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Baby DreamsBaby dreams often indicate a change in your life – either one that you hope for, one that you fear, or one that you simply know is coming. Just as babies are a great responsibility for new parents, the change that you see coming may often be one with new responsibilities that you cannot fully understand until you have to undertake them. It is common to have baby dreams before a change in life circumstances, such as going away to college, graduating, getting a job, or getting married. Many people who have baby dreams prior to getting married take it as a sign that they are going to get pregnant quickly. While prophetic dreams are indeed possible, there is also the possibility that the dream simply indicates the new life that you are about to build together.

A baby dream may also indicate a fresh new start, such as moving to a new town. If you can introduce yourself to people as a completely new person, without carrying in any baggage from already being known in the town or social situation, it is like you are a new baby, free to define yourself in any way you want. Your feelings about this new start may be reflected in the circumstances and emotions surrounding the baby in your dream. For instance, if you dream of a crying baby, it may indicate fears that you will not succeed in your new location or life. You may need to take some care to nurture yourself and to calm these fears.

Your dream about a baby may also indicate something or someone you are nurturing or need to nurture. If you dream of another person being a baby, this may indicate that you see that person as being helpless or needing your support, or it may indicate a true weakness in the person that you are unaware of. This is especially true if you dream of someone as a baby who in waking life is a very strong and confident person. This person may be hiding insecurities or weaknesses which he or she is not willing to express to the world. Your subconscious may be tuning in to an aspect of this person which both your and their conscious minds do not realize is even present.

A baby often symbolizes a project or aspiration that you are nurturing. We often refer to our special projects as our “babies,” and this is true in our subconscious minds as well as in our waking speech. To dream about protecting a baby, giving birth to a baby, or rocking a baby may in this context indicate your feelings about your project or goal, while seeing a baby crib may mean your hope for a project or dream that has not yet been “born” or concretely begun. Dreaming about danger coming to your baby indicates fears for the future of your project, which you have begun to feel protective and motherly toward. Watching the baby grow, play, laugh, crawl, walk, or talk likewise signifies your hopes for the project. Of course, these dreams may also be prophetic, indicating the future outcome of your project and the success it is destined to have.

Just as a baby is completely dependent on others, a baby dream may indicate dependence, especially if you dream that you are the baby. You may feel vulnerable and at the mercy of others. The circumstances of this dream will indicate your feelings about this situation. Are you abandoned and afraid in the dream? This is an indication of a lack of trust on your part, or a lack of trustworthiness on theirs. If you feel safe and taken care of, this is an indication of the trust you have in the people you rely on. You clearly feel that you can be vulnerable around them and that they will not betray you. This is a relationship to nourish, but be careful about being too needy, or taking more than you give. Scientists speculate that baby animals and humans are cute as a biological defense mechanism, to ensure that their mothers will take care of them.

As an adult, you do not have that same defense mechanism, and if you are a “taker” or an energy leech in a relationship, you will be a burden on your friends and loved ones until they begin pushing you away. If you feel that your baby dream is telling you this about yourself, it is time to take positive action in your friendship or relationship and change this. Show interest in their affairs rather than only talking about your own, come with ideas for activities or games, pay for dinner, or even make some more friends so as to not rely on the same friends over and over again. Similarly, if you dream that your friend or loved one is a baby, this may indicate that you feel the power and energy of the relationship is unbalanced, and that the other person is dependent on you. You may feel overtaxed, similar to a mother with a small baby. Take some time for yourself and focus on your own self-care. You may want to talk to this friend and ask him or her to take a more active or contributory role in the relationship.

If you dream that you have a baby but cannot find him or her, or that you are hiding a baby, this often indicates that you have vulnerabilities which you are not willing to reveal to others. You may wish to examine the baby in the dream and find out what these vulnerabilities and insecurities are, because you might not even be aware of the fears inside you and the things that you are trying to hide.

Pregnancy DreamsDuring pregnancy, hormones often make you have crazy, unexpected, and sometimes downright disturbing dreams. Why do pregnant women have such frequent and intense dreams? First, because you’re probably sleeping more (at least you should be) and waking up more. Between the effects of progesterone in the first trimester making you need to go to the bathroom four times a night, to the effects of an eight-pound fetus in the third trimester making the same thing happen, you have many opportunities to wake up and remember your dreams. Also, the dreams you have after waking up once are often more vivid and easy to remember than the dreams you have at the beginning of the night. If there is any reason beyond this why pregnant women remember their dreams more, it has not yet been discovered.

Pregnancy dreams are also often quite bizarre. You may dream about being pregnant with an alligator, or you may dream about your great-auntie Enid dancing the can-can. There is no telling what you are going to dream when you are pregnant, and many people ascribe a lot of meaning to these pregnancy dreams. One caveat, though: you will have many, many dreams while you are pregnant, and some of them may be significant, but some simply will not be.

