Facing Your Demons with Lucid Dreaming

Dear Deborah,
I have struggled with recurring nightmares since getting clean and sober in 2001. In my dreams I am always looking for drugs or living in a dilapidated house, no clean clothes to wear, ect. I've tried prayer, meditation.....nothing stops the dreams. Do you have any suggestions? Please respond. Sending peaceful thoughts and lots of love your way.
Jeanne Freeman

Thank you so much for note, Jeanne. First of all, I want to applaud your courage and strength. Addiction is tough stuff to beat. So, let me give you some big kudos there. And, I know how hard it can be to have dreams that keep haunting you from your past. Have you ever tried lucid dreaming? Basically, it's where you become an active participant in your dreams, instead of just a witness. It takes some practice, but it can help you change whatever energy patterns are coming up in your subconscious to create the dreams. 

I'd like to share an example from my personal experience. For the first 20-some years of my life, I had constant nightmares where a crazy, evil guy was chasing me. I had heard of lucid dreaming, but didn't think I could do it. My dreams were so strong and so scary that I didn't think I'd ever be able to face them. But, I decided to start practicing anyway. It took a few tries, but once I got the hang of it, it was PURE EMPOWERMENT. In my dream state, the crazy guy came after me and I ran away (like I always did). Then, I made the decision to stop running. I turned around and looked him square in the eye. He got closer. He screamed in my face. I held my ground and just stood there. Finally, he shook his head and walked away. Never to be seen again. 

Dreams show us where we have some healing work to do. If your dreams are showing you blasts from your past, maybe there is something for you to face off the same way I did. Remember that everything in your consciousness is only there to find it's way into the Light. It's all there to be healed. You've done the hardest part already. After all you've been though, this lucid dreaming thing should be a piece of cake.

Love,
Deborah