Short of Breath

oie_deep_breathThere will always be aspects of our inner self that will be in battle with other aspects of our inner self: the part that wants to stay in shape, and the part that can think of 100 better things to do; the part that wants to be successful, and the part that can be content with less stress and more relaxation. But the greatest battle is between the planetary aspects of our life: family, career, food, sex, and the universal aspects: spirituality and service to something higher than our planetary desires. And the only way to resolve this antagonism is to make a place for both aspects, but keep our spiritual pursuit as the reference point to make our life decisions. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well, I just remember one dream, and, in this dream, it felt like there was a battle going on, and the battle would go on at night. And it felt like it was kind of a building that was kind of dark, with dark blue paint or something, but, essentially, the battle went on, on the bed, which was like this bed.

And if I kind of shifted from one side to the other, when I was on that side, where you are now, the people that I was battling, they would try to do something to make one lose their lung capacity. You were vulnerable, when you were on that side of the bed, to them.

So I had figured out some trick so that it didn’t completely work on me, so that I could continue the battle and didn’t get defeated. But it always felt like a little iffy, like you didn’t know. But I had figured something out so that I could go to that side, and then come back, and not be defeated in the battle.

John: Well, what you’re describing is a process that stabs the heart, or demoralizes one’s nature. And whenever there is an overindulgence in the outer, in other words, whenever you’re caught up in something, and thrown around by variables of things, in the outer, you experience shortness of breath.

You actually experience something affecting, because your breath follows what happens with the heart. And so if the heart is not in an appropriate flow condition, or state, there is actually an impact on the breath. The breath is exquisite when everything is unfolding as it’s meant to unfold, or as it’s designed to unfold, or as you’re designed to be a participant in the design of what is unfolding.

And the scenario that would trigger that might be the fact that things could go into such an exhaustion, or askewed way, or you imagine even that they’re off and askewed, you can even put the curse upon yourself by just imagining. And that creates a heaviness of the heart, which creates a shortness of the breath.

That’s why the principle of following the breath is so important, because within the breath is the wholeness, and the overallness, that you can experience, and it is mirrored to the heart – or the heart mirrors to that.

So when you’re relating to this side of the bed, versus your side of the bed, it’s almost like trying to take into account the two parts, the in-breath and the out-breath, the masculine and the feminine, the discombobulation versus the order. My side of the bed being always kind of a sense of a discombobulation because it’s trying to pull something into a wholeness, and your side of the bed being something of a completeness that is always in a sense of being in jeopardy, and that can have a strain on the breath because of the qualms of the heart.

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An Out-Breath Way

oMcoThere are many examples of spiritual, or religious, or holy persons who have renounced the world for their devotion to their belief – the monk in a monastery, the nun in a convent, the lama on a mountaintop, or the fakir on a bed of nails. Yet we could say that those are all different strategies, of a sort, to extricate oneself from the temptations of the world. The journey that is most needed now is the one that is fully engaged in the world, yet just as spiritually connected as the lama’s or the monk’s. Spirituality today needs to look like everything we are already doing, but done with a purposeful heart. Of course, that will change everything.  (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: The only thing I remember is that it felt like there was some information that I wanted to get at, along with at least one other person, and there were things being done to block that information.

So I was explaining to them what we needed to do is we needed to set up like this program represented by, I think, these little orange or yellow balls, I forget what. And what we did is we would get this program, and we’d put it on this computer, and it would start dumping the information that was blocking the information that we wanted to get. And after it caused all the information that was misleading to get dumped, then we could get at the information that was real, that we were after.

And the other person was a little anxious about doing this, or nervous, they’d never really done something that caused this big information dump before. But to me it was what you had to do to unblock and get at the information that we wanted. And we knew it would work in one instance; there was another instance where I wasn’t as sure because it was like there were some forces working against it. And then we were trying to do this to get at what we wanted to see, or know.

John: So, the information that you were trying to get to that, was being blocked… what was the sense? How did you feel that it was blocked? Could you feel how it was blocked?

