Dreaming is an outlet for our minds. It is something everyone does and is often our brain working through daily personal problems we are struggling with. My dreams are always so vivid and when I wake, I find myself going over and over them. I want to know the meaning of dreams and what my mind is trying to tell me. Below are five common occurring themes that make their way into many people’s sleep along with the dream interpretation for each one.
1. Falling or Flying
I have often woken suddenly from sleep with the realistic feeling of falling or losing my step. Dreams of falling indicate that you have no control over your everyday life and are looking for an outlet. On the opposite end, if you find yourself enjoying that euphoric feeling of flying in the sky, your mind is expressing happiness of becoming free and gaining control. You might be dealing with something in your life, like debt, that is keeping you stuck and continual dreams of falling might occur. Once you triumph your financial burden, dreams of flying through the sky could begin.
2. Teeth Falling Out
This is a one of my most frightening dreams. It usually involves my teeth turning yellow and black before crumbling out of my mouth. It is always horrifying, and once I wake up, I slide my tongue around my mouth, tallying up the teeth still there. Dream interpretation about teeth isn’t a sign you need to brush your teeth more or start wearing that mouth retainer nightly, it is about loose words. That’s right, gossip or bad language. If you find yourself losing your teeth nightly, maybe it is time to seal your lips when someone asks your opinion of so-and-so, and maybe don’t tell the neighbor her wild children need to learn some manners. After all, as my mother always says, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
3. Back at School and Unprepared
It has been a few years since I graduated from high school, but my dreams seem to always take me back there. The familiar stress of a test I’m not prepared for greets me, and an overwhelming feeling of anxiety accompanies the test. I wake up stressed and relieved all at the same time. I once asked my dad if he still dreams about being back at high school and to my great disappointment, he still does. School dream interpretation is simple; it is all about your current job. School was the first time you faced deadlines and pressure, so when work becomes stressful, your mind takes you back to the first time you experienced these feelings.
4. Fighting or Yelling at Someone
There are a few times in my life, I have found myself fighting and yelling at close friends in my dreams. Once I wake up, the angry feelings simmer down, but a part of me is still mad! I understand it was a dream, but how could they do that to me? You might have experienced these irrational angry feelings too. The reality is you are struggling with a friend or family member in awake life. This person might be making choices you don’t agree with, hurt your feelings, or is moving away. Deep inside, you want to tell how you feel and maybe it is time you talked with him or her.
5. Running or Being Chased
A common dream for younger children is a dream about being chased. No matter who or what is chasing you, the feeling of fear is present. Younger children experience being chased more often than adults because they are unable to rationalize fears yet. As you get older, you might find yourself running from scary creatures a lot less. Although, if you find yourself continually running, you might have a deep trauma that needs to be resolved or worked through.
Did any of these dreams sound familiar to you? Did the interpretation fit your situation? Dreams can be interpreted in many different ways depending on your personal life. A dream about swimming in rough waters can mean entirely something else to someone who almost drowned. To get the best dream interpretation for you, when you wake up in the morning, grab a pen and paper and jot down everything you can recollect about your dream. Try to recall how you felt during the dream. Then, think about stresses, emotions, and the struggles you are currently feeling and how they can tie into your dream. Knowing the meaning of dreams can help you work through real life struggles you were burying or ignoring.