These 16 Dream Symbols You Should Never Ignore!

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Dreams and their meaning have always been interesting to people for many centuries. Dreams… Mysterious, bewildering, eye-opening and sometimes a nightmarish living hell: dreams are all that and much more. We have been fascinated by dreams and their meaning.

In the end of the nineteenth-century psychotherapist Carl Jung, best known for archetypes and the collective unconscious, began to conclude that looking into dreams was opening a door into consciousness and the spirit world. But, there is a science during sleep behind that. Research teams from Japan, have explored human’s brain and concluded that we watch our dreams in the same way as we watch our walking world.

In order to analyze our dreams, we must also study our daily activities and how we participate in them. Are dreams a replay on the visual stimuli of what we perceive in waking hours or messages of guidance from beyond? What do these symbols mean? How do we interpret them and analyze them to give us messages?

Scroll through the list of surprising dream symbols below to see exactly what they mean.

1. ADULTERY

Dreaming of adultery signifies sexual desires and urges that are repressed or are needing to be expressed. These type of dreams also carry abandonment and fears, self-worth issues, and an unconscious acceptance of a problematic relationship.

If adultery appears in your dreams, ask yourself: Are you afraid of losing a loved one? Are you unhappy in your own relationship? How do you feel about your body and desires?

2. Boxes

If you dream about boxes, your subconscious is trying to reach out to you about concealment. Either you may fear that there is something important that is being hidden from you, or you may be keeping a secret from others around you.

Even more than that, if you open a box in your dream, it may be your way of saying that you are ready to reveal a secret.

And if you look inside the box to find it empty, you are likely experiencing feelings of disappointment in your life.

3. Falling

A very common dream is one in which the person feels like they are falling. This may be your subconscious’s way of telling you that things are getting way too out of control in your life.

You may be afraid of failure or that some of your riskier life choices may be coming back to bite you in the end.

If falling is a recurring symbol in your dreams, it is probably a good indicator that you need to focus on anxiety-fighting activities in your day-to-day life, such as meditation or yoga.

4. FLYING

Dreams of flying often indicate the need to reach ambition. Where are you going? How are you getting there? Are you having trouble navigating through life? Flying dreams tend to leave us recharged when we wake. There is a feeling of freedom and being able to accomplish anything in our way.

While many of us might wish we could fly, even more people have actually dreamed that they could. Flying shows that you are ready to make bold choices in your life.

There are a lot of pressures that come from the daily grind  either in your relationships or at work and you seek some kind of release. You not only wish you could fly away from your problems, but you wish you could fly above them.

Keeping a positive attitude and making strong choices will both help you to gain this much-needed release.

5. WATERFALLS

When we dream of water it usually conveys the emotional state of the mind. Water symbolizes cleansing and purity. To dream of waterfalls is a great omen. This represents new beginnings as the old is washed out.

If you see waterfalls in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: Is the waterfall a small one or a large one? How are you perceiving your obstacles? Is the waterfall in a dark jungle or a beautiful beach?

6. TEETH

Dreams with teeth are very common. Not all teeth dreams symbolize aging. Pulling of teeth symbolizes something that needs to come out, while rotten teeth symbolize the holding of fear and anxiety. Dreaming of falling teeth are the most typical of all teeth dreams. They are usually derived to new situations that cause stress: a new job, fear of loss, lack of power in a relationship, or lies that are being kept hidden.

If you see teeth in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: How do you feel about your teeth? We use our teeth to nourish the body. How are we nourishing our lives?

7. DEATH

Dreaming with death is more common than most people admit. As morbid as it feels, to dream of death usually symbolizes the ending of something. Death is the termination of ego parts. There is the death of anxiety and anger. The death of a situation. There is the death of an idea allowing for the birth of another. Dreaming of death or dying can be a psychological aspect of working tremendous changes in emotions.

If you see death in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: Where you the one who died? Was it a loved one? These dreams can also be guidance from a departed loved one trying to give comfort.

8. PREGNANT

Dreaming of being pregnant symbolizes a major growth and development. It can be geared to future projects and desires.

