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Did You Dream About an Abyss? Here's What It Means

A dream symbol like an abyss can be a complex one to explain. Because our dreams are like transmissions from our subconscious mind, and they may include specific references to our daily lives, no single dream interpretation will ever work for everyone.

Below are 3 contrasting perspectives on dreams about an abyss, taken from three different perspectives.

Which of these interpretations sounds right to you?

What does an abyss 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 falling into an abyss points to things like feelings of fear, insecurity, or losing control in your waking life. But let's talk about some subtleties in that general interpretation.

It could also be a kind of a situation you're avoiding due to its overwhelming nature. Seeing someone else fall into an abyss, by contrast, might indicate your concern for that person's well-being or a fear of losing them. It could also be a reflection of your own feelings of helplessness or inability to assist someone in a difficult situation. Both of these dreams suggest a need to confront and address these fears or issues directly.

An abyss is a somewhat rich and colorful dream symbol to to really give you a single answer for. To say without any doubts, it's really necessary to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's past and 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 oneself plummeting into an abyss can be a manifestation of the Freudian concept of Thanatos, the death drive, signifying a subconscious grappling with mortality or existential dread.

With that being said, an abyss can be more complicated than that. It may also symbolize a perceived threat to the ego, a fear of dissolution of self. Observing another's descent into the abyss, conversely, could represent projected anxieties or feelings of guilt regarding that individual. It might also embody the Jungian shadow, suggesting unacknowledged aspects of oneself reflected in the other's fall. Both of these dreams underscore a need for introspection and confrontation of these deep-seated fears or anxieties.

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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 falling into an abyss can be a spiritual call to delve into the depths of your subconscious, to confront and understand your hidden fears and anxieties. It's a journey into the unknown, a leap of faith into the spiritual realm. Seeing someone else fall, however, may symbolize your empathetic connection with them, reflecting your concern for their spiritual well-being or your fear of losing them. It could also be a mirror of your own fears and insecurities, projected onto them. Both of these dreams are spiritual invitations to introspection, self-discovery, and emotional healing. They urge you to face your fears, to seek understanding, and to foster spiritual growth.

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Which analysis of the dream works the best for you?

Which interpretation of an abyss best matches your dream?

Only you can say for certain. Bear in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complex thing to understand. Just about any object or image from a dream can symbolize multiple things — or result from many different forces in our daily life.

Got a better dream analysis for dreams about an abyss you can add? We'd love to hear your own analysis to the comment section below.

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