Number 1 Disturbing Dream Last Month: Dreaming About Lost Loved Ones

What These Dreams Mean

One of the most frequently requested dream interpretations on our dream blog had to do with dreaming about lost loved ones. For the month of June, the top 3 dream interpretation requests were for: Dreams About Lost Loved Ones

  1. dreams about lost loved ones, family members, friends…
  2. dreams about exes
  3. dreams about snakes TIED with Dreams about knives

I wasn’t too surprised with the requests, to be honest. These subjects are typically the ones I hear the most. I was a little surprised that “knife dreams” tied with snake dreams, though. They’re moving up in the ranks of disturbing dreams!

Dreams about loved ones who’ve died can sometimes be comforting and even enjoyable. I like to think of these dreams as our mind’s way of keeping  our loved ones alive.  We get to see their faces again and even spend time with them once more.

Why we dream about lost loved ones varies from one dream to the next. Sometimes we dream about them simply because we talked about them recently or thought about them that day.  I recently had a dream about my mother-in-law for this very reason. She showed up in my dream because one of my daughters and I had been talking about her that very day.  My daughters were pretty young when she died, so I like to keep her name and memory alive by talking about her. She was quite a character and I like for them to know that!

The dream was not disturbing in any way. She was simply eating supper with us.  When I woke up, I couldn’t help but realizing that she looked EXACTLY like I remember her looking. She was even wearing the type of top (loud and floral!), pants, and shoes she always wore.

Some dreamers have similar dreams about their loved ones and wonder if the dreams mean something “deep” or “disturbing.”  More times than not, they simply mean your mind is keeping their face in your life – and if you think of your dreams this way, they’ll disturb you less.

However, some dreams about lost loved ones ARE dark and unsettling. Our loved one may be in trouble, crying, or need our help – help that we’re often unable to give.  Many experts believe that these dreams indicate that we have unresolved emotions surrounding their death – usually guilt of some kind.  The thing about guilt is that 9 times out of 10 it’s completely unjustified.  Oftentimes this “guilt” is very unrealistic and if we stand back and look at it rationally, we’ll realize there’s no way we could have possibly saved them.

Rather than guilt about their death, some dreamers feel guilty about how they treated them when they were alive.  They’ll have ridiculous thoughts such as, “I should have spent more time with them…. I should have called him/her more…”  These thoughts can lead to disturbing dreams  My advice to anyone with these thoughts is to realize that if THEY had died in place of the loved one, the loved one would have probably had the same guilty thoughts.  We NEVER feel like we did enough for a lost loved one. Ever. That’s just how it is.

Other times, unsettling dreams about lost loved ones may have more to do with us than them. We may feel that we’re developing some of the habits or traits they had or we may fear going down a road they went down. Sometimes fear of developing a disease the loved on had will cause disturbing dreams.

To keep your dreams about lost loved ones as light as possible, try to dwell on positive, happy thoughts about their life and push thoughts about their death, illness, and so forth out of your mind.  It’s how they’d want it after all!

Finally, in times of stress, we may dream about a loved one simply because we associate them with a simpler, easier time. Very often, they represent the past to us and, let’s be honest, the past almost always looks simpler – even if it really wasn’t.

As for our loved ones “trying to warn us about something,” my first instinct is to say NO WAY.  However, in a sense, this could be sort of possible.  As I’ve said many times on Dream Prophesy, dreams are not (in and of themselves) prophetic.  BUT, some people are much, much, much more intuitive or “in touch” with the world around them than others. These people can often “sense”danger because they are so incredibly in tune with everything and everyone around them.  People like this often have dreams that seem “prophetic” simply because they are so uncommonly in touch with the world around them.  They often “see” things other people don’t see and, therefore, their subconscious mind is able to sense perceived danger and potentially harmful situations.

If you are an overtly intuitive person, your dreams may, in fact, be somewhat prophetic in nature.  Your subconscious mind may, indeed, use a lost love one to get its point across.  And what better way than to get your attention than with a lost loved one?

 

Honey Dreams: The Dream Interpretation Depends…

What Does Honey Mean to You!?!

