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Kitty's Dream Dictionary Series: E is for Elevator Dream Interpretation

Updated on October 25, 2015
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Kitty has been a lucid dreamer her entire life. These dreams and experiences drive her desire to help others understand their dreams.


Having Elevator Dreams?

One of the scariest and most exhilarating dreams a person can have is the elevator dream. I have had many personal experiences with elevator dreams, and I know how frightening these dreams can be. In spite of the terror that a falling elevator can instill in one's mind, there are ways of interpreting elevator dreams and discovering the true meaning behind these elevator dreams. The deep translations might surprise you, or you might already know them subconsciously.

Elevator Dream Meanings

One very common elevator dream is the falling elevator dream. I used to have falling elevator dreams quite frequently, to the point that I would board the elevator in my dream and think, "here we go again". But why do we dream of such a terrifying experience and why does this dream usually occur more than once? Falling elevator dreams can have a couple different meanings, but they usually point to the fact that you feel out of control. I associate elevators with the business world, so my interpretation of falling elevator dreams is that your subconscious is trying to tell you that you feel totally out of control at your job. When I had my falling elevator dreams, I did not even have a steady job, so this made perfect sense to me.

What about a dream that is the opposite of a falling elevator dream? Maybe you're having a dream that you board an elevator and the elevator climbs many floors but doesn't fall? Maybe the elevator keeps going up and up and up...the climbing elevator dream usually signifies a climb in the chain of success. Elevators can usually be found in office buildings, so wouldn't you interpret that to mean that your job is going in the right place? Maybe a promotion and/or a raise is in your near future. The possibilities are endless.

Another common elevator dream is the trapped elevator dream. This is similar to the falling elevator dream in that it feels you are out of control in some aspect of your career; however, the trapped elevator dream signifies that you feel exactly that...trapped. Maybe you feel as though the walls are closing in around you, and you can't get out. If this dream continues, I would highly suggest thinking of a new job. If you don't feel trapped at your job, then examine other aspects of your life that might be making you feel trapped, such as a relationship.

The most fun elevator dream is the love in an elevator dream. Aerosmith even made a song about this! Is the elevator going up in your dream, while you are having a bit of fun? This could mean that your relationship is blossoming and growing. Is the elevator not going anywhere but sitting still? That's okay, too. Just enjoy this elevator dream and be happy it's not a trapped elevator dream or falling elevator dream!


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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    emilybee - Thanks for reading. I have had many of those types of dreams. One in particular I can remember where I was simply walking and my foot falls into a pothole...then I jolt and wake up. This dream does usually happen only a couple minutes after falling asleep. Weird, huh? Thanks again. :)

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    emilybee 5 years ago

    Great hub idea! I don't really dream where I'm falling in an elevator, but where I'm falling in general, like off a cliff. Then I jolt awake. When I do this, I have no recollection of why I felt like I was falling, but it happens a lot JUST when I have fallen asleep, five minutes or so afterwards. I love interpreting dreams, I used to write all of mine down. Voted up and awesome.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    I don't know the basics of dream interpretation either, as I've never professionally studied it. I go off of what my dreams and how they read to me and then try to give suggestions to interpret dreams. They are merely suggestions though, and everyone should interpret their own dreams to fit them. :) Thanks!

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    Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

    Amusing. I don't know what is the basic of dream interpretation but I really believe the dreams.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    ChatKath - They can be very scary but funny enough, every time I would have a falling elevator dream, the elevator would hit the ground and I would be okay. It is weird how many of our dreams are just a way that our subconscious is trying to get over messages to our least that's how I see it. Not all of my dreams carry a message though, I think some are simply just for exploring purposes.

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    Kathy 6 years ago from California

    Hey Kitty, I used to have elevator dreams too, now I just don't remember my dreams very often so who knows! Awesome idea for hubbing! I agree, you can interpret your dreams most of the time, if you really try to think about what is going on in your life, like a falling elevator and feeling out of control, makes sense and my dreams are like that too... If I interpret they usually relate to something going on in my life.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    AP - Thanks so much. I've had a TON of elevator dreams so when I thought of what dream I could interpret for the letter E, elevator was a no-brainer. I've never heard that urban legend, very creepy indeed! I love it! Thanks for stopping by.

    Frank - as always, thanks so much for your AWESOME support.

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    Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

    wow just a super crazy idea to begin with Hit Up for Elevator!! And awesome because it is super awesome

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    Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Hi kitty. What a great and unusual subject for interpretations in your Dream series for the letter E. Your takes on the meanings of Elevator dreams look to be spot on. Have you ever heard of that old urban myth-or maybe not-called 'Room for one More?" Its usually about a girl who presses a top floor button and the doors open to a packed elevator. Some creepy looking person then says to her: Room for one more; well she recoils and doesn't get on. Of course the thing then plunges to the bottom with a snapped cable and all are killed. Kinda spooky whether true or not. Up! n interesting kitty!