Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses in disguise
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainer Maria RilkeI love this quote.
I believe it’s true.
This may be why some people refer to me as the Nightmare Whisperer.
I know in every scary dream (and I’ve had some that would make Steven King squirm) there’s a princess waiting for love.
When I look for that princess…I always find her.
The dream scene takes place in a library with nuns quietly reading books on one side…and on the other side is an ogre tearing the walls apart, screaming and yelling profanities. One of the nuns approaches and watches him with love in her eyes. The ogre, aware he is being witnessed stops his trashing and begins to cry…wail…then he turns into a little girl.
Shervin shared about how he’d been such a quiet “good” boy growing up-and had debilitating knee pain that had drastically limited his mobility. After this dream’s catharsis, his pain was gone.
Shervin’s “knee-dy” inner monster/ogre was debilitating him because his anger was suppressed-locked up in a scholarly library (in his head) it had no place to go.
His higher self, depicted as a nun, simply witnessed the ogres pain without attempting to fix it-just witnessing with love was enough to set the ogre free…and allow his sensitive, younger aspect (little girl) to be revealed as the real perpetrator behind all the pain. And because of that simple witnessing and allowing, the pain vanished, never to return again.
On Dreams Unzipped…to honor those who’ve been effected by the trilogy of trauma from Orlando in the last week, I thought I’d dedicate this show to you…to the ways we can find hope (a princess) in the tragedy (dragon).