It All Starts with the Mission, Itself…..
What Does My Dream Mean?
I had a dream last night about a crazy squirrel. It was running around me in my dream, gathering up cobs of corn and peanuts that were stashed everywhere in my home. It even went upstairs – with me chasing him. Then he went into a store that was suddenly in my house and started eating everything he could find. I was laughing in my dream but also felt frustrated because I wanted to help him. Somehow I knew that him getting as much food as possible meant whether he would live or not and I felt helpless. He started eating cereal out of boxes, jumped on a salad bar and ate everything there and just kept running from one thing to the next. Since I woke up, I have wondered what this dream means.
Why don’t I ever have dreams like that?? I LOVE squirrels! This is one of those dreams where you have to look a little deeper than the surface to find the true meaning. The meaning of the dream, in this case, isn’t as much about the squirrel (though I’m sure he was a hoot) as it is about what the dream symbol was doing – he was frantically grabbing food as fast and hard as he could.
He, himself, didn’t convey to you (through words) that this food mission was life or death – but you KNEW that it was. Since you are, in fact, the author of the dream, you certainly know how important his mission was!
The fact that you mention the words “whether he would live or not,” we know that the dream has a deeper meaning than just an entertaining squirrel. If you had said you laughed at the squirrel and hadn’t mentioned feeling helpless or frustrated, I’d have thought it was just one of those crazy dreams that really don’t have as much MEANING as they have ENTERTAINMENT VALUE. However, your emotions and his eagerness let us know that there is a meaning within the dream.
Many times in dreams, another person (or, yes, a squirrel!) will “act out” our hidden emotions, fears, anxieties, and agendas. If WE, ourselves, did the “acting out,” we wouldn’t be able to be a spectator to the action.
In this case, the squirrel was on a definite mission – it was essential that he complete his mission or he’d suffer consequences. I think this dream means that there is something in your life you feel pretty anxious about. Furthermore, I think it’s something you are trying to “round up, collect, or get enough of.” More likely than not, this would be either money or possibly even groceries – how perfect would the dream symbolism be for that?
In fact, if you’re in an area that has been hit by snow or an ice storm, maybe you’ve been worried about storing enough food in the house.
Thanks for sharing your dream – it’s a perfect example of how fascinating and symbolic dreams can be… even if they’re a little nutty. Sorry.
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.
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.
Here’s a recent dream submitted for dream analysis. The first effect the dream had on me, when I read it last night, was making me incredibly hungry for pancakes! (Guess what I’m making for supper…)
I’ve had a couple of really odd dreams recently and I hope you can tell me what they mean. My first dream was all about being hungry. I was starving in my dream and couldn’t find anything in my home to eat. So I got in a car, I don’t know who’s it was, and drove around town. None of the restaurants were open, so I went to a big grocery store. When I got inside, I realized that the food was fake food. I got into another car (again I don’t know who’s car it was) and drove to a different grocery store. I went in and saw that the food was real food so I got ready to buy some and didn’t have any money!!! I woke up feeling really frustrated and hungry. A few nights later I dreamed about pancakes. I made a big batch for me and my wife and daughter. We all ate and ate and ate. They both got full and got up to go into another room. I was still hungry, so I finished off the platter in the middle of the table. Even after about 20 pancakes, with butter and syrup, I still felt hungry, so I went to get the pancake mix box to make more and all of a sudden it was empty – but it had been half full only a minute before. I can’t help but think there is some connection with these dreams because I woke up feeling similarly frustrated in each. I hope you can help me figure this out so I don’t have another pain in the neck dream. Thank you.
First of all, good call! You are absolutely right, these dreams are connected. Also, you did a great job of remembering how you felt when you woke up, which gives you bonus points! Dreams in which we feel hungry are about being unfulfilled. Generally speaking, there is something “missing” in the dreamer’s life that he or she “hungers” for. (Thirst dreams often have the same translation.)
This lack of fulfillment could be personal or professional. It could have to do with weight loss or gain, school, work, a relationship, progress in giving up a bad habit, or lack of progress in taking up a good habit. Only the dreamer knows for certain where he or she feels unsatisfied or unfulfilled.
Here’s something else: In your first dream, you “came close” several times. You found a grocery store BUT it had fake food (so worthless to an empty stomach!). Then you found a store with real food BUT you didn’t have any money with you to pay for it. In your second dream, you “came close” again. This time you had the food. You ate a good deal and wanted more BUT the box was empty.
These “close calls” indicate that you have probably come very close to fulfilling your heart’s desire, but somehow didn’t quite make it. Your subconscious mind remembers all too well how close you came! I believe these dreams are:
- Your subconscious mind crying out for what it’s missing.
- Your subconscious mind reminding you that you can make it happen, if you stick with it.
Best of luck to you and, again, KUDOS for for your dream smarts!
If you dream of being a bridesmaid, the dream analysis and interpretation all depend on one thing: How you FELT in the dream and how you FELT as soon as you woke from the dream.
If you felt sad or angry during the dream (and upon waking) the dream means that you’re currently feeling jealous of someone or something. You may even resent the attention they’re getting and wish some of it were coming your way!
If you felt happy or excited during the dream and upon waking, you are currently feeling very happy for someone – probably in regard to a romantic relationship they’re enjoying. Your happiness for them is simply spilling over into your dream(s).
Of course, if you are currently planning a wedding with (or for) someone, the dream is only a symbol of the wedding you’re planning for.
Snake dreams continue to be the most popular type of dream here on Dream Prophesy. The reason for this is pretty clear and totally understandable, however that’s of little comfort when someone has such an unsettling dream!
