Ability to Change

bi5929There are many situations that we have little or no control over. But, sometimes we do find ourselves in situations that can be affected by our energetic state. At those times, we have a choice: we can get personally involved and add our negative, or stressed, energy to the situation, or we can hold a better outcome within ourselves, a higher state, the state we would like to see in the environment. If we can hold that state within, we can change the possibility of what can then unfold. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So, in the next dream, it’s like I’ve gone back to maybe a setting, it almost feels like it could have been a school, but it’s all cobblestoned. It’s like an old building, all cobblestone. I’ve been there before, a few years before, and I would occasionally counsel people.

Well, now, some people come in, and a couple comes in. And they’re bringing in their son I had counseled them about when he was a little kid, but now he’s like a teenager, like 15 or so. And the way the counseling goes it’s kind of like people come up and sit at a kind of high table, almost like you’re actually going there to get food served. But you maybe sit around this little round table, and you talk, and it’s more just like one session.

And I’m kind of glad to see them, and to see their son, and I’m almost a little humorous about it because, at least at this point, it feels like whatever issue they come for counseling with, it’s more because like you have a 15 year old, rather than because the 15 year old is really a problem. So there’s a little lightness about it, and we’re kind of glad to see each other. And it feels like maybe there’s more than one encounter similar to that, because there’s a lot going on.

Then, after they’ve left, it’s like I want to visit one of them once. And I go over and it’s suddenly it’s like I’m kind of sliding down this long cobblestone corridor. And, as I go down, I will pass people, some of whom I’ve known or seen in the past, or counseled even, so I have to maneuver to not hit some people that have suddenly set a table out in the middle or something.

So I go down this long, kind of windy, corridor; it’s all made out of stone. And then when I come out, I’m at an area where I’m going to go visit one of the people I counseled in the past, but he’s become quite well known now. And when I get to where he is, it’s almost like I’m actually in another country like India. And before his classes start, or whatever, he’s actually sitting up on a bit of a stand, cross legged.

But then he sees me when I arrive and he jumps down, comes over to greet me, and is laughing and I’m having some contact with how he’s done. Then it feels like after I leave him, I go to another little area of the country there. But then, when I leave, I realize that maybe the zone that we visited in India was a zone where you’re not really allowed to travel anymore. That was when I woke up.

John: So what this dream is meant to do – it switches at the end there to try to get you to catch the big hint – but the whole thing was presented to you right at the very, very beginning.

First of all, the initial dream, what it did was it pointed out to you that the condition, or the mannerism, or however it is that you find yourself in in the atmosphere, is not something that is your fault. It’s not something that you caused to happen, so to speak. You’re in the atmosphere, but you didn’t cause it to happen.

And therefore, then, because some part of you is free from all of that, and is at a different level in some capacity, the sleep dream you had provides the answer. The answer is that you change the atmosphere.

And so the way the dream depicts you changing the atmosphere is it has you in a situation able to counsel, or to relate to things, where you can put it in a kind of new light, sitting upon a pedestal, so to speak, in a cobblestone house, or however you’d call it, that was unique to the area.

In that area, the atmosphere is all something else. And so, as long as you maintain, and hold onto, a quality of yourself that you need to hold onto, that quality, by holding onto that, you’re able to shift or cause a change to unfold; were able to slide right down into things, and that things shift, change, or transition.

It’s very interesting that you would have a dream like this where you would see that what’s going on is not your fault. And that then you are shown that you have a way that you have about you the ability to change the atmosphere.

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The Sound of the Universe

quietnessWhat do we really hear when we get truly quiet within ourselves? Perhaps it is the sound of the universe trying to guide and help us, its most precious flower. Just as everything we see around us is programmed to succeed in its destiny, so are we – but with a special feature: we have freedom of choice. So the guidance we receive has to be requested by us, and importantly, we have to be able to receive it when it comes. That’s when we need to be quiet and listening – inside – even if we are physically busy on the outside. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: You crashed in the middle of the night. You knocked everything off the table, and I said I lost all the dreams that happened before that, because they were so wispy last night.

John: Well, I have crashes all the time, because I’m investing in the markets and stuff. I wake up and my heart just literally drops to the floor sometimes when the market drops out from under me. But I have to function, and I have to remember dreams.

Sometimes someone will call me and they’ll want to know something, they may even tell me a dream or something, and I’ve just looked at the computer screen and I’m in bad shape. I’ve had a crash, yet I have to hold it together. And, in fact, my mind can go racing off at times, and then I go and I sit and I meditate and I have to pull it together.

Now fortunately, I think what saves me is I’ve discovered that there is a correlation between light and sound, and that sound is a lesser octave of the light – and yet they are correlated. You speed sound up and it turns into light.

And I’ve learned that I can sit down and no matter how chaotic something is inside of me, if I can just listen to the sound of the universe, which because everything was created—creation was created out of sound—and you can hear that, and if I just listen to that and go into the stillness of that which is of the whole, the oneness, I can leave all that behind.

But of course, if I can’t, and my mind just goes racing this way and that way because things have crashed, and because everything has gone tipsy-turtle every which direction, then if I can’t pull it together, come back into that space in some capacity, then I’m a wreck. I crack, and I can’t find anything.

I don’t know where you go back to, but you go back to something that’s pretty dumb and pretty out of it, and really shut off, and it requires a holding of this listening center, because that’s what the sound of the universe, that you can hear, that’s what it really comes down to.

