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Healing Dreams / Meeting Dakota
« on: October 03, 2011, 10:25:06 AM »
I think I would like to mention how Dakota and I met. And I think the best way is to quote pieces from my book House  of the Ancestors. So here goes!

At the time my conscious thoughts about Dakota were that she was a likeable and unusual middle-aged woman.  She shared my interest in the inner life, but as far as I could understand, was coming to this from a very different direction than myself.  She had motivations and responses I did not understand at the time.  I felt I was failing to find what I call a “living connection” with her.  Some of my attempts and approaches seemed to fall flat.  At the same time I was giving her opportunity to drop the tentative contact we had.

So one day I dived into that ocean of mind to see if I could find her. And so I moved among the great creatures of this world, occasionally finding myself lost in and possessed by one of these leviathans, until liberation was found again by becoming naked awareness once more.

Then suddenly I felt the presence of Dakota with me in the ocean.  But I could not see her, and called out, “Dakota, can you hear me?  Are you aware of being here with me?”  There was no response, and I wondered if I was creating the feeling in some way.

But just as suddenly as her presence was felt everything changed.  In that realm where thoughts and emotions take on form, and form itself is fluid, Dakota and I faced each other as magnificent wolves.  And I, in the manner of wolves, put my head low to the ground and tail high in the posture of invited play.  Then we danced around each other in mock battle rushing headlong, bumping, rolling, pushing shoulder to shoulder, or breathlessly nose to nose.  I grabbing a stick in my mouth and throwing it in the air to distract her, or feigning indifference.  She, at each new twist of the dance, came back at me, ever resourceful, ever full of vigour and intensity.  And in the dance we discovered each other, tested strengths, explored responses, and found a living connection.

Then, when the dance was finished, we changed forms and expressed other qualities to each other in the shape of the Native American Indians.  As such I stood before my lodge as the elder of my tribe, greeting her and saluting her qualities.  For she wore the feathers showing her achievements as a wife maintaining her own family lodge; as a woman in her culture who had carved a position for herself in the world of work; as someone who reached beyond her own nearest kin and gave of herself.  So I saluted her and invited her into my lodge, and she accepted.

It was with those experiences freshly imprinted on me that I emerged from the ocean eager to tell Dakota of what had arisen.  I carefully wrote the events in my journal, then copied them to send as an email.  But just as I was about to send, an email arrived from Dakota.  Its title read, “Dances with Wolves.”  And the message was a quote from Nietzsche.  It said, “Those who watched them dancing thought they were mad because they couldn't hear the music.”

I still weep when I read those words.  As much as I have roamed the immense ocean of mind I am still a man of my culture and penetrated by its blindness.  To dance as wolves beyond closed eyes was one thing, but to know it was shared in some way released a blossoming wonder that is still growing.  We can believe things as a defence against our own insecurities and littleness.  But to experience something that was real within, and have it confirmed as an external fact is an extraordinary thing to confront.  


Healing Dreams / Getting in touch with love and life
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:21:07 PM »
I had an interesting dream send to me - not on the Forum, I get most replies outside the forum. It was from a young  woman who started by saying, "I am a single, nursing student, 23 years old who’s living alone and currently not dating. I am really longing for a baby though."

Then at the end she says,"I am really longing to meet someone and build a family, but I’ve had trouble meeting guys and trusting them so it feels like I’ll end up alone and childless. Should I worry? Thanks!!"

Having at times also been desperate to meet someone, I never found dating sites brought me together with a real match. But something that has worked for me is talking to what I call Life. The first time I did it was when I was desperate for meaningful work. So I sat with my wife and asked for work that didn't take me away from my children; offered me work I could use my skills with; paid me a reasonable wage; and something I could get recognition for.

The very next day I had a telephone call offering me a job as a dream interpreter for a national newspaper. I was stunned.

Since then I have seen that it can only worked from a level of universal  mind. In other words you need to ask something that is not simply a selfish thing  only applicable  to you. Life, I am sure, has a form of consciousness, that expresses at different levels according to the complexity of the body it expresses through. Also it responds to questions we ask. It IS responsive.

I cannot  take space to explain it at length. But that young woman is obviously desperate to have a baby - and that isn't a selfish thing. Life itself is behind such a longing. So I suggested that she can you put her hand on her chest and feel her heart beating. That beat is Life, and it created her and has given her a longing for a partner and a baby. That action pumping her heart is universal; it is everywhere, in everyone.

I suggested that if she can get a feeling of that, that life is universal, and speak to Life and ask. Also to realise her own beauty – and I am not talking about film star stuff but the ordinary loveliness of a young woman with a treasure to offer, the treasure of the many life times that have given her a unique DNA and a unique love – and say to Life – “Here I am, you know me and you know how much I  want to be a mother and with a partner. Help me find the right person.”

That is a healing using her imagination, and a great way to ask something of Life. Also  if any of you can join in with her and ask for her, the more who ask the more powerful it gets.


Dream Interpretation / Can you suggest and help me?
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:44:11 PM »
That was a post put in the Boyfriend section of Dream Dictionary. She asked - Neena - I would like to grow past this because at this time I feel abandoned in many respects. Any suggestions?

So I did my best and wrote:

Neena – I am so delighted that you asked for suggestions. I realise from a long life that is all they can be. I believe that we are like a plant with roots searching for exactly what it needs. Sometimes it is only a few words that catch us and we retain forever. So here are some of my suggestions.

1.   Although we may have traumas buried in us, do not go in search of them. Each trauma or powerful life experience gives rise to habits, and habits are easy to find everywhere. No need to dig. So confront your habits and your traumas, if any, will rise before you.

2.   The feelings of jealousy you mentioned is actually a habit and is not a ‘natural’ reaction that many people take it for. So whenever it arises literally stop what you are doing and confront it. Think or say to your self, “This is an old habit of reaction started in my childhood. I want to grow out of this, and will replace jealousy/anger/frustration/failure etc with what I can feel when I am my best self. I know it will take practice, but it is just a habit like any other habit and can be learned like riding a bike.” Each time you confront it will be easier to get to the other side. See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/habits/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYYXq1Ox4sk  

3.   Allow any emotions that arise as you grow. Emotions are not you, but they are a wonderful way of learning a lot of truths about your past and present – even future. If you can allow any spontaneous movement, shaking, shivering and watch it to see what it is saying. If you can do this it goes through stages. The most deeply buried hurts are physiological/psychosomatic. As they emerge they are first movement such as shaking or shivering. The next level is gestural. The movements will become gestures, cowering, hurt, avoidance etc. The third level if we allow it is the dream level – in waking not in sleep. The action then become a full acting out of something that was deeply unconscious, with sound, emotions, and actions. But remember this is still only a symbolic acting out – as dreams are. Then, if you do not get trapped in the symbols of dreams, you come to full understanding and insight as the whole thing rises into consciousness. See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/

4.   You are the sum total of your past. If you stop blaming your present experience on others it gives you a wonderful opportunity to create a new future. Today, this hour, this moment is the most miraculous thing. What you do today, this hour, this moment reaches far into the future in an unbelievable way. If you are honest you can trace back your present predicament to the past. So your present attitudes, actions, thoughts, love or lack of it is creating your future.

5.   Remember that you are far more than you currently believe. You are Life, expressing now, this moment. Look around at what Life can do. It can express as an amazing number of forms and in amazing environments. That infinite potential is at the Core of you. For more information about the wonder of you see: http://dreamhawk.com/health-and-healing/notes-for-touching-your-core-self/ and http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html


I know this is about Australia and the peoples health and well being, but it seems to me to be a much bigger issue, it is about the attitude that sees money as the only goal in life.

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