Find out about The Dream Arc on this link. This post is one of a cycle of 64 around the year 2020 with the I Ching. If you are a Gene Keys student you may relate them to the 11 spheres in your profile, or use the I Ching oracle. Otherwise, drink from the well …
It is a hard and lonely Christmas for many of us. There are deep sorrows and losses with the huge Changes in our world. Today’s Dream Arc (25 – 30 December 2020) however, is a Lake over the Lake: the Joyous. It is called “From Stress to Bliss” and the Gift of Vitality (antelope) dissolves the Shadow of Dissatisfaction (leech) into Bliss (duck). NB – the exact date for each Arc is based on the Sun’s zodiac degree which oscillates slightly from year to year: check with the gene keys website.
Because the Lake contains unconditionally EVERYTHING, it is called “the Joyous”.
It is also the 64th post in my Dream Arc journey with Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter through Capricorn, and completes the series. I have a little more work to do on next week’s, the one with which the project began a year ago – 38, the Warrior of Light. Last New Year I drew the rhinoceros Gift, but not the Siddhi (jay) or the Shadow (crab). So 38 will be re-posted for New Year 2021 with these additions. The 64 Arcs shall all be linked – like a wheel -to their explanation – “What is the Dream Arc?” They are my contemplative contribution to the Oracle. Open the little trigram doorway to the side of this page to explore your own Keys in the “Archive of posts”. I will use it myself to play with the I Ching.
I found and practiced through this year my covenant with covid – seeing the virus overall as nature’s instrument changing our behaviour to each other and to our environment. Don’t reach for the re-infecting news and gossip outside; stay Home within – which is “HERE” – to grow, create and allow the transformation.
Watch the game. It is vast and more ultimately harmonious than what we believe.
The Double Lake moves from stress to bliss. The I Ching says: “True joy rests on firmness and strength within, manifesting itself outwardly as yielding and gentle. The Lakes rest upon one another. Thus the superior man joins with his friends for discussion and practice.”
Each hexagram in the I Ching combines natural phenomena of thunder, wind, earth, fire, water – the five Tao elements. It is all landscaped. You might discover the hexagrams anywhere out of doors – a clap of thunder over a lake, a tree (wind) growing on a mountain, a fire-nest in the earth – and so on. You can be poetic and see in the buds of apple-blossom the sky or earth in a tree and taste the wind. You can read the curve of the hills as the old Tao sages did.
In this “double Lake” the five elements are arranged in cycles of destruction and generation. For instance, the wood trigram generates fire generates earth (as ashes) generates metal (ores) generates water (fluid) generates wind and weather – the wood. In the destruction cycle earth dries up water which puts out the fire which smelts metal which cuts wood which absorbs earth … This is explained in the mid sections of the I Ching (Wilhelm translation) titled Discussion of the Trigrams and The Great Treatise, and presented again with great clarity by Steve Moore in The Trigrams of Han. At one time I studied this closely; I have forgotten it all. But here are a few of the diagrams I drew: (click on image to view)
The I Ching is based on yin and yang: earth and heaven: 2. With the addition of one line, these combine to 8 trigrams. The eight trigrams are paired to form hexagrams. Every permutation of the paired trigrams is found in the 64 hexagrams, the square of 8. The same structural model is in our DNA.
Empathic insight with the I Ching awakens our DNA’s capacity to transmute old patterns from base and to evolve. Similarly the old occult teachings are based on the subconscious being infinitely amenable to suggestion. What I put in is what I come out with. It is the task of the conscious self to regulate and re-programme where necessary, the input of impressions. Individuals at work on this, influence the collective system for better or for worse. We can be lighthouse keepers or gossip-mongers!
