Do dreams mean anything?

For a few weeks now I’ve been dreaming, every night, that someone is trying to murder me. Whomever it is, they are never identified in any of my dreams, I just catch glimpses of the back of a head as they run, bike or drive away from the scene of the attempted murder…

Every dream I somehow manage to escape a tragic fate. I would suggest almost as though I’ve got nine lives but there’s definitely been more than nine dreams at this point.

Do I just watch too many cop shows? Are my dreams telling me I should open my eyes in case someone around me is trying to harm me? I’m really just speaking out loud here but it has been so bizarre. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just not handling stress well and this is my body telling me…

79 thoughts on “Do dreams mean anything?

    1. Maybe its foreshadowing. Maybe people who have been murdered had dreams they were about to be murdered but they’re not around anymore to warn anyone…?

      I’m thinking about this way too much lately.

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      1. Haha πŸ˜†. This sentence:
        “Odd however that you can’t trace it back to an event in your life right now.”
        Was just inviting that thought πŸ˜….
        No I’m sure it’s just too many cop shows + stress! The best explanation/theory for nightmares I’ve seen is that they are the brain mentally preparing itself for dangerous situations. And stress would definitely put your brain into that ‘preparation’ mode.
        We know that even conscious mental rehearsal improves our skills/musculature, so it really makes sense for us to dream these scenarios.
        I come away from these dreams with new appreciation at my brain’s creativity :D. If you try to look for the good things in them they’ll probably stop lol.

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      2. I think it is more likely that your dream contains a symbolic meaning.. Maybe something in your life is ending or a dramatic change is happening. This dream often occurs when people are being betrayed by someone that is important to them. It could also indicate that you have to change your way of thinking or acting in order to move πŸ˜‰

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  1. Yes it has a meaning. I have very similar recurring dreams. In the book women who run with wolves she talks about these dreams women have and how they are actually not unique. Women have these predator type dreams because 1.either they are being confronted with alot of conflict in their life and are trying to proudly address this conflict or they are not confronting it and your spirit wants you, needs you to confront it in order for you to let it go.

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    1. I honestly sound more like the first option. That being said, it’s good to hear that this might not be uncommon. Not that I want the masses dreaming of being murdered because it ain’t fun. But, knowing I’m not the only one does ease my mind a little.

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      1. You’re definitely not the only one. I get rape dreams pretty regularly and it’s fucking scary. And I believe it comes up because we are facing intense stress and conflict on our life and are trying to fight it and address it. For example, my last rape dream happened the day after my mom told me my dad verbally abused her and on the phone I experienced so much rage and injustice and this passion to fight and then that night men try to rape me. I believe it is connected.

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      1. I believe it is the same for men or women. You either are experiencing insane injustice in your world and are trying to fight it or you’re not aware of the injustice and thus your spirit is forcing you to become aware

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  2. A number of people have reported having a lot of extra ordinary dreams lately. I didn’t have time to read the whole article so I don’t know what they decided was the reason but I’m sure it’s the extra stress as well as all the bizarre situations that keep occurring (thanx DT). Strangely although I usually have a lot of very bizarre dreams, lately I seem to be having less, but then I always did do everything ass backwards. Not much helop, I know, but anyway…don’t overthink the dreams. And I think you are dealing with the stress just fine. Hang in.

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  3. It depends on context.
    It could represent shadow, which may relate to what you said about “cop shows” because it would be representing possible sides of injustice everyone is capable of. It could be an “animus” since I kind of recall you blogging about a sad break up where you may FEEL hurt, equating to someone trying to kill you.
    It depends on a lot of things.

    Even in outside influence your mind will be connecting it to something personal. For some reason I’d lean towards the breakup thing. But it could be related to the news.

    If it’s “animus” and a break up it just means there’s still hurt you’d need to deal with.

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      1. What you described is typically “shadow”.
        That could be anything. Say, you’re dreaming you’re at a party and someone tries to kill you, it’s more like a part of yourself that doesn’t think you should be having fun appearing as an ominous person.
        But reoccurring dreams are pretty much your mind trying to resolve an emotional issue symbolically which is really cryptic. One day it may click and you’ll know what the point of it was.

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      2. One night the murderer will be trying to hit me with a car, the next they’re trying to push me off a balcony, the next its a fire I can’t get out of… it’s always different. Which might be a good thing? I think if I was consistently dreaming someone was trying to kill me at a party, I might never go to a party again. That being said, in 2020 dying at a party might be my brain warning me about Corona virus…

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      3. Yeah. It could just be anxiety with all the crazy stuff going on.

        I had crazy dreams about buying a house with my GF and the house would dissolve somehow. It’d get dark suddenly, she’d be gone, and crazy riots and crap would happen around abandoned favorites.

