The Energy to Change

John: Last time we ended with a voice in my dream saying,You have a call from all sources of what is going on, and a minute amount of awareness about it .” (For the background to this discussion, see A Touch of Mink, and Seeing the Light Beer.)

So I seem to have a minute understanding, based upon comparative experience, to know when something needs to be poured out (the beer), versus when it is to be ignored and remained bottled.

My first dream had to do with having to contend with mink energy, which is set in its nature but tends to be fairly refined compared to squirrel energy, which forages about in life and tries to make the best of a situation.

And squirrel energy is progressive. It might be a little frenetic as it accumulates things. It can even tend to hurt the subtle unfolding, but it definitely gets the attention of that which is old guard and trying to maintain the status quo.

That which is trying to maintain its status quo  – the mink energy – sits behind its established security (the gated area), but tends to lose, over time, its connection to its surroundings. In other words, what is peripheral starts to fall away, and the old guard energy becomes more and more isolated in how sustains and maintains itself.

That’s what old energy tends to do – it gets isolated and disconnected, whether we are speaking of old patterns, old leadership, or old civilizations. New energy coming in, which functions on a similar parallel but is still active and vibrant, tends to create a stir energetically, and instigate change while the status quo tries to maintain its perimeters and resist any change.

In life today, what is going on is that at the very top echelon of things we have an attempt to maintain a status quo, and to some degree that defense of the established system can be vicious. And the mink is one of the most ferocious of all the weasels, even though it’s not often thought of that when it’s admired for it’s beauty. It’s viewed as something to attain, to reach, and then to maintain and protect and ward off other aspects in life.

So the squirrel is viewed as something that creates a disturbance that disrupts the tranquility of things, yet at the same time it can bring about greater awareness – if it’s doing it consciously instead of chaotically. It can cause a greater awareness of the aspects of life that have been neglected for so long, but need to be awakened to and appreciated, i.e., the spiritual aspects.

So that was the first dream and then it progresses to the second dream in which there are two qualities, or states, of life – the spiritual and the cultural, or the inner and the outer – that have been separated, and if no action is taken they will stay separated. But if we learn how to press on something, to instigate an awakening, we can cause a change in the flow.

Then something new and different can occur. How do we know when it’s time to do that or not? Well, the imagery of the third dream, with the beers, offers us a clue: a Budweiser is considered a beer of the present, of the common man, and the Miller beer is a beer that used to be seen as common and then became somewhat more sophisticated before it fell out of sight.

No one thinks much of a Miller beer anymore. Anyone who used to order a Miller beer, now orders a Bud. A Bud under most conditions is fine but if you’re dealing with something that’s a little more gentrified, a Miller is actually a better tasting beer. Nobody thinks of that. Most don’t make that subtle distinction.

This is some sort of pun in my dream, where I’m drinking that which is common in life and then I realize that that which is uncommon in life remains bottled, unopened. Then I progress to where I pour the beer into a glass (to bring it back into an aliveness instead of it letting it remain shut off), and it seems to create a possibility where it can be appreciated more.

When it becomes something that’s more appreciated, and I’m able to know the difference between the two, that’s when it’s assumed that I’m developing a sense of what is going on in terms of various energetic levels, because there are different stages of things awakening.

When we develop an understanding of what is going on then the next thing that needs to happen is for us to pull out some “minute amount of awareness about it.” In other words, it’s going on for a reason in terms of that which is designed, and we need to be conscious of that process.

I guess that’s the sense that I have inside, that somehow we need to find a way to be able to keep shifting, and accommodating, that which is important to a situation, and to an occasion in life. No matter where we go or what we do, we need to keep that awareness and stay with the flow. We need to balance the guidance of the inner to what is happening in our outer lives.

Seeing the Light Beer

John: I have a couple little dreams and the first is: I’m in a situation in which the way to make something happen is to press down on a device. Maybe I have to press down three, four, or five times, but if I don’t press down on the device, nothing changes.

It’s like that. When you firmly press down on it you change the flow but, if you don’t, what exists goes on as usual.

I wake up somewhat surprised that nothing has changed and that the current situation continues. But I see that nothing will change unless I take an action to change the way things can unfold. Somehow I’m surprised that it actually works that way. 

This is what I’m being shown in the dream – that things work that way. At first it makes no sense to me – it requires deeper understanding. It’s suggesting that I have an effect upon what unfolds, even though I’m not inclined to believe this as being literally true.

That’s the first dream.

In the second dream I wake up at the end of it when a person makes the following statement to me, “You have a call from all sources of what is going on, and a minute amount of awareness about it.” The person who says this seems to make the statement at a most unusual moment in the dream.

