Suddenly you are at your desk scrambling to find you pencil to write your exam, you break out in a cold sweat as its only a matter of time before you have to hand in your paper. The clock is is ticking as you only have ten minutes to complete and you just started writing the test. Your heart is pumping, and hands are numb knowing you are going to fail the test.
Does this dream sound familiar? Recurring dreams are extremely common that can span over a short or long period in your lifetime. These dreams can manifest as far back from your childhood or randomly emerge as an adult. The unpredictable nature of a recurring dream may occur weekly, once a month, or even several times a year.
Believe it or not you may have experienced a particular dream dozens of times before it finally rattles you out of your bed at night. The reason why it appears to be more vivid and intense because your dream desperately wants your attention. In essence this dream becomes your monthly reminder that you are still ignoring something in your life that is causing an unbalance.
Stopping a recurring dream from happening is a fun challenge because you have a chance to tackle your inner demons head on. Are you up for the challenge? I can guarantee you once you decode your dream you will take one big weight off your back. You might even want to explore deeper to the unconscious parts of your mind as you are now at the tip of the iceberg.
Common Recurring Dreams
- Taking a test at school,
- Trying to catch a flight at an airport,
- Car or plane crashes,
- Falling, chased or teeth dreams,
- Apocalyptic dreams;
How To Stop Recurring Dreams
Step 1: Befriend Your Nightmare
As unusual as this sounds your recurring dream is actually trying to help you if you choose to listen. It acts as if its your own free personal wise friend or psychologist trying to show you something you are blatantly ignoring in life.
Brushing off your dream only encourages your unconscious to take you out of soft ball and bring you to the big leagues. The theme of your recurring dream will only become darker, the mood and atmosphere anxious, and every object becomes more vivid. You are now a puppet being pulled on the strings of your fears and insecurities.
Article: How To Befriend Your Unconscious Mind
Sun Tzu was a writer and philosopher once said that “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles”. This applies to your recurring dream in order to understand it you have to know your hidden fears and idiocracies.
Think of it as you were wearing blindfolds waking around a pool as your unconscious is trying to guide you were to go. The recurring dream keep occurring as you are not paying attention to the directions and keep falling in the deep end.
So how do you stop recurring dreams from happening? The next step would be to understand the language your dream speaks to you in.
Step 2: The Forgotten Language
The symbols in our dreams are often coded metaphorically relating to something in your life. For instance, a car would be a representation of your path or drive in life; or a butterfly would imply a personal transformation due to its metamorphosis phases. Furthermore, by approaching the dream metaphorically you will see a pattern unfold that mimics unconscious feelings or emotions relating to a particular issue.
Learning a new language can be quite difficult and time consuming, however learning how our dreams communicate with us is not as difficult as we think. However your dream is not going to spell it out for you that easy, you have to be willing to take the time to decode it.
Using a dream dictionary will give you ideas where the root of the problem is stemming from. They often provide you with hints where you can extract the most important symbols out of the dream.
The benefit of the recurrent dream is its vivid display of symbols, emotions, locations and people around you. These are clues provided that help puzzle the piece of the dream together.
Step 3: Tracing Back Your Steps
This is one of most important steps when it comes to stopping your recurring dream. More than likely you are able to trace back to the time when this dream started occurring in your life. For example, if you keep experiencing a recurring dream that started happening three years ago, you then need to go back to that time.
At some point in your life something traumatic has happened that you have tucked away in the dark corners of your mind. The feelings have manifested into a monster wanting you to let it free.
- Death of a family member
- Break ups
- Jobs or career
Step 4: Personal Reflection
Once you have gathered all of your dream clues you then need to apply it to the hidden issues in your life. This stage becomes the most difficult as you need to reflect, recognize and accept this personal flaw.
- Insecurity or not being accepted
- Past memory or experience that haunts you (example bullying)
- Unable to face your fears and anxieties
- Afraid of failure or getting to the next stage in life.
- Having a traumatic childhood.
