How to Interpret Your Dreams

How to Interpret Your Dreams

Ivan J. Thomas Ph.D.

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The Interpretation of dreams is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. Dreams were, in ancient times considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention, whose message could be raveled by people with certain powers. Derived from the Middle English word, “dreme” meaning “joy” and “music”, they are classified into visual and symbolism; a thought is translated to visual images and a symbol replaces an action, person, or idea respectively.

Dreaming reflects a pivotal aspect of the processing of memory. Human beings, throughout history have sought to understand the meaning of dreams. Till today many struggle to understand their dreams in relation to their lives. They come in different types depending on one’s mood and/or stress levels. Most reveal answers to one’s questions and provide spiritual guidance to the dreamer. It is of great importance that the dreamer remembers their dream, which isn’t that easy but can be harnessed.

Dreams should be noted especially when not properly understood. Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% of it is lost. Seek guidance to significant dreams and relate them to your life. Living without dreams, as some claim they never dream, is very dangerous as they unfold answers to our questions through symbols and visuals. Symbols may include animals, material possessions, people and even events such as death.

One’s dream of a Gecko symbolizes an agreement or affirmation. The answer to a decision that you need to make is “yes”. Alternatively, the dream signifies renewal explained in details in “Advanced Dictionary of Dreams” by Ivan J. Thomas.

Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They do not appear in their own dreams until the age of 3 or 4. Nightmares are common in children, typically beginning at around age 3 and occurring up to age 7-8. One cannot dream while snoring and persons in the process of giving up smoking tend to have longer and more intense dreams. In dreams, negative emotions tend to occur twice as often as pleasant feelings. Fear and anxiety are the most commonly expressed emotions in dreams, followed by anger and sadness. Dreams are indeed meaningful.

This book helps you understand the details of your dreams before you can interpret them accurately.


As similar as they may seem, they come in different types mostly related to a particular situation one is in. each carries a purpose, there’s no such thing as meaningless dream.

Prophetic Dreams

Also referred to as precognitive or psychic dreams, are dreams that seemingly foretell the future. One rational theory to explain this phenomenon is that your dreaming mind is able to piece together bits of information and observation that you may normally overlook or that you do not seriously consider. In other words, your unconscious mind knows what is coming before you consciously piece together the same information.

Healing Dreams

Healing dreams serve as messages for the dreamer in regards to their health. The Ancient Greeks called these dreams “prodromic”. Many dream experts believe that dreams can help in avoiding potential health problems and healing when you are ill or when you are grieving.

Research shows that asthma and migraine sufferers have certain types of dreams before an attack. Your bodies are able to communicate to your mind through dreams. The dreams can “tell” you that something is not quite right with your bodies even before any physical symptoms show up. Dreams of this nature may be telling the dreamer that he or she needs to go to the dentist or doctor. If you can understand the language of dreams, your dreams will serve as an invaluable early warning system. They can help inform advice and heal.


A nightmare is a disturbing dream that causes you to wake up feeling anxious and frightened. Nightmares may be a response to real life trauma and situations. This type of nightmare fall under a special category called Post-traumatic Stress Nightmare (PSN). Nightmares may also occur because you have ignored or refused to accept a particular life situation. Research shows that most people who have regular nightmares have a family history of psychiatric problems, are involved in a rocky relationship or have had bad drug experiences. These people may have also contemplated suicide. Nightmares are an indication of a fear that needs to be acknowledged and confronted. It is a way for the subconscious to wake up and take notice. “Pay attention!”

Recurring Dreams

Recurring dreams repeat themselves with little variation in story or theme. These dreams may be positive, but most often they are nightmarish in content. Dreams may recur because a conflict depicted in the dream remains unresolved or ignored. Once you find a resolution to the problem, your recurring dreams will cease.

False Awakening Dreams

Have you ever thought you have waking up and gone about your daily morning routine: getting up, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast and going to work, only to wake up “again” and realize that what just happened is just a dream. That sensation is referred to as a false awakening.

Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams occur when you realize you are dreaming. “Wait a second. This is only a dream!” Most dreamers wake themselves up once they realize that they are dreaming. Other dreamers have cultivated the skill to remain in the lucid state of dreaming. They become an active participant in their own dreams, making decisions in their dreams and influencing the dream’s outcome without awakening.


Daydreaming is classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness. Studies show that you have the tendency to daydream an average of 70-120 minutes a day. It occurs during waking hours when you let your imagination carry you away. As your mind begins to wander and your level of awareness decreases, you lose yourself in your imagined scenario and fantasy.

Signal Dreams

Signal dreams help you how to solve problems or make decisions in your waking life.

