When I was young I used to get very vivid nightmares on a regular basis. They were so terrifying that they constantly left me feeling uneasy and nervous the whole day after. And they tended to repeat themselves. There were really only about 5 or 6 nightmares that I'd relive over and over. I would talk to people about them but nobody could offer much in the way of a solution.
After a few years of this, I found a book in the school library about dream interpretations, thinking that maybe if I understood them better, they
might cease. In the book was a series of exercises that were designed to solicite desired dreams. Most of them did little or nothing for me, but one
If you put a small object that symbolizes something desired under your pillow, you're sort of putting it in the back of your mind. When you sleep on
it, it can cause your subconscious to incorporate it into the dream, and often even creat an entire dream around it.
So if you wanted to dream about being a professional baseball player, put a baseball card, team logo sticker, miniflag or whatever under your pillow
and it's far more likely to happen.
This worked great for me and I relied on it heavily for months. Eventually, I became increasingly more aware that I was dreaming, while in these
dreams. I became able to manipulate my dreams at will, then. And finally, I got to a point where I no longer needed to "seed" objects under my
If I was having another nightmare, I was actually able to stop it in its tracks, proclaim out loud (in the dream), that "This is my dream and I
control it with my will alone". From there I could stop any nightmares I'd have. And soon after, I simply stopped having nightmares altogether. I
can't even remember the last time I had one.
There's a lot of power of your mind that can be mastered in your own dreams. Like a battlefield where, if you can deliver it there, your conscious
mind can rule your subconscious. It's fascinating stuff.