A Different Approach

We often see the resistance we are putting up, inside, when we experience the feeling of being chased in a dream. What we are trying to escape from is often a deeper connection between inner aspects, or we are avoiding making a brand new integration that scares us for some reason. In this dream we also see the outcome of such an integration: a new ability to utilize an inner power to move forward in a different way. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: As far as I remember about any dreams I had closer to morning, I think they were just about the headache I had, almost like how to work with it or something. I don’t remember that as well. 

But I had this dream and image last night and, in that image, I’m in this black buggy being pulled by a horse. It feels like there’s a young boy or young man in there with me, too, I don’t quite see clearly. And we’re being pursued and trying to get away – even maybe being shot at. 

And then the horse shakes off the traces that are pulling the buggy and goes down the road a bit, it stops in the middle of the road. And now it’s quite bright out. And then the horse goes down there and then he turns around; it’s a red horse, a roan horse. And I go up to the horse and it agrees for me to place a rope in its mouth, just like taking a bit, and I get the rope and I get on its back. 

And it’s fine so far, but then when the man, or the boy, that had been in the buggy with me comes out and gets on the horse, too, the horse at first slumps down like it’s maybe all too heavy for it. But then it gets up. And then we seem to get away, even though someone’s chasing us. And I have a sense that we’re okay. 

And then it’s almost like after all this is happening I see a flash of the boy that had been with me and I see that he’s on a train. He hitchhiked a ride on this train, is my feeling. And there’s this white camel that has come and it’s kind of laying outside the car he’s in and maybe even stuck his head through the glass, like it can pass its head through glass. So it can stick its head in the compartment where he’s hitched this ride for wherever he’s going, like, he’s just going to go on to the world or something. And that was the dream. 

John: So the dilemma that gets this going on multiple levels has to do with getting beyond a complaint. And the complaint is that something is too much. And when you get beyond the complaint of something being too much you actually can travel to other levels, you can actually take in other levels. 

So there’s a pressure on you. In terms of the pressure, and because it’s a horse, a horse represents power, and there’s a way of surrendering to the power, or going with the power. And that if you don’t it’s too much for you, or you have the sense that it’s too much – the power, all of that that’s going on is too much. 

Each of those things is trying to break through. I mean, you’re starting off in kind of an oppressed state, you’re starting off in a scenario in which the situation around you is not something that’s balanced. In other words, the flow is constrained. As you gain some sort of distance against whatever it is, and try to catch up with yourself, then it’s as if something is too much. That can be like a type of exhaustion. 

The key is to go into this stuff, you go into what you experience inside, kind of eagerly, not feeling like the whole thing is a bit too much. Or, otherwise, you’re accepting an exhaustion, or you’re seeing it as exhaustive, instead of seeing it as an unfolding process. I mean, this continues, you have level after level. This is like the first step. The first step was the whole sensation of something that is pursuing you or oppressing you. And that when you gain a bit of a reprieve from that, you’re then required to shift and break through and not be in a situation where you can’t quite catch your power, catch up with the power, as if something is too exhausting. Because this is just the beginning, there’s more to come.

So the boy goes into the future, that’s an image where something comes into its own. Something comes into its own and there’s a connection that’s made, and it’s able to travel. And as you said it had a whole futuristic sense to it. The other was like the precursor to it. It was like something that built up to a crescendo and then the whole thing is about something able to approach life differently. 

So, in the first part of the dream, you are oppressed as a woman, as the feminine, and not able to take on the masculine at the same time. And in the second part of the dream the masculine is complete. The boy is able to free-flow and has a rapport with his nature, which is more than just power. I wonder what a camel stands for; it’s probably like another sort of power, but in a different disciplined way. 

It’s like being able to venture anywhere: on the train, with the camel. It’s like another realm. So the horse progresses to a camel, and you catch up with a purified camel, not one that spits and carries on and acts up. One that’s well-trained, one that does the bidding, that’s merged with its owner. That’s attentive to its owner.

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Two Parts of One’s Being

One of the fundamental dynamics to understanding our dreams is the interplay between our higher and lower selves. We can recognize the higher aspect because it is usually representing the best, or clearest, or most sensible position – it’s the teacher, the healer, the guide, the elder. Sometimes it is shown by the places we go: underwater for a dive into our deeper consciousness, or up in an airplane for reconnection to our higher nature. And often these two sides chase one another until someone gets the message and lets themselves be caught, so an integration can take place. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: Well, in the dream I had last night it feels like we’re all male, even me. Initially, I feel like someone is hunting me. And I’m concerned that I’ll give myself away, either when I go to practice my Tai Chi, or when I go to the bathroom. So I’m trying to stay somewhat concealed, and watch where I would practice any activities. 

