Most of us have had, at one time or another, a dream that returns. These recurring dreams tell us a lot about where we are emotionally, and typically address old fears or issues that we have not yet dealt with.
Some recurring dreams stay with us from childhood, and others may just stay while we’re in a particular situation. For instance, if you are in a difficult situation, such as an unfulfilling job or marriage, you may have recurring dreams about leaving that situation until you do, actually, leave that situation. The dreams may have been messages to move on, and once you did, they were no longer necessary.
In adults, the recurring dream may be drawing our attention to an area of stress or growth that we are ignoring in our waking life. Often these dreams are unsettling, if not downright frightening, and we may awaken feeling anxious or upset.
Children also experience these types of dreams and frequently have recurring dreams due to their emotional growth and development. In some recurring dreams, such as dreams of flying, children may be experiencing increased independence. However, if the dreams are frightening, there may be a stress that the child is unable to cope with on their own.
“That children have bad dreams and nightmares is to be expected. A recurring nightmare, on the other hand, is like a wound never attended to or a problem never dealt with.” Denyse Beaudet ~ Dreamguider.
Recurring dreams do not need to be identical to be considered a recurring dream. You may dream that you’re driving a car, and lose control on an icy road. You may later dream that you are on a motorcycle, lose control, and go over the edge of a cliff, or are on a train that speeds out of control. The theme of losing control is what is recurring, and not necessarily the location or the objects in the dream.
Recurring dreams can usually be stopped by thoroughly analyzing the dream. Write down your dream in your dream journal, and then take time to study each aspect of the dream. If a dream is particularly disturbing or difficult to interpret, you may want to consult with a professional.
“Recurring dreams usually stop when the issue they are addressing is resolved…” Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Dreamwork for the Soul.
Recurring dreams happen because the sub-conscious mind has something very important to share. When we can understand the symbols used by our sub-conscious, we tap into that vast resource of support and wisdom, and allow ourselves the experience of insight and healing.
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