Paul’s gene keys Life-work sphere is the Lake;
he was a new-years-eve baby. He sums up:
“Yoga in the Eastern traditions and Kabbalah in our Western traditions help us realise our human potential to unite our physical and spiritual being. Yoga means in Sanskrit ‘to join’ – Union. Kabbalah in Aramaic means ‘to receive’. Through Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, we learn about the creation of our soul and its descent through the four worlds towards our parents making love. This gives us an understanding of why we incarnate to those parents; and the unfolding of the father’s seed in the womb of the mother, on the line of the spine.
“So we discover the nature of the mind and our creative destiny; the pattern of our ancestral genetic conditioning. We come to discover the primal force behind our sexuality, the human relationship to the elementals and life on earth. Having made this descent through the pathways of the Tree, we may ascend through the body, personality and soul and make the return journey to our source. Be happy, do service and die consciously!
“Consciousness (sperm) brings the light. The womb receives the seed; within it, our physical and spiritual potential. As the One becomes Two, She receives and manifests consciousness into physical form within her. Masculine force re-enters feminine form, and through her, learns about the balance. Her understanding directs his wisdom. The realisation returns through him to source. A mirror held up to source reflects the divine Light.”
My Tarot studies with the Builders of the Adytum set forth the same ageless principle in this interplay of the self with subconscious. He (the self) sees She (subconscious): She sees and mirrors back to him the Divine.
The Hebrew letter is Zain, a sword; the zodiac is Gemini the twins; the archangel is Raphael, the mountain represents Binah, the Understanding, and it is salt of the earth.
This post tells more of the lake, than of the creatures diving into and out of it. The lake contains all of them, with equanimity. A huge human population on earth at present cross-fertilises the gene pool through all races, cultures and histories, to create the new human being, more in harmony with the cyclic kingdoms of feather, fur, scales and gems; an alteration of time. Suddenly I see the world situation we are caught in at the moment as a dream and dreaming.
Myriads of young souls incarnate and materialise who were in latency. This is the gravitational attraction and density we experience … and yet are equal to. The same process brings higher Consciousness closer to the physical plane than before. We are all in the mixing bowl! The great Beings do not manifest as angels so much; they plant and awaken spontaneous understanding and wisdom in ourselves for the Aquarian age. The population – like a wave – will tend to decrease naturally as we slow down, pause and become truly sensuous. That means: receive life to the full.
Shadows: how can it be that leeches prickle in the Lake? They are the old tired dreams. The Joyous lake stings with all kinds of creatures, like the hooks and barbs we carry in the soul. This doesn’t alter the immersing which is realisation. What and why realisation? To be and express fully human is an instinct, and to free the instinct from old sediment is the life’s work. Honour the attachments and shadows and let them pass and fade. To serve what a deeper understanding may be doing for the bigger picture, to put the world in balance … turn and love and dance and laugh with it. Follow it through. Keep this Covenant.
The antelopes remind me of the Gift of Vitality’s delicacy and grace: those dainty, lethal legs
The 58th Hexagram and Gene Key repeats the lake over a lake. Its programming partner after midsummer solstice is 52 – the mountain over a mountain.
For the 58th Arc, scroll further down. This Arc’s programming partner is 52 – the Stilling of the Wave – just after summer solstice. We had a solar eclipse then, as at this winter solstice “turning-point”.
Click the underlined link, or the drawing.
“Dream Arc 52 – the Mountain over the Mountain. When the tortoise rests, it draws its head and scaly legs back inside the dark cave of its hill. The tortoise is a moving hill, a mountain, a wondrous earthy “Netsuke” with life inside. It is laborious for tortoise to extend scaly limbs and wrinkled neck through the limited spaces which cave allows, and to drag the whole construction along. What is it like to sleep and be safe inside? From within the mountain there is an oncoming wave – I think the wave contains an Avatar” (June 2020).
In the I Ching the lake is Joyous and the mountain is Stillness. For me to combine the trigrams of 52 and 58 either way is also very beautiful. Imagine a high lake in a mountain corrie. Lake over mountain is 31 – “Influence – wooing (Sound your truth).” And imagine a lake at the foot of a mountain, reflecting it. Mountain over lake is 41 – “Decrease” in the codon ring of Origin.
