Have you ever sat up trying to analyze your dream?
You wake up from a dream that was incredible or maybe even stressful. Then you think to yourself the rest of the day…
“What did that dream mean?”
Sigmund Freud described dreams as the pathway to the unconscious mind. That part of us that knows exactly what we want and leaves hints to how to get those deep desires.
There are some that believe that dreams are particular to each individual and only that person can give the dream meaning. While other believe that there is an overall meaning to certain types of dreams.
What do you believe? Do dreams really have hidden meanings?
And if you do, how do you discover the meaning behind your dream?
Many of my clients come in and tell me about their dreams. They want to know the meaning behind them and if it is a common dream or not.
Here are the 3 most common dreams that have come up in our sessions together and their hidden meaning.
Dreams about being chased.
In your dream you are walking along a sidewalk minding your own business, then suddenly you find yourself walking faster. You look behind you and notice that someone is following you and it’s turning into a chase, and you feel scared.
What does this mean? Many dream interrupters would suggest that dreams where you are being chased means you are trying to avoid something in your life. This could be anything from something you know you have to do but don’t want to or something in your daily life such as committing to a relationship.
The key is to begin to track your dreams and journal about how they made you feel. This will give you some insight into what your dream is trying to tell you.
Dreams of Falling.
There you are looking out over a beautiful balcony when suddenly, a gush of wind comes by and pushes you over the edge and you begin to fall in your dream. Your heart is racing, and you wake up sweaty and feeling anxious.
In many cultures if you dreamt that you were falling in your dream it meant that things in your life were not going the way you would like them to go. This is a message from your unconscious mind that it may be time for you to look at the choices you are making in life. And it may be time for a change.
Dreams about Cheating.
You are out with some friends at the bar and then you look over to see your significant other kissing someone else. Your heart drops in your chest and you wake up with tears in your eyes.
I must admit, I have had this dream myself in the past and it was an overwhelming feeling. I may have even been guilty of asking my partner if it was true or not. Not being able to shake the feeling of my dream. (Please tell me I’m not alone in this. LOL)
But what if you are the one cheating in the dream? Is the meaning the same? Some experts would say that there may be something lacking in the relationship. There may be a need that is not being fulfilled at this time. That doesn’t mean the relationship should end but it might be a good idea to look at what you need and talk about it.
I always suggest that my clients track and journal about their dreams if they want to know more about what their unconscious mind is trying to tell them.
The truth is that each person has their own interpretations based off their own filters in their subconscious mind. That is why it is important to journal. Because one person might find a spider for example extremely scary in their dream. While another might think nothing of it. By tracking what happen and how it made you feel, you will grasp a better understanding of what your dream meant to you. And you can also cross examine those thoughts with the expert's interpretations as well.
So, ask yourself, is there a hidden message from your unconscious mind that is trying to come to the surface? What does your dream mean to you?