The meaning behind our dreams is still a concept that evades us to this day. That being said, I find that most of my recurring dreams tend to be inherently anxiety or stress laden, though now and then I do have more neutral themes appear. What I thought I would do is conjecture on what I think they might mean and then share a few other theories from a variety of sources, from legitimate to dubious. Much like astrology, I find dream interpretation to be mainly of value for one reason; entertainment.
I’m also curious to know if anyone else out there has similar themes in their dreams!
I have dreams where I have the ability to fly, but it’s never really flapping wings, more so just doing the flying nun, which was essentially gliding through the sky like a little Sally Field torpedo. Sometimes it’s unemotional in the sense that it’s just how I get from A to B. Other times, I’m trying to avoid detection. It’s never being chased by a maniac or a killer. It’s more like avoiding an evil stepmother or a similar kind of unpleasant trope. Usually though, I weave through treetops and sometimes around the house I grew up in.
Well, this is a bit all over the place, but I think the centralized theme for me is wanting to rise above and/or avoid conflict. To get away from the nagging presences or energies in my life. Whenever my old childhood home shows up though, it’s a bit more complicated . I do remember as a kid, I would often sit on the roof of my house. I would do this and passively observe my neighborhood goings on. I was like a weird little owl girl perched on a suburban roof. I belive it was really always about avoiding conflict and taking on a more transient, passive role.
“A lot depends on the nature of the dream and the relationship we have to flying,” explains Sumber. Often times, though, flying represents a sense of freedom. Sumber explains that flying dreams serve as a sort of escape from the pressures of the real world (which is represented by the ground).”
I can see the freedom angle, especially if it’s freedom from something unpleasant and “the pressures of the real world” sounds very unpleasant.
Losing/Having Teeth Fall Out
If you asked me what’s the first thing I notice about the opposite sex, it’s teeth. I’m also OCD about my own; I floss and brush multiple times a day after every meal or snack, if possible. I still wear a retainer on the bottom teeth and even will out in public if I’ve neglected them too much and detect even the slightest shift. Given that my obsession with my teeth and the fact that a healthy smile is a direct pathway to my attention, it makes sense that the loss of said teeth would be truly devastating. Interestingly, sometimes I lose my front teeth due to impact or trauma in these dreams and other times, my molars are practically just sliding out or rotting away. Ugh!
I think this may be about vanity. Attachment to something that’s very much paramount to my own self esteem and my first point of focus when I view others. If I didn’t have a full, healthy smile, I feel like I would lose my identity. So perhaps it’s an undercurrent of being unattractive.
“Dreams where you lose teeth are typically associated with feelings of powerlessness and loss of control. They can also mean that you’re worried about losing something, like a job or a relationship.”
“One theory is that dreams about your teeth reflect your anxieties about your appearance and how others perceive you. Your teeth help to convey an image of attractiveness. Thus, such dreams may stem from a fear of rejection, feeling unattractive, feeling sexually undesirable or from growing older.”
Greattttt. Spot on, but great.
Orca Whale Attacks
If you know me, or read this blog, I have a phobia of orcas, also known as killer whales. This developed after watching the documentary film, Blackfish. For more on that, read my previous post. There are very specific images or reels, if you will, that run through my head and in these recurring dreams. Whales are swimming menacingly below in dark water, while I’m on a flimsy raft.I’ m teetering on the edge of a glacier, or swimming pool and they’re just ready to eviscerate me. Sometimes they go after my loved ones. Sheer horror regardless. They’re never Free Willy-ing it. Michael Jackson is never singing in the background.
What do I think this means? I actually don’t think this one has a deep or complex underlying message. Orcas just scare the ever-living life out of me. That’s it. Also, oceans freak me out, but usually, the whales aren’t in the ocean in my dreams. I suppose on the occasions that they are in open water, it could represent the fear of the unknown.
“The Interpretation of strength and spirituality. Whales usually represent a big event in your life or a strong feeling of solitude.”
Dreams about attacking are usually linked to stressful situations we have been through, so if you had a dream about a killer whale attacking you, then this dream coud be a relection of something you have been through recently, that was extremely unpleasant.
Yeah, I’m not buying into any of that. I just don’t want to be attacked by a killer whale. It’s a killer whale. It’s a big event that can kill you.
Late for Exam/Never Graduating
This is an odd one. I graduated from college in 2011 and yet I still have regular dreams where I discover that I actually didn’t graduate, usually because I was late or missed one last final exam. Usually these two coincide, but I’ve definitely had both show up separately.
To me, these themes represent anxiety in the professional world. Maybe feeling as though you’re questioning your value or that you don’t have the pedigree or requirements to be successful in life. A general pervasive feeling of inadequacy, that because of one mistake, your life is kind of ruined. Note that I absolutely do not feel that to be successful you need to graduate college. I just think that’s where my brain subconsciously might go if I’m feeling less than confident or that I need to do or succeed more.
“All of these findings might suggest that we’re collectively holding on to a lot of high school trauma.”
“The dream often occurs in approximation with having forgotten or being concerned about forgetting to do something important in waking life.”
All of these potential explanations make sense to me. High school was pretty rough on so very many levels. College was great, though it had its ups and downs as well. I also feel like this theme is just one of the most common and classic examples of a stress dream. Luckily, I’ve not had the show up naked at school one yet! That might be someone else’s recurring nightmare.
What I’ve learned is that I’ve found my new calling! Orcas are still to be avoided. Floss. Probably don’t sit on roofs.
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