When darkness is a key element of a dream, to rightfully understand it, you must closely inspect your overall feelings and consider what circumstances were occurring in the moment. Did darkness descend suddenly? Or did darkness fall upon you as you attempted to carry out some task? Was there another person that was cloaked or shrouded in darkness? How did you feel? Were you peaceful or afraid? Were you resisting or fighting the darkness? Was there a sense of foreboding or impending danger? Or did you simply notice the darkness around you?
For ancient people, darkness was revered. It was seen as a mystery. Dreams of darkness were warnings of unknown dangers or difficult times to come. In the darkness, our vision and ability to perceive what is around us is diminished and necessitates that we should use caution when moving forward as we attempt to navigate our way.
A person surrounded by darkness or one who embraces darkness should be seen as suspect, because they use darkness to cover their actions and hide their misdeeds. This can be taken as a forewarning that the person or situation is not to be trusted and should be possibly avoided. If you choose to proceed, do so with awareness.
If within your dream darkness comes over you, it means that a forthcoming situation will be unclear or confusing. If you find yourself fighting with or in the darkness it means you are struggling with understanding your circumstances and are having problems finding your footing.
Darkness however, need neither be positive nor negative. When we go to sleep, we close our eyes and slip into the world of darkness. As the sun sets and dissolves into the night sky, the world is blanketed in darkness. Darkness is reflected in the seasons of winter with the shortening of the days, death of leaves of plants and their decay. This is not an end. The winter always gives way to the new. The joy of rebirth is celebrated by the promise of blossoming of spring every year. This is a necessary part of the cycle of life. Just as we don’t fear the winter, we have no reason to fear the darkness. We need only heed its message and remain alert, watchful and hopeful. Perhaps in your waking life, in a job or relationship, you are experiencing conflict and are looking for a solution. Darkness then, is it’s own message. The wise proverb “its always darkest before the dawn”, means that a solution always comes on the heels of the most difficult moments. Don’t despair. Relief is coming.
In literature, music and art, darkness has long been a symbol of the unknown and of our unconscious mind. Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory states, “The unconscious mind is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that are outside of our conscious awareness” In the dream-state all that is hidden such as pain or conflict, which may be too challenging to confront when awake, rises to the surface. It is then we have the safety of our dreams to workout our inner issues that have been tucked away in the darkness of our mind. Everyone has a dark side. The duality of life necessitates it. What you do with that however, is your own personal choice.
Darkness in our dreams ultimately should be seen as a call to awareness, and as a gift from the unconscious mind. To dispel the darkness you have only to turn on the light. Becoming enlightened is becoming filled with knowledge. It is our opportunity to move from confusion to awareness, from unknowing to knowing, from darkness into light.