Recurring dreams – what do they mean? (dream interpretation 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.
When trying to understand your dreams it is important to know that your dreams are… your dreams. As such, you are the best person to figure out the true meaning of your dreams.
However, it is important to learn how to generally approach your dreams. Dream dictionaries like this one are only a supplement, and if you want to fully utilize the potential of your dreams, you should start at a different place.
My online course “Unlock your DREAMlife” gives you a great foundation for understanding (and recalling) your dreams.
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.
Dream dictionaries are a very helpful tool when interpreting dreams. However, generally learning how to approach your dreams, will give you a better foundation for understanding them. My online course “Unlock your DREAMlife” teaches you how to much better utilize – recall and understand – your dreams.
Return to the index of dream themes and symbols:
Dream interpretation A-Z ↵
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.
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Very interesting. I’ve had several different recurring dreams in my life. In fact around 1990 both mom and myself kept having the same exact dream for months and somehow one day we just started talking about it. It was like she was reading my dream verbatim. That one was about a natural disaster (tornado) and we could not find my oldest son. We searched endlessly while I clutched the hand of my other son tightly, I could feel the pain in my hand. Grey metal buildings and mud everywhere. About a year later the son we searched for was admitted to the hospital for bowel blockage, a hernia and ended up having emergency surgery. Now the next type I get quite often…recurring dreams before the event occurs. Such as in 1997 or 98, I kept having a dream about a tanker drifting into my lane and having a head on collision, several nights for two weeks. One December morning on my way to work before the sun rose, a tanker came off the interstate, jumped the concrete median and into my lane. Remembering the dream, I swerved into the emergency lane and avoided the accident by just a few feet. In 2000, I kept having dreams about needing to do funeral planning and spoke to my husband about it. Finally he bought a pre-paid burial plan two months before he died. These type of recurring dreams before are not abnormal for me at all.
and thank you sharing your interesting dreams! Best regards – Michael R Olsen