Inspiration, Reflections, Comments, Teachings,and an Occasional Rant
Friday, September 13, 2019
Let's Talk About Nightmares & Troubling Dreams
Peace and Blessings
to you your family, and loved ones. My name is Nana Baakan and I want to talk
to you about disturbing dreams and/or nightmares, but I don't want to scare
myself. We have all had them at one time
or another. Especially as children
because there are so many things happening around us that we don't
understand. And think about it, children
live in the land of giants until they become one. So often times they will dream of giants
chasing them, grabbing them, picking them up, and who remembers the story of
Jack and the Beanstalk, that giant wanted to eat Jack!!
As we mature, we may
have dreams of the things we are afraid of.For example, drowning, or being lost, or being abandoned, or being
stricken with homelessness or poverty.These dreams and so many others tell us a little about what's going on
in our life and give us an opportunity to address it in waking life, but we
have to examine the dream first and the details and get to that point where it
We should never
discard a scary or troubling dream.The
subconscious mind is showing us that we have something to work on that is
troubling us deep down inside.
Sometimes when we
have these dreams, we can become lucid and find out what that is that is really
frightening us.Or we can call on our
Spirit guides to help us to safety.But even
then, if we don't get to the bottom of the dream message, we will continue to
have that dream again.
I see nightmares or
troubling dreams as a loud knock on the door of our conscious mind from our
subconscious.And one thing that is for
sure is that we certainly can become lucid and tell ourselves, this is only a dream
and I am waking the hell up, right now.
Here's an excerpt
from my blog, the value of nightmares.
"Why We Remember Nightmares
In my experience, all dreams (and particularly nightmares) come in the service of
health and wholeness. This means that no dream, no matter how distressing or menacing, ever came to anyone to say, “Nyah, nyah, you’ve got these problems and you can’t do anything about them!” The very fact that a dream is remembered
in the first place means that the dreamer actually has at his or her disposal all the courage, creativity, strength, and wisdom necessary to respond creatively and transformatively to even the worst “problem” that the dream
presents. (If the dreamer were not in possession of all the energies required for positive, creative, transformative response, the dream would simply not be remembered.) This is true not only at the level of individual, psychospiritual
health and wholeness, but at the level of world society, culture, and collective human struggle as well.
Ironically, for this
reason I take heart every time I have (or hear about) a dream that involves
large, planet-wide problems like destruction of the environment, plague,
military conflict, or other massive disruption of society. The fact that we
remember such dreams suggests that we are able to respond creatively and
effectively to these problems, in the same fashion that dreams addressing
seemingly “insoluble” personal problems always indicate our ability to deal
with those problems. Nightmares may also provide symbolic suggestions and
specific creative inspirations, provided we have the wit and wisdom to pay
By Dr. Jeremy Taylor
Again, this is only
one of the many topics we cover in our dream workshops so don't forget to come
out.We will be hosting them every 2nd
Saturday at Atiya Ola's Spirit first Foods, 310 S 48th Street, Phila., PA 19143
from 4:30-9:30 PM and every Sunday following, at the Nutrition & Health
Center, 5601 N 10th Street, Phila., PA 19141.