Jeane: It was almost blocked because it was being covered up with all these other signals coming in, in a way, like it was being smothered or covered up.

John: So those other signals, then, they were coming into the what, the heart? How were they coming in?

Jeane: Well, in the dream, this is almost all taking place in computers, so it’d be more like the mind in a way. And people, there were certain people that seemed to be blocking, so we were like forces almost.

John: Well ,I guess that’s in keeping with the theme of the dreaming that I had, too, in that there are kind of two conditions and, the way I was looking at it, was as if these two conditions were just two approaches to somewhere. But I’m just not so sure, because from your dream, it indicates that something is blocking it, and when it’s blocking like on a computer, it’s like blocking in terms of the mind.

And what happens is the mind that gets triggered through the interaction of the senses. Well, the senses get triggered as a consequence of a reaction in terms of the heart. And the heart is feeling a reaction in terms of having related to something in the outer, something in the reflection of the outer, and it has taken that in and is trying to sort it out.

In other words, instead of going somewhere at a greater, greater, greater depth, the heart has taken in something that is hitting and affecting the heart – and then that invokes the senses, that invokes the mind. And so you then are blocked, or veiled, from the deeper quality of just going somewhere.

Now, the dilemma I have is I don’t know whether you can just absolutely just go somewhere, where you can just totally let go and go somewhere. It’s almost as if you have to go through something… The in-breath takes you somewhere. That’s the destiny of the in-breath. It takes you to a home, or it takes you to a depth somewhere.

But the out-breath brings you right back down here again, and when you come right back down here you have to contend with the multiplicity, and then you get that multiplicity vying for the heart. You’re getting these reflections down here vying for the heart, and that creates a density, it creates a contraction, it creates a veiling that causes what you are able to perceive, and think about, and ponder with the mind, to be whatever that is blocks out what is important in terms of the greater beingness. So you seem to be looking and dreaming at that.

Well the conundrum, the question that I was asking and my way of looking at that is, because you have a full breath and you have the out-breath and you have the in-breath, to what degree are they flip sides of the same coin in terms of having to contend with things, where you have to contend with the reflection, but you have to polish the heart in such a way where you have to work with the heart that gets thrown around, that gets contended with things? You have to work with that in order to let go, or otherwise you kind of sit in a la-la land, you sit in a malaise. You don’t have any catalytic forces. You haven’t awoken more or less the Kundalini force of life itself or something, and you can have a type of life that drifts along.

What is that factor that causes you to probe to a deeper depth of yourself? What is that factor? I guess that’s a hard one to understand, or to figure out, because there’s no way that you can describe how it is that you can just be taken somewhere as if you can put together a formula in terms of how that works. It just seems to happen.

It also seems that if there’s enough pressure on the heart, in terms of contrast, that you can create a letting go, whereby something can sweep in, and you can get a glimpse of the greater part of yourself, only when you bring yourself to a stop or a quality that lets go.

The key is, we don’t know how to let go. We don’t know how to follow what it is inside of ourselves in an out-breath way. We know how to experience it at times at a deep in-breath. And we know how to discuss the issue from the standpoint of when we’re blocked off. In other words, it’s like when we’re caught up in something in the outer, and therefore the mind is spinning or, in your case, the computer thing is what it is, and it is therefore getting in the way from you being able to have an access to a greater depth in which there is that piece, in which there is that quality of yourself being okay in some condition that is okay, some deeper depth.

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Unfolding Awareness

2803770In so many ways our dreams seek to steer us toward an alignment with the flow of life. There are many aspects to that state of flow, but what is being sought is a connection where everything in us can work as it was designed to work. In this image, it is the breath that points to the flow, yet it could be the flow that balances the breath. Our systems are meant to be a part of this unfolding, so they are always trying to close the gap of separateness, like seeking a state of equilibrium, until we are united as one with the universe. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: My first dream, which was about one or two in the morning, it’s actually like I’m watching, let’s say, a really tiny person in what almost looks like a little tiny inner tube in this narrow corridor. And it feels like they suddenly let out from the valve in front of the inner tube, or at least that’s the symbol. I’m not even sure it was an inner tube, but that’s the image let’s put it that way. It’s like a puff of air that can blow them along this narrow corridor off the ground, kind of.

