waking moments of fear

September 26, 2013Karen Courcy

9704_636486369725680_1295556313_nAt 3:30am this morning I woke up screaming the words “stop hurting me! stop hurting me” and my back was arched like I was in intense pain and fear!

I was crying and fighting it! I was shaking and confused until I realized I was coming out of a dream and I wasn’t being attacked or hurt.

I immediately grabbed my laptop that sits next to me and wrote out the images and feelings and emailed them to my therapist – which he has always wanted me to do when I wake with these horrible spells.

I then went upstairs and woke my husband and hugged him to ground myself; to remind me of where I am and that I am safe and loved.

One of the things that my therapist has taught me through the years is how to ground myself when awaking in the dark from something so big.When we are awaken in the dark, everything is unknown. There is nothing to ground to.

The first step is to put on the light. He said when you are in the dark, everything is bigger and by putting on the light, you make things smaller.

The second is to breath and lean into anything you can that would remind you of where you are and that you are safe.

Then, if  helpful, write down the horrible thoughts that awoke you, because giving the dream and thoughts meaning is more powerful than not.

I have written about my spells of waking up crying before, and it seems to only be getting worst. It’s amazing how emotions can find their way out through vulnerability of my sleeping.

This has been happening a lot for over a year now, and I am ready to get to the bottom of this. This is no way to sleep or wake up and I really wonder where these deep emotions are coming from. I wonder what these very intense images and emotions are telling me and what is the story behind them.

There are times when I am laying down to sleep, I know if it’s going to happen ahead of time, because I have an intense feeling of emotion building up as I drift off to sleep, almost like an edge of crying, but not. almost everytime I drift off to sleep like that, “IT” happens.

Sometimes when I wake up with these emotions and horrible images and crying it stays with me all day and it almost feels like a hang-over of some kind, and then other days I forget about it.

Sometimes when I wake up crying, the moment I wake up and realize what is going on and realize I am crying, the emotions are gone! I don’t continue to cry through it, it goes away almost like it was shut back off and I am numb again.

I wonder if others out there experience something similar.

I wonder that if we hold in our emotions too much inside sometimes, they eventually will find a way out through any means.

I wonder if these are emotions from the past slowly finding a way out to be free.

I wonder if there is something inside of me trying to tell me something, but I still have a wall up against it.

I wonder how much healing can be done in honoring these emotions as something important, rather than something that just feels horrible.

Whatever it is, it’s exhausting at times, and last night’s wake up was exhausting! It’s discouraging at times also because I thought it was getting better and last night’s episode proved otherwise.

Maybe a part of healing this is opening a wound like a window and allowing it to stay open until it’s free – no matter how painful it is.

Whatever it is, the one thing I do know is that I am surrounded by goodness, support and love and I have a great path that has led me to many understandings. They key to the power over this is talking about it.

Something is here and like my therapist would say “this is exciting, not exciting that you are going through this, but excited that something is here and this is our guide to healing”


  • ziggy40

    September 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    I can relate to this. It has taken me some time to ‘learn’ to ground! My partner has passed so I need use my puppies, which show unconditional love. I love your T saying, ‘chance to work though and heal..’ Thank you for sharing, I’m sorry there is pain still there, there is hope!,,,lol
    love Ziggy

    1. KarenBeth

      September 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Im sorry to hear about your partner… that is truly sad. Thank you Ziggy… its always nice to see your support 🙂

  • lonistel

    September 27, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I found you through FMF, and I have wandered through numerous of your posts. My heart hurts with you, as I know those nightmares and things of the past that hurt so much, and am thankful we both share the same Great Healer, who will someday wipe all our tears away, and our brokenness will be completely healed. I wish I could give you a personal hug.

    1. KarenBeth

      September 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Hi Lonistel.. thank you for stopping by .. awwwww thank you so much, that means so much to me .. I love hugs, which is weird because years ago I wouldn’t let anyone near me. I guess God is great when it comes to healing in that personal way. thank you for your comment and I appreciate

  • richelle @ “our wright”-ing pad

    September 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    wow… you have an amazing story and attitude towards this hard thing God is walking you through. May He continue to give you grace and courage and good people around you to carry you on those hard days.

    1. KarenBeth

      September 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Thank you Richelle ….. I pray a lot and although sometimes its confusing on why I go through the things I go through, I can only imagine its going to make me stronger. thank you

  • Gel

    September 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I’m sorry you are having these nightmares. But I assume they are coming up because you are ready to heal the deeper stuff. So that is good.
    I’ve had some of this type of dream/emotions coming out in sleep. It’s especially intense when I wake up crying in the deep body-sobbing way.

    About this: “I wonder how much healing can be done in honoring these emotions as something important, rather than something that just feels horrible”.
    I deeply believe that these emotions coming up to be experienced IS the healing process, not just a symbol of something. And yes it feels horrible but this kind of feeling horrible isn’t new adding of trauma, but a releasing of past trauma. (even though I know this, it’s still really hard for me to let it happen, or to create situations where this kind of healing can happen).
    but that is exactly what Re-evaluation Co-counseling is designed for. I think I’ve mentioned it before.

    Fabulous inspiring work you are doing here. Rests and rejuvenation are just as important as facing this hard stuff and leaving the window open.

    1. KarenBeth

      September 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      thank you Gel … that makes me feel a little better .. I am heading to session now and I think we plan to talk more about it today too …

      So you have woken up with that before too? its intense, and for a moment you don’t know why you are crying.. it’s scary at times.

      thank you for your support… I will let you know how it goes

  • lifeconfusions

    September 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I’m very moved by your struggle and your strength to fight it.
    I hope everything works out for you. May you find strength and hope.
    Very good luck with your future!

  • bluecottonmemory

    September 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Lots of good advice here – it spoke to me about those moments I get really down and its like being in a darkness – and I need to ground myself. The only time I’ve woke up crying was when I was little, at my grandmother’s house when I was told I wouldn’t be going home again, that we would live with her. That nightmare and feeling are still powerful today – but that nightmare was all about not being able to go home – it “verbalized” what I couldn’t. Praying that God give you revelation to these dreams and what they mean – because I am a firm believer in dreams oftentimes when they are really vivid being messages from God to help us unravel our challenges.

    1. KarenBeth

      September 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      thank you for stopping by my blog 🙂 and thank you for your comment 🙂 nice to meet you

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