The dream about being chased down the street by Godzilla is probably related to your stress at work, and probably does not indicate that your child will be in any way abnormal. At the same time, though, many of your dreams will reflect your feelings about your pregnancy, any hopes or fears you may have, and may even indicate your current and growing relationship with the tiny person in your womb.

The Three Trimesters of Pregnancy

  • In your first trimester, your body is working hard to create the placenta which will feed your baby for the next nine months. Your uterus is filling with amniotic fluid, and your conscious mind, subconscious mind, and body are all working hard to come to terms with the reality of growing a new life inside you. Dreams of fruits and flowers are common, as well as other symbols of fertility. Water dreams are common, if for no other reason than the fact that you probably have to urinate all the time now. If you dream about swimming, this may indicate an identification with your baby, who is swimming in amniotic fluid. Dreams about fish, frogs, and other aquatic animals may also symbolize your baby.
  • In your second trimester, your dreams are likely to reflect your feelings about your changing body. Your dreams may reflect feelings of being beautiful and goddess-like, or they may reflect feelings of being enormous and grotesque. This is normal, just as it is normal to switch from these feelings from day to day (and even minute by minute) in your waking life. As you begin to feel your baby move, you may dream about little animals. You may dream of danger coming to your baby; this also is normal and should not be taken offhand as a prophecy of doom. Your subconscious is adjusting to the idea of being mother and protector of a helpless little person, and it is common for safety fears to begin even before the baby is born. You may also dream of your baby as being a little monster trying to hurt you. This, too, is normal and nothing to worry about. Your subconscious knows that your entire reality is changing, and that this baby is responsible for it, and therefore sees the baby as something of a threat. This is, again, perfectly normal and does not mean that you are going to be a bad mother.
  • In the third trimester, your baby becomes very active and strong brainwaves are measurable. (They have been present for some time already.) You may have bonding dreams with your baby, and some women even report having dreams in which their babies tell them their names. You may dream about your baby’s sex, if you have not found it out yet. You may dream about going on a journey or preparing for a difficult task. In a sense, you are, and your subconscious is working through this. Many women dream about labor, or even have nightmares about labor. While this may be frightening, you can rest easy knowing that this is actually a good thing: studies have shown that women who have nightmares about labor often have shorter and easier labors. The brain has in a sense practiced for the task of labor and has prepared itself, similar to the way the meditation practice technique of imagining yourself shooting perfect free throws or dancing a waltz can help you do these tasks in waking life.

Anxious dreams and nightmares that reflect worry about your ability as a mother are also common. You may dream that you lose your baby and cannot find him, or that you are holding your baby and she suddenly disappears or falls apart. These dreams reflect a perfectly normal anxiety about the upcoming task of motherhood, especially in first-time mothers who have never experienced this before. Even for mothers who already have children, it is common to have this sort of nightmare as birth approaches, as the mind works through the prospect of having a delicate, tiny, and completely dependent human being to care for again and the responsibility that comes with it.

While nightmares and worry dreams are normal and not in themselves a cause of worry, do not disregard them offhand either. Your subconscious can tell you things about your body that your conscious mind does not know, and if you have a worrisome dream that repeats itself, or if you have the feeling that something is wrong, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor. Doctors are used to the intuition of mothers and can check you for any problems that your dreams may be revealing.

In Kundalini yoga, the snake is the energy center coiled at the base of your spine. This is the seat of creativity and emotions. Snake dreams are therefore often connected to your creativity and the instinctual part of your being. The snake is often the inner you – the deepest part of your humanity. In snake dreams, you may gain insight into your deepest desires, the motivations that inspire your actions, and the creative muse that you should follow. The path that the snake takes is often the direction your subconscious wants you to go.

In Western culture, snakes are often seen as being harmful and dangerous, not only because they may be poisonous, but because Western religious myths label the snake as the cause of the fall of man. Because the images we learn as children sink deeply into our subconscious, the snake may also represent to a Westerner a danger, a person who cannot be trusted, or the fear of betrayal. Even though the snake in mysticism is intimately connected with the subconscious and the creative side, a snake symbol that indicates danger and betrayal may also be a completely legitimate Western dream, especially for those from an Abrahamic faith, as it reflects a symbol imbibed from childhood. Pay attention to the circumstances and especially the emotions surrounding the symbol of the snake, especially if you were raised in an Abrahamic faith, as it may symbolize either the creative urge or a lurking danger. However, when analyzing your dream, do not be quick to assume that the snake is evil.Snake Dreams Symbol

Regardless of your religious background, snake dreams are incredibly powerful and revealing about interior aspects of yourself. Even in yoga traditions, the Kundalini snake can be dangerous if uncontrolled. It is important to understand the snake and to examine what it is about in your own dream, rather than to simply translate it as a dream symbol. The following are some other symbols that a snake may represent in your dream. To understand which of these your dream represents, or if it represents a combination of them, use the surrounding symbols and the emotions present in your dream, as well as your intuition to determine the meaning of your snake dream.

