Our dreams are the gateway to our subconscious, and because we are the creators of our dreams (without even realizing it) our dreams tend to tell us what is brewing beneath the surface. For quite some time, psychologists have understood that the symbology in our dreams directly correlates to what our subconscious mind is trying to tell us.
I have always found dreams to be interesting, not just because it’s simply beyond understanding as to how amazing it is that we can astral travel in our slumber as a means of working ourselves out. If you don’t believe me, below I will go over a few different dreams, what they mean, and why you should NEVER ignore them.
“The Dream Interpretation Handbook: A Guide and Dictionary to Unlock the Meanings of Your Dreams” can provide further insights into what your dreams about death and other subjects may be indicating.
1. Being chased.
Being chased is a common dream, and for good reason. Dream experts believe that when you are being chased in a dream, it is likely you are avoiding facing something in your life. It could be that you are buying your emotions, or that you are feeling as though you are getting behind in life. Put simply, something in your life is catching up to you, and you are terrified everything is about to blow up. This means that it is time to face the things you are avoiding head-on before things go awry.
2. Taking an exam.
I have had this dream over and over throughout my life, and it has always left me feeling super anxious. According to experts, this is a sign that you may be afraid of living up to certain expectations you are holding for yourself or that others are holding for you. It might be time to readjust your expectations and the expectations of others.
3. Dreaming of death.
When you are dreaming of death, it is a sign you are giving too much of yourself and feels unappreciated or as though your efforts are draining you dry. This is a sign of mental exhaustion and a major indicator to reassess how much energy you are putting into certain situations, places, or things.
If this is something that happens frequently for you, consider, “Dreaming Beyond Death: A Guide to Pre-Death Dreams“.
4. Dreaming of an ex.
When you dream of an ex, this is because you are missing some aspect of how they made you feel. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU NEED TO GO BACK. What it does mean, is that if you are with someone new, you may be feeling neglected or as though your needs are unmet. You may even subconsciously know that your new person isn’t right for you.
5. Missing teeth.
When you are missing teeth in a dream, this is a fear of losing your ability to take care of yourself. Deep down, this dream is rooted in a fear of losing stability, losing your means to take care of yourself and nourish yourself. The reason I say this is that our teeth help us to chew our food. In our instincts, we associate our teeth with our ability to sustain ourselves and survive. You likely feel like you are on the verge of not being able to take care of your own needs. Or, it may be a loss of feeling independence in your own life.
“Teeth are Not for Biting” is a useful book, albeit more for children, that touches on the importance of teeth, which could be symbolically relevant in understanding this dream theme.
6. Being naked.
Dreaming of being naked is rooted in a fear of being seen. There may be parts of yourself you are buying because you do not want others to see this side of yourself, so you make them. By being exposed in your dream, your biggest fears are exposed, which are of being seen in your raw truth.
For those interested in exploring the vulnerability of being ‘naked,’ both literally and metaphorically, “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brené Brown offers a compelling perspective.