Dreams are a part of everyday life, and can highlight desires or fears in the most surreal or vivid ways. When you have reoccuring dreams, the indication is that they are referring to deep-seated subconscious emotions that the dreamer has left unresolved.
These dreams can encompass many scenarios; but they are not always straightforward to analyze. Dreams and what they mean can offer an insight into your subconscious.
10. I Can fly!
Being able to fly is a common theme in recurring dreams. It is generally positive imagery and the dream of being able to fly usually precludes fear. Instead, it denotes creativity, widening your horizons, and overcoming the odd.
The flip side to this is that it can represent a freedom that is new to a dreamer and may indicate a wish to leave the past behind. Re-occurring dreams of flying do not in general harbor sinister portents.
9. Loss of teeth
The conjectured meaning of recurring dreams involving teeth loss are varied. Freud suggests a gender divide; in women it shows a desire for children, in men it is a fear of castration.
The more obvious rationalization is the underlying feeling of decay and fear of losing control of a situation. This feeling, lurking in the subconscious, can often inform many different types of dream, but in the loss of teeth it makes it visible, and a little scarier as you feel the tooth work loose and spit it out. The powerful imagery is very potent.
One of the more obvious dreams to face, being naked in a public setting means that you are feeling exposed and vulnerable. It can seem to occur at work, school, or anywhere in day to day life. The prevalent feeling of being ‘discovered’ is uncomfortable, and maybe indicative that you have shown more than you should have. It is basically a manifestation of the old tale ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.
An alternative meaning is an expression of freedom and emancipation, even pugnaciousness, daring the world to take you on at your most basic level.
A common recurring dream is drowning. It is easy enough to interpret the imagery as referencing being overcome by a task or force that you feel powerless to fight against. This could mean an emotional burden, professional or relationship worries, amongst others.
The dream tends to cause panic (as drowning would. but it clearly demonstrates, especially when it becomes a reoccurrence, that there is an important issue in the dreamer’s waking life that is not being dealt with that threatens to overwhelm them. The imagery of deep water also suggests a rooted fear of the unknown.
This recurring dream can take on many forms. The pursuer can be a known person, animal, or monster. The obvious interpretation is that the dreamer is fleeing from something, not necessarily someone. The imagery is representative of aspects of the situation that are to be evaded, for example, running through a forest could indicate a complex web of uncertainties.
Because of the moving nature of such a dream the scenario is prone to change, revealing more insight into the scenario bothering the dreamer. Most of the time though, it indicates a desire to escape from a responsibility or duty.
5. Lack of preparedness
A common theme to run through dreams is to not be ready for something of import. Whether it be a school test, a presentation, social function, or travel it clearly indicates a high level of nervousness, mixed with fear and apprehension. It could be provoked by a first time experience, or something that has been long anticipated and the dreamer has built up in their mind. The level of reoccurrence seems to be dictated by the amount of notice the dreamer has, with often escalation tensions as the event draws closer.
4. Fear of falling
Most people encounter this dream, which provokes a strong and vivid response. Dreams of falling are generally felt to mean a loss of control and an absence of permanency. It is also thought that it denotes a feeling of abandonment by an important figure in the dreamer’s life.
There are other elements to such a dream as well, such as inevitability and the unpleasant conclusion. The factors that prompt recurring dreams of this nature are varied. It could be a commitment, relationship failure, job worries, or financial pressures.
3. Going nowhere
Like many recurring dreams, this holds an obvious interpretation. Moving in slow motion, trapped in quicksand, or being otherwise unable to move can clearly signify a rut that has developed in the dreamer’s life, be it in personal, professional, or long term goals. This can show that the dreamer is facing difficult obstacles and restrictions, highlighting the frustration and weariness of an epic slog.
Dreams of paralysis can also denote the fact that the dreamer is not making any progress and feels defeated, or trapped. The recurring nature of this dream leads to frustration and anxiety, until the seeming insurmountable obstacle is overcome.
2. Machinery malfunction
This recurring dream is becoming more prevalent as technology becomes a ubiquitous part of life. Often involving communications equipment such as telephones or computers, the dream tends to involve an inability to operate the technology or a failure of the technology to perform as desired. This can stem from a feeling of being alienated from reality, bodily malfunctions or often a real life lack of ability to communicate or connect with another person. It can also have an element of being afraid of the future with concurrent worries about being able to keep up.
1. DeathA common fear for everyone, recurring dreams of death and illness can have many meanings, both for the dreamer and for people they know. Obviously a dread of dying is a strong theme, but it can also signify the end of a relationship or process, for good or bad.
The dreamer may be wishing an element of their life goes away or may have a fear of losing that element. These dreams often occur at the beginning of a serious illness, and can sometimes be held to predict a person close to the dreamer coming to harm. They can also, simply, represent a moment of saying goodbye.