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Story dreams over multiple nights?

3 years 10 months ago #1 by Rothmclear

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  • Hi,

    I have had dreams stories all my life. They come and go but it always goes for weeks. They are always very vivid and when I wake up I'm confused for a while.

    Some of them have been recurring while some are one week of story dreams and then gone.

    What are these kind of dreams called and what do they mean?

    If you need details from the most recent let me know.

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    3 years 10 months ago #2 by CC

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  • What you describe are known as episodic dreams. They are not uncommon, although it is more common for dreamers to experience such dreams over the course of a night as opposed to over consecutive days or weeks.

    These dreams do not have any extra special meaning... other than, most likely, the subject of the story continues to be an important issue in your waking life. In the case of these dreams, your mind has attached itself to a setting, characters and/or a story line that best exposes how you really feel about that issue. As with any dream, they are symbolic expressions of your feelings, thoughts and awarenesses about your waking life. Odds are that, not unlike any episodic story, your feelings about what is happening may vary. Feelings in dreams are never disguised, so how you feel IN the dream is how you feel about the dream's subject in your waking life. The trick is to identify its subject.

    The fact that some of these dreams are recurring is meaningful. Here's a link to the definition of recurring dreams on this website: www.dreamdoctor.com/daily-dream/recurring-dreams.html Recurring dreams are often unsettling. Also, recurring and episodic dreams can easily be confused. A recurring dream with a different outcome(s), may feel episodic, but often it is about the same waking life issue, situation or concern on your mind. As your feelings about it change so does the dream and/or your feelings in the dream.

    The fact that the issue continues to surface in your dreams (whether recurring or episodic) and its message remains a mystery, suggests that it is worth exploring further. Once you ID what it is about and reconcile your feelings about it in the dream with how you feel about it in your waking life, they should go away. If it is a pleasant dream, you can often keep the story going by thinking about it just before you go to bed.

    Hope that helps!

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