Once upon a time, great significance was placed on symbols within dreams. Wars were fought based on nothing more than symbols discovered in dreams. Today, people focus far less on dreams and even dismiss important clues our dreams are providing us with in the form of symbols. However, if you\u2019re having dreams, particularly recurring dreams, some believe there could be a message within the dream that you\u2019re simply not receiving.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat do Dream Symbols Mean?\r\nThere are many excellent dream dictionaries on the market that can help you decipher the symbols in your dreams. Some of these dictionaries are quite detailed at helping you sift through your dream symbols to find their importance in a way that\u2019s specific to you.\r\n\r\nThat said, you\u2019ll find warring opinions among dream experts about the benefit of dream dictionaries. One thing most experts in the field of dream symbolism do agree on is the need to examine your dream on a personal level, as it applies to your life, before turning to dream dictionaries for more specific assistance. Mark Freeman, PhD, teaches a course on dream interpretation at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL)\u00a0 and he suggests two books. The first is A Dictionary of Symbols by Juan Eduardo Cirlot. The second book is The Secret Language of Dreams by David Fontana.\r\n\r\nMany dream symbol dictionaries include common themes such as: dreams about falling may represent feelings of loss of control or insecurity, being naked in public may represent feeling vulnerable or anxious, and flying may represent a desire for freedom. It is important to understand that there may be \u201ccommon dream themes,\u201d according to Gayle Delaney, PhD and dream specialist from Mill Valley, CA, \u201cbut no, they don\u2019t all mean the same thing.\u201d In any event, it\u2019s advised that interpreting your dream symbols should be for entertainment purposes only and not as something you shape your life around.\r\nWhat are Some Common Dream Symbols and their Possible Meanings?\r\nThese are some of the more common dream themes and what they may mean for you.\r\n\r\nFlying - Dreams that involve flying are thought to be a need for a release of creative energy or a desire to have freedom.\r\n\r\nWater \u2013 Drowning in your dream or flooding may symbolize feelings or fears of being overwhelmed. Sailing, on the other hand, often represents feelings of satisfaction and contentment. Being caught in an undertow and pulled into the sea might indicate that you feel helpless to change things in your life you don\u2019t like. Walking on water in your dreams is a good sign that you\u2019re comfortable with your control over your own life.\r\n\r\nFalling - Another common dream symbol is falling, which can be symbolic of feelings of being threatened, having a loss of control, or even feeling insecure.\r\n\r\nBeing Chased - Being chased in your dream may be an subconscious way of telling you that you\u2019re running away from your fears.\r\n\r\nShoes - Ladies who love shoes may dream about them for nothing more than the hope to add another pair to their collection, but dreaming about shoes may be symbolic of the path we\u2019re walking in our lives. For example, if you dream involves wearing tight-fitting shoes, the road you\u2019re traveling at the moment may be especially difficult. A dream that involves purchasing shoes may mean you still have a considerable distance to travel before you reach your goals.\r\n\r\nAn Island -\u00a0 Dreaming of an island may be symbolic of isolation, loneliness, or desire for independence. Or then again, maybe it\u2019s just the excitement of an upcoming trip.\r\n\r\nYou can learn more about dream symbols for yourself with a dream dictionary. Just remember that symbols need to be representative of the events taking place in your life at the time and that they are not \u201cone size fits all\u201d answers to your dream questions.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:\r\n\r\nLearn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/dreams\/dream-symbols\/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.