Phallic symbol: According to Freudian dream analysis, the snake is a phallic symbol, and as such it represents male energy or your sexuality. Your snake dreams may be giving you insight into your own sexuality, or else they may represent the aggressive, goal-focused male energy that is often described as the root of business success. Even if you are a woman, this aggressive, somewhat ruthless energy is often necessary for achieving your goals, and the snake in your dream may give you insight into how to do this more effectively. As a symbol of sexuality, your snake dreams may be indicating to you a need to become more comfortable with this part of yourself, especially if you dream of a poisonous snake or otherwise feel fear about the snake in your dream.

Wild side/Instincts: A snake, of course, is a wild animal which man may tame and make accustomed to his touch, but which will never ultimately be the sort of companion to man that a dog or a cat is. Dreaming about a snake may therefore represent the wild and untamed side of you; the passions that may go against cultural and societal expectations. As such, the snake may be an intimidating and uncomfortable symbol because it may reveal desires in you that you would not admit to in your polite waking life.

Spiritual nature: As the root of the Kundalini, the snake is a symbol of your spiritual nature, which can also be an uncomfortable facet of yourself to confront, especially if you have become accustomed to living life on the surface, becoming distracted by day-to-day needs and stresses and failing to examine your deep spiritual needs or desires. Following the snake can teach you a lot about yourself, especially in the aspects which you have heretofore not addressed or confronted. Though the snake may seem sinister, it has a lot to teach about your innermost self; in fact, for many of us, truly confronting our innermost self is itself a sinister and sometimes frightening experience.

Spirit guide: In many traditions, a person will have an animal act as a spirit guide, appearing in dreams, daydreams, and visions at times of decision or change, or when the person is struggling and in need of guidance. If your spirit guide is a snake, you are a very lucky person, because this means that you are a deeply spiritual individual and profoundly in tune with your spiritual, instinctive, and creative sides.

Healing: Snakes are a symbol of healing, from the Biblical event of Moses placing a serpent for the Hebrews to look at to cure them, to the staff of Asclepius, the Greek healer, with its signature serpents entwined about it. In fact, the symbol of the medical field itself, the staff with two serpents, is a reference to the practice of Asclepius and the symbolic healing power of snakes. While you might think of snakes as being connected to venom, illness, and death, they are also a powerful symbol of health and healing. The practice of Asclepius was intimately connected with dreams, as dreams were supposed to be a place to receive insights about the causes of your afflictions so that they could be cured, and cures themselves were supposed to happen in dreams at Asclepieion dream temples. If you are dreaming of a snake, therefore, it may be pointing you to the remedy you need or telling you about the ailment that is making you ill, causing your life to stagnate, or bringing unhappiness into your life.

Ancient beliefs: In Irish Christian myth, St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland, which has long been considered a metaphor for the banishment of the druids in the wake of Christianity. A snake in your dream may be a symbol of an ancient, forgotten wisdom that has been suppressed by more modern views and beliefs.

At certain times in your life you may find yourself and your actions are being closely scrutinized.  If you are at all uncertain that you can successfully pass close scrutiny, you may find yourself dreaming that you’re taking a test and failing.  These types of dreams are considered mirror dreams, or dreams that mirror your feelings back to you.  They are not meant to provide you with information about anyone else, but instead to show you areas of your life that need attention.

This dream can take different forms.  You may be unable to find the testing center and as you quickly travel through corridors, you can’t find anyone who can tell you where you’re supposed to be to take the test.  Or perhaps you’ve arrived at the correct place, but you find that you had the time wrong, the test is over, and everyone has gone home.

Test dreamsAnxiety

It could be that you arrive for the test at the right place and time, but you don’t have the number 2 pencils the test giver demands, and you are not allowed to take the exam.  Maybe you do have the pencils but the exam you’ve been handed is completely blank and you aren’t able to let anyone know, or the pencils keep breaking when you try to answer.

Perhaps everything is fine until you see the test and realize you don’t know any of the answers.  You receive the test with a great big red failure mark covering the page.

You’ve failed and you won’t be able to reap the rewards that a successful passing grade would have afforded you.  Not only that, but others are now mocking you, pointing and laughing as they brandish their own tests marked with passing grades.

Fear of Failure

This is a nightmare that most people have endured in their lifetime.  The test is significant, but may be taken literally or symbolically.  Maybe you’re about to sit for your final exams and you’re unsure that you’re ready.  You may suffer this dream in the nights preceeding the exam date.

