Although unpleasant, nightmares can help us if we know how to use them to our advantage. Next time you have a nightmare, bad dream or restless sleep, follow these steps.
Don’t immediately go back to sleep. There is a high chance that you will go straight back into the nightmare even if you can’t remember doing that. Regardless, you will be abandoning yourself to an anxious, fragmented state with little sleep value. You will most likely wake up tired and out of sorts. You may even wake up sick as anxiety affects the body negatively. Certainly, you will have learned nothing from the night’s adventures and made no progress in the general state of your consciousness. Instead of going back to sleep; get up, make sure you are warm, and settle into another room. Tell yourself that this time is much more valuable to you than fearful sleep.
Once settled, try to understand the fears that have come up in the dream; what they mean and where they have come from. Also, try to recognise who or what is being represented in the dream. Although dreams are mostly about our own thoughts, sometimes they are a warning. I remember dreaming about a friend and she suddenly turned into an ugly and vicious skeleton. The dream was very clear but I instantly dismissed it as one of those “crazy” things. For some reason, that friend’s thoughts had become unreadable to me in life and my trust in her was high. I knew she was a little jealous of me but I put it down to “normal” competitiveness and felt that with time she would learn to let it go in favour of a loving friendship. It was only a month after the dream that I discovered she had a secret, well-devised, and malicious plan to hurt me. It not only destroyed the friendship but it damaged her mental health. Our subconscious mind knows many things that we are unaware of and it has much instinctive wisdom.
Returning to our night vigil of getting up after a bad dream, half an hour to one hour of delving into the meaning of our dream is generally enough. More than that and you can get so mesmerised by the bad thoughts that you may have difficulty getting away from them. Now, we have reached the second stage of the process. Remember that the Divine wants you to feel better. The goal is to feel safe and peaceful. A few lines of a book or prayer which has genuine meaning to you has infinitely more power to help than endless words which only speak to your intellect. Gravitate towards that which touches your heart and soul even if you don’t understand why it has that impact on you. Remember that there are many who go before you and have walked exactly the same path and are more than willing to help you in every possible way that they can. Ask the angels to help you even if you don’t believe in them. Simply by asking something higher than yourself, the invisible forces will then have permission to help you.
I am always safe.
I am protected by God who cares for me day and night.
God’s power is infinitely greater than any power to the contrary.
The angels are around me, keeping me safe, and whispering good things into the ears of my friends and enemies.
There are many, passed-over loved ones (even those I do not know) who watch over me and pray for me.
I have a purpose on Earth and God will help me to fulfil it.
I release my fears. I am at peace.
After a while, you will start to feel better. You will know when it is time to go back to bed. Even if you don’t get much sleep afterwards, you will still be in a better mental space. A quietened, meditative mind repairs the body much more effectively than sleep. If you become familiar with this process, you will be surprised by the great impact it has on your mental and spiritual well-being.