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Healing PTSD via Lucid Dreaming

Posted: 02 Aug 2015 16:07
by Aard
Hello! I am completely new both to lucid dreaming and to this forum. I've been battling a predicament for 2 years now, and I bumped into LD while looking for possible cures. It is a kind of PTSD I guess - an anxiety disorder or a sort; I'll try to explain it briefly yet fully.

I'm a 25 years old guy now. Since I was 8, I had a mild heart arythmia - once in a while my heart would pause for a literal split second, just to make the next beat stronger, then continuing normally. Of course I got scared the first time, but then I found out that this isn't anything out of the ordinary population-wise. So I went on with my life; but from this point I was always extra aware of and a little anxious about my heart. Then when I was 12-ish, I went through (what I found WAY later to be) an atrial fibrillation attack. A short description of this would be your heart beating 3-4 times as fast as usual, but also shallow, and very, very randomly. Just complete, panic-inducing chaos. Needless to say, I was scared out of my mind at this point. Then it happened 5 times during the course of my life; last attack 2 years ago. It was the longest one yet; I've been hospitalized - multiple specialistic examinations didn't show anything wrong with my heart or the neural system, they said the fibrillation itself is completely harmless and that people live with it for entire lives even. So I came back to regular life. But shortly after I've started to feel really bad. Tired, fearful, stressed. And fearful of my heart - every irregularity would prompt a panic attack and worsening of the aforementioned symptoms. I've became very emotional and easilly upsed, easilly stressed on a daily basis. A shadow of my former self, so to speak.

As I said at the beginning of my post, I've been battling this condition for 2 years now; the joined efforts of myself, my family and a good psychologist I've managed to arrive at this point where I can live almost normally, with occasional discomfort few times a week, and a panic attack here and there. But I want to overcome this fully! I can't help but notice all areas of my life being awfully limited by this self-sustaining fear.

The question I'd like to ask is this:

How would an experienced lucid dreamer use a lucid dream to overcome such an obstacle?

I've read about people getting out of their PTSDs like that; a guy fearing cars due to an accident kept crashing into a wall and rewinding time, until he gained control... a woman fearing heights conquered her fear by lucidly climbing towers in a dream. But how do you fight a fear of your own heart that's beating inside?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

PS. Sorry for the long introduction to the problem; I believed it was neccessary.

Re: Healing PTSD via Lucid Dreaming

Posted: 03 Aug 2015 04:32
by jasmine2
It sounds to me like you are dealing with anxiety more than PTSD symptoms, such as recurring nightmares.

Several years ago, I was transported to the ER by ambulance, due to sudden onset of severe atrial fibrillation, and I received treatment for 7 hours, but did not need CPR. I started taking some heart meds but still had some scary episodes of atrial fibrillation. I got motivated to really switch from a not very healthy diet to a healthier, mostly plant-based diet, but I still eat some low-fat dairy, chicken,turkey, fish, and dark chocolate.

Over a year, I lost excess weight, and the episodes of atrial fibrillation decreased. I read that coughing may temporarily help with heart attack symptoms. And I found that coughing several times usually stopped my residual episodes of atrial fibrillation, which pretty much disappeared,so I was able to stop taking heart medications.

I recommend the following resources. --

(1) - Article - "Psychological Healing Through Lucid Dreaming" - Robert Waggoner

(2) - Article - "Getting Rid Of Repeating Nightmares ..." -

(3) - Article - "Interview With Barry Krakow, MD On PTSD and Sleep" - West Alabama Mental Health Center -

(4) - Health Journeys - - Store -
"Relieve Stress" - CD
Click "audio sample

(5) Article - "What Is Guided Imagery?" -

(6) YouTube - "Dr. Dean Ornish - Healing Through Diet"

(7) - Website - "Ornish Lifestyle Medicine/ Nutrition -
(food spectrum - 5 groups - from most healthy to least healthy)

(8) Article - "High Nutrient Density" -