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Jeane: Let me explain a bit more about how the hot springs worked (see yesterday’s dream, Being at Depth).

There is an area at the top of the hill where everybody meets. At the very bottom of the hill is a room that has a tub and a steam room, but before going in there you have to walk outside and go up on a small platform. There is a bath there and then a series of hot tubs that go up the hill, about five of them. After going through the tubs, you come back down to the steam room.

It was kind of odd. You bathe in the tubs that go up the hill and then you come back down.

John: Yes, you’re describing an unfolding process, in terms of what is able to penetrate the inner depths. It’s similar to how the out-breath works.

This downward motion you describe represents the out breath, which is a big determinant in how you’re able to come to know something as you go into the depths of yourself (down the hill). At the end of the out-breath you are walking around in creation (the outer world), as if you came down an elevator. Then you come sweeping back up on the in-breath (up the hill), which has a lot to do with what you consciously pay attention to in the depths of yourself.

Apparently there are aspects and details of the out-breath that you normally don’t pay any attention to, but the greater the awareness you have of it coming down, the greater the linkage or connection you have with it when you reach the bottom.

In this dream, you have the hot tubs leading up, and after you’ve partaken of that process, when you return to the bottom you’ve attained a new depth, or new octave – shown by the steam room. You’ve penetrated to a greater inner depth. The hot tubs are nice, but the steam room has an effect that purifies or refreshes in a whole other way.

This corresponds to something the mystic Bhai Sahib said about himself: No, I’m not God, but if I focus upon something, I can get an answer. We can do the same by going into the depths of ourselves (connecting to our higher self). We can connect and get guidance in terms of what is unfolding, or meant to be.

So this is a very mystical dream. The out breath leads to an inner depth where you can participate with greater and greater degrees of letting go and be affected by a process that is linked to the top where things can become known to you.

Without the one, you don’t have the other; without the inner depth connection, the higher remains too feathery and intangible. But at the bottom, by going into the depth of yourself, you’re able to get a glimpse of this other, more universal sense of knowing.

There is the idea in Sufism that assumes that what’s really important is at the very top – it’s where the in-breath turns to the out-breath. In considering that, one can come to realize that the top is like a power station, connected to universal energies. Yet it generally seems intangible to us – almost feathery – compared to the density of the lower, or outer world we experience.

Yet through a spiritual journey we are able to go up the hill and bring down more and more of that intangible essence and begin to know it more and more. Through this process of a human journeying back to god, we create a stronger and stronger linkage to that.

It is another way of saying that everything is interconnected. It’s just that we humans generally take the easy route of only connecting to our lesser mannerism – the seductions of the material world. In this way, most of us fail to catch up with our inner depths, which can connect us to a process that is as big as the universe. And that entire universe can be understood as being one breath.

Within that understanding is the truth that everything is just energy in one state or another, from the power station above (Creation), all the way down to the human (the light bulb). And the light bulb, if it chooses, can access its connections all the way back to the transformers and, ultimately, all the way back to the power station.

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John: We’ve been examining what it means to surrender to the flow of life (see Playing it Safe). When we resist that, by being a slave to our own personal involvements, psychologies, and patterns, we disconnect from everything else in the universe. That’s how we deceive ourselves.

But, if we can get out of our own way, we then somehow gain access to natural knowings about what to do next. Said another way, we are more able to appreciate the flow if we take personal aspects out of the equation and connect strictly to what is natural (universal), or predesigned, in terms of Divine Will.

The closeness of the connection is determined by the degree to which we are able to step aside from our ego-based experience and instead participate more like a natural, living organism in what is unfolding. 

It’s an aliveness, and it comes with catching up with Divine Will, beginning from our inner selves and reflecting that into the outer world, and then it begins to work from the outer world into our inner lives. That is the whole cycle of creation, when a human being is living as they’re meant to live – open to the heart of hearts of life itself.

Basically humans have come to believe, through our self-centered view of life, that our safety is based in our personal protections. But those become the veils of illusion – they’re like our own personal filters – which prevent us from seeing and experiencing the whole of life.

The removal of these veils leads to us to an understanding about the evolution of the soul in the greater scheme of things. Said another way, it’s like the light from within rises up to touch the light of Divine Will, which comes down to touch the spiritual, universal essence imbedded within each of us.

I have this dream image in which there is a great big pot of soup, or stew, being cooked. It’s a huge melting pot of things, and there is a cook. The cook from time to time steps aside to gather more ingredients, or more components.

When that happens, as I’m sitting around watching the cook work, I’m compelled to step forward and stir the pot a bit so it doesn’t burn – but only while the cook is away. It’s like a natural ebb and flow between us, as I step forward and recede.

It’s an interesting little image because I don’t see myself as the cook, but I still do have a role in the process of creating this whole pot of things. The cook never asks for my involvement, I just naturally respond to the need.

