Recurring dreams hold a mysterious sway over our lives. While hiding in the background, they surface repeatedly, forcing us to look deeper.
Recurring dreams (those we see repeatedly for a long period) are the most important dreams in our sleeping moments. With the help of these dreams, our subconscious grabs our attention and prompts a solution for the portrayed situation. The more intense the dream, the more attention we need to give.
The basic idea of these dreams is that there is an important message, something we’ve been concerned with for a long time. We don’t completely understand the message that our subconscious is sending us.
So, what are these dreams saying?
Most recurring dreams and nightmares originate from our childhood and the adolescent age. These dreams are trying to tell us that we need to fix some things that have a negative psychological effect. These things could be our behavior, personal problems or personality traits. The persistence of these problems without a solution could cause unpleasant effects on our mental health. Unfortunately, the everyday stress in our lives never seems to stop.
“Bad” elements haunting us in our dreams, whether they are demons or monsters, according to Carl Jung who called them “shadows”, may represent parts of ourselves we criticize and try to eliminate. These are either intentional or may occur without us being aware of their existence. Once we accept these “shadows” and unite again with these pieces of our personality, then they will stop chasing us.
Common recurring dream motifs and their interpretation:
In addition to general recurrent dreams, Carl Jung has found that there are some recurring patterns or specific objects within dreams. Usually, they repeat when a similar incident happens in our life. For each person, the interpretation of these recurring symbols may be different because everyone combines it with personal experience or perception of events.
Pursuit or attack
The hunter represents a part of ourselves we are afraid of and is expressed symbolically in being pursued or attacked. It is an extreme version of this unacceptable part of our personality, which will benefit us if we expressed it appropriately.
Falling in a dream is quite common, so what does it symbolize? Feeling heavy, a lack of support, worried about something? How can you feel free, lightweight? Maybe you should ‘land’ in reality. Falling may mean that you have lost control in waking life.
Car out of control
Is life too fast? Are we losing control of things? How can we slow down and enjoy the journey of life? Dreaming of being in an out-of-control vehicle can mean many things, including, just as falling, being out of control. Unlike the falling dream, a car out of control could mean not being able to pace yourself in an attempt to control your situation.
Unprepared/ late/ missed or failed the test
Feel unprepared for an approaching event? Do we worry without a reason or really want more preparation to feel confident and do a good job? Dreaming that we have missed a test or that we are unprepared can simply mean just that. We aren’t taking care of our priorities and we are not ready for what’s coming next.
Feeling unable to speak or move
We feel that we are trapped in our lives with no way out. It goes nowhere and we can’t act according to our true feelings. In life, we could be facing an identical situation, or we could be in denial of this situation and our dreams are trying to bring it to us.
Naked in public, although nobody seems to notice it
In which part of our life do we feel a lack of confidence and skills? The fact that others do not notice our shame means that only we see ourselves like this and usually are wrong about it. Our dreams of being naked in public are mostly based on being vulnerable or feeling like we are vulnerable. Self-confidence plays a huge role in this.
Trapped, locked in
When do we feel trapped/stuck in life? How do we create a new perspective and explore new ways to act? Being trapped in your dream means you need to wake up! You need to be more open-minded as well.
Unable to see faces but knowing who they are
This pattern may have several interpretations. It may refer to ourselves, symbolizing the search for our identity, the process of exploring our own personality.
Also, it may reflect our relationships with other people: feeling alone in the crowd, unable to reach an understanding with other people, and feeling different from them. According to Sigmund Freud, faces in dreams represent the individuality of people. Seeing the world without faces in our dreams is how we deprive others of their individuality due to our fears, lack of confidence, and problems we face dealing with people in our life. It works as a defense mechanism which helps us avoid being hurt by others.
Dreams of being lost speak of frustration. Sometimes we want something or someone to go/act in a certain way, but they don’t. It certainly brings us disappointment and frustration.
Moreover, such kinds of dreams may have to do with the feeling of ‘losing’ ourselves. Perhaps, it may be connected with a significant change in our life (for example, a loss of something or someone important to us). Maybe we just feel like we are following a wrong path in life. Sometimes our subconscious tries to tell us that we’re not getting what we really want from life.
Recurring dreams, while mysterious and strange, hold a great meaning for our lives. If you can find a way to unlock all the hidden meaning, you could possibly take a better control over your future and goals. As we sleep, we could just be solving problems and making room for better decision making.
Let’s hope so anyway.