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Did You Dream About Climbing? Here's What It Means

So you dreamed about climbing? It's a complex dream topic that carries a few possible interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different perspectives from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about climbing.

Which of these explanations best explains your dream?

What does climbing 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 climbing, whether it's a mountain or a ladder, generally represents your ambition and determination. Although, it's likely to be more complicated than that.

It signifies your journey towards achieving your goals. If you're climbing successfully, it indicates progress and positive outcomes. However, if you're struggling, it may reflect obstacles you're facing in waking life. Seeing someone else climb could represent your perception of their journey and progress, or it could symbolize your own aspirations projected onto them.

Climbing can often be a complex dream concept to to give you a single interpretation of. To really know with any kind of confidence, it would be necessary to really dig deep into the dreamer's past 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 climbing, be it a mountain or a ladder, often hints at the Freudian concept of the 'pleasure principle' - the instinctual seeking of pleasure and avoidance of pain.

This can be a complex dream concept. It's a metaphorical ascent towards gratification, the pinnacle being the ultimate satisfaction of a desire. If you're the climber, it's your subconscious expressing your pursuit of fulfillment. Struggling during the climb could indicate repressed anxieties or 'fixations' impeding this pursuit. Observing another's climb, by contrast, may suggest 'transference', where your own desires or emotions are unconsciously redirected onto another individual.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 climbing a mountain or ladder is a spiritual journey towards self-realization and enlightenment. It signifies your soul's ascent towards divine knowledge, overcoming worldly distractions and attachments. If you're climbing with ease, it suggests spiritual growth and progress. Struggling, however, indicates spiritual trials and tribulations, urging you to strengthen your faith and resilience. Witnessing someone else climb symbolizes your spiritual guide or mentor, leading you towards enlightenment, or it could be a reflection of your own spiritual journey projected onto them. This dream is a divine message, encouraging you to continue your spiritual quest with patience and perseverance.

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Which analysis of the dream is best for you?

Which interpretation above for climbing makes the most sense for your unique situation?

Only you can say for sure. It's worth noting that our higher mind can be a complicated landscape. Any dream image can signify a wide range of meanings — or result from multiple themes from our waking life.

Have a different analysis for dreams about climbing that you want to share? Please consider adding your personal analysis in the comments below.

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