A recent dreamer has a short and sweet (see what I did there?) dream analysis request: “I had a dream about honey. What does that mean?Honey

When I’m not given too many details – which is certainly the case here!! – it makes it a little tough to give a really accurate and thorough dream interpretation and analysis. However, I’m certainly going to try to do just that.

Honey, like countless other things in life, can actually be symbolic of more than one thing in dreams. A lot of the dream’s interpretation (meaning) has to do with what the dreamer is doing with the honey.  For example, if the dreamer is eating the honey and enjoying the sweet taste, the honey is symbolic of pleasure and happiness.  If the honey is “sticky” and the dreamer is trying to wash it off of their hands or something else, the honey is symbolic of a “sticky situation” the dreamer has recently experienced OR is symbolic of a situation the dreamer is afraid they’ll be “stuck” in.

Many times, if you see the word HONEY in a dream, it is symbolic of a sweetheart. More likely than not, he or she was on your mind before you went to sleep.

You can also get a pretty accurate dream analysis by asking yourself what honey represents to you. For me, personally, it’s a sweetener. Honey’s one of my favorite things in the world – in fact, I could eat it by the spoonful. To someone else, they may think of honey as something sticky.  Naturally, honey would symbolize different things in our dreams.

Dream Analysis of a Potentially Life Changing Dream

One of the Best Dream Symbols I've Read About in a Very Long Time

Dream for Analysis:

This is a pretty detailed dream and I think I may know what the meaning is, but wanted to ask to be sure. First of all, I am a wife and mother in my 50′s. My 2 sons and 1 daughter have all moved out of the house. My husband works long hours and I’m left alone most of the time. My sons and their wives don’t come around much at all. Maybe 1 time a month. My daughter is in college 3 hours away, and used to come home every weekend. But she got a boyfriend who lives in her college town and she only comes home about once a month now.  Each time she and my sons come over I tell them just how lonesome I’ve been for them and how empty my life is now. It seems to make them stay away even longer.  I always tell my husband how down I am, but he doesn’t have any answers. He doesn’t even talk to me much anymore. He works, then comes home and reads the paper.  When I try to tell him how I feel, we end up arguing.

I just wanted to give a little background info to let you know how lonely I am because I believe the dream’s meaning is tied to this sadness. My dream was very vivid and colorful, making it even more griping and intense. I felt all of the emotion just like it was real life. My family was all together at our home. My sons, their wives, my husband, and our daughter. Her new boyfriend was there too. Each time I sat beside one of these people they would either walk away or get up and move. Suddenly, in the dream I was wearing my nightgown and I instinctively pulled part of it up to my nose and realized it smelled bad. My gown smelled like dirty laundry or something. I started crying and kept saying, “I smell bad!” over and over again but none of them looked at me. They all kept talking to one another. I cried and told my husband, “I will change my gown, please don’t let anyone leave. I’ll put on another gown!” But he just looked past me then walked away.

I woke up with a profound sadness and (disturbingly) an overwhelming feeling of being unloved. Worst of all, I can’t shake the feeling even though the dream was two nights ago.  Please help me because this dream is a black cloud over an already bleak life. – Katharine

Reading this dream made me nearly as sad as the dreamer, herself. There’s just so much sadness and discouragement in the words that I could practically see the dark cloud she spoke of myself.   Below is my dream analysis for this particular type of dream:  disturbing dream interpretation

Katharine, it’ll probably come as a surprise to you but the dream doesn’t really have as much to do with your husband and children as it has to do with YOU. I can certainly see how you’d think the dream depicted your family members “staying away from” or “avoiding” you, but the actual dream interpretation goes much deeper than this.  The good… make that great!… news is that this particular dream is a perfect example of being able to use our dreams to improve the real world in which we live. Your dream is handing you a golden key to unlock the door to more happiness, peace, and contentment!

The fact that you, yourself, smelled the nightgown in your dream and realized that it was causing others to stay away from you is beautifully symbolic. I believe that, deep down, you realize that when you tell your husband and kids how miserable and unhappy you are that you are, in effect, pushing them away.  This realization may be so deep down that it’s your subconscious doing the realizing!

Here’s the thing: People are DRAWN to people, places, things, and situations that make them happy. People, places, things, and situations that make them:

  • feel good about themselves
  • feel good about life
  • laugh
  • smile
  • have fun
  • in the end… people, places, things, and situations that they can’t wait to return to because they brought about so much happiness!

