Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

Well, not quite. But I had a nightmare last night that I needed to get outside of my head. So I decided to try the dream therapy Austin’s been doing. It’s actually quite a difficult task…


Original Dream:

It started in the backyard of where I spent the bulk of my childhood years. At least I’m pretty sure it was. Everything was there, but it was all in the wrong places. It was almost like everything was reversed. Like looking in a mirror.

It was a stormy day. Very hot and humid, as summer days around here tend to be. I was running from a huge lion that was chasing me around the yard. Then the trees suddenly turned into monsters and tried to attack me.

I ran into the house to escape these horrible things chasing me. Every room I tried to enter had a locked door. As I ran through the house, random objects jumped out to attack me.

I fell down the steps trying to run to the front door to escape. I could hear wild screaming as I lay on the floor unable to move. My legs were broken.

The monsters came closer and closer. The lion was the first thing to reach me. I was completely paralyzed as he started tearing at my clothes. I couldn’t scream. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t protect myself. I let him attack me. He bit me and scratched me. It felt like I was being ripped in half, much the way it did when he did to me what he did at night.

And then I woke up.


Rewritten dream:

It was a beautiful summer day. One of those days where the sun is shining and by some miracle, the humidity is low. I was sitting in the back yard reading a book.

Suddenly a lion appeared out of nowhere and charged at me. I threw my book at him. The blow stunned him enough for me to escape into the house.

I tried many doors in the house, but all of them were locked. The lion was still chasing me so I threw various objects into his path to slow him down.

I decided to run out of the front door of the house. I dashed down the steps, but fell and twisted an ankle. Even though it hurt, I got back up and kept on running.

Emerging from the house, I found a zoo keeper with a tranquilizer gun. I told him about the lion chasing me. Turns out the lion had escaped from the zoo. The zoo keeper fired a dart into the lion, which fell asleep. He then took the lion back to the zoo and locked him in a cage. Meanwhile a doctor appeared and tended to my ankle.

4 thoughts on “Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!

  1. i hate dreams like that, the ones you cant shake off.
    i know Helmut can get a bit useless, he doesn’t really know what to do in crises situations, but he can beat up any lions that are around i’m sure..
    teddybears are good at that, they just calmly and with supreme confidence say
    ‘nope, not today thank you very much’ – and the lions looki very silly and deflated and scurry off knowing that they’re silly!

  2. thememoryartist says:

    This is a really great idea. I think I’m going to try re-writing my nightmares too.
    I did a similar kind of thing last year with my therapist using imagery rehearsal of a real-life traumatic event while changing the outcome of the event – kind of like verbally re-writing the past . It was extremely difficult , but very helpful .

  3. Elle and Mon says:

    Same as thememoryartist. I remember this horrific nightmare I had a few years ago. I’ll rewrite it.

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