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As George Noory says often during his radio show COAST TO COAST AM, “I don’t believe in coincidence.”

A couple of nights ago, I had yet another terrible nightmare.

As in direct response, last night my friend Rosemary Ellen Guiley was on the show.  The following note is part of this morning’s newsletter.

Nightmare2In the latter half, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, a leading expert in the metaphysical and paranormal fields, talked about nightmares and dreams, and the messages they convey. We all have disturbing dreams from time to time, when we’re in scary situations. The most common theme of nightmares have to do with being in danger, pursued or attacked, or having to flee for safety, she detailed. There is often an underlying cause to nightmares– something that has upset our balance during waking hours, and we carry that anxiety into the dream state, she said.

Nightmares, she continued, can be generated by bad sleeping habits, certain medical conditions (such as sleep apnea), a large number of pharmaceutical medications, poor nutrition, or even inherited physiological conditions. Interestingly, the author Bram Stoker was said to conceive the idea for Dracula during a nightmare, after an earlier dinner of bad seafood. There are some beneficial uses for nightmares, such as when they are recognized as early warnings of health issues, or cues to get ourselves out of stressful situations, Guiley offered. She also spoke about the power of precognitive dreams, and how symbolism can be interpreted in dream content.

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