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commented on June 6, 2012
After a particularly traumatic event, three decades ago, I had all kinds of nightmares about it. During the first six months, afterward, I awoke screaming and crying several times per week. Gradually, this occurred less frequently, but afterward, the dreams became less agitating and just plain sad, as though I were very deeply grieving over the event. These sad dreams went on for decades, and I would awake from them in profoundly depressed states, taking days to shake them off.
During these decades, I have travelled a lot, lived many different places, fully experienced life and many adventures. Internally, I have always been processing this event, via my dreams, and an occasional conversation with an old friend. It occupies only a tiny portion of my thoughts per day.
Just in the last few years, the dreams have changed. They are not wrenchingly painful, not sad, not full of anguish, anymore. They indicate that I am still processing the event, but in a different way. From my newer dreams, I am learning that it is okay to remember the event, but it is as if my relationship to it has changed. My understanding of it has changed. I no longer experience anguish, but am in a hopeful state that thorough healing may occur.
Have you had similar experiences? I think we process daily "head noise," life's catastrophe's, and deeper subconscious connections and emotions ( Jungian psychoanalysts concur...) via our dreams. Have your dreams helped you heal?