This Dream’s Interpretation has to Do With an Exciting New Chapter in the Dreamer’s Life
A recently submitted dream for interpretation and analysis:
I recently had a really busy dream. I was going so many places and doing so many different things. You always say to remember the dream symbols in a dream and the emotions in the dream, so when I woke up I wrote down the things I remembered. I saw about 9 or 10 ENTRANCE signs in the dream which was weird. There was a sign like that over every store or restaurant or car shop I went into. As for my emotions in the dream, I was excited about each place I went to. When there I was happy and content. I was real busy, but I was real happy. Happy and excited are the main emotions I remember. I even felt like that when I woke up. I was smiling all morning and couldn’t even tell anyone why I was so happy. I wish I had more dreams like this one! – Kelly G.
Kelly, I’m with you – we could all use more dreams like this one. As I’ve said before, when I’m reading a dream, one of the first “clues” I look for is how the dream makes ME feel – the emotions I pick up on. While reading through the description of this particular dream, the main thing that stood out was the excitement and anticipation the dreamer has with each progression.
“Busy” dreams usually symbolize one of two things:
- A feeling of being overwhelmed in the dreamer’s daily life.
- A large, looming task that needs to be accomplished.
- A new chapter in the dreamer’s life.
Given the emotions involved, I’d say this dream definitely fits the latter. Kelly’s dream indicates that the dreamer is currently going through a large change in their life (or will go through such a change soon). This sort of change could be an exciting new job, going to a new school, moving, buying a new home, or starting a new relationship.
The eagerness to approach each new entrance sign indicates that she’s more than a little excited about the new opportunities headed her way.
Your Dream’s Telling You Something Very Important
Someone recently told me they’d had a long, epic dream about an army marching through their town. Soldiers came to his door to recruit him in the fight! The dreamer said he never really saw what – or who – the army was fighting, but he picked up on their fierce determination to win anyway. Naturally, he was anxious to learn what this dream means and asked for my dream analysis.
To dream of an army, war, battlefield, or even weapons means something very important. These types of dreams indicate that you feel that you are “up against it” right now. You have apparently been fighting some type of battle in your life and this dream is your mind’s way of coming to terms with all of the drama.
I’ve heard of people who had army dreams while battling disease, relationship problems, and issues with their job. I have also heard of people who had similar dreams while battling their own personal battle with something in their life (weight problem, bad habit…).
Only the dreamer can say, for certain, what battle is symbolized in the dream.
This type of dream should be seen as a warning. You’ve probably been pushing yourself too hard (as indicated by the subconscious mind thinking of your situation in terms of a battle!). It might just be time to relax a little and take a new approach to the situation.
On rare occasions, army or battle dreams symbolize a battle you’ve recently won or lost. Again, only the dreamer knows for sure.
I got an e-mail recently from a woman who was “very, very frustrated” with a dream she had the night before. She said that she desperately wanted to remember the dream but could only remember a single fragment. Apparently she was new to the world of Dream Interpretation and Dream Analysis and had even (as I often suggest!) bought a Dream Journal!
Here’s what she had to say: I recently found your dream website and have been reading the articles. I think you’re right about dreams. We can learn alot about ourselves from what we dream. I have had 2 of my dreams analyzed by you and you were spot on each time. I bought a dream journal and started writing down my dreams. I do like you say and write them down as soon as I wake up. It’s a whole lot of fun!
However, last night I had a dream that I know was a very “busy” dream. I did a lot in it. But I can’t remember the dream. I am very, very frustrated because the dream didn’t stay with me. I’ve racked my brain trying to remember what happened but I can’t. I can only remember one thing: my family and I were in a city we once lived in in Indiana. What is someone supposed to do when their dream is lost like this? I usually remember all my dreams. Why is this one not coming to me? Thanks so much! – Carole
Below was my response: Carole, I feel your frustration! Even though I’m utterly fascinated with dreams (some might say obsessed), there are times when I can’t remember a dream either. You’re right – it’s very frustrating!
When you can’t remember a dream, below are a few tips that may help with the dream recall:
- First of all, try to determine your emotions in the dream. Were you excited, frantic, sad, frustrated, happy, or overwhelmed? Did you feel in control or out of control? Even if you can’t remember all of the details, if you can get in touch with the way the dream made you feel, you can still get a lot from the dream. This is where a Dream Journal comes in handy. If you have a string of days when you have to write down emotions like “overwhelmed” or “out of control,” you’ll get a great dream analysis from the emotions alone. Also, focusing on your emotions in the dream (and the emotions you felt when you first awoke from the dream) often helps you remember more about the dream. When you determine one of the emotions, ask yourself, “Why did I feel that way?” or “Who or what caused me to feel like this?”
