How many times have you caught yourself saying “I had the weirdest dream last night!” and wondered what on earth it was all about? From snakes and swimming to births and deaths, there’s an endless range of strange things we dream about when our heads hit the pillow. So, being the curious creatures we are here at MNB (especially when it comes to decoding dreams) we took five with an expert in the dream domain, Hypnotherapist Lindsay Harrington, who gave us a look into our subconscious on a few of the most common dreams we come across…
Decoded: your emotional energy.
Is the water clean? Murky? Still or even rough seas? This symbolises your current emotional state. Rivers are very common, they signify the flow of your own life. Are you swimming against the current? Have you been placing too many demands on yourself? This dream may be telling you to relax, loosen up and let life flow freely. Maybe you are trying to cross the river and cannot find a way? This might mean you may be temporarily blocked with an emotional situation. Sound familiar? Within your emotional subconscious, try building a new route and expand your perspective to try to resolve the situation.
Decoded: new knowledge, new awareness or a new path.
Dreaming about the birth of a child or being pregnant doesn’t necessarily mean you have a bun in the oven. Pregnancy is symbolic of newness, maybe you’re about to give birth to a new idea, go in a new direction, come up with a new plan or even higher awareness. If you dream that something is going wrong with a pregnancy or birth, this could mean that you are having trouble with a current new idea, business or venture.
Decoded: you in your daily physical life.
Are you behind the wheel? Are you in control? Who are you letting drive your car? Is it reckless? You may need to get behind the wheel and take charge of your life and it’s direction. Generally speaking, if you’re going up hill, you are going the right way and down hill can represent the wrong direction. If you’re driving both up and down and all over the place this means your direction (and energy) is scattered. You should also try to remember the colour of the car you are in and how many people are with you.
Decoded: falling signifies a loss of control.
Do you ever get that sudden falling feeling that you’re just about to drift off to sleep, paired with a jolt surprise and in turn, wake yourself up? This can actually be your dream body jolting back into your physical. A dream where you are falling off a large cliff, building or bridge can suggest a loss of control in a situation you may be dealing with in life. It can also mean low energy – have you been burning the candle at both ends lately? Dealing with some unsavoury people? This is a great reminder to meditate, and get your centre back on target.
Decoded: avoiding a situation or eager to begin a new venture.
Ever feel like you don’t want to deal with a situation in real life and just run away? Well, to run away from something in your dreams means you are not yet ready or willing to deal with a situation because of fear. If you’re running in slow motion, it means you are only putting off dealing with the situation even more. If you’re able to control yourself in your dreams (kudos to you, not all of us can) stop, face what you’re running from and ask for understanding. Facing a fear in a dream removes a heavy burden of anxiety from your consciousness! But on the other hand, if you’re running towards something/someone you are eager to begin a new path and grow a new direction.
Decoded: life force, energy and power.
Something usually of a nightmare, but they’re actually far form it! Snakes are one of the most common, and represent Kundalini power: life force, creative energy, and healing power within. If a snake bites you (don’t panic) it means the energy is trying to break through in that particular area of your body. For example, if a snake bites you in the heart, it means the opening of love and feelings. If you are bitten in the throat, this signifies communication. Are you holding back on something you want to say to someone maybe? Although snakes are a scary thought, they represent the awakening of spiritual growth, a very positive message for your consciousness.
Want to know what your dreams mean?
Comment below with and our resident Hypnotherapist Lindsay Harrington will help! (Dip. Clin. Hyp. Australian Society of Hypnosis)