Nightmares often strike absolute terror into our hearts as we awake. What do they mean? We intuitively sense they may be carrying messages cloaked in mystery and intrigue. You’ve thought that before and you may be right. Many of us who have studied dreams believe they can be bringing us a message, and the more intense, the more emotional the dream, the more urgent the message may be. However, other researchers focus on relieving the person’s anxiety. Their method is simple and effective.