Flying Dream Meaning and Interpretations


“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.


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 traveling effortlessly through your everyday life.

You may even find yourself flying backward 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’s morals. The dream of flying around is to release 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.

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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.

Alternative Interpretations of Flying

Dreams of flying are usually messages from your subconscious. Flying in a dream may mean you have some tough times in your life. This could be financial, trouble at work, irritating relationships, even a lack of belief in yourself. These things may make you feel trapped, so dreaming of flying is an escape. Or, it is a message to wake up and deal with what troubles you. It is time to take control.

Flying as you fall asleep is a positive omen than affirms you have made the right decisions in your relationships and career at this time. There are many opportunities opening to you to release you from what held you back in the past. Dreaming of floating symbolizes complete relaxation. It is a message to just chill out and go with the flow. Let things run their natural course.

To fall out of the sky while flying signifies a need to be rid of the negativity that surrounds you. You may need to take time out. Take a short break away to rejuvenate. A ‘bird’s eye view’ while flying indicates you need perspective. You may need to take a closer look at your goals. Do they still fit your vision for the future? You may need to make changes. You may feel others or situations control you. Look closer at opportunities that cross your path. Something unusual will come your way that can change your life forever.

Flying in a vehicle or airplane means there is some bad news coming soon. If something flies away from you it means you will overcome some nasty gossip about you. Your integrity will stand you in good stead.

As with all dreams, you need to look at the whole dream to get a full understanding. Flying upwards indicates you are trying to escape from something or someone you feel currently limits you in some way. Flying downwards can mean your subconscious is sending you messages. It is trying to get your attention. Your intuition may be in overdrive but, instead of listening, you choose to ignore its messages. It can be a reminder to have more faith in yourself.

Flying in an aircraft as a passenger is a message that things may be out of control. You may be ignoring this and continuing on as if everything is normal. This is a message to push you into seeing the truth in your life. If you are an aircraft pilot, this message tells you that you have already taken control. You have the ability inside you to achieve anything you set your mind to. You may be procrastinating. Making excuses. Do you deliberately set yourself up to fail?

If you are a bird flying through the sky, it can mean you have taken on a difficult challenge. It can also mean you long to be independent and need to work out what keeps holding you back. Seeing yourself flying outside is a sign that others may not necessarily trust you. Have you proven to go against your word recently? How reliable are you?

Flying high indicates you can see things as a whole. This can give you much contentment and happiness. There is much success on your way. Flying close to the ground means there will soon be difficult situations that could involve your health. Flying over forests and greenery can mean there is some sort of embarrassment in your future. If you fly over muddy water, it is a time where you need to keep personal things to yourself. Your enemies are watching for any opportunity to use against you. Flying over clear water is a sign you have clarity. You may feel a sense of relief with the knowledge of a new understanding.

A man dreaming of white wings foretells business success and for a woman, this brings peace to their life. If you are the one with white wings, then there are changes coming that will make you happy. Dreaming of a man with black wings is a sign of disappointment.

Being threatened while flying is a message someone wants to talk to you about a challenging issue in real life. Are you avoiding this? It is time to face some truths. Freely flying wherever you wish to go means all your worries will just melt away. You will find the solutions that help you move forward without feelings of guilt.

Flying in a Plane

If you dream about flying in a plane it can indicate that you are heading in a new direction in your life. Perhaps you are on a crossroads and need to make a decision in your life about something important. Flying involves going to a new destination which can symbolize discovering something new in your life.

Perhaps you have been stuck in a rut and are looking to make a change in your life. Seeing yourself as a passenger on an airplane can indicate a lack of control in your own life. Perhaps you need to take a more active role in how you want your life to turn out.

Flying in a Bed/Chair or Inappropriate Vehicle

Seeing an unusual flying machine of any sort can symbolize making progress in important parts of your life. Alternatively, if the machine does not work then you may have to make new plans to account for hidden obstacles.

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About Author

Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. I fly like a bird in my dreams. It seems “natural” but I know at the same time it is not. I have lucid dreams sometimes and most of them involve the ability to fly and morph into what I want the dream to be from that point on. Later I can almost will myself to stay dreaming so I can continue my dream. During this time I am truly willing myself to continue dreaming and not wanting to yet wake. As always upon waking I feel amazing and in tune with all that is around me. There is no feeling as wonderful as when after I wake. I still feel like I was really flying and it is so calming in mind and soul. It is truly a divine gift.

  2. My mother dreamed of flying all the time but said she always would smash into the trees what does that mean

  3. I dreamt last night that I was in a field near where I used to live and I just jumped and took off in flight, the feeling was amazing, it’s not my first flying dream, next thing I’m dodging passenger jets, one was a jet the other was an old school propellor type plane and I remember thinking “It’s the jets that are harder to dodge cos they creep up whereas the propellor type you can hear”. Next thing I know I’m in a plane cockpit (jet) i think with these two guys, one was a famous actor, I won’t say who I can’t remember his name but I know his face. Then I’m trying to escape the plane and the exit is filled with fire, I try to go through it but I turn back, not because it’s too hot but because I ‘thought’ it was too hot but I couldn’t feel the heat. Anyway, find another exit and fly, aiming for the stars, then, I start to lose altitude and I can sense these 2 guys from the plane are chasing me. I turn around, one has a gun, he shoots at me, I feel it like a split pellet hitting my back. I thought it was going to kill me but it was like a really light sting, so I keep flying, and, eventually lose altitude again so i have to land in this complex like an industrial type complex. I can hear them chasing me so I keep attempting to fly, gaining in levels but I can’t take off. So i hide, keep moving, then I see this girl (i’ve seen her before in the dream but can’t remember where) she says “oh it’s you again” I smile and ask her if anybody has been trying to find me. She says “yeah, they asked me if I had a rolly (cigarette) I instantly knew they were trying to find me as I was rolling cigarettes in the plane and the field where i took off from is where i used to go and smoke to ‘get away’ from home. Then she says ‘don’t worry i told them no and it was 3 hours ago they were way back on the ground” so I smiled and took off and I could fly again.

    All I can think is I’m trying to reach the sky, fly, and I can, or at least I have the potential, but I’m held back by my past which is 100% how my life is right now.

    • I also remember thinking when I lost altitude, “why can’t I fly like I could before?” then I hear this voice/thought say “everyone needs to rest”, or something like that. Maybe I’m working myself too hard and not facing the real issues, Christmas is coming, things with my family aren’t great, I usually go to my parents for Christmas which is always awkward, this year I was thinking of staying home and I don’t know how or what excuse to use. Maybe the message is, before you can fly you need to sort out the problems on the ground first otherwise they’ll chase you and hold you back and ultimately try to kill you as that’s what it felt like those 2 guys where doing, maybe it’s unconscious knowing that in the after life we are fully able to die from our “unfinished business” or maybe experience death as in the need to come back constantly hence death keeps coming around.
      The field from where I took off I think resembles the problems I have with my Dad which is where they were at the peak of dysfunction or damaged relations with him, that was 5 or so years ago and nothings changed, maybe it’s time to change!
      I would love to hear somebody elses interpretation! thanks for reading!

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