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ancientIf we look at the history of places, we see that some early arrivals cleared the route to get somewhere. Over time a dirt path is created by further traffic. And if we fast-forward to the era of the automobile a highway took its place. In human development it is similar: there are archetypes that represent tendencies in our nature. Others have overcome the issues involved with them, and we can, too, thereby adding to the possibility for refinement of those who follow. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well I was dreaming this morning and about ten minutes before you came to bed it was like, in my dream or something, it was like you hollered at me. And it just startled me, and I couldn’t get back to the thread of my dream.

And then I didn’t know if you were okay. It was about ten minutes before you came to bed, but then I heard you out there. Then it felt like I tried to get back into a dream and it felt like you did the same thing again; you did something startled me.

So after that all I could do is try to focus on shifting my breathing, plus I was grumpy, you know, because I never could get back to a dream. I don’t know what that was all about but, anyway.

John: Well the theme of the dreaming last night had to do with, in my particular case, I had to look at the Gambler archetype. And first I had to look at it in terms of how it has its hold on a person. And then, in my sleep dream, I was shown that there is a flip side to that, in which in terms of how it may appear in the outer, there is actually a hidden benefit. But even that hidden benefit does not necessarily make sense if commonly looked at in terms of black-and-white conditions of things in an outer way.

And so in reporting it, and reporting the symbolic story of it, even I have to shake my head at what I perceived. And yet it can, and does, cause a change that makes something interesting unfold.

So, in your dream, what you were doing is you were dreaming about a particular archetype – but the archetype I don’t know what it was, but it’s an archetype that seems to be unique to you in which you’re affected by something that yells at you, or does something to shatter your equanimity. And I can’t put my finger on what kind of archetype that would be, in which you have this propensity to crack up like this, or to lose your concentration, and your equanimity, with yourself, so that a flow is there.

In other words, it’s almost like this is an intangible kind of flip side fragility, and the only thing I could think of is that you have moods, at times, that make you grumpy, and you get out of sorts with yourself and can’t seem to get things back on track. You get really caught up and concerned when you make senior moment mistakes, as you call them, or where something is happening that affects your dad, or your dad is going through something that is part of a process but still it has its crumbling effect upon you.

And this whole thing, the way you relate to it, and how you handle that, the mannerism to which you jar yourself, or obstruct your balance, is an archetypal-like force. It’s not the Thief, it’s not the Gambler, it’s not the Drunkard, it’s not the Prostitute archetype. It’s another archetype, that’s unique in some capacity to you, in which something shatters, where there is a quality that gets alarmed, where there is a jarring that occurs, that takes and brings you out of an inner into outer flow within yourself, with yourself.

Now each of the archetypes do that, too. They break something up in some way, or capacity, and you can take and you can look at them and you could say, ahh, it’s this effect or it’s that effect. And a person, as they are striving to become, and the process is bringing them to a greater balance, or consciousness, is constantly aware of how these various forces are at play in their nature.

I should say you’re aware of it, but you don’t think about it, because those are just general forces that depict basic overall vibrations that are at play. And it can be said that one of the four is louder than the other, but there kind of comes a time when they weave and web, and do this and that and the other, where I can even tell that they may appear to be one way in one scenario, or instance, and then another one can come in and they can add to the equation of things. They don’t always have to subtract.

It’s the outer aspect that seems to overwhelm and keep things dumbed down when it’s just the outer aspect that is recognized, or seen, with the senses and the ego. But there is an inner aspect that isn’t seen, in which these things act as a corridor to a greater innerness.

But this is a big subject, and the theme of the dreaming, for me, was to just look at one of the archetypes. And the archetype that I looked at is the archetype that I consider that I contend with, or embody, so to speak, as an energetic that I have to contend with more so, as the door of the four doors more, so than the other three.

And so in my meditation dream I looked at it in terms of the subtle nuances in which it affects me in an outer motif way. And then when I came to bed I had a dream that may have seemed kind of silly, and ridiculous, and irrational because it’s kind of like those sort of things just don’t seem to happen in a world in which you have set factors that kind of dominate and control.

And even if it did happen it still, in relationship to those factors that dominate and control, it still would have a tendency to, you know when it’s all laid out on the table and looked at in kind of an outer sense way, would not make sense unless you could see the innerness, and intent of an innerness, behind it all.

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15eWe can see that the universe is unfinished. How? Because everywhere we look things are in process; organic life forms are being, doing, and evolving over time. So that must mean that everything is heading somewhere. But where? Well, at minimum, toward a better and better version of itself. And, for certain forms of life, like caterpillars and humans, and perhaps even a universe, that can mean an almost magical transformation. And in this process the universe is refining. An awakened human can consciously support and add to this refinement process – which is also a fast track, higher service to human transformation. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: So, in my first dream, I’ve gone to a meeting such as we were at last night, you know in a large room like we were in. And, while there, someone who supposedly knew a lot had advised people about a certain breathing pattern.