If you visualize pregnancy in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: What are you trying to create? What transformation are you encountering in your waking life? Are you pregnant with possibilities? Pregnant dreams can bring fruitful ideas for a job or relationship.

9. HOUSES

Dreams of houses symbolize the self and the different aspects of personality. Depending on the type of house or the different rooms the interpretation can deepen. Houses are about security and comfort. An attic symbolizes hidden memories, while a basement can mean intuition and the unconscious mind.

If you see houses in your dreams, ask yourself: How are you taking care of your body? How do you perceive yourself out in the world?

10. MONEY

Money dreams can allow us to wake with such gratitude. Dreaming with money is about luck and how we perceive our self-worth. Winning the lottery symbolizes a change in lifestyle while dreaming of giving money away is a fear of loss. Money dreams pertain to the core of our emotions towards the abundance and prosperity. Financial stability or losses are often stress factors in our lives.

If you see money in your dreams, ask yourself: Did you lose your job? Are you in debt? What would you do if you won the lottery? The relationship with finances is one that rarely leaves the mind during waking moments. Money symbolizes the flow of life.

11. FIRE

Fire dreams can have several meanings depending on the context of the dream. Seeing fire in a distance symbolizes desire and transformation while playing with fire can be a warning of risky activities. If you dream of starting a fire it symbolizes anger that is being repressed.

Ask yourself: Do you avoid risky situations? Do you spend your day putting out fires?

12. Cats

Whether or not you are a cat-lover in your waking life shouldn’t matter; cats can appear as a powerful symbol in anyone’s dreams.

Your subconscious may be telling you to get further in touch with your feminine side. This can easily be accomplished through a deepening of your relationships with females.

There is a large amount of power associated with femininity. It may just be time to embrace that confidence. This may even lead to a sort of personal spiritual awakening.

13. NAKED

Dreams of being naked are very common. They connect to our fear of being exposed. If the dream is about someone else being naked it signifies “the naked truth” of a situation or foretells an illicit affair. It can also mean the loss of respect. Nakedness is about accepting flaws and imperfections. Just like in waking moments it is about how much is exposed to the world of the self.

If you are naked in a dream, ask yourself: Are you afraid of being seen for who you are? Are you over exposing yourself?

It might sound strange, but the majority of people have actually dreamed that they were naked in public at one time or another. That is because this dream symbolizes a universal fear: the fear of being judged.

While it might take a lot to put yourself out there, allowing others to see your vulnerability will only diminish those negative, judgmental feelings.

The goal at the end of the day is always self-acceptance. Your subconscious wants you to be proud of who you are. This dream is your wake-up call to start saying “I love you” to that person in the mirror.

14. Roads

Life can be complicated with many metaphorical roads that we can potentially take. Dreaming about a single road is your mind’s way of telling you to simplify things.

Eliminate the drama that can quickly take over daily life. Instead, focus on your own specific journey.

Fortunately, you are someone who believes in fate and that your path is leading you somewhere very specific and wonderful. Don’t be afraid to embrace your journey, and enjoy the knowledge that everything will work out in the end.

15. Mud

Just as a vehicle can get stuck in the mud, a person can symbolically get stuck in the mud as well. If you are dreaming of mud, your mind is revealing that you feel stuck in your current life choices and that it may be time to break free.

Mud also symbolizes growth and rebirth. Much like a flower growing in soil, mud is your reminder that you too can start over with any aspect of your life that you are unhappy with.

You may also be feeling unsettled about things. This inner feeling of unrest is in direct correlation with the experience of being stuck, and likely requires a change of pace.

16. The Color Green

If you are dreaming about all things green, you are likely in a very good emotional place. You love those around you, and you feel that same love in return.

If you don’t already approach each day with passion, this is your subconscious telling you that you should. You hold within you the potential to be a passionate worker, lover, and friend.

The color green also indicates that you are undergoing or are about to undergo some kind of emotional healing process. These things take time, but your friends and family can be an enormous help in the meantime.

 

Each of your dreams has the potential to guide you forward in your day-to-day life.

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