Meanings and Interpretations of Common Dreams

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Common Dream Meanings

Common Dream Meaniings
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Interpreting the meaning of dreams is an art. There is no right or wrong way to interpret the meaning of our dreams. 

Common Dreams and Their Meanings

  • Flying Dreams
  • Falling Dreams
  • Nakedness in Dreams
  • Pregnancy Dreams
  • Drowning in Your Dreams
  • Being Lucid in Dreams
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Flying Dreams - Higher Aspirations

Flying in Clouds Dream
Flying in Clouds Dream. Hiroshi Watanabe

The meaning of flying dreams has been the topic of much speculation and makes for interesting water cooler conversations. Flying dreams actually often have to do with career aspirations. Flying can symbolize ambition and attaining higher status.

Types of Flying Dreams and What They Could Mean

  • Soaring High: Flying upwards indicates success or achievement. Look below you to see what is underneath you to discover what area of your life is going well. Are you flying over your home (family happiness) or over the building where you work (business successes).
  • Flying in/on a Vehicle: Were you floating away in a hot air balloon, grabbing onto a kite string, sitting inside an airplane, or being carried in the arms of Superman? Any of these flying dreams indicate that your efforts are being supported by someone else. You are not alone in your endeavors.
  • Losing Altitude: A need for re-evaluation of your goals. Ask yourself if you are headed in the right direction.
  • Failure to get Lift-Off: A strong gravity pull could be signifying a need for grounding.
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Falling Dreams: Failures

Man Falling in His Dream
Man Falling in His Dream. Henrik Sorensen / Getty Images

Falling dreams are often manifestations of our fears and anxieties.

Types of Falling Dreams and What They Could Mean

  • Falling from the Skies:: Flying downwards from the heavens may symbolize a "fall from grace." Has an authority figure expressed disappointment in you? Have you embarrassed yourself by recent behaviors?
  • Being Pushed: Loss of empowerment. Getting fired or looked over in a promotion you were hoping for. Or, being bullied or forced into an uncomfortable situation.
  • Stumbling as you Walk: Feeling as if you have lost your way in your life path. Overly anxious about finding your life purpose.
  • Jumping without a Parachute: Being or feeling unsupported by others.
  • Being Jerked Awake: Have you ever been awoken from a falling dream? Or felt a jerking sensation in your body that jolts you awake? One theory for this happening is that your spiritual body has returned from its astral flight and that "jolt" is the dreamer experiencing re-entry into the physical realm.
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Nakedness in Dreams: Vulnerability

Nude in a Dream
Nude in a Dream. Valentin Casarsa / Getty Images

Being naked in a dream could indicate feelings of emotional vulnerability or fears of exposure. A clue to the meaning of nudity in your dream is any emotion attached to it. Did you feel excited, embarrassed, surprised, carefree, or some other emotion?

Types of Nudity Dreams and What They Could Mean

  • Nudity in a Public Place: Feelings of embarrassment or guilt.
  • Naked in the Classroom: Feeling vulnerable among your peers.
  • Being Naked Among Friends or Family: Desire to be seen or accepted as your authentic self.
  • Loss or Disappearance of Clothing: Hidden truths or secrets revealed.
  • Carefree Nudity in a Lucid Dream: Expression of freedom, open-mindedness, or unrestrained self-acceptance.
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Pregnancy and Giving Birth Dreams: New Ideas

Pregnancy Dream
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Pregnancy Dreams and What They Mean

Dreaming of being pregnant could be prophetic, but these types of dreams typically mean you are growing spiritually, OR something creative is incubating within your being. Having a baby in your dream can represent rebirth or something new is entering your life. Because you are the one pregnant in the dream or the person birthing the new life, you will be the creator or the originator of a new idea.

