2. Being trapped:
The nightmare theme of being trapped can occur in different forms – either you are trapped in a place where chances of escape are thin or you have been trapped in a place from where escape is possible, with a little effort on your part.
Very likely, a trapped nightmare means that you are facing a conflict situation in your life. It literally means you feel trapped in a life situation from which escape is getting difficult because of your inability to process the means of escape or you find the trapped situation both approachable and avoidable and hence the conflict.
Ask yourself, are you complying with something which you genuinely don’t want to continue doing?
Are you going against your deepest desires?
Seeing oneself physically trapped might reflect the ‘stuckness’ in real life. It can be in varied fields of your life – professional or personal. You might be trapped in an abusive relationship, or in financial debt, lagging behind in academics or stuck at work with no signs of progress.
This is typically one of the most common nightmares. Whether you are falling from a tree, from skyscrapers, from cliffs, from the terrace, from the sky, or anywhere, falling nightmares indicate stress and anxiety. It also is associated with physical fatigue and burnouts.
When the body hits the bed after a long, extremely tiresome day, your chances of having a falling nightmare become increasingly high.
Are you working overtime hours beyond your physical capacities?
Are you hydrating yourself enough and resting well?
4. Being shot in your dream:
Nightmares about being shot can have different contexts depending on what you experienced. You could be shot in a war which would mean a past experience of a conflict or fall out with a specific convention.
Even though interpretations are always more meaningful when the context is taken into consideration but on a general extent, being shot signifies that you are avoiding some kind of confrontation. It might be with a friend, your parents, your colleagues, your partner, your neighbor, or even yourself.
It might indicate a guilt-triggering thought that you might be trying to suppress.
Are you being unable to forgive yourself for something you did?
5. Being chased by someone:
The theme of such nightmares can range from being chased by strangers, by an authority figure, by shadowy figures or by yourself.
Each context has different meanings but on a general level, it means that you are avoiding an unwanted and undesirable thought, especially related to the person you see chasing you. If the person chasing you is a shadowy figure, you are anxious about some of the past experiences or you are avoiding an unfinished task.
If the person chasing you is a stranger or an unidentified human figure, you might be apprehensive and uncertain about your near future.
6. Silent Scream:
You might have a nightmare where the only image you have is that of you trying to scream to desperately express something but in vain. No sound comes out of your mouth and you can vividly feel the frustration and helplessness associated with the inability to utter a single word.
Silent screams can mean that you are holding onto information within yourself which you want to unburden to someone but you can’t because you feel unheard.
This can also mean that you are stuck in a frustrating situation yet being unable to do anything about it. You feel helpless and hopeless.
You may be having a conflicted marriage or holding some bitterness towards someone or something, that you want to let go.