No Such Thing as Just a Dream

Our simple seeker was half asleep when Spirit
began to lecture to her on Freud’s concept of
ego.

Perhaps he didn’t think to use the term of
outer personality.

Ego as personality? That makes sense.

Actually it develops around our essence,
or soul, if you will, and it’s unique
personality.

She tried to focus with her weary mind
on what he was saying, and at the same time
wondered why He would choose such a moment.

Perhaps so your resistance to new ideas …

I don’t resist new ideas, at least not
just for the sake of resisting them.

Then why are you resisting the concept of
an inner or original personality and a mask
or protective energy that interacts between
the inner personality and the outer
enviroment?

Like a coat?

A living coat.

I don’t understand.

What?

Why we would need an outer personality
to protect our essence when surely
our physical body does that.

The physical body is a structure,
even though it is a living one.

Okay, so we have two personalities

Of course, we may have several.

I’m trying to accept two.

Okay. For now, think two.

Inner and outer?

Inner and outer.

The outer is directed by the inner?

When?

They take turns?

Not by design.

Then how?

The inner develops an interface …

As an aura?

Yes.

And the aura serves to provide
a sort of protection …

Go on.

I can’t think. I’m tired.

So, You’re not interested in learning
about the function of the outer
personality as it develops into ego,
and forgets, or denies that it’s role
is to …

You’re losing me.

That’s not possible.

Is this just a dream?

There is no such thing as just a dream.

or protection

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Female Personification of Eastern Wisdom

Our simple seeker was deeply engrossed in reading
Terah Kathryn Collins’ The Three Sisters of the Tao.

It is possible to read with much less intensity.

Perhaps, for some, if what they are reading
is for casual entertainment.

Even some serious students allow themselves
a certain distance from the subject of the text.

Yes, it is as a text, with an important difference.

And the difference is?

Personal experience.

How can you be sure?

My own personal experience supports the author’s
general conception of bringing otherwise dry
ancient wisdom …

Can ancient wisdom be dry?

Yes, if it is presented in an overly intellectual
manner.

So, ancient wisdom needs an infusion of emotion?

I think so.

And your own personal experience confirms the
author’s truth?

What does that term mean?

What term?

The author’s truth.

What does it mean to you?

To me it means the author is expressing
her understanding of the subject she has
chosen to share with her readers;
an understanding she has developed from
personal experience as well as from
dedicated study.

Is that all?

Is it possible for her truth to mean more?

Yes.

What?

His truth.

The author is female.

Yes.

How Can I Know What is Possible?

Our simple seeker was meditating on
the seemingly-separate realities of
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Or past, present, and future?

Yes.

Why seemingly separate?

You know why.

Yes, but do you?

Yes. They are continuously and seamlessly
woven together.

In what way?

Each emerges from one of the others,
continuously.

What if I suggested that they exist
each within the other, at all times
and in all places?

I would find that possibility …

It is more than a possibility.

Then, I would still find it
difficult to accept.

But not impossible?

How can I know what is possible?

You could ask me.

But, your answer might be designed
to test my willingness to accept
whatever you might tell me.

Yes.

Are Bad Guys Necessary?

Our simple seeker was recalling a confusing dream
of being lost in traffic and intensive construction
on her way to Church to celebrate a festival of
harvest.

She could hear the service begin. A loudspeaker
was being used, and yet it didn’t seem to cause
her to wonder why, even though it had never
been part of any previous experience.

Perhaps, during a dream, we are unaware of
any previous experience.

Then why was I aware of where I was trying
to go, to a church that I once attended?

Yes. There is always a blend of the reality
we are familiar with and that we are not.

Anyway, I was lost.

Where you alone?

No. I was lost, together with a friend.
But, I was not totally lost. I was aware
of being close to our destination.

But something was different with the
landscape?

Yes. Traffic was incredibly intensive,
as was the density of new buildings
under construction all about.

What happened next?

I was almost hit by an expensive-
looking car attempting to make a
left turn at an intersection, in
it’s chase of another car that had
now sped away. I must have crossed
the street before the car shrieked
to a stop, close to me.