One morning I awoke from a wonderful dream in which I was pregnant and was awaiting the birth of a new daughter. In the dream I even had my baby's name picked out and had opened up and contributed to a college fund for her. I briefly felt some sadness as I shifted from sleep into wakefulness as I consciously became aware that the new daughter I was looking forward to giving birth to was merely symbolic.
I was WAY past the age of being able to become pregnant. Nor did I desire it. Still, having a pregnancy dream is one of my all time favorite dream themes. I am the mother of 3 grown children and whenever I dream of being pregnant or having a baby I get the rare opportunity to relive that miraculous feeling of being pregnant again and anticipating a new life. It is the very best feeling!
Because of the dream and from what I know a pregnancy dream can mean I anticipated a new feminine energy to blossom (pregnant with a daughter) within my being. Because of the "college fund" aspect of the dream I speculated that I would be investing in something educational. Hmm.... our dreams make us wonder.

Types of Pregnancy Dreams and What They Could Mean

  • Conceiving a Child: Seeding a new idea, being open to start afresh, or setting new goals.
  • Being Pregnant: Growing or incubating a new idea, anticipation of a change, or laying the groundwork for a new project.
  • Giving Birth: Birthing a new idea, undertaking a new direction, or entering a new life stage
  • Experiencing Labor Pains: Growing pains or painful life lessons.
  • Experiencing False Labor: Misunderstandings or wrong timing.
  • Having a Miscarriage: Unfulfilled hopes or wishes or missed opportunities.
  • Aborting a Pregnancy: Squelching an idea or giving up on your dreams.
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Drowning in a Dream: Overwhelm

Dreamer Immersed in Water
Dream Meanings. Thomas Barwick/Iconica / Getty Images

Water in general has to do with your emotions. Drowning in your dreams is an indicator that you may be feeling overwhelmed in your waking life. Interpretations will vary depending on the dream scenario. You likely will awaken in the midst of the drowning experience. Whenever I have had a drowning dream after awakening I realize that I am crying... and that I needed a good cry! Drowning dreams can be terrifying as well as emotionally exhausting.

Types of Drowning Dreams and What They Could Mean

  • Drowning While Swimming: While swimming you are overtaken by a strong undercurrent. This could mean you are involved in relationship or circumstance in which you have become weakened emotionally or spiritually. Signifies a respite is needed for you to gain back your strength.
    Shipwrecked and Drowning: Turbulent sea and being tossed overboard indicates turmoil and a feeling of hopelessness.
  • Jumping into Water to Drown Purposely: Tragic despair... emotional suicide. A strong desire to avoid or run away from a bad situation.
  • Car plunges into water: Reveals a feeling of loss or lack of control. Perhaps you are overwhelmed about the direction your life is taking. If you are trapped inside the immersed car.... perhaps you are feeling trapped by circumstance.
  • Walking into the Ocean and Consciously Drifting into the Deep Waters: Surrender. Feeling of contentment. 
  • Rescued from Drowning: Indicates a desire to be taken care of by others.
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Lucidity While Dreaming


Elusive Lucidity

Lucid dreaming is the knack of being aware that you are dreaming and having the ability to manipulate your dream sequences. It is kind of like being both the screenwriter and the director of your own movie. It is really cool to be able to be a lucid dreamer. Unfortunately, I'm no expert at being able to stay in a lucid state while dreaming. I often wake up mid-lucidity... then I think "Rats" wishing I could have continued playing out a particular dream story.

Perhaps lucid dreaming isn't all that important. Sarah Forde, one of my Facebook friends says " I can do lucid dreaming when I want, but my really important dreams have to come as messages, as things I observe and not be able to control. They're [lucid dreams] good but ...sometimes we need to let them come as they were meant to..." Sarah also tells me that she will return to her lucid dreaming once the message is given. Sarah is probably right about not getting too wrapped up into trying to be lucid. We often go through our days trying to "control" everything. Sleep is meant to give us rest, and our dreams are a nice escape from our wakeful struggles and can be a way of opening ourselves up to "whatever" information or lessons we need.

Still, lucid dreaming could be a useful tool to help you feel confident and more in control, especially at times when your waking life feels chaotic or out of your control. I know when I feel like I'm in a rut and feeling bored with my routine, a spicy lucid dream can really perk me up. Lucid dreaming is much more intense and emotionally fulfilling than daydreaming or fantasizing.

Have you mastered the art of lucid dreaming? Or, are you just a beginner with a few successes under your belt (urr... pillow)? Does lucidity come naturally to you or are you working on developing your lucidity muscles?