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Old Aug 20, '07, 1:43 pm
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I don't know if this is the right forum, but if it is not, I hope it's moved to the correct one. I have, for as long as I can remember, been plagued with nightmares almost every night. I make a point not to watch scary things on TV, and I still (strangely enough) get all my sleep at night. I have done some prayers to Saint Raphael the Archangel, and that seemed to keep things just barely at bay. I decided today that I need to say a rosary before I go to sleep and that will probably help as well. (I usually say mine in the morning.) The thing is, I'm greedy. I want GOOD dreams, not just an avoidance of bad dreams. So, does anyone out there know a prayer or a saint or anything that I can pray to for good dreams? I've googled and searched, and don't want to bring it up in RCIA, because it's kinda private for class, and I don't have a sponsor yet, so any advice out there is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old Aug 20, '07, 2:18 pm
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When my son was small he used to wake in the night with bad dreams. We sort of developed our own night time prayer for him:

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for our day. Please help us all to have good dreams and good thoughts through the night. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Bless all our friends and family and thank you for (insert your own here). Our Lady, Queen of peace, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. St. Therese, pray for us. (Add any other saints here)

This has really seemed to help him over the years. If I wake in the night with bad dreams, I say the St. Michael prayer over and over:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Protect us from the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, o prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the earth seeking the destruction of souls.
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Old Aug 20, '07, 2:19 pm
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Try a night compline.
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Old Aug 20, '07, 2:36 pm
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Wow! Thank you so much! I will try everything to see what works!
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Old Aug 20, '07, 6:41 pm
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Maybe we need to have more devotion to the patriarch saints who dreamed. And obviously the Josephs in both Old and New Testament would know all about having weird dreams. But honestly, you can pray to God for anything and you can always ask your brothers and sisters to pray for you. Praying for good dreams is no exception.

But you may also have to help yourself. Sometimes all it takes is figuring out what's bothering you, to make your mental landscape a lot friendlier.

Sleep tight, and sweet dreams.
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Old Aug 20, '07, 10:08 pm
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I have the same problem and I suggest since you are seeking advice is to quit being "greedy" as you say.

If you are blessed with a nice dream then great but if its just a dreamless sleep then feel equally blessed. The alternatives are not worth it.

And do watch what you see, I couldnt even watch the Twilight Zone when my family did, I would hide in the hall, so I couldnt hear but be close to my family. I hear you very well when you say you have to watch what you watch.

And thanks, I find its comforting to hear another person has the same sensitivity.
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Old Aug 20, '07, 11:09 pm
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I too say the rosary every night before bed. Three nights ago I dreamed I was flying to Rome with the Archbishop of my diocese! ! Coincidence???
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Old Aug 21, '07, 1:48 am
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What a wonderful thread! I also suffer from bad dreams almost every night. I'll definitely be saying some of the prayers mentioned thus far.
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Old Aug 21, '07, 2:17 am
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One thing I do each night when I go to bed, is simply ask that God keep my dreams pure as I sleep. It seems to work ok, once I even started to look at porn online in my dreams (as had happened in the past), and I was able to actually stop. I never had that happen before while sleeping. So you could try that if it would help you any.
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Old Aug 21, '07, 4:37 pm
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Dont know how this would sit with some of you but what was suggested to me originally is to ask Christ to cover me with His blood, and I surrender my thoughts to be only what He would have me dream.

Thats my prayer anyway, Im starting to wonder if its not the specific words so much as the surrender and submission.

just a thought, because its not a magical formula. in any case
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Old Aug 21, '07, 4:56 pm
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Are your dreams the same one repeated or are they just a whole bunch of different dreams?

If your dreams are the same dream (or similar theme of dream) that is repeated discern them, they could hold a meaning and I would spend time in prayer asking the Holy Spirit if they have any spiritual relevance or not. You mention you are in RCIA and it is always possible that satan will try and deter you from converting to the Catholic faith, I cannot say if this is the case because I don't know you, but you may like to speak to your Priest privately if the dream is a repeated one. Also have you ever dabbled in the occult, that is i.e new age, fortune telling, seances, mediums, palmistry, ouija boards etc? The Priest will be more than happy to speak with you privately about any matter you want to sincerely discuss with him.

If the dreams are a mixed bunch of bad dreams then pay no notice to them.

Every night I say this simple prayer, 'Into your hands Lord, I commit my spirit. Amen'.

In any case you are in the Living Prayer of my life and welcome home to you
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Old Aug 21, '07, 10:40 pm
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Hi I think you may be speaking to the op but if you dont mind several of us seem to have the same deal. for poll interests mine are different with occasional reoccuring.

My dreams that are bad are definetely not from the Lord, I avoid and it seems the others do too, any negative movies, books and your list of mediums etc.

