Each night every single person on Earth dreams. People dream about a mansion, warm islands and hitting the jackpot. Sometimes these dreams are reachable or sometimes not. However, dreams don’t always tell a simple story. People from different cultures and backgrounds report about similar dreams. Dream research becomes more fascinating.
“Dreams are a universal language, creating often elaborate images out of emotional concepts,” explains Suzanne Bergmann, a licensed social worker and professional dream worker for more than 16 years.
“There’s no single, definitive meaning for symbols and images in dreams,” Bergmann notes. “But just as a smile usually means that someone is happy, these dream images are so common, that they do have a generally accepted meaning.”
Bergmann has identified 14 common dreams and symbols. Let’s consider them!
#1. Being Chased
We often have type of dream. The anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid, that it makes it easier for us to remember them. Often the reason does not come from fear of being chased but rather from what we run from. Chase dreams help us understand what we should pay our attention to in our waking lives.
Water represents our emotions. The water’s quality (clear or cloudy, calm or turbulent) often gives an idea of how effectively we manage our emotions.
A vehicle like a car, airplane, train or ship in our dream can reflect in what direction we feel our life and how we control the path ahead of us. Vehicles can give us the opportunity to make a transition and imagine how we get a destination or to highlight the obstacles we are facing that we need to work through.
If you see other people in your dream this is a reflection of the different aspects of yourself. This means you need to develop some characteristics in yourself. Some people are directly related to existing relationships or interpersonal problems that we need to work through. If your dream is about a lover it symbolizes an aspect of ourselves from which we feel detached.
#5. School or Classroom
When people find themselves in a school or classroom this is a very common situation for dreams. The “lesson” or “test” we face inside school or a classroom is frequently one we need to learn from our past. This is a reason why these dreams connect with people who have long since finished school.
People are often faced with a form of paralysis during their dreams. It prevents them from physically performing the actions in dreams. Dreaming about paralysis frequently represents the overlap between the REM stage and walking stage of sleep. It also indicates that the dreamer feels a lack of control in his waking life.
People believe that seeing a death in the dream is bad news. Death is often more directly related to a dramatic change happening for the dreamer – the end of one thing in order to make space for something new.
Flying in a dream relates to how we feel in our lives and whether we are sure of achieving your goals. A high flight is one of the most euphoric dreams. If you are flying low or you are meeting obstacles in the dream it’s very frustrating.
Falling is not a bad dream. A slow falling indicates serenity and the act of letting go. Falling from a great height indicates something in our waking our lives that feels very much out of control.
Nudity in our dreams express an emotional or psychological exposure or vulnerability.
If you see a baby in your dream this indicates a new idea, a new project at work, a new development or the potential for growth of our waking lives.
Food symbolizes energy, knowledge or nourishment and is directly related to our intellect, emotions and spirituality.
The dreamer’s mind is represented by houses. Different levels or rooms may relate to different aspects of the individual dreamer. For example: bedrooms relate to intimate thoughts while basement often represents what has been neglected.
Sex is a sexual expression in your dreams. Sex also symbolizes the intimate connection with others and the figurative integration of new information.
Despite the importance of many dream symbols only the dreamer can really understand the meaning of their dream.