Saturday, 25 February 2017

A Waking Dream About Flooding: Concluding Post



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This week, in our examination of a waking dream about buildings being flooded, it emerged that the dreamer was compartmentalizing his life. He had split his daily activities into two categories. As a meditator, he focused on his spiritual growth and centering. Then, the rest of his day was spent attending to the mundane activities of running a business and living “normal” life.

How does one go about blending a spiritual practice with normal life?
That was the question we discussed. In the course of our dialogue, I told the following—true—story about an experience I had:

As a young man, I volunteered my services to help frame a house. I wanted to become more familiar with the carpenter’s trade because I did my own occasional construction projects, and I wanted as much knowledge as possible.

As one might imagine, with four or five young, virile males working on a rough, largely-outdoor job, the banter can get caustic. There were gibes, insults, profanity, plenty of sexual innuendo and general crudeness. While I considered some of the remarks genuinely funny, I was also put off by much of it, and I found myself trying to reconcile my desire to be a part of the team with my devotion to my own spiritual life.

One day, during a snack break, we were sitting around having a cup of coffee when there was a lull in the conversation. Then, one of the carpenters started timidly talking about a “weird” experience he’d just had, in which he felt as if he had floated out of his body. As I listened to his bewilderment, I remember thinking, “OK. Now I know why I’m here.”

I told him of my own, similar experiences, and I was able to reassure him and to suggest that this was a possible doorway into a rich, fulfilling facet of life. Since I was considered “one of the guys,” I was listened to, not just by the Astral-travelling carpenter, but by all of those in earshot. Although we went back to our former wisecracking and crudeness, a doorway had opened. Even for the workers who were the most skeptical, there was a slight shift.

At that moment, I realized that none of us ever has an adequate understanding of the vast and complex workings of spirit, and if we can try always to keep a part of ourselves in tune with our spiritual awareness, we can be useful even in the most crude and negative-seeming circumstances.

Nothing ever exists without the presence of spirit; spirit is always everywhere. If we stay open, and let it, spirit will use us, and the seemingly negative (or enlightened) circumstances that we find ourselves involved in make little or no difference.

The dreamer this week was in contact with his own spiritual nature. But then he split his life in two, separating what he considered the higher aspects from mundane life. He was trapping spirit, not allowing it to flow outward into the world.

ANNOUNCEMENT
On March 11 & 12 I will be participating in the Body Mind Spirit Expo in the town of Hillsboro, just west of Portland, Oregon. I will be lecturing and helping with dream interpretations. Click on the Events page for details.

Friday, 24 February 2017

A Waking Dream About Flooding: Post #3



 photo courtesy of gawin.ph

This week we’re examining a waking dream about water damage in some buildings. The buildings’ owner understands his waking dream. As we worked through the symbols, one message seemed dominant. It was this: Although this dreamer has plenty of contact with “the elixir of life” (his description of water), his ability to process it, let it flow through him and make the most constructive use of it seems impaired. In our discussions, a word that came up often was “outflow.”

Can outflow be trapped?
Can that really be valid? Is it really possible that the force of life can enter into an individual in such a way that it gets trapped and causes problems? And if that’s true, how does one make changes to allow the force of life to enter and then exit freely?

“Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” [W. Shakespeare]
As the dreamer and I pondered this question, we began examining the way he lives life. Of paramount importance to him is his spiritual exploration. He is a meditator and a serious student of metaphysics. He was drawn to this by his own occasional success at bilocation. Because his early experiences in this art occurred unpracticed and of their own accord, he was anxious to learn what caused the phenomenon and to see if he could learn to control it. Although his spiritual exploration has since gone in other, perhaps more mystical, directions, he continues to study quite seriously.

Then there is the rest of his life: He is a landlord, so he has a business. He earned a doctorate, so he is well educated. He has a love life, so there is time enthusiastically devoted to his lady. And he loves to “play” in the sense of travel, going to restaurants, attending theater and other shows, and generally kicking up his heels and having fun.

Overall, it sounds like a rich, well-balanced existence. So what’s the problem? What are these metaphors about the force of life being trapped inside of him and causing damage?

As we discussed this issue, it became apparent that he sees life as sectioned. There is the spiritual practice that he takes so seriously, and then there are “all those other activities” that fall into the category of “worldly” interests that are not spiritual.

“Why aren’t they spiritual?!!!” was the question I asked him with some urgency. Why does he create this compartmentalization? Why can’t something even as simple as the mundane act of tying one’s shoe be a spiritual practice? Is there some sort of on-off switch that determines when we are being spiritual and when we are not? And, as part of that question, just how does one make tying a shoe a spiritual act?

Shakespeare said it so beautifully nearly 500 years ago: Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. No act is judged on its own; depending on our attitude, it can be either spiritual or mundane.

More tomorrow.

ANNOUNCEMENT
On March 11 & 12 I will be participating in the Body Mind Spirit Expo in the town of Hillsboro, just west of Portland, Oregon. I will be lecturing and helping with dream interpretations. Click on the Events page for details.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Waking Dream About Flooding: Post #2



  photo courtesy of 911damagerepair.net

This week we’re examining a waking dream about water damage in some buildings. The buildings’ owner, who understands the concept of the waking dream, has a good grasp of this dream’s message. To him, it is all about how life—which he views as an elixir—flows into him more intensely than he can accommodate it. He didn’t ask for my help in order to understand his dream. Rather, he was interested in knowing what actions he should take in order to put himself back in balance. It is not surprising that the owner/dreamer chose to focus on this series of events; water had leaked into his buildings at various times on at least a dozen, separate occasions.

Important categories of waking dreams
In the past I have discussed what qualities make a dream important. There are three: 1) If a dream is shocking. 2) If a dream is bizarre. 3) If a dream is repetitive. In this case, the dreamer’s experience qualified under all three categories, so he felt it was especially important for him to study and understand the message he was being delivered. The fact that his experience was a waking dream—meaning that these were events that occurred not during sleep, but while he was going about the business of his normal day—makes no difference. He was involved in a series of events that were shocking, bizarre and repetitive.

When we analyzed his dream, isolating the symbols and discussing what metaphoric significance they might have in his life, the following is what the narrative of his dream evolved into.

The restated dream
For this dreamer, water symbolizes life—even an elixir, like spirit itself. This elixir is pouring into all of the areas where the dreamer “dwells” (his buildings). Sometimes the outlets for processing this elixir (plumbing) aren’t working well, especially the part of himself that deals with the excess and waste. This has now even affected a part of him that is beautiful, that communicates a sense of nature, has a nice appearance and feels warm (hardwood floor). But his feminine self (girlfriend) calls on the part of him that is in charge of restoration. Soon, with special equipment, the excess is removed, and a degree of normalcy is restored.

Initial thoughts
The above dream message can seem perplexing. How is it possible for life to flow into an individual more freely than he can accommodate it? What exactly does that mean? How can it come flooding into one’s consciousness so fast and so forcefully that it causes damage and “affects the part of him that is beautiful, that communicates a sense of nature, has a nice appearance and feels warm”?

That was the first topic he and I discussed. And it seemed that the key word for him was “outflow.” He was open to the elixir of life, and it was almost literally flooding him. But it seemed that he was blocked when it came to passing the flow forward.

More on Friday.

ANNOUNCEMENT
On March 11 & 12 I will be participating in the Body Mind Spirit Expo in the town of Hillsboro, just west of Portland, Oregon. I will be lecturing and helping with dream interpretations. Click on the Events page for details.

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