Feeling pretty good this morning!
Had lots of validating dreams that seem to be indicating I'm on the right track, healing-wise in the psychological sense! Mostly short dreams about dealing with problems and emotional overload that quickly segued into more short dreams.
2 in particular stood out…
In one, I was trying to build a life on a homestead with some Aspects. We were arranging things in our cabin when we heard a thunderous rumbling! I looked out the window and saw a large cloud of kicked up dust from a stampede of raging water buffaloes! We were in the direct path and would be trampled to death! Oh NOES! Everyone started to panic, and I advised the others to join me in going up to the second floor and holding on for deal life! Several joined me–
– but just then something amazing happened! The Bull was there with some burly buddies and they picked up the whole cabin and moved it into another large barn that was behind an outcropping of rock and would therefore be safe. As I clung to the rafters of the cabin, I and the others were carried to safety, and the stampede rumbled on past.
Afterwards, I came down and surveyed the damage. Some of my piles of things outside the cabin were obliterated, but most of what made up the piles was just knocked down a little and could be cleaned up and salvaged. I was relieved. We would be okay, despite the damage, and get on with our new life.
~ In this case, it appears that not screaming other aspects down has gained The Bull a much better “team” of helpers who can work together to get me out of danger, or even out of the way of being overwhelmed by emotions, which I think is what the stampede represented. They just moved most of us out of the way, the emotions “passed,” and then we could deal with what came of it. Very impressive, and I was so surprised and happy that my Aspects were working together to get through difficulties! THAT'S what I'm talking about, baby!
The next dream that stood out, I was at an “After the Storm” party with a bunch of Aspects. We were going to meet and hang out and see what we could find in the disaster area that could be salvaged (that theme again!) My green Guide, Summers, was there! She was showing me all these gifts that she had been given recently by other Aspects, who were grateful to her! She was pulling out these magic popcorn bags that refilled with popcorn when you emptied them out– she thought everyone should start to enjoy some entertainment and so was passing out some stuff for the party!
~ This was really cool to see as well. Another Aspect that I've been working with consciously (see my 'therapy' tag) has been openly acknowledged in my dreams. Further, beyond my conscious knowledge, she is seen as a helper and other parts of me are grateful to her and giving her gifts! An excellent sign that my self-therapy is working even without my conscious effort!
This Internal Family Systems therapy rocks! (You know, maybe that's why Fara was in my life. She's the one that gave me the book on that in the first place, saying that my dream work sounded a lot like it… Hmmm!)
I've come up with another way to remember how to differentiate some Aspects.
Hope this helps!