unfortunately, the guys that I see there would be great, because they’re all incredible athletically. But the two women need to quit. They definitely have had enough. So the question is am I going to be sensitive enough to see and respect this, or am I going to keep pushing my over-the-top verve.

And so there is another significance to this. These three images are pointing out how things feel in the outer, now that a change or shift is coming. The outer is there, but it is all worn out, and there is a limit to how it can be jumpstarted. That’s why nothing works in the outer anymore.

And the meditation dream, by comparison, is guiding my attention into seeing through that condition and finding the tools needed to keep on keeping on. In other words, I can’t keep pushing it in the same motif, but there are tools. There’s another way of going at this in which something still has a freshness and aliveness that needs to emerge, which create its own viability.  

Now what’s interesting is this viability – there’s a viability in either direction – either kind of in terms of awakening things more, or a viability in terms of things collapsing. It doesn’t really matter, you have to be part of it either way, you can’t just check out.

So the three images are saying that there is a fine line, when the thread to something in life has changed, to reaching a more productive shift. It’s changed. In other words, in an attempt to find a more productive way of being, one has to let go of what has been.

And that if I don’t see that, and recognize that, acknowledge that, and accept that, then I’m deceiving myself, because I won’t be dropping the habituations of the past that have changed. To understand the difference, there must be an aliveness that is quickened in the overall scenario that is connected to something new coming into life.

In other words, you can’t just try to push the bubble on something that isn’t going to work. You have to actually find a tool or something deeper within, which is behind the scenes of it all, which is important.

It is something to look at in terms of one’s real self, when you look at it more closely, because in the three images I’m not doing that, I’m just pressing my self-interest, lower self-interest, and so there isn’t anything there.

Those scenarios, which are similar to what is going on in outer life, which has a vibration that has been stifled, that is no longer alive, you can’t make anything of that work anymore, because it truly is all washed up.

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