a recurring dream that I have about abandonment. about being given up by someone - my mother, my brother, my wife, my children - in the dream a person who is intimately and emotionally connected to me leaves me for someone else.
i hit them with anger.
i throw things, and as i throw things i have a sense of myself as a child and all that i have carried from that time.
vulnerable. powerless. inadequate. unworthy.
my intuitive sense is that the "other" person constitutes the world.
it is also my sense that i have worked very hard to earn acceptance from the world. that i make every effort to earn this acceptance through my work, my behaviours, and through my self-deprecating attitude towards my apparent self.
it is there. it is associated with me. it has damaged me.
it is my perception of the perceptions of the world towards me that i strike out at. it is my own idea of what constitutes 'acceptance' from the world that i have worked towards. it is an empty game.
because 'the world' only exists as a construct of ideas in me that i need in order to give my self context and form.
it is my self that even now i am trying to accept.
and so the fight is between my outer (perceived) and inner (actual) selves.