And then, if they keep going with that little puff of air, they can keep traveling that way. And then there’s another one that’s doing the same thing, so it’s like I’m just studying that out. And I think I wake up kind of studying that out, like how do you get that just right?

John: The dreams were about the breath and how it is that you facilitate an unfolding awareness process, and a way of naturally being in terms of your breath, that is basically at the center of it all.

In other words, yes the inner comes into the outer, and if you actually catch up with this recognition and way in which you have a handle, or can see, the correspondence of the reflective outer and how that correlates to how something is in terms of yourself on the inner, in the ordinary sense, without having to deliberate, you have the breath coming into natural cohesion and alignment.

Now the dream last night and your dream is, what if the breath/heart connection misses a beat, so that instead of it being something that is natural, one is having to ponder how to bring it about. It’s part of a process. It’s not talked about; as a general rule it’s only referred to as at the epicenter of all spiritual practices.

But there is no focus that’s placed upon it because when the other part of yourself gets aligned, that is intended to find and come across and reach its own naturalness – kind of like automatically. Just like when you’re really stressed out in the outer, you have a shortness of breath. It just is naturally so. I mean you don’t think about, okay, let’s get into this shortness of breath and then I will be stressed out in the outer in having to try to figure something out that is bothering me.

And when you’re really touched by something, when you’re connected by something, in terms of the heart, if you were to pause you will notice – which you don’t do because the breath is kind of an automatic thing. If you paused you would notice that you had shortened the breath, and were cherishing it through the breath, that unfoldment. In other words, automatically had this one-to-one correspondence.

The breath is so vital that it is taken for granted, and it’s as if in a spiritual practice you’re allowed to come to know, or catch up with, that importance on your own, because it is something that is just there almost as if it corresponds reflectively as well. In other words, there is something about you that is alive, and you’re alive because something exists from within.

Reflectively you breathe. You don’t think about that, you just do it. Again, that’s a reflective aspect of something about you being alive. So if you connect with that which is alive, then that which has to do with what is involved with the breath naturally comes into cohesion. In other words, it’s part of a naturalness.

So the process of catching up with the soul is a process of alignment that has to do with recognizing the greater part, or higher self, of one’s being and, upon doing that, again with the breath being reflective to that, things just naturally fall in place.

Now why was it that one needed to have this impression, or have this pointed out? Well, it’s almost as if there’s this huge spiritual concept. In other words, everyone deep down knows that the key to everything has to do with an energetic and viability that stems from something that involves the breath, and that a given breath is a cycle of creation. So there’s the tendency to want to try to pay attention to that, but we don’t have the faculties to pay attention to that. That’s why it’s just a naturalness. It’s just given to us.

What we have to do is get into an alignment with our higher self, and the breath, as it’s meant to be there, is just naturally there. Now what will happen is, if you try to pay attention to the breath like what is necessary to scoot you this way along, or that way along, as if this is part of the bubble of things, that will keep you from going to the depths inside of yourself that you need to go. In other words, the breath will just naturally follow. And not only does the breath naturally follow, but so does the mind.

In other words, the mind that is paying attention to the outer, and the synapses, and the reflections through the senses and the way things are introduced in that capacity that leads to a reflective awareness, the mind that’s on that tangent is reflecting a distance that you have to your inner self. But when you have a connection to your inner self, your mind reflects just like your breath can go along with how it needs to be naturally. Your mind starts to develop a focus and attention that corresponds accordingly. So there really isn’t anything wrong with the mind, per se, because it, too, is reflective to something of a higher nature inside of itself that has to awaken. And when it isn’t awoken, the mind just reflects the degree to which you are estranged, or off, from that aspect of how it is you really are.

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