Where does the real worth lie? At the end of the day, when all of the daily struggles have subsided into the background, our minds try to make some sense of it. They will create sense and meaning of our experiences independently of our conscious decisions to do so, because this is what the mind does.
If we try to push it all back from our consciousness by entertaining ourselves through consuming media programs, socializing or taking a nap, when we fall asleep the content we tried to push away comes back through the rich imagery of our subconscious minds and symbols in dreams as an attempt to assimilate this experience into the wholeness of our personality. This process is similar to digesting food. We swallow the food and our digestive system, through the complex mechanism of digestion, takes the nutrients from the food into our blood flow and makes sure that the rest of it goes out of our organism.
Symbols that appear in our dreams are the mind’s way to organize various aspects of daily experiences and personality. Some people have better recollection of their dreams than others, but we all dream. Although, scientists are not completely sure what is their purpose, there is a consensus that dreams help in memory consolidation and emotion processing. “A dream is a small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens up to that primeval cosmic night that was the soul, long before there was the conscious ego.” (C. G. Jung). Art, crafts and day dreaming have similar roles and can help in integrating our experiences and emotion regulation.
Our minds and personalities are much richer than we are aware of. If we take into consideration how worthy each and every experience is, we can make the process of this “psychological digestion” much easier and more interesting. We can find joy in exploring our inner world by accepting the both positive and negative side of our life and honoring every moment with self-reflection, non-judgment and love. This can be done if take just 10 minutes at the end of each day to think back, create a drawing or write a passage in your journal about the passed day. Mind will still work on it during the night and through dreaming, but with less weight and edge.
Our own life worth lies in our hands, and we can choose what we make of it. Dignify each moment with gratitude and by paying attention to it, and your subconscious mind will find its way to the conscious one with more ease.