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Recurring dreams?

post #1 of 21
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Hey all,
I was wondering if any of you have recurring dreams, and if so what are they about? Last night I had the same dream I've had what seems like dozens of times, to the point now that I'm aware that I'm in the recurring dream as its happening.
In the dream, I am walking down the street that I lived on about 15 years ago, walking past a convenience store, when a man walks out of the store with a gun in his hand and begins following me. I nonchalantly quicken my pace a little to try to reach my house without drawing too much of his attention, but when I look back, he keeps getting closer, and each time I look back there are more and more people following him, pursuing me. When I'm just about to reach the entrance of my complex, a shot rings out and I fall forward. I don't feel any pain, but I keep my eyes closed out of fear (and denial) that I'd just been shot. Before I open my eyes, a chorus of hundreds of gunshots ring out, and I feel my body doing little jerks as each bullet hits me. I still feel no pain, but now keep my eyes closed simply because I don't want to see the macabre of the wounds. Each time I have the dream I contemplate getting up to run, or at least opening my eyes to see if others are shooting, and at whom, but I always tell myself to wake up before I ever get a chance to.
Not the most pleasant dream in the world I know, but I've had it so many times I had to share it. Your turn!
post #2 of 21
I'd have to say the most common recurring dream for me is that of a falling sensation that causes me to wake up with a jolt. Hahaha
post #3 of 21
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I'd have to say the most common recurring dream for me is that of a falling sensation that causes me to wake up with a jolt. Hahaha
yeah, i have one of those every two months or so
post #4 of 21
I had a falling out with a friend about 4 years ago. When I was a bit younger I used to house sit for him.

I have had--and these are obviously only the dreams I remember--close to 20 dreams in which I start out either in his house or stealthily entering his house, only to have him return in the middle of the night to catch me there. Very often it is only when he returns (many times with his wife) that I realize that we had the falling out, and that I shouldn't be there. The awkwardness that comes is usually nearly unbearable. Sometimes the police are involved, sometimes we talk and try to work things over, sometimes other scenarios play out. Interestingly, there are times when the dream house closely resembles his real home, but more often they are very, very different. Fortunately, about six or seven months ago I stopped having these dreams (as far as I can remember).

I used to suffer from night terrors as a child. They would often come when I had a fever, and I had a tall wooden bureau with light wood and very dark spots on it. You have no idea how terrified I was of that closet during those nightmares. Often, in combination with the night terrors, I would dream of a train speeding along in a dark landscape. It would enter a tunnel, and I could see that a huge plate of red hot metal blocked the tracks. The train would invariably crash into the plate. If that isn't bad enough for a 3- or 4-year-old, these dreams were also accompanied by a simple dream of just a huge pendulum swinging in complete darkness. Tick, tock, tick, tock. It was seriously horrifying.

My parents divorced when I was younger. It was a fairly typical divorce, and my dad was and is a very gentle person. But during that time I experienced a recurring dream (nightmare?) of my younger brother and I standing just outside the third floor bathroom, watching my dad flush my mom down the toilet.

My childhood dream life sucked!

It is my thought (especially after experiencing the first dream I mentioned so many times) that recurring dreams are the psyche's way of dealing with emotionally intense unfinished business.
post #5 of 21
I used to have the falling dream a lot, except I didn't always wake up in time. My body actually hits the ground and bounces. I try to move, but I think everything is broken. I can't even open my eyes. Hard to breathe. No pain. Silence. Dark. Am I dead?

Recently I had the opposite of the falling dream. The dream starts out that I've somehow gained the power to fly, and it's cool so far. Then the higher I go the less control I have about where I am going. I go higher. And higher. Until I can't control anything anymore and I just start drifting off. I try to come back down. I can see my house growing smaller and smaller. The street. The city. The country. The planet. Then the panic. I just want to go home. Darkness. Nothingness. I'm completely alone and have no control. Is this worse than death?

And then there's the dream about drowning. The water feels so cool. The waves move me gently. I'm tired and just don't fight anymore. I start to sink into it and and feel my body being carried off. I might be dying. I don't care. I take a deep breathe. My heart speeds up and I know I should be panicking. I should be fighting for my life. But nothing hurts and I'm too tired. And the water still feels so good. I fall further. Inhale again. Further down. I'm dying. And I don't care.

Um. I think I've shared enough.
post #6 of 21
why do you guys have such vivid dreams? mine are just random blobs of ******** from tv and the internet, mashed together with profanity and whatever the last thing i read on the internet was. it's really disturbing, like some murderer's nightmare. i hate going to sleep because i know that i'm going to have a dream that goes like this:

we go on a class field trip to bikini bottom. we run over gary and spongebob sues the school. a mildly autistic kid is lost and we find him coming out of the water (yes, water under water) with patrick. they're ok. i was good on the field trip so i get a sticker, except it's a sticker bigger than the bus so i have to stay back.

that was when i was younger; now it's even worse, since the profanity and whatever the last thing i read on the internet was. sometimes my dreams go into infinite loops, like i fall down then i bounce back up and keep going, and going, and going, high into the stratosphere, never coming down. we get stuff like that mixed with headphones and pokemon and geddy lee and chicks and you've got a reason to see the psychiatrist.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Thelonious Monk View Post
why do you guys have such vivid dreams? mine are just random blobs of ******** from tv and the internet, mashed together with profanity and whatever the last thing i read on the internet was. it's really disturbing, like some murderer's nightmare. i hate going to sleep because i know that i'm going to have a dream that goes like this:

we go on a class field trip to bikini bottom. we run over gary and spongebob sues the school. a mildly autistic kid is lost and we find him coming out of the water (yes, water under water) with patrick. they're ok. i was good on the field trip so i get a sticker, except it's a sticker bigger than the bus so i have to stay back.

