What’s the weirdest thing that can happen in a dream?
You got it: being inside of another dream.
This strange phenomenon started happening to me a few weeks back and to be honest, I had no clue what to make of it. That’s why I started doing some research on my own.
What I discovered was pretty amazing, and I finally figured out what it all meant.
Of course, I wanted to share that knowledge with you, so here are 10 meanings of dreaming inside a dream, both literal and spiritual:
1) You’re lucid dreaming
If you’re dreaming inside of another dream, then there’s a good chance you’re lucid dreaming.
When you become lucid, you realize that you are dreaming and have full control over the experience.
You can fly, teleport, and even create whole new worlds at will.
If this is your situation, then you can use your lucid dream to explore the hidden meanings behind your dream symbols.
Once you know how to interpret a dream, you can even start to change the dream’s outcome.
For example, let’s say that you have a recurring dream about being chased by a monster.
You could decide to face the monster in your dream and turn the situation around so that you’re chasing the monster away instead.
According to Psychology Today, lucid dreams are the result of a hybrid of REM and waking states.
This is because the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is partially activated.
Now: as complicated as that sounds, it basically just means that the individual who is sleeping starts to gain awareness again and will realize that they are, in fact, dreaming.
With the dream inside of a dream, it is similar to lucid dreaming, but not quite, as the individual kind of skips that stage of being aware of oneself and skips right into “waking”, while still dreaming.
Now, when I read about this I was intrigued. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to lucid dream. It’s a great skill to have and it could do wonders for your creativity.
So, I did some digging and I found out that there are a few ways to lucid dream.
The steps may vary slightly, but one thing I’ve noticed across the board was that keeping a dream journal seemed to be helpful.
I’m not just mentioning this so that you can learn how to lucid dream yourself, I’m saying this because keeping a dream journal might really be helpful for you in the future with deciphering your own dreams.
By keeping track of your dreams, you’ll be able to recognize the symbols and themes that show up in your dreams and you’ll be able to connect them to events in your waking life that are going on right now.
Of course, this is just my opinion, but I think it’s a great way to go about figuring out the hidden meanings behind your own dream symbols.
But what are dream symbols? Well, they’re basically images that show up in our dreams for a reason.
They might represent something from our past or even something from our future. They could also represent things from our present lives that we don’t even realize we’re thinking about yet.
But back to the dream journal – I started keeping one after I read about lucid dreaming, writing down every single thing I could remember about my dreams as soon as I woke up.
That’s pretty important because once you go about your day and check your phone, for example, you will start forgetting your dreams almost instantly.
You’ll start forgetting details and eventually, you’ll forget the dream altogether.
So, write it down as soon as you wake up.
Also, I find that keeping a dream journal is helpful for figuring out the hidden meanings behind your dreams.
I’ve noticed that in my own dreams, I tend to repeat certain symbols over and over again. It’s almost like they’re trying to tell me something or trying to give me a message.
So, by keeping track of your own dreams and writing them down as soon as you wake up, you’re helping yourself start to learn how to have lucid dreams, but you’re also helping yourself figure out the hidden meanings behind your dreams.
And the best part?
The more you practice this, the more details you will start remembering about your dream! It’s like teaching your brain that these dreams are actually quite important, so it needs to hold on to that memory.
Anyways, now that we’ve declared dream journals as an amazing tool, let’s look at the other possible meanings behind your dream within a dream.
2) You have partially woken up
If you dream that you are dreaming while you’re partially awake, then it’s likely that you have partially woken up.
Some part of your brain has already ended the sleep cycle, and therefore your dreams will seem as though you’ve woken up, but you’re still dreaming.
In my experience, dreaming that I’m dreaming while I’m partially awake has come up many times when I’ve been dealing with something difficult in my life.
I’m not sure if this is because my brain knows it’s time for me to wake up and face the problem head-on, or if it’s because I’m subconsciously trying to avoid facing the problem.
Either way, when you have a dream within a dream, it is said to be because of being partially awake.
I read up on this and apparently, this happens when you are experiencing a mixture of REM and waking.
What scared me about this is that sleep paralysis is also a hybrid of REM and waking.
Sleep paralysis is when you are in between sleep cycles, you wake up, and can’t move. This is the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.
I hope that you never have to experience it. It’s like a full-on panic attack on top of being paralyzed.
However, if you find yourself dreaming within a dream while partially awake, it may be because your mind is trying to get your body to wake up.
Now: I’m hoping very much that you never have to experience this for yourself, but these hybrid states bring the most bizarre experiences to our dreams, such as dreaming inside of a dream, so that’s another scientific explanation.
But I wasn’t satisfied. Sure, I now knew the two theories of why one might have a dream within a dream, but I wanted to know more.
I wanted to know why this was happening in my life. Why did I keep having these dreams? What were they trying to tell me?
After some research and some more self-exploration, I came up with other spiritual reasons that we have dreams within dreams:
3) It’s a sign of self-deceit
Anything involving dreams inside of dreams may be a sign of self-deceit.