Epic Dreams

Epic dreams (also referred to as Great Dreams, Cosmic Dreams or Numinous Dreams) are so huge, so compelling, and so vivid that you cannot ignore them. The details of such dreams remain with you for years, as if you just dreamt it last night. These dreams possess much beauty and contain many archetypal symbology. When you wake up from such a dream, you feel that you have discovered something profound or amazing about yourself or about the world. It feels like a life-changing experience. Learn how to recognize an epic dream.

Progressive Dreams

Progressive dreams occur when you have a sequence of dreams that continue over a period of nights. The dream continues where you left off the previous night. Such dreams are problem-solving dreams and help to explore different options and various approaches to a problem, situation or relationship.

Mutual Dreams

Mutual dreams are described as such when two people have the same dream. Mutual dreams may be planned, meaning that two people actively work toward achieving one dream scenario or goal. It is a way to improve communication and build trust. Mutual dreams can also be spontaneous. You find out that a friend, a significant other, faraway relative, or someone has had the same dream on the same night as you. Not much study has gone into the phenomenon of mutual dreams, but there is a very strong bond that exist between these two people.


Your dreaming mind has access to vital information that is not readily available to you when you are awake. Your dreams serve as a window to your subconscious and reveal your secret desires and feelings. In remembering your dreams, you gain increased knowledge, self-awareness and self-healing. Dreams are an extension of how you perceive yourself. They may be a source of inspiration, wisdom, joy, imagination and overall improved psychological health.

Learning to recall your dreams help you become a more assertive, confident and stronger person. By remembering your dreams, you are expressing and confronting your feelings. Dreams help guide you through difficult decisions, relationship issues, health concerns, career questions or any life struggle you may be experiencing. Remembering your dreams help you come to terms with stressful aspects of your lives. You will learn more about yourself, your aspirations, and your desires through your dreams.

Tips to Recalling Your Dreams

Remembering your dreams will require some effort on your part. But what your dreams can offer and reveal about yourself is well worth the effort.

Before going to bed, keep a clear mind. Having too many thoughts on your mind can distract you from remembering your dream in the morning. Tell yourself that “I will remember my dream when I wake up”. This is a proven and effective technique to help dream recall. Simply by suggesting to yourself or motivating yourself to remember your dreams will actually help you to better remember your dreams. It is important to stay positive about being a able to remember your dreams.

Have a regular bedtime and wake up time. Make this your routine. Going to bed and waking up at a regular time every day aids in dream recollection. Avoid alcohol consumption, taking medication before going to bed or eating fatty foods too close to bedtime as these things can hinder you from remembering your dream.

Keep a pencil/notebook or tape recorder next to your bed so that it will be within reach as soon as you wake up. You want to make recording your dreams as easy a task as possible. Having a small lamp by your bedside is also a good idea should you wake up in the middle of the night and want to record your dream immediately.

Do not get out of bed immediately. Upon waking from a dream, lay still in your bed, keeping your eyes closed and moving as little as possible. Wake up slowly and stay relax. Hold on to the feelings you have and let your mind wander to the images of what you have just dreamt. Were you frustrated, terrified, or happy?

Write down as many details in your dream as you can, no matter how minute or seemingly unimportant it may be. Do not judge the content or worry if it makes sense. The idea is to get it down on paper so you can evaluate it later. Make it a habit that this is the first thing you do. Talking about your dreams to friends or participating in forums and chats also help you remember.

Sometimes it may help to draw pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. Even if you are not an artist a simple drawing can help to jolt details of your dream.

Learn to share your dreams and talk about them with others, no matter whom seemingly insignificant. The more often you acknowledge your dreams and bring them into “reality”, the easier it will be to remember them.

Don’t get discouraged! At first, you may only remember a fragment of the dream. With practice and the more you work with your dream, the easier it will be to recall you dreams. You will remember larger and larger chunks of your dream. Eventually dream recall will come automatically.

Keep Notes of Your Dreams

Select a notebook specifically to record your dreams in. A nice fancy journal or a blank bounded book may encourage you to use it. However, a plain spiral notebook or paper pad will also l suffice. Keep it by your bedside where it is easily accessible. Dream details fade quickly after awakening so it is essential to record the dream immediately.

Keep a consistent dream format. Date each dream entry. It doesn’t matter if you use last night’s date or the next morning as long you keep it consistent.

Write in the present tense as if the dream is still occurring before your eyes. This helps to recall your dreams by putting you back into the moment of your dream.

Write down every possible detail of you dream. Location, colors, sounds, objects, characters, and your emotions are all important aspects of your dream. You may want to ask yourself the following questions.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Where is the dream located? What is in the scene or what is the landscape like? What is the ambience or mood of the dream?

p<>{color:#000;}. Who else is in the dream?

p<>{color:#000;}. How does the dream make you feel? What is your mood when you first wake up from the dream?

p<>{color:#000;}. How does your dream parallel a situation or experience in your waking life?

