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Recurring dreams – what do they mean? (dream interpretation recurring dreams)

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Recurring Dreams

Recurring dreams – what do they mean?

Repeated dreams as a clarion call from the unconscious.

“I keep dreaming that my teeth fall out. I dream that at least a few times a week.”

A recurring dream is a phenomenon which causes many people who would not bestow their dreams a thought to suddenly speculate on this one recurring dream. What’s in it? Why do I keep dreaming that dream? Read on to understand what recurring dreams are all about.

When we are dreaming the same dream, it is often our subconscious that is trying to tell us something that is important to us. If we do not “listen” to it (perhaps because we do not understand what it means), then we might continue to dream the same. So it’s no different than when a person repeatedly is trying to tell us something. We either do not really hear it (there are other disturbing noises), we believe that we hear it, but are actually not paying much attention to what is being said, or we listen and can repeat what has been said, without really understanding what is being said. Just like when something becomes “said in between the lines” – without us understanding it. Communication in relationships can be like that sometimes – we’re saying the same thing over and over again to our partner (to do this and that, stop doing this and that, etc.), but it’s as if it really does not enter in our minds … So in this context, a recurring dream is a sign that there is something you should listen to within yourself!

Recurring dreams as evidence of phase transition in life.


It is also normal to have recurring dreams during periods of our lives when we are in our development from one phase to another. For example from being a teenager to becoming an adult. Or from being childless to suddenly having to become parents.

Dreams of loose teeth / teeth falling out, is often a sign of transition from childhood to adulthood (like “milk teeth are needed to be replaced now”). This is something you incidentally can dream in a very “adult” age when it comes to becoming “the boss” in your life and not letting others control/influence you.

Do you have a strong feeling that your recurring dream is a sign of a phase transition (such as parenthood), then just accept it and understand that you are in a transitional period in your life.

Staying in the lane of these thoughts, the recurring dreams can also occur when you are in a situation where you feel that you are on new and uncertain grounds, for example, when changing jobs. Thoughts like “Am I good enough?”, “Will I do it well?” can easily be expressed in our dreams while we in our awake life go around thinking that this new job is “easy-peasy”.

Recurring dreams as a symbol of previously experienced trauma.


A more popular and perhaps more understandable interpretation of recurring dreams is that they might reflect traumatic experiences we have had. But it’s rare that it actually is about that. However, if you have had a traumatic experience, you can be pretty sure that this trauma will follow you in your dreams as a picture of how you deal with and relate to your trauma (or have not dealt with and related to your trauma).

When you have a recurring dream it can many times be about a dream that you have not understood the message of or have not listened to. And if you until now have not worked with your dreams, and do not understand the language of dreams, then you can experience having the same dream really, really many times, right until you in your conscious, waking life, catch sight of what the dream says, and you therefore, quite deliberately, change their behaviour or whatever it may be that the dream is all about. This is also why the dreams (and the understanding of dream symbols) helps to accelerate your personal development. Do you understand the messages from the unconscious and can you act upon them in your waking life? Then you will in all likelihood, faster spot for instance some of the things in your personality, thinking and behaviors that impede your daily life and prevents a healthy, natural development.

Also read: Why I no longer interpret dreams for free

NOTE: Dreams are 100% individual, and when you dream about recurring dreams, it’s almost certainly about something else for you than it is for your friend, who also dreamt about recurring dreams. Dream interpretation / dream analysis is sometimes a difficult art, and a particular interpretation of a dream is only correct if you feel “affected” by it. Therefore, it is not certain that the above mentioned interpretations are relevant to you.