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beingdivineSo here’s a scenario: a person develops spiritually, meaning becomes less personally involved and starts to view life as a service to higher purposes. That shift brings energetic connections – unseen friends, if you will. And, like most important relationships, those connections demand more of a person’s time and effort. And they will recede if the contract of the connection is not honored. In this way, development means we have to take on more responsibility energetically, and that requires different ways and means than we used in our personal life. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Then I had a dream where it feels like a continuation of the same dream, although I’ve come to maybe the airport. And I know I want to take the people with me, and I want to show them the right way that we need to go.

We’re in a large building with lots of stairways and turnstiles and other things, and it feels like I want to get from there to the airport, or I want to get from there to where I’m going, anyway. So, it’s not real clear because of all the different choices, how to do that, but I know that we can go down.

I see some people coming up some stairs, so I start to take my group down the stairs. I feel like once I go down, I know the passageways that will connect me to maybe the commuter train, or whatever I’m looking for. I know the passageways will connect me if I go down.

But when we try to go down, there’s an official of some kind at the bottom. I think it’s a woman. She’s got a baton or something, she’s waving it and telling us we can’t come that way, because it’s like the turnstiles and things there are such that you have to go back up. You know, I would just jump over the turnstiles or something, because I know I know my way once I get down, but with her there kind of waving us off, we can’t do it.

So we have to go, but I also know, you know, she would have us go all the way back up and I know that I’m not going to do that. I don’t want to go all the way back up. I want to go find the passageway, so it’s kind of frustrating because I’m kind of blocked. I would know my way if I could get down at that point. Now I’m going to have to go up a little and across to find my way down, so I think I was kind of frustrated by that and half woke up.

When I was waking up, it felt like what I was pondering, is it felt like I was trying to find my friend, Brad, who died last year. It’s almost like I was suddenly having the thought that maybe he is trapped where he is, as he got trapped here. And I was hoping that wasn’t so. It was like I was trying to look or something.

John: Well, Brad is trapped there, as he is here. That’s just how it is. I mean, that’s what this is about. You have the opportunity to take and make a step here. And when you don’t make it, then you have this same kind of misalignment somewhere else. You might have a slightly different sense of freedom of it, but you can’t really break free. You really can’t quite get it. And so you have to be given another opportunity to try.

In other words, you don’t progress really on the other side, you progress here. Even though it looks slower, it’s the fastest way.

So this is tweaking the first dream, in which you could have found your apartment, or you could have found something by way of following a system that you had a familiarity with, only you’re being told in this dream that you have reached an expanse, a greater expanse inside yourself, so you can’t keep using that same narrow corridor approach.

In other words, you try to use the system now, different than it being like going through the Mafia, or whatever, to find the apartment. Now you’re just trying to navigate around and things are more complicated. There’s more issues to contend with because you have the capacity to take more in, and therefore you can’t do it in the usual protocol way. Something will stand there. You can’t get through the corridor, the turnstiles as you call it. And so, you have to take in more or navigate more around.

The sense of this is, where this is really pointing itself to, is to the greater intertwining that you have with the whole because your heart’s in everything, and so you’re expanding your scope. And because you feel things imbedded in your nature, or are starting to feel things imbedded in your nature, you can even see the Brad quality. And that’s—I mean, these are all—you know, you might say almost one aspect of the dreaming is to cause you to be able to have an expansion of yourself that goes outside of the ordinary levels.

A person who is caught up in having to deal with just the day-to-day doesn’t look to that. But as you start to expand, and as you have to start working other things out, you start to take in more and more of the territory of things. That’s why it’s said in the Sufi path, that to begin with you may not know what’s going on in other parts of the world, things like that. You may have a way of just ignoring that, you know, because you’re contending with something in the tight and narrow. But as you progress on the path, you come to realize the intertwining and how you are actually affected by all of that, and that you do have to have responsibility in some sense that takes that into account.

So it does have a place in the heart that opens up, that you are able to find, that is twined to something like that, as well. But you don’t know this to begin with. Because, like you were saying, you know, your usual approach would have been just go to the Mafia and have it sorted out. You wouldn’t realize that now it involves being able to look at all kinds of greater whole that is intertwined and how that comes into place, as opposed to some focused system that has its own impositions.

So it’s interesting that you spread this out into looking towards Brad, because that creates the deeper dimension of the dream in that you’re having to take on other levels. For you to take on other levels is to take on a greater spatiality.

For me to take on other levels is to like be able to move innocuously from one scenario that is awkward or contaminated, to another space that is free, and even to know how to insulate one from the other. And that really threw me for a loop, because that isn’t the feminine way. That’s kind of the masculine way. The feminine way is to try to be all-inclusive. But the masculine way is a little bit like the Bible story of where you have righteous people and bad people and you keep the bad people in one town and you take the righteous people that are in the adjacent town and you bust the town to pieces to scatter them around. That’s the nature of how life is meant to intertwine.

Jeane: Really?

John: It doesn’t make sense to the logic in the mind. You don’t wipe it out. It serves its point, too. You can, I suppose, if it gets to the point where the adab of it is such that, you know, there are examples of that, but as a general rule, all ignorance is dealt with. And thus that example is what else it dictates in terms of this greater meaning in terms of what’s evolving in the future, in that there is going to be people that can take a step back from everything that’s occurring and find something that is okay in terms of how they are able to function.

And then they’re going to be people that can’t. And that’s just kind of the way that it is. And if they go crazy enough, they obliterate themselves. They bring dire conditions upon themselves. Those that are at the other end of the extreme, in terms of a quality of understanding of things, they have to know how to function more visibly.

