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Kevin Dooley

When we want to gather our thoughts, or gain some perspective, we usually take a break from the normal and find a place of quiet and/or solitude. And with good reason: it is difficult to sort everything out when we are in the whirlwind of events. But we have that instinct to go and find a quiet place precisely because that’s when our higher connections and guidance can reach us: they can’t get through to us when we are in the spin of our external obligations, and internal moods and emotions. And, as this excellent dream scenario shows, our journey is trying to bring that quiet state into our everyday life – so that our guidance can always be with us. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well, I had one dream with two parts, and in one part of the dream a male cousin I haven’t seen for many years, that I really like, has come to town and I want to spend time with him.

And, at the same time, there’s a family get together at a restaurant I think we’re maybe both going to go to. But I find out I can’t spend time with my cousin because I guess he has a boyfriend that he’s going to go spend the afternoon with, so I’m kind of disappointed in that. But he’ll still be at the family luncheon for part of the time, but I’d hoped to go with him and then spend some more private time with him.

But I head off to the luncheon on my own. He’s there briefly, and the luncheon seems to move from this café that’s near the water to a second place where people are picnicking near the water, and then they seem to kind of go up into the mountains a bit to a third place.

Then we’ve left. He had left early; I think he left after the first place to go meet his friend. And everyone else has left, and I’m on my way back home, when I realize that I’ve left my purse somewhere. So I start to go back to the three places I’ve been before looking for the purse.

I go to the first one and there’s still some family there. They haven’t seen my purse, and then so I’m thinking in my mind about walking to the other two places. And then I remember that I’m also concerned because I have some taxes to pay and I can’t remember where I’m supposed to pay the taxes. That’s on my mind, so I’m trying to sort two things out at once now, besides the third thing of being disappointed that I couldn’t get together with my cousin. For some reason I feel like if he were along that it would be easier to sort all this out.

I finally realize that I probably am going to have to backtrack to all three places and make sure that my purse isn’t there and, at the same time, I’m feeling this pull to go home because I left my phone in my purse so if anybody found the phone and everything, and tried to phone my home I won’t be there. Since I don’t have a phone on me I can’t receive any calls, but it feels like I have to backtrack first and ask, and then I can go to my house.

Then I remember that all the taxes get paid at an office there. So at least now I know where to go. It’s like I’ve remembered what I need to do about the taxes. That seems to take a certain pressure off me, or create a relief, but I still have to go see if I can find the purse.

John: Yeah, the energetic last night was such that there were all these complexities that kind of threw the situation around, and it all had to do with something astir that is meant to be astir at this point in time – in terms of throwing a curveball at the issue of identity, or way of being.

Your dream is loaded with symbolism. First of all you have the cousin, who is gay, who you can’t spend much time with, representing something that is anew, like another level of things, a way of being in terms of something. There’s no judgement about what this is. It’s just that something anew is trying to be at hand, but can’t quite come through, and it’s meant to come through in terms of your overall beingness which means a beingness that has all of the relatives, or all of the parts of yourself, getting together.

And yet this part only flickers. It is only barely there and, as a consequence of something like this affecting the scenario of things, everything gets shifted. In other words, the restaurant that had been at a place along the water, gets shifted what, into the mountains.

See, in the town there’s all kinds of clutter and complexity. Things are not simple, and so even though you have a water setting, which is supposed to inflect an emptiness, you have a scenario that still has a heck of a lot going on.

So then when it shifts to a place in the country you have the simplicity of the setting, and you don’t have a lot of pressure hitting you. And then when it shifts to the mountains; each of things is building to a letting go, to an emptiness. So as you become more empty, the third image then is that you’re able to handle more complexities that are there to hit you, because going up into the mountains with the setting is to be able to survive ordeals, to work through ordeals, solve obstacles.

But then your dream proceeds to tell you how the one, two, and three like that works. In the first instance, it is something trying to come in, like the issue with your cousin, who you’re not able to spend the time that you need to spend with because of the fact that he prior commitments, or complexities, in other words. So that’s the first example.

And then, in the second example, the simplicity, that you might say corresponds with the country setting along water, enables you to recognize that there are obligations outstanding that have to be taken out of the equation.

In the third, where you hit an emptiness able to solve barriers and obstacles, to penetrate barriers and obstacles, that’s also when you don’t carry any kind of separate identity. And when you don’t carry any kind of separate identity, where you don’t have something else going on with you, like an internal dialogue or projection of some sort that you conjure up on your own as something that has to be done or is meaningful, when you’re able to be blank like this, or totally empty, that’s when you know how and where to deal with whatever comes along that still digs at you – like the idea of having to pay taxes.

When you go to the countryside, where there’s the lake, where all the parts of yourself come together in that kind of a scenario and you don’t have the outer complexity, you have the simplicity, you’re able to recognize unfinished business, taxes and stuff, that need to be paid – but you’re not empty enough yet; you don’t know quite how to contend with that.

When you go into the mountains, meaning that somewhere along the way of this whole journey you have lost your purse, you’ve lost your identity, when you become kind of blank like that, then you kind of know things naturally, in terms of the overall whole, that you’re able to feel.