What’s obvious to me, in terms of what this image means relative to our ongoing transition here in Las Vegas, is that everywhere we go things are constantly being redesigned in terms of their various functions within the greater Las Vegas environment. It’s an ongoing evolution – nothing is static in terms of the elements of the city fulfilling their roles to the utmost of their possibility.

So part of this message is to understand that nothing is to be denied, that everything is part of the mix, and it’s just a matter of being able to handle that, of being able to work with that, and to not become overwhelmed (which is when our ego protections fill the gap created by such disconnections).

The magic, of course, is in working with all the ingredients that can be added that can cause or allow something to unfold or happen. We can (safely) get lost in that magic as life flows this way and that, just as there is magic in the ways of Las Vegas. We can see everything as a flow of light.

Las Vegas already does its best to simulate the flow of light – that’s what’s so intriguing about it. But who is able to pierce the veils, because each person tends to go off into their own little octave? As a consequence, we might appreciate it in a certain linear way, or sometimes get a little overwhelmed because we see ourselves as not catching up because we’re not in the flow of it.

Whether we are speaking of a city, or of a spiritual journey, humans are not meant to impose their personal expectations on life as it exists and is flowing. We are meant to include ourselves in the flow, knowing that we carry all the protection we need through our deeper connection to Divine Will.

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Jeane: I was dreaming a lot, but the motion of the dream made it hard to pull out certain aspects of the story. There was a dynamic going on where it felt like I was in a canyon area where the rocks were all red.

I was trying to climb up high. There were even some people there who were very tall and thin, like Wilt Chamberlain. I kept climbing up high on the rocks, and then I would go down very low, beneath the earth.

At the same time there seemed to be a very slight circular motion going on at a horizontal level. When the dream had people in it – with dialogue and a story line – that seemed to be happening on the horizontal level – in a linear way.

So there was something that was so interesting about going way up on the craggy red rocks and then way down, below the earth, and then also experiencing a little bit of circular motion.

I wasn’t able to pull out the dialogue or the storyline with people, though. It felt like I was trying to hold too much all at one time.

John: The theme last night had to do with being able to put oneself into the flow; of becoming part of the unfolding that is a natural design of life. The images you’re describing are expressing an attitude that seeks to relate more with what is rooted in Creation, represented by the red rocks. You have, by delving into Creation, gone to a greater depth within. 

However, that depth within you tends to have spirit energy that is frozen, or confined. So the rising up has to do with something being awakened inside, because something has touched it. That’s where you get the circular motion of rising up and down.

The linear motion – what is occurring on the horizontal plane – is an indication that you (as a human being) are caught trying to personally cope with this awakening. But that’s the wrong approach.

A person who functions at such a personal level can never, ever know what’s really going on because everything they do is reflection of, or a reaction to, what is unfolding. They have limited themselves to understanding only through their senses and then their brain. In doing it that way, they aren’t in touch with, or in tune with, what is unfolding from the standpoint of human nature that is designed to be entwined with and part of the flow of Creation.

This is similar to the idea that total openness – or vulnerability, or surrender – is actually where it’s the safest. That’s because it means a person is connected and entwined with everything; it’s when we are in alignment with Creation that we are most protected. That’s where a human being can function joyously with what is unfolding all around them.

So in your dream we see that you’re looking at the variables. Part of you is still trying to reconcile what is going on. Part of you can see yourself in this linear mode, which is the human being who goes laterally in relationship to life. You might say that is traveling east/west, so you open up a little, and close down a little, but it’s a lateral motion.

Then there’s the part of you that has opened up to the greater dynamic of north/south – going high up to something, and then going down into the depths of something. As a consequence, there is the circular motion you feel.

So it’s a matter of perception. Most of us have become limited in our perception to only one axis – and it’s the one experienced through an ego-based view of life – when we think that we are the center of our own universe, and everything that happens, happens to “us.” Yet if we expand our perception to a fuller view – east/west and north/south – we begin to experience our life as an integral part of all that exists.

It’s our defense mechanisms, personal psychologies, and belief systems that protect and deepen the grip of the linear, east/west motion, and that keep us from being able to grasp the up and down, the inner and the outer, which makes up the wholeness.

The north/south motion enables us to awaken, from within, the imbedded spirit energy that comes from the divine. That process then enables the connection to the divine will, which can guide us through what is always unfolding.

As we become guided, we actually gain access to a subjective quality inside us that is not readily heard because the chatter in the brain can drown it out. But if we connect to the subjective side in our nature, it puts us in touch with, and in synch with, that inner part that’s created in the image of the divine, or from the thought of God.

We can’t catch up with the true nature of life through the east/west axis, we can only “cope” with life. We catch up with it by following the north/south, up/down aspects as well.

You might say the east/west motion is the senses that probe and poke around and do their best to understand the way things are outside of us, with the sun rising and the sun setting. The north/south motion means that you catch up with both the sun side and the moon side of yourself at great heights and depths, which is in tune with the cosmos or the universe to which we’re entwined.

Your dream is looking at these components – by breaking them into separate parts – and seeing how it requires a state of total surrender or openness.

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