Grammar, spelling and punctuation are not important when recording your dreams. Just get the dream down on paper before it slips away and record everything that you remember even if it may only be fragments. As you start writing, more and more pieces of the dreams will come to you. Because we are not able to write faster than what we are thinking, it may be a good idea to record your dreams on tape first. However, it will still be a good idea to go back and document the dream on paper.

When something is hard to describe in words, draw a quick sketch of the imagery. Color pencils or crayons may help depict your picture more clearly.

After you have record your dream, make a little footnote of any major concerns or issues that is going on in your waking life. As your journaling grows, you will hopefully see a correlation and pattern between your dream and reality.

Lastly, put a title on it.

Highlight keywords, symbols, characters or themes that stand out. It may be helpful to keep an appendix or a glossary of personal dream themes. You will start to develop a pattern and formulate your own significance to these dream themes.


Now that you have written your dream down on paper, it is time to disassemble it. Identify the characters in your dreams. Ask yourself who these people are and what qualities they represent for you. Many times, the people in your dreams represent aspects of your own self.

Seeing your mother in your dream, may represent your own maternal characteristics. It may also mean that particular qualities that you see in your mother, you see in yourself as well. Ask yourself why you are having this dream at this particular time. Make connections to your waking life situations and draw from the day’s events and situations for clues as to why you may be having this dream.

Consider the puns that appear in your dreams. The subconscious mind likes to make use of humor, metaphors, and slang in conveying its meaning. For example, when you see a plane in your dream it could mean that you are feeling plain. Or if you dream that you are making dinner reservations, it could mean that you are reserved or hesitant about. Or if you are passing someone on the road, you may be worried about passing a test. You get the idea!

What is the general mood or emotion of the dream? How you feel about the dream is important to the dream’s meaning. Try to reenact the dream and take on the role of the different characters and objects. Start a dialogue with the dream object and express how you feel toward each other. Circle or highlight any words you believe to be symbolic. Ask yourself, what this word means to you. Consult Smith’s “Dream Interpretation” to further guide you into your interpretation.

Sometimes looking up its symbolism will help make the dream clearer. No dream dictionary can tell you the exact meaning of your dream, but it will help stimulate your own thinking about the symbol.

Create your own list of personal dream symbols and images and what they mean to you. Eventually you may start to see recurring images. However, keep in mind that as you grow, change and evolve, the meaning of your personal symbols can also change. For more help on symbols and A – Z translation of dreams, refer to Advanced Dictionary of Dreams by Ivan J. Thomas. .


Certain dream themes are so common that we felt the need to highlight them and provide a more in depth analysis. Dreaming that we are falling, that we are naked in a public place, or of losing our teeth are dreams that many of us had at one point or another in our life.

Chase Dreams

Being chased in your dream is one of several common dream theme stemming from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. In such dreams, you could be running from an attacker, an animal, a monster or some unknown figure who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Flee and flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat in the environment. Thus it is natural to run or hide or try to outwit your pursuer.

It is an indication that you are avoiding some issues in your waking life. The actions in your dream exemplify how you respond to pressure and cope with fears, stress or various situations. Instead of confronting the situation, you have a tendency to run away and avoid issues that you are uncomfortable with addressing. If someone is chasing you in your dream, then it may also refer to your close-mindedness. You are refusing to acknowledge a certain viewpoint or idea and don’t even want to give a listen to any opinion that is different from yours.

Another way to analyze your chase dream is how the pursuer or attacker may be an aspect of your own Self. Perhaps you are suppressing or rejecting certain feelings or certain characteristics of your Self. Anger, jealousy, fear, and even love can manifest as a threatening figure in your dream. And you could be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser.

Running from an attacker in your dream may simply represent your fear of being attacked. Such dreams are more common among women than men, who may feel physically vulnerable in their surroundings. All you have to do is turn on the news to hear stories of violence and sexual assault. If you are the one doing the chasing, then the dream may highlight your drive and ambition to go after something you want, or go after someone you want. On the other hand, it may also mean that you are falling behind in some aspect of your life and having to catch up to others.

Ask yourself who is chasing you so that you can gain a better understanding. What are you running from? Turn around and confront your pursuer and ask them why they are chasing you.

Consider the distance or gap between you and your pursuer. This indicates your closeness to the issue. If the pursuer is gaining on you, then it suggests that the problem is not going to go away. The problem will surround you, until you confront and address it. However, if you are able to widen the gap between your pursuers, then you are able to successfully distance yourself from the problem. In essence, the problem is fading away.

