What Does it Mean to Dream About Tornadoes?
How Prevalent Are Tornado Dreams?
Do you dream of tornadoes?
Are Tornado Dreams Prophecies?
Does tornado dreams indicate the coming of destruction in waking life?
Just as when the weather in the waking world produces conditions favorable for tornado formation, so can certain mental states produce chaos.
However, dreams are typically more symbolic than prophetic. They are also there to help alert us to what is going on in our minds so that we can take action and remedy problems when they arise.
In the waking world, when times are ripe for producing tornadoes, we prepare. When the sirens sound, we go indoors or seek shelter. We vigilantly protect ourself and loved ones and move out of harm's way.
Similarly, certain mental states produce conditions conducive to finding one's life spiraling out of control. A tornado dream is a warning alerting the dreamer to those swirling psychic contents, which if left unchecked, may create waking life chaos.
Learn how to recognize what those conditions are by interpreting dreams involving tornadoes.
Parallels Between Waking and Dream World Tornadoes
In waking life, whenever conditions seem ripe for a storm cell to spawn a tornado, meteorologists spring into action, tracking the cell's development, keeping watch for the appearance of funnel clouds.
Tornado watches are issued, letting residents know they should be alert to the possibility of tornado activity. Once a cloud is spotted or reports of one exist, watches are upgraded to warnings. Sirens blare. Residents are told to take cover. Unless one is completely isolated, there is practically no way to miss the cues that a tornado is on the way on in the area.
Unlike earthquakes, which arrive in the form of completely unforeseen, devastating jolts, unless a tornado forms in the middle of the night, it rarely sneaks into a community with no forewarning.
However, where dreams are concerned, the tornadoes that appear are not the destructive force but rather that which is behind them--chaotic thoughts, unbridled emotions, lack of self-control, life situations spiraling out of control, these are the forces threatening the dreamer. Tornado dreams simply function as warnings to their existence. Failing to heed a tornado dream's warning can be as catastrophic as ignoring the sound of a tornado siren.
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Tornadoes as Symbols of Catastrophic Change
Somewhere inside one knows when life is off kilter. One know when changes, especially those of the painful variety must be made. Often this awareness is denied or repressed with the level of denial regarding change being direct proportionate to the level of pain making those changes will entail.
Tornadoes are master change makers. Tornadoes level homes and uproot lives as easily as they uproot hundred year old oaks. They bring not only devastation and decimation but change that reaches right down into the very foundation upon which one has built one's existence.
In dreams, tornadoes can warn of the advent of change as cataclysmic as that left in the wake of their waking life counterparts.
The reason the coming change might occur in some catastrophic manner is because by ignoring, denying, or repressing intuitive information from the psyche regarding the need for change, the dreamer has created a situation where subtle change is no longer likely.
Rather than changing her life, the dreamer has contrarily cemented to where she is so expertly that only cataclysmic change, only that which completely uproots her entire life will accommodate her freedom from that life.
Tornadoes as Symbols of a Chaotic Thought Process
Air is often utilized as an expression of thought and the thought process and that symbolism holds true in dreams.
Thoughts are not static. They are the active precursors to action. Thoughts also presage emotions--that which is felt in the heart is often born in the the activities of the head.
In dreams, therefore, tornadoes serve double duty.
They symbolize not only thoughts running amok, but also the potentially dangerous emotions resulting from those thought processes.
A tornado in a dream can indicate that one's is obsessive over a particular subject, spinning the same idea around and around in the mind.
They may also indicate a similar emotional confusion or an inability to stop metaphorically spinning in circles in the waking life.
The dreamer's obsessions may have reached the point where she no longer has control over her thoughts, but cannot hold reign over her emotions either.
Tornado dreams can indicate that the dreamer is at a dangerous place where destructive emotions and even self-destructive actions may overtake her.
Tornadoes as Anxiety Symbols
Tornadoes in Dreams as Manifestations of Anxiety
The appearance of tornadoes in dreams can sometimes be expressions of anxiety.
Typically, anxiety dreams are the product of worrying about an upcoming life event. People getting married often dream of wedding disasters. Expecting parents dream of pregnancy problems. College students dream of testing disasters during finals. These types of anxiety dreams are triggered by external waking life events.
However, another form of anxiety dream is the type that is a manifestation of a deep-seated, generalized anxiety, an anxiety not rooted in waking life, but deep within the psyche. This type of anxiety is fear or chronic worry that something is waiting in the wings, something over which one is completely powerless, something that will either ruin the dreamer or rip away all that he loves no matter how much preparation he makes.
Dreams about being chased and dreams about tests for which one is unprepared when one is not participating in academics are also dreams that express generalized anxiety.
Ironically, sometimes dreams of tornadoes or other anxiety dreams surface when one is enjoying a time of success. This can be because many people fear losing what they gain almost as much as they fear never getting it in the first place.
Information on Anxiety Disorders
- National Institute of Mental Health
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech.
- 10 Ways for how to Calm Down When Anxiety Strikes
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- Depersonalization and Derealization - Symptoms of Se...
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- Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA
Tornado of a Different Sort
Given the above listed interpretations, tornado dreams may seem omens of unavoidable disaster, but this is not necessarily true.
Dreams manifest as symbols of what is occurring at an unconscious level; they are basically report cards from hidden areas of the psyche that are presented to the conscious mind.
Dreams provide information, not prophecies. Nothing occurring in a dream is an unstoppable portent of what is absolutely assured in the waking world.
The reason dreams sometimes seem like prophecies is because since they report on what is going on inside one's mind, they reveal where one's thoughts and intentions are and they reveal what one can realistically expect based on those thoughts and intentions.
In short, dreams tell the dreamer all about the condition of the inner mind, the place that often ends up projected onto the outer world. They are designed to present the dreamer with useful information she can act on, not prophecies she needs to fear.
- CG Jung Page
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