The really positive aspect of transformation is that everyone on the planet is in need of change. One of the very best opportunities for growth and change comes when something in life goes differently than we planned. When we are planning something and our vision doesn’t manifest, we can get a range of negative emotions like fear, anger or disappointment. Everyone on the planet experiences these emotions from one degree or another. It’s what makes us human. However some people can become so entrapped in their negative emotions it’s like they create a cage around themselves, a barrier, a wall. They feel safe within that protection, convincing themselves that they didn’t want what they were going for after all. They didn’t want that job, or that relationship, or that house. Or maybe they tell themselves that it doesn’t matter ~ that they wanted it before but they don’t care anymore.
These strong negative conditions such as anger and fear come from the lower part of the human nature. Some call it ego. It is the animal-like nature which is a natural part of the human condition. Unlike animals though, humanity also has the potential for rational thought, for inspiration and for expressions of the Higher Nature, the True Self. These are the positive qualities which also make us human. The bounty of the human experience is that unlike the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms, the human kingdom can consciously choose to aspire for growth, change and progress.
The highest potential for a human being is to attain positive qualities, in other words, to be “freed” from the those lower conditions. To experience Patience, to practice Courage, to demonstrate Enthusiasm ~ these are some of the highest aspirations a human can strive for.
Every single human being on the planet has the potential to acquire more and more of these virtues and qualities which bring Joy to themselves and to others around them. The natural skills we are born with, combined with those we learn throughout our lives give us the tools and techniques necessary in order to build and construct the type of lives we want for ourselves.
Going for what we want and experiencing pain or trauma instead because of actions of others, or because of rules or laws, or because of our own shortcomings, can be devastating. Sometimes we can become imprisoned within our own disappointment or grief. We can give up on ourselves, on our hopes, our dreams for our lives, or for our children’s lives. We can succumb to the pain of loss and weighted down by the metaphorical chains of despair or anger can give up altogether.
Any human being can become imprisoned within their own Self. Sometimes it shows up in the form of an addiction or an addictive pattern which continually leads to devastation.
A powerful metaphor for this condition of being imprisoned within the Self is “being in jail.” When we dream of jail we are dreaming of the condition of being trapped in our lower nature, our lower emotions, our fears, disappointments, etc. Everyone can have dreams of being in jail because everyone can feel stuck or trapped at one time or another in their life.
By exploring dreams from people who have actually experienced jail in real life we can learn valuable insights into the human nature. Their sharing of their dreams is a valuable gift. In fact, the insights gleaned from their dreams will reveal that even someone in prison can still be “free” from their lower natures while someone who is living on road, in regular day-to-day life, can actually be imprisoned within themselves, although it may be a somewhat invisible prison.
This book explores the condition of being imprisoned metaphorically and will lightly touch on the literal meaning as well because all lessons from dreams can be applied to real life in one way or another. An interesting journey is unfolding now. A journey into Dreams From the Box.