Happiness Is A Process
Happiness is the experience of being alive and knowing life to be beautiful. "I feel it in my body," said a trauma survivor. This person had felt the pain of being physically and sexually abused. Their body had gone numb and at times felt dead. "Now, I feel the change of seasons, the shifting light, different scents in the air. I'm alive. I'm happy."
She went on to say, "Happiness is my life process. It's always in the works and I'm always working on it." Dream material depicted her, the dreaming ego, as shoveling through the debris of the day. Each day she would discover a luminescent stone. They were natural stones such as lapis, turquoise, agate.
Natural stones symbolize facets of psychic life. In general, they emphasize consciousness, the discovery of soul and soulfulness. They are the philosopher’s stone or the pearl of great price, symbols of wisdom and psychic treasure.
As a trauma survivor, this woman learned that happiness is possible. She knew trauma, emotional drama, day-to-day ups and downs that seemed unending. Well being was a new discovery. Dreams symbolized it as the discovery of stones.
Trauma survivors, those who’ve done psychic work and are growing, are spiritual people. They are earnest souls with a determined desire to get well. Working their way out of meaningless suffering is their priority. Trauma survivors who are healing learn that healing and happiness is a process. In the words of C.G. Jung trauma survivors in the process of healing learn to "direct libido toward things and people and to render them alive and beautiful."