We are still solving the mysteries of sleep and dreaming. A dream can be incomprehensible mysterious, troubling, frightening, or so terrifying that you wake yourself from it. But, “It is just a dream,” as your parent might tell you.
Regarding nightmares, here’s what I think. Your Dream-Maker is trying to get your psychological attention, i.e. “This is a big deal.” Through the dream you encounter fears, against-the-law thoughts, and other scary stuff that goes on in your mind.
But, here’s the good news. Your conscious mind just got a glimpse of your unconscious mind, and that is always a gift to be explored. Your Dream-Maker won’t allow you to know anything you can’t handle.
So the nightmare might be your most recent opportunity for growth through some thoughtful self-exploration. Figure out what the symbols represent, perhaps by looking at what has been happening in the past couple of days. Or what have been some of your persistent thoughts. The clues are all there, if you can solve the mystery.
Dreams are there to enhance your mental health and overall well-being. . . perhaps even those pesky nightmares.