If the dream is meant symbolically, the exam could mean something quite different.  Something is likely causing you distress in your waking life and you’re not feeling up to the challenge.

Being scrutinized is uncomfortable for most people, so this dream is rather common.  Unless you have relatively healthy self-esteem, you may feel as if you’re not going to measure up, that you’re going to fail the test.

Perhaps you’re up for a promotion or a pay raise and you fear you aren’t going to be considered good enough to get it.  You may be one of two or more who are being considered for the promotion and you aren’t sure how you measure up against the competition.  This dream could be a manifestation of those fears and could help you to recognize that there’s something that needs attention.  Maybe there’s something you can do to put yourself ahead of your peers in the minds of your bosses.

The Need to Commit

Or it could be that you’re working on a project and you just haven’t put your all into it.  You’re aware that it isn’t your best work and now that it’s time to turn it in, you’re worried that you’re going to be found out.

This type of dream can alert you to subconscious thoughts that plague you, telling you that you should prepare better, work harder, and do more to create the project that your teacher or boss is looking for.

For some, this dream is a reflexion of their every day anxiety.  If you feel you don’t measure up, if you think that you’re in over your head; you may have a test dream.  If you are not confident that you are ready to move up to the next step in your life, the anxiety may overwhelm you and spill over into your dreams.

This anxiety is common in people who are working their way up the ladder, trying to make a name for themselves in their field of choice while trying to keep up with the Joneses next door.

It’s a very busy time of life when even finding enough time to sleep is hard.  Dreams that magnify your fears just increase your anxiety.

If these dreams are plaguing you, it may be time to step back, take stock of what’s important, and concentrate on those things while letting the others go.  You’ll find you’ll be happier by day and sleep better by night.

About 20% of people experience test dreams at some time in their lives, though it’s more common in teens and young adults whose lives are generally more stressful than those of young children and older adults.

They are often recurring dreams that continue until the problem is resolved.  They may not always take the same form, but the feeling of inadequacy will be central to the dream each time.

Causes of Test Dreams

Indulging in procrastination can cause you to have test dreams.  You know it needs to be done, you know there’s a deadline, but you convince yourself that you have plenty of time.  You put it off.  Deep inside you know that the deadline is approaching and you’re going to have to do some fancy footwork to find the time to get it done if you don’t attend to it now while you have the time.  You may ignore the building anxiety in favor of doing something else that’s much more fun, but it’s always there in the back of your head, waiting to plague your dreams.  A lack of motivation is difficult to overcome, but you’ll know the problem is coming to a head when it starts interfering with your sleep.  It’s time to start working on it while you’re awake.

If you fear being left behind while the rest of the world advances, if you feel alone and you worry that you don’t measure up, that the crowd is moving ahead while you’re unable to keep up, if you feel you just aren’t good enough, these feelings may manifest themselves in dreaded test dreams.

The dreams are your subconscious’ way of making you aware of feelings you may be trying to hide from yourself.  They are there to alert you to the need to take action.  You may need to work harder, or simply learn to believe in yourself and your worth to the people and world around you.

“I dreamed about losing my teeth!” Dreaming of teeth, and particularly of losing your teeth, is a common recurring dream.  In fact, dreaming that your teeth are falling out is one of the most common dreams reported to some dream researchers.  The dream could involve the dreamer’s own teeth falling out, or the teeth of someone they can see.

In the dream the teeth can fall out in different ways.  They can crumble into small pieces and fall into the dreamer’s hands, or they can fall out one by one while the dreamer is frozen in shock.  It may be that they don’t fall out at all, but rot or grow crooked.

There is no one accepted reason why someone may dream of losing all their teeth, but there are several common theories.  As with other such dreams, dreams of loss of teeth is merely symbolism.  The symbols may mean something entirely different for you than they do for your neighbor or friend.

Losing Your Teeth Has Different Meanings

“The Meaning of teeth dreams is relative to the dreamers own life experiences.

Teeth DreamsPresages of Death

In come cultures in places such as Greece, Hispaniola, and Bosnia, if you dream your teeth are falling out or that your watching someone else lose their teeth, you’re receiving a notice that someone in your family will die, usually within a week.  Some say that if there is no pain involved in the dream that the death will be someone outside the family; but if there is pain, it will be a family member.  There are many cultures that have passed down this belief for generations.

Thought this is a popular belief for quite a few cultures, it doesn’t hold true for everyone.  In fact, dream researchers report that thousands of people have had teeth dreams that didn’t foretell of death.

Disease

When you lose your teeth you’re losing your ability to survive without struggle.  Such a dream may be an indication of the presence of disease within yourself or someone you love.