that was when i was younger; now it's even worse, since the profanity and whatever the last thing i read on the internet was. sometimes my dreams go into infinite loops, like i fall down then i bounce back up and keep going, and going, and going, high into the stratosphere, never coming down. we get stuff like that mixed with headphones and pokemon and geddy lee and chicks and you've got a reason to see the psychiatrist.
When I overstimulate myself on something (marathon anime session, week-long Counterstrike binge) my dreams tend to get disrupted the way you are describing. I recommend a long walk in the woods, and less contact with image media.
post #8 of 21
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When I overstimulate myself on something (marathon anime session, week-long Counterstrike binge) my dreams tend to get disrupted the way you are describing. I recommend a long walk in the woods, and less contact with image media.
last time i went camping, replace video games and tv with bears. it has been like this as long as i can remember, even when i was a little kid and did nothing but play with legos. the only dreams i have that lack all of the randomness are nightmares, to be honest, those are fairly consistent.

also, regarding the jerking sensation: that happens to my knees too, out of nowhere. i will lie awake listening to music and start to drift off. then my knees will jerk and my ipod with fly into my face. very annoying, anyone know what causes this?
post #9 of 21
Can't go into details here, but mine involve Natalie Portman, Janine Turner, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Audrey Hepburn, Liv Tyler, Katie Holmes (the de-programed version), Maura Tierney (sometimes, when I go to sleep after eating fried foods, she disturbingly gets replaced with Maury Povich - not good), Tia Carrere, Phoebe Cates, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Michelle Kwan, Sigourney Weaver, Heather Graham, Anastacia Newkirk, Alyssa Milano, Mena Suvari, Ashley Judd, Denise Richards (after being sanitized by USAMRIID), Laetitia Casta, and Ernest Borgnine.

PM me if you want the skinny on what happens.
post #10 of 21
i am in a room with as much high-end gear as one could imagine and an unlimited supply of music, but the only headphones I can find among the endless pieces of equipment are stock i-buds and even then the left channel is a little off.

a nightmare for sure.
post #11 of 21
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Can't go into details here, but mine involve Ernest Borgnine. PM me if you want the skinny on what happens.
Ernest Borgnine? I'll pass on the skinny...

I used to dream I was in a warehouse district at night, a night that never ended. The place was flat, the buildings were all alike, tall and gaunt, and the streets went on forever. It was always cold, and dark, and wet. In the dream, I had been there forever...

Laz
post #12 of 21
found e500 under my bed, in a dream
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Samgotit View Post
Can't go into details here, but mine involve Natalie Portman, Janine Turner, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Audrey Hepburn, Liv Tyler, Katie Holmes (the de-programed version), Maura Tierney (sometimes, when I go to sleep after eating fried foods, she disturbingly gets replaced with Maury Povich - not good), Tia Carrere, Phoebe Cates, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Michelle Kwan, Sigourney Weaver, Heather Graham, Anastacia Newkirk, Alyssa Milano, Mena Suvari, Ashley Judd, Denise Richards (after being sanitized by USAMRIID), Laetitia Casta, and Ernest Borgnine.

PM me if you want the skinny on what happens.
For a second there I was having dream envy. I was still almost kind of with you at Maury Povich, but Sigourney Weaver put a nail in that coffin.
post #14 of 21
A weird kind of dream I used to have a lot in high school - I guess when hormones were raging and all - is that some guy-friend would kiss me, and it would be REALLY real. Now here's the zinger (and why it's tottally postable here) - the kiss is always REALLY bad. In the dream I'm thinking "OMG that's horrible! Bleh!" So it's not a turn-on dream. It's a turn-off dream. It feels so real (and gross) that I wonder for the rest of the day if he's really that awful, and usually pitty his gf.

That's a waste of good dream-time if you ask me. Why would my mind do that to me, have me kiss some guy only to make it bad?

One that used to have a lot when I first moved here, and is still a recurring theme from time to time is a lot like the OP's post, only it's a bit more of a surprise, one shooter, usually we're (my husband is usually with me) lost on a slightly familiar street or something. The gun aims at me and fires and I feel my life slipping away... and then I wake up.

I also have that recurring theme of a dream about an ex-friend, where the friendship had no closeure and we were really close. Sometimes the plot is that she's done some wrong to me, or often the dream has some typical silly dream-plot as meshed together from tv and such, and she's in the main cast of characters. Then I wake up and realize I don't know that person anymore nor would she want to know me.

Sometimes I have recurring theme of something happening to Pixie and/or her flock. Like the weird one when we were in the country, then in a boat on a river and suddenly Dottie and Kira were covered in ticks. It's never as severe as death, it's usually that my husband and I have screwed up bigtime somehow.

Then there's the one where I'm walking on a sidewalk and my foot slides off... and the good ole leg-twitch happens. We all get that or the falling dream.

Sometimes I dream about what will happen the next day, and it's something Penn & Teller would rightfully call BS on, but it's always been exact.
post #15 of 21
Good dreams are much harder to wake up from..

Eg. dreaming of making up with someone you broke up with
over. and over. and over.
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