Some dreams can feel more realistic and vivid than others. They are typically recalled instantly on waking, whereas the images of other dreams may take a while to resurface. They are also likely to linger with you for days, months, or even years after you have had them – in contrast to other dreams, which are easily forgotten if you don’t make the effort to take a few moments to write them down.
With these powerful dreams, or nocturnal visions you can’t forget, you can often just close your eyes and recall them clearly, almost stepping back into them. This clarity is for a reason. Your dreaming mind wants you to pay attention to the important message it is sending you. When you have any of the following 10 common dreams you are strongly advised not to ignore them. Listen to your intuition.
Water in dreams symbolizes emotions, and so if you are drowning in your dream this is a clear sign that you are letting your emotions make decisions for you in your waking life. Your dreaming mind is encouraging you to learn how to manage your emotions better.
House or property loss or damage
Houses in dreams represent your inner life, so if your dream house is damaged or destroyed by fire, water, or other causes it suggests that you are sabotaging yourself or not taking care of yourself. Your emotional health is at risk. (The flip side is that dreams about discovering new spaces in your home or dreams about home improvements suggest that some aspect of your waking life is on the mend or improving.)
An out-of-control vehicle
If you find yourself in an out-of-control car or vehicle, whether or not you are driving, this dream is suggesting that events in your waking life are in danger of being out of control. It’s time for you to get in the driver’s seat or – if you are the driver – to drive more skillfully.
Dreams of disaster
You are confronted with overwhelming floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tornados, hurricanes, bombings, and so on. These disasters – whether man-made or natural – may signal personal problems raging out of control and which your dreaming mind no longer wants you to avoid or ignore.*
Being injured, ill, or dying
Such dreams may involve your own injury or death, those of your children or people you love, or even the death of a famous person. When you dream of the accidental death of anyone this symbolizes something in you that is no longer functioning. You can’t carry on as before. It is time for new beginnings.
If you are buried alive in your dream and feel powerless to scream or breathe there is likely to be considerable confusion or conflict in your waking life. You urgently need to find a way to escape restrictions and breathe new perspectives or hope into a situation. If you can’t do that by yourself, you need to reach out to others for help.
Paralysis/stuck in mud
If you are paralyzed in your dream and unable to move at all, this suggests you are feeling stifled and are taking on too many responsibilities, or not expressing your true feelings in waking life. You can’t decide on the best course of action and are feeling stuck. But sometimes you have to make a decision to move forward, even if that decision isn’t the perfect one. If you are stuck in mud this also indicates feeling stuck in some way in your waking life and the need for you to break free in some way.
Departed loved ones
Whether or not these kinds of dreams are afterlife visitations, they can be extremely comforting for people who are grieving. They are also extremely powerful if you are not grieving because they suggest that this life is not all that there is, and death may not, in fact, be the end.
Dreaming you are a superhero, like flying dreams, are wonderfully liberating messages from your dreaming mind. There is so much more to you than you currently realize. You have tremendous potential. You just need to be bold. Believe in yourself and your unique qualities.
If you find yourself having the same or similar dream over and over again this should never be ignored. Your dreaming mind wants you to take note. It is using the power of repetition to tell you something important for your personal growth. You will continue to have the same dream – and that dream will become more and more vivid and graphic – until you fully understand the important message your dreaming mind is sending you about yourself.