Recurring Dreams

What are recurring dreams and why do we have them? Dreams are a necessary part of our emotional development and personal growth, providing us with insightful messages on how to conduct our waking lives. However, if we fail to receive the messages that our dreams are trying to convey to us, they are often repeated until we do take notice of them.

Why do Dreams Recur?

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Jane Teresa Anderson gives an excellent explanation of why we have the same dreams over and over again in her book, Dream Alchemy: The Ultimate Guide to Interpreting your Dreams: Your dreams recur when you keep coming up against the same old blocks or issues without resolving them. Recurrent dreams mean you are stuck, repeating, can’t get past go. Jane says, ’Your dreams show you are stuck, stuck, stuck … so something needs to change, change, change.’

Dreams that recur therefore reflect problems that something in our waking life has 'triggered' in our subconscious mind. If you read the signs correctly, the dream can tell you what stage you've reached in resolving the problem, or if you've made any progress at all.

How to Stop Recurrent Dreams

The following example of a recurrent dream comes from our dream forum:

'One of my recurrent dreams is walking up a road... always the same road, but with lots of different twists and turns in different dreams. Sometimes the path is really narrow, sometimes I go up hills or down valleys. Sometimes I have to cross a bridge or come to a crossroads and don't know which way to turn. Funny thing is that I have no idea where this road is leading. I've never reached my destination.'

This dream represents the journey of life and isn't an unpleasant one, but if you do want to stop a frightening or disturbing recurrent dream, a head-on confrontation with your dream can be a good thing. Your dream is telling you something about yourself that you don't want to hear, so it's probably a good time to be listening!

To stop thesedreams you have to understand the symbols so that you can interpret what your subconscious mind is trying to tell you. Good questions to ask yourself about these dreams are,

• What are the symbols in your recurring dream and what do they mean to you?

• What were the challenging moments that you experienced in the past two days? Where did you feel stuck, annoyed, uncomfortable or upset?

• What needs to change?

If you keep notes about your recurring dreams and incidents in the days leading up to them in your dream journal, a pattern will eventually emerge. It is important to enter recurring dreams in your Dream Diary with particular care. Record every detail every time you have the same dream, paying special attention to any subtle variations in it. If carefully observed, the details will help you to understand more about the dream each time it occurs.

Once you’re able to name the issues, you can make the necessary changes in your waking life. This will free you to move on to new adventures in the dream world!

Related Posts

* Dream Facts

* Dream Symbols

* Nightmares in Adults

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