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Did You Dream About a Bowling Ball? Here's What It Means

When a meaningful dream subject like a bowling ball appears in dreams, it can have several potential interpretations.

Listed below are 3 interesting explanations of dreams about this dream topic from our dream analysis guides.

Which of these explanations sounds right to you?


What does a bowling ball mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about a bowling ball or going bowling can symbolize the balance between power and control. The meaning of a bowling ball may be more subtle than that, however.

The bowling ball itself represents power, strength, and determination, while the act of bowling signifies precision and control. If you're successful in your dream, it may indicate that you're effectively balancing these aspects in your life. However, if you're struggling, it could suggest a need to reassess your approach. Bowling can also symbolize competition and social interaction, reflecting your relationships with others. The dream's context and your emotions during it can provide further insights into its specific meaning.

A bowling ball is a somewhat rich and colorful dream object to really interpret with certainty. To know for sure, I'd want to understand the dreamer's life story and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Psychoanalyst,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a bowling ball or engaging in bowling may signify the Freudian concept of the id, ego, and superego.

We can take this reasoning to another level: The bowling ball, a spherical object, may symbolize the id, the primal part of our psyche driven by instinctual needs. The act of bowling, requiring strategy and skill, may be a representation of the ego, the rational part of our mind that mediates between the id and the external world. The pins, standing upright and orderly, may symbolize the superego, our moral compass influenced by societal norms. If you knock down all the pins, it suggests a harmonious balance between these three components. Conversely, missing the pins may indicate internal conflict or imbalance.0

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a bowling ball or bowling can be a spiritual metaphor for your journey towards enlightenment. The bowling ball, heavy and round, symbolizes the burdens of earthly life that we carry. Bowling, a game of skill and precision, represents the spiritual path we tread, aiming for the pins of enlightenment. If you knock down all the pins, it suggests you are making progress on your spiritual journey, overcoming earthly burdens. If you miss, it may indicate spiritual obstacles or lessons yet to be learned. The bowling alley, a straight and narrow path, can symbolize the spiritual discipline needed to achieve enlightenment. This dream invites you to reflect on your spiritual journey and the burdens you carry.

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So whose dream analysis matches your dream?

Which of the preceding explanations for a bowling ball best matches your unique situation?

Only you can know for sure. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex landscape. Just about any object or action in a dream can represent a wide range of meanings — or be the result of multiple activities in our waking life.

Have a unique interpretation on dreams about a bowling ball of your own? We'd love to hear your own ideas to the comment section down below.

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