- Think of colors in the dream. Not only can a dream’s colors help with the dream analysis, picturing the colors you saw in the dream can help you remember more about the dream. For example, if you were to remember the colors blue and yellow, you could then ask yourself, “Where were these colors?” You may remember that blue was on a particular house and yellow was a dress your mom wore. Usually, if you can remember where you saw the dream colors, you’ll remember more about the dream.
- Here’s a trick that helps a lot of people with their dream recall: Lie back down and assume the position! Lie comfortably in bed just as you would be while dreaming. If you normally use a fan when you sleep, turn it on. Free yourself of as many distractions as possible and simply lie there with your eyes closed, focusing on things you do remember from the dream. A word of warning, though: Don’t do this if you have cookies in the oven, someplace you have to be, or toddlers in the house. You just might drift off to sleep.
Finally, if you simply can’t remember anything else about the dream, write down what you do remember (even if it’s simply one word, like peaceful). Then move on. Tell yourself that if it were really, really important, you’d remember more of it. Just take from it what you can and move forward.
A word about this particular dream (returning to Indiana with family) – dreams in which we “go back” can have several meanings. For one, you could have been talking about old times recently – or you could have even seen a picture from this time. Many times that sets the stage for a dream to visit the past.
A second reason we dream about a past place is we miss something from the past. The same can be true about an ex, an old house, a place we once lived, etc. We may not have any love left for any of these things – but there may be one thing that we miss from that time. Perhaps an ex gave great neck rubs or we had great neighbors in a house we once lived in…. Focus on what you DO remember and think about the emotions you have surrounding this person, place or thing.
A third reason we have dreams that wander into the past is a very common one: We’re warning ourselves of past mistakes or past pains. It’s our mind’s way of saying, “Watch out!” A recent girl contacted me in the comments about dreams she was having about an ex. He had cheated on her and hurt her pretty badly. She’d seen him recently and had a couple of dreams about him. I believe her dreams about this heart-breaker were her brain’s way of saying, “Don’t you even think about going back there! This dude equals pain.”
If a dream about a place you once lived, there could have been pain or a personal mistake you made. Your dream could be trying to make peace with it once and for all.
Some would even say that the fact you can’t remember the dream indicates that you’ve done just that!
A Final Word About Dream Recall:
Remember what you can. Move on. If you keep a dream journal (which could simply mean writing them down in a notebook), write down what you do remember. If you can’t remember the dream, write down something like, “I can’t remember anything about this dream except….” If you’re frustrated, write that down. If you’re like, “Whatever, it’s not important,” write that down. When you keep a Dream Journal, you often begin to see a pattern. Perhaps on certain nights (when you’re more tired than usual), you’re less likely to remember dreams. Maybe certain medications, like allergy medicine, cause your dream recall to be foggy. This is why it’s important to really go into detail in your dream journal – writing down what medicine you took before bedtime, etc. Many people even write down what they ate!
In the end realize that sometimes our brain realizes when there isn’t anything of real value in a dream and it just lets it go.
Sometimes that’s exactly what we have to do.
Tip for Remembering Your Dreams
Keeping a dream journal actually trains your brain to remember dreams better. When you get into the practice of writing things down into your dream journal, your brain will soon realize that this is an important part of your life. It’ll become much better at remembering details that may have otherwise gotten away from you and been lost forever. Dream journals actually train your brain for better dream recall.
Suitcase dreams, or dreaming about packing, have more than one dream interpretation or meaning. Remember, when a dream symbol or dream topic has different meanings, you have to look at all of the circumstances in the dream, including your emotions during the dream and immediately after waking. Also, examine what’s going on in your real life. It’s sort of like unraveling a mystery, which is always fun!
Also remember that packing anything (trunk, suitcase, bag..) carries the same interpretations.
Possible Dream Interpretation #1
Packing a suitcase in a dream, or even just dreaming about a suitcase or carrying bag can imply an intense need to get away. There is a situation or even a person that you want to pack up your life and run away from. If this is the dream analysis for you, your emotions in the dream will probably be anxious. You may be excited and happy (at the though of escaping something undesirable).
Possible Dream Interpretation #2
You may be looking forward to (or even a little intimidated by) beginning a new chapter in your life. Many times when we are starting school, moving into a new house, or starting a new job, our emotions carry over into our dreams. Suitcase and packing dreams are common while we are going through changes in our life. The dream symbolism is that you’re moving into a new part of your life.
If, during the dream, you encounter problems (such as the suitcase won’t close, you are having to pack in a hurry, you can’t find something, etc), it’s a sign that you are apprehensive and maybe even a little insecure about these changes.