This is just a hint at the Game being played on this cosmic keyboard. As I complete this Dream Arc cycle, I hope to use it in this way.
“A Lake … captures the very essence of calmness, emotional as well as mental … the themes of Joy (lake) and Stillness (mountain) are intimately and genetically linked. In contrast the 58th Shadow (dissatisfaction) is an unspecific lack of fulfilment rooted in the 52nd Shadow of stress … wherever the 52nd Shadow of stress breaks the surface of the still inner lake, your natural state of being is lost … Why do we humans so easily lose touch with our natural state? … The 10th and 20th Keys are dedicated to the experience of living in the NOW.” (RR)
The mind’s bitter paradox is that it “hankers after self-improvement, the very core of the 58th Shadow: to do something to bring about the state of joy.”
But spiritual techniques increase dissatisfaction! Dissatisfaction is aimed at the future and is universal in our world. The 58th Shadow drives us ultimately inward to the peace and presence of our Lake quietly reflecting sky and earth. The 58th Gift of Vitality channels the Shadow into the Joy of Service. Service to Life! – and to the generations …
Mother and daughter – Helen Ede, Mary and Peter Adams
That snowy lullaby contained a future “Dream Arc” …
When acceptance reaches down through mind, heart and nervous-system to the DNA and atomic structure, dissatisfaction relaxes into “Allow”. An inner vital force implodes … a micro supernova … and I begin to become myself. “Joyousness is life expressing itself without resistance … Life wants to become aware of itself, freed from boundaries and restraints … The Gift of Vitality works with life processes in a non-interfering manner … then things start to happen quickly in your life … At a collective level this Gift will one day unite humanity to work towards a higher goal; the modern trend towards globalisation is an example of this. The future of human evolution truly lies in service.” (Richard Rudd)
The 58th Siddhi Bliss is subtitled “Beyond focus”. Core dissatisfaction transformed into vitality is drawn back into your body; a spontaneous shift in awareness; tipping point, a kind of death.
“The vestiges of the Shadow pursue us … and cling to us like lichen to rocks” (and leeches to flesh.)
What cure? What old wisdom helps to detach the leech? Salt! Tears of grief or laughter; the sea itself; the salt of the earth; the salt-crystal-cube in the Seal of Solomon’s song of love. Where the lake dries she leaves traces of tears, the salty rhyme on the rocks.
Here is part of a dream/story from “the Watershed” in 1976. It is about the Lake. There was more (not included here) which was to do with language.
I called this story “Spelling”
“IN THE dark gulf of nightmare, I called up shadowy frog-like creatures that hopped on the sheets of my bed. I regarded them and my dealings with them with a mixture of horror and triumph. Many times, I made huge mental wrenches of imagery and screamed out “key” magical words and sounds … I, in mortal combat with these entities, was at the same moment in alliance with them. The battle and the alliance were synonymous and mutually life-giving. The paradox flowed in the lucid river of all that happened … There was a battle in a dark cavern under the hills; it seemed to be an underground stream, one of the entities grasped and pinched my finger painfully in its great pincers … I saw other human beings with me. There was a titanic anger and destruction. Yet the alliance with the lethal entities sang of an exquisite and far-reaching rosy folklore, a vast fragrance of dawn, which even in those murky caverns revealed the race of humanity, the mountains, the sunset skies, and untold secrets, in all of which I was aware …
“Even in the victorious joy of clear vision there lay a depth of shame in my humanity for our dark ways of trafficking, for the things that must be exposed and endured before we are free.