In your own words, you say that you tell your husband and children how “empty” your life is and how unhappy you are.  Apparently you do this at just about every available opportunity.  With all the respect, compassion, and genuine concern in the world – I have to ask you this: Why would anyone be DRAWN to that?  The answer is they wouldn’t!  They’d be PUSHED the other way and would even come to dread facing what must feel like guilt trips and depressing encounters.

Your subconscious mind is alerting you to this situation in your dream.  I have to tell you, I get SO excited when I hear about dreams like this because – for one thing – dreams utterly fascinate me and when they are so DEAD ON like this one, it just blows my mind. Dreams and the subconscious mind are simply amazing.  Also, I get excited because this type of dream proves what I’ve said all along – dreams have the power to change our lives for the better – IF we listen to them!

When you smelled your gown in your dream, the gown was symbolic of YOU. It was on you, just as your sadness, loneliness, and, perhaps, bitterness are on you.  When you brought it to your nose and realized it was BAD – you knew it was the cause of everyone being pushed away.   I even love the fact that you referred to the smell as being like “dirty laundry.”  What do we often refer to bad things people keep talking about? Their dirty laundry.

This is your subconscious mind telling you that what you’re “wearing” in your day to day life is, in fact, driving everyone away.

I suspect that the arguments between you and your husband have gotten so out of hand that your marriage is on shaky ground.  The fact that you plead to him in your dream (promising that you’ll “change” – literally!) tells me that the two of you may be nearing a breaking point.  When we actually cry in our dreams, it always means serious, serious business.

On my self help blog (Self Help Daily), I frequently write about how to cope with empty nest syndrome because this is a subject women (and many men) battle as their children grow older, get jobs, boyfriends/girlfriends, etc.  The waves of emotion can tear families apart if you aren’t careful.  You aren’t alone – this is something a lot of people deal with.  Just know that when you tell your loved ones how sad (lonely, empty…) you are over and over again – you are pushing them further away.

Your dream just sent you a powerful warning and I’m hoping you’ll take it to heart.  If I were you, I’d plan a big family get together. Let your daughter know you’d love for her new boyfriend to get to know the rest of the family. Cook out, bake lasagna, or simply go out to your favorite restaurant.  Whatever you do, this time wear something better than a “smelly gown” (frown, sad countenance, bitterness, anger…). This time put on your best! Wear a smile, give out hugs, ask everyone about their lives, jobs, school, etc.   Smile more, frown less. Laugh more, cry less. Talk TO your loved ones and not AT them.

Basically, create the type of  environment people can’t wait to enter, hate to leave, and can’t wait to return to.

Your wonderful dream has just handed you a life changer!

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Dream Interpretation: What Does it Mean to Dream About a Hole in the Road?

The Dream Analysis May be Tough to Hear...

What does it mean to dream about a hole in the road?

When one dreams of a hole in the road, it is symbolic of something the dreamer feels they need to “watch out for.”  For example, a young lady once had a dream that she saw a hole in the road she was driving on. She was  Dream Interpretation Hole Dreamsovercome with fear of falling into the hole, even though her car in the dream could have safely driven over it.  It turned out that this young woman had recently reunited with an ex-boyfriend. Their first “time together,” as she worded it, had been a “nightmare.”  They fought constantly, never trusted one another, and actually ruined BOTH of their families holidays with their non-stop bickering.

They broke up and stayed apart for about 5 months before deciding to give the relationship another chance.  The “hole in the road dream” occurred after they’d been back together for about a week.

This dream was easy to interpret because the dream analysis was all but written on the wall.  The dreamer knew that there was a situation that presented potential trouble and harm. The hole in the road was symbolic of their relationship and her feeling of dread and fear of falling in the hole symbolized the anxiety she felt about the relationship.

She actually felt more apprehension than she realized, and her dream brought it all to the forefront.

When a dreamer sees a hole as a threat in his/her dream, it’s a good indication that there is something (or someone) in their life who they KNOW, deep down, can spell trouble for them. Their subconscious mind is completely in tune with this realization, even if their conscious mind keeps shoving it aside.

