A Needed Effect

Everything learns in its own way. We know with children, some want to see things in action, some are better when they hear it, others are happier when they read it for themselves. And the pace of learning and absorption will be different: some will feel lost if things move too quickly, others will get bored if they move too slowly. The energetic realms are no different, and we need to learn to have the sensitivity to what they require because our actions can be too fast, or too dramatic, or totally inappropriate. Yet we can sense the response, if we are aware, and adjust accordingly. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

John: It parallels a dream that I had, a sleep dream that I had, that kind of goes along with this in that, it’s like I’m looking at a curb where you could park a car. And just on the other side of the curb, of course, is where vegetation like a lawn or something would grow. 

There’s no car currently parked there. It’s as if something isn’t inviting about the way this spot feels; everything is all dried out. And so I take and I water the area down because it looks like it needs something, but I can only do it to a certain degree because the ground is so dried out and so hard that, if I did too much, it would just roll off and go into the gutter or something. That’s why I apply it in moderation. 

And then, all of a sudden, as I notice that it has softened up the surface, then I realize that more is needed, and is wanted, and what more receptivity is able to be identified. And that’s when I realize that you can now take water and soak the area; in fact, I’m told, now it’s ready to be soaked. 

So when I soak the area, I know that instead of just a small degree of moisture that isn’t going to do much, because the ground is so hard that it barely affects the surface, by now having loosened the surface so that it can function as a bit of a container, I can now soak the area so the water then can go down and penetrate the roots and something can become fertile and natural again. 

So that was the image that I saw. And of course, within the image, you already know the meaning, but I wrote up the meaning anyway, in which I said the image is that of how to work with a situation which is so out of touch that it is unable to take in, or feel, a much needed effect

When a situation is like that you must start slow. This requires temperance. When the outer is softened, the ground is ready to receive more. Until then, it is impossible to soak anything up. 

The theme of the dreaming has been about a quality of opening up a type of heartfulness that is like a feeling that exists in the atmosphere. And that you have to denote that in order to have a rhythm that takes in, as a criteria, it takes in more of what is really going on, that is always going on, at any given moment. But that the problem is one is inclined to be affected by mannerisms that are bifurcated and keep one from having the connectivity to the heart. 

In other words, it’s one thing to have a way of seeing something. It’s another thing to be able to take that, and maintain that, with a heartfulness. Seeing, in and of itself, pinches things out. It can only go so far, and it loses the degree of witnessing that is necessary to help break down the surface of things. Feeling is needed to be awakened in order for something to be able to be touched, or absorbed, at a greater depth of the atmosphere of itself. So that’s the first dream.

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Contrast State

brellaadWe could think of endless examples, but here are two: how can you appreciate money if you have never been poor? Or how can you appreciate happiness if you have never been sad? Having the contrasting image, or knowledge, of any particular state is crucial to seeing, and understanding, the state we are in. And once we have the understanding, we can continuously move in the preferred direction, as a way of defining, and refining, whatever state we seek to be in. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Jeane: I don’t remember so much. I guess the best way to describe initially, it felt like when I came out of meditation, I did that after like two hours, and I came over and got into bed.

And then, as soon as I went to sleep, it felt like some energy that I feel like when meditation was kind of on my side, so to speak, had followed me over to the bed. And now I had to contend with it – and it was like it was against me.

When it was on the outer, it didn’t work. And I was having to kind of fight it now. I mean, it was even like a person; it was like something that had been on your side before, now wasn’t on your side because it was in the outer and contending against you, whereas on the inner it felt okay.

And I don’t remember that much about it. It was partly red. There was a man, but I remember thinking this was odd it had suddenly changed from where it felt like it was on your side to where it was out here and now it was fighting you.

John: So that was like a vision or something. You set in motion, when you meditate you set in motion a contrast world, or a type of effect that can cause you to have realizations, and recognitions, of things. That’s why you can have visions, you can have all kinds of little things that can happen, that kind of are almost reciprocal, in fashion, to somewhere, somehow, in some way in which you had been – in terms of an access within.

Because, in the outer, your attention is captured by everything that’s in the stimuli world of mind/senses. And so the empty space of something isn’t possible, in some other capacity of stillness. So when you come out of something that is actually where you’ve gone to some other depth within, you can kind of have a lingering effect of a quickening that’s possible, yet almost as if you don’t have any recollection of how all of that is, yet there still can be the malingering of something like that.

Thus the sensation when you came to bed that there was kind of some sort of strange effect. You can’t call it a deja vu to something from within. Instead, you have a reaction to having come back into the plane of senses – and are finding that to be kind of peculiar.

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