Recurring dream themes, their meanings and relation to anxiety

A discussion popped up on Reddit last night and someone asked what a recurring theme in your dreams was and the conversation blew me away. I even commented at one point and said, “I’ve found my people!” I had no idea that some of the dreams I had often were a common theme for others. I thought it would be fun to share some of those dreams here with you. I’ve taken a few themes from this discussion and will talk a little about what each theme could mean.

I don’t know how I know these things, I just do – perhaps it’s inner intuition like I have written about in the past.

If you want to learn more about astral travel, check out my post on the Doctor Sleep movie. Astral travel is something I try not to do purposely, the Insidious movies scared me from doing that!

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Being back in high school and forgetting my class schedule

I really thought I was alone in this one. For years after I finished high school, I had this recurring dream where I was standing in the main lobby and was having a panic attack because I couldn’t remember my class schedule. In real life, I used to have my schedule taped to my locker door so I would always remember, and I had a copy taped to my main binder that I carried around. Oh man, I so do not miss those days.

I would spend the day whole day in the dream wandering the halls and trying to remember which class I was supposed to be. Finally, at the end of the day, I would wind up in what I thought was math class – a class I failed miserably. And in the dream, I had missed so many classes that I failed the class at the end of the dream.

Another similar dream was that I couldn’t remember my locker combination. I would just stand in front of my locker and stress out, trying all the combinations I could think of while other students completely ignored my cries for help.

I know that these dreams are stress related dreams, but it’s interesting to note that so many of us have them!

Flying dreams or learning to fly

This is another common dream that people have and is often associated with astral travel or projection. As a kid, I remember having a dream where I could jump off the top stair in my family home and would fly the rest of the way down. I never felt scared.

As I aged, I would often have dreams where I flew over strange countries or cities. I once dreamt that I came home one day from school and I was flying over the neighbourhood. There was an epic battle going on that looked like a scene from Lord of the Rings with all kinds of creatures fighting each other. I just hovered there in mid air and watched the chaos around me.

I remember feeling a falling sensation when I woke up from the dream and often wondered if I had actually flown to another realm. Dreams are wild. Lucid dreams are even more fun when you are aware that you are dreaming and can manipulate the dream.

Flying dreams, I usually associate with happiness or peace. It may mean that you are an adventurer and have a desire to travel or explore the world.

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Running from some horrible fate but my legs won’t move

This is another common theme that many people have due to stress or anxiety of feeling trapped in their daily life. It can also be a sign that someone is out to get them and they should watch their back.

I’ve had dreams where I tried to run but my legs would suddenly feel heavy and it felt like I was walking through quicksand. It was a terrifying feeling and I’d often wake up feeling exhausted from these dreams.

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Being chased, hunted or caught for doing something wrong

If you’re being chased by someone in a dream or you have the police or FBI after you for a crime you didn’t commit, it is possible that you have a strong feeling of guilt for something you did in the past. This is a lesser common theme but I have a theory that if you figure out whatever is causing the guilt and let it go or make amends, then the dreams may stop.

Similarly, if you are being hunted in your dreams by someone you know, it could be that you don’t trust them or they’ve hurt you in the past.

Or you may have watched one too many horror movies – I know this feeling well!

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“I keep getting attacked or stabbed by someone I don’t know”

I believe that these dreams represent something that you fear but have not admitted it to yourself. Perhaps you had a traumatic experience when you were younger or you watched something on the news or in a movie that frightened you.

Our dreams are usually trying to tell us something and can be quite helpful in getting to the root of a problem. The more you listen and pay attention in your dream, the more you can find out what’s really bothering you deep inside. Learn to face your fears, acknowledge them, and tell yourself that you are safe.

These dreams could also mean that someone in your life is actually trying to harm you, or that you may be in an abusive situation. If that is the case, I strongly recommend seeking help to get out of the relationship.

In rare cases, the dream could be a premonition of things that have yet to happen. I’ve had a few of these in my life time. And some people believe that what you fear most, what you dream of the most, can be how you died in a past life.

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Teeth or hair falling out

This is a very common dream and I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned by more people. Losing your teeth in a dream can represent a lot of things going on in your life including major change, or you’ve suffered from a great loss. It could also be connected to a relationship ending or job change.

Losing teeth is a sign that you are under a lot of emotional stress or pressure. It could also mean that you are stuck and unable to make an important decision. Or it could even mean that you are sexually repressed.

As a teen, I had braces for years due to slow growing teeth. After my braces were removed, I would have a recurring dream that my braces were literally falling apart in my mouth. I would stand in the bathroom for hours in my dream and pull metal wires out of my mouth. It was very gruesome and the dream still pops into my head every now and then.

Just the other night I had a dream that my front tooth had broken but it wasn’t my front tooth, it was a molar that was in front of my mouth.

Dreams are sometimes just weird and have no meaning at all.

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Dreams are a huge part of my life and I love talking about them. I think I’m going to start up my spiritual series again. I’ve had a couple of premonition dreams lately, and they are getting really specific. One warned me that a family member was in danger. To the point that I reached out to someone to make sure they were okay.

I’ve written an Ebook about this and someone finally read it and gave me some feedback recently. It’s given me inspiration to start writing about dreams again. I may even write a book just on my dreams without the technical stuff of Shamanism.

I really believe there is more to dreams than we understand. I think dreaming allows us to wander freely between realms and that we can visit our loved ones in our dreams. I believe we can connect with our spirit guides and ancestors in dream form. And while I’m on the fence about past lives, I’ve had a few dreams that made me stop and think – was this me in a past life?

I’ll be sharing more of my dream and astral travel experiences here in this blog. While I don’t consider myself to be a medium or psychic, it seems that I have gifts. Because the more people I talk to and interact with online, it seems that not everyone can do the things I do in dreams. And it’s fueled my curiosity even more.

I am an empath, always have been, and have had many supernatural or paranormal experiences I can’t explain. And so, in addition to recipes, I’ll be writing more about those experiences and beliefs. I hope you’ll stay with me for this ride. I’ve decided I no longer care about how many people are reading this blog or interacting. I’m going to write what I’m passionate about!

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Thanks for reading – what recurring dream do you have in your life? What do you think it means to you?

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Dakota says:

    I used to have recurring dreams about trying to escape a disaster, like a coming war, earthquake, or global flood. Trying to travel far away from where I was, by various methods to reach high ground or safety but not ever being able to reach it due to consistent blocks and running into serious trouble along the way. Those dreams were incredibly stressful.


  2. Wendy says:

    I have those too. Lately, it’s end of the world zombie or virus dreams. I think that’s the pandemic though. I’m a bad ass in the dreams too lol. I think they’re all connected to anxiety we face from day to day on some level.


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