Holes in dreams usually represent a fear of a particular situation – or at least a feeling of anxiety about something.  But holes in dreams can (in the right context) be symbolic of hiding places and can, thereby, represent safeness. This safeness can mirror the safety and security the dreamer FEELS in life or the safety and security they DESIRE. When this is the case, the hole doesn’t pose a “threat” to the dreamer – it’s simply there.

However, more times than not, holes represent a perceived trap or danger the dreamer senses in life.

It all depends upon the other symbols in the dreams and, even more importantly, how the dreamer felt during the dream and immediately after awakening.

 

Dreams About Exes are Always Unsettling

Dreaming About Exes Can Be Just as Scary!

Dreaming about an ex

Dreaming about exes (ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, ex-husband, ex-wife) seems to rank amongst the most unsettling dreams – bordering on nightmares for some people!  Snake dreams, dreams about dying, and dreams about loved ones who have died are still the MOST disturbing dreams, but dreams about exes aren’t far behind.

Almost daily I hear from dreamers who want to know what their dreams are trying to tell them. The dream’s meaning, as you might expect, varies from dreamer to dreamer. As with all dreams, you have to look at several things to find your own dream’s interpretation.

If you dream of an ex (or have recently had such a dream), ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have lingering anger, resentment, or bitterness toward my ex?
  • Do I still have feelings for him/her?
  • Do I feel guilty for something I did or said to them or for something I put them through?
  • Do I feel guilty, in a way, that I’ve moved on and found happiness when they have not?
  • Irregardless of my feelings for this person, was I happier THEN than I am NOW?
  • Do I simply miss being in a relationship…  just not with them?
  • Do I have trust issues that stem to this relationship?
  • Has this ex caused me to now fear getting hurt – so much so that I am overly cautious with my relationships today?

Your dream is not so much about the ex as it is about your feelings.  I’ve heard from people who have ZERO feelings for the ex, but simply wish they were in a relationship. Their ex (even though they wouldn’t want to get back with them) represents the word “relationship” to them.  Their dream simply means they want to find a special someone to share their life with.

I’ve also analyzed dreams for people who are carrying baggage from the relationship.  Sometimes the baggage is packed with pain that hasn’t quite healed yet. Sometimes there are trust issues or even residual anger and resentment. I once talked with a young woman who kept having dreams about a “really sweet ex boyfriend.”  She had moved on and was happy with another guy – in fact, they were planning their wedding.  However, she kept dreaming about her “sweet ex.”

She said she was certain she didn’t have any feelings left for him. They’d remained friendly since the break up and she was happy that he’d started dating another girl.  When I picked up on the fact that she didn’t have any feelings for him, romantically, I asked her to name the 3 feelings she associated with him.  I’ll never forget her reply:

  1. Guilt
  2. Guilt
  3. Guilt

She had cheated on him, lied to him, and hurt him pretty badly. She said her heart still broke when she remembered the look on his face when he found out.  She was obviously overcome with guilt.  After all, she’d hurt someone very badly and yet, here she was, happier than she’d ever been in her life.

I told her that the dreams sprang from these feelings of guilt and that the best way to deal with the feelings was to forgive herself.  After all, he obviously had forgiven her if they remained friends.  I also told her that when someone is overcome with feelings of guilt and sorrow for something they’ve done, a heartfelt, face to face apology can help ease the pain.  She said she intended to do just that.

When you dream of an ex, think of the three feelings you associate with him or her. The interpretation for your dream is lying within the words that come to mind.

Dream Interpretaion: Dreaming of a Holiday That Isn’t Even Remotely Close!

The Dream Analysis May Not Have Anything to Do with The Holiday

Christmas Cookies

 

Have you ever had a dream about a holiday that was many months away? You know the dream can’t really have anything to do with the holiday, itself, because you haven’t seen decorations, cards, pictures, or anything to do with this particular holiday.

In fact, you haven’t even thought about the holiday for months!  So why are you dreaming about it?

The fact is, the dream interpretation (analysis) doesn’t have anything to do with the holiday – it’s more about how the holiday makes you FEEL…. the emotions you associate with the holiday.

