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

A subject like reaching can be a difficult one to explain. Because our dreams are visual manifestations of our subconscious mind, and they often represent specific references to our daily lives, no single dream interpretation fits every dream about reaching or any other symbol.

Below are 3 interesting perspectives on a dream about reaching, seen from very different perspectives.

Which interpretation sounds right to you?

What does reaching 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 reaching for something often hints at your ambitions and goals. That's the simplest answer.

It can indicate your desire to achieve something in your waking life. The object you're reaching for can provide further insight into what you're striving for. If you're unable to reach it, it may suggest feelings of inadequacy or obstacles in your path.

Alternatively, dreaming about someone else reaching for something could represent your perception of their aspirations or your feelings of being out of reach. It could also be a reflection of your own feelings of helplessness or dependence on others. As always, the specific context and emotions in the dream can provide additional layers of interpretation.

Reaching can be a complex and fascinating dream concept to really clarify with certainty. To say with any kind of confidence, it would be necessary to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's life story 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"

Dreaming of reaching for an object may be thought of as a manifestation of the Freudian concept of 'Wish Fulfilment'.

I'm also thinking generally about reaching: The object represents a latent desire, and the act of reaching symbolizes the ego's attempt to satisfy this desire. If the object is unattainable, it may reflect the superego's influence, imposing societal norms and moral constraints. When the dreamer observes another reaching, it can be interpreted as a projection of their own desires onto the other person, a defense mechanism to avoid confronting their own unconscious wishes. Alternatively, it may be a representation of feelings of envy or competition. The specific object and the identity of the other person would provide further insight into these underlying themes.

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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 reaching for something may be thought of as a spiritual quest or longing for divine connection. The object you're reaching for symbolizes the divine truth or enlightenment you're seeking. If it's out of reach, it may indicate a spiritual blockage or a need for deeper introspection and self-discovery. Dreaming about someone else reaching for something, by contrast, can be a reflection of your empathetic connection to their spiritual journey. It may also symbolize a spiritual lesson you're meant to learn from them. The specific object they're reaching for can provide further insight into the nature of this lesson. As always, the emotions and context of the dream add depth to its spiritual interpretation.

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So whose analysis of the dream makes the most sense for you?

Which of the preceding explanations for reaching applies to your dream vision?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex puzzle. Each and every image in a dream can symbolize a wide range of meanings — or symbolize many different activities in our daily lives.

Have a unique interpretation for a dream about reaching that you'd like to share? Please consider adding your personal thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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