As we mentioned before that your dream is not out to hurt you but to help. You are encouraged to shine the light on the darker parts of your life, the feelings and emotions that you easily avoid.
Unfortunately for some people their dreams can trace as far back to their childhood. Most often we are most affected by our past childhood trauma that essentially stunts our development to becoming a fully integrated adult. This is often called our inner child that needs to be rescued.
Step 5: Ask A Dream Professional For Help
When it comes to interpreting your own recurring dreams it almost feels like a daunting task — I mean who really understands what the unconscious mind is hinting at. Though one of the free services provided here at dream dictionary is a detailed analysis in our active live chat. Within 24 hours your problem might be solved.
Recurring Dream Facts
- Recurring dreams usually happen in REM sleep.
- Recurring dreams are our unconscious mind telling us to “wake up” and address the problem.
- They deliver a very important message.
- Often form in a nightmare dream.
- Very common everybody gets one.
- Triggered by stressful times in life.
- Some are positive and some are negative dream themes.
- Once you find the root of the issue the dream never comes back.
How to Remember Your Dreams
Many people find it difficult to remember their dreams due to lack of dream recall. They would just be able to tell you “I was having a test and I wasn’t prepared”. The main problem with trying to fix your Recurring dream is trying to remember it. We lose close to 90 percent of our dream the first minute we wake up hence why its important to remember your dream the moment you get up.
Learning how to remember your dreams take a bit of practice but can be done very easily. You would need to keep a dream journal handy or anything that would record them. Remember we loose 90% of our dreams the first 1 min we wake up.
Recurring Dreams: Personal Journal
Keeping a dream journal the next time you experience a recurring dream to make your job a little easier. Make sure you write down every single detail in your dream even though you don’t think its that important.
Recording your dreams gives you the opportunity to open the door to your mind that has never been explored. In this world you will explore the heights of your abilities and the depths of your fears.
Remember you are essentially investigating yourself. “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom”. This famous quote is often attributed to Socrates. But how does this apply to my dreams?
Late for a test
When I was younger, I had this recurring dream for years that my entire family (close and distant relatives) were trapped inside this huge house that was kind of reminiscent of my grandparent’s house. Then, a zombie outbreak would start and my relatives would start dissapearing. Towards the end of my dream, it was always only me and my Papa, and we would talk but I can’t remember what about. I know the details aren’t great, but I haven’t had the dream in probably at least like 8 years. It just stuck with me because I had it at least… Read more »
I keep having recurring dreams that my spouse is cheating, or is leaving me, also that I am lost and can’t work my phone to call my spouse.
I keep having this dream that my maté & family member are sleeping together both deny but I’ve had it for over 8 years it wakes me up & I look @ him & he’s sound asleep always I clearly remember everything in the dream & most of the it’s a no talking dream no actual sex just thoughts in the dream
Okay, so I keep having these dreams where I’m clinching my son in my arms as some sort of alien keeps trying to pry him from me. What does this mean ?
I’ve been having a reaccuring dream for 2 years now. I lost my mum very suddenly to cancer. I dream she is back, like last night she returned and we were so happy we didn’t want to ask her any awkward questions in case she got upset and left again. But it’s like she didn’t really die she just took herself away for a while and then returns.
I have this recurring dream, been having this kind of dream almost a decade now. I always come back in my school when i was an elementary student. I dont know but it creeps me out because my dreams are detailed. been in my 6th grade classroom or 5th even 4th grade.and I always go back in this school. I really don’t know what it keeps telling me?
i used to go to church regularly as a teen. was a believer to the point i was part of the worship band. then out of nowhere i started having this recurring dream that i was a preacher. this happened numerous times over the years and i eventually went to one of the pastors for advice and simply got told keep seeking god and id get some sort of direction on a calling in life. needless to say, i dont go to church anymore and havent had the recurring dream since.
Whenever churches appear in our dreams they are often associated with our belief systems. That would be connected to principles, beliefs, ideals (see church in search bar for more details). So it could be metaphorically related to preaching in some manner in your life. However you would really need to tell me more information about the dream to give it a shot.
