Floating Dream Meanings

Updated on April 18, 2016


Dreaming that we are floating is actually a common dream that both men and women have. You may have dreamed about floating in the air, over your bed, or into space. Some people may confuse floating dreams with flying dreams. There is a difference in these two dream themes. Flying dreams are usually controlled while floating dreams are likely to not be controllable. Floating dreams usually portray you slowly floating. You can also dream that you were floating on water. This article refers to floating in air and floating on water.

In this article, we will discuss dreams about floating in air and floating in the water. We will review floating dream scenarios and floating dream meanings. In the end, we hope that we are able to better guide you so you can possibly figure out what your floating dream represents in your waking life.


If you dreamed that you were floating in the air, this can represent a variety of different things in your waking life. In general, floating dreams are a positive dream. Floating dreams usually symbolize independence, freedom, acceptance, happiness, satisfaction, and success. Floating dreams are often associated with positive emotions in our waking life. However, floating dreams can also suggest negative emotions and situations in our life as well. It is important to try your best to recall every symbol that you saw and every emotion that you felt in your floating dream. Each one of these symbols and emotions can have meaning to your waking life.

Dreaming that your floating in the air can represent new beginnings in your waking life. Experts commonly agree that floating dreams are a sign of new freedoms in one's life. This dream can refer to variety of different situations and circumstances. 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 in place. Once again, your dream about floating is portraying confidence, success, and happiness. This meaning pertains to both floating dream types, air and water. In the case of dreams about floating in water, the water would be calm with little to no current.

The emotions that you feel in your floating dream can also influence the meaning of floating dreams. How did you feel in your floating dream? Were you scared, terrified, or helpless? Were you even scared at all? You can feel all types of emotions in such a dream. There is no wrong answer here. Your emotions that are felt in your floating dream can have meaning in your waking life. 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 scared or terrified, what is causing these same emotions in your waking life? The answer can very well be what your dream is trying to tell you.


If you dreamed about floating on waves or rough waters, this dream can suggest that there may be trying times in the near future. It can also point to a current situation that is causing you issues. This may be brought on by anything. The turbulence in the water is a sure sign of struggle in your waking life. If you dreamed that you saw someone dead or an animal dead floating, this also symbols trying times in your future. Floating on water dreams can also commonly depict that we will go through trying times but we will 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.

If you dreamed that you saw animals floating, experts suggest this as a positive sign. In most cases, animal floating dreams represent happiness and joy. This is also true if you see family or friends floating in the water. If you dreamed that they are floating to you, this can represent a close connection to that person. If they are floating away in your dream, then it may symbolize that you have lost your connection with them. It may be a good time to get back in touch.

If you dreamed that you were floating straight in the air, this 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 your pushing new limits. This type of floating 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.

If you dreamed about floating down, this suggest that you are 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 refer to emotions such as anxiety or even depression. Quit letting things weigh you down.

If you dreamed that you were floating and you were afraid to move, this type of floating dream points that you may be having doubts in your waking life. Being afraid to move in your floating dream can point that you doubt yourself. You second guess yourself and deep inside, you believe that you are not worthy or not capable. Once again, this can point to many things. 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. It is also possible that you are afraid of heights. If so, this floating dream is probably just an aspect of your fear of heights.

Dreaming that you are floating in space suggest that you will succeed in troubled times. Your life may feel like it is going downhill and you feel that there is nowhere to turn. Your emotions are running wild and there are no answers. Even so, you will be successful and get through these troubled times. Dreaming that you are floating in space can also symbolize that our potentials are endless. You can go as far as you want. Just like space, there are no limits!

If you are floating in the air and you have wings, this is a very positive sign. Dreaming that you are floating with wings is a sign of good luck and good omen. This type of floating dream also points to success and happiness. Good luck may already be upon you. If not, this dream is a sign that it may be on its way.

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        Katiewitch 2 months ago

        Couple of years ago I dreamt of floating in the air meanwhile i was dreaming I had a feeling that I was actually floating, what does this mean?

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        Mark 2 months ago

        E if you want to try interpret your dreams read some Carl Jung. Man and his symbols is a good one.

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        3 months ago

        Could someone interpret this please: I was levitating in my dream, it felt amazing and I was in full control. There were people with me who were in awe and I think I was a bit surprised too. I was overwhelmed with my power, in a very good way. It wasn't very high, about 3 stories high, probably reached 20-30 meters maximum. But I was connected with those people, they were impressed and I think at the end of the dream those people rose up and down (kinda levitated too). It was an amazing dream. Felt very real. Thank you :)

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        loopyloubear 5 months ago

        About twice a month i have a floating above the bed dream. I know I'm not floating at all. But it's a weird feeling i can float around the room but it scares me

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        Billy Boggs 5 months ago

        I had a dream that I was floating above myself and I could control which way I spun .

