Have you ever been plagued by a recurring dream? If so, you may have found it unsettling, particularly if the dream was not a pleasant one. While you would benefit from always recording and analyzing your dreams, it’s particularly important to pay attention to what a recurring dream is trying to tell you.
What does a recurring dream mean?
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to recurring dreams and what they mean. But there are typically two different reasons you may be having a recurring dream.
Sometimes a recurring dream is intuitive. It could be your intuition trying to tell you about something that is coming up in the future or something that is going on presently that you are not aware of.
Sometimes a recurring dream is a vehicle for healing. For example, if you experienced a recent trauma, or even a trauma from a long time ago, a recurring dream could be your subconscious mind’s way of working through it.
If you’re wondering how to tell the difference between the two, a healing dream will likely become less intense and frequent over time as the healing work occurs. On the other hand, an intuitive dream will continue until you figure out what it’s trying to tell you.
How to analyze a recurring dream
There are a number of steps you can take to analyze a recurring dream. First, you should record any details that you remember about it. It’s best to have a dream journal near your bed so you can write down the details as soon as possible. The longer you wait before writing down the details, the more likely you’re going to forget something that could be important to interpreting the dream. While you can use any type of notebook or paper for this purpose, if the dream journal is attractive to you, you’re more likely to be drawn to it and to write in it.
Another thing you can do when analyzing a recurring dream is compare the dream to what’s currently going on in your life. For example, if the dream is about someone breaking into your home and stealing your belongings, it could relate to a real-world experience you’re having at work in which you believe someone is taking the credit for your work. If you look at your dream and your life side by side, chances are you’ll find some similarities that can help you to delve into the dream.
Understanding the symbols used by your subconscious is another way to analyze your dreams. While some people may go to a dream dictionary to try to figure out what their dream was about, a dream dictionary will never be as accurate as your own intuition. For example, if you’re deathly afraid of spiders and there’s a spider in your dream, then there’s a good chance that your dream is referring to something fearful in your life.
One of the most important things to remember is that if the dream is still recurring, you probably have not totally figured out what it’s trying to tell you.