Thank you for being here for us. In my dreams I often awaken calling out names of people I know, screaming, “Stop,” or “No,” or “Go Away,” or “Stop Hurting Me,” or actually punching my husband’s arm/shoulder. The dream settings always begin pleasantly, either moving into a lovely new home, or visiting a beautiful place, sometimes buying a new car, but as each dream progresses, the house is burgled, or someone is attempting to break-in, the beautiful place becomes a dark jungle, usually full of venomous snakes, or the new car is stolen. I do have a lot of stress in my work life now, and the new management (soon to be replaced) cannot be trusted, and is often abusive. But these dreams have been a part of my life much longer than the current work setting. In a dream that I was able to work through previously, I was always protecting my family from invading monsters/aliens during the night. I have been working with Christian counselors, and have achieved the wonderful release of my severe co-dependencies with my family. I value your input, and any direction, or resource will be greatly appreciated.
Dear Dreamer, The dreams may be suggesting that whenever you are facing stress in everyday life, your subconscious mind goes on “overload” because of all of the stress that it is already dealing with. In other words, there still may be some unresolved issues from the past that are being held inside and part of you just can’t take any more. If this is the case, then I would recommend seeing some kind of regression therapist who can take you back to the issues and enable you to deal with them from your adult perspective. Good luck to you.
I am a 23-year-old female who is in a serious relationship. My boyfriend and I live together and are talking about marriage in the future. He is very loving and attentive and an incredible boyfriend. I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder about 9 months ago and am on Zoloft (taken daily) and Valium (taken during anxiety attacks). Within the last year it seems that I don't have any dreams except nightmares. I have them about 5 times per week and usually wake up crying or with great anxiety. Generally my entire day after one of these nightmares is consumed with the feeling that the dream actually happened. Most of the dreams are in some way or another about him. Either that he is being unfaithful or that he has abandoned me. Occasionally the dreams are of tornadoes or death/abandonment in my family. The emotions that I have with them are incredibly real and intense and last for most of the day. Is this normal? I have not been able to sleep lately because I get so nervous when I lie down knowing that I will probably be experiencing some awful feeling all night long. Then in turn when I do sleep it is restless and half awake/half dreams. What can I do to stop this? It’s making me crazy! Thanks for your help and advice.
Dear Dreamer, The dreams may essentially be about your own emotional turmoil (symbolized by the tornadoes) as well as your own insecurities about your personal self-worth (symbolized be having your boyfriend repeatedly abandon you). The dreams are not happening to make you feel crazy, instead they are happening because these unresolved issues are within you and need to be healed. I would highly recommend that you visit a professional hypnotherapist and be regressed to whatever situation in your life is responsible for your feelings of anxiety and insecurity. Once the situation is healed from your adult perspective, the dreams (as well as the waking anxiety) should cease.
One of my friends has a dream that continues to repeat itself but gets worse and worse each time. It’s actually of him getting crucified. I'm wondering what kind of significance this has, if any?
Dear Dreamer, The dream is simply suggesting that something is occurring in the dreamer’s life that is “killing,” “crucifying,” or “harming” him in some way. In other words, there is something going on at home, at work, in a relationship, or in his mind (e.g. worries) that is causing him a great deal of pain and personal torture. Evidently, the dream will continue to repeat itself until he deals with whatever is bothering him in waking life.
My stepdaughter has dreamt of being sold to a man for $1000 an hour – she reports of having to do “gross sex stuff” during these dreams. She has also talked of a needle with a yellow liquid being shot into her arm. She has been very detailed about the man and the other men involved, and how some of this takes place during a film, where they are in an orgy type situation. What is troubling is that this girl is only 10-years-old.
Dear Dreamer, Obviously something is definitely bothering and even controlling this little girl. Assuming that the information really is a dream, then it suggests that she feels like she is being controlled, manipulated and perhaps even abused because she is a girl. It’s also possible that this child has experienced some kind of abuse that is filtering through her dream imagery. The yellow substance in her veins suggests that she has given a lot of thought (e.g. associated with the color yellow) to whatever it was that is bothering her. Another possibility is that the child is only saying she has had these dreams in an effort to place some distance and/or protection between herself and whatever happened to make her feel helpless, controlled and victimized. Whatever the cause of this imagery, I think you need to find a way to get this child to speak up to you and/or someone you can trust about whatever is really bothering her.
Last night, I had a very long and weird dream. I was hoping you could tell me what it means. It started off at Wal-Mart. Me, my husband, and my daughter were sitting in the food area when, all of a sudden, we felt the ground shake and heard a loud noise. An announcement came over the intercom that terrorists were attacking and we should take cover immediately. So we started running through the store passing all these women who were crying. For some reason, I stop and ask a woman why she is crying and she says, “Everyone is dying.” At this point, my husband and daughter are no longer with me so I run outside looking for them. I see my cousin driving by in a jeep so I jump on the back of it. As were driving down the street, there are terrorists dressed in khaki clothes running everywhere. I become very frightened. Finally, we come to some little trailer out in the middle of this big, huge field. On my way into this trailer, I see army men dressed in camouflage, running around shooting these terrorists. Once inside, I find my husband along with Ashton Kutcher (famous actor). I become very excited to see Ashton and we start talking. Then I see my husband run up to some girl who walks in and start kissing her. I run up to him, screaming, “What are you doing?” He looks at me and tells me that he doesn’t want to be with me anymore and just walks away with this girl. I’m feeling very sad and confused when Ashton walks up and comforts me. He takes my hand and we walk outside into this tunnel.