It begins with me sitting around with a number of other guys. I have a Bud Light that I have apparently ordered and I’m drinking it separately, by myself. As I’m drinking it I find myself, out of the blue, ordering a case of Miller Lite to go all around the table.

I take a bottle of Miller Lite and pour it into a glass. As I drink it, I find it’s really good. Another guy asks if the beer can be put into a glass and I kind of nod in the affirmative because that’s what I’ve done: why not put it in a glass?  

But then I go off on a rampage. I had been drinking the Bud out of a bottle and I’m announcing that it’s just absolutely horrible. Who ordered this stuff? I say, never let me order this ever again. It’s nearly undrinkable.

My demonstrative, reactionary behavior causes a scene. I’m so loud it’s obvious to everyone, and they can see that I’m serious. I’m so over-the-top about this beer being bad that everyone just starts laughing and laughing. 

I sell them completely on the idea that it’s bad because I really believe it. They find it funny that I’m drinking something that’s that horrible. Then one guy, who had been laughing with everyone else, looks at me in a strange, somewhat serious way, and makes the statement that jars me awake: “You have a call from all sources of what is going on, and a minute amount of awareness about it. “

What does this show me? These two dreams are a continuation of the ideas expressed in the dream earlier that night (see A Touch of Mink).

Next time we’ll look at how all three play off the same central themes.

A Touch of Mink

John: In this dream, I’m in a secured, gated enclave with many residents, but I go outside into an abandoned peripheral area. I’m there to pick up all these square plastic containers that are littering the yard.

These are the type of containers that you might put strawberries or blueberries in, and they have lids. Some of them are broken into pieces. I pick those up, but what I’m really doing is stacking them together so I can carry them all.

There are so many and some are in areas that have been left alone so long that I notice that when I push a bunch together some dark brownish ooze will drip out as a result. No one even knows that these containers are there. Then I see myself carrying them back to the place where the residents live, which is an exquisite, gated setting.

As I’m returning, a muddy, antique car parked on the edge catches my attention. It obviously hasn’t been used for a long time, and I look around the tires to see if there are any containers lying there.  

There aren’t, but I can see that this car is a very good, vintage vehicle even though at first I thought it was junk. Because no one who lives in the enclave pays any attention to this area anymore, they are stunned that I find so many plastic containers lying around. I guess that their security has shielded them from an awareness of this outer part. Of course, I suppose I’m the same way.

I’m aware that the border to this gated entrance is supposed to be covered in mink. This is a design from the past, and the color is like the chocolate color of the muddy contents that seem to be oozing out from the containers.

But I can see that the color of the security gate is in the process of being changed to that of a light brown, like the color of a squirrel. I know that this means change is afoot.

So what does all this mean? Mink represents old money, and an aspect of stability to the way things have been done. Squirrel depicts a more current accumulator. Mink reflects established energy, while squirrel is more industrious in terms of the current times. Squirrel introduces change to what is set and stable.

Although squirrel energy can be frenetic, it’s a change that carries with it an appreciation of the flow. Mink actually is a ferocious creature, but the change is unexpected because mink has lost its dynamic state within the flow.

Squirrel energy compels the mink environment to take notice of it as life is shifting. The mink energy has lost touch with the way the inner needs to embody the whole. The mink is unaware that what once had been industrious and fruitful, has now become empty because it’s not paying attention. It has created a shield from the rest of life and that tends to shut things down. And, of course, remnants of that past (the containers, the car), are scattered all over the yard, forgotten or ignored.

The remnants of the containers used to carry fruit. So those in the secure enclave no longer embrace the outer periphery and its aliveness. As a result the residents are unaware of a greater existence. I’m bringing these containers inside for disposal purposes to draw their attention to that which was, and is, still possible.

The deeper meaning is that I’m a force that causes what is established to take stock of itself in a new way. This occurs as the mink energy integrates this whirl, or flow, of the squirrel energy and vice versa. The change is both confronting and relieving to the established mink setting.

It’s confronting and relieving because when you get too set too in your ways – your creature comforts and old patterns – you don’t properly appreciate what you have, yet you feel dependent upon them nevertheless.

Of course a mink in the setting hides from the squirrel based flow because the change can lead to unexpected consequences, but also to unexpected realizations. Maybe that’s what this process we’re going though is about?

Isn’t that an interesting depiction?

Jeane: It doesn’t really answer any questions.

John: It doesn’t answer any questions, per se, but it tells me what’s going on as forces of energy are interacting.