Sweet Dreams are Made of These

I’ve been having very intense dreams in the early morning hours lately. I know my unconscious mind is working out something because, in these dreams, I’m doing a lot of problem-solving. While I can’t recall specific details, I know that the dreams are filled with challenging situations involving an assortment of characters and settings from my past. 

I’m aware that in the state between sleeping and waking, I still feel very upset and unsettled. When I am fully awake, I am relieved to discover whatever challenge I faced in the dream is gone. When it happened again the other day, I realized that these dreams have been giving me a simple but powerful reminder.

If I want to feel better, I need to stop giving my attention to thoughts and things that take away my peace, and there seems to be no shortage of those lately. After these stressful dreams when I realize I am safe in my bed, the anxious feeling fades away. Before doing anything else, I infuse my mind with peaceful, loving thoughts by reading a section or a lesson from A Course in Miracles. It helps anchor me in my right mind before I continue my day.

Sure, it may seem easy to dismiss upsetting circumstances when they occur in a dream, but what about dealing with them in the so-called “real world”? Whether awake or asleep, it’s ultimately still a story, and we react to them similarly. For a deeper discussion on this topic, join us for our weekly online A Course in Miracles Study Group on Tuesdays.

Regardless of their origin, I do my best to identify the thoughts that bring up fear. Then, I ask Spirit to help me see them differently. It’s simple, but not always easy. Especially when fearful thoughts have been running on well-worn pathways in my mind for years, decades, or in some cases, my entire life. 

No matter how long they’ve been there, I truly believe it’s possible to break the pattern and think new thoughts. That’s exactly what Family Constellations can help with. It’s not about making the old thought wrong. It’s about “expanding the landscape,” as my teacher Suzi Tucker often says. When we have more context for the story, we have the opportunity to see the situation from a higher perspective. Then we can make a different choice on how to move forward.

Jeremy Renner, the actor who survived a near-fatal snow plow accident last year, recently shared his story and what he learned from the experience on the Tonight Show. I was very moved by how he described his recovery process. He echoed what I’ve been pondering over the last few weeks. He credits his survival to being mindful of which thoughts he chose during that extreme situation. (Click here or to watch his conversation with Jimmy Fallon.)

And just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that choosing a new thought is always as easy as flipping a light switch. Sometimes those thoughts and beliefs are buried deep in the subconscious mind and we don’t have easy access to them. Luckily, we don’t have to do this work alone. There’s no shame in seeking help. It’s one of the most courageous and self-loving decisions you can make.

I would be honored to assist you in creating a new story and a new path forward with a private Family Constellations Session. Thanks to technology, you can experience this powerful healing modality online, regardless of where in the world you live. Please contact me or look around my website for more information and to book a session. I look forward to working with you.

Until next time, may your thoughts be peaceful and your dreams be happy.

The only way to dispel illusions is to withdraw all investment from them, and they will have no life for you because you will have put them out of your mind.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-7.VII.4:4

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