The reason snake dreams are so popular and common is this: Snakes are (deservedly or not) a universal symbol of everything evil, wrong, scary, frightening, and bad.
Snakes represent, to most of us anyway, great fear and uncommon anxiety. Granted, there are those who love snakes with the same type of adoration the rest of us have for our cats, dogs, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, and so on. As a matter of fact, when a lot of people talk about their beloved pet, they’re referring to a snake. And when these snake-lovers have dreams about snakes, they usually symbolize something entirely different. When they dream about snakes, they’re no more alarmed that I would be if I dreamed about cats. As someone with four cats, this is completely common for me and I never give it a second thought.
For most of us, however, snakes do represent BAD (fear, anxiety, frustration…). Common symbol for BAD = A common dream.
Here’s something that I find to be extremely fascinating. I’ve been a dreamologist for over 10 years. That’s a lot of dreams to be analyzed and studied! I’ve noticed something over the years that fascinates me. MANY adults who work with kids, particularly teachers, frequently have a similar dream involving snakes:
They’ll confront a snake (or another representation of evil) that they’re trying valiantly to destroy. Many will even say things like, “I know it’s going to hurt a lot of people and I want to stop it…” However, they can’t get anyone to get on board with them and help out. The frustration of the dream stays with these dreamers as much as the image of the snake or snakes do. One of the reasons I believe this is so common is that teachers, undoubtedly, often feel very much “up against it.” They love kids and sincerely want to help them. They’ve dedicated their lives to them, so they obviously feel very strongly about young people. However, they can’t do everything.
They feel very overwhelmed, at times, due to a lack of parental support and/or a lack of support from the school system, principal, school board, etc. Teachers aren’t even paid as much as they deserve – no doubt the frustration sometimes gets to them. How could it not? Although most handle it admirably and you’d never really know the lack of support they sometimes encounter, their subconscious mind ALWAYS knows. the subconscious mind realizes just how much the individual sometimes feels as though he or she is fighting for a child or children without anyone backing them up.
Enter the snake.
Honestly, this is such a recurring theme for people involved in education and kids that books could be written. Needless to say, the theme is actually beautiful – the thought that people who are in charge of kids care so much about “saving” them and protecting them that it carries over to their dreams.
Snakes, for most people are dream symbols for something (anything, really) that’s evil, bad, scary, or undesired in any way. When we have things on our mind during the day that are negative, to put it simply, they show up in our dreams dressed as snakes.
Appropriate attire for evil.
Whether you work with kids or not, snakes symbolize something that you are afraid of, intimidated by, anxious about, or worried about. It may be a tiny seed of fear deep inside of you – one that you barely even know exists. The thing is, your subconscious mind knows it’s there. Dreams are its way of getting the fear out into the open, allowing you to confront it and deal with it.
If, like teachers, you find yourself trying to do something about the snake but can’t seem to find any support or help – your dream interpretation is similar to the teacher’s. You feel, in your waking life, a lack of support from the people around you. You often feel that you’re fighting a battle alone.
Snake dreams will usually subside once you realize that this fear, and possible isolation, exists. A word of caution, however: As with all unsettling dreams – try very hard not to dwell on them, especially right before going to sleep. Doing so only invites the dream to RECUR, and when it comes to snake dreams, that’s the last thing any of us want.
Easily, one of the most disturbing dreams you can have revolves around your own death. Some of these dreams involve just KNOWING that you’re about to die. Other dreams actually take the dreamer to Heaven, allowing them to visit with loved ones who have previously died. Many times, when this is the case, it simply indicates that the dreamer has been missing at least one of these loved ones. It can also mean that the dreamer is missing a period of time in their life – one that they shared with this person. Many times we’re kind of nostalgic for our childhoods and we’ll either dream that people from that period of time are still with us, or that we’ve gone to Heaven to see them.
Similar to illness dreams, dreaming of dying isn’t so much about sickness or death as it is about TRANSITION, LOSS, or CHANGE.
Here’s an example:
Claire, from Detroit, e-mailed me about a troubling dream she had about a week ago. She dreamed that she knew she was dying. In her dream, she was watching her husband and children play in the yard and wondered how (after she’d died) she could let them “know” that she was watching over them. She decided that she’d give them “signs.” They each knew that she loved the color orange, that roses were her favorite flower, and that her favorite bird was the oriole. She decided, in her dream, that she’d take these forms every day for her family – to let them know she was still with them.
As it turned out, Claire and her family were going through a lot of changes. Her husband had recently been laid off, their oldest son had been diagnosed with asthma, and a close family member had moved several states away. As the family dealt with many transitions, Claire undoubtedly felt stressed and anxious. She wanted to keep her family strong and do her best to help everyone deal with the changes positively.
When we go through transitions in our lives, we realize that we need to CHANGE inside as we cope with the changes outside. Sometimes we simply have to change the way we look at things – as well as changing our expectations and goals. Death dreams are simply a by-product of these transitional phases of life. They’re entirely normal – and actually kind of therapeutic. For one thing, they remind us that we can handle anything…. after all, we’re still alive!!!
One other cause of death dreams is guilt. Sometimes we say or do something we really wish we hadn’t. The guilt can overwhelm us if we don’t do everything in our power to apologize and make it right. Many times this guilt will become symbolized in our dreams as self-inflicted harm, illness, or even death.
If you’ve had dreams about your own death, rest assured, they are not prophetic – they are simply an indication of stress, change, transitions, or even anxiety. Dreams do not tell the future – they tell the present.