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M.C. Escher

It seems that when we become good at certain things in our life, there is a process where we learn, and grow, and practice, and hone. Yet, at the point of mastery, we are still letting go of all that work and just being in the moment of what we are doing. We switch from doing, to being. And in whatever process we can achieve that switch, we will have found a certain mastery of the flow of it. And never is that more true than in our spiritual pursuit, where we won’t find our way through understanding the journey only with our brain, but when we begin to live the process with the whole of ourselves. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Okay, one dream that I had, that I seem to keep coming back to, it was like I was studying these dots that were in-between two lines, or sometimes they were just out there. But somewhere you knew there were some lines that were boundaries for them.

And what these dots were, and they usually came in pairs, but I’d see at least four of them at a time, is that they would be where you would hook up like a sewer line, or some type of a water line, and they were supposed to be hooked up two at a time.

Well, everybody had their ideas about this, and sometimes people would just hook up to one of them, and they didn’t hook up two at a time. They just didn’t quite hook them up right, and then they’d wait to see how it worked. And I would just keep studying this to see, well, did it work if they tried it that way? Or do you hook up two or more at a time? Or, okay, if we do just go and hook it up the way somebody wants to try, is that going to work, or isn’t it going to work?

And it felt like I would go back and forth studying this and see. Wait, okay, we tried it with just one, is that going to work? As far as I know you’re supposed to do it this other way, the way they’ve already been laid, and I spent a lot of time doing that.

John: The step that one’s being asked to take, at this conference, is to let go of how things work and just go ahead and plug in to a natural flow. That is the way the human condition is able to function in an overallness that’s impossible to sort out. That is so much that it leaves one, by comparison, the condition that one’s in, remains always trying to sort something out, always fumbling about.

And so what you’re doing is you’re taking the principle of an overallness, where you have the energy lines and everything, and you have an ability to catch up with that which is a little more profound than the average person is capable of doing, and you’re able to recognize that there is a way of delving into a flow, or into the depths of that; there is a naturalness there.

And you see the naturalness in composites of four. When in a composite of four, that’s in an ordering in which there is a naturalness, in which you’re able to surrender and flow. But you also note all that’s there, and you can try this way, and that way, the variables, and when you do that you find yourself having to struggle, and contemplate how this can be, and how that can be – which means that you’re making things overly complicated. Because it’s meant to just be a natural flow. When it’s just a natural flow it doesn’t matter what right or wrong is, or anything like that. It’s just a natural flow.

The isolation of things happens when one tries to comprehend how something should be. And you can develop an amazing kind of understanding about it, but that doesn’t necessarily go anywhere, when you can just have the natural flow, if you just surrender to that.

That’s why Lewin is saying that there’s only three things going on: there’s prayer, there’s meditation, and then there is the dhikr, the attention to the name of God, an energized charged condition. And it’s charged by something that’s sourcing from the absolute, or sourcing from the innerness of innerness. In other words, it’s not just a human being anymore.

In other words it’s like, it’s a common misconception, and was kind of thrown out there initially by Lewin, that a teacher is a person just one step further on the path. The path is endless. You just have to flow. You have to let go.

And Lewin is no longer looking at himself as just a mere teacher. He’s actually referring to himself as the guru, and a guru is a very significant term. To be a guru you can’t have the personal intertwinements that could throw something haywire, or off. You have to bring in the full transmission.

And so I’m looking and realizing that, yes, it can be kind of interesting to try to understand why it is that things get pulled and tugged this way, and that way, and there are people here who are overwhelmed by kundalini energy and such, but that’s part of the process, that’s part of the tugging, that’s part of the download that’s happening, and they will sort that out.

There is a greater design towards sorting it out. One can take and look at trying to understand that, just like you can try to look to understand all of the energetic points that lie in between two parallel lines, two Ley lines of life. You can look to try to understand that, but the understanding of that, by going from this, to this, to that, to that, as opposed to holding one’s self in a wholeness, taking each one on as a wholeness, as a greater overallness – and you can do that with the dhikr. You can hold that overallness by a certain quality that you can touch that with, with the dhikr.

But if you lose that vibration, then you can still try to needle along, but you’re going one at a time, two at a time, and you’re messing around in which you are actually tearing yourself up if you attempt to do that – and you’re making this whole thing complicated.

Because what that image is also about is a means of being able to delve in. You have this in-between, and this vacuous space in-between is something you could delve into like water. You can go to the depths of something there, but you’re not going to go to the depths trying to figure it out.

Like the gal I was talking to the other day, wonderful, wonderful person, but is trying to understand the meaning of what it is that she senses in order to find a sense of peacefulness for herself – and you never can find that peacefulness. That kundalini energy that you have will sort itself out, if you surrender. You have to surrender to a naturalness; a naturalness that flows within.