For example, when trying to determine the analysis of a holiday dream, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are the three strongest memories you have of the holiday? Think about these memories – do they “line up” with feelings you’re currently having or could they be feelings that you’re missing in your daily life?
  • Does this holiday cause an unusual amount of stress for you? For example, if a particular holiday causes stress because of family relations, money, or loneliness – these bad emotions could be something you’re dealing with in your life.
  • Who do you most associate with this holiday? Whether the individuals are alive or not, the dream analysis could simply be that any one of these people (or all of them!) have been on your mind lately.  Many times we associate family members we’ve lost with holidays because our most vivid memories of them involve Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.  For example, I will always associate Thanksgiving with my father because it was his favorite holiday. He counted the days to Thanksgiving like most people count the days to Christmas!  If I were to dream about Thanksgiving, I could pretty much bet that my dad had been on my mind recently.
  • Think about specific dream symbols that stand out in the dream. What things, objects, or even colors do you recall most vividly from your dream? If you dream of Christmas Cookies, for example, you are seeking “comfort,” after all, few things are as comforting or as enjoyable as Christmas cookies!  You may also strongly associate the person who does most of the baking at Christmas with a Christmas cookie dream.

Most holiday dreams are centered around loved ones, memories, and comfort which makes them some of the best dreams you can have!

 

 

What Does it Mean to Dream of an Injury?

The Dream Analysis Can Help Healing Begin

Dream Interpretation for Injury or Pain DreamsIf you dream of being injured, or dream that you are in some type of pain from an injury or wound, the dream analysis (interpretation) could go one of several ways. As with all dreams, the dreamer is the only one who can say for certain which dream analysis is “on the money” for them, so read through each dream interpretation below and see which one seems to apply to you, personally.

An injury dream can be a dream in which the dreamer is injured or in pain or it can be a dream in which the dreamer sees or even inflicts pain in another person. The most important thing about the dream is the fact that an injury or wound has taken place.

The first (and most frequent) analysis for an injury dream has to do with injury or pain that has been done to the dreamer.  Because we think of pain in many types of context (physical, mental, emotional..), this injury, harm, or pain can be physical or emotional.  The dreamer could have been physically or emotionally  injured many years ago or as recent as the day of the dream.  The most important symbolism is the fact that the dreamer is attempting to heal, deep inside, from this injury.

If injury dreams that fall under this interpretation continue for any period of time, it’s probably best for the dreamer to find someone to talk to about, because recurring dreams of this nature indicate that, although healing is trying to take place, it isn’t entirely doing so.

This type of injury dream is our brain’s way of trying to figure out questions such as:

  • Why did that happen to me?
  • Why did this person do this to me?
  • How do I know this will never happen again?
  • Etc.

Sometimes an individual who has been physically or emotionally injured simply needs a sympathetic shoulder to lean on and an understanding person to confide in.

Another analysis for injury dreams is at the other end of the spectrum.  Sometimes people who have inflicted pain on others are haunted by guilt in their dreams.  Now, this doesn’t ALWAYS mean they deserve the guilt.  For example, if someone accidentally and unwittingly causes pain to another person (or even animal) – they may have injury dreams as a result of the guilt they feel.  Sometimes they’ll be the one who is injured in the dream, which is their brain’s way of saying, “I wish it had been me instead” or “I deserve to feel this pain.”

Needless to say, the best remedy for this dream interpretation is to simply apologize from the heart. Don’t make excuses and don’t put if off another minute. Say you’re sorry and even buy something for the individual, if you can. You’ll both feel better and your dreams will be sweeter.

 

What Do Numbers in Dreams Mean?

Number Dreams Mean Different Things to Different Dreamers

Dreams about Numbers

Have you ever had a dream where a number, or numbers, stood out kind of like a sore thumb?  Maybe there were a certain number of objects in your dream or a particular number on a house.  If the numbers stand out to you, they have a significance.

Put simply, if you remember a number from your dream, it means something!

Here’s where it gets kind of tricky. For the most part, different numbers mean different things to different people.

  • A number can represent an age.
  • A number can represent a favorite athlete’s (uniform number).
  • A number can represent the number of children you have.
  • A number can represent a house.
  • A number can represent a date.
  • A number can represent a Bible verse.
  • A number can represent the number of days in a week.
  • A number can represent the number of months in a year.

