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

When a curious dream-concept like falling appears in dreams, it can have many different interpretations.

Listed below are three interesting interpretations of dreams involving this dream from our dream analysis guides.

Which meaning works the best for you?

What does falling 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 from a great height often signifies feelings of insecurity, anxiety, or fear in your waking life. It's often not quite so simple though.

It may reflect a sense of losing control or failure. If you dream of someone else falling, it could indicate that you are too concerned about this person or fear losing them. Both dreams are a call to address these fears and regain control in your life.

Falling can be a very deep dream symbol to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To know for sure, I'd have to get to know the dreamer's life story and current environment.

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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 falling from a great height can be seen as a manifestation of the Freudian concept of castration anxiety, a fear of impotence or loss of control.

Some additional thoughts on this: It's a symbolic representation of the unconscious mind grappling with feelings of vulnerability or inadequacy. On the other hand, dreaming of another person falling might suggest a projection of these anxieties onto another, perhaps due to an overbearing sense of responsibility or concern for them. Both scenarios underscore a need to confront these deep-seated fears and regain a sense of agency in one's waking life.

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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 from a great height can be a spiritual message about surrendering control and trusting in the divine plan. It may indicate a need to let go of ego-driven desires or fears that are causing imbalance in your life. If you dream of someone else falling, it could symbolize your spiritual concern for their well-being, or a reflection of your own fears projected onto them. Both dreams are spiritual prompts to cultivate faith, release fear, and trust in the divine flow of life.

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Which interpretation of the dream works the best for you?

Which interpretation above for falling applies to your dream?

Only you can know for certain. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a complicated puzzle. Any object or action in a dream can symbolize a long list of meanings — or be the result of many different activities in our waking life.

Got a unique dream interpretation for dreams about falling that you want to share? Contribute your own interpretation in the comments down below.

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