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Common Dreams and Why We Have Them.

Common Dreams and their Interpretation.

What are the most common dreams? Common Dream interpretations including the interpretation of recurring and familiar dreams. In this section I show you wow to interpret recurring dreams and repeating nightmares.

There are many fascinating common dreams that many of have have that may hark back to the early days of humankind. Join me as we dive into this intriguing domain. And don’t forget: If you have any questions you are welcome to ask at our Free Dream Forums.


There are no limits to the human mind’s ability to generate an infinite abundance of dreams but amongst this mass of imagery are a few common dreams that happen to almost everybody. Have you ever dreamed of falling, being chased or dreamed of losing your teeth? Most people have. Common Dreams like this are part of shared human experience that cross the cultural divides. Common Dreams remind us perhaps that we are there is only one race- the race of humanity.

Dreams we all have in common are, say some psychologists, humankind’s spiritual heritage and connect us through myth and symbolism to the thoughts and feelings of our primitive ancestors. These Common Dreams reoccur throughout history and in all societies. For example, someone from a tribal society in Brazil or Africa may have a common dream of being stalked by a wild animal whereas the common dream of a person from London, LA. or Tokyo will express the same sentiments by being shadowed by a mugger. The core issue of the dream- the fear of being attacked- is the same but is expressed in the cultural imagery of each dreamer.

Recalling Common Dreams


You may recognise one of your own dreams from the past in the website’s Common Dream sections. If you’ve had one of these dreams think about it for a while before you look up the meaning. Try also to recall the problems you were facing at that time. What sort of worries did you have? Were you concerned about money, love, self-esteem or whatever?


Now look up the meaning and see just how much of the interpretation applied to you at that time. At the end of each Common Dream entry are a series of simple questions that you may want to ask yourself about the dream. Learning to ask the right questions about your common dream is half the battle. You may want to apply some of the same questions to other common dreams that you have. In many cases, my interpretations may be way off the mark when applied to your own dream. But it’s your interpretation that counts for most. Treat this website as a useful guide but also trust your own gut feeling. One of the most important lessons that dreams teach us is to listen to the intuition.


Here are a few additional questions you can ask about your common dream:

  • Who are the people in my dream? In most cases, the people you meet in a common dream represent aspects of yourself. Consider what aspect of your own personality they represent. Some dreams are also of course about your relationships with the actual people from real life. People, particularly strangers, may also represent aspects of yourself that you are unaware of. Similarly, animals may represent aspects of your instinctive nature.
  • What is the mood of the dream? The overall mood of the dream is important because this represents how you feel about the problem that the common dream is drawing to your attention. In addition, the state of the weather, the season and the temperature can all represent your emotional state of mind.
  • What symbols does my dream contain? You can of course look up the symbols in this book but remember to consider what personal associations you have with the items you encounter in your common dreams. Gestalt psychology insists that your dreams are about you and you alone. See every part of your dream as a part of yourself or some aspect of your personality. Remember that many symbols are unique to you.
  • What does the setting say about me? The dream environment you find yourself in may represent the way you feel about yourself or your situation.
  • Does this dream remind me of another one? Common Dreams often run in sequences so you may already have worked out the meaning of some symbols before. If you keep a dream diary over many years you will be intrigued to note that some dreams take up a theme from dreams you had years ago.

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