10 Common Dreams (And What They Mean)

10 Common Dreams (And What They Mean)

Common Dreams and their meaning

Did you know that the average person has 1,460 dreams per year? This equates to 4 dreams per night!

According to The Dream Encyclopedia, the word “dream” comes from the German word draugmas, meaning deception, illusion, or phantom, or from the Old Norse word draugr, meaning ghost or apparition. Some believe it could also be related to the Sanskrit word druh, which means seek to harm or injure.

Though the origin of the word “dreams” would have you think that all dreams come from a dark place within the soul, many dreams have positive messages for us that the universe wants us to know. Of course, interpretations of dreams are largely subjective, but the following dreams seem to a be a recurring theme in many people’s lives, and provide answers to questions that the conscious mind simply cannot know.

Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, believed that dreams help us tap into the unconscious mind and offer us advice, sort of like a therapist or counselor. The universe tries to communicate with us through many different mediums, so dreams serve as another way for us to learn important soul lessons, even in our sleep.

10 Common Dreams

Here are 10 common dreams people have (and what they mean)

1. Falling

This is probably one of the most common dreams people have. Dream experts believe that it means you feel you don’t have control over a certain aspect of your life, or have hit some major road bumps in an important area of life. Usually, the dreamer never hits the bottom of the place they’re falling, but continues to fall until they return to an awakened state. It might also mean that you need to let go of something in your life that holds you back.

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2. Being chased

Another very common dream, being chased can mean a few different things. The most popular interpretation is that you need to face something that you continually run away from; you need to confront your demons head on rather than finding ways to escape. Your subconscious wants you to put your attention towards whatever you have put on the back burner, and tackle your fears instead of searching for places to hide from them. It could also mean that you feel someone or something is out to get you, which makes you flee in fear of getting hurt. Some people interpret this dream as a sign of imminent danger, since you probably perceive whatever is chasing you as a threat.

3. Being nude in a room full of people

Many of us have probably had this dream at least once, and as you might have already guessed, it means that you feel vulnerable and exposed. The fear of other people seeing you naked actually symbolizes embarrassment about a certain part of your soul that you wish to hide from others, or a secret that you don’t want anyone else to know. It normally has nothing to do with body image, but rather, an insecurity about how other people perceive you. If you have this dream often, take it as a sign to work on self-confidence and feeling comfortable in your own skin, despite what others may think.

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4. Flying

Flying is always a fun dream to have, especially if you have mastered lucid dreaming, so you can actually control your flight path through the universe! This dream normally means that you desire freedom, and want to break the chains that bind you so you can finally soar above these limitations. It can also be a symbol of success, suggesting that you have recently achieved one of your goals and now look down on the world with a feeling of accomplishment and pride.

5. Sexual desires/fantasies

While this dream could just represent unfulfilled wishes of intimacy with someone, it can also mean you desire emotional closeness with another person. This dream can mean that you feel isolated or lonely, and crave connection with other people. It could also mean that you desire a greater understanding of yourself, and your unconscious mind could be telling you to venture deeper within your own soul.

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