There are many, many more examples, but these are a few of the most obvious ones.  As you can see – just by going by these alone – the number 23 could mean different things to different people. For me, when I think of the number 23, I think of the 23rd Psalm in the Bible.  The next person may think of an athlete and the one after that may think of her/his birthday.

When a number stands out to you in a dream, simply ask yourself what is significant about this number to you. More likely than not, the significance will come to you right away.  The answer will be what your subconscious was focusing on. If it’s your anniversary date, for example, you’ve probably been thinking a great deal about your spouse.

If the number is your birth date (or age), you may have been feeling excited (or not so excited!) about an upcoming birthday.  The dream interpretation could also be that you’ve simply been thinking a lot about age recently.

If the number represents the number of kids you have, number of pets in your family, or the combined number of people in your family – the dream analysis is a pretty sweet one. You want to protect, nurture, and care for the family you cherish.

Certain numbers have a universal symbolism.  However, these numbers can also mean something more personal, like the examples above. Only the dreamer knows for sure.

The universal symbolism of  certain numbers:

  • 1 – the number one usually represent loneliness. However, many sports fans dream of the number in the context of being first – a “We’re number One!” type of thing.
  • 2 – the number two usually represents a couple. The number 2 can represent a relationship – either romantic or non-romantic.  The number 2 can also represent two different opinions or sides of an argument.
  • 4 – the number 4 often represents something “complete” or “whole” – such as 4 sides of a box or the 4 seasons.  Many people who dream about the number 4 are trying to come to terms with something or make sense of it.
  • 5 – the number 5 often refers to something pertaining to the body (5 fingers, 5 toes, 5 senses..)
  • 7 – the number 7 is a fascinating number in dreams.  7 is a “Spiritual” number, generally thought of as a number of completion. Dreaming of the number 7 could mean that you’re looking to complete something in particular. It could also have Spiritual interpretations – such as wanting to draw closer to God.
  • 8 – the number 8 often stands for uncertainty and mystery. It usually means the dreamer has unanswered questions and perhaps doubts.
  • 9 – the number 9 usually represents a cycle (pregnancy/childbirth). It can be symbolic of a pregnancy, babies, or simply of a particular cycle coming to a close.
  • 10 -  the number 10 represents perfection. Usually the dreamer is trying to perfect something in their life – or is searching for ways to improve things that he/she isn’t happy with.
  • 12 – usually refers to the year or a dozen. In a dream it usually means “a long time” or anxiety the dreamer has about something that will take a great deal of time.
  • 0 – zero means emptiness… a void. Dreaming of the number zero means that the dreamer feels that something is missing from his or her life.

Only the dreamer knows for sure what the numbers in his or her dream signify.  One thing’s for sure, unraveling the mystery is a lot of fun!

 

 

What Do Prayer Dreams Mean?

More Times Than Not it's All About HOPE

Prayer dreams can have several meanings. Very often, the dreamer will dream about prayer or about praying simply as a result of having prayed right before falling asleep. The beautiful process finds its way into the dream simply because it was the last thing the dreamer thought about or did. Prayer Dreams

However dreaming about prayer can also have another interpretation. Prayer dreams can indicate that the dreamer is currently “at the end of his or her rope” about a particular matter.  Something in their life simply seems too large for them to handle.

Most people, when they’ve reached what appears to be the end of their rope look UP to Heaven… more specifically UP to God. Prayer dreams are the subconscious mind’s way of seeking the solution to a puzzle they can’t solve.

When this is the case, and the dreamer’s prayer indicates that – deep inside – they are hopeful of a positive solution to their problem.

If, in your dream you experience an answer to prayer – either one you prayed within the dream, or a prayer you’ve prayed while awake, it is a symbolism of hope.

By contrast, if you dream of NOT getting an answer to prayer, your hope is currently feeling a little shaky!

Another dream interpretation for prayer dreams has to do with the dreamer’s conscience. Some people will dream about prayer or praying when they feel guilty about something in particular. It’s as though they’re looking for forgiveness from God, other people, and (perhaps most importantly), themselves.

Only the dreamer will be able to tell which of these dream interpretations fits their situation.

