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

A concept like a train can be a complex one to analyze. Because our dreams are like portals into our subconscious mind, and they often include symbolic references to our everyday lives, no single dream interpretation will ever work for everyone.

Below are 3 contrasting interpretations of dreams about a train, seen from three different viewpoints.

Which explanation makes the most sense for your dream?

What does a train 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 riding a train often hints at the path and direction of your life. What a train means in your dream may be more nuanced.

It may reflect your life's journey, your ambitions, and how you're navigating through your life's path. If the train ride is smooth, it suggests you're on the right track. However, if it's bumpy or derailed, it may indicate challenges or disruptions in your life.

Alternatively, watching a train pass by in a dream can symbolize opportunities passing by. It might suggest feelings of missing out or being left behind. It could also be a kind of a desire for change or a journey that you wish to embark on but haven't yet.

A train can be a rich and colorful dream object to to give you a single meaning for. To really say confidently, it's really necessary to get an understanding of the dreamer's life story and current circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of riding a train can indeed symbolize life's trajectory, but from a Freudian perspective, it may also represent a desire for control or predictability.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. The train's predetermined path may reflect your subconscious wish for a more structured and predictable life. If the ride is turbulent, it could signify internal conflicts or suppressed anxieties. Observing a train pass by, by contrast, could symbolize a sense of detachment or passivity in your waking life. It may be a representation of feelings of being an observer rather than an active participant in your own life. Alternatively, it could symbolize latent desires or ambitions that are yet to be pursued, suggesting a need for proactive changes.

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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 riding a train can be a spiritual metaphor for your life's journey. It may symbolize your spiritual progression, the divine path you are on, and how you are moving towards your higher purpose. A smooth ride may suggest spiritual harmony, while a bumpy ride may indicate spiritual challenges or lessons to be learned. Watching a train pass by in a dream, by contrast, can symbolize missed spiritual opportunities or lessons. It might suggest a need to be more present and attentive to the spiritual signs and messages in your life. It could also be a kind of a longing for spiritual growth or a journey that your soul yearns for but hasn't yet embarked on.

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Whose analysis of the dream matches your dream?

Which of the preceding perspectives on a train applies to your unique situation?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a multifaceted puzzle. Just about any object or action in a dream can reflect a long list of things — or result from many different forces in our waking lives.

Have a different interpretation for dreams about a train you can add? We'd love to hear your own analysis in the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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