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pictureThursday, December 30th 2004, by Brenda McCann

"We are living in a moment in which we, as a species,

are being asked to recognize our active participation

and responsibility in calling forth what is happening

in our world. It is as if this universe is symbolically

reflecting back to us that we are all collaboratively

dreaming up our world together, and that the simple

waking up to this fact is the very act that resolves our

collective world crisis."


by Paul Levy [link]

To quote the great doctor of the soul. C. G. Jung,
"Occasionally reality is quite as archetypal as human
fantasy, and sometimes the soul seems to 'imagine things
outside the body,' where they fall to playing as they do in
our dreams." We are living in a time in which the deeper
archetypal, mythic patterns underlying human consciousness
are incarnating themselves through us and thereby becoming
visible so as to be seen and integrated. We are living in a
moment in which we, as a species, are being asked to
recognize our active participation and responsibility in
calling forth what is happening in our world. It is as if
this universe is symbolically reflecting back to us that we
are all collaboratively dreaming up our world together, and
that the simple waking up to this fact is the very act that
resolves our collective world crisis.

Something profound becomes revealed when our current world
situation is viewed AS IF it is a dream that we are all
collaboratively dreaming up into materialization together.
Seen as a 'mass shared dream,' this universe is recognized
to be speaking to us not literally but symbolically, which
is the language of dreams. Seeing the universe as a dream
allows the universe to resume its revelatory function and
wake us up. Seeing this universe as a dream immediately
transforms it to be more dreamlike, as this universe is
nothing other than an embodied reflection of our own
consciousness projected outside of ourselves.

To see the symbolic dimension of existence is to not be
fully immersed in the literal interpretation of reality,
but rather to recognize that there is a deeper pattern that
underlies what is playing out in our world. Seeing
symbolically doesn't negate the literal dimension of
reality but rather complements and completes it. The
literal and symbolic interpenetrate each other so fully
that they are inseparable parts of a greater whole. What
manifests literally in and as the 'real world' is
simultaneously expressing the symbolic. And the symbolic
aspect of reality is at the same time potentially affecting
the literal. This means that the way to accomplish lasting
change in this world, literally, is through awareness of
the symbolic dimension. This is why Jung spent his whole
life fighting for the "reactivation of symbolic thinking."

Awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality, or the
symbolic dimension of existence is to realize that events
in our world are actually lower level shadows or
reflections of a higher-dimensional reality. What is
playing out on the world stage is an _expression of a deeper
process that we have gotten drafted into and is acting
itself out through us. There is a deeper process that is
incarnating itself through us, and it is expressing and
revealing itself symbolically.

The symbolic dimension of this waking dream of ours is an
_expression of the interplay between the dreamer (which is
us) and the dreamscape (the seemingly external world). The
dreamer and the dream are not separate, but are indivisible
and interactive parts of a greater unified field. The
dreamer and the dreamscape mutually reflect and affect each
other in a synchronistic, cybernetic feedback loop. The
dreamer and the dreamed reciprocally in-form each other,
co-arising simultaneously. The symbolic script of our
universe is truly a revelation that is being mutually
dreamed up by all of us, in and as the present moment.
Crystallizing out of this interplay between us and our
universe comes a symbol, and the symbol is in the form of
our universe. This symbol is like a bridge, and it comes in
the form of the very events in our world that precipitate
out of this interplay. It requires a higher faculty of
consciousness to recognize that our universe is in the form
of a living, breathing symbol, and this higher-dimensional
sense organ is our divine creative imagination.

The symbols that are arising in this waking dream of ours
are not 'objective' or separate from ourselves, as if they
come from 'out there.' The symbolic dimension of reality is
something that we are not passively watching but are
actively creating and participating in. The symbolic
dimension of reality is 'self-secret,' in that it
simultaneously veils and reveals itself to all who have
eyes to see. Christ's "kingdom of heaven" IS the symbolic
dimension. The symbolic dimension is visible for all who
have opened the eye of their creative imagination, which is
why Christ says in the Gospels of Thomas, "The kingdom is
spread all over earth and people just don't see it."

We are not separate from the universe. The universe that is
speaking symbolically is not separate from our
consciousness which is observing it. As quantum physics
points out, the way we observe the universe cannot be
separated out from the universe that we are observing.
There is a mysterious, non-local correspondence between us
and our universe, which is another way of saying that we
are not separate from the universe. The hidden, intimate
interplay between ourselves and our universe expresses and
articulates itself as the symbolic dimension of reality.

How we interpret the universe crystallizes the universe
into a symbol that reflects back to us our interpretation.
The symbol is simultaneously both an embodiment of the
unconscious and the liberator of the unconscious. The
deeper symbolic process that is unfolding in and as our
universe is showing us how the meaning we place on the ink
blot of our universe has a reality-creating effect on the
way our universe manifests. Our symbolic awareness itself
is revealing to us that it is through activating symbolic
awareness that we can actually change reality, in a very
real sense, and in real time, the present moment.