I had another dream about 2 years ago but for some reason the dream keeps showing up sometimes! (idk if that means anything) So what happened was, that i was at a “McDonalds” “PlayPlace”, but for some reason the “PlayPlace” was super big and had a lot of tunnels? But for some reason “Ronald” “McDonald”, was chasing me up the tubes and i ended up in a part of the “PlayPlace” with a bunch of tubes i could slide down, now each tube displayed a image but for i could only remember 3 or 4 of the tubes, the first… Read more »
Dreams that show up are called recurring dream and they definitely mean something. You keep being chased so it suggests something is bothering you but you are unaware of it. The family fighting and you mentioning your other dreams I would have to ask what is your family life like at the moment?
My family life is fine, sometimes i have problems between my dad here and then, i forgot too mention that i have not had the dream recently, it only reacured about 3 or 4 motnths ago
4 Years ago I had recurring McDonald’s PlayPlace dreams each McDonald’s PlayPlace dream had appeared a little different than another Some were old McDonald’s PlayPlaces with nearly worn out Video game consoles built in, Some McDonald’s PlayPlaces were haunted at night being worn down with the lights turned off and inside of the equipment had a punching bag and Mom said “You love this PlayPlace”, And some McDonald’s Playplaces where More “Normal” It was kind of scary because I thought they were “Real” At the time while I was having those dreams and thankfully I don’t have those recurring dreams… Read more »
I’m a 50 year old man. In 7th grade I had a crush on a gal, but never said anything, because I was terrified to even try. So we never dated. We never said much of anything to each other other than Hi and smiles. she’s married with kids. He was a nice guy, and they’re a beautiful family. Now I’ve been dreaming constantly about her and her parents. Really vivid and detailed dreams. Like visiting their home and she and I are in a relationship in the dreams. It’s so detailed it’s like a parallel world. I work on… Read more »
Hello Tim thanks for the feedback it helps when decoding dreams. Recurring dreams usually tend to be more vivid. Since I dont know you personally I would need to ask you some questions that might help pick at the dream a little. 1. Do you know the father on a personal level? 2. Have you ever been married or have kids? 3. Can you tell me as much detail about your interactions with her in the dream.. Even down to the little quarrels. 4. Does she look any different in the dream then in real life? 5. Do you think… Read more »
So my dreams are really weird they all are but this particular one is repeated it’s been 2yrs ago i think so i will say this as properly as i can…. We we’re in a classrrom there was a boy sitting at a classroom chair with his friends but he didnt seem happy and several hours later(?) There was a fight(?) And he got to an detention…. 2nd day(?) There was a girl (i think it’s me? But idk) there were two girls bullying they were the teacher favorite and i stood up for it(? Its gets blurry here) so… Read more »
Wow you remembered lots! I have some questions first… Are you still in school? Did something happen 2 years ago that can metaphorically relate to this dream? This might be related to school a memory or bad experience? Thanks.
Ive had dreams of my Aunt, recently. She has been in multiple ones, but not the same exact dream. I dont remember others, but tonight I dreamt of her pulling my hair into a ponytail, smiling as she discussed something with me. Could I know what this means? I am very confused.
I have had similar recurring dreams of a family member. I too wish to know what it could mean. Surprised there was no response /feedback. Where should we go to find out what these dreams could mean?
Hello Lisa. You can find out right here actually. Due to the influx of dreams sometimes I forget to answer all of them. Tell me your dream and hopefully you will find the meaning.
My recurring dream involves stairs that lead to nowhere, small doorways or openings that are so small even though I’m crawling I can’t get inside. Once I was in a relatives house, that have a very high roof, which is pointy towards the top. There were multiple staircases on this region, but all like horizontal ladders. The incline/slope was sometimes up sometimes down but I always found myself on a ladder that went slightly up. But mo matter wherever I went I always ended up in a place where I felt crammed. The ladders led to nowhere. Sometimes it led… Read more »
Repeat post. Please check climbing dreams.