“My next memory takes me outside the caverns into the steep range of mountains with the other human beings. My whole being was filled with awe, with well-being and the fragrance of tremendous things seen and done. I was the leader of this group of people. I attempted to explain to them what had come to pass. We journeyed through a forest on a high alp; across a valley soared a great rosy coloured hill, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We were chasing or being chased by a big brown bear who yet was our friend, from one mountain top to another. This bear was our guide. I understood and could explain to my companions everything that was going on, and where we should follow and find the bear. I had reached that state of total fatigue: a second wind, the air of the heights, rare and pure. My body, languid and alive with adrenalin was free.
“We came now to the old hills of Scotland, near Inverness. In that serene twilight of the Rose, I ran down a mountainside or almost vertical cliff, followed by policemen in their blue shirtsleeves and helmets, and all the other people. There was a vast exhilaration in this plunging race, my balance barely sustained on lightning touches; running, jumping down the falling scree.
“We reached an upland lochan or sea.
“Its shores were jagged with needle sharp rocks, the waters of limpid pure crystal, infinitely soft and still. We stopped there. My sister immediately dived into that lovely water and began to swim … The waters were those of Scottish lochs and rivers, cold, fresh and transparent. Golden sunlight spilled into their silvery depth, and nearby, arose the Canadian Rocky Mountains in majestic peaks of forest. The policemen … were there as policemen and as protectors. They punished and cherished at one and the same time.
“I went and sat on the rocks and began to cry, the waters rushing out with the clarity of the lake. I cried with an overwhelming yet severely objective grief and ecstasy, for being washed clean, and for the haunting crucial beauty of a folklore I discovered. I cried for the love of immeasurable things, in the dawn of the Rose. Compassion, grief swelled so my heart must burst, and still there is more. I was cleansed. The baptismal waters poured through me as the world, when I looked into the lake.
“The policemen stood near me on the rock. Whether they tried to comfort me or whether they just stood by, I do not know … They did not interfere. The grief blended despair and joyful hope in all its tears, with an overpowering presence of the holy One …”
From Tales of the Watershed, 1976
The soul tastes salt from whence we are born; the continually breaking waves of Life; of understanding and grace. Ramana Maharshi died into realisation at age 16, like a salt doll – innocent of lifetimes of “spiritual practice” and sadhana. When it occurs it simply changes the colour of the fruit. Or the fruit is ready to drop from bough.
In all the variety of siddhis across the 64, consciousness expresses itself without resistance. Seeking comes before enlightenment and then dies. The supernova laughs. Loosen and smile!
… and this beautiful song from the Mischamuse:
This collage is another episode in the dream-story (quoted above) called “Spelling”. I saw on the bedroom wall my early childhood drawings of baby boys with great heads like ripe pods and serious eyes – almost covered over by a frieze of later geometrical designs like crystals of frost on the window-pane.
That suggested an interaction of “direct language” (pre-literate) with when I learned to “spell”. What did I lose? A little infinity.
And here my daughter Marisa when she was little, receives her visitors … Lakes and ponds are relative in size.
The Lake is the timeless, untiring Mother of us all.
“Let there be peace,
let there be love
among all beings of the universe”
Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas Day,
and in the unending potential of a New Year.
Crystal Alphabet: the 58th Mineral Key is Apatite
Info from energymuse.com: “The Apatite crystal stone meaning comes from the Greek word “to deceive,” owing its name to its unique properties. A combination of different levels of fluorine, chlorine, and hydroxide, the Apatite crystal ranges in color from deep blue-green to green to yellow and sometimes pink or violet. The Apatite crystal contains the same elements that make up our tooth enamel, making it an excellent healing aide for dental issues and mending broken bones.
“Crystals might seem like the most stable and sedentary objects on earth yet they are associated with ethereal, otherworldly realms. But don’t be deceived by their stillness. Minerals are closely interwoven into our very existence, taking us out of the primordial ooze by giving single cell organisms the evolutionary advantage of teeth and bones. Renew your appetite for life by placing a stone in each hand, which works to balance both sides of the body. Feel the immediate effects of its protective and grounding properties with a renewed sense of calm and self-assuredness.”
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