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3 consecutive night terrors, each worse.

I went to bed last night around 10pm on an empty stomach and without realizing it fell asleep.

The first dream to hit me or turn on me, I can't be sure which, was a state of pure fear of something very focused but undefinable. Not a person, not a thing, but a force maybe. I fought my way back to consciousness for a few seconds, then went back under. The 2nd dream was extreme terror, as if being chased by a 9 headed dog, but also like being of afraid of losing life or sanity terror as well. I barely made it out of this one and upon opening my eyes the jackets hanging nearby on the wall seemed to resemble a large being to my blurry eyes. I felt alone, and as if I was tied up, fighting to leave the dream. I could feel my arms twitching and reality buzzed back in with a sense of alarm and helplessness attached.

The third dream wasn't even really a dream it was pure hate, terror, every form of pain, hopelessness, torture, and the ultimate madness. It had no color, black and white, it was static from a tv but not as clean. It was the sensation that I was being ripped apart physically and emotionally and put back together repeatedly in thousands of places. The noise I heard could only be described as my minds most desperate attempt to try to scream, but there was nothing to scream out of. It was very loud destruction though. This seemed to last maybe 10-20 seconds and I woke breathing very heavily with a high pulse and clear memory of the purety of the terror itself. I remember thinking how impressive that level and diversity of suffering felt. Not at the time of course but around 5 minutes after escaping the dream state.

I have a stressful life, but I can't figure what the purpose of that consecutive torture was for. Things are going wrong left and right on both minor and major levels, in my regular life. But I have never before experienced that level of darkness in my own head. I remember thinking, "If I could bottle that."

Your thoughts are welcomed and appreciated. Also maybe it is good to note that I not a person who feels much of anything, usually. I roll with emotional punches like batting a buzzing fly. I have an unusually high intelligence, and take Xanax daily to slow myself down and quiet my sometimes over active mind. Before Xanax my thoughts could get very loud.

Maybe someone can help bring some clarity, or share a similar experience.

-W-

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Re: 3 consecutive night terrors, each worse.

Sorry forgot location. South Eastern United states. Suburban almost woods not far from city. I am not from here but have been for almost 10 years now. I am a northerner from both NE and NW.

-W-

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Re: 3 consecutive night terrors, each worse.

MT Wolf,
Going to bed on an empty stomach could have added to the negative the level of stress in the dream. But the stress level in your life is the most important factor. The symbolic meaning of first dream reflects that stress with the focus of what dreams are and the undefinable what the unconscious holds and dreams try to communicate. The force are unconscious reflecting the true emotional nature of who you are and what your life is about {at the time of the dream}.This first dream, or part of the whole dream, sets the stage for the what issues are in conflict, not only the current issues in your life but usually the foundations of those issues as well as personality {although the primary message may be focusing more on one than the other}.

The second dream contains images that reflect the seriousness of the stress in your life. Terror would be symbolic of overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety. It could, on another level, also be portraying a troubled childhood. The later could have an influence on the former. Personality typing plays a role in how we handle issues of stress as well as relationships and responsibilities. We often unconsciously imitate what we see and learn in childhood. How parents handle stress badly {or appropriately} often unconsciously dictate how the dreamer handles the same situations. Dreams naturally {as a device by nature to help resolve emotional issues} offer insights to the emotional issues/conflicts in life as well as the reasons for them.

The nine headed dog is purely symbolic {most dream images are}. The dog could represent your animal nature {human animal}. When under stress or having deep emotional conflicts could cause these natural instincts to react/act in negative ways when we normally would not. The head is the thinking part and when stressed thinking is not as clear or focused {the focused aspect in the opening of the dream}. The number nine is the symbolic for wholeness which the dream is attempting to bring back into focus and your life. You have losed the focus in life and your natural instincts is to return to a normal self {provided by nature and dreams being a device to bring it about}. The fear of losing sanity could be real if the stress is so intense it causes psychosis {severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality}. Life today is much more prone to this condition with the many stresses we face that were not a part of life in the past.

Barely making it out of this situation may reflect how you live day to day. Opening your eyes is becoming conscious of the effect of the possible consequences of these stresses. The jacket hanging nearby represent your protective and defensive persona or mechanisms to combat the stresses. Walls are barriers that have to be removed and the large being is what is within you that causes the barriers to wholeness and balance. You are tied up by the emotional stresses in life and fighting to leave the dream reflects how you fight against these issues that the dream is trying to communicate in n attempt to bring about balance. The arms twitching could be a result of the severity of the dream {so severe it gets past the mechanisms that prevent the body from moving or physically reacting to the fright and flight in dreams.

If you were still asleep or in semi sleep during the third dream then it was a dream. The dream is reflecting those feelings you described. Your life lacks color and focus to move forward and progress {static}. Because of the stresses, and a good chance of the childhood influences I mentioned, you are unable to communicate to yourself the physical and emotional discomfort you feel because of your stressful situation {any severe emotional conflict will affect the physical body}. The description as you stated is your state of mind toe the extreme, perhaps not yet to the extreme it is portrayed in the dream but on a path to that extreme. The dream is a warning.

Look at your life and you will see why this type dream came about. Not only your current life but any early life issues that may contribute to how you handle stress and life. The warning in the dream is you need to make changes {death or a killing in a dream is symbolic to bring something to an end}. If not the dream could become prophetic {dreams seldom predict but compensate what you already know-you know the possibilities already}. Take these dreams seriously or they could {and very likely} get worse which will add to the severity of your condition because they will disrupt sleep {we sleep not only for rest but also so our dreams can help us resolve emotional conflicts}.

Let me know your thoughts. They may provide more insights to your condition which may help in understanding any forces from childhood that need addressing. Dreams will have a starting point and when given attention will progress in their message.