To quote the Apocryphal Acts of John, "the Lord contrived
all things symbolically and by a dispensation towards men,
for their conversion and salvation." When we see
symbolically, we realize that this universe is like an
alarm clock that has been trying to wake itself up through
us. When we awaken to the symbolic dimension of existence,
we discover that we can literally dream up our universe in
such a way as to wake ourselves up, a process that I call
'dreaming ourselves awake.' It is as if the universe is
dreaming itself awake, and it is dreaming itself awake
through the most awake and visionary among us.

To quote Jung, "There are, and always have been, those who
cannot help but see that the world and its experiences are
in the nature of a symbol, and that it reflects something
that lies hidden in the subject himself." The nature of the
symbolic dimension continually unfolding through events in
our world is that it is our own inner process magically
appearing to us in hidden symbolic form in, through and as
the outside world. In other words, our inner process
manifests itself not only inwardly, but is able to change
channels, so to speak, and arrange and attract events in
the outside world so as to symbolically give shape and form
to itself. Realizing the symbolic dimension of our
existence is to recognize this correlation between the
inner and the outer. This realization is exactly what
Christ meant when he said in the Gospel of Thomas, "You
enter the kingdom when you make the inner as the outer."

To say this universe is speaking symbolically is to say
that what is appearing on the world stage is
synchronistically reflecting back what is going on deep
inside the collective psyche of all of humanity. What is
unfolding on the world stage IS nothing other than the
'World Soul' playing itself out in real time and in solid
flesh and blood. Events in our world are a symbolic
embodied reflection of an archetypal process going on deep
inside all of us that we have literally projected outside
of ourselves and dreamed up into incarnation in, through
and as this world of ours. It is like a deeper part of
ourselves is speaking to us in a symbolic language that is
encoded in events in our life.

To the extent that we insist on dreaming up events in our
world unconsciously, however, we will continue to destroy
ourselves. Becoming conscious of the symbolic dimension is
the very thing that this universe is reflecting back to us
that we need to do, and it is concurrently showing us how
to. Encoded, in hidden symbolic form in what is playing out
in the literal dimension (the real world) is the key to
re-solve our real world problems. Awakening to symbolic
awareness is the very means through which we can change our
world, literally. What this means is that the way to
resolve our current world crisis lies nowhere other than in
a collective expansion of consciousness Our current world
crisis is the projected footprint of a planetary awakening,
and it not only portends the awakening, but activates it as
well. The agency through which this awakening happens is
our own consciousness.

To recognize that our inner process is manifesting in,
through and as the outer world is equivalent to recognizing
that we are dreaming. Becoming lucid in our waking dream
means to recognize that our inner process has projected
itself outside of ourselves and is manifesting itself as
the world we are living in. This waking dream is recognized
to be our mirrored reflection, as it is the unmediated
_expression of, and indivisible from our inner process. The
boundary collapses between inner and outer, and our inner
process is recognized to be expressing itself through the
medium of the outside world. The boundary between not only
inner and outer, but between dreaming and waking has

What is happening in our world right now is analogous to
when Buddha (which means 'the awakened one') was meditating
under the bodhi tree right before he attained enlightenment
and the forces of 'Mara,' the evil one, came to attack him.
Seen as Buddha's dream, Mara was none other than a part of
Buddha's own consciousness that got dreamed up to play out
this role. From one point of view Mara seems like an
adversary who was an obstacle to enlightenment and who was
'evil.' And yet, without Mara, Buddha wouldn't have
developed the muscle of realization, so to speak, to attain
enlightenment. In other words, Mara was secretly an ally,
helping to initiate and propel Buddha into his realization,
which he was unable to have without Mara's challenge. From
this point of view, Mara was actually a blessing in a very
convincing disguise that he was not.

A symbol both expresses (reflects) and simultaneously
activates (effects) a potential expansion of consciousness.
A symbol unites the opposites as it helps us to
re-integrate, re-associate, and re-member. Seen as a part
of Buddha's dream, Mara was a genuine symbol in that she
brought together and united the deepest evil and highest
Godhead in one being. This same insight is expressed in
alchemy: the highest God is the trickster figure Mercury,
who is the evil one himself co-joined with the highest
divinity. A true 'coincidentia oppositorum,' a symbol that
unites the opposites. The appearance of Mara is a
're-conciling symbol' in that it re-presents, reveals and
potentially actualizes the state of consciousness in which
the deepest evil produces the highest good.