Your human condition works when it works in that capacity. It doesn’t work when it is constantly having to follow a path, or to try to be in a particular way, or to have a grasp of something in a particular light of understanding. Those lights of understanding get in the way of the heart.

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dance-of-joySimple dream images revealing great truths: just as our dreams can be a reflection of our current state, the outer world can also be a reflection of our journey from the purely physical back toward the energetic, or spiritual, realms. And that’s because our experience in this plane of existence is meant to be connected to and guided by our deeper, inner realms, as a way to learn, refine, and evolve – for ourselves, and for the purposes of creation. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well my problem a little bit is that I had a lot of dream images and so the sequencing I’m not sure of.

But I know in one it’s like I have some neighbors – it almost feels like I even sleep outside – and I go over to their house and they’ve got this narrow passageway that goes around their house and around to the back where maybe they have a little corral or barn or something.

And when I talk with the wife, I think I talk with both the wife and the husband, but the wife particularly, she seems to want me to use something. Like I go back there and I come back to my place and I bring something that maybe plays a little music or something.

It’s something that she has but she wants me to borrow for just briefly. I’m kind of gauging how to do that. And then it feels like I have a sequence where I’m seeing these patterns….

All my dreams ran together, though.

John: Yeah, it’ll be alright if it runs together because it will be a repeat. But you’re describing a condition in which you have a position of yourself in the outer in which you’re able to access tools from the inner in order to facilitate the life you’re in.

So, like what would be an example of such a tool? Well, the dhikr is an example of the tool. Another example of a tool, the first example that came to my mind of a tool, that as you go about in the outer life, going up and down the corridors and sleeping in the outer because you’re in the physical, is the prayer protection tool.

That was like the first one that you were given, or came to realize had an effect, or worked for you in terms of making things more palpable in the environment that you find yourself placed in outwardly. And so that’s what you’re doing, is you’re recognizing a need and finding that need from within. And initially it’s like a crutch or a tool, and eventually it becomes the entire breath (incorporates the heart).

Jeane: It then seemed like a series of designs, and it was almost like if you took about 12 cards and placed six above and six below, or maybe it was eight I don’t know, and there are energy designs on these cards. And some of the energy is flowing down from above to others, or sideways, or in certain patterns.

And I recognize that, in a way, it’s energy that’s available to me. But I also recognize that some of the patterns are way screwed up right now. So I just pick two of them to take on because the others are out of balance and so they’re not going to do me any good right now, or they wouldn’t be good to take on at the moment.

So I feel like I just take on a couple that I feel like I can work with, that have more balance in them. And then I’ve gone from there, now with my energy, I’ve gone into a building and I almost feel like I might be pursued, or I might have forces that are going to act against me.

John: That’s actually putting into that practice now. In other words, you have something that opens up inside. And when it opens up inside, you can’t own, or maintain, or sustain whatever it is that opens up inside – unless you apply it in the outer. So it’s kind of a strange Catch-22 in that whatever it is that you’re doing in the outer is, so to speak, applying something that is where you’re at, in terms of what’s awakening, that you’re accessing from within.

It’s always like that. You tend not to see it that way, and that’s the interesting beauty of the outer is that it provides the means by which that inner treasure can work itself out. In other words, it doesn’t just sit around there in an unconscious state. It kind of becomes somewhat consciously reflective in the outer.

You can’t take on all things at once, and so what is accessible or made available to you, you can only handle that maybe up to a point, or it’s a cumulative or steady unfolding thing. In other words, it takes a while to become aligned, so to speak, between the two places, planes of existence. And so what you’re acting out in the outer is the reflection of what has come through and been made aware to you from the inner.

You’re not describing how that is, however. How is it that something from the inner somehow has its effect, or hold, upon you so that you then, in terms of owning it, and catching up with it, there is the in-to-the-outer reflective result?

In other words, that a person who can see can look at the way one is in the outer and can inflect backwards that which is unseen, that is awakening for the person from some sort of innerness. You’re not describing how the catalyst of that, where the catalyst of that lies.

In other words it’s like, does the catalyst lie on some inner level? Well, yes it kind of does, however it’s beyond your perceptions. I mean you have a sense/mind scope of perception, so how are you going to note that, other than an aspect of the reflective enables you to somehow or another realize that an innerness has quickened in you, in some way, based upon taking this or that and dealing with it?

And that leaves you, or places you, in a type of reflective state. My dreams address where the crossroads are, where the in-betweenness is, the soldier between the two points of inner and outer, what that is like. You’re just describing the general motif.