Dear Dreamer, In brief, the dream suggests that you may be in the midst of some kind of personal “earthquake” (e.g. change or unexpected happening) in your life. In all likelihood, this earthquake deals with your personal relationships, your career, or your own life’s direction. The fact that everyone is “dying” can symbolize that everything is changing. The imagery associated with your getting on the back of the jeep with your cousin could indicate that whatever your cousin has recently experienced is something you are experiencing as well – in this respect, you are following behind this individual. The army men could be associated with help you receive from an unknown or unexpected source in regards to this situation. Ashton (the actor from “That 70s Show”) can be symbolic of a new relationship or someone going out with an individual of vastly different ages. The scene with your husband suggests that the two of you may need to sit down and talk about your relationship, your hopes for the future, and even any communication issues that may be occurring in the present. I hope that helps.
I used to be beat when I was younger by my boyfriends – that was like three years ago. I haven’t been beat since but I am having nightmares where one of them beats me unconscious. While unconscious, I can still see everything. I am rushed to the hospital where I eventually die. I wake up just after I hear the heart monitor flat-line. What does this mean? I usually wake up with tears and if I ever have the dream around friends they say I am impossible to wake up and say things like “I’m sorry” and “Stop!” Any help would be very appreciated.
Dear Dreamer, The dreams could be indicating that there is still a tendency within you to be willing to put up with anything to have a relationship, in part because you are still having issues with self-esteem. In other words, because this experience happened to you in the past, you may really need to seek professionally therapy in order to prevent it from happening again. Therefore, please consider seeking out a counselor who might be able to give you guidance on what to do about this issue. That said, the dream could also be indicating that you essentially let yourself go unconscious and perhaps even cease to exist when you are in a relationship with others. Again, the issue seems to be one of self worth and self esteem. I hope that helps.
I had a disturbing dream last night that woke me up. In my dream I was with a guy that I used to have a sexual relationship with years ago. We were together and I'm not sure if we were kissing but I noticed my throat hurt like he had stuck his finger down my throat. Then he was trying to force me to turn over like he was going to have sex with me. I was terrified and fought him. Then I woke up. I have to say that sexual abuse has been a part of my past. Can you tell me what this dream means? It was very disturbing.
Dear Dreamer, In the same way that you were victimized by sexual abuse years ago, the dream seems to be suggesting that you are being “victimized” in the present. The fact that your throat hurts could be symbolic of being victimized verbally or feeling like someone is controlling your willpower. The imagery shows you having a forced relationship with someone you used to like, suggesting that something your were once attracted to has become overpowering to the extent that you are hoping to get away from it. This might apply to work, home, or another personal relationship.
I have dreams about my son drowning, my mother being shot, stabbed and drowned, and also my brothers being beaten to death or shot/stabbed by gangsters. These dreams started about 4 months ago. About 6 months ago I gave my son up for adoption and my mother thinks since giving him up I feel guilty. I really want to know what they mean because I don’t get any sleep and I have to wake up early in the morning and I usually sleep at school. Please help me figure out my dreams and tell me what they mean.
Dear Dreamer, Your mother is probably right. All of the dreams are suggestive of internal conflict, especially as it relates to members of your own family. Even if you are at peace with the decision to give your baby up for adoption – giving him the possibility of a great future – the dreams could be suggesting that you may not be at peace with your family OR members of your family may not be at peace with your decision. You may wish to search for support groups for birth mothers who have given their children up for adoption, such as: http://www.birthmother.com. Good luck to you.
I feel the need to tell you about a series of dreams I am experiencing that are recurring and are terrifying me. I have dreams of an evil demonic entity that is trying to get me. I sometimes wonder if it really is a dream because they are so vivid and real. In the dreams, I can’t see it but I sense it. It feels like a male because of its power and meanness. I’m usually in a house and it lives in the walls. In one dream the wall moved in and out, like if it breathed. In another dream it grabbed me and tried to drag me into the sink. In the latest dream, I was talking to my sister’s husband and a couple whom I did not know and on my right hand side I saw my daughter. We were all sitting down and all of a sudden I sensed my neighbors leaving their homes and running to the street. At that moment the entity grabbed my shirt and I blocked it with my hand. Next I was lifted to the ceiling of my house and I was trying to fight it and tell it to let me go and to calm down. When these dreams happen, I am so terrified that I cannot go back to sleep for a long time and I spend the next half hour praying and asking God to protect me and my family. What do I do to get rid of this entity from appearing in my dreams? Thanks!
Dear Dreamer, Let’s approach your experience from the perspective of both a dream as well as an experience in heightened consciousness. If it’s a dream, then it may be suggesting that there is some part of your self that you don’t want to deal with and you keep ignoring but is becoming harder and harder for you to ignore. This part of self might be some aspect that you don’t know how to deal with, some part that you are trying to run away from or something that has been problematic for you that you keep suppressing rather than dealing with in a straightforward manner. Therefore from the dream perspective, the way to get rid of the “entity” is to once and for all deal with the issue in waking life. On the other hand, if it’s an experience in heightened consciousness, then it is suggesting that somehow you may have inadvertently opened yourself up to a discarnate entity or influence that has found a way to interact with your consciousness in the dream state. If this is the case, then Edgar Cayce would recommend such things as a chiropractic adjustment, proper nutrition, working with prayer and surrounding yourself with a white light of protection – all ways in which you can help yourself “close down” psychically.