We dream. But then we get reoccuring dreams with similar themes and scenes. What does it all mean? You may want to get to the bottom of it, to gain a better understanding of symbolism that may be relevant to our waking world; or in other cases, it may be a replay of traumatic events that disturbs or angers us when we wake up from it, wondering why do I keep seeing the same things, events, or people? And how can we make peace with it?
Let’s delve into the 7 Reasons why you are having these reoccurring dreams.
1. THEY MAY BE THINKING ABOUT YOU
You may keep seeing the same person in the dream consistently, over and over again. It may be a former love interest, someone you used to date or be in a relationship with. We may have heard about how if you dream about someone a lot they may be thinking about you. This could be possible, especially if you haven’t been thinking about them at all. In fact, you’ve gotten over them years ago, but here they pop into your dreams uninvited. They may possibly be thinking about you ONLY IF they later on (in the waking world) show patterns that may lead up to that conclusion. For instance, you dream about your ex then the next few days or so you get a text from them out of nowhere. Yeah.
It may be a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.
I’ve had dreams about my divorced parents, usually I’m walking with them individually having a nice conversation with each in a different setting. I started having these dreams alot when I moved to another state, and the dreams make me feel closer to them. The conversations feel so real. I often wonder if they too have had that same dream on that same time about the same conversation!
If your parents or friends miss you then this dream may be telling you they’re thinking about you. Maybe give them a call! Only if they aren’t toxic. Because if they are toxic in real life, I’d suggest you keep distance from them.
2. OR YOU MAY BE THE ONE THINKING ABOUT THEM
This could be the case. It really depends. Were you thinking about them before falling asleep? Have you been thinking about them alot lately? Because your thought patterns can influence who you see in your dreams. Also, another way to confirm this is by finding out what happens days after the dream. Are they trying to reach out to you? Or are they nowhere to be found? Chances are if you haven’t heard from them AT ALL then it’s just you thinking about them. Relax. These type of dreams are an expression for your longing of that person. Hopefully, you aren’t obsessed with them though.
3. YOU HAVE UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS
You may have never finished something before, you’re searching for answers, and the dream realm becomes an outlet for you to explore what it is that happened. It’s gonna take time but time does heal very well.
You may need to forgive people in order to make peace with it. You can forgive them in person, in prayer, or writing.
I’ve had reoccuring dreams of someone who did me wrong. Then, when I woke up from it, I wrote a forgiveness letter to them. Not to actually mail it to them, but to simply let it be known in my subconscious mind that I no longer have this issue with them. My pen marks solidify the forgiveness I have for them. The dreams of that person stopped.
Or you can also forgive them right in the dream. They may not know you have done so. But the whole point is for you to officially let go of that conflict even if you think that there isn’t one.
My last dream about my ex, he was very sad and distraught about his mistakes. He thought I was still upset and depressed over it. In the dream, I held his hand, told him that I had already forgiven him, and that I’m no longer that same person before who had anger issues and depression. He noticed I’ve grown much since and was able to forgive himself. And we peacefully let go of our hands and went our separate ways.
That was the last reoccurring dream I had of him. I noticed a pattern: these dreams stop when we genuinely forgive these people. Sometimes, dreams can really serve as a therapeutic way to let go of unresolved conflicts we’ve had with people in our past, and it can truly be a beautiful thing. Since you couldn’t forgive them in real life, you get an opportunity to do so in dreams, and the resolution feels so real, and it helps quite a lot.
4. YOU MAY BE HAUNTED BY A PAST TRAUMA
There are people who’ve had PTSD inducing experiences that appear in dreams. Nightmares really. Trauma definitely replays in dreams due to it being so severely damaging to the psyche, that it almost dominates our minds, to the point it monopolizes your dreams. This can range from war stories, P.O.W. memories, child abuse, sexual or physical abuse, domestic violence, etc the list goes on. These events leave a heavy imprint in our minds, therefore it has a heavy influence on our dreams, nightmares really. Forgiveness is definitely a great thing to do. If you do suffer from PTSD, it is recommended to see a psychological professional. There’s also the healing power of writing it all down, and praying in the form of letting it all out of your chest. Wisdom saves us from alot of turmoil, because it allows us to make sense out of our life experiences, which makes it easier for us to forgive others and ourselves. Sometimes, the hardest person to forgive is ourselves.
I struggled with dreams of me running away from the person who abused me as a child. I couldn’t help but feel lots of anger and wrath towards him. I would yell obscenities at him, curse him out, and TELL HIM OFF. He refused to acknowledge his wrongdoing, and his gaslighting angered me more. I know he was quite the narcissist. I eventually forgave him. Then, the last dream I had regarding him was of him being locked up in a jail, and I got on the train leaving that awful place. Seeing that jail shrink smaller and smaller as the train took off further and further into freedom was a powerful scene for me to see. I am truly letting go.
It’s a gradual process. But it is beautiful when we reach our peace of mind.
5. TO GET RID OF A PHOBIA
Because our minds know that we’d never try to confront our fears in the waking world, so our dreams give us a simulation of that confrontation in order to help us get rid of our fears and phobias.
I am afraid of deep water, in the waking world I’ve almost drowned, and I’m afraid to try to learn how to swim. However, I start to dream about swimming without fear, and I do so gracefully.
In the waking world, I have negative buoyancy, so swimming is difficult for me as it is. But those dreams believe it or not, kind of helped me build a bit more confidence to learn. Besides, swimming is an important survival skill. Not only to save myself but also others. Now, I’m looking at it as a challenge to save my life basically. If I can master this swimming thing then the fear would dissipate.
6. IT MAY BE AN URGENT MESSAGE
If you didn’t get it the first time then you’ll keep getting the dream memos more than once like an eviction notice. Analyze the dream symbols: people, places, or things and ask yourself how do they correlate? Chances are if you are getting the same messages then it may be important not to overlook it. It may be more than just some random dream. It could be a warning of something to come.
7. SOMETHING MAY REQUIRE SPECIAL ATTENTION
Dreams can simply be weird concoctions of silly memories, and eccentric moments all wrapped up into a smorgasbord of quirky randomness. Not all dreams are worth writing down at times, but some are especially if it is regarding someone you know and care about. The fact that you see it resurface again means hey! Yoohoo! Did you catch that? or may I need to send more of these reoccurring dreams until you realize it’s worthy of scrutiny?!
Thank you for reading!! Hope you found this helpful for your dream journal journey!