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10-19-2008, 01:32 AM
I've been raw three days, and I've heard that if you have deep rooted emotional issues, they tend to come to the surface on raw food. Anyway, the last couple nights I've been having some of the most horrible nightmares of my life. I can only assume they are in part due to my dietary change, and deep within, I somehow feel that I am releasing emotions, so I'm pretty certain the diet is releasing bad stuff. But, the problem is getting really scary to deal with...
I am afraid to even go to sleep at night, now. I lie in bed with insomnia, because the dreams are THAT horrible. Anyone else deal with these issues coming up? Are there any good solutions that have helped you? I suffered a lot of emotional trauma in my childhood, and I'm glad I am releasing this stuff, but most of it is so frightening to face that I'm not sure exactly how to calm down and relax anymore...every night since I started this diet...horrible, dreadful night terrors that wake me up in the middle of the night.
I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, but I wonder if some of you have had the same issues, and if so, how you learned to deal with them. My past was very traumatic, so I have a feeling a lot of these issues I am going to have to learn to deal with.
10-19-2008, 05:29 AM
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Raw Angel Mom
10-19-2008, 05:56 AM
Dear James, one book "A new EARTH" by Eckhart Tolle . It teaches you by just feeling the emotion instead of reacting, without trying to analyze, that they will eventually go away. I can speak for myself and it does work. It is like if you feed a fire, the fire will remain but if you let be, the fire will extinguish at some point. Reacting feed the fire, just feeling the physical aspect of the emotion, extinguish it because you aren't accessing your mind.
All those years, you have eat to berry dead emotions, now these emotions are being bring back to surface. This is all good, for they really need to be flushed out from your system.
Also, eating a clearer diet open up your psychic ability, and you can therefore remember your dream better. Our dreams are often a projection of how we feel and this is our subconscious showing us what is going on from a detach point of you. Like an observer instead of being the actor.
I would try to include during this journey perhaps more walk or even consider yoga. Something to help out to release that stuff. Please know that without a doubt that you are already perfect the rest this is only human stuff, don't be afraid to feel your emotions for they aren't you, but this is only a energy waiting to heal and be aligned with your true self.
You are worthy, you are love and loved! The rest is just energy waiting to heal, and you can do this by feeling versus reacting.
Don't believe your past how it made you feel but know who you really are in truth and you certainly deserve to be happy, respected and loved.
Believe in you and you deserve it. Another thing that i did it really help, is to see that scene and pretent to take my power back then forgive all concern. It made me feel peaceful
10-19-2008, 08:42 AM
I had REALLLLY bad nightmares to a point where I was afraid to go to sleep too!!! they go away fast!!! dont quit!
10-19-2008, 08:52 AM
Long-time raw foodist Angela Stokes has an ebook Raw Emotions that's helpful at least when dealing with being raw. Anything further will take lots of self-help and/or counseling.
I found Oprah's audio conversations with Eckhart Tolle easier and more effective than the book. They're available on her website under book club. She has many other helpful audio and video programs. Wayne Dyer is excellent too (in any form).
10-19-2008, 09:51 AM
I understand completely! When I first went raw I thought I was coming unhinged! I went through some very intense emotions.
First, make sure you are eating enough. You will be more grounded if you aren't hungry. If you feel that it is getting too intense, eat a bit more heavy foods like nuts, seeds, avocados, or raw oats. You might like to have a banana and almond milk shake in the evening to ground yourself before bed.
Next, do you have support? Is there someone you can talk to? Family or therapist? Or keep talking here! Many have been through what you are feeling!!
If it appeals to you, try yoga and meditation.
Be very gentle with yourself. You are embarking on a deep inner journey.
I wish you all the very best!
10-19-2008, 09:54 AM
I have been having really lucid dreams, but more prominently are my emotions while im awake. I feel so sensitive lately. My bf has even noticed it's equivalent to PMS. Weird huh? I share your pain. I have also read ET's book. It really is revolutionary! Good-Luck!
10-19-2008, 10:56 AM
also, check out Byron Katie's book called "The Work". Useful emotional processing tools.
10-19-2008, 11:08 AM
I had the same issue just a few days ago...no nightmares though. I just felt so depressed, I was remembering things that I'd shoved up into a drawer in my mind and forgotten. It passes, though. I never get nightmares anymore, haven't for years. When I did, though, I'd just turn my lamp on and read something comforting (like Psalms or Proverbs) until I'm tired, pray, and go back to sleep. Simple, and it worked every time.