You may be deceiving yourself about who you really are and what you’re capable of.
If you’re having this type of dream, then you should try to figure out what’s really going on inside your head. Reach out for help if you need it.
You see, I only learned this because after telling my friend about my dreams within dreams, she pushed me to go see a psychic.
Now, while I’m more than open to anything spiritual, I honestly wasn’t very convinced about seeing a psychic, I mean, how could they possibly help me?
My friend told me about Psychic Source, a website with multiple gifted advisors, and she told me I could do it all from the comfort of my own home.
I figured I had nothing to lose and gave it a shot.
The advisor I talked to was incredibly knowledgeable, they told me about dreams within dreams and what that could mean about my personal life.
They told me that it was a sign of self-deceit, which I hadn’t guessed on my own, and they also gave me other tips about how to deal with this type of dream.
The most important thing they told me was to try not to overthink the dream, because if you do then you’ll just create more problems for yourself.
I left the session suddenly understanding more about why I felt the way I did.
You see, the psychic pointed out specific areas in my life where I might be deceiving myself and I felt so called out!
However, I knew they were right.
Honestly, if you are dealing with dreams you don’t understand, I can only recommend this website.
Within one session they gave me more answers and clarity than in the hours of research I had done myself!
4) You are receiving too many spiritual messages at once
If you dream that you are inside of a dream, then it could be a sign that you are receiving too many spiritual messages at once.
This could be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you’re not used to processing that many signs from the other side.
It’s easy to get caught up in what you’re being told, and before you know it, you’re lost in your own thoughts.
If you’re having this type of dream, then it might be a good idea to take a break and focus on your everyday life for a while.
This will help you to process the messages that you’re receiving so that you can move forward with clarity and confidence.
You see, if you are regularly communicating with your ancestor, spirit guides, angels, or anything of that sort, this dream might just mean that you are receiving messages from the other side too often.
It’s easy to get lost in what you need to do when you get multiple messages every day.
Your subconscious is trying to keep up, but it can’t. Some things that might help you are meditation and exercise.
You see, both of these help you to clear your mind so that you can process the messages from the other side.
If you really feel like your mind is being bombarded, then I highly recommend that you find a good practice that can help you to filter out the important messages.
5) Someone is trying to contact you
If you dream that you are dreaming, then it could be a sign that someone is trying to contact you from the spirit realm.
You could be in a position where you are able to help someone cross over, so this dream might just be your spiritual guide trying to let you know that it’s time.
If you do receive these types of dreams, then you should take them seriously, as this is a sign that someone really needs your help.
You may want to start keeping a dream journal so that you can keep track of any recurring dreams.
This will help you to identify what’s going on and when it happens so that you can be prepared when the time comes.
Of course, this could be any kind of message, maybe a loved one is trying to let you know that they are okay, or maybe they are trying to get your attention.
If you’re unsure, then it might be a good idea to contact someone who could help with that.
I mentioned it earlier, but Psychic Source is a great option if you need expert advise on spiritual matters.
They can help you figure out if someone is trying to send you a message, and, best of all, they can help you to communicate with them.
This will make it really easy for you to know if someone is trying to reach out to you.
I did, and I never regretted it!
6) It’s a sign of deja vu
If you dream that you are dreaming, then it could be a sign of deja vu.
In this instance, you dream that you’ve already done or experienced something before, so you already know what’s going to happen next.
You may have already lived through this situation in your past life or a past incarnation, and you may be going through it again for a reason.
This type of dream can be scary, but you can use it as an opportunity to gain comfort and clarity about the situation in your life.
Use what you already know to figure out where you need to go from here.
Deja vus are interesting. The scientific explanation of deja vus is that we’re experiencing a false memory, but I think it’s more than that.
I think that sometimes we are being shown how things are supposed to be, and we just need to figure out how to get there.
Now: there are many theories about deja vus, for example, that you are remembering something from a past life or a past incarnation.
This is a very real possibility, but it’s hard to prove scientifically at this point.
Either way, these dreams could be a sign of deja vu in your life, and you can use this information however it suits you!
7) It’s a sign of spiritual alignment
A dream where you are dreaming inside of another dream is a sign of spiritual alignment. This is a natural occurrence and a sign that everything is moving as it should.
You may also experience a spiritual overload like this if you’re going through a spiritual cleansing or awakening.
Spiritual alignment is a great thing – it means that you are in tune with your spiritual self and that you are moving in the direction of your spiritual destiny!
When you are in spiritual alignment, you will notice that you feel a lot more calm than usual and that you have a lot more clarity.
You’ll feel like you are on the right path and that you are exactly where you should be. This is a beautiful sign that you are moving forward in the right direction!
If you want to know whether what you are experiencing is really spiritual alignment, there are some other “symptoms” you might experience:
- feeling connected to everyone and everything
- feeling a sense of peace and calmness
- feeling that you are on the right path and that everything is going to be okay
- you might feel like you are being guided by a higher power
You might feel like you’re having a spiritual awakening, and this can include seeing lights or hearing voices.
