10 Common dreams and their meanings
If you’ve been avoiding certain issues by sticking your head in the sand or you’re going through a situation that frightens you on some level, dreaming that you’re being chased is pretty common. The degree to which you are being chased gives a clear indication of the degree to which you are avoiding an issue that needs to be addressed. Perhaps you’ve been risk-avoidant, or you’ve held back on confronting something which is uncomfortable or frightening. This recurring dream is an invitation from your subconscious to face up to reality so you can move forward.
A dream about being fired often implies that you’re feeling a lack of control in your life, and it could have absolutely nothing to do with work. Instead it could represent the balance of power in a significant relationship, and a deep-rooted fear that the relationship will come to an end. If you’re experiencing this dream regularly and you’re not suffering from imposter syndrome in the workplace, it might be time to analyse said relationship and redress the balance.
Being overwhelmed by teeny tiny monsters like spiders and worms may indicate that little irritations or worries are creeping up on you. When you start dreaming about bugs, it’s a clear sign that you’ve reached a point where decisive action needs to be taken if you don’t want to feel as frightened as you do in your dream.
Acquiring the power of flight in a dream can mirror how you’re currently feeling in waking life – liberated, with the sense that anything is possible. If that’s how you’re generally feeling, what better time to capitalise on your optimism and try something you’ve wanted to master, be it a new hobby or business venture. Be warned, though; flying can also indicate that you’re not being grounded about a situation. There’s a difference between optimism and delusion – so it might be time for some reflection.
Just turned a year older, or been focusing on your age of late? Your teeth falling out is a common dream associated with ageing and the perception that strength, vitality and power have been lost. Now is the time to remind yourself that like a fine wine, we all get better with age.
Being late for something may indicate that you’re running out of time to achieve a goal. If that’s the case, take stock and ask yourself if the timelines for your life goals have been imposed by you, or have been heavily influenced by societal expectations. If it’s the latter, remind yourself that you’re on your own journey and there doesn’t need to be a hard and fast deadline for all your life goals.
It may feel like you’re going backwards when you keep dreaming about an ex but "in actual fact it suggests there may be a similar pattern that’s arising in a current relationship that you need to nip in the bud. The more you are reminded of what happened with your ex, the better your sense of clarity regarding what went wrong. Use this to confront your shortcomings and address what needs attention in your current relationship.
Dreaming of a crash could be due to an unrealised anxiety that a new venture is doomed to fail. How this is resolved in the dream could be used as a teaching opportunity to guide you in real life. For example: "If you dream that you’re able to take control of the aircraft but it is now flying nearer the ground, it might indicate that you have the capacity within you to see it through but in a more 'grounded' and less grandiose manner.
Just turned a year older, or been focusing on your age of late? "Your teeth falling out is a common dream associated with ageing and the perception that strength, vitality and power have been lost. Now is the time to remind yourself that like a fine wine, we all get better with age.
It’s years since you left school, meaning this dream is not rooted in reality. However, when not taken literally, "it can indicate anxiousness and a tendency to put yourself under unnecessary pressure. When you’re constantly worrying about your performance at work, or regularly feel like you’re not good enough, this manifests itself in your dreams as a fail grade. If you’re dreaming about this often, it’s time to work on your underlying fear of failure by addressing your lack of self-confidence.