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

When a colorful dream vision like upstairs makes an appearance in a dream, it can have several possible explanations.

Here are 3 possible ways of interpreting dreams about your dream topic from our dream experts.

Which interpretation sounds right to you?

What does upstairs 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 upstairs signifies progress, achievement, and a journey towards your goals or ambitions. But the meaning of upstairs can be nuanced depending on the dreamer.

It's a positive sign, indicating that you're moving in the right direction. If you see someone else climbing upstairs, it could mean that you are observing the progress or success of others, which may inspire or motivate you. However, it could also indicate feelings of envy or competition. The context and emotions in the dream can provide further insights.

Upstairs is complex and fascinating dream object to to give you a single interpretation of. To really know for sure, I would need to get more information about the dreamer's background and 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 ascending stairs may be thought of as a manifestation of the Freudian concept of sublimation, where one's primal instincts are channeled into socially acceptable behaviors.

Somewhat similarly: It suggests a striving for intellectual and moral elevation, a desire to rise above base desires. Witnessing another ascend, however, may reflect the ego's recognition of an 'other' who embodies qualities we aspire to, or perhaps, a projection of our own suppressed ambitions. It's crucial to consider the dreamer's emotional state during the dream, as it can reveal whether this ascent is experienced as a joyful transcendence or a Sisyphean struggle.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 upstairs symbolizes your spiritual ascension, a journey towards enlightenment and higher consciousness. It's a divine message, indicating you're on the right spiritual path, overcoming earthly limitations. Seeing someone else climbing suggests you're witnessing their spiritual growth, which could serve as inspiration or a call to introspection. However, it might also reflect feelings of spiritual comparison or competition. The emotions and context of the dream can provide deeper spiritual understanding.

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So whose dream explanation works the best for you?

Which interpretation of upstairs best matches your your dream experience?

Only you can say for sure. It's worth noting that our subconscious mind can be a complex and multifaceted landscape. Each and every dream image can reflect multiple meanings — or result from multiple activities in our daily life.

Do you have a slightly different analysis for dreams about upstairs you can add? Add your personal ideas in the comments down below.

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