Cheating Dreams

Being cheated on in a dream can often feel so real that you actually go and accuse your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other of it. Such dreams are unsettling and disturbing. It often leaves you questioning your relationship. Often dreams about infidelity are rarely about cheating, but rather more about your own feelings of insecurity. So what is this dream exactly about?

A lack of attention from your mate may trigger a dream where your mate is having an affair. Since they are not paying attention to you, then you start to think that their attention is focused on someone else. Perhaps your significant other is working longer hours or traveling more or spending more time at the gym. All is innocent, but your dreaming mind manifests time spent away from you as an affair.

It indicates your fears of being abandoned. You are concerned about the future and whether your significant other will be there for you. Perhaps you are waiting for a commitment from your significant other. Often such dreams may occur because you were abandoned before by an ex, by a parent or important person in your life.

When you feel unworthy, inadequate or that you do no measure up to the expectation of others, you may dream that your lover is cheating on you. You have a low sense of self-worth and feel that there is no reason for your mate to stay with you. Consider who your significant other is cheating within your dream. Is this person someone who you think is better than you in some way? Are they handsomer, prettier, thinner, richer, smarter, etc?

Trust is an important element in a relationship. If that trust is compromised, then you may express doubt in the relationship. One of these doubts can manifest itself as a adulterous dream.

In rare cases, your cheating dream may be about actual cheating in your relationship. You may be overlooking cues or hints that your subconscious is picking up to indicate that your significant other is not being completely truthful or is not fully committed in the relationship. Or perhaps you have been in denial about the infidelity.

To dream that you are the one having an affair suggests feelings of self-guilt and self-betrayal. You have compromised your beliefs or integrity. Sometimes the cheating may not be about your relationship, but rather a situation where you cheated or where you were being dishonest. Alternatively, your affair with someone else may be about some quality in this person that you need to incorporate or acknowledge within your own self. For example, if you are cheating on your mate with your boss, then the dream may signify your desires for control, power and authority.

Cheating dreams may also reflect the intensity of your sexual passion; you are exploring areas of your sexuality. In this scenario, the dream may actually serve as a reaffirmation of your commitment to your relationship. If you are approaching your own wedding date, then it is not uncommon to have dreams about erotic experiences with partners other than your intended spouse. Such a dream represents the newness of your sexual passion. It is important to note that such a dream does not mean that you will stray or that your dream is telling you that you are with the wrong person.

Your needs are not being satisfied by your significant other. As a result, you start to look elsewhere. You feel that there is something more out there.

Even though dreams about cheating are hardly about actual cheating, it is still important to address the emotions that brought about the cheating dream. Feelings of neglect, insecurity and mistrust are things that should be confronted and discussed in any personal relationship in order for the partnership to grow. It is time to let your guard down and open a dialogue with your significant other

Death Dreams

Death dreams can be quite jarring and scary as if it was a premonition of your own imminent death or a death of a loved one. However, there is no need to be alarmed or panic. And no you do not actually die if you do not wake up before you die in your dream. In order to best understand your dream of dying, it is important to look at what is going on in your waking life that may have triggered such a dream.

Dreaming of your own death symbolizes inner changes, transformation, self-discovery and positive development that is happening within you or your life. You are undergoing a transitional phase and are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Big changes are ahead for you where you are making a new start and leaving the past behind. If you are getting married or divorce, being promoted to a new position, moving to a new country, you may experience dreams of your own death. If you dream of faking your death, then it suggests that you are taking control of your life and making a fresh start. You want change in your life.

If you dream that your ex has died is your subconscious’s way of telling you that the relationship is dead and that you are moving on. To dream about the death of your living parents indicates that you are undergoing a significant change in your waking life. Your relationship with your parents has evolved into a new realm. As a child reaches certain milestones and grows into an adult, dreaming of their death is symbolic of their own self-discovery, transition and transformation into a new stage of life.

Metaphorically, dying can be seen as an end or a termination to your old ways, bad habits, destructive behavior or some other aspect of yourself. So dying does not always mean a physical death, but rather an ending of something. In such dreams, the death is often represented by someone else. So if you dream that someone is dead, then it means that you want to repress that aspect of yourself that is represented by the dying person. Whatever that person represents has no part in your own life anymore.

Generally, dreaming about someone’s death implies that your feelings for that person are dead or that a significant change/loss is occurring in your relationship with that person. If you see a stranger die in your dream, then it implies that you are feeling detached from the changes that are happening around you. If you dream about the death of a child, then it indicates that you need to let go of your immaturity and start being more serious. The death of a child can also mean that your inner child is being stifled.

