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Who has nightmares?

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Everyone can have a nightmare because everyone dreams!

I have learned from my study at the School of Metaphysics in the U.S., that nightmares are a common experience for many people-this state of oppression or feeling of suffocation that happens in the dream state, which is usually accompanied by a feeling of intense anxiety, fear, or Horror. My Dream Class instructor at the College of Metaphysics, Dr. Barbara Condron has been researching and interpreting dreams with the SOM since 1975. In her book Dreamer's Dictionary she says nightmares are "repeated messages from the subconscious mind that have gone unheeded." The good news is that once the dreamer receives and understands the dream, the nightmares cease.

Dream interpretation is what led me to the SOM's course of study. I used to have nightmares often as a child. Now that I've been a student for almost 4 years, I rarely have nightmares. Nightmares, and in fact all dreams, are symbolic messages from the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind can be looked at like a good friend who is telling you information that is pertinent for you to understand. When it is a nightmare, then is it like your best friend yelling at you to bring your attention to the life lessons you are avoiding.

The last nightmare I had was about a car wreck. Upon waking up, I judged the dream as being a "bad" dream. I went to a teacher, worried, and upon interpreting it I realized the message wasn't at all negative like I had thought. SOM teaches dream interpretation through the Universal Language of Mind, the language of the Subconscious mind. This language teaches dream interpretation symbolically, as opposed to literally, and works with the "form and function" of the symbols. A car's function is to move us forward. Since the car was out of control, this reflected how I was directing myself. The dream was telling me I felt out of control, and that I needed to take better care of myself by being self-directed and not relying on other people to direct me. The message came as a nightmare at that time because I had known about the need to be more self-directed but had yet listened to myself and applied self-direction.

This experience helped remind me of how thankful I am of knowing the symbolic meaning of dreams. I've heard stories of people doing extreme things prompted by nightmares they interpreted literally, such as: a woman who didn't drive for 16 years after having a car-wreck in her dream, or a woman kicking her husband out of their room after having a dream he cheated on her. Dreams have a deeper meaning than the face value. There is much freedom and relief that can come through aligning with this truth.

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