10-19-2008, 04:54 PM
These are all some good ideas. Did any of the rest of you have problems crying before the raw food diet? A lot of people here are saying to just feel my emotions, but I do have a problem with blocking them off. I have tried crying several times, but I haven't been able to for the last 8 years, except in a couple VERY RARE circumstances. I'm not sure if raw foods will open me up, but I am hoping. My dad used to beat me whenever I cried, so I learned to block it off. I'm hoping raw foods can help with this.
10-19-2008, 05:30 PM
I just wanted to say I am really sorry that you got beaten for crying.
10-19-2008, 06:18 PM
I could not cry at all before I was raw. I think it was because I was so sad inside that if I started, I wouldn't be able to stop. Also, I was taking anti depressants that made my emotions get stuck. I was not happy, but I couldn't cry. It felt terrible. Take all of this slowly. You will get through it. When we aren't parented well or tenderly enough, we have to learn to nurture ourselves. You will learn how to gently care for yourself in time. I wish you much love and healing. Kendra
10-19-2008, 10:17 PM
So you started crying again? That's great. I'm really hoping to clear up the emotions, as much if not more than the health issues. I can deal with being sick, what I can't deal with is my own personality.
10-19-2008, 10:51 PM
Sorry to hear you're having a hard time - I feel for ya, man. But I think it's all part of the process, not something to be afraid of.
First and foremost, I definitely wanted to second (third, fourth) the previous suggestions that you read Eckhart Tolle's book(s). I think his first one, The Power of Now, is even better than A New Earth, but anything by him you can get your hands on will help. Seriously, he's just amazing (in my humble opinion :) )
For myself, I've found that whenever I heal my body or release physical toxins/fat/nastiness, I also heal and release on an emotional level. The physical and emotional are intimately connected. So when you make a huge physical change like switching to raw, it makes sense to me that you'll experience major emotional "detox" or whatever you want to call it. I think the best thing to do is probably to trust the process - if you trust that switching to raw is the healthiest thing for you to do, physically, then it's probably also the healthiest thing for you to do, emotionally, too. Surround yourself with as much beauty as you can, and trust the process. I'm no expert on this, I'm just beginning, myself. But what I've experienced so far is an opening, awakening. Best to you!!
10-19-2008, 11:04 PM
After reading your OP I thought about my sleep and I was struck with how pleasant my sleep is so I asked myself why and the answer I got was because of the positive influences in my day. When I watch a movie I prefer an uplifting movie instead of a horror movie. I prefer instrumental music with an interesting and relaxing sound rather then rap music. I prefer simple raw foods over recipes. These are examples of my daily choices and I think my life and my sleep are affected by my daily choices. Also I threw my alarm clock away and enjoy natural wake ups now :)
Raw Angel Mom
10-20-2008, 10:42 AM
Ok this is what you do about feeling your emotions.
Example let's say you want to have a cup of coffee, but you decide not to have it. Feel that pain and saddeness inside that the thought of not having it make you feel. Don't try to analyse it but just try to observe the physical sensation inside. You can scan your head see if there is pressure, throat area, heat area, your belly area, etc.... As you sit with this energy, you may have insight of the real source of this saddeness. It is possible that you won't feel anything at first but dont' worry, as soon as you acknowledge what is going on, it will turn off this fire a little more.
Any feeling that occure, just detach and observe them. Your feeling about your dream, just detach and observe it. Sometime, i will ask them what are you to tell me? I may find that i don't feel that i don't deserve to be trusted, then i will talk back with affirmation. I AM TRUST WORTHY!.
This is like an onion and it will pill off gradually. Those emotions are always there until we face them, but not like trying to beat them up (because it fed them) but acknowledging. "Ok here it is". Just know they aren't you, knowing this will help you to just feel them and allow them to heal.
You are doing great and this too shall pass.
10-20-2008, 10:57 AM
Well first of all I would say that to help you to get throug the worse part and help you sleep I would recomend taking Bach flower remedies: rescue remedie. It can be a life saver. It will help you with the fear, toning down the resease of the emotional stuff without supressing it, but relesing it gently and help you relax. You can get it at most health food stores.
I really feel for you, I have been going throug a lot of emotinal stuff for the last couple of months since going raw too. It comes and goes (for me anyway). It can be scarey at first but it will subside quickly. And every time you have been going throug a few days like that you feel such releafe. Emotional detox :)
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