I have received requests
for more information on dream symbols and types of dreams and what they might mean.
This page is just an overview. Eventually, I will try to add a dictionary to the
site so you can look up individual meanings from your dreams on your own. I must
caution you that each persons dreams are unique to the individual. Even with these
overviews and definitions, you need to find the string of truth in your own dreams.
What might mean one thing to me could mean something totally different to you if your
frame of reference is different.
Falling - (over waterfalls, cliffs, down stairs) This represents a transition, if
there is an out of control element to the fall, you might not be in complete control of
the change (or may be unaware the change is coming). Perhaps your guides are leading
you to or through the transition.
Floating - Being carried along by outside / inside forces. Can be emotions
if other symbols represent water (on a river, in the ocean, even at the beach).
Flying - Usually astral - meaning that the dream may be showing you actual
people, places, forward or backward in time. These can occur with prophetic
dreams. Astral travel means that a part of your psyche has left your body and
traveled leaving the physical body behind.
Hallways / Doors / Rooms - Exploring other areas or avenues. Shows you that you have more
than one solution to a problem or avenues of escape or opportunity.
Hypnopompic Dream State - This is where you repeatedly do something but think you are awake when
you are actually just dreaming it. Usually you will be come aware after the third or
fourth attempt at (getting dressed for work and realizing you are still in bed) that you
are dreaming and that you can't seem to wake up. The body is still asleep but the
mind is aware and awake and trying to make the body move. I have actually moved and
finally woken myself up in this kind of a state and thats what pulled my from the
hypnopompic state. These dreams can be representing the futility of repeated
action. They can be a signal to your conscious awake state that you are
dreaming and that now is the time to learn and explore.
Lucid Dream State - This is the dream state where you know you are dreaming and you are
consciously controlling the events and situations within a dream. This is another
tool allowing you to become aware of this dream state and utilize it to your advantage, to
explore and have adventures while in the dream state. It can also be a teaching tool
to try to move about within your dreams. Candle burning helps with this sometimes
because it leave a part of your consciousness aware while the candle is
burning. Make sure to put the candle in a safe place if you are attempting
this. I don't want anybody sending me notes that they burned their house down....you
Nightmares - These dreams attempt to make the symbols larger than life so you will
remember and take heed of the dreams message. They might also be warnings of things
Past / future life - These can be any dream of great detail where the time markers do not
fit within a modern time frame. It could be an actual review of a past life or
future life or another's perspective you are peeping into.
Prophetic - Glimpses (however warped) of things to come (or things that have passed
that you had no prior knowledge of). It might be something as simple as dreaming of
loosing your keys in the couch and waking up the next day unable to find your keys.
They might not have been in the couch but in the pants pocket you wore the night
before. (you sit in your pants, as a metaphor for the couch).
Recurring Dreams - The message is being repeated until you acknowledge the
information. Your subconscious is trying to get through. You must
confront or acknowledge the basic elements before they will go away. Talking them
out or writing them down may be sufficient for some. If not, the same type of dream
will continue to reappear until you get the message and it is clear. These can
escalate to nightmare quality if the message is important and you need to get the
information right away.
Re-Do - This is more of a technique, where you re-do the dream changing things
that you might not have liked the first pass through the dream. It is more of an
exercise when you become aware that you are dreaming to be able to go back and change
things in the original dream. It is a clear indication that you have the power
to change and manipulate your dreams at will, if you realize that this is occurring during
a dream sequence. I personally think it is a good way to realize when you are making
progress within a dream state.
Vehicles - Of any kind, cars, boats, trains represent movement. Something
that carries you forward. They can mean travel or work if it is indicated by the
other symbols in the dream. Boats can be relating to emotional issues (usually)
because they have water surrounding it or in the distance some place in the dream.
Cars usually represent the body or work because it gets you from one place to another.
Water - All kinds of water can usually be related to the emotions. The
key is to note whether the water is violent, cold, disruptive or warm, calm and
relaxing. The nature of the water will tell you what types of emotions you are
dealing with and the other symbols in the dream can show you in what context they are
being related. Relate it to the emotions accordingly. Rough could be rough
emotions or ones that will be slightly difficult to deal with. Cold could indicate
frozen emotions or things that have been buried for a long time.
Wind - Tornadoes, hurricanes (has water also) big winds, can foretell of
communication difficulties and disruptions. Possibly miscommunications.
Someone said they saw a tornado as a challenge to overcome and I agree with this also but
look to the other symbols to see what exactly this relates to.