The Meaning of Dreams

Dreams fascinate me and for years a hobby of mine has been interpreting them. It amazes me how so many of us have the same or very similar dreams.

I have a recurring dream in which my teeth start to fall out. Sometimes they don’t actually fall out, but become very loose and I have to keep pushing them back into my gums until I get to a dentist. Of course the dentist is never available – he will have moved offices, or be closed.

According to an article I read in a 1980s Australian Women’s Weekly, its a classic anxiety dream. The teeth represent control and when you have the teeth falling out dream it tells you that there is an area of your life you are afraid you have lost control of. I don’t know how reliable the AWW is when it comes to dream interpretation, but the teeth-falling-out dream certainly coincides with some of my periods of anxiety.

My favourite guide to dream interpretation a book called “Dreaming True”

Unlike the dream dictionaries out there which give you a list of common themes and tell you what they symbolise, Dreaming True gives you a list of questions to ask yourself about your dreams. Whenever I interpret one of my dreams using the list, I have some sort of epiphany about my life. There is usually something I need to do, or something I need to resolve – its all bubbling around in my unconscious mind and the dreams are my mind’s attempt to bring things to the surface.

2 weeks ago I had a series of dreams that were very distressing. In the first, my boyfriend and I were co-conspirators in a Dexter like assassination plot.We had to murder some man, I’m not sure why. After the man had been killed, I looked down at him and realised it was my boyfriend lying there – dead. I cradled him in my arms, and begged him to come back to life, but it was hopeless.

The dream was so distressing that I woke up and it took me some time to get back to sleep.

When I finally did return to sleep, I dreamed that we were skydiving. We jumped out of the plane, but our rip cords wouldn’t work, so we were plummeting towards earth and certain death.

I woke up again. After falling asleep again I had a third dream. This time we were snorkelling around the Great Barrier Reef when all of a sudden we were attacked by a group of hungry sharks. We were about to be ripped apart by their jaws when I awoke.

The next morning the dreams’ meaning became immediately obvious. The previous weekend I had been an absolute b*** to my poor boyfriend. He was out most of the weekend and I was annoyed because I was stuck with all the chores – again. I gave him a really hard time on the few occasions we did spend time together that weekend – which was stupid. It would have been so much better to be just enjoying the time we had.

Anyway, the dreams were a warning from my subconscious that if I kept carrying on like that I could destroy our relationship (shark and parachute dream) and lose him forever (accidently killing my boyfriend dream). 

Needless to say, I apologised to my boyfriend and have been super nice to him ever since.

Have you ever had a dream with a message or have recurring dreams? Do you think dreams have messages for us, or is dream interpretation just a load of old bollocks? I’d love to hear what you think, so please leave a message in the comments.


4 thoughts on “The Meaning of Dreams

  1. Oh dreams! I must post about them sometimes – mine are so often very weird! I have some classic anxiety dreams, usually about trying to pack a never ending amount of stuff into a bag. I also have the dreadful lift dreams. A tiny lift platform with no walls with a huge gap from the door that you have to jump over to get on the platform, then it shoots up fifty stories and I’m cowering in a heap on the floor of the platform and no way am I getting off at the top as I’d never dare jump back on to return down. The crazy thing is, I can fly in my dreams, so why am I scared of the lifts?

    I’ve also had some quite surreal dream stuff, like credits going up at the end of the dream (can’t recall who was in it though…). Oh yes, and the toilets. I sometimes have dreams where I need to use a toilet, but the only ones I can find are in the middle of a lecture hall or something. Well, this one dream, I asked someone where the nearest toilets were and he actually said this to me, in my dream: ‘the nearest toilet is if you wake up and use the one in your house’. 😀

    I’m sure some dreams have meaning, the Bible has enough examples. But I think most dreams are just the brain sorting through the latest input, or its way of keeping us entertained so we let the body stay inert long enough to do what it needs to do. Some of that sorting also involves solving problems or working stuff out and that’s where the messages are most likely to come.

    I love my dreams! I’m very careful not to put stuff in my head that might pollute them, that’s the main reason I never read or watch horror. But that’s a long enough comment or I’ll end up writing my post here on your blog! 😉

  2. I’ve never had a lift dream – too funny that you can fly but still need the lift! I do have the recurring toilet dream. Only in my case I can always find toilets – plenty of them, but they are either really, really, horribly dirty and I can never find a clean one, or the toilet doors are always too high up off the ground so I can’t find any privacy.

  3. While taking an antinausea drug last week, I had some vivid, colorful dreams. Didn’t feel very rested when I awoke.

    Thank you for being so supportive and saying such nice things about my blogging. So much of the time I feel that I am just writing into the void and no one cares one way or the other. I actually enjoy writing, and I’m sure will continue to do so somewhere. I just haven’t figured out what I want my life to look like now, and it’s hard to write when there is no anchor.

  4. I have lots of random dreams… I love them.
    I bought myself a dream dictionary many years ago, and took it into work and was asking my colleagues to tell me their dreams and I would explain what it meant according to the dictionary. Everyone was saying the usual Ohs, Ahs and Ums, but one colleague said ‘How can someone else know what my dreams mean to me?’ which has stuck with me ever since. And since then I have been interested in what the dictionary had to say, but not to the extent where it’s description said what my dream meant. I always add my own interpretation to my dreams, and make them even more personal!
    I’ve had the crumbly teeth dream several times – a very weird feeling!
    Great post!

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