December 13, 2023
Have you ever had a dream where you’re falling from the sky? It’s a terrifying feeling. But no matter how hard you try, you don’t wake up until right before you hit the ground.
When you finally snap out of it, your heart’s racing – and you have no idea why you dreamed it in the first place. You keep wondering:
The short answer: Yes.
Your dreams do mean something – even when they terrify you. They’re not just random images. It’s your subconscious mind communicating with you.
As a spiritual counselor, I’ve helped many clients interpret their dreams. And usually the tough times are when dreams provide them with the most information.
Now, what your dreams communicate can’t always be taken at face value. Because there’s a deeper meaning – and sometimes those meanings go beyond the images we see. But before we dive into that, let’s understand the basics.
Dreams aren’t just random pictures or scenes you make up in your head. Your dreams come to you at night and are there for a reason.
At their core, dreams are reflections of your deepest thoughts and feelings. They can reveal insights into your daily life and highlight your:
Dreams are stories from your brain that feel like a conscious experience. They often include familiar people, places, and things from your real life – but they’ll have a fantasy-like feel to them.¹
Dreaming has many purposes. Many researchers believe that it’s a process akin to overnight therapy² because it helps your mind:
Dreams are an important part of your mental and emotional health. They help you process emotions, solve problems, and understand your everyday experiences.
But there’s a deeper meaning behind what you dream about – and it takes a little bit of practice to figure out what they mean.
Dreams speak in a symbolic language. Understanding this language can help you heal, grow, and transform your life – especially when you’re going through major life changes like graduating college or divorcing your partner.
The first step to understanding and interpreting your dreams starts with recollection. Keep a journal next to your bed. When you wake up each morning, jot down details from your dreams that you can remember.
Over time, see if you can find recurring themes or symbols that keep popping up in your dreams. These could represent personal aspects or life events that are important to you.
While dreams are unique to each person, some themes are almost universal. For example, flying might symbolize a desire for freedom – while being chased could reflect a feeling of anxiety or avoidance in your waking life.
These themes aren’t random. They’re your mind’s way of processing and preparing for various aspects of life. Here are ten common dreams most of us experience and what they usually mean:
Look back through your journal and see if any of these types of dreams reappear. What are your dreams trying to tell you?
And keep in mind – dream interpretations are deeply personal. What holds a specific meaning for you may not hold the same for someone else. So don’t be discouraged if your dreams don’t align with these common themes.
In addition to figuring out how to interpret your dreams, you can also view them as messages from the soul that offer guidance and clarity.
Dreams can reveal spiritual paths and soul yearnings you have yet to be aware of. Or they help you connect to deeper universal truths.
Dreams are often the starting point for my spiritual counseling sessions with my clients. Whenever a client comes to their appointment and tells me, “I don’t know what I want to work on today,” — my first question is usually, “Have you had any dreams lately?”
Because your dreams could be a signal from the soul level that it’s time to address a spiritual wound. And if dreams are coming to you at night, they’re there for a reason.
When it comes to interpreting your dreams, sometimes it can be difficult to uncover and process the deeper meaning of your dreams – especially if they stem from spiritual wounds.
But a spiritual counselor (like me) can help you interpret these nightly narratives. At The Well Grounded Soul, I offer a unique approach with techniques like:
I listen and hold space for you. So you can navigate your inner world and make sense of your dreams. You can start to unravel the complexities of your subconscious – which leads to greater self-awareness, personal growth, and healing.
Dreams play an important role in your life and come to you for a reason. They are your mind and soul’s way of communicating with you. They can help you process and resolve your conscious experiences and emotions.
But understanding and interpreting your dream’s messages isn’t always easy. So I recommend keeping a dream journal and looking for recurring themes. And if you’re going through a major life transition like…
…your dreams may hold the key to helping you work through this difficult time. Reach out to me today if you need a safe, supportive space to unravel the meaning of your dreams – and understand yourself better.