12 Steps to Learn from Your Nightmares: Boost Your Eating Disorder Recovery

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Don't miss a terrific opportunity to improve your life. Your nightmare is a gift and forceful guide to what is right and next for you. (You may find this image interesting, lovable or fascinating. But it could also be a terrifying and threatening image in a nightmare. Don't run. Use it. Let it teach you.)

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

Eating Disorder Recovery and Trusting Dreams

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, is to pay attention to what is meaningful to you.  Following what is truly meaningful to you is the path to your recovery and to a much more fulfilled and satisfying life.

Decades ago a dream pushed me into the world of recovery and healing.

Nightmare Wave in Eating Disorder Recovery

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Women recovering from eating disorders can be unaware of the massive change about to disrupt their lives. Many report versions of an overwhelming wave of water dream. They consider this dream a nightmare. 

One version is this:

The woman is on a boat in the ocean, often with friends or spouse or both.  It's a beautiful day.  The sea is calm. She and her friends are relaxing. She feels that all is normal and pleasant. 

Release new eating disorder recovery energy by writing down your dreams

What is the value of writing down our dreams?

best G299 Remnants SuperNova Type1a 20150218 1"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.

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