Jerry



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Re: 3 consecutive night terrors, each worse.

Thank you so much for your quick reply :-)

Your analysis makes a lot of sense actually. I found as I was thinking about it through this "sequence of catastrophes of a day" I felt as though madness, or loss of control of my mind, may in fact be becoming imminent. I don't fear it though, it simply concerns me. I have been in IT for 21 years, and in the last 3 I moved into the hospitality industry. My stresses went through the roof. I am taxing my mind and body so hard that everyone says that I am cruel to myself. Almost 2 weeks ago my dad had a major stroke and even though I expect him to make a full recovery (based on the progresses and signs of neurological healing progress) I find myself terribly sorrowful for him. To see him that way, such a good man, who helps others get through hardships for a living. He is a famous Physiologist who uses cognitive behavioral therapy as much as possible and augments with drugs only when absolutely necessary for successful treatment. He is amazing at what he does and everyone (everyone) loves him. I took one of his favorite patients in to see him today and they both cried and were very supportive to each other. It was very good to see and I knew right away that this was good therapy for them both. In many ways I am my fathers shrink because of my intrinsic understanding of how his mind works and my "matter of fact" blunt way of processing and feeding back to him his own fears, anxiety, and troubles. I do this in a way he can digest easily and his treatment always goes well. I guess my view of people as computers that can be fixed with just the right formatted input, that they can digest, works well for him.

I am in the process of leaving this sector of the industry and I don't know where I am going next. I recently became divorced and share custody of my 3 daughters over a 600+ mile distance. Not a balanced share as you might guess, but my ex and I are relatively peaceful in our handling of the children. We don't use them as weapons as we have no desire to hurt each other, and we sure do not want the children to experience the full collateral damage of the divorce.

Life is tough, but that 3rd dream seemed like I saw directly into hell itself. It was quite the wake up call, as I agree, it is very likely my own mind warning me of the outcome of continuing to handle life as I do.

The list of my troubles goes on for miles, but as a "fixer" I suffer from rarely being able to address my own issues, and I find very few who can even find cracks, in my defensive walls, to even see me, for who I am, to even offer pertinent advice.

I think I may be suffering from major depressive disorder as well, which may be becoming a very serious thing. One of the reasons doctors do not like to prescribe Xanax for long term use. (Just one of many theories about my plight. 3 years and counting of 3mg/day.) SSRI drugs do not work for me and I am limited due to a strangely different brain chemistry than most. I hate complaining, I would rather take action.

I think the next step for me is to form a plan of action, and execute it.

You have a gift for the dissemination of dreams, and I thank you for your insightful response.

-W-

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Re: 3 consecutive night terrors, each worse.

MT Wolf,
Please do form a plan and follow through with it. Life is short and you are the age I was when I decided enough of the stress and pressures and began a regimentation of physical fitness that has allowed me to be in a position few of my peers enjoy. When I discovered Jungian psyche 10 years later I was able to work on the mental part, especially the childhood issues that motivated me to take so many wrong directions when I was a younger man. I am now 64, retired and work with dreams every day {as well as maintain a moderate physical fitness routine to keep healthy}. I do not feel, act or even look my age because of the 30 years of physical fitness.

As for the drug prescriptions. I am of the opinion, and there is research that supports my position, that physical activity can reduce the need for many type drugs. As I stated in my analyzation stress will do more harm to the body that most anything else. You can treat these aliments with drugs {some people need them no matter what} but a moderate physical fitness routine can reduce and in many instances eliminate the need for them. Consider this as you look to change your profession.

The change of jobs. Find one that has less stress and develop a plan to further that cause. Another part of the process {the psychology} is to find that thing in life you love doing and if in any way possible make that your career. If not a career then give it an allotted time every day. It usually involves creativity, the hidden talent we all possess, that thing that satisfies the soul. I just happened upon Jungian psyche by chance when I was 42 and went from a sports crazed couch potato to building websites and interpreting dreams. I had this gift and one hour of life changed everything {watching the first episode of The Power of Myth. It was a synchronistic event that changed my life. We have two opportunities to do this, one when we are young {teens and early twenties} and again at mid-life. Your present mental condition may be that wake up call to 'follow your bliss'. I did and life opened up and has continued to do so ever since. It is a formula that fits with the laws of nature {the hero journey}. To quote my spiritual mentor:

“Follow your bliss.

If you do follow your bliss,

you put yourself on a kind of track

that has been there all the while waiting for you,

and the life you ought to be living

is the one you are living.

When you can see that,

you begin to meet people

who are in the field of your bliss,

and they open the doors to you.

I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,

and doors will open

where you didn't know they were going to be.

If you follow your bliss,

doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.”


A few who have followed their bliss {and were students of Campbell}
George Lucas, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Garcia

As for your dreams. It aptly defines your condition. Dreams reflect the true self. There is no ego bias, it reflects the true self and the condition of the dreamer's. There was no doubt in my mind as I analyzed them the condition of your life. Often it takes some deep analyzing to discover the message of a dream but yours came across very clearly. Your response confirmed what I saw. Now that you have confirmed what you mostly already knew you must make changes or the dreams will continue to be dark and disturbing. You have the benefit of having a father who is in the field of psychology. He knows what the mind can do when it is over loaded. Find a psychologist {Preferably a Jungian psychologist who works with dreams} and start a new life going in the right direction. If you continue the path yo are one you will self destruct. Think of those who love you and depend on you if for no other reasons than to do so. The first Buddhist saying is 'life is full of sorrow'. And it is no matter what. But to what degree one will suffer depends on the individual. With the right tools anyone can make a better life. It is all psychological and when you begin to work to improve your psychology you put yourself on the right path to wholeness, balance and a better life.

Good luck in your journey. If you have other dreams you need help with the Dream Forum is always open.

Jerry



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