Let’s start with a question which is very often a good start. What is a nightmare?
A bad dream.
Any fearful situation.
All true. In fact, how do we tell when we are dreaming?
Sometimes the boundaries of dream and awake are not easy to see. Interesting and true. The defined boundaries are not as solid as people convince themselves they are.
Something about it isn’t consistent with our daily pattern. Isn’t that also what makes a waking world event a “nightmare”? Something is seriously inconsistent with our expectations? This is also the definition of horror more or less, a deep seated sense that something just shouldn’t be so, just shouldn’t be present or shouldn’t occur. The same as you react physically to things you think you experience while awake, we give ourselves a false sense of security while we are awake as well. This is why we experience so much fear while we sleep.
Would you die from a dreamed fall and hitting the ground if you didn’t wake up? Actually, nobody really dies from hitting the ground, they die from the fall. Most high altitude falls kill someone with fear, heart attack.
So you could die if the dream gave you such a bad shock as to stop your heart? Yes. For obvious reasons we cannot confirm this scientifically, but they can observe the same stresses occurring in dream as while awake, or almost the same. The majority of dream related emotion is actually negative. While you sleep, your dreaming mind works out all the subtle little discomforts and confusions we condition ourselves to ignore while we are awake.
I’m usually stressed about something. There is a reason for this, and we may touch on that a bit.
How would you know you were hallucinating something?
It disappears. It doesn’t follow laws of physics? Ah, we look for inconsistencies. That is the basis of exploring the dimensions of consciousness we will be talking about in Nightmares. Recognizing the patterns of logic and behavior that serve as landmarks for different states.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.