The frightening and alarming nature of death can in itself be a wake- up call for something. It is your mind's way of trying to grab your attention to something dire in your waking life where you need to take action. Consider how you felt in your dream and think about a situation in your waking life where you felt the same way. For some, dreaming of your own death may be a health warning. Perhaps you have been putting off a doctor visit. Or perhaps you need to make some unhealthy lifestyle changes.

To dream that you die may mean that you are desperately trying to escape from the demands of your daily life. This may be some major stressor, obligation, responsibility or perhaps you want out of a painful relationship.

Dreaming of death may be your subconscious way of dealing with the idea of death and your own mortality. It is natural to be anxious about death. When will it happen? How will it happen? Will it hurt? Sometimes it is hard to think about death consciously because it is unpleasant or taboo or you just don’t want to think about it. As a result, you push it into your subconscious where it may play out in your dream. If someone in your life is terminally ill or dying, then it is not surprising for death to be on your mind and in your dream more often.

In some cases, to dream that you die is symbolic of your sacrifices. You feel that you are always putting your needs of others first.

Dreaming about the death of a loved one suggests that you are lacking a certain aspect or quality that the loved one embodies. Ask yourself what makes this person special or what you like about them. It is that very quality that you are lacking in your own relationships or circumstances. More directly, a dream about someone’s death may mean that you are harboring some deep seated resentment toward this person. To see or talk to the dead in your dream forewarns that you are being influenced by negative people and are hanging around the wrong crowd. This dream may also be a way for you to resolve your feelings with those who have passed on. Alternatively, the dream symbolizes material loss.

If you dream of a person who has died a long time ago, then it suggests that a current situation or relationship in your life resembles the quality of that deceased person. The dream may depict how you need to let this situation or relationship die and end it.

If you dream of someone who has recently passed away, then it means that their death is still freshly in your mind. You are still trying to grasp the notion that he or she is really gone. If the dead is trying to get you to go somewhere with him or her, then it signifies that you are trying to understand their death. You also don’t want to be alone. If you see and/or talk with your dead parents in your dreams represent your fears of losing them or your way of coping with the loss. You are using your dream as a last opportunity to say your final good-byes to them.

Seeing your dead sibling, relative, or friend alive in your dream indicates that you miss them and are trying to relive your old experiences you had with them. In trying to keep up with the pace of your daily waking life, you dreams may serve as your only outlet in coping and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one. Dreaming of your dead child is a way for you to keep your child alive through your dreams. For a parent to lose a child is extremely difficult. Such dreams occur because you still cannot accept or understand how or why your child was taken from you so soon.

It is important to keep in mind that even though a person has passed away, it does necessarily mean that your relationship with them is dead; the relationship is just different now. Dreams can serve as a way for you to keep a connection and maintain a relationship.

Your dream of death should usually not be taken literally. Look at the dream death as symbolic of something in your waking life that is changing or ending.

Falling Dreams

Another very common dream is the dream where you are falling from a cliff, a building, a rooftop, an airplane or from some higher ground. Contrary to a popular myth, you will not actually die if you do not wake up before you hit the ground from the fall. To understand your falling dream, you need to look to what is going on in your waking life.

When you fall, you have no control and have nothing to hold on to. Thus your falling dream is analogous to a situation in your waking life where you are lacking or losing control. You are feeling overwhelmed, perhaps in school, in your work environment, in your home life or maybe in your personal relationship. You have lost your foothold and unable to keep up with the demands of your daily life.

Falling in your dream means you are lacking any sense of security, stability and confidence. You are not sure where you stand in a particular circumstance or in your relationship. Perhaps you are at risk of losing your job or losing your home. Such loss can make you feel that the ground is falling away underneath you. Moreover falling dreams also indicate feelings of shame, inferiority, vulnerability, and/or low self-esteem. You are afraid of not measuring up to others’ expectations or to keep up with the status quo. If you have recently have demands placed on you, then it would not be surprising if you dreamt of falling.

Your falling dream may be a wake-up call of your reckless behavior or poor decisions. You are headed the wrong way in life. And if you continue on the current path, you are going to hit rock bottom. Falling in your dream could be viewed as an analogy of your fall from grace.

According to Freudian theory, dreaming of falling indicates that you are on the verge of giving in to your sexual urges or impulses. You are lacking indiscretion. The physiological changes within the body when you “fall asleep” may actually trigger a falling dream. When you dream of falling, you may feel your whole body jerk or twitch. This sudden jolt is known as a myoclonic jerk and is sometimes strong enough to wake you up. In order to understand and interpret your falling dream, look at what is happening in your waking life that could bring about the dream. Where in your life do you feel a loss of control? What is causing your insecurities?

Flying Dreams

Flying dreams fall under a category of dreams known as lucid dreams. Lucid dreams occur when you realize that you are dreaming and then take control of the dream. Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyful, and liberating experience.

