|Most people want to avoid thinking about nightmares|
For most of us, our usual reaction to waking up from a nightmare is to be glad we've awoken and want to immediately avoid thinking about it. But I agree with Dr. LaBerge that avoiding the unpleasant aspects of dreams and thinking we're now off the hook is, as he states, a little like a prisoner who digs his way out of his prison cell only to find that he's in the cell next door. You haven't escaped. You've merely exchanged one cell for another, and whatever unresolved issues you might be having remain unconscious for potentially more nightmares.
Dr. LaBerge recommends that, even in a waking state, we can use our imagination to create this dialogue with the figure from the nightmare by asking this figure who s/he is and what message he or she might have for you. This can be done with paper and pen (or on computer). In order to do this, we must suspend disbelief while we're doing this exercise and not worry about looking silly. Anyway, you're likely to be doing this on your own, so why worry about what other people might think? You'd be doing this to overcome an unpleasant experience so it doesn't continue to recur.
To find out more about lucid dreams, visit: Lucid Dreams
To find out more about hypnosis, visit: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis - ASCH
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