Loss of Power

Teeth represent strength and force.  They allow us to rip and tear, bite and chew.  A loss of teeth can signalize a loss of power in your life.  This might be due to feeling powerless at work or if something is happening to you that you feel powerless to stop.  It may be as simple as feeling that no one understands what you’re trying to say.

Anxiety Over Appearance

Menopausal women frequently have dreams in which they are losing their teeth.  This can be an indication of a fear of becoming unattractive because of the changes brought by menopause.

These dreams have also tormented people who are feeling or seeing the affects of aging on their bodies.  A couple of grey hairs or a new wrinkle can signal the beginning of the deterioration of looks and physical ability, and bring on a nightmare in which the dreamer loses his teeth.

Fears of rejection can cause one to dream of losing their teeth.  Being unattractive to the opposite sex, being unable to perform sexually, or being perceived as unattractively old or weak might bring on a dream of teeth loss.

Lies

In Chinese lore, when someone loses their teeth in a dream they are being warned that lies are being spoken.

Spiritual Warnings

The Bible mentions teeth in Psalm 58:6 when King David prays for God to destroy his enemies.  He asks God to “Break their teeth in their mouth.”   Teeth are needed to chew food, they represent power.  To break someone’s teeth would be to reduce their power, reduce their ability to survive.  So losing your teeth in a dream could relate to a loss of power.

In Ezekiel 30:24 it says:  “And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand:  but I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded [man].”  Teeth are bones and in this instance we see the breaking of bones as the weakening of power.

Some spiritual leaders counsel that dreams of the loss of teeth mean that there is a loss of faith.  The dreamer is being warned that they are placing their faith in someone or something other than God.

Another spiritual interpretation involves a dream with falling teeth and loss of blood.  This indicates a demonic attack on the dreamer’s soul, possibly brought on by a lack of faith in God.

Looking a Fool

Dreams of teeth loss can also be interpreted as fears of being seen as foolish.  Losing your teeth while in a crowd may indicate that you’re afraid of being embarrassed in front of others.  Perhaps you’ll be giving a talk in front of a crowd and you’re nervous about how you’ll be received.  You might dream that your teeth are falling out in front of a crowd as a manifestation of these fears.  When you’ve given that talk and your worries are behind you, the dream should fade.

If you’re in front of just one other person when you lose your teeth, take a look at the person in your dream.  They may be an accurate or symbolic representation of someone you want to impress but are afraid you’ll instead embarrass yourself and look the fool when you next meet.

Money

Remember the Tooth Fairy?  That tale may have imprinted itself in your psyche and the loss of teeth in your dream may be related to money.

Ambivalence

If your career is not satisfying for you and you’re feeling stuck doing something you really don’t enjoy, you may have dreams of losing your teeth.

Follow your gut feeling when interpreting your dreams.  These are popularly accepted meanings, but in the end, you should rely only on yourself and what your own subconscious is trying to tell you.

By paying close attention to your dreams and what they mean to you, personally, you are taking charge of your own life.  Your attention to matters your subconscious mind brings to your attention can help you to stop small fires before they become infernos.

“I’m Flying!” Dreaming of Flying can be empowering.  Flying dreams are one of a rare breed of dreams that most often have good meanings.  Understanding the meaning of your dreams will depend on the context of the dream. Often, the dreamer is fully aware that he or she is dreaming.  This type of dream is referred to as a “lucid dream.”  In these dreams you are usually fully in charge and able to fly anywhere you choose.

Often during a flying dream you’ll feel as if you’ve always known how to fly; that flying is a completely natural activity that is as much a part of your life as breathing.  You are enjoying the scenery, feeling like you’re flowing smoothly through the air, unbothered by opposing winds or obstacles in your path.  The freedom to fly without fear, without weights that hold you to a mundane life on the ground, can be the most exhilarating feeling you’ve ever experienced.

Understanding the Meaning of Your Dream

Meaning of flying in a dreamA lucid dream of flying without complications leaves you feeling strong, empowered, and on top of the world when you wake.  When you wake you may be able to connect this dream with a situation in which you’re currently involved.  The dream suggests that you’re feeling good about the situation and are in charge of it.  You feel as if you’re invincible, that nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.  These dreams suggest that you are currently at the top of your game and your future is looking bright.

Falling dreams are also very common among dreamers.

There are, however, flying dreams that include complications, and understanding those complications can help you to understand and resolve problems in your waking life.

Common Difficulties that Occur in Flying Dreams:

Being Held Back

Having trouble taking off means someone is holding you back, keeping you from moving forward to the next step in your life.  If the setting of your dream is your work, then perhaps you don’t feel motivated to take your career to the next level, at least not in the current setting.  Maybe it’s time for a change.  If the setting is home, it may be time for family discussions.  Maybe a family member’s own wishes are holding you back from where you’d really like to be.

