Posts Tagged ‘making a spiritual journey’

transformation_The idea of traveling a difficult road in a dream can seem to be a pretty straightforward image, but it is an important idea in terms of a spiritual journey. And that’s because there is no teacher or religious figure that can make this journey for us – we must do it on our own. There are many that can help to guide us and keep us on track, but in the end it is between us and the universe. It is a journey of transformation, and therefore will be a different experience for each individual. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I have this dream in which I seem to live in this house that’s a little apart, so when I travel to this house the road that I travel on isn’t paved, and it goes through some woods, and it’s a little difficult, and I don’t notice that the first time I go to the house. It’s just the way I go home.

But I go home and I need to check on these critters that I’m raising for an experiment. They’re some kind of an insect. You know, they look almost like a long legged, furry, big legged spider, but they’re not quite that. I don’t think of them as that, and they’re kind of a manageable size right now. I raise them in kind of a dry aquarium, but I realize when they get too much larger maybe you need to feed them to the cat, or you do something else with them in the experiment, I don’t know what you do, I’m raising them for something.

I’ve invited somebody over to the house so I realize if these critters got too much bigger they might make that friend uncomfortable. I don’t even like them when they get too much bigger and start getting out of the aquarium, or run around, but they seem to be needed for some experiment that I’m doing for work or somewhere.

And then as I travel from there with my friend back to where I’m going, I’m realizing that actually my house is probably pretty difficult for other people to get to because it goes through these woods, and on an unpaved road, and up a hill. It’s not even quite two lanes, and I don’t seem to think anything about it, but I feel like it’s probably a little uncomfortable for other people.

But it feels like for the time being I’m living somewhere like Germany. I have work that requires me to do this, and so there’s not a lot I can do about it. I don’t even normally even think about it, it’s just reflecting back on it I notice all these things. That’s really all I remember of the dream.

John: The theme of the dreaming last night was that the world is changing, from the standpoint of our perceptions, and that we’re opening up to experiencing more and more of what is going on, in terms of our consciousness or awareness, as a being.

And what you’re being shown is that even though conceptually you might think that the idea of taking and expanding, or reaching other levels, or awakening in some capacity is something that makes a lot of sense and is readily embraced – that’s not necessarily the case. There is a certain resistance to that happening because it involves you having to contend with things that you never had to contend with before.

In other words, you have a sensibility in terms of more things occurring around you that you have to now be able to handle as part of a newfound awareness. And this sort of thing destabilizes how it is that you are inclined to see yourself, in terms of being, in relationship to others who do not have this sort of thing going on with them.

So they tend to come across in a different way, a way that’s still in keeping with how it is that is safe for them, and is simple for them. And you are inclined to have scoped out something more, and also recognize and realize that you are kind of alone in that capacity because it’s not something that can be readily shared without there being reverberations.

And so it’s almost as if what you’re doing is you’re taking and you’re looking at all of the ways in which you have changed, and looking at this as if this is something that, from a standpoint of coping in terms of an ordinary world, it’s a big shift in terms of how you have to conduct yourself.

So this dream is showing you what this really looks like, which is a little different than how you would have been inclined to believe it in kind of a glorified perspective, in which the average person sits there and they think that waking up, and becoming more aware, and taking into account more of what’s going on around them in their environment, they idealize that. They don’t realize that when it is actually happening that it causes you to have to be different, you can’t be as open in terms of revealing things that you perceive because what you’re able to perceive is something that took you awhile to know how to handle, and that others aren’t perceiving, aren’t familiar with all of the levels and ways of being because they do not know how to let go enough to be able to handle that. They still need their creature comforts.

So what you’re portraying is not at all glamorous, although it would have been conceptually deemed glamorous if you were kind of looking at this from a standpoint of that being an end all, be all sort of thing. And so what the dream is doing is also showing you a whole other reason why a person takes a step back and takes and says no to certain things because it can be too much.

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pC-n2jpgIt’s been said before, but it bears repeating because it is so rarely made clear: spiritual paths and religions are meant to start us along the path to our human purpose. But, at a certain point, it becomes just us and the universe itself – no one else can help us, or steer us. It is the way of the human design to gain the intelligence and guidance it needs to proceed, and for each of us it’s as unique as we are. Said another way, teachings are meant to help us connect to higher things – but, once we do, we must follow the guidance we personally receive. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: Well I had a similar dream, in comparison, in which it’s like you and I have gone down into the parking garage. It’s like under some building anyway, some large complex that we live in, and we’re going to what I know is our temporary parking spot.

And, when we get there, I notice there’s a car already there, but also out in the main aisle is a worker who has this bucket on the ground, in the center there, and is taking and finessing some machinery or something, a tube or whatever, up high, up above. And so my assumption is that the parking spot and what’s going on here are somehow correlated.

And, suddenly, as you’re walking by him, I’m behind you and so I’m still kind of watching what is going on there, as you’re walking by, almost as an effect but probably just the way it’s done, he takes and he releases something and, in one fell swoop, into the bucket is this mixture of concrete that just drops, plop, right into the bucket.

And so I say to him, “Do you ever miss?” You know, because it looked like he was aligning or doing something up above. “Do you ever miss?” And he says, “No, never.”

And then he somehow knows that you are supposed to be doing something, in regards to something almost like a school project or something, some project anyway, and so he says to you: “Ignore the speech at the end, but follow to a tee everything else.”

