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#5654 - 04/02/06 10:01 PM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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guys i do intend to explain ,but my question is what do i expect to get from explaining ,i know there is nothing you guys can do to stop my nightmares ,all it can do is make someone else worry or feel bad ,not what i want at all .you know if i describe my dreams,and somebody gets triggered its not good ,why the hell do i have this need to talk about things that in the end i have to figure out for myself .no sleep makes it hard to think to even post. all the ideas given seem to be good ones but you know there are bad dreams and then there are nightmares ,bad dreams i think do respond to the things mentioned here ,even dreams about abuse cause you can change the outcome ,but nightmares are so out of control that even though i am aware i'm dreamming ,all i can do is listen to what the dreams are telling me ,the meaning of my dreams is not hidden ,its clear to see.and i think i understand why i have them ,but i cant stop them ,sorry this is wasting valuable space here .i'm just so tired . adam

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#5655 - 04/02/06 10:03 PM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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ahhhhhh!sorry posted twice oh well

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#5656 - 04/02/06 11:09 PM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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Shadow
I call mine "night terrors" because the words bad dreams and nightmares just don't seem to explain the pure terror that happens during one of my dreams.

I don't have any replay of abuse, or abstract message with dis-embodies hands, faces, etc. My dreams were pure unadulterated terror, and nothing more!

Keep talking about the dreams. Walk it off when you wake up drenched in sweat, terrified, and not wanting to close your eyes ever again. I don't know your history. Have you talked about your abuse with someone close to you? Have you disclosed? Are you still keeping the secrets? If so, you may want to look at that, and find someone safe you can disclose EVERYTHING with. I mean everything, no matter how sick you think it is, get it out, all out to one strong person who loves you and wants you healthy.

As I've said on other posts, since I disclosed my secret(s), and acting out, I have not had one nightmare. That was what was creating those nightmares for me. It maybe different for you or others, but just sharing what did it for me...

I hope this helps.

Jim

PS - You are hardly wasting space here. THIS is the place to share like that. Get it out!

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#5657 - 04/02/06 11:54 PM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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Adam,

It's a good idea to talk about these nightmares bro, as Kurt says. I know you will have to decide when and if you can do this, but I want to give you some idea of why I say this. It isn't just a matter of some hippy "talk is good" blah blah blah.

"Hot" emotional memories and "cool" historical memories are stored in different parts of the brain, and the hot emotional stuff, like memories of the worst aspects of abuse, cannot be remembered on command (like trying to think did I buy milk at the store this morning). The hot memories can only be "triggered", and they come tumbling out without the useful tags that historical memories have, like names, dates, places, chronological order, and so on. The hot emotional stuff comes out in the present tense, in vivid and terrifying symbols and images (in your nightmares, for example), and mixed with all sorts of scary judgments and feelings, and so on.

When we talk about bad dreams and nightmares, we are making sense of them in terms of our "cool" historical memories. We are saying this means that, this refers to that time, and so on. We talk about our terrible dreams expecting that everyone will trash us, then nobody does! In this way we "transfer" the volatile hot memories to the part of the brain where we store cool historical memories.

That's why, for example, a survivor makes progress in his recovery. By talking, thinking and working on his problems, he is gradually moving them from a part of the brain where they can come surging out and still harm him, to a part of the brain where he stores things that he has resolved, understands, and trusts the solutions.

Like I said, this is WAY oversimplified, and I shudder to imagine guys like Ken Singer seeing this post :rolleyes: . But the bottom line is this: The more we hide our fears and nightmares and keep them secret, the longer we prolong their ability to tear us up and harm us. By talking, we ROB them of this ability.

I like that idea. I was robbed so bad by abuse. It's high time I did some robbing of my own! \:\)

