Originally posted by Suzianne
Nope, never. I know all about them, though, I've just never done any of the training they say will make it easy. Most of my dreams are not nice dreams. I used to wake up screaming every day from bad dreams, but I've managed to dial it back to just waking up yelling about once every couple of weeks. At least my dreams are not so detailed any more, I can usually not remember my dreams now.
I had no idea you could train yourself to have lucid dreams, I assumed they just happened or they didn't happen. When I was in my late twenties I learned how to take a really good power nap. It always lasted about twenty minutes and when I came out of it I felt great. Turns out I was doing what the transcendental meditation people do. When I described what I do to get into this restful state of mind someone asked me about my mantra
. lol Apparently I was doing it wrong, I didn't know I was supposed to have a mantra. 😛😕
I've had the occasional panic dream where I wake up because of the intensity of it. If I try going right back to sleep it happens again, so I know I have to just sit there and wait for awhile, until the real waking reality feels more real than the dream. What you've experienced, and apparently still are experiencing, is something I'm not familiar with. Sounds as though you've gotten a better handle on it though. What ever is triggering those dreams will probably never go away, but I can almost guarantee it will continue to subside as long as you don't let whatever triggers those dreams haunt you again. But from what I've seen of your posts I think you already know that, and have pretty much taken control of it.
I'm mostly a self help person. I don't put much faith and trust in medication or psychiatry, or even well established psychology. I suffered for years with sinus headaches, and as a kid I would be taken in to have my sinuses drained with a tube up my nose. My mom put me on diets and tried all sorts of things, but nothing ever worked. I was in my early thirties when I discovered what was actually causing those headaches. I was causing them. I was walking down the street and mulling over something that bothered me, and I felt another one of those headaches coming on. That's when I connected the dots... the intensity and focus on a problem that bothered me was triggering the headache. So I learned to lighten up (not as easy as it sounds) and became less serious about things, and not let anything bother me. I have had very few sinus headaches after that.
You said something a while back about how people used to believe thoughts could cause headaches, and that it was just a myth. For me this was true, my thoughts were causing those headaches. 🙂