Why Do Some Dreams Recur?
Most dreams contain messages that serve to teach you something about yourself. However, soon after you wake up to go about your daily routine, you tend to quickly forget what you dream about. The message in recurring dreams may be so important and/or powerful that it refuses to go away. The frequent repetition of such dreams forces you to pay attention and confront the dream. It is desperately trying to tell you something. Such dreams are often nightmarish or frightening in their content, which also helps you to take notice and pay attention to them.
Recurring dreams are quite common and are often triggered by a certain life situation, transitional phase in life or a problem that keeps coming back again and again. These dreams may recur daily, once a week, or once a month. Whatever the frequency, there is little variation in the dream content itself. Such dreams may be highlighting a personal weakness, fear, or your inability to cope with something in your life – past or present.
The repetitive patterns in your dream reveal some of the most valuable information about yourself. It may point to a conflict, situation or matter in your waking life that remains unresolved or unsettled. Some urgent underlying message in your unconscious is demanding to be understood.
Overcoming Recurring Dreams
Following are some tips to help you in overcoming your recurring dreams.
1. To start to understand your recurring dream, you must be willing to accept some sort of change or undergo a transformation.
2. You need to look within yourself and confront whatever you may find no matter how difficult it may be.
3. Look at the dream from an objective point of view. Try to get pass the emotional and reactive elements of the dream and get down to the symbolic images. Often times, dreams are masked by elements that are disturbing, thus preventing you to delve any deeper. This is a defense mechanism that your unconscious is putting up.
4. Each and every time you have a recurring dream, write it down in great detail. Look for any subtle variations. These variations are the most significant as it indicates that you are one step closer to understanding why the dream recurs.
5. Pay attention to what is going on in your waking life when you have these recurring dreams. You may start to notice a pattern.
6. Be patient. Do not get discourage if these dreams still recur even after you thought you have come to understand them.
7. Learn to accept yourself truly and fully.
Once you discover what your recurring dream is trying to tell you, these dreams will change or altogether disappear.