Dreams that occur during sleep are unique and are connected to an individual’s own life experiences, emotions and thoughts. Throughout history and within many cultures, dreams were believed to be spiritual messages and visions sent from a higher power or from the departed. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung revolutionized dream study and interpretation from a psychological standpoint. Research continues to evolve and bring about a better understanding of the science. Certain dreams are common to many people, no matter their culture. In this section of the Channeler, a dream theme will be described and explained in each issue, in the attempt to shed light on why we dream the things we do. Understanding your dreams will deepen the connection with your mind, body and spirit.
DREAMS OF FALLING
The sensation of falling while in a dream state can be attributed to a normal physiological occurrence. Often, falling is experienced at a time when you are beginning to fall into a deeper sleep, which can cause a sudden awakening accompanied by a quick jerking motion. At this time, your blood pressure and heart rate begin to drop. The central nervous system is also calming down. It is thought that the sudden awakening is an arousal mechanism for awakening quickly or be on alert to possible danger.
Psychologically, however, dreams of falling can indicate several things. It is only a myth that if you hit the ground in your dream, you will die in your sleep. When you are falling you are out of control, with nothing to grab on to. This symbolic loss of control in your dream can relate to a relationship, job, or any inadequacies you may be feeling in your waking life. Usually, after these situations in your life are rectified, the dreams of falling discontinue.
This type of dream can indicate a sense of failure at something or a feeling of inferiority. It can also mean that you are experiencing difficulty in transitioning from one phase of your life to another. Another meaning could be that you are indulging in some type of self-destructive behavior.
A falling dream can also be taken as a warning — perhaps that something is unsafe around you or that there is real physical danger to come. Investigate before you dismiss it.
If these dreams are recurring, take the time ask yourself what is going on in your life that you might need to address, or if any of the issues associated with a falling dream apply to you. Upon introspection, you just might uncover the hidden answers your dreams are telling you.
For more information about dreams and their meanings, visit the Dreaming Room.