What Does it Mean To Dream About a Stuffed Dog?

Toy Dreams and Stuffed Animal Dreams Are Always Fun..... and Interesting!

Stuffed Animal DreamsWhat does it mean to dream about a stuffed dog? I don’t remember much about my dream except for the fact that I was happy and excited and I bought a stuffed dog at a store (a store I’ve never seen by the way).  Mind you, I’m too old to play with toys or stuffed animals any more (I’m in my 40′s after all!) but I was SO excited about buying this stuffed animal in my dream. I was wondering what the dream meaning was for this.  Thank you. – Signed, Feeling like a little girl at least in my dream!

What a fun dream! I, personally, dreamed about bats last night, so I’m a little jealous. I would have MUCH rather had a dream about a cute stuffed dog!

I think it’d be interesting to look at a few dream interpretations, along with the symbolism of toys, stuffed animals, and even dogs first of all.  Then I’ll tell you why you should be as excited about your dream as you were excited about the stuffed dog in your dream!

Toy Dreams

Toy dreams generally represent childhood or, at the very least, a childlike state of mind.  Our childhood generally represents to us a time of carefree fun and wild abandonment. No stresses, worries, responsibilities, or “to do lists.”  When we were children, we simply enjoyed each day as it came – another opportunity to play, explore, and simply enjoy life.

Is it any wonder we often return to childlike symbols in our dreams?!

When we dream about toys (dolls, stuffed animals, toy cars, games, bicycles…) we are dreaming about enjoyment and having fun with life.  Some people think of toy dreams as your mind’s way of getting the adult dreamer back in contact with someone they haven’t thought about in a while…. their younger self.

Anything can trigger these dreams – from being around or seeing children to seeing old pictures of yourself.  Toys can trigger these dreams as well since they often take us back to our childhood.

Dog Dreams

Dogs, in dreams, usually symbolize comfort and happiness. The only time they do not is when (in the dream) they are angry or aggressive.  A dog’s dream interpretation has a great deal to do with how the dreamer FELT during the dream.  If the dreamer felt afraid or anxious – this symbolizes fear they have in their daily life.

If the dog caused the dreamer to feel safe, then the dream analysis is that the dreamer is looking for a safety net in real life.

Here’s the fascinating thing: A dog in a dream may or may not appear as a REAL dog. He or she may be in a picture, in a painting, on a magazine, or (in your case) may even appear as a stuffed animal.  The mind will work the dog into the dream where it’s convenient for it to do so.

Dream Analysis for This Dream

The fact that you found a stuffed dog in what you referred to as a store you’ve never seen – and were SO excited about it – indicates that you have an abundance of excitement about something in your daily life.  I believe the fact that the dog is represented by a stuffed animal indicates that, deep inside, you’re feeling a childlike joy and experiencing childlike excitement.

That’s the best kind!

One of the things that fascinates me the most about dreams is this: Our subconscious mind is SO MUCH MORE IN-TUNE with our life and what’s going on around us than our conscious mind.  Our conscious mind has far too much going on to recognize every minute detail.  We have to do lists, bills, relationships, health, world events, etc – all competing for our attention.

Because of this, we may miss key details or clues about upcoming events.  Here’s a cool example: I once heard of a woman who kept dreaming of a wedding.  She wasn’t involved with anyone at the time (although she was “seriously” attracted to someone in her neighborhood).  She wondered why she was dreaming about weddings when she didn’t even have a boyfriend.  As it turned out, her  subconscious mind realized that the man she was attracted to was also attracted to her.  Her conscious mind “missed” the signs.  She was always too busy going to and from work, worrying about her aging parents, paying rent, and trying to make ends meet to notice the obvious.

He was always smiling at her the same way she smiled at him.

Her subconscious mind picked up on the clues and pretty much dwelt on them while she was asleep!

Within a year, they were married.

I believe the stuffed dog dreamer‘s subconscious mind is picking up on clues and overlooked signs – things the dreamer’s conscious (or waking) mind is too busy to fully realize.  The fact that the dreamer experienced such excitement in the dream leads me to believe they’re in for a very pleasant surprise in life.  Their subconscious mind is sort of putting them on notice…. “Look out! Something wonderful’s about to happen!”