In other words, you have made a journey that’s able to go from an innerness, the water represents an inner flow, you’re able to go from an inner flow that is not quite very viable in the city of complexities and peculiarities, in which you can have inklings of something coming anew, another level of yourself coming into the family, but flickering, not able to completely come through because there’s something different going on yet, so many different things going on, that as it progresses the energetic of that comes through, as a part of yourself having awoken energetically. That energetic that is needed there as part of you comes through, but you can’t put your finger on it in terms of quite how that transpired because it occurred as you were unfolding, or developing, and becoming more empty.

And along with that losing of identity which may have, on one level of the outer way of looking at things, been very disconcerting, on an inner level of things enabled you to access what was needed to be accessed, that was trying to come through, and simultaneously such an access gave you the ability to contend with things that on the first image you weren’t even recognizing or noticing yet.

In the second image there was still an amnesia a bit. On the third image you went through the obstacles sufficiently enough so as to be empty with no identity and, therefore, having in a knowingness that just was naturally there.

Isn’t that a complicated dream? So the secret to a dream like that is to recognize the process as an unfolding inner process, and then also be able to look at how this is an ongoing thing in terms of the outer unfoldment of things. Because what is happening on an inner level like this, it’s easy to try to stay with that as if one’s looking at this and trying to gather personal information in terms of what is going on. The way that the dreaming is also pointing to is what is different and what is happening in relationship to the inner into outer flow.

And so you have this inner waking up that is leading to a quality of a letting go where you drop the identities of yourself and become very simplistic. You can contend with things that complicate your life with responsibilities that are outer, such as the taxes. You eventually get to where you can release that sort of thing rather than put it into the heart as a characteristic that then veils you from being able to function according to how it is that you really are.

When you are contending with the taxes you have an identity that, if it’s in terms of having a responsibility, an obligation, a pressure in that way, when you set that aside, you can become more blank, and therefore more open and more receptive to yourself in an overall whole.

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deicerNormally our dreams use images from our life experience to create the message to be conveyed – because we’ll have a deeper understanding of any subject we personally know. But, in this dream, the image begins at a boathouse, a place the dreamer knows nothing about. And that helps make the point: we can be frozen out from our natural intelligence and sense of knowing when we are veiled from our inner connections. In other words, we are designed to be able to know – even during new experiences. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: So this last dream is like a parable. And so, in this parable, I go to a boathouse; you know by boathouse it’s like a little building, and this building has an open area. You go inside from the shore and it’s supposed to be open to the water. In other words, it’s where you put a boat, except in this particular boathouse, it has a roof and everything that normally would shelter your boat.

When I go into this boathouse, I know that it’s from this boathouse that a boat was successfully launched into the lake. But as I go into the boathouse, which would normally just be water; you just open the door, and then there’s water, and your boat’s in the water. But in this particular case, as I open the door, the boathouse is all ice. The water’s frozen.

And so the person who had come before and used it, apparently a movie star or something, slid the boat over the ice and into the lake. You know, I’m kind of dumb in this parable because somehow or another I don’t know that it doesn’t work that way, that you slide the boat over the ice. You bring your boat, instead of realizing that your boat stays in the boathouse, you know, I’m somehow confused in that the person brought their boat, slid it over the ice, and out into the lake, launched from there into the lake.

So I’m trying to understand this, how this works. So I’m studying this. I’m standing there by myself wondering how it works. And, because I’m not a boat person, I do not know that the boathouse is actually treacherous when it’s frozen – you can fall through the ice. It’s supposed to be open, and the boat’s supposed to be there, and not something you bring in and that’s how you do the boat, that’s how you do it. You’re naturally all of that.

So, as I’m looking at it, I guess it kind of dawns on me that if I was a boating person I would know that this boathouse is supposed to store a boat for future use, as need be. But when it’s frozen inside it still is able to be used, but you had to bring the boat there, and then you had to slide it over the ice, and hopefully not break through the ice, and out into the adjacent lake.

But if you aren’t able to do that, the boathouse serves no useful purpose, doesn’t store the boat, and maybe it’s too treacherous to try to take a boat over the ice. It’s a mess, then, to get into the open lake.

So, as I stand there, and I’m observing this situation, I’ve actually walked out onto the ice. I suddenly notice that there are bubbles in the ice in certain places. I notice the ice can be cracked there. And so, as a prankish kind of guy, I kind of kick into it and crack it – and all of a sudden I kick a slab loose. And then I realize, oh my goodness, this whole thing is rapidly melting.

I quickly get off of it. Suddenly it is nearly all water. When like that, I now like and am like, and can be closer to the movie star who had a connection to this place. And my connection is a closeness that had been veiled, i.e., frozen over, or iced over, but is no more. Isn’t that an interesting parable?

It’s a parable in which it’s another dream about accessing an imbedded insightfulness, and connection, from within that is meant to come into consciousness. For this to happen I have to quit dwelling on the limitations and veils which, in this case, is the ice, and I have to come to recognize what the boathouse is all about. It is a presence in the overallness of things that has access to the whole, to the lake.

