Interpretation of Dreams – A window to the subconscious


The interpretation of dreams isn’t as straightforward as one might think. Dreams are like letters from the unconscious mind. Even modern scientists and psychologists accept dreams and their meanings are unsolved mysteries. 

We only dream for about 2 hours of the night during REM sleep. (REM – rapid eye movement) Fortunately, not everything in a dream has a subconscious meaning. Some things are just ‘background noise’ or fillers. Some dreams are clear to the dreamer: a long-lost friend reappears, a tropical beach beckons or the lottery jackpot is within reach.

But dreams don’t always tell a simple story. Dream symbols might need professional interpretation. The field of dream research becomes even more fascinating when people from different cultures and backgrounds report having similar dreams. Even when the same persom has recurring dreams of the same symbol, each time it might be interpreted differently, depending on his or her current situation.

Here are 8 such common dream symbols with a few possible interpertations:

1) Falling

Usually in these dreams the person is falling from a great height, and is symbolic of the fear of failure. People who dream of falling might have problems with work, or in a relationship.The dreamer lacks confidence in what he/she is doing or planning to do.

There is an old wive’s tale which says that, if you dream you are falling and you hit the bottom, you will die. This is not true. Falling symbolizes the mental action of waking up, and therefore the dreamer would ‘hit the bottom’ when he or she wakes up and the dream images disappear.
Dreaming of falling may the real life fear of letting go of something or someone. It also may suggest a loss of control in a given situation. Self-aggrandizement is another possibility. Are you above yourself and due a fall? 

Not all falling dreams are scary or negative. Some dreamers report a type of slow falling that indicates serenity and the act of letting go.

2) Nudity

Dreaming of being naked in public represents vulnerability and anxiety, common to people in new situations, like a new job, a new relationship or being publicly sqrutinized. You may feel vulnerable and exposed. If the nude person or the other people in the dream are not embarrassed, this symbolizes tht nothing needs to be hidden. But if the nude dreamer is ashamed, it points to a lack of confidence.

3) Being Chased

Being chased in a dream is one of the most commonly reported dreams. This mugh be because the anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid, the person is more likely to remember the dream.

Despite the nightmarish feel of being chased in a dream, it might be a positive sign of encouragement for the dreamer to face aspects of the self that has been avoided. More women than men seem to have this dream, because women are more likely to feel victimized. The dreamer needs to confront what is chacing them so that they can move beyond the fear.

Often, the reason for these dreams comes not from the fear of actually being chased, but rather what we’re running from. Chase dreams help us to understand that we may not be addressing something in our waking lives that requires our attention.

4) Teeth falling out

Teeth is a symbol of power and confidence. Therefore it follows that dreaming that your teeth are falling out, it is a sign that the dreamer lost confidence in a specific situation.

Some cultures see teeth as a bad omen and teeth falling out represent a broken relationship, or it might simply indicate the fear of growing old and being unattractive.

As teeth are the first instruments of the digestive system, in a dream teeth symbolize a means of assimilating knowledge. Losing teeth symbolizes change in one’s way of thinking.

5) Water

Dreams of water symbolize the unconscious mind. Calm pools of water reflect inner peace and that the next period in life will be positive. Murky and/or turbulent water suggest unease and problems approaching.

Pools of water, lakes, rivers, symbolize the personal unconscious, whereas oceans and seas represent the deeper collective (universal) unconscious.

6) Death

Death in a dream is frightening to most dreamers because they lack understanding of the nature of physical life and death. For the aware thinker, the physical life is known as a temporary existence for the soul.

Death or dying in a dream most often represents changes in one’s life, as when something ends and something new begins. Very seldom does death in a dream symbolize true dying of a person.

A dead person in a dream may refer to past (dead) relationship with that particular person. If you are the dead person, you need to reconsider your life. Or death may simply represent your fear of dying.

8) Flying

Dreaming of flying encourages a person to let go of current issues and allow things to fall naturally into place. Or it could refer to a situation that has become out of coltrol.

Flying in a dream, and how effectively the flying is, relates to how much control we feel we have in our lives, and whether we are confident and able to achieve our goals. High flying is one of the most euphoric dreams imaginable, while flying or “skimming” low to the ground or being caught in obstacles, like power lines, can be immensely frustrating.

9) Cheating

This dream should not be taken as predictive of infidility. Rather the drean stems from feelings of neglect when the partner spends too much time and attention on something that does not involve you.

A lack of trust, in the sense of ‘will my partner be there for me when I need him or her, could spark this dream.

Keeping a dream journal might be helpful to analysze the symbolism in your dreams as they apply to you personally.

Posted by Maggie Tideswell, author of 2 paranormal romances, Dark Moon and Moragh, Holly’s Ghost. Both are available from Amazon in paperback, ebook and audio formats, here:

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