Possible Dream Interpretation #3
You may need a vacation! You have probably said, or at least thought, (in the past few weeks) that you need a vacation. Suitcase/packing dreams are your brains way of saying, “Yes, you really do!”
Only the dreamer knows for certain which dream analysis is his or hers. Remember to closely examine your emotions during the dream, when you wake up, and even now – as you remember the dream. These emotions tie into the dream analysis in a MAJOR way.
If your dream involved chaos and confusion, your subconscious mind is most definitely trying to tell you something! Below is a recent dream submitted to Dream Prophesy for dream interpretation. The dreamer is looking for the meaning of the dream because the frustrated feeling the dream left with her is lingering.
I hope you can help me with a recent dream I had. I woke up feeling so frustrated and confused and the feeling is still with me over 24 hours later. I have the feeling that my mind is giving me a message of some sort but I can’t figure it out. Here’s my dream. I was in a village in the middle of nowhere. The people didn’t talk at all. They didn’t even use sign language. I tried to communicate with them but they just looked at me, then looked at each other like I was crazy and they were amused by me. If they did make noise, I knew they would laugh at me.
Because no one would talk, I couldn’t figure out how to get out of the village and to the town. See, I knew that I had to leave the village and, for some reason, it was the most important thing in the world to get back to town. Whatever town it was!
Each time I tried to take off for a certain direction, I found trouble or a dead end then had to go back to the village, where everyone was looking at me like I was a crazy woman. The people were Indians – all dressed up like you’d see in a Western movie. Feathers, tomahawks, etc. They were so beautiful, but I hated them because they wouldn’t talk or help me find where I needed to go. I can’t describe how helpless and frustrated I was or how much I knew I needed to get to the town. But each way I tried lead to mountains or lakes or fire or wolves. Nowhere I went was the right way! I woke up completely frustrated and the feeling won’t go away. Please help so I can have peace of mind. Thank you. – Brenda
Brenda, fascinating dream! I can feel your frustration in your words and can practically see it in your dream symbols. The good news is that this dream’s meaning is pretty clear to me. The bad news is, you may have a little work in front of you for the peace of mind you’re looking for.
The first thing that came to my mind after reading your dream is this: Somehow you have lost your way in life and are, subconsciously, trying to find it. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve gotten WAY off track in some area. It could be as simple as slacking off with a few goals or even New Year’s Resolutions. Many people, after trying to battle some particular goal they’ve set for themselves (losing weight, saving money, controlling their temper, quitting smoking….) will fall off the wagon, so to speak. They grow frustrated and even wonder if they can meet the goal – they often wonder if they should even try.
During this time, they can sort of lose their way. Their purpose in life is clouded by the clouds of doubt and frustration. This can quickly lead to great frustration.
Another instance of losing your way is if you allow other people to make choices for you. If you keep allowing someone else to decide where you go to school, where you work, what you eat, who you spend time with, what you wear (or any combination of personal choices) – you’ll eventually feel trapped and wonder where that person ends and you begin.
If you recognize your personal situation in either of the descriptions above, I’m sure you realize how frustrated your subconscious mind is. YOU are inside trying to get out! Whether you are in your own way, circumstances are holding you back, or someone else is in your way can only be determined by you.
The bottom line is that you essentially feel that you have lost your way. You find yourself lost within a situation that your subconscious mind wants out of. The way you longed for the “town” in the dream is symbolic for what you yearn for in your real life. The best way to figure this out is to simply sit down with yourself and have a good old-fashioned self-talk! Free yourself from all distractions and really get in touch with the real you – beneath the layers of day-to-day stress, responsibilities, relationships, etc. You will undoubtedly uncover what it is you feel is holding you back. This thing (whether it’s a personal trait, situation, or individual) is symbolic of the obstacles you kept encountering. You feel that, in life, something is in your way
The villagers represent helplessness. In some area of your life you feel helpless – just as helpless as the people were when they either refused to help you or didn’t know how.
One final thought about the dream symbols. The fact that the people, themselves, weren’t aggressive and the fact that the obstacles you met were not human obstacles leads me to think that the obstacle you face in your day to day life is probably yourself and/or circumstances. I believe that if your obstacle involved another human being, you would have encountered an angry or aggressive human in your dream. By contrast, they were silent. In society, we have often referred to people as dumb who refuse to speak. I believe this is an important symbol in the dream and believe that you somehow feel “dumb” because of your situation. Of course, that’s ridiculous because we all “lose our way” from time to time.
As for the dream staying with you, when this happens we can rest assured that our subconscious mind is deeply troubled and looking for answers.
I have complete confidence that you’ll get back on the right track right away. Keeping a Dream Journal is an excellent way to keep track of your dreams. They really help you sort things out.
Best of luck and thanks for sharing your dream!