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a3d8Our dreams are trying to help us, in a neutral way, to fulfill our human potential. Their images distill the story lines of our life to their essences, as a way to communicate to us in a deep way. Here the images are about establishing a natural connection, at a deep inner level. And, as the images unfold, we see that the dreamer finds a world of shops he never knew existed – in a cave (an interior space). In the next dream he has driven up to the curb outside a store, and in the third image he is actually in the store buying something. He is getting closer and closer to the bounty available to an intertwined life. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: This one is a real story here. First of all, I write up a scenario. Doing things that stretch my means of balance cause me to become more dense and physically oriented. Yesterday I was weighed down by physical conditions and drifted into a more stressful state. I was in need of shifting from that, or being sped away in order to relate with life in a more naturally intertwined way.

I am meant to reach the means within where I am able to accept and take in everything there is in my environment. I become closer to this when I pick up speed. In other words, you think that you’re being protected when you come in, and you just lay back, and think everything is on automatic pilot or something, however, when the outer gets the best of you, you lose the natural intertwined wholeness.

So in this next dream it’s quite a little story. In this dream I’m just a kid, and I live kind of in an area that might be similar to the way the countryside looks in the mountains. I’m in a fairly isolated recreational area, and I have a house there, and I just play in the open spaces outdoors. You know, it’s just like national forest or something all around.

And then there’s kind of a road, and one day I notice a recreational bus come up the road, and it stops just a short distance from where I live. So, out of curiosity, I go over there and notice that everyone is going inside what looks to be a cave. I didn’t know that there was a cave there. I come up to where the guy outside that’s kind of the tour director, he waits outside, and he tells them that they can spend an hour and 15 minutes inside.

I come up to him as he’s standing there and I just start talking to him a bit, and I mention how I live a short distance away, and I had this sense of a memory of how something, where I could go down into something, and it would open up. In other words, it was like there was a way that I access some inner depth.

And I’m kind of recounting that to him, you know, I’m so close by it’s amazing. I don’t know where I get the memory even, because I’ve never seen it up close in a full way, yet I have this strange memory. So I ask him if I can go inside. I indicate that I have always wondered, that I’m curious about all of this, and have full intentions to pay the next time but I just don’t have any monies at this time.

And I’ve sat there and I’ve talked to him about this, and I’ve had a good rapport with him, and I’m just a kid, and so he says, “Yeah, go ahead.” And so when I walk inside, the first thing I see is kind of low ceilings that I can barely stand up in, and how ventilated that is, how the airflow is. And I mention something about how soothing this is, and they mention that this cave is just naturally cooled and aerated. In other words, there’s no manmade things to cool it.

But then, all of a sudden, as I step in further it opens up into a huge, huge open area. There are small shops everywhere. I’m stunned at how big an area there is here. It’s like a huge open bowl. I can even see the skies above. I see clouds moving over above. I had no idea that there was this sitting like this. You go in and it opens up and it’s all contained like this. It’s bounded by sides.

So I imagine how I could’ve found this. In other words, as I look at this, and I’m getting a perspective of it, I realize, you know I could climb the hillsides and come down into this, perhaps. It seems like I could go up a mountain or something and climb down into this.

The place is so large, it’s easy to get lost. Everywhere I look it’s like in a wonderland. I don’t see any of the others, of course, that were there because this place is so big they just get swallowed up and lost inside. And there’s all kinds of vendors and everything else in there.

And so I’m racing from one side to the next. On this far side, things get really quiet and still, and I come to the border of that there, which is a lake. As I come down to the lake, a woman’s face magically appears. I barely see this. I talk to someone else that’s there, but then need to hurry back fast and, as I hurry back fast, I glance around and the face pops up and then disappears again, in other words, like the lady of the lake. And she probably was saying something, or impressing something, but I didn’t pick up what it was. So I race from here back.

I seem to arrive back near the entrance, although I was concerned about how I would ever get back, and find my way back, because it’s such a maze here – it was so big. And, at some point, of course inside I even pondered that the food inside here is all free once you’re inside. So I observe a vendor and notice that there is an additional fee for the exotic food that is readily available.

So the meaning is that this is an example of the wonders and magical play that are readily available to me from the inner world. I can spend a lifetime in the area, and would be hard pressed to take in all there is. As another observation, at one point I wondered within myself if the area was expanding. Although I do not have a sense of how this could be, I’m realizing inside that what is occurring exceeds my imagination. In other words, there continues to be more and more and more there.

So what is this about? When you go into the wholeness, that is so very close, which is part of one’s self, there is a world of boundless wonders, a whole new world emerges. When one does this, they’re astounded by what they have been missing. This proves that the senses bind me to a limited perspective. The narrow outer physical appearances level only is what most people are limited to.

So I am excited to know that there is an immense realm, that exists, that I have not even begun to appreciate, or explore. I just need to probe because I did have the inflection; that’s why it got so exciting because it’s almost like there was the inflection of being able to find this hidden space. I just need to probe a latent inner memory that points to this as a faint echo of potentiality.

