7 Common Dream Themes and Their Spiritual Meanings Doug Addison
God can speak to us in many ways and one amazing way is through our dreams at night.
But unfortunately, most people don’t understand their dreams.
Many people wonder, ”What do my dreams mean?”
After interpreting thousands of dreams for people, I began to notice patterns and common themes. Dreams like flying, falling, teeth coming loose, running or being chased, having a baby, showing up naked, going to the bathroom in public, being late for a test … recognize any of these?
Chances are you have had one or more of these common dream themes.
Here are 7 common dream themes and their basic meanings. Your dream may have many more details, so know that I’m generalizing here.
Flying By far, flying dreams are the most common. Dreams that involve flying without the use of an airplane are usually very positive (depending on context). They indicate you have a high degree of creativity, you have the ability to rise above circumstances, and you are possibly maturing spiritually.
Teeth The second most common dream involves your teeth coming loose or falling out. This type of dream reveals that you are in need of direction. Teeth chew food and make the food useful for the body. Symbolically, teeth chew the Word or teaching of God, so it can be digested and made useful through application. Chewing, or thinking about something, brings deeper understanding. That’s why teeth coming loose or falling out means that you’re in need of direction, wisdom or advice.
Baby or pregnant Both men and women can have this type of dream. Most of the time, it is not a literal dream, but a symbolic one. It’s referring to birthing something new into your life. It could be a new job, a gift, an anointing, creativity, or even a clever invention.
Running or being chased More often than not, dreams that involve running can be frightening. This type of dream usually represents one of two situations–you are either running from something in your life, or you are being chased down by your own destiny, and it’s trying to catch up with you. Either situation can seem scary, because they both require major changes. This type of dream is a strong indication that there’s some calling on your life that you have yet to fulfill. Why would something evil try to prevent you from this? It is because you have something great to fulfill in your life for God.
Falling Dreams in which you are falling indicate that you are out of control in your life. Falling can also suggest that you may need to let go and take some risk. Most people who have falling dreams also have flying dreams. If you’re having a repeated falling dream, this indicates you need peace in your life. Once the peace manifests, you can get the creative juices flowing and fly again.
Showing up late Showing up late for anything in a dream is a warning to not miss what is coming. It is just making you aware of something approaching. So when you wake up, ask God to help you catch whatever it is. Not able to run, move, or speak
Whenever we are unable to run or move in a dream, it indicates that something is trying to stop us or hold us back in life. This interpretation can also be applied to dreams when we are not able to speak or cry out for help. This can indicate there are dark forces working against you. But, the good news is that there must be something great for you to fulfill, and that is why you are getting so much resistance. So the next time you have one of these common dreams, you will be much more prepared to not only understand it but also how to respond to it.
What is a common dream theme you’ve noticed in your own dreams?
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Doug Addison is a prophetic dream interpreter, speaker, writer, Life Coach, and stand-up comedian. Doug travels the world bringing a message of love, hope, and having fun! His unique style helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. Doug is an award-winning author of seven books. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California.
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