What did it mean?

What did what mean?

My dream.

What makes you think it meant anything?

I know it meant something.

How?

I experienced it.

What did you experience.

The possibly bad guys were very polite.

Would they have been polite to whomever
they were chasing?

No. He’d be dead.

But, you were impressed with their
behaviour toward you?

Yes. They were very well-mannered
and seemed sincere.

And yet they might be killers?

Perhaps whomever they were hunting
was the bad guy.

Are bad guys necessary?

It’s easier to think of conflicting
sides as having opposite values.

Yes.

There is More than Feeling Involved

Our simple seeker was meditating on the duality
and yet the necessary connectedness of all
relationships.

How is it possible not to be attached to
what one is connected with?

Be specific.

Relationships in general and you in particular.

There are at least two separate issues involved
within your problem.

Issues of what?

Issues of discussion.

Okay, then, relationships in general.

What about them?

If each is as all the others, which,
of course they are not, except in essence …

No. You were and are vague in your vision.
I was and am, clear in mine.

I’m not going there.

Where?

Into one of your intellectual traps.

You will.

How can we be in a relationship
to anyone or anything without
attachment?

It is not possible.

And, how can we not be interconnected
with who or what we relate to?

It is not possible.

Then, why do the wise teachers since
ancient times encourage us to detach.
Have they missed something?

No. You have.

Then, please explain.

Explain what?

How can I not be attached to anyone
or anything that I feel connected to?

There is more than feeling involved.

What more?

Being.

Experience Teaches Us Lessons of Life

Our simple seeker was admiring, in her mind (but
where else could she admire anything?), that someone
had generously shared on Twitter. But, as beautiful
as the rose was, there was something more going on.
Envy was slipping into the picture. This was annoying.

What’s wrong with envy?

I want to be able appreciate the skills of others
without always wishing that I, too, possessed them.

Do you envy everyone’s skills?

No, just the ones that I wish I also possessed.

Why don’t you possess the skills you admire?

Some people have more natural talent than do others.

Some people may be unaware of what so-called
natural talents they do possess.

It isn’t possible for me to develop all the talents
I admire in others.

Have you tried?

There would never be enough time for that, and …

Yes. It would pull your focus from what you now
do well, or might, with a little more effort.

How would that protect me from envy?

Nothing can protect you from envy.

Why?

Envy, in its most sincere form is a recognition of,
and inspiration toward excellence. We all, at least
to some extent, aspire towards higher levels of
personal skills. Envy is seeing the qualities in others
that we want for ourselves, It can encourage us.

Or discourage us?

No. An unhealthy mind would feel resentment, not
discouragement.

How can we know the difference?

Experience teaches us. We know because
we have experienced it, if we have.

And, if we haven’t.

Then, we will, all in good time.

The Middle Way is not Halfway Between Extremes

A simple seeker of enlightenment had studied
and thought deeply about possible meanings of
the images portrayed on Tarot cards. She had
pulled a card from somewhere near the middle
of the pile and was now contemplating the
possible personal message expressed by the
Two of Pentacles (or Coins).

A juggler or clown seemed to have stopped
tossing two large discs, and was staring at one,
as if it represented, after deep reflection,
the chosen option between two lifestyles.

At the same time, a stormy sea behind him
also seemed to have stopped tossing two ships
One was atop a high wave and the other seemed
to be slipping into a deep trough. The boats
seemed as much at the mercy of the sea as
the discs were, in the hands of the juggler.

But, why did he stop and why did the storm
seem to have ended, and was now preparing
to ease its demonstration of power over
those who dared to risk its instability?

Why call the ocean unstable?

It can be.

Then it has potential to become, or
to appear to be more or less unstable.

What about the juggler?

What about him, or her?

The two large disks seem frozen in time;
one high and the other low.

Which is the object of focus?

The lower one, why?

Why what?

Why do you ask?

To focus your attention on the relative
positions of the disks, and how this might
express a personal psychic message for you.

Wow!

Yes. You were looking at details and not
at the general picture and the message
it might offer.

But, there is no steady middle point
in juggling, or in a stormy sea.

