I woke up this morning, having dreamt a man was about to kill me. The man was big, strong, heavily armed, and unyielding.
Obviously, that’s a part of me. It’s another part living from unloved fear and unexamined scary stories.
Unloved fear, unexamined stories, identifications, emotional issues, hangups, trauma, those are all names for the same dynamics.
Yet another name is contraction. This man in the dream is a contraction in me. A part of me that has contracted because of unloved fear, unexamined stories, and so on.
I can explore contractions showing up in dreams as I explore any other contraction.
After waking up, I took time with this man and the contraction he represents.
I noticed the physical sensations associated with him. (Very faint.)
I welcome the sensations and him. I notice all of it is already allowed, and join in with the allowing.
I allow it to get as big as it wants.
I thank it for protecting me. Thank you for your love for me. (The contraction is here to protect me and comes from care for me, it’s confused love.)
I am curious about its needs and wants, and the lack it comes from. I give it love. Am a safe harbor for it. See it. Notice which one(s) resonates the most with the contraction.
I notice its nature and rest in that noticing.
I invite it to notice its own nature and rest in and as it.