Powerlessness

If there are obstacles in your path as you fly and you can’t fly freely, consider that there might be obstacles in your waking life that are keeping you from moving ahead with your dreams.  Your mind may be alerting you to these obstacles in the hope that once identified, they can be resolved.

Fear of Success or Challenges

If you find you are afraid that you’re flying too high, it may be that something in you fears the changes brought on by success.

Spiritual Aspects of Flying

Dreams of flying have special meanings to those interested in their own spirituality.  For instance:  If you are flying upwards, it is believed you are growing spiritually and achieving a higher level.

Flying down toward the ground may mean that you are attempting to be more in tune with your unconscious mind.

If, in your dream, you are flying low and parallel to the ground, it is believed to mean that you are travelling effortlessly through your everyday life.

You may even find yourself flying backwards in a dream.  Spiritualists believe that this is a reflection of a desire to look back on your life and relive past joys and sorrows.  Then, with the understanding brought by clear hindsight, you wish to bring healing and resolution to anxieties and fears that have been plaguing you in your waking life.

Sexual Release

Sigmund Freud believed that flying dreams were a means of sexual release. Freud believed that most dreams are centered around sexual oppression that is suppressed by society morals. The dream of flying around is released your sexual tension and being free. Freud’s theories on dreams came about during the Victorian era. A period of time when everyone was sexually oppressed and help back. This is why most of his theories revolve around sex and sexual freedom.

Falling When Flying

A beautiful flying dream can morph into a nightmarish falling dream should we lose confidence in our ability to fly.  If you find yourself in this situation, your awareness of it means it is a lucid dream and you’ll be able to change it.  Throw out your arms and take charge of your flight once again.

If you find that you’re unable to discard the fear, then tell yourself to come awake.  You should be able to instantly come awake the moment you think that.  It may leave your heart racing, but at least you won’t have to experience hitting the ground.

Lucid Dreaming – How to Have a Flying Dream

If you want to have a flying dream, it is possible to initiate one by lucid dreaming.  There are tricks that you must master before you can fly unencumbered.

First, you must change your dream from something that’s happening to you, to something you’re in charge of.  If you think back to some of your more memorable dreams, you may find that there were times in which you were aware that you were dreaming.

Before sleeping, firmly remind yourself that the moment you recognize that you’re dreaming, you will take charge.  This is your dream, it is up to you whether you’re in charge of the events as they unfold.

Once you’ve gained control of the dream, you must let go of the belief that you are grounded by human limitations.  Remind yourself that this is a dream and absolutely anything is possible.  Bring in a friend, if you like.  Sometimes, that friend will even remember the dream the next day.

Imagine yourself in an open area and start hopping.  Higher and higher you’ll hop until you realize you can stretch out your arms and fly.  Once aloft, do not worry about obstacles, you are in charge and if obstacles appear, they are nothing to you.  Fly around them.  Soar higher.  Fly into space if that pleases you.  There are no limits when you are in charge in a lucid dream.

In fact, if you’re hoping to have an out-of-body experience, a lucid flying dream is a great start.  Once flying, imagine yourself visiting the destination of your choice.  You may be able to relate accurate details about the location when you wake.

Nightmares can be changed to flying dreams, as well.  Either decide to fly away, or back off and hover over the situation to get a better perspective.  It may help you solve something that’s been causing you stress in your life.

Practice this night after night and soon your waking life will be working in your favor as you begin to realize just how much power you really have over your life.

“I kept on falling in my dream!” Falling dreams are a very common type of dream.  Nearly everyone has experienced a falling dream at some time in their life, and most of us have had them multiple times.  If you are experiencing falling dreams you may feel as if you’re falling for long minutes, experiencing terror the entire time.  Your blood pressure may rise, your heart rate may accelerate, and you may sweat through your night clothes.  An experience like that can ruin your night’s sleep and put you off your game for the rest of the day.  Though these dreams can happen at any time of the night, they most often happen just as you fall asleep, causing temporary insomnia in some people.  Figuring out what is causing these dreams can help you regain your equilibrium in both your waking and sleep states.

What causes falling dreams?

Falling DreamsOne theory for why we these dreams, is that we’re having a subconscious reaction to a physiological event.  We are “falling asleep”, and that means our bodies are going through a process that we act out in our dreams.

As we begin to fall asleep, our heart rate begins to slow and our blood pressure begins to drop.  As our nervous system begins to quiet, our body temperature also slightly drops.  This could cause us to dream as if we’re experiencing this as a literal free fall, as if we’ve fallen off a building or from an airplane without a parachute.  We often jerk back awake during this event, which has caused some to speculate that if we didn’t come awake, our bodies would die the moment our dream selves hit the ground.  Thankfully, that has been proven to be untrue.  Our physical bodies can’t die as a result of dying in our sleep.

