Nighthawk wrote:If you don't mind sharing, what was the purification mantra you were taught?
Nosta wrote:I really advise you to read the ebook from the link I gave on my last post, if nightmares, bad visions and bad signs are something regular on your practice.
You will understand that they are just the reflex of bad karma - probably from previous lives - and also that they are just samsaras. Ignore the bad omens that you may find on your practice. Focus on what you have to do: nembutsu. Sensations are just sensations, be it good or bad, and a vision wont be a threat.
But if the bad visions you have are not during your practice, but while dreaming, it seems that you need much more practice. Who knows, only within years your bad dreams may stop. There are many factors here: heavy/bad karma from previous lives will affect your dreams, but also your current personality, your brain structure itself, what you do during the day, what you eat before sleep, etc. Finding the solution is hard.
I have bad dreams many times too and since young I have lots of trouble sleeping. There are some things that may help. One of them is physical exercise. I dont have a lot of time to do it (as a teacher, I must prepare classes for the next day when at home (at evening/night) and be in the school during the day, so I dont have any time for exercises, but when I do it, I will feel a LOT better and sleep much more.
I am to much of a thinker guy in a "thinking" job (I mean, a lot of bureaucracy & lot of stress dealing with classes), so the exercise is very important to me. Try that, it may help you too.
black_tea wrote:When I started practicing more consistantly my dreams became more vivid, I remembered more of them upon awakening, and while they were not all bad, there was a higher number of bad ones than I typically have (and they weren't my typical anxiety dreams either). I've been in the process of moving and that has completely disrupted my usual routine, so I've been rather lax over the past couple of weeks about nembutsu. My dreams have also returned to normal. It will be interesting to see what happens when I get back into the swing of things again.
Nighthawk wrote:black_tea, when did you start your nembutsu practice?
black_tea wrote:Nighthawk wrote:black_tea, when did you start your nembutsu practice?
I really got more serious about it back in December -- started by silently reciting on the shuttle bus to and from work, and at other points in the day. Then in January began getting up early so that no matter what I would be sure to practice everyday. I think that's about the time I started having weird dreams including some icky nightmare type stuff.
MattyNottwo wrote:I think the nembutsu could be clearing out all the garbage. I read an article recently that said Buddhism is "not for happiness." It said something like, if all your garbage isn't coming out, then it will never be removed and transformed. Just my opinion anyway. I was so happy when I started practicing and then recently it was like every neurotic thing from my life I could imagine was coming up, and I felt I was doing something wrong because so many spiritual people are so "happy go lucky." But, I think it is too easy that way. Anyway, I could be wrong.
Seishin wrote:From a completely different point of view:...
Dreams, whether nightmares or not, are the minds way of working out what's going on in your life. Nightmares tend to represent your fears (fear of loss, suffering, heart ache, phobias etc) so it might pay to look at your mindset during the whole day, even the week, rather than just the last thing you do before bedtime. I chant 108 nembutsu before bed and never had nightmares because of it.
It may also be worth noting, that just because we can't remember dreaming or having a nightmare, doesn't mean it doesn't happen. It may be, because you are focusing your mind just before you go to sleep you are able to remember and be more aware of your dreams.
PL4ever wrote:I have nightmares too. Yesterday there was a lot of blood in my dream. Last night I saw my dead grandmother and a child burning alive. This bothers me a lot. Maybe it is not a good idea to recite before sleep?
I kinda like chanting the Amitabha Sutra when I recite the Buddha's Name. For starters, it refreshes Amitabha & the Pure Land in my memory, so the recitations aren't just focusing on a word. There are some interesting side benefits from the passages where they talk about all the Buddhas of the 6 directions encouraging you to uphold the sutra and proclaiming protection by all Buddhas. I get this vibe that there's a bunch of people cheering me on, I also seem to have fewer nightmares, and get bothered less by all the crazy noises in this older house I'm renting. Before I started chanting the sutra, I trained myself to recite the Buddha's Name whenever something freaks me out - asleep or awake, and that seemed to have helped too but the difference was noticeable once I started adding the sutra.PL4ever wrote:I have nightmares too. Yesterday there was a lot of blood in my dream. Last night I saw my dead grandmother and a child burning alive. This bothers me a lot. Maybe it is not a good idea to recite before sleep?
TheSynergist wrote:I do think metta is a powerful force for improving sleep, because metta is the anecdote for fear.
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