Dreaming about elevators can symbolize many types of situations taking place in your waking life, either past, present or future. Although elevator dreams are very common, they can also be quite unnerving and unsettling.
The location of the elevator in your dream can give you a clue about what issues in your life the dream is pointing to. If the elevator is in an office building, this may indicate issues (positive or negative) you are having with your career or your coworkers. If the elevator is inside a home, this may indicate issues (positive or negative) you are having in your family life.
The direction that the elevator is moving in your dream exposes the ups and down of your life. If the elevator is moving upward, it can symbolize that you are moving forward in life and resolving problems. If the elevator’s upward movement is too fast and frightening and it propels you into space, this could symbolize that you are feeling extremely overwhelmed, taking on too much and are afraid that you cannot handle something in your waking life.
If the elevator is going down, this is usually not a positive sign. It can indicate that you are slipping into or revisiting old unresolved problems. It can also mean a loss of control over your life. A positive symbol of the descending elevator could be that you are beginning to feel more grounded and able to face the challenges ahead, either new or old ones.
If the elevator does not allow you to exit and you feel trapped, this can symbolize that you are in a situation in your waking life in which you are stuck. You may feel there is no way out and you don’t see any other options.
A sideways movement of an elevator in your dream may symbolize that you are spinning your wheels and not moving anywhere in some aspect of your waking life.
Dreams are the tools you can use to resolve issues in your waking life or those that have been continuing to haunt you. So if you have been dreaming a lot about elevators, you have the tools to discover why they have been happening and put them to rest.