Philosophers and scientists have yet to fully unravel the mystery behind dreams. But some experts have studied the images that occur during sleep to help us understand what they say about our inner desires and real-life experiences.
We put together various interpretations from various experts to help you decode some of your wildest dreams. Remember this article is for informational purposes only. For professional advice or a diagnosis, consult a medical specialist.
Needing A Bathroom And Not Being Able To Find One
The bathroom is where we release waste from our body. Dream psychologist Ian Wallace writes on his website that dreaming of needing a bathroom and not finding it means that you want to give up something harmful to your life, but you don’t know-how.
Wallace adds that if meeting your bathroom needs in the dream were challenging, it could be a sign that, in real life, you are putting the needs of others before your own. He recommends prioritizing and learning to say “no” to others from time to time.
Our feline friends can be cute and irresistible, but according to the author of the Illustrated Dream Dictionary, Russel Grant, cats in dreams are bad omens. They signify deception or betrayal on the part of a loved one.
Black cats signify impending illness, but you can turn it into good luck by chasing one in your dream.
Dogs are man’s best friends and, even in dreams, they symbolize our friends. Grant says that a happy dog means good times with your friends, but a growling stray is a sign that you may have a traitor among your friends.
If a dog tries to bite you, it could be a warning that someone is trying to trick you. A barking dog suggests an impending legal problem, so if you see one while you sleep, it’s best to follow the rules while you’re awake.
Wallace says that flying in dreams represents the feeling of being released. This can happen after you have been released from circumstances or obligations that were weighing you down in real life.
The Dream Bible offers another perspective, saying that flying can imply a lack of guilt for escaping responsibilities. Difficulties flying high can also indicate that something is keeping you from expressing yourself fully or achieving your goals.
Certified dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg explains in an article that snakes can represent a number of things, depending on the emotions triggered by the reptile.
Visions that provoke terror can represent a toxic person in your life or an immediate threat. Funny snake images are associated with a small health problem or cure, or with a person who is not yet considered a danger.
Loewenberg suggests that you pay attention to where you saw the creature glide. If you were indoors, watch out for potential stressors under your roof. If you were outside, it could be a signal to open up and fix things with someone.
Getting Married To A Stranger
Commitment to something you are unsure of can manifest in your dreams through marriage to a stranger.
Dream interpretation researcher Alri Menerski explains in an online forum that marrying a stranger can be an indication of an identity crisis and that you are not sure what you want out of life.
Do you think your dreams reflect something about your personal life? Have you ever used your dream as a cue or guide to help you make an important decision?