Falling dreams are the most frequent among all the common dreams we experience in our lifetime. Researchers say the average human will dream about falling to his death more than 5 times in their life. These dreams can be extremely frightening and vivid, that lasts minutes before you hit the ground. Dreams of this nature have a tendency to wake you up before you hit the bottom. For the most part whenever we dream of falling, we have lost control in some aspect in our daily life that needs to be corrected.
Reasons For Falling Dreams?
One theory suggests that you may have lost control over a particular situation in your life. Though to identify you might have to do some thinking to what it might be linking too. This can linked to relationships, workplace, school or home life. Falling can imply both internal or external issues that have been neglected. Depending the context of the dream can point to different areas that need to be analyzed. Writing down as much detail of your dream can help decode it a lot easier by thinking in metaphors.
Falling Dreams Before Sleep:
A hypnagogic jerk is an involuntary muscle spasm that occurs as a person is ready to drift off to sleep. This phenomenon is so named in reference to the hypnogogic state the transitional period between wakefulness and sleep. Hypnagogic jerks are also known as hypnic jerks or sleep starts. This may scare the average healthy person but it is quite a common occurrence. According to the American Academy of Sleep say there are many reasons why one experiences these disturbances. If the person is suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, sugar overload or caffeine in the evening. Hypnic jerks can also happen during R.E.M sleep.
Types Of Falling Dreams:
Losing Balance – Dreams of losing balance suggests that the problem lays within you. You are not stable at this moment and need grounding in your life. You need to find ways to become more confident with people and with yourself. Who was around you when you lost balance? The location and the people around you might give you a hint of what to look out for.
Pushed – Did someone push you? Could that person be the cause of being pushed to your limits? Where are you when you are being pushed? Did you plummet to your death? Are you over working yourself? Do you feel that your are doing something against your will? How did you feel before and after you where pushed? If you don’t recognize the person than it could suggest that you might be a push over in life , or you are pushing yourself to hard. Usually when we cant see the person it might be repressed aspects of our selves we don’t want to look at. This can tie into our shadow figure, the mask we don’t want to take off.
Lost Grip – Trying to hold on for your dear life in your dream is quite common. These dreams suggest a need to get to solid ground in your walking life. You might be in a position in your life you are not in full control and it is unconsciously effecting your path. You might want to explore different areas in your life where you feel you are just hanging on, or if you feel someone has the upper hand on you. How did the dream scenario play out? Using the symbols in metaphors helps us distinguish a clearer meaning.
Holding On - Holding on for dear life in your dream suggests that you are trying your best to fix a situation you may have no control over. This can either be with your relationship, friends or your family. This dreams are usually very scary and unless you don’t recognize the problem in your walking life. We do you think you might be holding on to that is causing you much damage.
How Did You Fall – Remembering how you fell on the ground can suggest what needs to be fixed in your life. If you fell on your back implies that you need more support in your life. If you fell on your hands means that you need more of a hand with people that are close to you. If you fell in water means that you are emotionally breaking down and need to address your problem asap.
Slipping - Slipping and plummeting to your death is a quite a scary experience. Slipping to your death suggests that you will eventually “slip up” in a particular situation that will cause emotional distress. Where you able to regain your grip? Did you fall to the ground? Where was your location? How did you feel when you slipped?
On The Edge – Trying to hold on for dear life at the edge of a cliff to save your life suggest a need to slow down and take one day at a time. Do you feel you live on edge in life? Do you make risky decisions, hence being on the edge. You might need some grounding.
Landing at The Bottom - This could suggest an ending of some sort of your life. Something where you might need to get to the bottom of things. Do you feel that you might hit rock bottom in life? Could this relate to your job or relationship?
Reasons Why You Are Falling:
– Afraid of losing your job
– Not the leader with friends or business
– Afraid of your relationship
– Not having control in a situation
– Failure in love
– Lack of confidence
– Embarrassed that you wouldn’t make the cut
– Your not in control of your destiny
– Things aren’t working out the way i want it to work out
– How did you fall
– Fall out
– Spiraling out of control
– Hitting rock bottom
– Need proper grounding
– Spiritual grounding
If you felt positive when you where falling might suggest a sudden change in your favor. If you had the ability to land on your feet shows you will over come the obstacle in your life. Falling then gliding yourself to safety shows you will find another way out of the difficult situation.
