If you find yourself dreaming about the same things over and over, your subconscious is trying to tell you something!
Dreams expert Theresa Cheung explains the meanings behind some common recurring dreams
A: A listers
When a celebrity or famous person appears, they represent some personality trait that you aspire to or need to discover within yourself for your personal growth. Reflect on whatever feelings that celebrity inspires in you. If you don’t know who the celebrity is in the dream, this suggests a need for more validation or recognition in your life.
If intruders appear you may feel you are losing something valuable in your waking life or that your privacy is being invaded or your personal boundaries not being respected. This is especially the case if your house is burgled in your dream.
Someone or something in your waking life is threatening to overwhelm or catch up with you. Chasing dreams are often a response to stress or anxiety; it could be that you are avoiding facing someone or something or that you feel you aren’t living up to expectations. Your dreaming mind wants you to know that it is what you think about you that matters. Let go of the need to people-please.
Water in dreams is a powerful symbol of emotions and your current emotional state so pay attention to the quality of the water and whether you are swimming in it or drowning in it.
A tsunami or tidal wave suggests emotions are making decisions for you in your waking life and you need to learn how to manage them better. Water is also cleansing and healing, and a waterfall suggests inner peace.
E: Error messages
Phones and technology not working properly turn the spotlight on your communication in waking life. You are finding it hard to get your point across or communicate your true feelings. If you just can’t connect to someone on the phone in your dream, your dreaming mind may be encouraging you to look at things from their perspective.
A liberating dream that symbolises a new perspective and your ability to see the bigger picture. It can also suggest new-found confidence. If you are having trouble flying or keep crashing this suggests you may have set very high goals for yourself and might benefit from taking small steps; learn to run before you can fly.
G: Games, movies
Finding yourself in a video game, movie or TV show or performing on stage in your dream can suggest that in your waking life you need to step more into the observer role and notice how your words and actions are impacting those around you.
The home and all the rooms in it represents aspects of yourself. The attic represents memories, the basement your intuition, downstairs your thinking process and upstairs your feelings.
Stairs connect those aspects of yourself together. Finding an unused room or an important discovery in your home or anywhere in your dream suggests that there is hidden potential within you just waiting for you to discover and explore.
I: Insects, animals and other creatures
Dreams about spiders and snakes represent aspects of yourself or your life that you aren’t aware of yet, or that you are aware of and are in danger of getting out of control. Insect dreams could suggest self-discipline and team work or nagging doubts and fears.
When animals appear in dreams, they typically point to aspects of yourself that are instinctual. Pay attention to how you feel about your dream creature as this will impact the interpretation.
For example, if you love dogs, this is loyalty and companionship but the interpretation will differ if you fear dogs. Cats are symbols of creativity, birds of optimism and horses of freedom.
J: Jailed, trapped or crushed
Your dreaming mind wants you to approach a situation in a different way. Or perhaps something in your waking life is restricting your progress – a situation, a relationship, or a close-minded attitude you may have. Become your own dream detective and work out what that limitation or block is.
Dreams about killing or murdering someone suggests there is an aspect of yourself which isn’t serving you well or which is no longer needed.
This could be a negative attitude. If you are being killed in a dream or being shot this suggests forces outside your control are dragging you down. You need to protect your boundaries and let criticism wash over you.
L: Lost, losing someone or something valuable
A symbol of confusion and loss of direction in your waking life. You need to get a clearer sense of where you are heading.
If you lose something or someone valuable in your dream, like a child, this suggests that you are out of touch with something important in your waking life or not valuing yourself enough. Your dreaming mind wants you to focus on both self-awareness and self-care.
Whether it is you or someone else dying in a dream, this does not refer to physical death; it simply means that something in your life is ending.
This could be a relationship, a life stage, a job or even an attitude or approach to life. And the beautiful thing about endings is that they always imply new beginnings.
If you are nude or partially dressed in your dream this suggests you are feeling vulnerable or exposed in some way in your waking life.
Or perhaps you are feeling judged by others. Are you afraid to show the world your true self or to say what you really mean or feel? Do you need a little more self-confidence in your waking life?