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In this series of dreams from Jeane, we can see how, over the course of a night’s dreaming, a premise and a process unfolds. In this way the unconscious guides the conscious to new revelations and understandings. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I have a series of dreams that ran together and initially they started out being influenced by the fact that we had watched the primaries last night. So it’s nighttime and it feels like I see the forms of what it looks like as the candidates for the Republican nominee move forward, but I just see it as like forms on the horizon that move forward because it’s night out and they just have different energies in how they move or some don’t move forward at all. Then that kind of segues into the next dream…

John: So far what you’re doing is you’re catching the thread of what the unfoldment theme of a quality of inner into outer is. In other words, you’re looking at the candidates and you’ve developed the sense that one of them has to surge forward and when it surges forward and stabilizes itself in a front runner position, that something as an energetic will coalesce around that occurrence.

At present there seems to be a lot of vacillating first back and forth and back and forth, but you’re sitting trying to take a read or get a bearing on what is about to unfold as an expression, as a theme of energy in terms of expression.

Jeane: What happens next is the candidates are out over water. It almost feels like the water in a park at the hometown where I grew up, but it’s mostly still night, and then there is the force on the water almost like an ocean force where there’s a storm that’s come up.

The storm is such that some people go into the water and they can only be rescued by helicopters. It almost feels like I’m involved in this process, like have I gone out, how much have I got in the water, could I get rescued by the helicopter. It’s more like I’m monitoring because some people would not even venture out in the form, and some people are going to have to be rescued by the helicopter, and some people seem to have been able to fly right through.

That was my second dream.

John: What you’re doing now is after having established kind of an inkling or understanding as to what is going to kind of unfold, the next determination that you’re trying to make is, to what degree the process is conscious and unconscious? Because you have the sense that what’s unfolding is also kind of superimposed mannerism.

So it exists over a setting of water of which people or whatever end up getting caught in whatever the unfoldment turns out to be. They get caught one way or another in kind of unconscious mannerisms and are in need of being rescued.

The deeper meaning of this, the nature of the dreaming last night had to do with the idea that what is unfolding on an inner level, because of the nature of the senses and the mind and whatnot in an outer context, you have to look at and read behind the scenes of what is unfolding in the outer in order to try to get an inkling of what is astir on the inner.

The outer reflects the inner. Rarely is it to a point where a person can hold the inner connection. They’re always relegating it and reflecting it and creating veils for themselves through their outer dynamic. And so the theme of the dream is to try to backdoor this thing so that one is tying their connection to this whole inner linkage.

So that’s what you are seeking to do, with first of all discerning what is taking shape, and then secondly trying to focus yourself to what is conscious and what is unconscious in terms of the process.

Jeane: In the next scene it feels like it’s a little more towards daylight, and I’m in the park there at my hometown on the edge of the lake, but I’ve kind of interrupted the whole process because I feel like my mother, who’s been gone, has returned home and I want to talk to her. So I phone home. And there must be two people there that I don’t know well. They answer the phone and they go to get her and I can hear them. I think it’s a man and either a son or a woman, I don’t know.

They’ve gone to get my mother, unless they’ve set down the phone and they’re talking, and they’re forgetting that I can hear them. That’s all I remember of that dream except that there’s a shift suddenly.

John: What you’re trying to do now is you have the input of things, in other words the sight of something, in front of you, in which you can see what is unfolding and then you can see the effect that it’s having, in general. From there you’re trying to take it to a deeper level, in terms of where it’s going, or something, or what the ultimate consequences could be.

In other words, how does this thing get shaped? And that’s where you look to the feminine side again. But at this point, because you’re looking to the feminine side, there’s some sort of mystery that still exists because that side has to be reestablished, or you have to re-find that, or you have to bring it to the fore in order to get a better sense of what is necessary, for shaping purposes, because it’s the feminine that does that, that does the alchemical change.

The first two dreams have created the coming through with the level of sight, and then now you’re looking at how this… You haven’t established yet, but you need to establish what this is going to shape into.

Jeane: Then there’s a shift, and I’m observing an adolescent boy, but he’s more like 19 or so, and I’m at the same park but it’s more daylight now. He’s been given a position like a park ranger or a lifeguard, and I can see it suddenly dawning on him that now when his friends come to party, if they try to drink or things at the beach or get drunk, he’s going to be the one that has to enforce that you can’t do that. And it’s going to be very tricky because you let people come and enjoy the park, but he’s now going to be part of what enforces that it doesn’t get drunk or out of control.

John: The whole thing is you’re now defining from what you’ve observed and then located inside yourself how you’re going to carry and conduct yourself based upon what you’ve observed unfolding in the outer. In other words, you found the element inside of yourself to use as a tuning fork kind of note.