Nor is there any middle way to travel
through life.

Then, why do the wise ones speak of
a middle way?

They do not mean neutrality, as might seem
to exist between positive and negative ..

Or between good or bad?

Yes.

Then, what does the term ‘middle way’ mean?

The true middle way is always on the side of …

Transcendence and truth?

Yes, but neither rigidly nor casually.

The middle way as relaxed awareness,

acceptance, and commitment?

Yes.

Then, the middle way resists both neutrality
and self-righteousness?

Yes.

Then, how can a pendulum ever settle near
midway point on the positive side of its swing?

A perennial problem.

How to honour the deceased

Georgia was slipping into a mood of overwhelming sorrow.
Memories of her first son’s lost battle with a rare
form of cancer, before he was old enough to understand
what possible purpose his suffering could serve, flooded
er mind. But, neither did our simple seeker understand,
nor does she now.

Of course, medical science gained. The horror was still
with her, as it was then, when she learned that they
knew and had known, before so much was done by them in
their …. Why did they tell her that they had known
that it would come back again and again until it won?
Why not just let him die, in peace, in one piece?

Stop.

What? and How?

Many more parents than you have grieved for loved ones.

Then, perhaps we each are grieving for each other.

The living and the departed?

And for each other’s departed.

No.

You know what I mean.

Yes, but do you?

The departed, or so-called, may be rejoicing while
the so-called living are grieving.

Could you rejoice while those you left behind were not?

There are traditions where rejoicing and celebration
replace sombre funerals.

Yes.

But, surely, that could, in many situations, be no more
than fulfilling societal expectations, while grieving
was accepted as a personal, private affair.

Public grieving can also be a fulfilling of societal
expectations.

Perhaps there is a case for both ways, as in time
and place to honour the life of the deceased,
so-called deceased.

Yes, and more.

And more? What more?

Transforming our grieving into a tool of self-discovery.

How?

We can practice meditating on the effects the lives
of those who are no longer with us in physical form
still have on our lives. In this way we can practice
turning our grieving into a search for understanding
the so-called mystery of Life.

How?

Meditation with a focus; to focus on the value of
our loved one’s life, to us. Their life was a gift.

Then to meditate on the meaning of their gift of life?

Yes. They were and still are in our lives for a reason.

Ego as Our Life Force

A simple seeker was meditating on the card she had pulled
randomly from her tarot deck – a lone figure with a lantern.

Do you know what lived experience The Hermit expresses?

I seem to relate to it.

In what way?

As a solitary seeker.

How can you consider yourself to be solitary while I’m
part of your life?.

It’s possible to be alone in a crowd.

We’re not a crowd.

What difference does it make?

To what?

Aloneness in thought.

What about aloneness in emotion?

What about it?

If you can feel alone in thought …

You slipped “feel” in.

Yes, to prove a point.

That thoughts aren’t isolated from emotions?

Yes. They each are one of two sides of the same reality.

The reality of …?

Our state of mind.

I sense “ego” coming into the picture.

Yes. Ego is the central mover and pusher of our thoughts,
emotions, and actions. We can’t do or even feel without
our individual life force – ego.

There may be thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands
who don’t seem to be aware of this reality.

“This” suggests that you’re aware.

Yes, but I have no power of persuasion to inspire others
to shake off the illusion of ego as being something they
can function without, and still be able to live in the
physical world as an individual, beyond the control of some
guru, more aware than they are.

Yes. They’d be as slaves.

Perhaps they are, now.

Yes.

An Open Line to Higher Help

A simple seeker tried to clear her simple mind.

If it’s that simple, then what is the problem?

You seem intent on interrupting my thinking about
not thinking.

Did I win, again?

Yes. I forget what it was that I was trying to
forget.

Then we both win.

It’s not as simple as that.

What is the problem?

I’m supposed to let go of thinking on my own.

Who told you that nonsense?

Why would it be nonsense?

Because, it is impossible.

Why?

When you or anyone sincerely meditates,
then your sincerity attracts, as if
it had put in a call to, Higher Help.

We each have an open line to Higher Help?

Yes. It is a Law of Life.