Thursday, May 02, 2013

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You’re Dreaming (Reliving Past Pain)

by Reb GUtman Locks on Mystical Paths

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A rabbi in Europe wrote:

“Recently one of my congregants told me about a reoccurring dream she has had every month since she was a child. After telling me the dream it seems that she is reliving past life trauma that needs to be healed. Could you suggest to me some one we could contact who can help her work through her dream?”

Gutman’s response:

     The Talmud tells us that all dreams have a portion of truth and a portion of foolishness, therefore they cannot be relied upon. When we sleep, our minds experience a “freefall.” We release the “controls” over which thoughts we entertain so scenes from our subconscious mind float into our awareness.

     Deep inside, each of us has stored away everything that we have ever seen or experienced in this lifetime. This includes every page that we have read, every scene we ever witnessed, every thought that ever floated pass our awareness. The thoughts that keep resurfacing are the ones that we are somehow interested in, either because they are enjoyable, or because they are disturbing. As long as we experience some interest in those thoughts or dreams they will resurface over and over again. They do this even more when we sleep or daydream, because we are not actively directing our minds.

     If this woman was hurt by something she will “hold on” to that experience until she can “let it go.” Perhaps the best way to release such a dream or repeating thought is to understand that what happened, happened way back then, and is not happening now. But when you think about that negative experience you bring it into your current experience again and again.

     When we have negative (and positive) experiences we often think about them over and over again. Each time we do we, to some degree, renew the experience. Almost always the harm from that experience is past, but our thinking about it renews the pain.

     If we realize that we ourselves are causing that current pain by rethinking the experience, we should be able to move on. Say something like, “It’s over. Why bring it back again?” Also, you can thank G-d that it wasn’t worse, and that it is over. Move on to what is happening to you today. When that painful thought causes you to say, “Thank G-d!” it will soon stop reoccurring.

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