O: Out of control car, accident or plane crash
Vehicles in dreams suggest the direction your life is heading in so if you are in an out of control car events in your waking life may be heading out of control.
It's time for you to get in the driver’s seat – or, if you are the driver, to drive more skilfully. If you dream of a car, train or plane crash this always suggests the need for more caution in waking life. You need to watch out for stumbling blocks before they blindside you.
P: Paralysed, unable to speak, going nowhere or in slow motion
These dream symbols suggest that you are feeling stifled and are perhaps taking on too much responsibility or not standing up for yourself.
You can’t decide on the best approach so are feeling stuck. Sometimes you have to make a decision to move forward, even if that decision isn’t the perfect one.
Q: Quicksand, sinking feeling, falling
If you are stuck in quicksand or mud this suggests a need to break free from something or someone in your waking life. If any dream gives you a sinking feeling – and falling dreams are perhaps the most common dream of all – you are feeling unsupported in some way.
It can also suggest that you are totally immersed and are losing yourself in someone or something. Pay attention to how falling makes you feel as this will help you interpret the meaning. Do you need to ask for support or just relax and go with the flow?
Not being able to find a toilet or bathroom in a dream when you are desperate to relieve yourself suggests that you are not able to fully express to yourself and others what you want or need in waking life. Your personal needs are being sidelined or marginalised, so it is time to course correct.
Focus more on loving yourself if sex is a recurring dream.
The person you are having sex with is not someone you actually want to sleep with but instead an aspect of yourself that you need to acknowledge and embrace.
Cheating dreams, whether it is you cheating or your partner, suggest you are focusing more on something else in your waking life than your relationship or that there is some aspect of yourself that you don’t fully trust or is letting you down in some way.
T: Teeth, glass in mouth
Dreams where teeth fall out or are crumbling suggest loss of confidence, especially in terms of how you appear to others.
It can also express anxiety about the ageing process. Dreams where you have glass in your mouth are calling your attention to your words and how you speak to yourself and others. Are they cutting or harming you?
Meeting strangers in your dreams or visiting unknown places point to unexplored aspects of yourself.
They could also be encouraging you not to fear but to face and come to terms with your shadow side, or the part of yourself which you feel uncomfortable with. Your dreaming mind gives you a safe place to integrate your shadow, without harming yourself or others.
You are relaxing on a sandy beach or on an exotic holiday and this is your dreaming mind’s way of giving you a mini break!
They also suggest that a part of you longs to escape from everyday routine so your dreaming mind (who is your best friend, always wanting to help and heal) offers you a way to safely escape into a world of adventure, fantasy role play, and infinite possibility.
W: Wealth, finding money
Dream money represents things that are of real personal value but that value will not be financial or material; it's more likely to be emotional or spiritual.
Your dreaming mind uses this symbol to draw your attention to just how much you value yourself according to what you have or what you earn, rather than who you truly are. It wants you to reassess your priorities and remember that there are priceless things money cannot buy.
This is especially the case if you dream of finding money or treasure. It’s the treasure within!
X: Making mistakes, late or unprepared for a test or event
These are signs that you aren’t being as disciplined or as organised in your waking life as you could be. It could also suggest lack of confidence in your ability to handle a certain situation or simple fear of missing out.
However, people who are success orientated and perfectionist often have these kinds of dreams. It seems their dreaming mind is taking them to worst case scenarios so they are actually better prepared in waking life. Exam dreams are symbols of challenging or testing situations.
Y: Youth, childhood, school
Your dreaming mind is encouraging you to be more spontaneous, joyful and passionate in your waking life. Time to reconnect with your inner child.
Dreams about being back in a classroom suggest the need for you to learn something new, light up your thinking. Or perhaps you have not learned lessons from your past. If pregnancy or babies appear in your dreams this is a sign of exciting new possibilities and creativity.
Z: Zombie, Apocalypse
Monsters in your dreams are your doubts and fears personified. Perhaps you are feeling out of touch or negative thoughts are hindering your growth.
If your dreams feature end of the world scenarios, your dreaming mind is telling you that deep emotions are coming to the surface or you are going through a period of tremendous change. The only way forward is to prepare yourself for a new approach or way of life. Exciting new things may lie on the horizon!
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