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        Rumali 6 months ago

        I have had this dream many times over the years. I usually get picked up by strong wind and even though I'm happy about it, I usually get scared because I start floating too high and have to clutch onto tree branches etc. because I'm scared of drifting away and not knowing how high I'll go.

        Many people dream of falling so I'm happy that I dream of floating.

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        Chi 7 months ago

        My dream was me rebuking the devil almost in a growl and levitating to the ceiling.

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        rajaraghavan@rediffmail.com 7 months ago

        i had a dream in which just I am moving from earth to space

        it just 10 to 20ft above from the ground level.

        What it says to my personal life

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        angel in the void 7 months ago

        Is floating in air the something as floating in space?

        I had a dream i was floating in a house then closed my eyes opened them then was floating in space.

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        toni 10 months ago

        Still didnt get y answer i dremt i was running away in fear but started floating as i was running like i could run in the air above the trees but felt scared the whole time ikeep having this dream / nightmare

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        Jared Tansley 11 months ago

        I had a dream that was a combination of flying and floating.

        I dreamt I was on a bike and attached to that bike was a helium balloon,

        As I started to float I had an electric fan on the back of my bike, I noticed I didn't even need to peddel, as the electric fan started to push me forward,

        I look down and in front of me on the handle bars are two buttons,

        My left button says



        My Right button says


        I felt Soooo free I could fly with complete control using both buttons to zip zag inbetween, trees hills, and even a battle field where the enemy where firing arrows at me and missing.

        My bike that was floating and flying at the same time manoeuvred me out of trouble all on its own.

        I woke up with a feeling of joy and happiness even in a time of financial hardship.

        I felt sooo calm and I know my time of success is on its way.

        Thank you for letting me express my dream

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        Jared Tansley 11 months ago

        I had a dream

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        Timmy 18 months ago

        I used to float in dreams and I struggled to come down but forces are too great for me to drop. The more I fear staying up the more I fly away. It seems i fear rising while the world keeps me high.

        They dreams are back as i try to change careers.

        May the come to pass

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        coolcat 22 months ago

        idk but i was in a cloak floating what does that mean death? still positive? peaceful? i was confused and i think someone tried to hook me up to this thing and experiment on me or something hospital maybe ? i was confused so what does that mean im really looking for an answer.thanks for the info.

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        Donovan Francis 2 years ago

        This helps, thank you so much!

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        Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

        Darkwaters, thanks for the comment and great question. Flying and floating may be both controlled or not controlled. As per dreams, the difference is this very action. If you're in control of flight, flying or floating, it suggest that you have control over your emotions. If you don't, it suggest that you don't have control over your emotions. Of course, you need all of the other elements of the dream to understand the full meaning. So, we'd have to know the other elements and emotions you felt in this dream.

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        darkwaters 4 years ago

        What about Flying/Floating dreams? In my dreams floating is a conscious and controllable event, when I leave the ground, direction, even how high I go. While this is an exciting experience it is also disturbing as I am away that this ability is unnatural and not something I should be able to do. How would this change the meaning of the dreams since it seems that my floating is more like unsupported flight.

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        Cathy Nerujen 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

        Yes it is. And it is referenced a lot in my poetry, as I am seeing here in my hubs, as well. What a great reference this is. Thank you again. :)

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        Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

        Astra, thanks for the comment and share. Hope it helped you as this appears to be a common dream theme for you.

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        Cathy Nerujen 4 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

        Wow, this hub is so unusual. I have constant dreams of floating ... wow. I never tried to read about dreams about floating until I just read this. Awesome. Thank you Lyricwriter. I am tweeting this.

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        Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

        Appreciate all your comments and support ALWAYS. Votes, friendship, all of it! Will be around to read all your work and more. Til, don't feel bad, I can't remember mine either! LOL Ruby, the car symbolizes yourself, your own emotions. May be an emotion that is making you feel lost or at this point in your life, you don't no which route to take.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

        I am happy to read that floating dreams are good, i have had some in the past. It's strange but i mostly dream of being lost while driving my car. I know it symbolizes something, but what?..Cheers.

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        Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

        I have floating dreams.. and now I know the meaning behind it.. positive hmm.. that's good to know thanksthelyricwriter :)

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        Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

        These hubs are so great! You are our new dream guru. Everything is covered so comprehensively. Really, you write it out so well and make it so easy to read.

        Funny, I haven't thought of interpreting my dreams until I started reading your hubs. Right now I'm not remembering my dreams, I do for a second or two when I first wake up but then they're gone....Hmmm....where does that leave me ;)

        Voted up, useful, and interesting....and now I'm going to check out more.

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        deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

        Very interesting hub....the comprehensive presentation is making it easily understandable.....Thank you for sharing this one. Votes up way and sharing, tweeting as well.