But it seems to shift slightly, and we’re hunting someone, one of the other men. And it feels like he’ll give himself away, too, when he goes to the bathroom, plus he seems to have an injury. So we take him to a doctor, but the doctor seems to practice in the ocean so we’re all in the water. And it’s hard to keep track of him sometimes, because maybe he just swims and then we have to go try and find him and get him to the doctor. 

And then it seems like we’ve all gotten on the airplane. And, again, we’re trying to disguise him by where he sits on the airplane, but he won’t seem to sit where we want him to sit. And my concern is that if we get up to go to the bathroom, or if we get up to practice the Tai Chi again, people will spot us and find us. So there seems to be this concern both with finding him, and with disguising ourselves. That’s all I really remember of the dream.

John: This is your way of describing that there exists a presence, that you feel abstractively in the atmosphere, that is in the way of being able to let go into an emptiness, or invisibleness, of yourself. 

At the same time that you feel this means that you also have a sense that you need to be in a kind of emptiness that is a quality that you have a sense about, but do not know how to zero in or zoom in on it. The barrier is even the thought itself, meaning that if such and such occurs, or is contemplated, or is taken into account, then that means that you, when like this, are not able to just let go and go into this soul level place. 

It’s different than my way of looking at it, but it has some elements that are in common, in that you are seeing yourself as if you are sorting this sort of thing out, which is a masculine way of trying to get there. So you have that masculine way of trying to get there sense about yourself, and yet, at the same time, you’re acknowledging that where it is and how it is that it feels in an experiential or sensation sort of way. 

It’s an interesting dream in that it kind of points out the two parts of one’s being, or soul, coming together or becoming an overallness. And, when they aren’t that total letting go, it’s pointing out to you what it’s kind of like as a sensation sense, and what it’s kind of like as a way of trying to sort oneself out. And that they’re kind of flip sides of the same coin: the sensation sense will kind of correspond to the sorting out aspect, and they kind of go hand in hand.

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Using Danger

Chase dreams can often be the most disturbing type of dream imagery, so much so that we can wake up in a sweat and get that feeling of tremendous relief that whatever the scenario was, it wasn’t real. Yet they are useful to us because they are showing that we are at an impasse inside, where the desire to get to the next possibility is meeting with inner aspects of us that don’t want to go there, or don’t want to accept it. But we can learn to understand the danger in our dreams, and realize that the chase is about finding a connection and a flow, rather than getting away from anything. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I know I dreamt a lot last night, but I didn’t really pull them out. And the sensation I had was almost like one of being chased, or chasing, moving around; but I couldn’t pull out the details. 

John: Well, it should work the opposite of that, unless you’re catching up with the principle, this way, of using danger to kill, which is a very advanced understanding.

In other words, we go about reacting about this and reacting about that, and we’re meant to use that as a means to obliterate – learning from that how to let go of patterns in our nature that just keep on plaguing us and plaguing us. Ideally, what’s behind that is the catching up with a cadence, or rhythm, that you naturally feel and carry. 

When you’re not carrying that, and you’re somehow scoping out or reacting about something, that’s when you bring up these images of being chased, or pursued, or qualities in which something is coming at you that you’re not letting go off. 

What I was seeing in this is, whenever I saw a kind of cringing or tightening up inside, it was in relationship to a mannerism that somehow or another has a possessory way, in terms of getting a hold of my personality and emotion reaction. And instead of getting caught there over and over and over again, that’s the meaning behind learning to use danger to kill. In other words, to recognize the danger and realize that it kills, it kills the quality of a cadence that is meant to be there in its natural way, as opposed to the constant chasing in terms of trying to find it, the cadence, that is. 

That’s the reason why we do everything because we’re seeking that. We’re searching but we don’t know where to look. And when you have a chase scene, that’s the same thing, is that you’re being haunted by something that’s out of twang with what it is that you know has to be a cadence. But you’re not quite tuning into the cadence, you’re getting affected by this other. And thus, the way you’re carrying your energy is causing the sensation of being chased. 

It’s a particular vibration, just like cadence is a quality of holding an auric field in one’s nature, so that, as you go through life, you function in a way that affects and touches the world around you, as opposed to things that still have life lessons to learn hitting you over, and over, and over again in a personality emotion way.

It’s still on theme of recognizing what soul to matter is all about. And it’s not about personality and emotion, reacting to things, thus the deeper thought using danger to kill. Danger kills, it kills the cadence.

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