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s-l300We know that dream symbolism is a language all its own. And if we are able to learn to translate that language, the information available to us in our dreams becomes dramatically more detailed and usable. Here is a great example of this: just the opening setup of a dream, the time, the place, and the characters, all contribute to creating the backdrop for an internal conversation that is meant to benefit us, and give us an insight into what we are processing in our life. (At the end of this post there are instructions and a link to download this recording to your computer.)

Carol: Okay, so here’s the first. So I’m in a beautiful house with very, very large windows and a lake. And I have a monkey, a baby monkey, and I also have puppies around me, but really the monkey I’m holding.

John: Let’s just stop right there. I’ll explain a little bit of the symbolism. So, the large windows in the house have two meanings. One meaning is, window like that, is like a type of illusionary veil. It’s like an illusionary veil, but you can see out of it so the flip side of that is that it’s meant, when you break that, to have a greater perspective of sight.

And then when you have the lake itself out front, a lake represents a quality of stillness. In a Rumi poem, when you have a wind that blows over the lake, that causes the waves, that causes a froth, that froth, then, is considered a vibration. And that vibration then rises up, and that becomes something in manifestation, that can rise up to even be a human being, meaning a vibration that has to live itself out is the implication of that.

So when you see the lake you are seeing something that is meant to reach a point of stillness. Now you have a quality that’s jumping around inside of you, that keeps this from being like a literal thing for you – and it’s the monkey. You like the monkey. The monkey is your trickster.

Now how is it that you see the monkey? That’s how I would say it, but the monkey means something even more for you. How do you see the monkey?

Carol: Actually, when you said that, it made me laugh because I think you got the feeling of it. In the dream I just loved him.

John: That’s correct. I know that. You love the monkey, and somehow letting go of the monkey, integrating this monkey into yourself, the vibratory beingness of this monkey into yourself, this is an aspect of shamanism.

Shamans believe that a person can benefit if they can catch up with their animal spirit. And a shaman believes that each person has a particular given loudness of an animal spirit, maybe a person is an eagle, or he’s a lion or something, and that if you can access the vibration of that animal spirit you can use that vibration in which to learn. In other words, it has a kind of prima materia effect, a lower-self prima materia effect, in terms of helping you transform.

But instead of it just floating around in there and being part of you, that’s kind of, okay, this is my personality and you haven’t caught up with the whole fullness of that characteristic. Instead of it floating around like that, a shaman believes that you take and you bring that to a real loud epiphany and then you can use that as a seeing tool.

In other words, you’re seeing through the eyes of the monkey, or seeing through the eyes of the lion. And so that’s why you have such symbolism that comes down from things like there’s medicine cards, don’t use them as medicine cards, but just use the meaning behind each animal. And the very best descriptions of the meanings behind each animal is brought through from Native Americans that used to relate and, as a culture, was closer to the naturalness of the outer; like a horse represents power, just to give you an idea.

Everything represents something in terms of an animal essence inside of you. To me, I infer the monkey as representing something of a bit of a trickster inside of you, which can cause you to vacillate from a deeper clarity. And that trickster is important. That trickster is important because, as you bring that quality to you, it actually helps you. It has a lower self negative side. It has a higher self positive side in that you bring that to a depth of wholeness inside of yourself, and then you can see with that. In other words, the trickster doesn’t confuse you in relationship to the expanse looking out the window at the quality of the lake. You can feel then the dance of the trickster, and you can use that as a medium. In other words, it’s a type of lower-self vibratoriness.

And the lake represents a higher-self total stillness, if you are able to be totally still as a lake. And in that lake you put a drop into that lake; you cannot pull that same drop out again because it’s in the wholeness. And yet the dancing around of the monkey is still separate from that wholeness of that lake, so it’s a type of vibratory state, thus a kind of trickster.

And you go through the vibratory states to get to the stillness. And so you have the stillness that’s meant to emerge, you have big windows that you can peer out into the wholeness of things, and then you’ve got the louder, louder thing, that’s why you love it, that’s why you really like it, lower-self trickster. You like this part of yourself.

It’s okay, and you should, like this part of yourself, but this doesn’t carry the final word on things. It’s just a quality that you can let go to. I’ll give you a similar thing here. It’s very similar to like, let’s say I’ve had just a super, super active day, and so I’m going to sit down and I’m going to try to meditate. Now I don’t know what meditation is, other than the fact that I hit a stillness. Now if I have this monkey energy jumping around inside of me, my thoughts are going wild about this, that, and the other and I’m trying to ponder and figure this out, and then having to sort this out in the heart in terms of where this is meaningful, and where this isn’t meaningful. Then I’m not going to hit the stillness.

The lake is that stillness. And yet if I don’t have that other jumping around, if I don’t have that, then nothing is going on. Then I kind of sit in a subjective state. In the, I think the name of the book is Kingdom of Man, the Ibn Arabi book, the scribe, the thing that goes back and forth that’s always right, in other words the monkey is always right in the highest level of seeing him, it goes back and forth, and that’s what that scribe is, that monkey is that scribe for you, or the scribe is that monkey for you. However you want to say that. It’s very interesting.

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