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Getting off course, finally.

This is a long and meandering one but it has been bouncing round inside of me. Little pockets of understanding rising to the surface in a way that perhaps I can attempt to describe here.
Welcome to the dream.
Walking on a path through some very thick woods. There are many other people walking it too. It is an obstacle course of sorts. Little tricks you have to do to continue on the path. It seems to be a loop, the path goes round and round the top of a mountain. I notice I have been going around this loop many times. There is a part of the course that goes deep into a cave, in it a very powerful and intimidating being lives. He is trying to be as scary as possible, and it's working. He has large fangs and is made of a strange coarse material with sharp jagged edges. Every time I get to this part, I feel that it is actually unnecessary to go into the cave and confront this guy. Every time you are with him he tells you a riddle of some kind in the most looming dooming way possible. The riddle is something you then emerge from the cave with pondering on your next loop round the course until entering the cave again, where he either tells you a new riddle, or shares what seems to be an add on to the last riddle. He is the keeper of the course and is gaining power every time you go and talk with him and he is also granting you some kind of power for doing so. It is a false power though. A trick making you feel as though you are doing something right and gaining some kind of merit on this path by confronting him and listening to him, and you then go walking round again. I am pretty bored of all this and feel like it is a twisted game that this being is playing with all these people, myself included. I then stop listening to what he is saying and instead start observing the people around me on the course. They are getting really lost and having a hard time staying on the path. If they wonder off the path they end up lost in the woods in utter confusion almost like they are blind or have lost their senses or something of the like. A friend of mine, Chelsea, appears with her young daughter, Phoenix. Chelsea is holding Phoenix and they walk the path. Chelsea is confused and doesn't know where she is. I tell her about this course that everyone is walking and where to do what. I notice some really confused people up ahead and try and help them, when I look back, Chelsea has jumped into a near by lake in an attempt to break free from the course. She is standing with Phoenix in her arms on top of a sinking car (like I said, when the people stray from the path they are really dumb/numb and end up in confused predicaments). The car is going under swiftly and with force its apparent to me that the girls are going to get sucked under and possibly drown. I am yelling to them to come back to shore and get of the car quickly. Chelsea continues to stand on it and the car goes under. It pulls them under and they are drowning in the water. I am about to jump in to pull them out when two men appear and swim after them. The men pull them out and put them back on the path, telling them to keep walking. We are all walking together again and I tell Chelsea about how I think this is all bullshit and a game that this cave being is playing with us and all the other people as pawns. I let her know that we are coming up on the cave and that it is going to be intense to confront him but its part of the course. Phoenix is freaking out and really doesn't want to go in the cave. I am totally fed up with going in there by this point and really don't want little Phoenix to have to go in there either. Looking for another way, there seems to be a way to go over it. We climb and scramble up a rock face and are then walking over all these trees that have been clear cut. Bundles of freshly cut trees are everywhere. We continue walking and there are more huge bundles with 50 or more trees in each one, being conveyed out of the forest on this huge mechanism. We follow the trees, and are real sad about how many trees have been cut down. It leads us back out to the lake. We are spotted by some people that appear to be minions of the cave creeper. They are running after us and forcefully telling us to get back on the path. Up ahead there is a giant extremely malleable membrane thats surface looks like the pearlescent shimmer of titanium aura quartz. We can walk on the membrane and its kind of like walking on a water bed. It feels like its a living being that we are walking on. Its actually very difficult to walk on. I remember being in awe of it, thinking it was very beautiful. The minion people are shouting at us and telling us that we cannot avoid the cave being and that he is closing in on us. Basically saying resistance is futile. The membrane starts to shift and quake. I am looking for an out and see a clearing in the woods about a mile away. There are three people in the clearing hinting that its a way out of the course. I tell Chelsea to follow and its as if she has been hypnotized and she decides she is going to stay. I jump from the membrane into the woods and watch as the membrane opens up and becomes a slide like shoot that funnels Chelsea and Phoenix into the heart of the cave. I stand in the woods and branch my consciousness. A part of me is with them watching their experience in the cave. The being tells Chelsea and Phoenix their riddles and they are both shaking and quivering in fear. They emerge from the cave like zombies of sorts but looking very powerful somehow. They continue onto the path again. They go round and round communicating with the cave being every time, getting a new riddle. I watch as time passes and watch Phoenix getting older, I see Chelsea is pregnant again and is having a boy. The boy is birthed. I watch as Chelsea carries the boy and Phoenix walks beside them going round and round this course. Some strange hints that the cave being has caused the pregnancy through the riddles?? Each time Chelsea is becoming more and more beautiful and she has become very very powerful, her hair has become a glowing teal color and she is listening to every riddle and incorporating it into her cyclical life. Gaining more and more power but also looking more and more programed. I am really wanting to get them out but realize that they are deep in it and that I can't. They seem to be thinking that they are choosing to stay in this with their own free will. But obviously they are being so manipulated. I finally break my gaze from this and let her go, let her be in that. I walk to where the three people are in this clearing. We don't really communicate, I realize that on the other side of the clearing is a mini-mall with a pizza shop and laundry mat?? I think wow this is so weird. The clearing seemed to be some portal from the course in a mountain top vortex into a big expansive city scape where I was then free but then also felt flat in, it felt so linear.
The woods from this dream felt like Washington, perhaps even Mt. Rainier, a place I just visited. It was a vortex. And the mini-mall area felt like LA. I broke free and ended up in LA? Silly. I feel like I now have a better understanding of what vortexes are. How they attract energy to keep them fueled and I was seeing this whole scene from architectural eyes as well. Feeling space and how it is occupied. Left with feelings of not wanting let anything go so deep that there is no waking to anything else.
The Diamond Sutra is a text I have read many many times over the last decade. Revisiting in different stages of life with refreshed and new understandings. I am reading it again now and feel the dream has much to do with my interpretation of the text.
Chelsea has two daughters and before I knew of her pregnancy with both of them I dreamed of her carrying them. Chelsea is also someone I am reminded of when thinking of my buddhist leaning. She is a part of my past with buddhism and the Diamond Sutra.
Last year I moved from a vortexy tiny mountain town in New Mexico to L.A.
Lots of little pieces and reminder memories coming up for me with this one. Any thoughts/reflections are greatly appreciated.

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