Watching Others Fall:
You might be witnessing distress from other people around you in your life. Finding out who was with you, your emotional state and location are all clues to better decode the dream. If you feel helpless then it might imply you are not in control in helping others in danger.
Falling dreams should never be over looked especially if they are recurring. This dream could be unconsciously hinting at our insecurities and our beliefs in life . Though all falling dreams are not always bad symbols, but indications for us to open to change that is taking place. Sometimes we need to hit rock bottom before we start a new stage. Dreams of this nature alert us to becoming more cognizant of our actions and behaviors in our life. Famous dream analyst Carl Jung stated that falling is a warning as being too high in life, “keeping up with the Jones’s”. This would be referring to the comparison to one’s neighbor as a benchmark for social class, or the accumulation of material goods. To fall in the dream would be perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority. If one has trouble interpreting their dreams you can also try and do some shadow work to find out the core issue. Becoming more self aware is not as easy with out the right help. Dreams help us bring forgotten issues to the surface but its up to you to fix them. If you continue to ignore what might be problematic in your life then the dream will become more and more vivid,
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I had a falling dream where I kept beating up my cousins for all the shameful things they’d said to me, and then my boy cousin beat me up and I begged my mom to take me to therapy in tears with a path of destruction left behind. I was sooo happy at this part of the dream since I knew that was all messed up, and she hesitantly agreed finally and we were walking out of a big building with glass doors onto some type of bridge and we got to the near end and she said.. “Watch your step here, I’ve heard it’s narrow” or something and I looked down when an explosion hit from nowhere and I could hear everyone’s cries as I held onto my mom’s hand and we fell in slow motion. I thought, it’s going to be okay since we’re falling so slow and tried to put my feet down so I’d land on them.. a red car fell between us and shrieking a man tried to get ONTO it while we fell and then it sped up and I woke up I guess b/c I did not want to feel that pain.
So, I’m going through some rough stuff in my relationship. I cheated on my boyfriend.. I feel really horrible about it and he dumped me. Last night in my dream I was in some weird colorful river? Then I somehow ended up on this huge bridge and I was chasing after my friend, who is a guy. But then all of the sudden the bridge wasn’t there and I slid like a baseball player to the edge. Then I held onto the bridge with one hand, then I slipped and started falling. And I couldn’t breath, it was like someone was strangling me. finally I woke up. But I never did hit the ground. Does anyone know what it means if you dont actually hit the ground?
So long ago I was adopted in this family where I found a girl really nice to me and now I consider her my sister. I was adopted into a family with an abusive father & mother now we keep having the same dream about falling into hell together holding hands (No, we’re not lesbians we’re completely straight & we’re basically sisters) one night Natalie told me she was afraid to fall asleep and I asked her why & she said that almost every night she had a dream of falling into hell & seen our mother push us in there & seeing her cousin on the way down (he had done something terrible to her & her mother in her past life ) our mother kept telling Natalie that she didn’t deserve to live, and telling her she was ugly& further more I only recall her telling me about 1 good dream. it was her and her ex living happily in candy land.
In my dream I see a completely different view but yet the same dream. I see both of my parents (the ones who adopted me) they told me adopting me was the biggest mistake they had ever made but they were stuck with me. but me and Natalie weren’t holding hands we were distant & far away from each other but yet still falling. I’ve been trying to think of what ways to get rid of this terrible dream I’ve tried blessing my home with a freaking candle!!! And I’m not sure why we keep dreaming of hell? She’s catholic and I’m christian!!
I had a dream where i’m in a hospital at the elevators after meeting a person from a job i was fired from several years ago. She tells me she has trouble in her life similar to mine then i walk to elevators searching for non staff ones. I see the reaction of fear in the face of the man in front of me as the building is rocked like earthquake. Then the realization the building is collapsing. I reach to marble column to stabilize then try to move out from under it as i anticipate being squashed by it at impact. A woman is falling with me i don’t recognize. I am surprised when impact seems delayed and i remember i must be in a very tall building.the feelings and sensation are vivid.
I have a very sick son i had spent the evening with for the first time in months after agreeing to allow my ex full control and custody for six months to try to stabilize his seizures.
Realized how he had grown in these months i had missed. Also. Had two of my biggest clients today after recent key contact changes at both felt like they would be leaving me shortly. Which do you think needs attention – my sick child custody issues, my work situation, my recent divorce or the recent death of my brother to cancer and my own surgical appointment next week?