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51 Duality in dreams
Prerequisite: read article 50 Dreaming failure.
This article 51 is the second of two parts.
In the original dream, the superintendent
finished with the additional words, "Surely you didn't think I
opened the entire building exclusively for you?" Does that
question explain why this blog is "Being For Others?"
After you have spent your time in the
dream building, will you want to return with your increased
understanding and go through the course again? That is
reincarnation theory. Will you seek a higher-order
building with continued experiences and careers? That is
resurrection theory. Is there an inexhaustible progression
of buildings, perhaps not existing until you participate in
creating them, through which to expand infinitely? That is
Did you read the dream as my unconscious
wish to be the prophet who carries needed enlightenment to the
rest of mankind? In that case the "failure" refers to unawareness
of those who needed the light. Examining that hubris is a
necessary step, but I do not stop at that exclusively
self-centered question. Recall several articles here that have
diffused the distinction between self and others.
Consider that the superintendent was
addressing my selfish perspective when he referred to the light I
was carrying. Describing the building in those terms protected my
immature feelings. After I become aware of the existence
of others, the superintendent can give me a greater truth: the
function of others. My unawareness of others showed that I
was not on the wavelength of their illumination devices.
Had I possessed greater sensitivity, their light would
have expanded my experience.
The conundrum is contemplating who is
teaching whom. In the prior article I go from being unaware of
others to feeling more enlightened than others. In today's
article, I am forced to acknowledge that others were apparently
coping without my illumination. The missed blessing was
reciprocal sharing, that is, bidirectional respect.
Is this the difference between
patronizing and appreciating? Does "being for others" lie in
appreciating them, not changing them? Is that how they teach me?
["teach me"--there I go being selfish again! Self-other duality
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