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

So you dreamed about crawling? This is a curious dream symbol that has several possible interpretations.

Keep reaading for 3 different perspectives from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about crawling.

Which meaning best matches your dream vision?

What does crawling 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 crawling or seeing someone else crawl often symbolizes vulnerability and the need to navigate carefully through a situation. But let's talk about some subtleties in that general interpretation.

It can also represent a slow progression towards your goals. If you're the one crawling, it may indicate feelings of being diminished or powerless, or it could reflect a situation in your waking life where you feel you're moving at a slow pace. Seeing someone else crawl, on the other hand, might suggest that you perceive them as weak or in a vulnerable position. It's important to consider the context and emotions in the dream for a more accurate interpretation.

Crawling can often be a very deep dream object to to give you a single interpretation of. To know without any doubts, I would have to get more information about the dreamer's background and current mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming of crawling, or observing another's crawl, can indeed be a manifestation of vulnerability, yet it also harks back to our primal, infantile state.

Somewhat similarly: It is a Freudian return to the oral stage of psychosexual development, where dependency and trust issues first emerge. If you are the crawler, it may signify a regression or a desire to retreat to a simpler, less threatening time. Witnessing another crawl could denote an unconscious projection of your own feelings of helplessness or a paternalistic inclination towards the perceived weaker party. The dream's emotional tone and context, however, are paramount in discerning its true meaning.

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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 about crawling or witnessing someone else crawl can be a spiritual message about humility and patience. If you're the one crawling, it may symbolize a spiritual journey where you're learning to be humble, patient, and persistent. It's a reminder that spiritual growth often happens slowly, not in leaps and bounds. Seeing someone else crawl, on the other hand, could be a call to show compassion and understanding towards those who are struggling on their own spiritual path. It's a reminder that everyone is at a different stage in their spiritual journey, and it's important to be patient and supportive. The emotions and context of the dream can provide further insights into its spiritual significance.

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Which dream explanation works the best for you?

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

Only you can say for sure. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a complicated landscape. Each and every object or image from a dream can signify a wide range of meanings — or symbolize multiple realities from our waking lives.

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