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Have you ever had strange or vivdly real dreams and then woken up in the morning and wondered what they actually mean? We do all the time, so we asked psychologist and dream expert Ian Wallace to shed some light on what happens in the deepest, darkets depths of our minds, and what our most common dreams really mean…

If you dream about…Being chased

being-chased-dreamIf you dream that you are being chased by someone, or something, then that means there is an issue in your daily life that you want to confront but don’t know how. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing – it could be that you want to puruse a new personal ambition, or tell someone your true feelings. Although this may seem scary, (just like the feeling of running away in your dream!) your dream is actually bringing your attention to your unrealised talents in your own pursuit of fulfilment. So go get ’em!

If you dream about…you teeth falling out!

teeth-falling-out-dreamYour teeth symbolise how confident and powerful you feel, so if you dream that they are falling out this suggests you feel vulnerable or a certain situation is causing your confidence to crumble. Rather than feeling powerless, you should try calmly thinking over the facts and make a positive plan to move forward. Maybe even see it as a positive challenge that you can rise to!

If you dream about…being unable to find a toilet (yes, really!)

needing-the-toilet-dreamsToilets are what we use to cleanly respond to some of our most fundamental needs, so this dream means that there is an issue in your daily life where you are finding it a challenge to clearly express your own needs. This can often occur if you always spend your time looking after the needs of other people, rather than your own needs. Time for some changes we think!

If you dream about…being naked in public

naked-in-public-dreamWe choose our clothes to present a particular image to the people around us, so being naked in public suggests that there is a situation in your life that is making you feel vulnerable and exposed. Although it might be potentially embarrassing, sometimes you just have to open up to others so they can support you and help you out!

If you dream about…being unprepared for an exam, test, or important meeting

exam-anxiety-dreamExams are how we judge our ability to perform, so this indicates that you are critically examining your own performance in waking life. Rather than immersing yourself in endless self-examination, the real test of your character is being able to accept your talents by celebrating your knowledge and achievements, instead of constantly judging them.

If you dream about…flying

flying-dreamYou’re free! Being able to fly suggests that you have released yourself from circumstances that have been weighing you down. Although you may regard this feeling of liberation as just luck or coincidence, it is usually because you have managed to make a weighty decision or risen above the limitations of a heavy responsibility.

If you dream about…falling

falling-dreamEver woken up with a start feeling like you’ve slipped or fallen? Feeling yourself falling in a dream indicates that you are hanging on too tightly to a particular situation, and really you just need to relax and let go of it. Rather than being so concerned about losing control, sometimes you just have to trust in yourself and others by allowing everything to fall naturally into place.

If you dream about…being pregnant

pregnancy-dreamDreaming of pregnancy suggests that you have been developing an idea that you may have conceived some time ago and are getting ready to share your labour of love with the world around you. This may feel like a laborious experience so you just need to take it easy and ensure that your plans progress at a natural pace.

If you dream about…discovering an empty or unused room

empty-room-dreamThe rooms in a house represent different aspects of your character, so finding an unused room suggests that you’re discovering a talent that you were previously unaware of. The more time that you spend exploring your undiscovered talents, the more likely that you will find other doors opening for you in life. Perhaps you’re a natural in the kitchen but you don’t usually cook? Or maybe it’s time to take to the dance floor and see if you’ve got a natural sense of rhythm?!

If you dream about…being trapped (eek!)

trapped-dreamFeeling that you are trapped in a dream often indicates that you feel your progress in life is being restricted in some way but this dream is opening you up to the possibility that you actually have more choices than you think. Instead of allowing yourself to be limited by the opinions of others, try exploring alternative ideas for achieving your objectives.
Ian Wallace is also the author of many books on the subject, including The Top 100 Dreams: The Dreams That We All Have And What they Really Mean and The Complete A to Z Dictionary of Dreams: Be Your Own Dream Expert