droplet-152Living a simple life is usually imagined as one of austerity, with having only the fewest things that one needs. But that’s not really the point. Simplicity is seeing everything from one perspective, through the filter of purpose and meaning. In this way, a person doesn’t have to struggle with the many things, because when one knows who one is, and why one is here, the many things are only of passing interest and don’t clutter up our lives with their distractions. We can see things for what they are, without them affecting who and what we are. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: And then I had a series of dreams. This one dream I wrote up, I am with a person, and we go to where I am hidden from others. Now this dream, this vibrational aspect, kind of came up in regards to the stillness, and what I’m suddenly realizing, as reported in the meditation dream, that if people suddenly catch that they have to do something in terms of shifting, getting outside of how it is that they are, that they’re trapped by, that they will react to that. They won’t necessarily accept that. And because they don’t necessarily accept that, you almost have to keep this issue to yourself.

And so I find myself going to a place, a safe place, that is very simple, and doesn’t cause a concern. Stillness can cause a concern, stillness sets in motion things that act as a kind of a force of nature, in terms of the environment, because they inflect something more. And that something more can be hard for a person to take. It can create a reflective reaction that’s unpredictable.

So I see myself go to a place that is pulling myself off to one side. And in this place there’s a shower and one room, and it’s enough. And I am relieved to have found this place. In other words, at least it’s a place that I can sit with as a spot that I can occupy – as everything else around me goes on.

And so in realizing I can make do with it, I also notice it is in an isolated part of kind of an energetic town, or an area of town where there’s not a lot going on to cause a lot of unnecessary vibratory attention or something. So it’s in a place where to whatever degree maybe something has been stirred up, it’s not inclined to look for me there.

But I also have to go a distance with the companion who accompanied me here, so that he can go back, or find his way to where he needs to be, and where he has yet to cope. And that’s more out in the open; but it’s okay because no one is directly looking for him. But I still am concerned that he knows where I went to be still. But, I also know, if he remains hidden, in terms of how he carries himself, he won’t stir something up like a force of nature and he’ll be safe.

Now when I am back at this place, because I don’t have him, I get confronted with the dilemma of having to take on a roommate, and the reason that I argue that I have to do that is because this place has a shower in it that I wasn’t anticipating having the need for. I don’t know how I thought I was going to cope. And I don’t have a towel to use, and so I’m feeling that I need to have someone there that brings in the towels.

And then I wake up contemplating what other sacrifices I am going to make do with, in terms of involving and having to contend with parts of myself that are pushed aside, or are separate, in terms of this idea of trying to be alone with myself

And the meaning is that there are all these parts of myself, there’s the part in which I traveled to a hiddenness within, and you don’t just take and withdraw with that from the world, and so I need to kind of work with that, and accompany that; it’s like a shadow aspect of myself in terms of the wholeness.

But now I’m kind of doing some sort of herky-jerky where maybe I do it up to a degree, but not all the way through. And then that means that when I try to hold to the stillness, there’s still something affecting me, in which I’m not getting off my back. In other words, you function anew not by taking and obliterating things that you’re meant to pull in as a wholeness.

So the significance is, this dream is in a response to the sensation vibration of how do I function when my nature and beingness becomes something that is, by its way of holding a stillness, from the stillness the vibrations that exist around it are affected?

And this is one of the first dreams in which I look to contend with the energetic. Now I’m contending with it by trying to push away from it, which can lead to a spiritual illusion – which is shown in the next dream.

But, in this dream, I find myself coming up with the idea that the problem is that I am not taking into account the greater interconnected beingness. The connection may be grounded in the simplicity of life, and I must let go of creature comforts to stay simple in order to include others as part of myself. But to sustain this simplicity, the dilemma that I’m confronted with, that I haven’t broken out of it’s amnesia because what caused me to have to do this was an overexposure, and now, can I go the other way and not let them know anything other than what somehow leaks out inflectively?

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im899We may think that we are stuck with the brain we were born with, but that is not the case. We actually change our brain all the time, for good and for bad. When we create a psychology about something, or let a fear take over, we limit what we will allow the brain to process. By the same token, when we learn anything new, we create new circuitry in the brain to process the new information. This is partly the reason why spirituality and personal development cannot be handed over to someone else – it must be grown, literally, in a person, physically. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Then, I think, right before I woke up, I dreamt a little bit about if I had brain surgery, and if it made a change. And it felt like the two changes I was examining is, what if they did surgery on your brain and then you had a situation where words were all nonsense to you, or the words you spoke were all nonsense, like they change something with the speech center or hearing center, mostly the hearing center; I was examining that.

And then I was examining if they did brain surgery, and you lost all hearing, how would that change experiences? I guess the way I was looking at it was, if I went to the movies with you would I still make sense out of what was on the screen if I couldn’t actually hear the words? That seemed to be all that dream was about.

John: What’s going on in that dream, and what I’ve realized in terms of my brain, even, as well, is that the brain, in an ideal state, has a quality, or an ability, about it, to be able to take in all things. I mean it’s huge, the quality of the brain.

But we limit the quality of what the brain can do by the heat and the burden of the way we slam things around, with our senses, and our densities of things. We overwhelm the brain, in that it isn’t able to function in a totality. And thus, what we think about that comes out of the brain, instead of being a greater wholeness, is limited in capacities that are based upon what we have done to ourselves, with not being able to take in and take on the wholeness or the overallness.

