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As a child I had once lost my way when out on a holiday with my family. Though I was able to find my way back to the hotel we were staying with some difficulty. The crowd in the market place and the fear left behind some scars. Over the years I kept having recurrent nightmares of getting lost.
When i grew older I realised that the nightmare kept coming again and again as the fear was deep rooted in my sub conscious mind. I made up my mind to confront my fear and slept feeling confident that I can handle getting lost, and was able to put an end to the nightmare.
Face your deepest fears confront them rather than running away the nightmares will cease to trouble your sleep
By trying to understand them. Sometimes I can turn my nightmares around if they do not make logical sense. Like a two headed shark. I can instantly stop my nightmare as my dreams are mostly like movies where I am just watching for the fun of the show.
A nightmare gave me an idea for an art project once. Since then I've just been ignoring nightmares. If I don't think too much into it, the nightmare loses its power over me. However, if it's a nightmare based on the reality of your guilt, then maybe you need to confront your reality to make the guilt go away so the nightmares go away also. Sometimes dreams try telling you things that you want to ignore because they know we can be stubborn. However, when all else fails, my faith in the dream catcher still remains.
I rarely have nightmares but if it is a particularly scary one, I force myself to go back into the dream and face whatever it is that scared me. I know it sounds weird but it works. Do it right when you wake up so the dream and feelings of the dream are still fresh. Lay back, clothes your eyes and relive it. Now, take the power and make the dream go how you want it to.
Someone chasing you? Go back and and turn on them and chase them away. Etc.
Falling from a high place Go back in the dream and this time when you fall, fly or have a parachute.
You get the idea.
I view all dreams as providing me important information from my unconscious. I view nightmares as a backfiring to the dreaming process showing me that I am either under a great deal of stress in my waking life or I have ignored an important issue and my dreams are now "screaming" for my attention.
A nightmare is usually so unpleasant because it is pushing us to confront what we would rather not address. When I have a nightmare, I try to get past the anxieties and fears within the dream and attempt to understand what the message is. The nightmare will usually contain important symbols that indicate where I am having an issue.
Overall, I see nightmares as prompting me to address a problem in a different way. When I make a change in my waking life to address the problem, the nightmare tends to resolve itself.
It can be hard to identify what you are ignoring or repressing! If I am struggling to identify what I am not addressing, I attempt to resolve the story of the nightmare. For example, if I am dreaming of running away from a monster, I will visualize this scene of the nightmare and visualize myself confronting the monster instead of running away. This will either change my nightmare if it recurs or it will help me identify what I am running from in my waking life.
I rarely have nightmares. . .no, I can't say that. . . I have had some incidences.
But I pray them out.
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