A loss of control

Though the physiological event of drifting off into sleep may cause many falling dreams, it isn’t the only reason we dream we are caught in an out of control free fall.  More often, perhaps, we dream of free falling because some part of our lives is out of our immediate control.

No matter how much we may sit and plan out our lives, they rarely run as smoothly as we hope.  Our careful plans are often disrupted by events beyond our control.  Perhaps if we lived in a controlled environment, there would be no need for dreams of falling.  Unfortunately, someone or something is always throwing a monkey wrench into the works and we end up feeling vulnerable; we feel as if our lives are out of control.  We feel overwhelmed because we can’t predict the outcome and we aren’t sure we can plan for it.

“It is important for you to remember the details of the dream.”

If you’re having dreams in which you’re falling and have absolutely no control over your descent, and you wake from this dream panting, sweating, and feeling anxious, take a look at your life and see if there are any areas in which something else is controlling your future.

An instructive example

It can happen in any area of life.  Maybe you’re gunning for a promotion, one that’s an essential building block to your entire future.  You’ve got it all planned…the house, the car, the 2.5 kids…then the boss brings in someone from the outside and it looks like they’re being groomed for that position.  It throws everything off.  The future is suddenly far less certain.  You might feel anxious.  You may worry that you won’t be able to follow your original plan.  You may even have to consider changing companies or even careers, necessitating throwing your entire plan away and creating a new one, but you don’t yet know where the chips will fall.

Suddenly, you’re having falling dreams.

Of course, it needn’t be career plans that are throwing your life out of whack.  Changes in family, taking on a new large commitment, even feeling as if someone you depend on is letting you down can cause you to feel anxious enough to experience a free falling dream.

Dealing with these dreams means dealing with the issues that may be causing them.  Once you’ve determined the cause, you can deal with the feelings that they bring.

The key may be remembering

If you remember your dream well enough to know why you were falling, it can help you determine what area of your life is causing you the unconscious stress.  Knowing that can help you deal with it and overcome it.  Reducing that stress will have many more benefits than helping you to stop the dreams.

Where you fall can be significant.  If you fall from a building or onto a building, the building itself may tell you what your stressor is.  Is it your home, your office, or maybe a government building?  Try to remember what you fall onto or from to further examine where the stress comes from.

If you’re pushed off a high surface you may be pushing yourself too hard.  Consider the different projects you have going.  Is it too much?  Should you let some go?

If the person who pushed you is someone you know, that person may be the cause of your stress.  Once you know this consciously, you can concentrate on the relationship and work out how to reduce the pressure.

There are many ways in which a person can fall and each of those ways can say something about your situation.  Try to remember the exact circumstances of your fall so you can find the triggers that set off the anxiety in your life.

To help you with this, try an exercise before you fall asleep.  Decide that if you dream of falling again you are going be completely aware of the circumstances before and during the fall, and of the target onto which you’ll land.

Once you decide to be aware of this in your conscious mind, your unconscious mind may respond by helping you to be alert to all of the circumstances around your fall, and to remember them when you wake.

When you become successful at examining your dreams, you can use those dreams to alter your life change your life for the better.

“I’m Being Chased!”  At some point in your life you’ve probably experienced these three terrifying words in a dream. The act of running away and fleeing from something triggers a fight or flight response. This is your bodies natural defense mechanism to avoid physical threats that might harm you. If you have a dream where you are being chased by someone or something, take a few moments to analyze what it could mean. Generally, your subconscious is trying to give your conscious mind insight into something that you might be running from in your waking state.

What Do These Dreams Really Mean?

When it comes to understanding Chase dreams the most significant factor you should be looking at is who are you running from? Identifying the chaser in the dream is the first step to understanding the underlying meaning of this dream. Specific details about the chaser can help you unlock specific truths about yourself that you might not have known before.

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The standard scenario of the fleeing or chase dream is the dreamer is being pursued by an attacker – an animal, person, monster, or someone unknown – who is trying to cause you harm.

In the chase dream you are on the defensive trying to evade being caught by the pursuer in your dream. You may try to simply outwit you pursuer or you may try to get away by running.  The standard feelings that one gets in the chase or flee dream is a feeling of insecurity, anxiety, being out of control, and fear.

Chase Dreams can Signal Avoidance

chase dreamsThe common interpretation for the chase dream is that you are being told by your subconscious that there is an issue or person that you have been trying to avoid. In the chase dream your pursuer matters for the meaning. If you are being chased by someone you know it could be that you fear the individual exposing something about you to others or discovering something personal. Being chased by an animal will have a different meaning than being chased by a person.

The person who is chasing you in the dream may also be a certain aspect or characteristic of yourself. If you have feelings of fear, anger, jealousy, or hate, they can often manifest themselves as a threat in a dream. The figure in your dream could also represent characteristics or feelings that you have chosen to reject.