Much love,
Larry

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#5658 - 04/03/06 12:05 AM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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trigger trigger trigger!!! while i have talked about my dreams in private here it doesnt seem to have helped ,jim yes i did disclose and put my abuser in jail ,but at age 11 disclosing was not a good thing for me as i was forced to do it in public in court .my dreams are a combination of everything i have ever posted here if you look closly it is all tied together by the death of my brother it all springs from that . ok ,in my dreams i am 11 years old in body but adult inside ,i am in a very dark place like a room but i cant see any walls,suddenly one end of the room becomes an open field ,in front of me my dad is sitting on the ground crying ,he is holding my brother up aginst his chest ,jimmys chest and face are coverd with blood,this scene is real it really did happen ,i try to go to them but my dad knocks me away ,also real it did happen , my dad is screamming ,look what you did!!you killed my boy!! i am crying and shaking i'm sorry .i'm so sorry ,i just want to die ,my dad is very gentle now he is saying adam you can trade places with jimmy ,crazy ,but i believe him ,he says all i have to do is ask god ,just ask god to take me ,now to my side a man is standing it is jesus,i guess or god he is in white long hair beard ,he is telling me its ok adam you can trade places ,jimmy can come back if i am strong enough to die for him. all i have to do is let go of my life ,he says i can go with him instead of jimmy,crazy but i believe him ,while god is talking my dad is whispering ,just do it adam just let go of life give it back to jimmy ,next there is someone behind me ,i realize that i am naked ,god is there ,my dad is there jimmy is there dying ,suddenly i smell him he grabs me from behind ,pulls my head around and crushes his mouth over mine ,i try to fight but he is too strong ,my abuser is holding me like a vise, he reaches around and touches me ,there, my body responds instantly ,he tells my dad ,who is watching ,look at your little faggot boy ,he loves it! but you know what he loves even more? the pain i can give him !i want to die as he pushes into my body ,oh god my dad is watching him rape me ,god is just standing there watching ,my abuser is slapping me in the back of the head saying ,do you want this every night for the rest of your life ? just let go or is the little faggot boy to weak to die for his brother? my dad is still whispering in one ear god is still whispering in the other ,just let go adam its ok you can trade places you just have to be strong ,do it for jimmy ,do it for me ,my abuser is now almost to the point of orgasm as always he is choking me ,harder and harder the more excited he gets the harder he chokes me .will he finish before i die ? as always i dont know . i want so much to do what they say ,but the little me doesnt want to give up ,god is holding his arms out to me whispering ,just let go adam its easy ,my dad is whispering your almost ready adam, ready to give you life to jimmy everything is turnning red i am not breathing ,the blood in jimmys eyes is changing to tears ,i just let go ,and that is when i wake up screamming not from the dream but because it was a lie i am still alive . for the second time since the dreams started today i woke up in my closet ,during my abuse the closet was where he kept me in between the abuse it was my safe place . it is very scary to know that i got up and moved to the closet ,but have no memory of it ,what else might i do? it would be just as easy to walk to the gun case and who knows ,not that is my intention in any way ,but it is a concern .i'm sorry that i got you guys involed in my problem if i am lucky no one will read this trash .but if you do i thank you for trying to understand my craziness. i am starting to hear the whispers even awake ,but i have no intention of doing it i just want it to stop!! and i have tried therapy ,i have tried sleep meds ,all they do is make the dreams come faster and last longer ,cause i cant wake up . do i really have to go through this forever ?also while i had a few bad dreams after my abuse this did not start till my abuser got out of jail and began harrasing me ,about the same time i made comtact with my dad again after 10 years ,who does still blame me for my brother .and is very open that he does . i am ashamed of this post but there it is adam

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#5659 - 04/03/06 01:09 AM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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Adam,

The first thing you need to hear and know is that this was an incredibly brave post. It's not trash at all. We all know your feelings about the events you describe, which means we know how much it hurts you to say these things.

The second thing you need to hear is that there is no shame for you in what you are saying. NONE whatsoever. Shame for the father who rejected his own son? Yes. Shame for the abuser? Absolutely! Shame for Adam then or now. NO!

What this basically shows is that just as you blame yourself for Jimmy's death you also blame yourself for the abuse you suffered. You feel that as punishment for your brother's tragic death you deserved to be handed over as a sacrifice to the abuser. The two catastrophes are linked by your feelings of guilt and by the idea that having "caused" Jimmy's death you think you deserved to be abused. None of this is true.

The memories of choking are vivid for me bro, and let me tell you, the abuser who hurt me did the same thing. The terrible truth is that a grown man can easily press on a boy's throat with his thumbs and make him feel he will be choked to death any second unless he does what he is told. This leaves no marks, by the way.

It is valuable to see that these dreams did not come to you until the abuser got out of jail. Little Adam fears that he will be abused all over again. Why? Because the problem about Jimmy is unresolved and he thinks he deserves punishment.

Keep talking bro. By doing that you will come to see that all these bad feelings about yourself are entirely undeserved. There is LOTS of blame to pass around, but none of it belongs to you.

Much love,
Larry

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Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

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#5660 - 04/03/06 02:19 AM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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Shadow,

Please believe me when I tell you that I have never seen you waste space here, K? What you have to say is important.

Lots of love,

John

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#5661 - 04/03/06 03:02 AM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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Adam,

I posted the above before I read your last post on the thread. Now I'll try to say some more.

First, Larry is right. I have never known you to be anything but brave.

Second, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You did nothing wrong in all of what happened. Your abuser, and I include you father in that catagory have plenty of shame to go around, but it doesn not touch you. They tried to make you the one responsible for thier problems but they are wrong.

It's so easy for a grown up to put his guilt and shame off on a child because the child has no way to fight it off. When that child grows into an adult, he takes the shame and guilt with him. You have come here because you realize you need help in dealing with all that was wrongly dumped on you. You are a man of compassion and caring to others who come here. You're a good guy, Adam.

I think your dreams are resulting from that shame and guilt that others place wrongly on your shoulders. I'm no expert in the field, but that's the way I see it. Larry is probably quite right when he says that Little Adam is afraid. Little Adam needs reassurance from the grown up Adam that he'll be OK, but Big Adam is unsure of where to turn. That's where places like MS and seeing a professional Therapist can be of so much help.

We're here for you Adam, and will do whatever we can to be of help because we care about you just like you care about us.

Lots of love,

John

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#5662 - 04/03/06 03:04 AM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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Shadow - That had to be a very difficult post. You are very brave! To repeat John, you have not wasted any space on here.... !

Please keep talking no matterr what you have to say!

Jim

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#5663 - 04/03/06 12:46 PM Re: Creating Safety, III: Nightmares (***** triggers in two examples*****)
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larry you are exactly right , i did blame myself for jimmy and i do believe that everything that happened is punishment for my mistake .

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