So I’ve set in motion a whole sequence of things; so I have another image.

In this one, I drive up to, you know, like a curb where there’s like almost a mall area. I have to drive up with my car, and as I come up to the curb there’s all kinds of stores, you know, along where you park in the front, one right after another. So I get out of the car and I hear a voice inside myself that said, “If you’re willing to pay the price, you’ll come to know what the issues are.”

The meaning is this is an image that portrays the wonder that is everywhere. I just need to take it in. It is so strange that we all have to let go of so much first, before that which is right before us can open up.

Then in the final image, I’m in a store and I’m shopping, like in a glorified grocery store, only this time all I want is some special cooking oil. And I’m intent on getting like three bottles which will be enough to keep me for a long, long, long time.

And so as I pick the bottles up, I suddenly realize that the third bottle, there’s a third bottle. I thought they’d all be the same, all coming from Europe or something, like olive oil or something, cooking oil, but a special kind, but as I go ahead I realize that the third bottle is a cooking oil that’s a little bit different, you know, but serves the same purposes as the special oil from Europe – and it is from Brazil. So for the third bottle I select the all-natural Brazilian cooking oil to compliment the all-natural cooking oil I selected from Europe.

So the meaning is, as my connection to an intertwined world grows, I’m able to appreciate and take in more and more of the natural wonders of life.

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Ruby_SlippersJeane’s dream images call to mind the words from the Wizard of Oz when he tells Dorothy and her friends that what they have been searching for has been in them all along. And so it is with a spiritual path. Whatever we need is already in us. There’s nothing about life on a spinning planet in a spinning galaxy that signals that we are adrift and alone in the universe. What we are in is a wholeness that evolves together and, as such, we have our return journey coded in us, like our DNA. Yet for the human it is always a matter for us to choose the journey, or not, because we have not been created as slaves to the system. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I keep losing my dreams from last night. I know I lost the very earliest one, but the second one kind of repeats. 

Anyway, the dreams seem to have to do with traveling somewhere to find something. The dream that’s the loudest I seem to have traveled into the jungles in Mexico, I think, and I’ve gone into a hut and I’m talking to a dark-haired girl who had traveled with us in Egypt. 

And she is someone who is also a good shopper, and she has these little items around her and she tells me there’s a place in the jungle where they’re made – that you have to go past a real obvious part, and you have to go into this little village at just the right time of day because they just lay out there the things that they make at a certain time, and then they take them all away at another time. 

Well, I go into the jungle, but I get there early to the little village and I go wandering around the little huts and I actually wander in and I see how and where they’re making them. But I can only peek in for a moment because I think the tourists are just supposed to come and go to the village area where they lay out the wares, where I’m actually peeking back into the huts to see who, and how they’re made. 

So then I go back out into the square at the right time when they’re laying things out. And I remember she told me maybe you can even travel to another village, or a special place, where they make the best things, the most unusual little items. 

But I seem to travel the whole length and even hit an hour when they’re starting to wrap everything up, and I see how that is very precise, but my interest doesn’t seem to be in buying anything. It seems like my interest is in just finding them, and looking at them. 

Seeing what they’re like and getting very close-up and examining – even if it’s a little purse or whatever it is, little objects someone had been painting a face on that I had seen them make. I’m just curious about where they are, and is there another place where they make things even more? 

That dream seems to repeat some, and then also it’s followed by a dream where I’m going and I’m again looking for something. I’m traveling. It almost might be like looking for the headwaters of the lake where I grew up, or something like that. 

But each time I go look for it I overshoot it in a sense, or I overshoot where I’m supposed to turn. And when I overshoot I go up a mountain and it’s a real green mountain and I get so far up it and I realize I’ve overshot where I’m supposed to turn, and I turn around. 

The second time I do it, I even note that this mountainside is really kind of lush and you could probably find morel mushrooms there. They grow in that kind of environment. But there’s no time; I feel a certain sense of urgency so I’m not concerned as much. 

Even though the mountainside looks slippery, I’m not concerned much about it because I’ve done this before, but I want to get turned around so I can get to where I’m really going. 

Those were the only two parts of the dream I really pulled out. I know there were more, but it was really slippery – it would keep ebbing away.

John: The thing that the dreamings of the evening had in common is both of them involved journeying, or traveling. And the difference is, is that I had no idea where I was going, and you seemed to be able to find things. But, at some point, at the end, it’s like you didn’t know when to stop. 

It’s like you could easily stop, but you wouldn’t stop, and you just kept going and going and going. And, at some point, you were getting stretched out and you needed to just stop. 

It’s interesting that the dreams had this pattern of traveling, that they twined together, with you seemingly just continuing to go and go and go, and seemingly satisfied by what you were discovering.

But, you know, that whole last part it was like, as I was laying in my fog delirium, I kept saying when are you going to stop? When are you going to stop? You need to stop. There was something in the dream that just kept saying that you were stretching something too much, that you needed to stop. 