If you are flying with ease and are enjoying the scene and landscape below, then it suggests that you are in charge and on top of a situation. You have risen above something. Flying dreams and the ability to control your flight is representative of your own personal sense of power. When you are flying, you have the ability to look down and get a wider perspective of things. As a result, your flying dream is telling you to look at the broader picture. From your higher vantage point, you can gain a new and different perspective on things.

Flying represents freedom.

Your dream flight may be sending you a message that nothing is impossible; you can be anybody and do anything. Your ability to fly signifies hope, possibilities, reality and freedom of expression. It may also reflect your strong will and is a reminder for you not to give up. Nobody can tell you what you cannot do and accomplish. Such dreams can provide great motivation and renewed sense of freedom.

In some cases, your flying dream indicates that you have reached a higher spiritual connection. You are growing more in tune with your spirituality and your dream of flight is a reflection of this. To dream of flying can also function as an escape from the stresses and pressures of your everyday life. Instead of confronting your daily problems, you take flight and try to get away from it all. When you are flying, you may feel like you are a superhero. You feel invincible and undefeatable. Perhaps you think you are better than everyone else and have a tendency to look down on others. After all, when you are flying, you are actually looking down on them.

Consider the significance of the height, direction and speed of your flight. Flying high and/or fast is analogous to your level of confidence. If you are flying low, then it indicates that you are content with the pace of your current life. Flying backwards implies that you are reminiscing about your past.

Usually a flying dream is described as a positive and exhilarating experience, but if you are feeling fear while flying, then it suggests that you are afraid of new challenge and of success. Perhaps you are not ready to take the next step. Having difficulties staying in flight indicates a lack of power in controlling your own circumstances. Things like power lines, trees, or mountains may be obstacles that you encounter in flight. These obstacles symbolize something or someone who is standing in your way in your waking life. You need to identify what or who is trying to prevent you from moving forward. Difficulty flying may also be an indication of a lack of confidence, lack of motivation or some hesitation on your part. Perhaps you have set unrealistic goals for yourself and now you are struggling to meet those goals.

Naked Dreams

So you are going about your normal routine – going to school, waiting for the bus, shopping at the store or just walking down the street – when you suddenly realize that you have forgotten to wear pants or that you are, gasp, buck naked! Dreaming that you are completely or partially naked may be alarming, but is very common. Nudity symbolizes a variety of things depending on your real life situation.

Nudity indicates vulnerability.

When you are without your clothes, you are also most vulnerable. There is absolutely nothing that you can hide behind. Thus the dream may parallel a waking situation where you feel helpless or where you have completely let your guard down. Perhaps you are in a relationship where you have opened yourself up at the risk of getting rejected. Becoming mortified at the realization that you are naked in a public place may reflect your fear of being exposed and feelings of shame. You may be hiding something and are afraid that others can see right through you. Hence, you dream of yourself naked!

Metaphorically, clothes are a means of concealment. And depending on the type of clothes you wear, you can hide your identity or be someone else. But without your clothes, everything is hanging out for all to see. You are exposed and stripped of your defenses. Thus your naked dream may be telling you that you are trying to be someone who you really are not. You are afraid of being exposed as a fraud or phony. Such anxieties are elevated especially in situations where you are trying to impress others. Perhaps you are in a new work environment or in a new relationship. You may be apprehensive in revealing your true feelings in these situations and are afraid of being ridiculed or disgraced.

Your naked dream may also point to insecurity issues. You feel that all eyes are always on you – laughing at you, judging you or criticizing you. Being naked magnifies the notion that everyone is pointing at you and laughing. Most of the time, it’s all on your head.

Nudity also symbolizes being caught off guard, not measuring up or not being ready for some important task. Finding yourself naked at work or in a classroom suggests that you feel unprepared for a project at work or school. You fear that some flaw will be brought to public attention. Dreaming of being naked is also an indication that you have set unrealistic goals where you have no way of meeting them. Some dreams where you find yourself naked may be pointing to your arrogance in some waking situation. Perhaps you have a tendency to look down on people or think that you are better than others. By stripping you down to your birthday suit, the dream may serve to humble you.

If you dream that you are proud of your nakedness and show no embarrassment or shame, then it symbolizes your unrestricted sense of freedom. You have nothing to hide and are proud of whom you are. You are trying to get to the “bare facts.” The dream relates to your honesty, openness, and carefree nature.

In some cases, dreaming of being in the nude implies that you are looking for attention. You want to get noticed, but are going about it the wrong way. You are drawing the wrong attention to yourself. Often times, when you realize that you are naked in your dream, no one else seems to notice. Everyone else in the dream is going about their business without giving a second look at your nakedness. It just reiterates that your concerns or anxieties are your own projections; no one will notice except you. You may be magnifying the situation and making an issue out of nothing.