And as he’s continuing to explain how important the first items are at the very beginning, he then kind of pauses, almost as if you might still be influenced by the speech or something even though you’re to ignore it, and he states it – even stronger this time – and he says: “I’ll burn the speech, so you better not pay any attention to it whatsoever.”

And then I turn to you, and I say, “That’s correct, that’s right.” And the reason why I’m able to say “that’s right” is that earlier I had gotten some sort of impression or something, direction, or orders or something that came down and affected me in some way, and realized that apparently whatever it was that I was making out of it was not what it was about.

So that was the dream. And what I wrote up about it, as a meaning, is the status quo in terms of how it is that I see myself situated is in flux. My temporary parking spot is no longer available for my use. My attention is being directed to a work in progress. It is coming down in one fell swoop. I am to ignore what there is to say about the unfoldment, where you can portray it to others, because that takes an absoluteness into the relative. I am to place my undivided attention upon a guidance that I feel within and, to keep from being distracted, burn everything else. I hear and denote this as a here and now, requiring an unwavering attention to what is moving inside me.

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doad2As humans we are born with a unique set of skills, and each one of us can be the answer to a need in creation because no two people will take the same path through life. For those seeking to fulfill that possibility in their lives, doors and pathways will open up before them. Yet we also always have our freedom of choice: we can take those opportunities, or try a different way. This discussion follows the dream analysis from A Greater Vista.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: It reminds me of a dream in which Siddhartha, when he was born, or before he was born, he was born into a wealthy king family, there was a dream that occurred in which the interpretation of the dream was that this boy had two possibilities. One is he could become a really, really great king and effect a lot of changes in the countryside and in the kingdom. Or two, he could become a person that would be exalted in his renunciation of the physical, and thus a realization of some deep, deep inner depth.

So the parents were aware of this. They were aware of this dream. They believed this dream, and so they sheltered Siddhartha from seeing anything that could disturb him and cause him to want to trip into another depth world of renunciation or something – and he remained like this. In fact, he even submitted to an arranged marriage when he was like 28 or 29 years old.

And somehow in that whole process he came to realize that the world outside of the castle, and the world in the castle, were completely different. In other words, there was strife and poverty and death and all of that which, somehow or another, he hadn’t really come to grips with. So once he got married he was totally enamored in the marriage, but he now had this other that was plaguing him. And this was hitting in a way that was quickening what obviously was one direction or the other that he could turn.

He could stay in the wonderful marriage that he was in, and go on and become an exalted king, or this other, he could turn his attention to that. He chose to turn his attention to coming to grips and dealing with and understanding the plight of everything. So he did it in a very, very confused way. He deprived himself of everything. He just disappeared from a wonderful marriage that he was in. He went out and he got so gaunt and so thin, renunciating things, and eating one grain of rice a day and whatnot, as if that was going to cause him to realize something.

He fell in even with a band of renunciates that were somewhat like that, except he always took everything to a greater extreme, and he even took himself to the verge of death. And suddenly he had this realization, or recognition, that in terms of another kind of clarity that he needed to rise up and be strong with instead of the weakened condition that he had gotten himself into. He needed to eat. He needed to bring himself back into life.

So the renunciants he was with renounced him because he was now betraying of the cause, and out of this evolves what became Buddha. But for quite awhile while he was doing this other, he had to go through this whole process of a type of purging before he could come to realize what the inner process was really all about.

Your dream reminds me of that because it points out something that’s kind of like that. It points out that you have a natural inclination to shape something that can be part of a process, in which something is shaped, that has a real shine to it, but you do it in a subservient way where you do not project yourself to where you are able to function in an independent capacity from with inside of yourself.

You rely upon the guidance around you, and the time comes when you recognize that you have the insightfulness, the key inside of yourself, to take a step forward and be more effective straightaway, instead of dependent, that you can reach those levels inside yourself or open that quality of a guidance seeing and hearing from within, and shape accordingly.

And when you do that, and when you take that push forward, you stimulate the Kundalini energy of your nature that’s necessary to go along with that unfoldment. When you do that you’re then presented with two options, two different ways of being. One is you can hold the presence of what you’ve realized and recognized and maintain that in the space of something more that’s opened up. However, it is defined. It is something that is now visible.

Or you can take it into a greater outer, into a greater soul, world soul or something. You could soar with that. You could take that quality that’s shaped and, so to speak, dismantle the gem in that it becomes a type of pervasive nothingness that goes into the outer, into the whole.

In other words, the option is to hold a space that has a recognized brilliance or, upon accessing it, going into a way of carrying this into a greater overallness. It’s something that isn’t defined because where that kind of expansive realm goes is hard to denote.

In other words, if you’re looking at what you were doing with the energy is you were taking the life force and making it loud in a physical world sense way, in conjunction with having achieved and awoken a clarity within, that then was more greatly grounded by bringing it through, bringing it into a foundation.

The loudness of that kind of swallows you up from the standpoint then that the life force that goes into the soul of the world, you can’t find yourself necessarily in something like that because you don’t accentuate a quality of passion in life that is apparent and obvious. The passion in life is visible, it’s obvious to others. When you take it into the soul there’s an illumination that is only accessible to those who have reached a point that they can gain or glean from that. The illumination extends out. It’s almost like a ray of sight. It’s like an example of something with that illumination would be a teacher that can kind of see the soul of things, and their sight touches out, touches things in terms of touching out into all that exists.

It’s like you’re at a crossroads, one to be lived, and the other is something else; it’s what is intended.

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