Release new eating disorder recovery energy by writing down your dreams
- Category: Dreams
What is the value of writing down our dreams?
"Keeping a written record of your dreas is often part of eating disorder recovery work. We do it dutifully, resentfully, awkwardly, enthusiastically. We forget to do it. We can't do it because, "we can't remember our dreams." We are embarrassed to do it because the dreams are embarrassing. Or we refuse to do it because the dreams are frightening. Why do we need to do it at all?
*pix This star explodes like a blooming flower. So can you.
Dreams are your feelings, life issues, denied awareness, memories and life forces coming forward in a disguised language. Dreams use symbolism in an attempt to slip pass your personal censors to deliver needed and valuable information to your conscious mind.
Understood, these images can be powerful aids in affirming who you are, what you want and believe. They can show you both your challenges ahead and your strength and power to cope with them.
Eating disorders block this inner awareness and prevent you from knowing who you are and who you can become in life. But your dreams keep pushing against that barrier. As you move more into recovery your dreams may become more intense. Your barriers are weakening and more of your truth is getting through.
Writing down your dreams can be enormously helpful. Because your dreams use a disguised language, you may find it helpful to work with a psychotherapist who understands both dream therapy and eating disorders.
"[Dreams] have the power to seize terrifying feelings and deep instincts and translate them into images - visual, aural, tactile - and into the concrete where human beings may more readily confront and channel the terrifying instincts or powerful emotions into rituals and narratives that reassure the individual while reaffirming cherished values of the group. The identity of the individual as part of the group and the greater whole is strengthened, and the terror of facing the world alone is extinguished."
When you find yourself too busy or reluctant to write down your dreams reread this article. Encourage yourself to see your path to inner treasures you may be denying yourself. Your dreams can show you more openings into your eating disorder recovery and a better, more authentic life.
Information about Psychotherapy with Joanna
Joanna is a Los Angeles psychotherapist in private practice and author of Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder.
This article was inspired by Leslie Marmon Silko, a Laguna Pueblo Indian Mexican and Anglo-American woman, novelist, poet and essayist.
*pix your dream images can help your awareness explode like a blooming fire and lead you into recovery with newly released energy. This file is in the public domain in the United States because it was solely created by NASA.