Now, Ive never been able except for a short period of time when I was a teen been able to watch horror movies. However I used to be into all sorts of supernatural, ufo, bigfoot stuff, not occult, (but its all the same package underneath isnt it)

So I know full well what the bad dreams are about, so thus ask for God to not only protect but have my mind. Him I trust.

I would say if a person has a mixed bunch on occasiion then pay no mind, but if it happens regulary then its something to pay attention to, mixed or not.

I feel just as some have different gifts and abilities, some of us have different levels of spiritual sensitivity. To those of us who are more sensitive, we have to be guarded more than others.

I believe thats actually where psychics come from is people who do not know God, who have a sensitivity, and misunderstand it and try to use it on their own, instead of letting God direct them.

Id rather have had maybe something more "boring", but we are given what He decides, so we need to understand how to deal with it.
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Old Aug 22, '07, 3:22 am
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Dreams for the most part should be ignored. A mixed bunch of dreams even if they occur regularly are most likely to be the product of the mind during sleep. By a mixed bunch I mean dreams that are disjointed, random in nature, dreams that are a mix of different elements and involve the imagination and material as you say that perhaps have been seen in films even if the subject of the dream is the same these dreams are random dreams and should be ignored.

Dreams that are repeated and have a very set pattern and not necessarily the very same dream in the very same sequence, but the theme of the dream repeats itself in the same way over and over again and also within a reasonable space of time. Someone might have a dream about falling downstairs and have this dream regularly over their lives but they do not have it every night or every other night, this is a dream not to pay any attention to. However a dream that is repeated often and is of the sameness should be discerned.

Dreams are like the wind, they shouldn't be followed after. But some dreams and the nature of them are to be discerned. I think that if a person has a specific dream and it is of note to them they would be best to seek advice from a learned and holy person if only the result is to dismiss the dream and its content and not to trouble themselves with it.

For anyone who has dabbled in the occult it might be an idea to go to confession and receive the grace and protection of Jesus there and also His absolution.

Sensitivity is a great gift, no-one's heart is more sensitive than Jesus and Mary's.

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Old Aug 22, '07, 4:47 am
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This is all super helpful. The dreams are rarely re-occuring nightmares. When that happens, I know that I am feeling bad or guilty and I work on figuring out my problem and rectifying it. I tried some of the prayers, and felt pretty okay about them. What seemed to really "click", though, was that I said the Divine Mercy Chaplet last night before going to bed (first time). I'm starting a novena, but I liked it and may try to say it every night the way I try to say the rosary every morning. After the Chaplet, I said a small prayer to God that basically asked for good dreams but also said "your will be done", because who knows what God wants, and maybe there is a reason for my cronic nightmares. I woke up with no memory of ANY dreams. That was great! I didn't read Kitty Chan's post until this morning, but I do think she's on to something!
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Old Aug 22, '07, 10:42 pm
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Dreams for the most part should be ignored. A mixed bunch of dreams even if they occur regularly are most likely to be the product of the mind during sleep. By a mixed bunch I mean dreams that are disjointed, random in nature, dreams that are a mix of different elements and involve the imagination and material as you say that perhaps have been seen in films even if the subject of the dream is the same these dreams are random dreams and should be ignored.
Im with you here, the watching of a tv show on fires and dreaming of fire kind of thing. or a good dream of a vacation show. Some dreams which I think Freud mentioned (not expert just remember this part) but when you dream of events of the day and they are all mixed up with you driving your car and your in the hall at work and in the office your having the pizza you had at home for dinner.. He was suggesting it was you mind reorganizing things.

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Dreams that are repeated and have a very set pattern and not necessarily the very same dream in the very same sequence, but the theme of the dream repeats itself in the same way over and over again and also within a reasonable space of time. Someone might have a dream about falling downstairs and have this dream regularly over their lives but they do not have it every night or every other night, this is a dream not to pay any attention to. However a dream that is repeated often and is of the sameness should be discerned.
You are making me think of what I do experience. I think its sorta what you say, but not, if that makes any sense. And its hard to think of because I dont want to really remember details.

I would say the catalyst varies, horror movies, stalker movies, (even Jurassic park) books, even a science show on the occult, ufos, too much discussion on the topic, and sometimes I cant even identify it, then the dream starts and follows the same pattern with slight variations.

What happens exactly is hard to remember, any of the following; despair, oppression, pursuit, hopelessness generally being possibly in situations of the movie only when its a movie, lost and alone, waking quite disturbed, sweaty, and feeling tired and weak. So perhaps you can appreciate why me and possibly the others are happy not to dream at all.

Also, why I said to the op not to worry if you dont have good dreams and they are blank.

I wouldnt follow after these dreams as you say, rather would wish to avoid them. But with prayer as has been said that can be possible. and when I forget, they come back after a bit. The wolf is relentless. I figure its a "side effect" of some sort. Honestly this is about the most Ive spoken about it to anyone, including speaking to the person who originally told me how to pray about them.
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