You traveled and you traveled, and you were going somewhere and going somewhere, but it was almost like all you had to do was stop and behold the path or something.

You had an indulgence, and the way things were waking up and waking up and waking up, and then the question became: enough is enough, or when do you stop? Just the finding of it seemed to be sufficient. It seemed that if you were to stop you would live it in some capacity, or do something different with it that would make it all make more sense.

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time-spiritThroughout the same night as yesterday’s dream (see Taken Into the Heart), these two dreams continue the exploration and offer deeper insight into what is at play. As humans, we often expect change to be dramatic and complete, but universally things seldom happen that way. Things happen when they are ready, when things have combined just so. So it is with us and our development – we can only make the steps that we are ready and fit to take on. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Then I have a little image where I’m actually shopping. I’ve gone down into a store and they’re having sales on, so the clothes are kind of piled on tables and you have to go over to the table and maybe try something on. I seem to be looking for a pair of pants initially, like long pants, and I’m wearing a pair of long kind of beige pants.

The pants on sale all have kind of interesting patterns or colors associated with them. There’s another women there who points out a pair that maybe I want to try on, so I’ve taken my own pants and laid them on the corner of one of the tables and I try on the others. 

But it feels like, to my surprise, they’re too large. And I realize suddenly that I’m kind of in-between sizes, so that what I try on is probably not going to fit. So then I have to look around and make sure I haven’t misplaced my own pants and find them and put them on. 

Because I kind of realize I need to let go of finding another pair that day, even though it’s kind of tempting because they’re new and modern, because it’s almost like I’ve dropped a half a size or something. Things are just not going to fit right in the store right now.

John: That was true of what I saw too – things just aren’t quite in place yet. In other words, the first dream it still has the quality of the little boy who is still maturing.

And in the second dream, any shift or change, it’s not quite there. You’re in-between yet. You still have to hold back, you still have to wait. There is something yet, before you can step out, or before you can change or get new clothes or whatever, or adopt a new way of being, or another shift in terms of your way of being, it’s just not quite ripe and timely yet for that to happen. 

It’s an awkward state. It’s an awkward state. For me it is, anyway, because I don’t like being dormant.

Jeane: Then I’ve gone to a university to study. But as I’m studying there I realize maybe classes have suddenly shifted, and normally you have four classes and the university has only given me three, and I’m not even sure what the fourth is, or where it is.

I walk down the hallway and then I realize that actually I already have a Masters degree, and at the university right now, yes, I’m getting a second Masters degree. But the university itself, because it just likes to collect tuition from students, would let you study forever, but it doesn’t really know exactly what you need at this point when you already have the degree.

And so there’s not that much point in continuing to go there right now. I feel I kind of need to let go of that. And so I am walking off campus, and as I walk past a student union place I realize that this is the place that on certain evenings a friend of mine who’s from another country used to like to come and go – even after he’d graduated a long time, because the foreign students would gather there and dance, and that was fun.

But I seem to be walking away from that, too. And then, because I’ve walked away from there I’ve shifted a little bit, and it’s almost as if I’m in more of an outer space area. And there are two pickup trucks there like there were in the first dream.

And I have the sense the little boy is there, and I have the sense that I’ve kind of lowered the little boy almost into a kind of space in the ground, almost like if you lowered someone into a space that was beneath a manhole.

And that everybody would think of this, because I can see his father’s there too, the initial thing is that people would think of this as something that’s suddenly is very tight and contained, but I feel like what’s happened is that I’ve lowered him in there, that this is a space where something merges and actually expands out.

So I almost feel like I’m in outer space now. And I’m in outer space with these two pickups, one of which is yellow, it’s a very old-fashioned pickup but it’s yellow, and it feels like it has its shadow pickup next to it that’s kind of a midnight blue.

And I feel like the space the little boy is in is actually quite expansive. It’s just like people wouldn’t guess that to begin with.

John: So this part is letting you know that you are complete in and of your self, you know you already have a Masters degree. Of course we get ourselves into trouble because we keep wanting more to happen, or for things to keep flowing in a way that keeps us, and our synapses, and our energetics engaged.

However, everything and anything that continues along that line is meaningless, because how you are, and what is meant and able to open up for you, is something that you will come to know in the fullness of time. 

And that is revealed by the fact that you suddenly see that the little boy that was better staying with you, was more connected as an aspect of you that has been sitting in a kind of dormancy, the time wasn’t ready for it to come into its own, that you are the little boy and the little boy is you.

And just like in the first dream where you don’t quite notice that about yourself, and you are kind of asleep to that fact and are just off to one side nurturing that aspect of development, in its quality of independence almost, even though it’s intertwined.

In the final dream, you come to know that by holding the space that you’re meant to hold, in which you’re not required to have to do anything even though you’re nature is inclined to think that you have to develop further credentials or something, to keep trying to advance or progress yourself, that just by holding that space you come to recognize that what is designed to eventually cycle around that, that being again parts of you, is going to be very expansive and very magnificent.

And that it’s designed and destined to all occur in the fullness of time. 

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