Snake Dreams

One of the most common animals found in dreams is the snake. Snakes are complicated symbols because they can have both positive and negative meanings. To understand the significance of the snake in your dream, it is important to consider your own personal experiences with snakes and how the snake is viewed in your culture. For example, if you keep a snake as a pet, then the dream will have a different meaning for you than a person who hates snakes or are terrified of them. The snake is also a strong symbol in many cultures and thus your cultural background can play an important factor in how your snake dream is interpreted.

For many, the image of a snake can invoke fear. Snakes are unpredictable and can strike at anytime without warning. Thus a snake in your dream may represent something in your life that is unpredictable and out of your control. You are afraid of the unknown.

Snake refers to hidden threats.

Because snakes are sometimes hard to see and are slithering in bushes, they are also symbolic of a hidden threat and/or a betrayal. They lie in waiting for the perfect opportunity to make a move. If the snake bites you, then the dream is trying to alert you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet surfaced. To see a baby snake in your dream means that you are underestimating the threat. If you kill the snake or if the snake is dead, then it means that this threat has passed or that you have overcome it.

As creatures that slither along the ground, a snake may represent your subconscious. The dream snake may be alerting your or carrying some sort of message from your subconscious.

Snake refers to sexual temptation.

According to the Freudian school of thought, the snake is viewed as a phallic symbol and thus signifies temptation, repressed thoughts, raw sexual energy, or forbidden sexuality. In particular, to see a snake on your bed suggests that you are feeling sexually overpowered or sexually threatened. You may be inexperienced, nervous or just unable to keep up. If you are afraid of the snake, then it signifies your fears of sex, intimacy or commitment. To dream that you are eating a live snake indicates that you are looking for intimacy or sexual fulfillment. Your life is lacking sensuality and passion. As a metaphor, the snake in your dream can be symbolic of a person around you who is callous, evil and ruthless. Your dream is telling you not to trust her or him. If you are afraid of making your true feelings toward someone known, then you will likely dream of snakes

With the ability to shed their skins, snakes represent transformation. If your dream left you with a positive feeling, then the snake dream represents positive change, self-renewal, growth, knowledge and wisdom. What new changes are occurring in your waking life or what are you looking to change? In particular, dreaming of a red snake highlights the positive characteristics of the snake, as well as your fiery passion. If you are fighting with the snake, then it means that you are fighting against change. You like things the way they are, even though you are not being challenged or fulfilled.

In some cultures, the snake is viewed as a healing symbol. After all, poisonous snakes hold the antidote for their own venom. And the symbol for the medical profession is a caduceus which features two snakes. Thus snakes indicate recovery or protection from some illness.

Another positive interpretation of the snake points to your creativity and potential. The symbolism of snakes can be either positive or negative, depending on your feelings toward the snake. Sometimes it is difficult to get past the initial fear your feel toward the snake so you can gain a more meaningful analysis of your dream.

Teeth Dreams

Dreams of falling or crumbling teeth are the most common dreams that most people experience. The typical dream scenarios include having your teeth crumble in your hands, fall out one by one with just a light tap, grow crooked or start to rot. Such dreams are not only horrifying and shocking, but they often leave you with a lasting image throughout the day. So what does it mean?

One theory is that dreams about your teeth reflect your anxieties about your appearance and how others perceive you. Your teeth help to convey an image of attractiveness and play an important role in the game of flirtation, whether it is flashing those pearly whites, kissing or necking. Thus, such dreams may stem from a fear of rejection, feeling unattractive, feeling sexually undesirable or from growing older. To support this notion, a dream research found that women in menopause reported a higher frequency of dreams about their teeth. So there seems to be a correlation with getting older and having more teeth dreams.

Teeth are an important feature to your attractiveness and how you are presented to others. Caring about how you look is a natural concern.

When your teeth are missing, you may also have a harder time talking or annunciating your words. Thus your falling teeth dream may be highlighting some communication issue. You are not speaking up about something or you feel prevented from doing so. Perhaps you are having difficulties expressing yourself or getting your point across.

Dreaming that your teeth is falling out or rotting may refer to your fears of being embarrassed or making a fool of yourself in some situation. Perhaps you feel unprepared for the task at hand and are afraid of getting ridiculed. These dreams are often an over-exaggeration of your worries and anxieties. In most cases, all your worrying is for nothing. Sometimes what you imagine is far worse than what is the reality.

Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew and gnaw. In this regard, teeth symbolize power. And the loss of teeth in your dream may be from a sense of powerlessness. Are you lacking power in some current situation? You feel frustrated when your voice is not being heard. You may be experiencing feelings of inferiority and a lack of self-confidence in some situation or relationship in your life. This dream may be an indication that you need to be more assertive and believe in the importance of what you have to say.

