While the graphic detail of the demons or this “hag-like” entity aren’t fun to think about and definitely not look at, they are the reality for so many who have experienced horrendous traumas wherein the body experienced an inescapable attack, yet was unconscious either due to getting knocked out from an assault, or by chemicals. It is this experience of being violated while unconscious (which could be anything from sexual assault to a surgery that we actually need in order to correct something) that seems to be a common thread among all those who see ‘the hag,’ or other demonic presences in the dreamspace.
Unfortunately, just facing them in your dreams is not enough. We must do work – deep nervous system and somatic work – in the waking realm so we can practice staying grounded, or as Peter Levine could call it, “tethered” to the here and now.
For me, having this most recent surgery was an opportunity to enter into the other side, with agency and resources, with regulation and a cleaner system overall, and because of all this foundational and preparatory work, it enabled the healing of multiple traumatic surgical events.
I don’t think one has to go so far as to experience another surgery or another gruesome attack to resolve and heal these old survival energies. But I do know that life often presents us with new challenges and circumstances, and even maybe a new stressor, as an offering to work on that which we didn’t have the capacity to do in the past.
In many ways, it is what is before us that will be our greatest teacher, granted we have the awareness to know when that teacher presents itself.
Don’t underestimate the mystery of what might seem to be ‘bad luck.’ The next time something uncomfortable, or what might seem to be ‘unfair’ pops up in our life, try to take what is offered as a potential for change and then healing.
We can rewrite our past and create new futures when we have the patience to work with it ALL!
I hope this has been useful and maybe even a little interesting for some.
BIG THANKS to Peter Levine and his seminal work on working with near-death experiences, surgical, and anesthesia trauma.