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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dream Symbols 5: Flying

Flying is one of those fascinating dream symbols that appears to crop up more frequently in the dreams of persons who have lucid dreams. Lucid dreams are those dreams in which the dreamer is conscious of the fact that he or she is dreaming and is frequently capable of actually changing the tenor or direction of the dream. Lucid dreams have even been used in therapy, and I will be addressing this subject more deeply in a future post about dreaming.

So what does it mean when the dreamer is flying in the dream? The first question is whether the flying is done under your own steam, or whether you are flying in an airplane. The airplane type is much more similar to any other vehicle type of dream, where the vehicle may represent the dreamer’s life, and it is important to understand the physical positioning of the dreamer in the vehicle (are you the pilot, or a passenger; are you in the cockpit, in the galley, in the hold, or seated), another important element is to know whether you are flying smoothly, or there is turbulence, or whether you are flying up or coming down, or perhaps even nose-diving.

However, when the dream is of a dreamer who is flying himself, i.e., his body is flying through the air, then it has another possible panoply of symbolic meanings. First of all, take into account the possibility of the lucid dreaming as mentioned. Flying symbolizes a certain measure of freedom from earthly ties. It also symbolizes the possibility of a heightened sense of spirituality, or an increase of spirituality in the life of the dreamer, or a seeking of such spirituality by the dreamer.

It’s also important to get a feel for the ambience or atmosphere of the dream. Was the flying process enjoyable, or did it frighten you? Did you have a measure of control over the process, or was it all out of your hands? Were you keen on trying new stunts, or flying yourself to new places, or were you more interested in determining how to get back to the ground safely?

As with all dreams, it is important to make a note in your dream journal about the type of situation going on in your life during the day or two prior to the dream, as well as your feelings immediately upon awakening with regards to this dream in particular.


  1. When I dream myself flying most of the time I'm affraid of getting to high o can't reach the hights I want, In all of this dreams I see a beatifull landscapes filled with trees and grass.

  2. in my flight dreams i tend to have full control, but somethimes it involves crashing.

  3. George: if you are afraid of flying too high, I would say that you need to observe if you only have these dreams when you are starting out on a new project about whose success you are concerned, or you have been asked to do something that goes beyond the skills you have used to this point. The dream may be indicating that you can reach higher, despite your fears.


  4. Finn:
    again, similar to what I posted for George, you might want to take note of the dreams where you crash over the next period (or try to remember those from the past) in order to see if there is a coincidence of the crash dreams with moments in your life where you are afraid of something not working out, i.e that you are involved with something that you are not yet confident about.


  5. I just found this site..
    I have this recollection of a dream - i am first flying to get away from scary situations (people after me) by just lifting myself up - then i progress to going very very fast and very high as as I look down - i see the land, trees, mountains, hills etc. i then get scared and feel that sensation (sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach from being in a high place) of being in a high place but suspended there somehow and that i may fall or i may not - the last part of my dream i am flying so fast and far and it gets darker and darker - i have reached some limit or obstacle - its a stretchy kind of feeling a slowing me down and like I'm trying to push through something - i cannot see exactly because its getting darker then i pause or i can't or won't go further and then i see what i would describe as flecks of paint falling and i reach up and touch it and more "paint flecks" fall - i remember thinking wow is this the edge of the world - it frightens me because i don't know whats on the other side of what i might be bursting through - then i wake up. I actually haven't had a dream like this in a while but i have always wondered what it might have meant. Debra