When we contemplate Mara as a symbol in Buddha's dreaming
process, we realize that in a very real sense the figure of
Mara is symbolically expressing itself in our collective
dream, too. What is playing out on the world stage is
analogous to Mara's attack on Buddha, in that events in our
world are literally challenging us, demanding us to expand
our consciousness. What is happening on the world stage is
clearly an initiation process that we have all dreamed up
together. Seen as a dreaming process, we are all dreaming
up the universe to prod us and push us off the cliff into
realization, so to speak. We clearly aren't jumping off the
precipice by our own volition, so just like Buddha we are
dreaming up the universe to propel us over our edge. Just
like Mara was tailor-suited to what Buddha needed to wake
up, what is happening on the world stage is exactly what we
need to catapult us into a collective spiritual awakening
undreamed of until this very moment in time.

When we recognize the symbolic figure of Mara that is
playing out in our world, we realize that the evil that is
incarnating in our world is potentially furthering the
evolution of our species. Whether the evil in our world
destroys us or transforms us is dependent upon if enough of
us collectively wake up to the dreamlike nature of our
situation in time. The events that are happening on the
world stage are the very medium through which we realize we
are all collaboratively dreaming up our universe. This
realization is itself the very expansion of consciousness
that Mara is an _expression of.

What is playing out on the world stage are the labor pains
of a deeper part of our being that is incarnating itself
in, through and as us. Just like in human birth, the
contractions are the most intense right before the
emergence of the new being. This deeper part of ourselves
is using events in our world as the birth canal through
which to become conscious of itself. This deeper part of
ourselves is symbolically communicating to itself through
us, and we are asked to recognize and consciously
participate in this process so as to become the conduit
through which this process of integration becomes

Realizing the dreamlike nature of reality collapses the
boundary between spirit and matter, as matter has become
'spiritualized' (blessed) and spirit has become
materialized (incarnate). The magnum opus, or great work of
alchemy, was to free the spirit that was imprisoned in
matter. This is analogous to freeing the part of ourselves
that is embedded and trapped in the mind of dogma, of
materialism, and of viewing things literally instead of
symbolically. It is to step out of linear-mindedness into
the realization that the universe is an interactive,
acausal feedback loop that is truly a work in progress. It
is to realize that we are multi-dimensional creative
artists and dreamers whose canvas is life itself. We play a
crucial role in the divine incarnation process, as we are
the instrument through which the Goddessence becomes aware
of and re-conciles the opposites intrinsic to its nature.

To wake up to the dreamlike nature of reality is to
symbolically 'kill' Cronos, the negative father, who is
father time (linear time). To symbolically slay the
negative patriarchy, who is a figure who abuses power over
others simply because he can, is to find ourselves
sin-cronos, or in synchronistic time, where time is
experienced as a radial matrix whose center is now. This is
to symbolically 'die' (to the sense of being a
'separate-self' alien from the universe) and to be reborn
in and as spirit, interconnected and at one with all
beings. This is to be fully released into and as the
present moment, which is the access point through which we
connect with our true power to consciously change the dream
we are having.

The final boundary that dissolves when we wake up to the
dreamlike nature of our universe is the boundary between
self and other. We recognize our interconnectedness and
interdependence, as we realize we are not separate from
each other but are all on the same side. We are all parts
of one greater Being. Compassion is the _expression of this

When enough of us have this realization we discover that we
can co-operatively put our lucidity together and
collaboratively dream a more grace-filled dream into
incarnation. In other words, symbolic awareness is the
doorway through which we can incarnate our collective
realization so that we can change the world, literally. An
alchemical quote expresses this by saying "(The soul)
imagines very many profound things outside the body, and by
this is made like unto God." The birth of symbolic
awareness is nothing other than an evolutionary quantum
leap in human consciousness, fully imaginable into
actualization in this very moment.

To quote Jung, "I am indeed convinced that creative
imagination is the only primordial phenomenon accessible to
us, the real Ground of the psyche, the only immediate
reality." Our creative imagination itself is the
supra-sensory organ which transubstantiates the mundane
empirical data of this world into its real but hidden form
as symbolic epiphany. This universe is a living oracle, a
continually unfolding revelation that we, both literally as
well as symbolically, can dream up so as to wake ourselves

Seen as a dream, for example, we have all collaboratively
dreamed up these very words in this very moment to remind
us of the dreamlike nature of our situation. But being like
a dream, this will only become true when we see it that way.
And if you tell me I am only imagining, or dreaming that
this is true, I couldn't agree more.

*Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political activist.
He can be reached at paul@awakeninthedream.com

Please visit his website to see his other articles at:
[link], including his article
"The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective
Psychosis" is available. Please feel free to pass this
article along to a friend if you feel so inspired.
┬ęCopyright 2004.


Brenda McCann, aka freo7 North Central Idaho USA
Earth & Beyond the hounds of Dog Ma
website: [link]
email: freo72003@yahoo.com
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2 Jan 2005 @ 14:23 by ming : waking up
Hi Brenda. Seems like you figured out this news log thing just fine.

Paul Levy writes good stuff, this included.  

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