This doesn’t mean that you’re crazy – it just means that your spirit is re-awakening. All of these are positive things, so don’t be afraid to embrace them!
8) Something good is coming
If you dream that you are dreaming, then it could be a sign that something good is coming.
This could be good news about your career, relationship, health, or anything else in your life.
You may be waiting for something to happen and it may be on the way, so keep an eye out.
You don’t have to wait for the news to find you; it can find you on its own when you pay attention and notice the signs around you.
You see, sometimes, spiritual signs are really positive, and dreaming inside of a dream could indicate that you are about to experience something really beautiful.
This is a great sign that you are about to meet someone new, or that you are about to experience something amazing.
You don’t have to wait for the good news – it can find you on its own. All you have to do is pay attention and notice the signs!
When your spirit guides want something good to happen to you, you will notice that you are being led to certain places.
Maybe your intuition is telling you to go to a specific coffee shop that day, or you are being led to a certain neighborhood.
This is because your spirit guides want you to meet someone new or experience something beautiful.
You never know – it’s best to pay attention and notice what’s going on around you because your spirit guides want the best for you.
The thing is, you need to listen to your intuition in order to receive the messages that your spirit guides are sending.
Don’t ignore your intuition – if you want to receive the messages that your spirit guides are sending, then you need to be open and receptive.
If you ignore your intuition, then the messages will not come through.
You have to be open and receptive in order to hear what they have to say!
Focus on your intuition and check in with yourself throughout the day. This will help you to get in touch with your spirit guides and start receiving their messages.
Your intuition is there for a reason – listen to it!
9) Your spirit guides want you to live in the moment
Dreaming inside of a dream can also be a sign that your spirit guides want you to live in the moment.
If you are dreaming, then you are asleep, and while you are asleep, your mind is resting from all of its responsibilities during the day.
This means that all of your stressors and worries fade away when you sleep.
Your body and mind get some much-needed rest so that they can rejuvenate themselves and come back stronger than ever the next day.
While your body is resting, your mind may wander into other realms where it can explore inner thoughts that it may have been ignoring during the day.
This can lead to dreams or visions about things that are currently happening or about things that could happen in the future.
These dreams or visions are often very positive because they let your mind escape from reality for a bit so that it can rest and rejuvenate itself before facing reality again tomorrow.
Your spirit guides will use these dreams as an opportunity to send important messages to you!
Dreaming inside of a dream is one way for them to do this; they know how important sleep is, so they use this time as an opportunity to send signs through dreams instead of sending them through reality!
Now: when you dream about dreaming, this can be your guide’s way of telling you that you need to live in the moment a bit more.
Maybe you’ve been very distracted lately and have been worrying about things that don’t need to be worried about.
Your spirit guides may be trying to get you to stop worrying and focus on the present moment.
They may be trying to tell you that everything is going to work out – there’s no reason for you to worry so much!
10) You’re suffering from anxiety
Anxiety dreams can be very scary and they can leave you feeling anxious and stressed even after you wake up.
If you dream that you are dreaming inside of another dream, then it could be a sign that you are suffering from anxiety.
This type of dream may be a combination of other dream meanings like self-deceit, spiritual overload, and deja vu, so it can be difficult to pin down what it means.
It’s best to focus on your breathing and do your best to remain calm and in control of your emotions.
You can also try to meditate on the dream and see if any messages come to you.
If you know that you’ve been anxious lately, this dream could be your final sign – the universe wants you to feel better.
Maybe you can seek out help or try different techniques that help with anxiety.
11) You know something in your life isn’t real (like a relationship or friendship)
Dreams, where you are dreaming inside of a dream, can be signs that something in your life isn’t real.
This could be a relationship, friendship, job, or anything else that you are putting all of your energy into and expecting to be returned.
If you dream that you are dreaming, then it’s possible that you know that something isn’t real. Although you may not know what’s really going on, you know that it isn’t right.
Take this dream as a sign that you need to do something about the situation. It’s up to you to take action and speak up for yourself.
You see, maybe you know in your heart that a relationship isn’t truly working out, or maybe you know that you aren’t really happy at your job.
Maybe you know deep down that you’re in a situation where you are being taken advantage of, but it’s hard for you to admit it because of your pride.
Your spirit guides may be trying to tell you that something isn’t real and they want you to wake up so that you can see the truth.
Be brave and listen to what they are trying to tell you!
Dreams are fascinating and it’s incredible to think about how many different meanings and messages they can hold.
If you are experiencing any of these dreams, be sure to journal about them.
You’ll likely find that there’s a lot of clarity in your journaling process, and you’ll be able to glean a lot from your dreams once you learn how to interpret them.
Once I started my dream journal, things got a lot more clear and understandable – I started to notice patterns.
I hope that you learned something from this article and can apply it to your own life!
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