So I’ve gone back, and I’m in that room, and I’m following and traveling around the room using this breathing pattern. And other people might come in using other breathing patterns. And it’s almost like you think that if you use a certain breathing pattern it’s going to produce a certain result, but I realize after a while that, although many of us are doing this, that the person that gave this to us actually knew that it’s not going to do anything, that none of the breathing patterns are really going to do anything.

And, in fact, they might even have a plan as we’re all distracted with all this, to do something that assassinates something else. So it’s like no one really quite wants to abandon the breathing patterns, but I realize that you have to watch out for whatever this person’s up to behind all that.

John: Well, what your dream is telling you is that, first of all, you’re in a meeting or at an event or whatever it is, in this case it’s a meeting, and some part of you notices something that doesn’t quite sit well with you. Well, you don’t need to understand the thoughts of it; you just need to let go of it.

And so you let go of it by noticing how it is that your breathing pattern can be, or is. And then your dream goes on and tells you that it’s not the breathing pattern per se, which is very, very interesting because that’s a precursor, too.

In other words, the schematic of the dreaming last night was to take what occurred at this program, in which he dealt with some very basics that everyone has to contend with in life, on all levels, and he laid the seed, without even saying it, or at least not saying it directly, imputing it more than anything, imbedding it, helping it awaken in its imbedded fashion, something so much more than just those practices.

In other words, he did something like Hazrat Inayat Khan can do in that, in his presence, Hazrat Inayat Khan used to have people kind of fall asleep because in Hazrat Inayat Khan’s presence everything seemed so vivid, so aware, so alive, so quickened that the teaching was not in the words, it was in a quality of that person’s auric presence.

Well, he hides his auric presence because, if it is too obvious, then something doesn’t happen. So he presents the basic techniques that can be listened to in ways in which you can leave them as mundane, as just steps per se, that don’t go very far, or you can impute into them so much more.

And so you saw in your dream that what was going on at the meeting, even though it may have been mundane things, you saw that that was telling you something, that there was a way of seeing that that you could learn something from that, which means that you now needed to skip something. And what you needed to skip is when something came up and you noticed it, like what you noticed at the meeting, like a thought or something, you could drop it, or you could let it go.

Or, in the case of this meeting, you might not even necessarily know what it was but you could feel it. You could then adopt a way of breathing that kept you free from contamination, from being infected by that atmosphere. And then you came to realize in your dream, the most important thing in terms of the dream, is you came to realize that even the breathing technique – just like the way of dropping something without indulging in it – even the breathing techniques are a precursor to something more.

And what is it that it’s the precursor to? Well, it’s the precursor to a quality of a connection that embraces whatever it is that’s going on. Instead of the reaction that is going to be inclined to be a sorting out that is personal, you have an intertwinement that tends to pull everything together, that works for the whole. And what is the whole? The breathing is actually secondary, as well. It’s the heart that’s everything.

And I suppose, then, you could say the heart leads to the soul of something, or however that is, but that wasn’t what the dream is about. The dream is about, however, there being this something more, which I recognized was a kind of heartfulness, that exudes through everything, and that you facilitate that, not the breathing technique per se, which can maybe provide you some benefit and relief from being contaminated by an atmosphere in which you’re affected by things that are going on around you, some being thoughts you don’t want to have, and others just being the vibe of the place, you could go beyond that with the breath a little, but then that still is an avoidance, that still is a type of separateness, and then when you drop that as an intermediary step, even the breath being an intermediary step, because after that then comes the heart, and the service of the heart.

And to touch the heart of things around you in the atmosphere, you’re facilitating what needs to happen. In other words, these techniques were listened to and heard as if they were personal, but they’re not. Those techniques lead to, as he said, a greater understanding of others.

Well, what does he mean by others? It means that you then are able to facilitate what needs to unfold in terms of their process of awakening. You don’t use these techniques for your own awakening, because it’s not a matter of sifting and sorting in terms of levels, in terms of yourself, it’s a matter of having a connection that sweeps everything up, that takes everything into account, that looks out for the well being of everything else – to the exclusion even of one’s self.

The true awakening is the awakening in which the things around you are facilitated. And so you were indulging in the idea of realizing that, in step whatever it was, that has to do with dropping the nuance of something around you, that what helps facilitate that are levels of breath, that behind those levels of breath what those levels of breath are denoting is something that has to do with a wholeness that comes from the heart. So that’s what that dream was looking at. That’s interesting. Good dream.