Dreaming about being chased may also mean that you are trying to avoid something painful, uneasy or fearful of something. These feelings in the real world can often be expressed in a person’s subconscious through the act of dreaming about it. People who don’t like to confront situations in the real world and run away from their problem may have a chase or fleeing dream. It is always important to ask yourself what you are running from in the dream.

Distance Matters

The specific distance between you and your pursuer may also be relevant in the context of your dream. If the person is gaining distance on you, it could represent the problem not going away unless you deal with it head on. This might require you to confront the specific issue and address it head on. Conversely, if you are able to outrun the pursuer, it could mean that the problem can resolve itself and will fade over time.

There are also some people who have the chase dream for fear of being physically attacked in the real world. Women in particular may have a chase dream for fear of being attacked by a man or stranger. If you always see the news and media continually show images of rape and abuse, these things can often manifest themselves in a dream. To resolve this issue you might want to consider rationalizing these fears and ask yourself if they are warranted. Many people have many irrational fears due to the amount of television and news they watch on a weekly basis.

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What If I’m the Person Chasing in a Dream?

If you happen to be the one pursing another person in the dream it has whole different meaning. This could mean that you are driven to go after a specific goal or person. In Freudian context it could mean you are sexual pursing this person, expression your deep desire for them. Chasing something in a dream could also mean that you are falling behind in your life and trying to catch up before it gets away from you.

If you have chase dreams you should take the time to analyze what is causing the dream and see if you can find meaning in the dream. Although some dreams feel very memorable, not all dreams are equal in their level of importance. Take the time to look up specific symbols in your dream to start understanding the meaning of your dream.

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.

“I had a dream about being naked!” The dream of being naked or semi-nude is something that you would have experienced at some point in your life. The dreamer in the naked dream will often be going about doing a normal activity – going to school, giving a presentation, standing in line – when suddenly there is a realization of being completely naked. That act of being naked in a dream can symbolize a number of different things in the real world. The interpretation of these dreams should always be taken into context with the dreamer.

People have different perceptions about being nude or naked. Some people view nudity as a freedom of expression and go out of their way to show off their nude bodies. You will often find these people at nude beaches or other public places in the nude. Nudity for these dreamers represents something completely different than a majority of people who view nudity as embarrassing and something that should not be revealed in public. You should ask yourself how the dream made you feel? The majority of dreams involving nudity have a negative connotation associated with it.

Nude Dreams Should be Taken in Context with the Dreamer

Dreaming of being naked is a sign of great vulnerability and insecurity. You fear others seeing you for exactly what you are, and you desire to hide some part of yourself which you feel to be shameful or embarrassing. Dreaming of being naked in a crowd also represents social anxiety and the feeling of not fitting in among other people. There may also be some negative body image associated with this dream, especially if you dream specifically of others being able to see particular body flaws. You may need to gain acceptance of your body by spending some significant waking time naked, in order to stop trying to hide from yourself as well.

dream of nudityMany dreamers who find themselves in these situations will feel extremely embarrassed or ashamed when they realize they are standing in a public area with little or no clothing on. Usually these dreams reflect ones feeling of vulnerability or shame about being in that position.

There might be something that the dreamer is subconsciously hiding and scared that people might discover this secret. Because clothes are used as a form of protection from the outside world, when we strip away our clothes, we become vulnerable to people around us because we don’t have any layers of protection.

Naked Dreams can Symbol Embarrassment

Having a naked dream could mean that you are trying to cover up certain things in your life because you fear the embarrassment if others found out. You could also be trying to act in a way or do something that is not truly you. These anxieties are often presents when people are trying to make an impression on people they look up to. Someone in a new job or recently in a new relationship may have doubts about expressing certain feelings or issues about themselves.

The act of being nude or semi –nude in a dream symbolizes being caught off guard. Having your guard down makes you vulnerable to peoples judgments and opinions. If you are naked at school giving a presentation, you might not be prepared for a future project or presentation that may be due. You could also fear some of the judgment that your fellow classmates might pass on you if they found out who you really were. People often fear that others won’t accept them if they discovered who they really were. Such fear is very irrational because everyone feels these feelings at some point.

In many naked dreams others don’t realize in the dream that the dreamer is naked. Often people are going about their business without seeming to notice you standing naked in front of them. When this happens in a naked dream it means that your deep fears and concerns are often unfounded. No one cares about your fear except for you.

Dreamers who are naked with no shame or anxiety in their dream tend to have more power and freedom. Being able to expose yourself to the world with no feelings of guilt or shame shows a sense of freedom. Alternately the dream could be telling you that you are trying to attract unnecessary attention to yourself. You might be trying too hard to get noticed be people around you.

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