A dream is defined as “a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.” A universal experience, dreams reflect our thoughts, experiences, hopes, fears, inspiration and more. Dreams speak to us in symbols, which can sometimes be as straightforward as a simple children’s story or bizarre as hell, and virtually impossible to describe. These mysterious nighttime visions have been the topic of exploration since early human history. We all have them at some point during our slumber – whether we remember them or not – but what in the freak do they mean? Even though we’re traversing our own individual journeys, there are certain symbols we’ve all experienced at some point while in the dream state. The 5 most common are:
This is the dream where you’re completely nude, partially clad or inappropriately dressed for the dream scenario. Typically, this type of dream provokes feelings of shame and anxiety and symbolizes feelings of being exposed, vulnerable off-guard or unprepared. The ultimate dream resource, Dream Moods, suggests these dreams could be brought on by fears that relate to situations in your waking life, such as a new job or relationship. Pride in your nudity can suggest pride in your sense of self, and indicate a carefree nature.
“What the %^*! Happened to My Teeth?”
Have you ever had a dream where you looked in the mirror, and opened your mouth to reveal a jacked up grill, or worse yet, witness teeth falling out your mouth? The complex explanation boils down to a few suggestions. 1) Teeth falling out dreams are a result of stress experienced in your waking life 2) Jacked mouthpiece indicates feeling of unattractiveness, and lastly, in the case of those who dream about having a voracious set of choppers, 3) A formidable grill symbolizes power and aggression.
“It’s After Me!!”
9 times out of 10, if you’re being chased in a dream, it’s safe to say it classifies as a nightmare. Be it a pit bull, unknown aggressor or random character from a TV show, the heart-pounding and often terrifying experience of being chased in a dream implies that you are feeling seriously threatened by something, someone – maybe even yourself. The pursuer may represent real, unaddressed anxieties or aspects of yourself that you desperately seek to repress.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the home you currently live in, a dead relative’s house or a home you’ve never actually laid your physical eyes upon. Dream Moods describes that to see a house in your dream, represents your own soul and self. Specific rooms in the house indicate a specific aspect of your psyche. To that end, the attic represents your intellect (high consciousness) and the basement represents the unconscious, and so forth.
How about that dream where you found yourself falling from a tall building and woke up moments before impact? As many may suspect, this particular symbol indicates feelings of insecurity, and more to the point, lack of support waking life. If this sounds familiar, Dream Moods states “you have lost your foothold and keep up with the hustle and bustle of daily life. When you fall, there is nothing that you can hold on to.” Additionally, falling dreams are believed to reflect a sense of failure or inferiority in some instances.