The Meanings Behind Dreams About Floating
What Do Floating Dreams Mean?
In general, floating dreams are positive in nature—they usually symbolize independence, freedom, acceptance, happiness, satisfaction, and success. Dreaming that we are floating is a common experience for both men and women.
Floating dreams have many variations. Common scenarios include floating in the air, over your bed, over water, or into space, among many other possibilities.
In this article, we will discuss many of these scenarios, as well as their possible meanings. In the end, we hope that we are able to guide you in your attempt to figure out what these dreams represent in your waking life.
Are floating dreams and flying dreams different?
There is an important distinction between dreams about flying and dreams about floating. Flying dreams are usually controlled, in the sense that the dreamer can control the flying. Floating dreams, on the other hand, typically involve less control. Usually, the dreamer cannot control the floating.
Do floating dreams and levitating dreams mean the same thing?
The answer to this question depends. In some cases, dreaming about floating or levitating may have the same significance. In other cases, though, dreams that include levitation may have a spiritual component. Because the idea of levitation is associated with Eastern mystical and meditation practices, dreams that include levitation may signify a spiritual balance in your life.
How to Interpret Floating Dreams
In the air
New beginnings, peace, calm
Straight up in the air
You are striving to reach new heights or you are not living up to potential
You may be feeling weighed down or you are trying to understand your subconscious mind
Endless potential, success in troubled times
Good luck, success, happiness
In calm water
You are trying to accomplish something that is difficult, but you will be successful
In waves or turbulent water
You may be struggling with an issue or trying times may be just ahead
And you see someone floating toward you
You have a strong connection with this person
And you see someone floating away from you
Your connection with this person may be weakening
And you see an animal
Happiness and joy
But you are afraid to move
You may be experiencing feelings of self-doubt
Emotions as Clues to Understanding Your Dreams
The emotions that you felt during your floating dream can be very important when trying to understand the meaning. How did you feel while dreaming? Did you feel peaceful, joyful, and free? Or did you feel scared, terrified, or helpless? You can feel all types of emotions in such a dream—there is no wrong answer here.
Paying close attention to the emotions you experienced while dreaming can help you unlock the symbolic meaning. If you felt happy, then it may suggest that you are happy in your waking life. If you were terrified, it can symbolize that there is something that you fear in your life. If you were feeling negative emotions, can you identify situations in your waking life that make you feel similarly? Your dream may be trying to tell you something important about that situation.
Floating Dream Scenarios and What They Mean
There are many variations of floating dreams, each of which can represent a variety of different things in your waking life. We've summarized some of the most common scenarios and symbols in the table above, but now let's take a closer look.
Tell me what floating dreams mean in general?
- Dreaming that you are floating in the air can represent new beginnings. Experts agree that floating dreams are a sign of new freedom in a dreamer's life. This can refer to a variety of different situations and circumstances. For example, you may have moved out on your own for the first time, or you may be starting a new job. Floating dreams can also suggest that we are on a new course or path in life. It is possible that this type of dream points to a career change or a new career in general. It may even refer to a new friendship or relationship.
- Floating dreams can also represent peace and calm in our waking life. This may be a period of your life where you are in total control of your emotions. Everything in your life is in order, and it appears that everything is falling into place. Your dream about floating represents confidence, success, and happiness. This meaning applies whether you are floating in air or in water. In the case of dreams about floating in water, note that the water should be calm, with little to no current, in order for it to signify peace and calm in your outer world.
FAQ About Dreams of Floating
What if I dream I'm floating straight up in the air?
Drifting straight up in the air in a dream can represent that you are trying to reach new heights in your waking life. It is possible that you are trying new things or that you are pushing yourself to new limits. On the flip side, this type of dream can also suggest that we are not living up to our potential. You can reach great heights, but you have to make the effort to do so. Don't let anyone or anything hold you down.
What does it mean if I'm floating downward?
If you dream that you are floating downward, you are likely experiencing negative emotions. You are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. This can refer to any situation, circumstance, or relationship that is making you feel this way. This type of dream may reflect emotions such as anxiety or even depression. Quit letting things weigh you down.
What if I'm floating in space in my dream?
Dreaming that you are floating in space suggests that you will succeed in troubled times. Your life may feel like it is going downhill and that there is nowhere to turn. Your emotions may be running wild—it may feel as though there are no answers. Even so, you will be able to successfully navigate your way through these troubled times. Dreaming that you are drifting in space can also symbolize that your potential is endless, and that you can go as far as you want. Just like space, there are no limits!
What does it mean if I have wings in a dream?
It is considered to be a positive sign if you dream that you are floating in the air and you have wings—it is indicative of good luck and often points to success and happiness in your waking life. Good luck may already be upon you. If not, this dream is a sign that it may soon be on its way.
I was floating on water. What does it mean?
Dreaming that you are gliding or floating on water could reflect that you are going through trying times or a period of uncertainly—but that you will ultimately find success. As you already know, nothing comes easy. Life is full of struggle, pain, and hardship. However, when you go through hell and back, it makes victory taste so much better.
What if I dream about floating on waves or rough waters?
A dream about floating on waves or rough waters could point to a situation in your waking life that is causing you problems. It could also suggest that there may be challenging times in the near future. This anxiety could be brought on by anything, but the turbulence in the water is a sure sign of struggle somewhere in your waking life. Think about what in your life might be causing undue stress or anxiety, and consider how you can try to resolve those issues.
What does it mean if there is an animal in a floating dream?
Experts suggest that animals showing up in this type of reverie is a positive sign. In most cases, the presence of an animal will represent happiness and joy. However, if the animal in your dream is dead, this could be an omen of difficult times in your future.
What if I saw a someone floating toward or away from me?
If you dreamed that a friend or family member is floating toward you, this can represent a close connection that the two of you share. On the other hand, if they are drifting away from you, then it may possibly mean that you are losing your connection with them. Your dream may be telling you that it's a good time to get back in touch.
What if I'm afraid to move in my dream?
If you dreamed that you were floating and you were afraid to move, this could suggest that you are experiencing feelings of self-doubt in your waking life. Do you second guess yourself, or do you believe deep down that you are not worthy or capable? This could refer to many possible aspects of your life. It may be a relationship, work, or another situation. Remember, you are capable of anything. You have to believe in yourself before anyone else will.
(An important question to ask yourself when interpreting this particular floating dream, however, is if you are afraid of heights. If so, this dream may simply reflect that fear.)
Are Floating Dreams Related to Sleep Paralysis?
Before wrapping up, we should address the interesting possibility that some experiences of floating while dreaming could be related to a biological phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. As we fall asleep, our muscles begin to relax—and in fact while we are dreaming our bodies "turn off" our muscles so that we can't move. (If you think about it, that makes sense. If we got up and started reacting to things that were happening in our dreams, we could easily hurt ourselves!)
Sleep paralysis can occur on the borders of our dream cycles, just as we're passing in or out of this stage of sleep. If there's a mismatch between the muscle process and the dream process, it can lead to the odd feeling of being awake but not being able to move. For some people, this may manifest in the paradoxical feeling of floating, rising off the bed, or even having an out-of-body experience.
Understand Your Dreams, Understand Yourself
In general, floating dreams are associated with positive emotions in waking life. However, there are also times when drifting in a dream can suggest negative emotions and situations in your life. In order to discern what your dream means for you, it is important to try your best to recall every symbol that you saw and every emotion that you felt while you were in the dream. Each one of these symbols and emotions can have meaning in your waking life.
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