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

A dream concept like an elevator can be a perplexing one to pick a single interpretation of. Because dreams are like vibrations of our subconscious minds, and they may represent symbolic references to our waking-life, no single explanation fits every dream about an elevator or any other symbol.

Below are 3 different interpretations of dreams about an elevator, seen from three different viewpoints.

Which of these interpretations best matches your dream vision?

What does an elevator 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 in an elevator often hints at transitions, changes, or movement in your life. But the dream can be more nuanced than just that.

Going up may be a representation of a rise in status or improvement, while going down could signify a return to the past or a decrease in importance. An elevator malfunctioning, by contrast, can indicate feelings of anxiety or fear. It may suggest you're feeling out of control or stuck in a situation. This could also be a reflection of your inability to deal with the ups and downs of life.

An elevator can often be a very deep dream image to really clarify. To really know without any doubts, it's really necessary to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's background 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"

To have dreamed of an elevator ride, in Freudian terms, may symbolize the id's desires and the ego's attempts to satisfy them within the constraints of the superego.

Likewise — Ascending may be a representation of the ego's successful negotiation of societal norms, while descending could signify the id's unchecked impulses. A malfunctioning elevator, however, may symbolize a conflict between the id, ego, and superego. It could indicate a disruption in the delicate balance of these psychic structures, leading to feelings of unease or apprehension. This might suggest a struggle to reconcile one's primal desires with societal expectations, resulting in a sense of being trapped or immobilized.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 riding an elevator signifies your spiritual journey. Ascending in an elevator symbolizes your spiritual growth, moving towards enlightenment or higher consciousness. Descending, however, may indicate a need for grounding or reconnecting with your roots. It's a spiritual reminder of the cyclical nature of life and growth. A malfunctioning elevator, by contrast, could represent spiritual blockages or obstacles. It suggests a struggle to progress on your spiritual path, perhaps due to unresolved issues or unhealed wounds. This dream is a call to introspection and healing, urging you to address these blockages to continue your spiritual journey.

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So which dream explanation is best for you?

Which of the above interpretations for an elevator makes the most sense for your dream?

Only you can say for sure. It's worth noting that our dreaming mind can be a complicated thing. Just about any object or action in a dream can signify multiple things — or result from multiple themes from our conscious lives.

Have a different dream interpretation for dreams about an elevator that you want to share? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your own ideas in the comment area down below.

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