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Dreams: your doorway to eating disorder healing and a meaningful life

Dreams: your doorway to eating disorder healing and a meaningful life
“Trust that which gives you meaning and accept it as your guide.” Carl Jung


Trusting Dreams in Eating Disorder Recovery 


If you have an eating disorder you may not know who to listen to, who to trust, what to believe, what even to hope for. Yet you carry within you the source of your most effective guidance that comes from your authentic truth – your dreams.

Paying attention to your dreams, despite the disguises dreams use through the symbols your unconscious presents. The disguise is there to help you get closer to what is meaningful to you without your needing to push that meaning away too fast.

Keeping a Dream Journal Can Speed Eating Disorder Recovery

Keep a Dream Journal to Speed Eating Disorder Recovery
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Dream Journal Value 


Keeping a written record of your dreams is often part of eating disorder recovery work.  Clients do it dutifully, resentfully, awkwardly, enthusiastically. They forget to do it.  They can't do it because they can't remember their dreams. They are embarrassed to do it because the dreams are embarrassing.  Or they refuse to do it because the dreams are frightening.  Yet any of these experiences add value to the recovery process.

How Dreams Penetrate Eating Disorder Defenses and Speed Recovery

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*In eating disorder recovery dreams your authentic self breaks throught the eating disorder shell to bring clarity in a disguised language of images.

An eating disorder blocks or distorts complex or subtle emotions. With an eating disorder, a person feels fear, anxiety, strong needs for someone else often misinterpreted as love, reassurance near a sense of safety when praised or given gifts that contribute to her belief in herself as a person of high status, if only for a moment or a few days.

The power of the eating disorder is not complete. Feelings of dread, the need to isolate because she is apprehensive about being with others penetrate the emotional blocks created by the eating disorder. She can be inconsistent in her relationships with others and inconsistent, even erratic, in her ability to concentrate or maintain interest in her activities.

Dream Helps in Eating Disorder Recovery and Relationship

*dream image of Baby Jesus

dream image of adult Jesus





This is the story of how one mother, with Jesus imagery in her dream, reconnected to her authentic self during a time of conflict with her adult daughter.

Q: Why are inner explorations and investigations of dream images called work?

A:  Because we are construction workers. We build bridges.  We gather raw  materials from our psyches, discover their relevance and shape them to form bridges between our unconscious and conscious. We create a means of transporting what is deep within us to our day to day perceptions.  We learn to tolerate emotional disruption as we adjust to greater meaning and understanding in our lives and the world.

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