        It was really that the relationship was falling apart, and economic anxiety etc etc etc.

        Plus other things. It made sense several months later but they were reoccurring for a long time. I was busting my butt working for a life I didn’t want so a lot in the dream was generic. Lol.
        Like you said, it could be a mix of a lot of things like what’s going on in the world and dealing with a break up aftermath.

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  4. I don’t know. But I know that when I was a kid I dreamed that a barn was falling down on top of me, and just as it was about to crush me I banged my head on a table and woke up. It’s actually pretty trippy when you think about it.

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  5. I was reading the other day that its actually impossible to die in your dreams.
    Apparently some experiments have been done with people who could lucid dream and despite actively trying to get into deadly situations, circumstances in the dream would change to prevent their death… So no worries about actually being dream murdered πŸ˜›

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  6. It is up to you to decide how to interpret your dreams, there are plenty of books and people out there that would give meaning to them.
    Try writing down everything you experience in them, all the little details and nuances that you can remember. Who knows, your mind might be trying to give you the seeds of a best seller.

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  7. Maybe your subconscious is just purging itself of the fears you held lately for security and health (now that the virus has calmed down and you have a job it feels able to get rid of the extra mental trauma associated with these fears) I have no idea but dreams are interesting

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    1. Interesting take.
      I could definitely get behind that if that were the case because that means it’ll probably go away as things fall into place at work and I move and whatnot. Thank you. This was helpful.

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      1. I read somewhere the other day that dreams are intensified under stress or post trauma – it’s funny a lot of people have been talking about dreams lately, I feel rather boring as I haven’t had any that I can recall.

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  8. I believe that dreams do mean something. Especially because you are not asking somebody to tell you something. Dreams are our subconscious mind is speaking to us. They do not always mean what the dream is though. Dreams are biblical.

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    1. So, am I foreshadowing being a murderer then? Or maybe a lot of bad things happening to me really soon? I’m not too sure. I’ve never really been sure with dreams…

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      1. Actually the murder could be a dream itself. Perhaps someone is trying to be a Debbie Downer or killing one of your dreams, hence the analogy of murder. Maybe you are indeed the murderer! Maybe someone in your life is wanting you to support them or their dreams, and you are the one not being supportive. I dunno, but that is where I’d start.

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  9. I think dreams often have meaning. Maybe it’s your stress or anxiety personified and is getting to you. Maybe it’s foreshadowing from your past about your fears of the future. Maybe it’s your blonde ambition to be the next Jason Bourne. It probably has a meaning, but… I dunno. I hope you start sleeping better!!

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  10. I think dreams could mean things, but they don’t necessarily. Interesting.

    I have one distinct memory of a dream that meant something. It was in December 2011, and I was in the worst long distance relationship ever. I had come to realize that she wasn’t treating me right, she wasn’t making me or us a priority, she was expecting me to revolve my entire life around her and not lifting a finger to go out of her way to do anything for me. (Six months earlier, she had decided to move away after we were already in a committed relationship without even telling me that this was on the table until it was a done deal, for example.)

    So I had a dream that I went to visit my parents, and my last childhood cat was there, barely hanging on at 23 years old. (Leave it to me to do math in my dream.) (In real life, she had been dead for five years.) I was glad to see her, but I noticed how she was looking really old… she wandered out into the street and could barely get herself out of the way when a car came by, and she brushed up against a tree and a big chunk of skin came off. I was thinking about how she seemed miserable still hanging on… and then I woke up, knowing what this dream meant. I was miserable still hanging on to this horrible relationship.

    She was coming up here to stay with her old roommates for a few days before and after New Year’s. I broke up with her around 10pm on New Year’s Eve, and I rang in the new year alone sitting on my couch watching a basketball game I had recorded earlier that night. I heard my laptop ping around 1am, and it was one of the mutual friends who had set us up in the first place. I was thinking, oh great, she probably hates me now… but the message said something like “I heard what happened. I’m sorry. I hope 2012 is a better year for you. She’s my friend, but I really didn’t like the way she treated you sometimes. I understand.” If that was coming from one of her good friends, then I knew I made the right decision.

    That story was about me, not you, sorry… I hope you figure this out and stay safe.

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    1. Don’t be sorry, it’s interesting to hear what other people dream about.

      That’s a pretty big deal for her friend to reach out. I’m actually kind of proud of her friend for doing that. Honestly. That shows a lot of character. It sucks for you to deal with a break up on new year’s eve, but, on the plus side, it sounds like you were much better off without her after you separated…

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      1. I am better off. I think I was willing to overlook a lot of red flags on the grounds of, yay, I actually have a girlfriend who likes Star Wars and retro video games, that’s the dream of every guy like me. And with my limited relationship experience, I wanted to do everything I could to make it work, and given the somewhat unusual circumstances I wasn’t readily recognizing that she wasn’t doing everything she could.