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f7fe7d0_nFor many reasons, the natural freedom that we have as children gets blocked up. But it is still there within us, and can come out at interesting moments in our life. In childhood, such freedom has a purity to it, a purity that is lost as we make our long journey. And there is a poignant moment in this dream that shows how we can turn to that freedom as a form of escapism, rather that as a return to our natural state. And understanding that difference is important to our development, in the sense that we want that part of our nature to have its expression, yet it should come from the purity of our higher intentions, not the indulgence of a defense mechanism – which requires us to be conscious about it. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: As my dream continued, it was like what I picked up at the jailhouse actually was a young girl that had climbed down the ladder and she kind of invisibly follows me around now. I don’t know if she’s a family member, or just somebody that was part of the group.

And she and I go back to the train station area with that man that kind of fascinated me, because of how he kind of free flows and everything. And he also has a stuffed animal that I’m kind of fascinated with, that’s like a little stuffed ostrich or Dodo bird or something. You know, one of those things that girls like because they’re kind of goofy, and they’re a bird, you know.

And when we get to this train station it’s like I want to run away to New York with him, even though somewhere in the back of mind I know that my mother or other people that are at the house would really want us to be returning there, but I’m kind of still fascinated by his free-flow and I see him go in, you know, rather than just get on the train for New York, he kind of diverts for a second to go into a shop to see if they have any last minute work for him where he could set up some stuff for display and earn a few extra dollars.

And they didn’t, but he continues to free flow and we go to a counter. It feels like we’re buying tickets for New York, and I don’t know if we actually go to New York, or if we just go to another area of the train station, but since I’ve kind of decided that I’m going to go with him, and this young girl seems to be with us, too, it’s like he suddenly bought me a new bird. It actually comes in a package the way it looked like in the beginning, this stuffed animal.

But what that does is, when I take the stuffed animal out of the package and see what it looked like in the beginning, and then glance at it in terms of what it looks like when he’s been carrying it around, I realize it’s like I see through him suddenly to what he’s really like, and he’s not really one to take on responsibility for me, or anybody else. It’s just not how he is because the bird that he’s carried around quite awhile is in pretty bad shape when I compare it to the original. And because I was pretty young, initially, I was impressed with his free flow, but now I kind of see it, it actually, you know, has a certain lack of responsibility in the world.

And the young girl I have with me now, it’s really not going to work out, because I can still feel that there’s concern somewhere for my mother that we should be back at the house completing whatever holiday it was that we had started out with there.

And I kind of look at him and he knows, yes, I need to go back now, because I see him now. I enjoy his free flow, but I see him now, but he can’t really have other people along with him in that free flow. He can’t really be responsible for some people our age, especially now I’ve got this fresh bird out of the package and everything, too. It’s like I’m just seeing life a little differently.

John: The thing is, is you’re not grounded with the free-flow of your nature. And the reason why you’re not grounded with the free-flow of your nature is because the trauma, or the conditioning, of what happened before, where some parts of yourself are repressed, and threatened to be blown up, and all of that, and the whole reactionariness that came out of that, even if it was relieved, it left a trauma in your nature.

And so, as a consequence, you approach things in a way that, when you get to a particular point in your life, you get to the issue that you have to get through. And that’s the Prostitute energy. In other words, you can sense that a part of the way that you are in the outer is affected by something that has happened long, long ago. And, of course, one of your images is like being buried alive and creating a trauma in that effect, and this image is a parallel of that, in which there are images of yourself that are trapped, and booby-trapped, so they sit in a dire condition.

And it’s the free-flow part of yourself that gives you some sort of escapism relief from that sensation. And then it’s as if, okay, that part can be freed, but the trauma of that is still sitting in your nature. So then when you turn back to look at the free flow you realize that your approach to the free flow is to try to be more like that, only to find out that it’s a type of free flow that isn’t grounded, it isn’t stable, it isn’t going anywhere, it doesn’t follow through with its focus and attention.

And so as a consequence now, I dreamt the answer to that. The answer is you have to keep your energetic level up, or otherwise this sort of thing pulls you down. We do share something in common, because I took and went back, too, and looked at how that worked, only the parts of myself go ahead and let themselves get killed. They get killed.

As a consequence of that, there isn’t the trauma. The fact that you ended up having to try to sustain, or to maintain, in kind of a bizarre way, led to kind of a sense of a relief through a prostituting of the energy.

In my case I gambled, gambled and lost, and that has its trauma. And that’s why I’ve described myself as the Gambler, and why? I mean you gathered information about this from a type of past life memory or something, or something akin to a past life memory, or at least going into the vibration, closer into the vibration of that which goes back. I just can’t stand the giving up energy, that when you get tired you get that way. In my particular case, I’ll go until I create an accident.

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