Susan from Chatsworth, California writes:
I have had recurring dreams about a place from my childhood and a family I considered special (better than me). I used to dream that something bad and scary lived in a house behind their house, up on a hill. In other dreams, I went inside that scary house and found nothing visible, but I sensed something in the shadows threatening me.
Recently, I had a strange and wonderful dream about this same place. A celebration was taking place—the scary person who lived in the house, and who has never come out, was finally coming out. This person was my friend from the old days who shared my love of dance. She emerged and left the scary house for good. It was a definable life event marked by joy.
In waking life, this friend and I were both molested during childhood. I used to hide from my stepfather in the bathroom. I think the dream was saying that the part of me that was hiding is now coming out.
This dream marks a turning point in your life—congratulations for breaking free of the fear that held you captive! Your friend symbolizes the wounded part of you that was in hiding because of the abuse (issues that are hidden in the unconscious often feel scary until brought out into the light of day and examined). The home in which your friend lived was a refuge, but it became a prison from which she (you) wouldn’t leave—until now. The family you admired probably represents the love and safety you craved as a little girl.
I find it fascinating that you’ve had recurring dreams about this scary house. It took great courage in the dreams to seek out and investigate the threat inside. You were undoubtedly investigating your inner world to gain insights about the past. Releasing your fear and celebrating your emotional freedom will empower you to move forward.
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