Maybe you can’t hear it, in so many words, but that vibration, as a listening center, carries guidance within it or, I should say, maybe, using a better word, a type of knowingness that pervades. And it is from that that one is able to understand, to know, and to grasp things that you can’t grasp with your senses, your mind, and your ego. Your senses, your mind, your ego, all of that stuff that jerks you back into a limited perception, happens when things crash.

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A Transitional State

purpleheartWhat is not always talked about in spiritual development is the way a person can begin to feel like a stranger in the world around them. It’s a natural part of the process of deepening our inner connections, yet it’s also a challenge for us to continue to let go of those external attachments – to ultimately make the transition complete. In this way, development is a continuous action of choosing the deeper path rather than the shallower path of external life.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: In my dream, I kind of have to report on what it’s like to have to be strained with kind of a focus and attention upon an innerness that one knows is important and that, until it comes through, it’s almost as if that is at the expense of an outward understanding.

Because it’s as if I’ve gotten the inkling that that is what is real so, as a result, the outer things that one would normally do and think nothing of it is no longer possible because I have come to know that it goes nowhere.

It’s not that I judge it. In fact, I find it kind of interesting as a flow, and find it interesting how the collective seems to be quite fine with all of that, but it doesn’t reach into the beyond of the beyond and, as a result, I’m somewhat estranged from it.

In my dream, I have gone back to a gathering of high school friends, and these are all guys that I’ve gone back to see, and they’re all grown up and accomplished in whatever it is that they do in the world.

And it’s as if we are getting together in a place which has a setting that’s able to be casual enough so that we can all just go about being who we are, and portraying our individual interests to each other. And what is amazing is, each of these interests, because they’re all outer interests, there’s a cohesion or a collective flow that comes together.

I’m impressed and pleased to see how easy going these guys are able to be in relationship to each other, because what they have in common is this outer linkage or, in other words, a linkage to the reflective. But I don’t have that, and so I’m feeling off, or out of place, not able to fit in.

But they don’t see life like that, that there’s something else going on in me that’s different. They see everything in an outer context, so they just accept me. They don’t see my problem. And I like what I see in terms of them and how they seem to flow nicely with each other. But I can tell, at least in terms of looking at myself – because I’m looking at something of the innerness instead of just the outerness – I can tell that I stand out because I am identifying with this innerness. Or at least am trying to.

And my identification with that has me listening within and, therefore, I am estranged energetically from them. I have lost a freedom in the outer that they still have. I am stiffer in that regard. I look and carry myself as if I have a responsibility that they do not have to relate to. I cannot help but notice that there are many things they each can casually do individually and collectively that I seem to struggle with.

The separation I carry is because I find what they are doing naturally to be awkward for me, and it’s become awkward for me because of the indulgence of my attention is somewhere else.

So the meaning is that at first glance these others, who represent the collective outer, I look at them as the way to be, or something, that there appears to be something wrong with me. And that gets accentuated as possibly so because I can’t help but note that I come across, at least in my own eyes, I mean they accept me because they don’t see this other part, but I come across in my own eyes as being too serious by comparison and not able to free flow, or casually relate, to the outer aspects in life like they do.

They collectively fit in with the physical world. This is what they know so there is no confusion for them. Each is putting forth, in a casual way, the appearance in the outer that best portrays who they are, and what they do, and that then all fits in a collective way.

It’s kind of like how it is when you go back to a class reunion or a reunion of some sort. Each person, they don’t go around complaining about how bad life has been to them, they all try to put their best foot forward. They give each other permission to all put their best foot forward; they don’t complain a lot.

It’s kind of like an ego thing a little bit but, in relationship to that, I stand out because I don’t have a best foot to put forward. I do not identify with life in this manner. I see myself as being separate from them in a way they aren’t able to perceive, and so I can’t even explain that to them. Although they know that I’m somehow in the outer so they accept me as I am, but only to a degree of how they see things in the outer on an appearance with myself; I’m trying to relate to something else.

They’re each going about doing what they do best and integrating in a collective lull. And I am touched. I’m impressed, even, by the fact that there is something sweet about that free flow. It just isn’t for me. I can’t help myself not being like that.

Even though they look at me and are ready to accept me in an outer way, I am not able to reciprocate because my attention seems to hearken to something that is another kind of pressure, or inner responsibility. They can’t see that, and where they are at collectively I must leave alone because that is for them.

In other words, I can’t tell them, I can’t explain the gap, I’m just at a point where my focus is upon an inner attention that has caused me to see myself as estranged in a world that relates only to outer appearances and mannerisms.

I’m no longer able to be temporal. I therefore lack the outer understanding which, for them, is meaningful. In that regard, I’m a bit helpless. I am distinguished from them in that I carry an inner responsibility, which affects me from within, and invokes a responsibility I am still seeking to reach.

It’s not like I’ve reached it and so, in that regard, part of the awkwardness is my bewilderment. In other words, for as long as this remains more than I’m able to access I remain a bit tense and stiff.

If I were able to live the inner aliveness, as a oneness, I would be able to fit in with the collective reflections as well of my high school cronies. I haven’t gotten there yet because I’m still trying to get there, still trying to attune to it, so I’m bewildered between this and that.

So I haven’t gotten there yet, in terms of being at home with the inner aliveness, so there is an imbalance that causes me to see myself as being out of touch in terms of everyone and everything in the outer.

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