        I feel like bad dating stories would be perfect for my blog, but most of mine didn’t happen until my 30s. And I don’t really have enough of them for their own blog. I’ve thought about fictionalizing some of them as if they happened earlier and working them into my story… we’ll see.

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  11. Years ago, I was regularly dreaming of being purchased by zombies who wanted to eat me. Until one day, I dreamt that the zombie was behind me and I stopped running away and asked him why he wanted to eat me. He was first puzzled and began explaining he was jealous because I was alive. Then we kept talking and became kind of friends. After that, I never dreamt of being purchased by zombies again.
    This was very weird. I think I did process something but am not unsure what it exactly was.

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  12. I’ve been dreaming of plane crashes for absolutely years. I’ve had at least 20 plane crash dreams. Though I’m not on any of the planes, I’m just watching them from the ground, although half the time they are coming towards me so I have to escape them somehow.
    I’ve watched all 20 seasons of Air Crash Investigation.

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  13. Oh I have also been dreaming A LOT lately, and they’re so vivid. I was surprised to dream about my one grandmother who I never really had a strong bond with, who passed away last year. And my grandfather who was like a second dad to me and passed away 8 years ago… The dreams are always unsettling. Apparently any dream related to death means that there’s a big change happening in your life – ironic, because in these times every day seems to be a replica of the day before… but I guess in the greater scheme of things, life changed a whole lot in the last couple months, so maybe that’s why our subconscious is trying to come to terms with this new normal we now have to adjust to…

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    1. I’m sorry about your unsettling dreams. I was also very close with my grandfather and never really with my grandmother. I don’t know what I’d do if I started dreaming about either of them. I think you might be right though about a dream about death being about big change. My entire life has basically been flipped on its head lately. You could be onto something there…

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  14. I think dreams is your brain trying to process what you’ve been seeing and interpreting, during the day. If you’ve been watching a lot of shows maybe that’s why? That being said, I personally dream more vividly (and I remember my dreams) more when I am stressed or something is bothering me. Some of my clearest and most vivid dreams happened in the two weeks leading up to our wedding, go figure….

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    1. Wedding’s do put a lot of stress on people! Hopefully the dreams weren’t too hard to deal with.

      I’ve never really considered the vividness of dreams being tied to stress. I think I’m going to pay attention to that from now on and see if I see any patterns.

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  15. That sounds pretty bizarre, but since you’ve dreamt it more than once, I think that it is your mind which is trying to tell you something. Maybe you should try and read a bit about dreams, they are very powerful, and do also effect your awakening life.

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      1. Nah, that can be the problem with these sort of β€œspiritual” things. I think that you must make your own idea of what it means. Things doesn’t mean more than you want them to (at least not spiritual things)

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      1. Nope, some say it’s the combinations of medication! It’s not. Funnily enough, I was at my son and his wife’s today for a sneaky bbq πŸ˜‰ and we spoke of this. He says this happens in neurological disorders so I’m going to google it now πŸ™‚

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  16. I didn’t read every comment, so someone probably already said this: maybe your dream is related to starting your new job? It took a long time for you to find work in your chosen field, and now that you have, perhaps you subconsciously fear you will fail? Of course, you will do well, but this is how the mind works….I think.

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    1. That’s deep.
      Part of me definitely worries I’m going to fail. I don’t hide that feeling. But I also don’t broadcast it. You’re very wise.

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    1. I’ve never taken valerian. Would you recommend it?

      I used to sleep really soundly when I was taking medication for my anxiety. Ironically, I thought that coming off of it I would get a lot of nightmares, and there was no nightmares coming off of it, now just much later….

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  17. Dreams are invariably in symbols. Nightmares are very important. Every symbol is different for a person. A Cat may mean a different thing to two people. Your dreams about attempt to murder can be interpreted in different ways only after a discussion with you. But roughly I can give you a few lines of thought.
    Firstly the place where you’re sleeping in the dream is very important. Then the person whoc comes to murder. Any colours, signs, anything which can be used to identify this person. Not in real life, but in dream?
    1. You could think of someone at work who may be very jealous, trying to harm you. About a friend also. That is why the details of the person in the dream are important. Someone outside of work as well. This is not about an actual murder. Dreams are always exaggerated by our subconscious mind.
    2. It could also be about foods, a medicine or something.
    3. It could be about some of your own belief systems which are hurting you.
    4. Finally, it could be about something paranormal.

    Please think on any of these lines and the dream will soon be deciphered.
    I have been interpreting dreams for 28 years. In my blog I write about them regularly.
    Please check out https://timelessmind.org
    You’ll soon get the meaning of the dream

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