If you’ve ever experienced things like flying, showing up late or finding an empty room in your dreams, you’re not alone-these motifs are strangely common among other dreamers too. Although the events might have ridiculous contexts in your subconscious, they reflect or signify actual events in your real life. But how?
Enter Lauri Loewenberg, professional dream analyst and author of Dream on It: Unlock Your Dreams Change Your Life. To help you sleep at night, she’s deciphered eight of the most common themes or symbols people encounter while catching z’s. Read through her interpretations below, and read up on more typical dreams (like falling, nudity and losing your teeth) here.
What it means: The flying dream is the most common dream we have as children, unfortunately, it tapers off quite a bit as we get older and realize life can be pretty difficult. But like an old friend, it will still show up from time to time and when it does, it’s typically because we are feeling really “high” on life at the time. The flying dream tends to happen when we are feeling empowered, when things are really looking “up,” when we are realizing our ability to “rise” to the occasion and reach those “high” goals we’ve set for our self. We can also get this dream when we have broken free from something that had previously been weighing heavy on us.
2) Showing up late to something important
What it means: This is a common recurring dream for people who are always up against a deadline, such as journalists. In fact, Diane Sawyer told me she has this dream. In this case, the dream is keeping you on your toes and putting you in a worst case scenario so you can better prepare yourself for the deadline in real life. But it can also come to those who are impatient by nature and this dream is a reflection of their mindset. If you get this dream only once or on rare occasions, then ask yourself if there is a current opportunity you are afraid you are going to miss out on if you don’t up your game or is there a self imposed deadline you are up against such as losing 15 lbs by the time your high school reunion comes around.