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What Your Dreams Mean

Updated on April 27, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

Everybody dreams whether they remember their dreams or not.
Everybody dreams whether they remember their dreams or not. | Source

Everybody Dreams

Everybody dreams, but some people say they don't dream. They do dream; however, they might not remember that they dream. So, if they don't remember that they dream, then surely they don't remember what they dreamed.

It is healthy to dream. When we don't dream, we become cranky and tend to nag more than usual.

God Speaks To Us Through Our Dreams

God communicates with us through our dreams. Perhaps it is because we are too busy during the day to listen. It is a sure way for God to get our attention while we sleep.

Dreams are God's night communication to us. A dream is defined as a sequence of sensations, images, and thoughts passing through a sleeping person's mind.

A dream is an experience we have while we sleep. Our dreams at night help to shape what goes on with us during our waking hours. Our dreams become part of our story just as much as what happens to us during the day.

Water is a common theme in dreams. In order to determine what your dream means, notice what the water was doing.
Water is a common theme in dreams. In order to determine what your dream means, notice what the water was doing. | Source

Why Are Dreams Such A Mystery?

If dreams are God's night communication to us, then why are dreams such a mystery? Why don't dreams appear with explanations? How can dreams have an impact upon our lives if we don't remember them? If we remember them, why don't we understand them?

The bottom line is that we don't need to interpret a dream for it to affect us. A story is told about a wife who dreamed that her husband was cheating on her. When she woke up, she made him move into the guest bedroom. She believed her dream, and she acted on what she had dreamed.

Dreams Are A Compilation of What We Think About

Perhaps the woman in the above example had been thinking that her husband was cheating. When she dreamed about it, she thought it was real. Therefore, dreams can be understood in the context of our repressed thoughts.

Dreams are valuable because they can help us find solutions to problems and answers to our questions. However, we must know how to interpret dreams in order for them to help us.

Dreams Are Not Literal

First of all, know that dreams are usually not literal. What you dream about is a representation of your thoughts. For instance, the husband that the wife thought was cheating was not the husband at all. It was probably the wife who was cheating even though in her dream it appeared to be her husband. When you dream about someone in your dreams, the person is probably you.

When God speaks to you at night through your dreams, don't expect the dream to come true right away. It could take years for that to happen. In Genesis 15:1-4, Abram had a dream that did not come true until 25 years later. Joseph had a dream in Genesis 37:5 when he was 17 years old. His dream came true when he was 30, according to Genesis 41:46. Daniel had a dream and it was about something that would happen thousands of years later.


Common Dream Symbols

There are many common dream symbols that most people dream about. If you are reading this, you have probably dreamed about some of the following things.

Water is a symbol for your emotions. When you dream about water, you should notice how the water behaves in your dreams. Rising water indicates rising emotions. Cloudy water suggests a lack of emotional clarity. To see calm, clear water in your dream, indicates that you are in tune with your spirituality. It denotes serenity, peace of mind, and rejuvenation. If you are drowning in your dream, or if you are in raging water, then you life is out of control and your dream is a warning to you to get your life together.

Running or being chased in your dreams often stems from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. You have fears of being attacked and running from something or someone in your dreams means you are running from someone or something while you are awake.

Driving in your dreams symbolizes how you are headed in life. If you are driving recklessly, then your life is out of control. Notice if you are driving too fast or too slow. Do the steering wheel and the brakes work? Pay attention to where you are headed when you are awake.

Falling dreams reflect a sense of failure or inferiority in some circumstances or situations. Are you falling or failing in real life?

Losing your purse or wallet in your dream is a bad sign and a warning to be careful with your personal belongings. Your wallet contains your personal identification cards, such as driver license, social security cards, credit cards, and other things that identify you. Once you lose those things, you have lost your identity.

Losing your purse or wallet means you are losing control of personal things that concerns you. It is a good sign if you find your purse or wallet in your dream. On the other hand, it is a bad sign if you wake up without locating them.

The house you grew up in and the school you attended have significant meanings in your dreams.
The house you grew up in and the school you attended have significant meanings in your dreams. | Source

Seeing the house you grew up in or the school you attended means you have unfinished business that was never closed long ago when you were growing up. This might be a recurring dream until you bring closure to things that happened in your life when you were younger.

This might be a recurring dream until you bring closure to something that happened in your life when you were younger. You might have forgotten what it was, but your dreams haven't. Think back to relationships you have long ago. Were they are resolved before you moved on?

Seeing a lot of food in your dream but not being able to eat the food has a significant meaning.
Seeing a lot of food in your dream but not being able to eat the food has a significant meaning. | Source

Seeing food in your dream is a good sign. Seeing food in your dream and never eating it is a bad sign. Don't you just love it when you see a lot of food in your dream? Don't you just hate it when you wake up without getting a chance to eat any of it?

When you dream of all your favorite foods and everyone else is eating and you never get to eat, it is a sign that you are missing out on life while everybody else is being satisfied.

Seeing food and not being able to eat it indicates that you have the means to become successful but something is holding you back. That leaves you empty and unfulfilled. Take inventory of your life and find out why you never get to eat in your dreams. It is parallel to your not getting to do something that gives you satisfaction in your waking hours.


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