Thank you so much dreamer. I just did not know where to add the dream, weather in doors or in stairs.
My reoccurring dreams is that I “accidentally” sold my house. The dream always starts after that part already happened. I get very upset and try to undo the sale. I then have to go looking for somewhere else to live and end up somewhere substandard. It is strange because I have been in my house for 25 years and never thought of selling it. It is almost paid off, so money is not an issue. I love my neighbors and feel like is a sense of security and losing it in a dream is not good. I always am so… Read more »
That’s awesome you can remember the clothes of the people in your dream. So in your dream you have many clues here that you can work with, and it has nothing to do with your house. If the dream is recurring you might need to go back to to the time in your life when this dream started to occur. Did something happen that you haven’t been able to resolve internally? Would you happen to have more details about the dream? This is something in your life that you are trying to undo. What could that be? Now the house… Read more »
Chances are it refers to an on and off Relationship I’ve had for almost 30!years.
Reoccurring dream symbols here… Last time I dreamt about a black panther and python that grew too big for their cages in my room and I had to lure them outside. That same night I had a dream my geckos transformed in freakish ways and one turned green… THIS time I was in my backyard at night and spotted another green lizard with a second head at its tail. Right after that, a giant python emerged from nowhere but quickly transformed into a wild black stallion. As it jumped and bucked away, everything around it would catch fire, like the… Read more »
Interesting symbol. I just finished writing an article on lizards (lizard dreams). The black panther (feminine/instincts/shadow/energy) Like the python (instincts/unconscious/threat) is trapped; House =mind. You are luring it trying to get it outside or to come out of you. The lizard and tale suggest transformation/regrowth. Personally I think this is a very powerful dream suggesting transformation and integrating things within that are now going to be powerful outside.
I’ve currently been having a dream that I keep getting possessed by something after I go into this strange room. I am in college and it usually happens somewhere around my college. Sometimes I may even wake up with little tiny scratches but that’s also because i scratch myself in my sleep. I don’t understand what this means. I also have some people appear in my dream who I don’t really know to well.
Check out this article https://www.dreamdictionary.org/meaning/dreams-of-possession/ .. These dreams are a metaphor for what you are overlooking within.
My boyfriend was killed in a car accident a few years ago. I was expecting at the time. I keep randomly having dreams about him where I find out he never died and just left me. How I find out and his reason for leaving is always different but the story is always the same. I find out he’s alive, I get pissed off, we fight, we make up and I introduce him to our daughter then I wake up. For me, the worst part about this is it’s the only dream I have of him period. I’ve never had… Read more »
I dream over and over that I am back in high school. Stuck, too old to be there. Haven’t graduated yet. The school has grown and I can’t find my old classrooms anymore. Or I dream I am in the theater section. Sometimes unprepared to go onstage. Sometimes sitting in the theater chairs with others. The strangest part is that the school building has changed but it is the same change in every dream. Now it is three stories instead of two with additional wings and a lot more students. I think some deep part of me wants to go… Read more »
I keep having this dream about my boyfriend smoking and me getting mad at him, I personally feel like what my problem is already, I have a past trauma with drugs, and my boyfriend has lied to me over and over about doing it and he’s finally quit but now, I keep having these dreams that I catch him in the act and get mad at him for it but except in these dreams HE DOESN’T CARE THAT I GET ANGRY! I feel like I’m just scared he’s going to betray my trust again that or my trauma with drugs… Read more »
i keep having this dream that i’m scratching a scratch card and i have won loads of money i have looked all over for meanings to this and there are none that i can find… can you help me?
I keep having a dream that a hand that lives in a cabinet beside the tv reaches out and tries to grab me?
i dream when i wake up i dont know who i am! I go to the police an start to tell them i dont know who i am. They just talk over me and tell me to get out. So i show them my scar on my stomach an say look investigate starting with this. i never find out who i an before i wake up.