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

A image like a hurdle can be a challenging one to understand. Because dreams are fragments of our subconscious mind, and they may represent specific references to our everyday lives, no single explanation fits every dream about a hurdle or any other symbol.

Below are 3 possible interpretations of dreams about a hurdle, written from three different angles.

Which analysis best matches your dream vision?

What does a hurdle 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 jumping over a hurdle points to things like overcoming obstacles or challenges in your life. But the meaning of a hurdle can be nuanced depending on the dreamer.

It's a positive sign of resilience and determination. If you're successful in the jump, it suggests you're capable of handling whatever comes your way. If you fail, it may indicate fear or lack of confidence. Seeing someone else leap over a hurdle, by contrast, could mean that you're observing others overcome their challenges, which might inspire or motivate you.

Alternatively, it could also indicate feelings of envy or competition.

A hurdle is often a very deep dream symbol to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To really say with any kind of confidence, it's really necessary to really get to know the dreamer's life and current life scenario.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

In the realm of the subconscious, dreaming of hurdling may symbolize the Freudian concept of sublimation, where one transforms socially unacceptable impulses into socially acceptable actions.

I'm also thinking generally about a hurdle: Successfully jumping over a hurdle could represent the successful sublimation of these impulses, indicating psychological maturity. Conversely, failing to clear the hurdle may suggest unresolved conflicts or repressed emotions. Observing another leap over a hurdle could represent the projection of your own struggles onto others, a defense mechanism to avoid confronting your own issues. Alternatively, it may reflect your superego's ideal self, the embodiment of your aspirations and moral standards, overcoming challenges, thus serving as a source of inspiration or self-critique.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 jumping over a hurdle is a spiritual message, indicating your soul's journey towards enlightenment. It signifies the spiritual obstacles you're overcoming, reflecting your inner strength and resilience. If you're successful, it's a sign of spiritual growth and the ability to transcend worldly challenges. If you fail, it suggests a need for deeper self-reflection and spiritual healing. Seeing someone else leap over a hurdle, by contrast, symbolizes your spiritual guide or guardian angel showing you the way. It's a divine message encouraging you to learn from others' spiritual journeys. Alternatively, it could also indicate a spiritual competition, urging you to strive for higher spiritual attainment.

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Which dream explanation makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for a hurdle best matches your dream vision?

Only you can know for certain. Remember that our dreaming mind can be a convoluted thing. Any dream image can represent a wide range of things — or result from multiple themes from our conscious lives.

Got a unique interpretation for dreams about a hurdle that you'd like to share? Please consider adding your personal thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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