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

A dream concept like an playing an instrument can be a perplexing one to get one's brain around. Because dreams are like vibrations of our subconscious minds, and they often include symbolic references to our everyday lives, no single dream interpretation will ever work for everyone.

Below are 3 possible interpretations of dreams about an playing an instrument, seen from three different angles.

Which explanation makes the most sense for your dream?

What does an playing an instrument 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 playing an instrument signifies your need to express yourself creatively and emotionally. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

It could also indicate harmony and balance in your life. If you're proficient in the instrument in your dream, it suggests confidence in your skills and talents. If you struggle, it may reflect feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt. A dream about someone else playing an instrument can symbolize a relationship or interaction with this person. If the music is harmonious, it suggests a positive relationship. If the music is discordant, it may indicate conflict or tension. The type of instrument also carries significance. For instance, wind instruments often symbolize communication, while string instruments can represent romance or desire.

An playing an instrument is often a complex and fascinating dream object to pin down for sure. To really know for certain, I'd have to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's background and current situation.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of playing an instrument, in Freudian terms, may be a manifestation of the libido, the life instinct that drives us towards pleasure.

Some additional thoughts: The instrument could symbolize an extension of the self, a tool for expressing unconscious desires or emotions. If you play it well, it might indicate a healthy ego, capable of satisfying its desires within societal norms. Struggling, however, could suggest repressed anxieties or conflicts. Observing someone else play an instrument might represent a projection of your own desires or fears onto that person. The quality of their performance could reflect your perception of them - harmonious music might suggest admiration or affection, while discordant sounds could indicate unresolved tensions. The instrument's type could further nuance this interpretation, hinting at specific emotional or relational dynamics.

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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 playing an instrument is a spiritual symbol of your soul's desire to resonate with the universe, to create harmony and balance in your life. If you play the instrument well, it signifies your soul's alignment with the divine, while struggling may indicate a spiritual dissonance that needs to be addressed. Seeing someone else play an instrument in your dream can be a spiritual reflection of your relationship with that person. Harmonious music suggests a soulful connection, while discordant music may indicate spiritual conflict. The type of instrument can also hold spiritual significance, for instance, wind instruments may symbolize divine communication, while string instruments could represent the strings of love or desire connecting souls.

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Whose dream analysis is best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining an playing an instrument makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can say for certain. Keep in mind that our dreaming mind can be a complex thing to understand. Any object or action in a dream can symbolize a long list of meanings — or be the result of many different themes from our conscious life.

Have a different analysis on dreams about an playing an instrument of your own? We'd love to hear your own thoughts in the comment section below.

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