So then the last shift is how it is that you feel or see yourself as being able to conduct yourself. In other words, you’ve brought back in the feminine principle. So how is it that you’re going to cause something to unfold, or how are you going to conduct this?

And what arises is kind of a set of values, because you now have a sense of how something needs to be coordinated in relationship to how one enjoys or appreciates themselves in life. It may have been all confusion before. At one point it was a mystery as to how this sort of thing was going to come together or come out, and where you separate the conscious and the unconscious, and then how you establish and reach the part of yourself that can guide something or help formulate a plan, or a shaping. And then in the final dream, you’re setting forth how it is that you’re to do this. In other words, your way of doing it.

Now also as the theme to the dreaming last night, was this context that: so in the outer, also in the inner, which means that how one takes and sees themselves, in terms of symbolic imagery, involved in an outer capacity way, that to a person who knows how to read the unfoldment of the inner energy through the veils of the outer mannerisms and projections, you’re able to see what is seeking to come through, or be astir, on the inner.

Based upon your fourth aspect of the dream, what you’re essentially doing is, as you gather a certain kind of clarity and then attempt to figure out what that means in terms of shaping things, you’re actually setting up guidelines. You’re setting up distinct things.

What I read behind the setting up of those distinct things, is that that’s a type of sealing, where your nature tends to take on a kind of station in which it then lives or orchestrates itself in an outer way, based upon the degree to which it is caught up with something on the inner.

It’s a type of station, but it isn’t the fullest of stations that you can reach. That is why it is said that it’s a type of sealing, where you seal yourself, and then you tend to carry that mannerism over and over and over again as a schematic or a dominant theme.

Now, as I have seen you do this, where I’m starting to react is the fact that you think you have to do it that way, because I know that there’s a bigger trust in which there is a more powerful effect, and a more powerful connection on the inner that you can reach, if you don’t have to create some sort of established dictums.

In other words, if you can leave yourself more vulnerable to the circumstances around you, which is another way of saying that in spite of how it looks, can you let something crack, collapse, or die? It’s a very, very tough kind of principle, but if you can do that you find yourself in an even greater state of freedom without having to react or knee jerk all the time.

What you’ve done is you have described where you’re at, through this dream process, of how you have taken what is unfolding, in terms of a perception, you brought in the characteristic of the feminine that takes and works with that in terms of how to determine the way it’s to be introduced into life, how to shape it so to speak.

The actual shaping of that is established through the fourth part of the dream, where you have certain dictums that have been established in terms of how to carry this across. And so you have set, you have established, a certain format.

Now, that format is a format that you function from that you’re comfortable from, that has to do with a clarity and rootedness that you have come to grips with through the process of time – in terms of your soul level.

What I am saying, however, is that you can take another leap. That’s how you are situated, but you can take another leap with that as well, in terms of another kind of letting go.

The way I described that in my dream is that rarely does it get to a point where an individual is able to take what is unfolding on the inner, and hold more to that unfoldment on the inner, as opposed to having to create certain reflections from which veils arise in terms of how that comes across in the outer.

How is it possible to backdoor, or to back up into, the inner unfoldment to where you’re able to maybe sit more at the very beginning, which is at the point where you have the conscious and unconscious forces there, and where something can be rescued out of the unconscious – but not having to project a rulebook of what necessarily is conscious?

Very hard because a human being always has to have everything make sense in a dot-your-i, cross-your-t sort of way. But within the dream, taking out the need to have to seal it in some capacity, you find yourself back into something like that, which is very, very difficult because it’s a more speeded up way of having to be, when the end result of the other that reaches a type of solidity and power of expression, that is pinpointed, seems to be an advancement, but is actually a taking on of a state that is transitory to the bigger picture. Because the bigger picture would have you letting go of that, and not sealing at all, continuing to try to stay on the inner.

But that is very, very difficult and rare to do, thus that’s why you have the dhikr to try to hold the note during the daytime, because during the daytime you’re constantly taking whatever your perception is that’s unfolding from an inner schematic being the dominant underlying energetic, and you’re constantly trying to bring that to some sort of sealed understanding.

And the dhikr, heartfully felt, keeps taking you back and taking you back to that there is something so much more that stays in its free flow, or surreal, way without having to be nailed down.

So that’s the dynamic. In other words, your dream is portraying where you’re at, in terms of the dynamic, but within the dynamic is the full understanding because you have all of the component parts. And often times one, in the dreaming, we tend to perhaps dream on the first go around something that is meant to be present at the end.

And then there is the middle, in terms of maybe how we’re working with it, and then there can be the consequence at the end as to where it goes or something, or how it’s steered. And often times it’s important to try to put an attention upon how something begins, because in the beginning the components are a little more fluid, and from that fluidity you can tend to see something that you may not be able to see once it’s more solidified.

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