In traditional dream interpretation books, dreams of missing or losing teeth pointed to malnutrition or poor diet. This notion may still be applicable to some dreamers. The dream could also be a sign of poor dental health and that you need to visit a dentist.

We don’t usually believe that dreams are an omen or a prediction of some future event. However, we have received numerous emails regarding dreams of loose, rotten, falling, or missing teeth and how it indicates that a family member or close friend is very sick or near death. We are including it as a possible meaning of your falling teeth dream and you can decide for yourself.

To dream that your teeth are falling out signifies that there will be money coming to you. This notion is based on the old tooth fairy tale. If you lose a tooth and leave it under the pillow, a tooth fairy would bring you money. According to the Chinese, there is a saying that your teeth will fall out if you are telling lies. Thus the dream may imply that you are being untruthful or deceitful about some matter. When deciphering your falling teeth dream, look at what is happening in your waking life that could bring about the dream. Teeth dreams may occur when you are in a new relationship, when you switch jobs or during a transitional period in your life.

Test Taking Dreams

Taking an exam in your dream implies that you are being put to the test or being scrutinized in some area of your waking life. As with most common dream themes, dreams about taking a test have to do with anxiety. In such dreams, you may find that you cannot answer any of the questions on the test, that the test is in some foreign language or that your pencil keeps breaking during the test. Perhaps time is running out and you cannot complete the exam in the allowed time. Or perhaps, you arrive late and miss the exam altogether. These factors all result in you failing the dream test.

To dream that you are taking a test suggests that you feel unprepared for some challenge in your waking life. You may even be harboring some guilt because you did not prepare enough for a school exam, meeting, business proposal, or some project. Perhaps you have been procrastinating on a task and waited until the last minute to cram it all in.

Sometimes you may be overly anxious about a real life exam, interview, etc. You always think of the worst case scenario. As a result, such anxiety could manifest into a dream where you fail a test. Most of the time, people who have such dreams are unlikely to fail a test in real life. Failing a test in your dream says a lot about your self-esteem and confidence or the lack of. You tend to sell yourself short and overly worry about not making the grade or that you are not measuring up to other people’s expectations of you. You may even be described as a people pleaser because you don’t want to let others down. You always second-guess yourself and fear not being accepted or not being good enough.

By failing the dream test, you may be expressing a desire to hold yourself back. Perhaps you are not mentally ready to move forward to the next level.

If you set your goals too high, you may also experience a test taking dream. The dream may be telling you that you are setting yourself up for failure because you have set unrealistic goals for yourself. Test dreams are also an indication that you are being judged. These dreams serve as a signal for you to examine an aspect of yourself that you may have been neglecting and need to pay more attention to.


In order to better understand your dream, identify what aspect of your waking life is giving you a lot of anxiety or making you feel inadequate. It is also important to keep in mind that your dreams are usually never about the content of the dream but the meaning of its symbols.

It is more about the process and about the feelings you experience while you are dreaming. Remember, to fully understand every symbol in your dream refer to “Advanced Dictionary of Dreams” by Ivan J. Thomas. I recommend this book to my students and it works well for me as a reference book. It’s a complete dictionary, in alphabetical order, of symbols and visuals explained. Use it together with this guide to help fully understand your circumstances, true dreams may be a memory from our daily activities but this material is solely dedicated to those unique visions that we may not fully understand or miss-interpret most of the time.

Advanced Dictionary of Dreams

(A complete a – z interpretation of dreams and symbols)

Ivan J. Thomas .PhD


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How to Interpret Your Dreams

The Interpretation of dreams is the process of assigning meaning to dreams. Dreams were, in ancient times considered a supernatural communication or a means of divine intervention, whose message could be raveled by people with certain powers. Derived from the Middle English word, “dreme” meaning "joy" and "music", they are classified into visual and symbolism; a thought is translated to visual images and a symbol replaces an action, person, or idea respectively. Dreaming reflects a pivotal aspect of the processing of memory. Human beings, throughout history have sought to understand the meaning of dreams. Till today many struggle to understand their dreams in relation to their lives. They come in different types depending on one’s mood and/or stress levels. Most reveal answers to one’s questions and provide spiritual guidance to the dreamer. It is of great importance that the dreamer remembers their dream, which isn’t that easy but can be harnessed. Dreams should be noted especially when not properly understood. Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% of it is lost. Seek guidance to significant dreams and relate them to your life. Living without dreams, as some claim they never dream, is very dangerous as they unfold answers to our questions through symbols and visuals. Symbols may include animals, material possessions, people and even events such as death.

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