Martha Beck’s method is borrowed from Carl Jung who asserted that all the symbol s in your dreams are you – parts of you – your subconscious talking to you about you. They are about you and what you believe. They are not necessarily oracles of future telling. The method is very user friendly and I have had successful results using it.
Last night I dreamed I was pitted in battle against a ‘challenger’ in order for me to get to the next level of growth or freedom - something like that - I just ‘knew’ why in my dream. I saw that the challenger was a large male dressed up in intimidating warrior gear, but I was not really afraid, I knew it was more of a skills test for me. There was a square, wood-framed structure in the small arena where we were to do battle. I was using it as a weapon to literally beat my opponent. At some point, having bludgeoned him with the structure several times, to no avail, I remembered Martha’s horse training method. In order to become a Master Coach, she makes her coaches do an exercise with a horse, where the coach must get the horse to follow her without use of a rope, halter, etc..just with the power of inner resolve. This is actually demonstrated on “Finding Sarah” on the OWN network.
So I’m in the midst of trying to defeat my ‘enemy’ and I remember that I just have to lock into my inner resolve and decide. So I do and instantly the guy loses his warrior gear, I throw him to the ground, grasp him by the throat and very clearly tell him to “F” off, this is my turf, I win, so go now.” And that’s the end.
I analyzed all the pieces using the Martha/Carl method, acknowledging that challengers/challenges mask themselves as fear and intimidation and they really are just present to help us get to the ‘next level.’ I also concluded that I can now decide to ‘win’ in my waking life. This is my turf, I win, so all challengers can just ..well, you know. I spent some time with my most vexing “challenges” today. They are not people, people, they are situations, habits, attitudes, beliefs, that kind of thing. I listed them on paper and then one by one, from my locked-into-my-inner-power self (what I like to call “oneness with all thatness”), firmly said the above mentioned words to each of them.
I now expect horses to follow me everywhere.