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Old 12-08-2008, 01:22 PM
Default Recurring Dreams

Recurring Dreams
Recurring Dreams

Ever had the same dream over and over night after night? If so, you have had what is called a recurring dream. They usually occur because of an intense fear or stress taking place in a person’s life. Do you have a big event planned such as a wedding? You may be experiencing cold feet in the manifestation of a recurring dream. Are you an athlete and have a big game coming up? Maybe you are feeling all the pressure is on you and you are afraid of failing. Are you taking a test and failing it every time? Perhaps you are afraid of failing at something significant in your real life. This might also manifest itself in the form of a recurring dream.

Another reason a recurring dream may happen is that you have an irrational fear that has been on your mind lately. Or maybe a not so irrational fear, as the case may be. For example, is it storm season and are you under tornado threats often? You may experience dreams about tornadoes. Perhaps you have a fear of tornadoes and this subject has come up a lot in conversations recently. This may also lead you to have recurring dreams about tornadoes. Remember, tornado dreams are just an example. Your recurring dream could be about anything that you are subconsciously afraid of. This type of recurring dream may not even occur on consecutive nights as other stressors may induce.

Lastly, if you have experienced some sort of psychological trauma you could have recurring nightmares about it. This could be something that happened to you as far back as childhood or something closer to the present. It may be something so painful that your mind tries to repress it. The only problem is that it keeps coming up in your dreams anyway. Therefore, the only way to stop the dreams is to deal with whatever has happened to you in reality instead of in a dream state. However painful it may be, you need to identify what it is that you are suppressing and face it head on. You may need outside help for this and it is alright to visit a counselor or therapist.

In fact, the only way to stop any of the types of recurring dreams from occurring is to find out what is causing your inner anxiety or stress. After you have identified the source, you can begin to work on the problem. See if you can reduce the amount of stress you are under. If it is a fear, see if you can end the fear or lessen the fear by eliminating causes of the fear or finding out how likely your fear is to happen. If you are afraid of tornadoes, find out all you can about them and when they occur. If you are an athlete, reassure yourself that you are ready, that you have practiced enough. If you are getting married, it might be helpful to speak to your fiancé or someone else about what you are experiencing. You may find that you are simply nervous and this is to be expected. In any case, once you have dealt with the causes in reality you should begin to see your recurring dreams either cease altogether or to become less frequent.

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Old 12-22-2008, 09:00 PM

Great article!!! It encourages us to face our issues.
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:54 AM

I had dreams that's always repeating. I always dream of running, that's someone is following me and trying to kill me..
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:28 PM

You may want to check Predator and Chase Dreams thread, too, Selphie! Share the specifics of your dreams and maybe someone can analyze them for you.
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:25 AM

^Oh, yes! Thank you..
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:05 AM

perhaps the reason why they recur is that we haven't really faced our fears, huh?

"After you have identified the source, you can begin to work on the problem. See if you can reduce the amount of stress you are under."

i copied that from paragraph 4. Question: how do you specifically REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STRESS?
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:13 AM

I guess you have to know and understand what stresses you. Try eliminating illogical stressors if possible. For stressful stuff that are unavoidable, learn to cope with them positively. Those steps might help you REDUCE stress.
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:40 AM

based on the article, our dreams keep repeating because of: psych trauma, intense stress and irrational fear.
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Old 12-26-2008, 07:21 PM

Right on, bleak!
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:10 PM
Default Re: Recurring Dreams

I used to think that I never had recurring dreams. But, I was merely looking at the most superficial aspect of dreams, the 'story' in the dream itself. One day it occurred to me that it's not the dream itself that recurs, but the way the dreams play out. The particular situation is always different, but the underlying theme is the same.

I start out walking down a road, or sidewalk, or some other engineered, well-maintained pathway. As I journey down this path, it gradually becomes less maintained, or neat, or clear. I usually then find myself on a dirt path, well worn and clearly heavily traveled, as there's no vegetation growing in the path itself. Soon, the path narrows, and while still clear, it becomes more difficult to travel, with bushes and plants hanging over it.

Then, I start to encounter puddles of water, which at first I can step over, or trudge through. But soon, the path leads into water, or becomes almost impossible to find or follow.

At this point, I discover that I am not only lost, but the way back along the way I came is also hopelessly lost. The dream ends here.

While I've tried to see the obvious conclusions about what the dream means, I have been unable to link it directly to any particular event in my life, other than, perhaps, the overall journey of my life.

My best interpretation is, when you're young, and just starting out in life, the path and course are clear and easy to see. Family, society and religion make the path very clear, at first. But, as you journey through life, and your goals and plans get compromised and changed due to the external forces you can't control, the path becomes more difficult. Eventually, the path vanishes, leaving you without a course.

What I can't make of this is, though I am lost, whether there's any hope of redemption? Is this my acquiescence that there's no hope, or merely my subconscious telling me that I must make my own path, and that the initial course was what led me to this fate? Or maybe that every course can only take you so far before you must blaze your own path? Or, trust in pre-determined pathways always leads you to a dead end? Maybe I can't see the wood for the trees, and there's a simpler explanation than I'm seeing??
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