In other words, your first two dreams have to do with a situation in which you are portrayed as being in such and such a place, in relationship to something that is way over-the-top and bigger than you, and that when something is like that, and you make choices and such, those choices and whatnot too limit capacity of the brain, because the brain when it does, and is, able to catch up with things, will be able to be there in its greater dimensionality as well.

But when you deny yourself the potency of how it is, and who it is, that you are able to be, you also then impair the brain. And so the idea is that whenever you are doing something that involves something that requires a capacity in order to address, in other words, to deal with more of the complexity of things, you want to make sure that you know the importance of having to have a brain that is properly wired. There is a type of giving up, however. There is a type of cracking up, where something can get to the point where it doesn’t quite function.

Now with what you have gone through, compared to what I went through, I think I did a lot of damage to my brain, and I did a lot of damage to the body as well, where I used to walk around with shoulder aches, and one shoulder higher than the other, and all of that was kind of a discombobulation in terms of the way I was wired. And, over a course of time, I opened up the synapses and changed something. Something was able to reorder itself so that it was able to function.

This is an interesting fluidity that exists, in relationship to a human being, in that in the greater sense of things they do have the capability of wiring in relationship to everything that’s around them in the environment – and/or they can suffer the consequences, because everything hits the body. They can suffer the consequences to where something gets dumbed-down or numbed out.

And I think what has happened over a course of time is that one does develop the synapses that take and can work around whatever the complexity of the way something is, and I think that that’s not always easy.

And the same thing can be true of the brain, and I would say that it’s a legitimate concern that when one does a type of brain surgery that you can actually upset something, from the standpoint that it would then limit a capability that you may have had – but I also feel that one intertwines, or rewires, around that.

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The Art of the Breath

JourneytWe might use the phrase: it’s as natural as breathing. If we do breathing exercises with a roomful of people, everyone ends up on a similar frequency of breath – which creates a type of closeness between the people. And it seems that all forms of planetary life take advantage of breathing the oxygen in the atmosphere in some way, shape, or form. And perhaps the cycle of seasons are a process of in-breath and out-breath for the planet herself. On the deeper, inner levels, we know, too, how to breathe with the universe. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: My sleep dream, that corresponded to that, had my name being called out several times in the night. And each time that it was called out, whatever it was that I could’ve woken up to and tried to write up, I would’ve written up in the modality as if I am pounding my way through to a recognition. And, instead, what was going on was each time that this happened was an attempt to draw out of me – whether you would call it a jerk, not necessarily – to draw out of me what was already known.

In other words, to get me to wake up and recognize what I already see inside. When I rattle the cages, as if I am trying to probe, or understand, something, I’m always toitering with some aspect of motion within the breath. But when I really let go, there is an acuity that comes and just lifts something in, and out, and through, as a quality of stillness.

That’s why I guess I’ve come to realize that I don’t really know how to meditate. I just am fortunate to be able to sit and go somewhere, and, when I go somewhere, it comes out of somewhere deep inside of myself. I don’t project myself to it. I don’t do anything to cause it to get there.

If I do anything, it is to figure out how to let go of the loudness that is around me. and the only tools I have to let go of that is to quit putting attention upon those projections of a loudness, as something that drowns everything else out.

And so the art of the breath has to do with the vibration that exists, in the breath, that one catches up with outside of the bifurcation that we have done to linearize it, in some way, shape, or form. Now we make it linear when we put on the breath a mood, when we put on the breath an attitude, when we put on the breath a thought. That makes it linear; or a fear, or anything like that.

So, when we look to a letting go there is a stillness, and in that stillness there is tremendous energy. And that tremendous energy, the catching up with that, is what causes us to really let go to the stillness. The principle of putting everything on the breath, or inside of one’s self, onto a principle of love is a quality of that principle of catching up with the stillness – a stillness that is, as a stillness, a tremendous source of vibration that generally speaking is more than what we, in our defense mechanistic world of in-breath and out-breath, are able to handle.

When you are really, really dreaming at a real, real deep depth inside yourself, the danger that exists is you stop breathing. You can go into the stillness and maybe forget that you have to breathe.

So it’s an amazing science that a person breathes, and yet is in the stillness. That somehow or another is the challenge in life. And to do things with an attention upon the breath, the in-breath and the out-breath, per se, causes a kind of magnetism that isn’t on the level of stillness. You need it to be from a level of stillness, the letting go, otherwise it is a means of bicycling around and functioning in a duality, in the duality of reflections.

So teaching that has to do with adhering to the breath, as opposed to adhering to something behind the breath, gets you in trouble. So like if you hear inner music inside, and you listen to the inner music instead of letting go to that and be swept up by that, you are dangerously close. When listening to just the music, you’re dangerously close to also then being attentive to the breath. And when you’re attentive to the breath you’re trying to blend the breath of in and out, up and down, yo-yoing with the music. It doesn’t work that way. Letting go involves letting go to the stillness place.

And so this was the theme of the dreaming last night. The sleep dream just had to do with me recognizing that the idea that there is something to see, and do, and get others to realize that they don’t already know, just perpetuates the amnesia and the in-breath/out-breath way of projecting.

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