We live in a period of time where none of that sort of thing is a problem yet, but in the past it has been a problem. That when you got to a particular point of righteousness or consciousness, or however you would say that, inside, that there was the danger of invoking the reaction of that which is angry and confused, and unable to sort itself out. And so even though you could be trying to help them, they do not want the help. They reject the help, and violently so. And so you have to be invisible, if you’re able to function in that kind of greater overallness.

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spaces-self-storageIn Jeane’s dream, she sees herself returning to a storage space from an earlier point in her life. The question is, does she need or want what has been left there? This is a question for anyone on the path, as we wrestle with letting go of old ways and patterns, and surrender to something higher. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I’ll start with a dream I had yesterday when I fell asleep in the afternoon. In that dream, I was going to visit an apartment where I used to live. It seemed like it was maybe on the second floor, and I was going to visit it because the people living there were moving out, and I had left some things in a storage room that was right next to the screen door on the porch where you went into the apartment.

The first time I went over, I just kind of snuck over in a way. I wanted to look when no one was around. I went into the storage unit and looked around to see what I’d left there, and there were some tall vases, just plain white glass vases, and some things in the storage room.

It feels like when I’m ready to leave there’s a little enclosure around the porch and the landlady must have a large dog and it comes, and I’m afraid it might bite me. But if I put my hands behind me it’s more like it just sticks its muzzle against my hands. You think it might nip, but it doesn’t.

The second time I go back the landlady spies me and I didn’t really want to be seen. I didn’t know her very well. I don’t know if she knew that I’d left some stuff in storage, so I don’t whether it’ll be okay to take it, or if I just need to let go of it, like maybe I’ve taken a look at it; maybe it’s stuff that I should just let go of.

I don’t know. I just tell her why I’m there. I explain, and then I know as I’m leaving again I’m dealing with the dog; it doesn’t quite nip, but it kind of presses against you before I go out the gate.

John: What your dream is doing is, this is causing you to note the quality upon which you have to feel yourself. In other words, this is an energetic that you can note in a lower, almost like utilizing a lower gravity self side of yourself, which is through the dog.

In other words, he’s the one that creates the “unawares” so to speak, as you go and take a look at something that you have established as an entitlement from long ago. You don’t currently have it. You let it go on purpose. You put it into storage.

You can go back now and you could retrieve it if you want, and if you do you have to take on a certain perspective in terms of retrieving this. You can do this, but you have to also note what this does in terms of how it affects you in terms of a disposition, or a perspective, or a way of seeing yourself.

The dilemma with something like this, is you chose to step away from this part of an outer/inner trait and development for a reason, long ago, as part of surrender and freeing yourself to be simple and nonattached.

Or in other words not have your attention weighed down because you wanted to make sure that you were focused upon something on an inner, deeper, other level that wouldn’t be distracted by a tendency in one’s nature to take on the mannerism, or appearance, or thought process of certain things that, once received, acquired, or maintained, one tends to look at and establish even a sense of security or something in terms of their image, self image, over such objects as part of their general, natural, overall being that such objects can come with.

Or you can let go of them, and become more empty and free, so that you make sure that you hear more readily, without that getting in the way, what you seek and want to experience and note inside of you.

Well, in the dream, it’s as if the point has come where you can go and you can now take back on those parts and, in doing so, you have to observe the lower-self trait, which is this dog, but the dog is a friend, and you are meant to be able to have a relationship with that part of yourself that can function energetically, and this way too.

In other words, it’s man’s friend, when before perhaps it was something that posed itself as a distraction. It is said that when you go on a path, certain karmas, and certain patterns, and certain natures that afflicted one, are pretty much absorbed or taken away.

It’s implied or said that the teacher kind of picks those up, so that you no longer continue to spiral out of control, because the teacher can see that this little bit of comfort or relief, once given, can enable you, through a backdoor process, to start to touch the depths of yourself.

It’s the same principle, in a roundabout way, of the missionaries in the West coming in and clothing, and feeding, and housing, the Indians, more or less thinking that they could put them in to a particular position where they would be receptive to the Christian ideas.

That’s the gross way of saying it. I don’t know that it actually worked, but that was the concept. But in this line of teaching, the idea that you are overwhelmed by activities that you have gotten caught in, and gotten lost in, if those are set aside, or taken on so to speak, by the teacher, in other words absorbed by the teacher, that you then can listen more with your heart and then realign yourself.

Now, it is also said that at some point in time those are then fed back to you, and they’re fed back to you when you have developed a certain consciousness to know how to carry those without them somehow or another grabbing your identity and sweeping you up in a particular way so that you are then lost again, and unable to hear that inner linkage or inner connection in the way that you need to always be able to hear it.

So it’s an interesting dream in that the theme of the vibration is one in which you are paying attention to what it feels like to take on a particular quality, or image, or mannerism, which is something that you have earned or have established as something from long ago, in your nature, as a way of being, that was set aside in order for you to experience the world, or life, or yourself, differently.

And now it’s time to bring that back and include that, as opposed to keeping it, so to speak, repressed or, using the prior example, taken on so to speak by the teacher, so that it wouldn’t affect your way of being.

But it also could have been actually repressed, because a person can do this to themselves as well, where they recognize that something was more than what their nature could naturally carry, in terms of the way they wanted to see themselves, which was a way that wanted to be more conscious, or more free.

And so they could give it away at that particular point in time, and then everything would sit in kind of abeyance to see what unfolded in terms of their development, before it would be something that would have to be given back, or received back.

 

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