What does anger, dreams, PTSD and ” letting go” of one’s past have to do with each other? They’re all part of a discussion on vetting our emotions through dreams to deal with our conscious selves. Join me and another Michael J in our recent comments to his post: Practicing for the Bardo by Urbansannyasin
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You said: Dream Along With Me,
You have to be careful with anger in dreams. I dreamt a guy was coming onto my wife and he continued to “give her the eye” in front of me.
I swung my fist, trying to land an upper cut to the jaw and . . . woke up having struck a nearby lamp with my fist. The lamp broke, fell to the floor and an aide at the VA Coatesville Medical Center’s PTSD program rushed to my room from her office, asking if all was ok. “I just had a dream,” I told her. The lamp was not repaired the whole time I remained in the in-patient program.
But neither did I have any more dreams with such anger again . . . . Until I came home. But that’s another story, another dream. Thanks for the post.
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You know, nothing is either good or bad. Sometimes, anger can help you, most times it is unproductive, and really hard on the furniture.
The key, in self-discovery as I’ve learned it, is to use the power in various emotions to move you in the direction that you want to move. So, if expressing anger in a dream helps you become more assertive and take more control over your life, then it’s a good thing. If it is self-destructive, then you have to find a way around it.
I can’t pretend to know what you experience through PTSD, but if there is a key to dealing with it, it is to take back control of your mind and your emotions. You can do this by letting go of all your past history. You don’t always have to be this Vietnam Vet survivor with PTSD.
You can just be Michael J.
I think it is cool that you are a Vietnam vet survivor, but you don’t have to let that define you. You’re much more than that. As long as you define yourself by that, you’ll be trapped by that.
Try telling yourself “once, I was this person, that had this life experience, and was ruled by PTSD, but I’m not that person anymore…”
Just one opinion!
Another Michael J