You are standing on top of a building, you enjoy the view, you take a deep breath and suddenly, you jump, falling and falling with no end in sight. You think to yourself, oh no, not this dream again! A recurring dream is often about a situation in which you feel helpless, like falling, being naked, or failing a test. Recurring dreams happen when there is something bothering you, and the problem continues to go unresolved. Many of us feel helpless when a problem continues unsolved for a long period of time.
In order to stop having recurring dreams, you need to identify the problem and help your mind to let it go. Sometimes the recurring dream actually contains a solution which your subconscious mind is struggling to express to your conscious mind. One way to solve your problem is to carefully analyze the symbolism of everything which occurs in your recurring dream in order to decode the message from your subconscious. Ask yourself questions about the dream which you might have initially thought were unimportant details. Where is the building? What made you jump off? Why did the dream end?
Many times, a recurring dream which appears to be the same over and over again actually contains subtle differences. Keep a dream diary and try to record every small detail that you can remember. If you remember any additional detail in your next dream, try to think back and remember if it was the same or different in the dream before. The differences between your recurring dreams can show you which symbols in the dream are more important than others. The symbols which do not change represent the underlying situation. The symbols which do change represent different ways of expressing the solution to your problem. If you can determine what the series of changing variables have in common, you may identify your answer.
Another way to stop recurring dreams is to try to actively change your dream. It is possible to control the actions you make while you dream, and this big change can cause a whole new collection of symbols to occur. For example, in a recurring dream where you are being chased, turn around and face your attackers! Learning their identity and showing your own strength may be just the boost you needed to overcome the anxiety producing this dream.