And, when the ice melts, what there is for me to see is a place that you just know, you know all about it, and how it is to be, and how it works, and how it’s used. The meaningfulness is able to be both above and below the surface, not just something that slides across the ice, or on the ice, and the water is a same/same – between lake and boathouse – as a connection is reached and the viability of the situation consciously recognized, realized, brought into a oneness.

This is a parable about the soul, and what is being depicted is a process that goes from a dense, veiled, contracted, limited, hidden, frozen, realization to that of same/same interconnection and intertwining. When this occurs, and first of all it is slowly woken, you’re waking up, I am able to come and go freely and unconditionally. And it isn’t something separate, it’s part of me. It’s not like it belongs to a movie star, or something elevated beyond me. In other words, there’s no conditions because the situation is an inner and an outer, and an outer and an inner, and it is as it’s meant to be. That’s the soul, that’s the knowingness.

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bearIt is easy to assume that we, as individuals, have little power. But the energetic worlds see us differently, as shown in these dream images. We all have power, or are connected to the power of things, but we need to unlock it or liberate it from within. As what is unconscious in us (underwater in the image) is made conscious, it comes with great power, and that power is meant to be held and harnessed by us – rather than immediately expended. In that way, we can become a conduit for greater things. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well, in my dream, I seem to be part of a fairly large family. And in the center of the room of our house, it’s like we have some water suspended in there, and underneath the water are these kind of vehicles – but they’re always in the water. I mean like it’s almost like suspended in the sense that it doesn’t drain anywhere, it doesn’t move anywhere, it doesn’t act like water actually does. It’s behaving more like a jelly. Do you know what I mean?

I know that we actually do is these vehicles are usually something we take out to the bottom of the lake, and it’s like when you go to work that’s what you do, you go out there and your vehicle is supposed to operate underwater in the lake. And I’m looking forward to that, but I never seem to get a chance to do it.

Instead it’s like I go with some of the kids to a museum, and we get tickets. We go into this museum. It seems they have a lot of kind of like old icons and stuff in it, and then I get separated from the group, and I go down into a downstairs room that has windows all along where the ground is. I’m there by myself, and this great big grizzly bear breaks one of the windows and comes in.

So in this museum, I’ve left the group and I’ve gone down into a basement room, and this grizzly bear comes in. So I’m kind of backed up on a little couch against the wall, with a great big grizzly bear in my face. And it just seems to hover there and look at me. It doesn’t seem to want to harm me or anything. It just is right there.

And it’s there for awhile and then, when it decides to leave and it goes out the window, the grizzly bear’s wife, who’s much smaller and even dressed in some people clothes or something, comes in for a minute, and kind of growls at me, and then leaves. That was the end of the first dream.

John: The first image indicates that your beingness is not able to breakthrough something; its encompassed in a kind of unconsciousness. The second part of the dream indicates that the breaking out of that unconsciousness results in you catching up with a greater perspective, a larger perspective that is surrounded by power.

Another way of saying it is, that a power is needed, a certain power, a majesty of power, a presence is needed, and when that is there you break out of the dormancy, or a cocoon effect, in terms of your ability to flow and function, to move about.

When it’s there you break out of that, you can do that. Otherwise, you drive in a state that is still a little delirious and unconscious. You sit in a state that’s a little unconscious, you drive around in a state that is still sorting things out with the unconscious. But when you catch up with that inner power, and the fascination of an overall that is at your disposal, too, that comes with all of that, that is there simultaneously, the condition that you’re sitting within is just fine.

It’s kind of like an image where how it is that you are sitting is what it is, and it is a bit unconscious, or veiled, and it moves about in that way, too. And then the image is that you can somehow snap, and shift, and sit in an area where you’re attentive to what is interesting and you sit in a reserved inner power at that time.

So it’s kind of like a slingshot dichotomy. It’s kind of like flip sides of a coin. It’s kind of like being on one side sitting there and sitting there, like in a cocoon, and then suddenly popping out on the other side – except it’s not really the image of a butterfly. It’s more the image of sitting with a certain presence and power, in what is fascinating and interesting, and being. And that’s all you need to do.

Jeane: In my second dream, I don’t remember the details of it. I just remember that it’s like I wanted to try to help fix something and I couldn’t seem to be able to fix it. So it was just like kind of going into something and trying to fix something, and just feeling totally frustrated because I couldn’t.

John: Yeah, it’s kind of like correcting you, you know, to make sure that you understood and followed the main theme, which is just sitting with that power, and what is fascinating in the museum of life is all you need to do.

You can’t really try to fix something. If you try to fix something you would be violating your nature. You might react. In other words, you would lose a certain equanimity. Your higher self sits, or the higher quality of your being that comes out and it knows how, in terms of incorporating who you are, it knows how to contain itself, sitting in the schematic of things as they’re unfolding, with a quality that takes into account. I mean you had both sides, the masculine bear, and the feminine bear. Very interesting.

You should look up the symbolism in the book of a bear because it’s the most powerful symbolism for the Native American. It’s the most powerful. The eagle is one thing, but the bear denotes an awful lot as well. The eagle is different in terms of sight and such. The bear in terms of the order, balance, and wholeness.

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