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

A image like walking can be a complex one to interpret. Because our dreams are visual manifestations of our subconscious mind, and they often represent specific references to our waking-life, no single explanation will ever work for everyone.

Below are three contrasting perspectives on a dream about walking, taken from three different angles.

Which of these explanations best matches your dream?

What does walking mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Walking in dreams often represents the journey of life. But the meaning can vary.

If you're walking with ease, it suggests you're confident in the path you're taking. If the walk is difficult, it may indicate challenges you're facing. Seeing someone else walk could represent your perception of their life journey. If they're walking away, it could signify a fear of losing them or feeling left behind. If they're walking towards you, it might indicate a strengthening relationship or an impending confrontation. Remember, the context and emotions in the dream are crucial to accurate interpretation.

Walking is a somewhat deep and multifaceted dream image to get one's head around. To say confidently, it would be necessary to understand 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 about walking, in Freudian terms, could be seen as a manifestation of the ego's journey through the unconscious.

Also: If you're the one walking, it suggests an exploration of your own psyche, perhaps grappling with repressed desires or unresolved conflicts. The terrain and direction of your walk are significant - uphill struggles may denote internal resistance, while a downhill stroll could signify surrender to unconscious drives. Observing someone else walking, by contrast, could be a projection of your own feelings onto that person. If they're walking away, it might indicate a displacement of your own desire to escape from certain issues. Conversely, if they're approaching, it could symbolize your unconscious wish for a confrontation or reconciliation. The dreamer's emotional response is key to deciphering these symbols.

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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 walking signifies your spiritual journey and progress. If you're walking effortlessly, it suggests you're in harmony with your spiritual path. A challenging walk may indicate spiritual trials you're undergoing. Seeing someone else walk could symbolize your spiritual connection with them. If they're walking away, it may be a representation of a spiritual disconnect or a need for personal growth. If they're walking towards you, it could symbolize an impending spiritual union or revelation. The emotions experienced in the dream are vital in understanding these spiritual messages.

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Whose analysis of the dream is best for you?

Which of the preceding perspectives on walking best matches your your dream experience?

Only you can know for sure. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind can be a multifaceted place. Just about any object or image from a dream can symbolize a wide range of things — or symbolize many different activities in our daily life.

Got a slightly different analysis on a dream about walking that you'd like to share? Chime in with your personal interpretation to the comments below.

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