Where Do Nightmares Come From

Everyone hates getting flashbacks from things they don’t want to remember. That’s why you need to delete memories. Complacency is the mother of all nightmares. All nightmares are real. Believe in everything until it’s disproved. So believe in fairies, myths, and dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? Monsters don’t live under your bed, they live inside your head.

Only happy people have nightmares. From overeating. There are people with repetitive nightmares. What happens is you’re stressed. Then your brain tries to deal with the stress. As your brain tries to anticipate the stress and deal with it, the stress becomes so scary you’re awoken from it. That’s why you keep getting chased by a giant donut. And you wake up screaming “don’t eat me!” All this while your brain is doing it’s best to remind you that donuts can’t actually eat you.

Don’t ignore dreams. They are a line from the past to the future. Do you ever wake up from an amazing dream and try to go back to sleep? Hoping there would be a sequel? Why don’t you try that with nightmares? Scaredy-cat! I was having a bad dream once, so I woke up! Thing is, there will be nightmares. And every day when you wake up, it will be the first thing you think about. Until one day, it’ll be the second thing. You’ll be married.

A nightmare is a big dream with a bad team. My best dreams and worst nightmares have the same people in them. One minute they’re fighting with me as we attempt to end yet another world war with bows and arrows. The next minute they’re selling me off to the undead. Now when I wake up, I’m eyeing them from the corner of my eye. These psychos sold me out for a bucket of chicken. Even the Lord himself got sold for thirty pieces of silver.

The freaky thing about nightmares is realizing that they were created by your mind. You did that, you really did that! Those green goblins chasing you around the house are entirely your own imagination. You created them. It’s a movie and you’re Steven Spielberg. I wonder if film directors wake up screaming “Cut! Cut! Cut!” when they have nightmares. For those who live a nightmare reality, sleep is a black hole, lost in time, like death. Don’t wake up!

If you read my mind, I’m pretty sure you’ll be traumatized for life. That, or you’ll want to punch me in the face every five minutes. No in-betweens. The truth is that we’re all in the same game, just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils. I still have nightmares about taking tests. And in every single one of them, my pen stops working and I start sweating profusely. Even after I borrow my colleague’s pen, it wouldn’t still work. Funny thing, in the nightmare I’m also the examiner.

Kids are scared of nightmares. Why? Well, it’s because they can’t take their parents with them. I took my daughter out to lunch once. The waiter asks my daughter, “what would you like.” Daughter says, “I want to devour the unborn.” The waiter looks at me and I say, “eggs, she wants eggs.” No one has more on their to-do list than a toddler at bedtime. It’s your job to remind them that nothing can take the fear away. But they’ll find a way to live with it. You might want to do away with the teddy bears, it hastens the process.

What if your pillow collected your dreams and you could plug it into your laptop and watch them over again? Man, if this happened I’d have put Netflix out of business. Elon Musk’s idea of playing music straight to our brains doesn’t even sound crazy anymore. Most of the geniuses to have walked the earth often times have dark twisted minds. The darkness is what makes our minds create. You also create your best work in the dark. Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Homer, etc

You never know how crazy a person is till they tell you their nightmares. You listen to some people’s stories and shudder. One half of you hoping the entire thing is made up, the other half entertained. On the whole, nightmares are a gift. You see, the person is being forced awake to look at an issue that they have been avoiding. Funny how we forget the good times while the nightmares haunt us. Guess that’s a survival mechanism. We’re not here to be happy. We’re just here…

to be here

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598 thoughts on “Where Do Nightmares Come From

      1. seriously, tho’.. sometimes i think there’s a whole team up there producing dreams… they’re so rich… people who think they are random brain activity or (entirely) stored memories should lose their license to practice!

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      1. you’re quick and fast but i have an unfair advantage – A G E . FYI, little big man was a movie with dustin hoffman, i think, where he is raised by natives or something… can’t remember it was a long time ago… even for me!

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      1. Oh… they didn’t tell me that on the Smithsonian or BBC (?) show I watched the other night. All they said was that “Africans” in Africa had no neanderthal genetic materal in them but pretty much everyone outside of Africa had about 2%. Fascinating stuff, really.
        If that show is not a load of b.s. you might 2% more fully human than me!

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      2. Nah I don’t buy it. I like to go by civilizations. Ethiopia, Egypt, Greece, Rome. There are settlements in my home country that just started getting habited roughly 60 years ago.

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      3. ditto 😊 your words just rang thru my head as i came in after doing a bi-monthly food shop. I live with a senior so it is x-tra stressful! I don’t care if i drop dead but when someone else is involved, it’s a whole different ballgame. You’re a dad so I guess you get it! 😁

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      4. You’re a good man… I should add, seriously, and after a serious nap that I’m dead against suicide, mercy killing, all that kinda stuff.. we gotta tough it out here as long as our maker wants us to. That’s my true belief and practice, for the record! 😁

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      5. Yeah, well even Jesus had the odd rant/moment of venting every now and then… I guess that’s the difference between being human and being a robot… or a flim flam guru for that matter! 😉

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      1. I think I’ll have to turn in my pinball crown and give it to you… 🙂

        Ain’t got no distractions
        Can’t hear no buzzers and bells
        Don’t see no lights a-flashin’
        Plays by sense of smell
        Always gets a replay
        Never seen him fall
        That deaf, dumb and blind kid
        Sure plays a mean pinball

        I thought I was
        The Bally table king
        But I just handed
        My pinball crown to him

        Even on my favorite table
        He can beat my best
        His disciples lead him in
        And he just does the rest
        He’s got crazy flipper fingers
        Never seen him fall
        That deaf, dumb and blind kid
        Sure plays a mean pinball

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