Lately I’ve had an influx of emails and comments saying something like this: “I keep dreaming of the same person, what does it mean?” Or “I keep dreaming about my crush, are we meant to be together?”
I hear ya… loud and clear. This is my answer to all your questions about the people you dream about.
Everything is YOU
In this post, I’ll focus on the symbolic aspect of dreams. Dreams are your own creation. And everything in your dreams is created by you, for you. That means symbolically everything in your dreams represents YOU – or some aspect of yourself, your personality, your relationships, your body, or your life.
That includes the people you dream about. Yes, I know… you wanted me to say that the dream you keep having about your crush means that you are meant for each other. And that might be true. But it’s your dream so that means your crush represents some part of you.
What are Dream Characters?
Dream characters are simply any “being” you dream about, such as a person. The person could be known or unknown, male or female, famous, fictional, magical, or your own creation.
But dream characters are not limited to people. A dream character could also be a pet, wild animal, humanoid, fictional or magical creature, or even AI. Broadly, a dream character is any living being you dream about. And I’m using the term “living” loosely here to include characters that are fictional, magical, or otherwise don’t fit the common definition of living.
For the sake of simplicity, in this article I’ll refer to dream characters as people. But know that everything here can be applied to other types of characters as well.
The Role of People in Dreams
Dreams are highly visual and the language they “speak” is pictures and images. Knowing this, how do you visually represent something like connection, loyalty, thoughtfulness, clever, gullible, wholesome, or frank?
Intangible qualities like these are very difficult to represent visually. Can you draw a picture of frankness? Not easily. And even if you do manage to do so, will others understand? Not likely.
Enter dream characters. Very often the best way to visually represent an abstract quality is by using a person who represents that quality to you.
Now, this is very personal and dream characters will represent different qualities to different people. So this is NOT something you can use a dream dictionary for. You need to do a little digging on your own.
Never fear… understanding dream characters is straightforward.
Here is a simple way to understand the meaning of *any* person in your dreams. First, you need to figure out what quality or qualities that person most represents to you. To do this, ask yourself these questions:
- What do you first think of when you think of this person?
- What qualities, traits, or behaviors do you most associate with this person?
- What words or qualities do you associate with your relationship to this person?
Now that you have a quality in mind, here’s what you do: If the quality is positive, the dream is asking you bring that quality into your life.
On the other hand, if it’s a negative quality, the dream is asking you to remove that quality from your life.
This is easier said than done. So you might find that you keep dreaming about the same person again and again. If this is the case keep playing with bringing the qualities into your life, or removing them. You may need to go back and re-evaluate what that person represents to you. Keep playing and tweaking until you hit on something that feels right.
What Part of Me?
Another way to understand dream characters is by asking “what part of me does this person represent?” Remember, symbolically everything in your dream represents some part of you. And that includes people.
Looking at your dream characters as some aspect of yourself can help you gain insights into your unconscious behaviors and beliefs. For example, a dream about your mother might be bringing awareness to beliefs she instilled in you. Or ways that you are like her, but might not be aware.
Final Thoughts on Dream Characters
Symbolically, all dream characters represent some aspect of you. Making first associations and/or asking what part of you this person represents can help uncover the deeper meaning of the dream character.
Dreaming into Life is all about bringing the wisdom of your dreams into your daily life. To do this, you need to take appropriate action on your dreams. Since dream characters often represent qualities, it can be useful to bring positive qualities into your life or remove negative ones from your life.
It’s Your Turn, Dreamer
I always love to hear from you. What dream characters have you encountered and what did they represent for you? Share your stories and experiences in the comments below.