Dr. William K. Larkin
Everyone has nightmares and haunting dreams.
Every dream you have doesn’t have a meaning, isn’t a sign, and doesn’t need to be analyzed.
You could live your life perfectly if you never analyzed a single dream and just let them be.
The synapses in your brain that exist between the neurons in your brain are busy– busy building connections. The older you are the more connections are getting built.
The brain uses cortisol to erase or destroy some of these connections to maintain order in the brain. It is a necessary defragmentation of your brain so it doesn’t go in too many directions all at once.
This cortisol is a stress hormone that is generated by negative dreams and nightmares. They are cleaning your brain by eliciting the cortisol created by stress and fear in your dream state. It’s the cortisol that defragments too many connections and puts things in order.
We remember very, very few of our dreams because we are not supposed to. The barrier of unconsciousness is there to protect us from that remembering.
I know there is a great body of information about dream analysis and dream therapy, and perhaps some of it is useful. But all of these deep, dark truer than life messages that you think you are getting only when you sleep are actually common sense things that are already present in your every day life.
The magic of “lifting” and interpreting them from dreams just focuses more attention on what they easily adapt themselves to in everyday life.
If you have nightmares, especially as you are getting older, you are busy making more and more synaptic connections, and your scary dreams elicit the cortisol that defrags your brain and gets it running more orderly and smoothly.