Significance of Military dreams. There are many reasons that a service member may experience military dreams. A person who is seeking a sense of community may dream of being back on the battle field in order to combat feelings of social isolation in their waking life. One of the most difficult things for a soldier to do when returning home is to reconnect on a social level with people who have not seen time on the field. Therefore the dreams provide a sense of comfort and a familiar escape to what the soldier remembers as normal.
Dealing with inner conflict caused by having to be in a combat situation may also cause the dreams to be regular and vivid. this can be both a positive and negative experience depending on the focal point of the dream. Many soldiers relive combat related situations where they felt they did not have control over their surroundings or circumstances. these dreams can be helpful to analyze so that the soldier can identify helpful coping skills in order to regain personal power in their own life. Keeping a dream journal can be helpful to soldiers who have the dream repeatedly. Analyzing repetitive symbols will help soldiers to deal with and handle repressed emotions.
A great number of combat veterans experience military dreams in the form of flashbacks. This generally happens because they have not allowed themselves to go through exercises of grieving and self-forgiveness which are required after witnessing traumatic experiences. Sometimes discussing those dreams with fellow soldiers can be helpful for people who have not yet identified the necessary coping skills for their self-improvement. In extreme cases soldiers have even reported having physical symptoms after experiencing night terrors. Working with a medical professional to address any health related problems is an essential part of the recovery process.
Service members who struggle with the negative effects of their service on their dreams do have the power to change these effects. Setting their intentions to focus on the positive parts of their service right before going to sleep can be helpful in combating night terrors. Choosing to meditate upon their willingness to serve their country and protect its freedoms before going to sleep can help reduce sleep related anxiety. Staying focused on the ability of the soldier to protect their loved ones through their service will allow the soldier to rewire their dream into a more positive set of ideas. The use of calming frequencies and music can help the mind and body to relax when sleeping.
Military Dreams are common because combat leaves a strong impression on the conscious and sub-conscious on the mind of nearly every soldier. The willingness to discuss the effects of the dreams is important so that soldiers do not have mental or physical breakdowns. Finding positive outlets of expression of negative emotions is essential to soldiers being able to find a sense of eternal balance and personal wellness. For some soldiers learning to master controlling their mind can lead to the ultimate victory, and a life of freedom.