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Flying in Your Dreams
4 years ago
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Flying can often be likened to an overdramatization or fleeing from a problematic situation.  Can also be looking for clarification in a difficult situation.  These are often liberation dreams.  In teenagers, often a sign
that too much is being asked of them and they are being pressured to
succeed.  These dreams can be like being intoxicated, having a sense of
being elevated and a lightness, like being in love.  Many ancient myths
speak of the connection between flying and sexuality and while flying itself
has become commonplace these days, old interpretations can still hold true.
Modern symbolic interpretations of flying include the image of worldliness,
expansive ideas and communications. It is also seen as a symbol of creative
ideas.  It can be a warning not to become too aloof and removed from reality
through fantasizing.  It can also be a challenge for being either too
earthbound or taking flight into a greater dimension.  In Egypt , dreams of
flying were interpreted as fleeing from difficulties.  In ancient Greece and
Rome , they were seen as passionate love.  According to Freud, they were
dreams of sexual desire and erection.  He saw dreams of flying exclusively
as a desire for sex.  If your dream is sexual in orientation, your inability
to fly high and for long could be about you feeling that something will
confine or constrict you from experiencing this level of desire.  But, I
think when these happened, you might have been too young for it to be about
that.  Some modern dreams experts interpret flying dreams exclusively as a
desire to get away from problematic situations or to cross one's own
boundaries.  Some researchers believe that in our dreams we go back to a
preborn state and make contact with the state of birds and realize our
innate ability to fly.  That seems far fetched to me though.  Some other
modern researchers believe that most dreams about flying are just a sign
that we want to recuperate and refresh ourselves.

Because you indicate you have trouble flying, I might suggest you are bound by expectations on you and will have a hard time displeasing anybody else's expectations of you  and one of your challenges in life is going to be to
find your own centre of identity and make choices that may upset others that
have other plans for you.  It sounds like you may have a family or family
member that is important that is trying to tell you what to be and what to
do with your life and thinking it is in your best interest, but you may at
times feel boxed in by that or like you haven't had the permission to decide
for yourself what is the right move for you.  That's the feeling I get from
this.  Also, I do think you are onto something in terms of just being freer
to go with it as a child, but I can tell you are serious and want to please
people that care for you and want to achieve in life and may find yourself
losing your personal creativity based on what you think you have to do as
opposed to what you really want to do or who you really want to be.  The
example I have to give you is like if your family pressured you for your
whole life to become a doctor or something and deep down inside you knew you
wanted to be a singer.  That would be tough and is sort of like what I feel
might be happening here.

You can let me know if any of this makes sense to you. Thanks for writing in. Mary-Anne

Actually, I think that flying dreams are common.  Many people report flying dreams as children, and there are a number of interpretations
for
this.  Some say that we are remembering our ability to fly when we
are"between lives"; some say that in our dream state we do go out of our

bodies and that the dream is a real memory of our travels during
sleep;
and some say that dreams of flying signify a desire for freedom and
physical control within our environment- or are an expression of the
level of freedom and control that we feel we have. 

Your dream of flying "not very well" speaks to me of feeling like you
have (or had, at the time), an awareness that you could work wonders and
move about with agility and freedom in your life, to a certain extent.
You felt a little clumsy at it, but you could kind of do it.  Perhaps
there was a situation you were dealing with in your life about which you
felt this way.

I personally had an ongoing series of flying dreams as a child which I

absolutely adored, and I consciously worked in my dreams to improve my

flying ability, and went to greater and greater heights.  I had a
resurgence of these dreams as a young adult, when I was having
an"emotional growth spurt", and again I worked to improve my ability in
my
dreams, with good success. 

It sounds like you are thinking of flying again!  If you go to sleep
with the intention to fly, you may be able to make it happen, and also
consciously develop your flying ability.  For step-by-step instructions

4 years ago

on how to develop conscious control in your dreams, read "The Art of
Dreaming
"by Carlos Castaneda.  Isn't flying just the most amazing
feeling?  Have fun!
Warmly,
Barb Huning.