Possible Interpretations of Dreams in Which You Are Flying

Updated on June 22, 2018
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Kitty has been a lucid dreamer her entire life. These dreams and experiences drive her desire to help others understand their dreams.

Do you fly in your dreams?
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Flying Dreams

Have you ever had a flying dream? These dreams tend to be recurring types and can be intensely exhilarating for the dreamer. Many people talk about their experiences with flying dreams and want to know the possible meaning of such dreams as the sensation of flying tends to be extremely memorable. In this article, we will examine some of the most common flying dreams and potential meanings or interpretations.


Please note that I am not a psychologist—I simply am an avid dreamer and have done a lot of research on dreams in my lifetime. These dream interpretations should be taken and molded to fit your life.

Possible Meanings and Interpretations

One of the most common flying dreams is one in which you are flying to escape something or someone in your dream. I, myself, have had this dream many times. It is almost as if you realize "Oh, hey! I can fly in my dreams!" and then you proceed to fly away from an attacker or scary situation within your dream. How could this type of flying dream be interpreted? The first thing you'll want to think about is what is chasing you or what are you flying away from? Is it a person that you know? Is it a monster? Is it merely a scary situation? Examine the surroundings and the details of what you are trying to escape or fly away from. In many of my flying dreams as a teenager, I flew away from a prison cell. Something was making me feel as though I was imprisoned and I was trying to break free. I realized that I was trying to break free from low self-esteem. Flying in my dream was representative of my independence and breaking free from years of low self-esteem. Could you be flying away from something that is holding you down?

What about when a monster or bad person is chasing you and you are flying to get away from him/her? That monster is most likely representative of someone that you feel is restraining you in your life. If the monster has broken into your home, intruding monsters usually represent an impending illness in the family. Maybe your body is aware that you are getting sick and trying to fight it off. Flying away from the intruder is your subconscious effort to fly away from the sickness.

Another common flying dream is the dream in which you are trying to take off but can't seem to get off the ground. This particular storyline can be interpreted as that you are trying to accomplish a goal but feel as though every time you try, you can't seem to get there. Keep trying, you'll make it soon enough!

What about plain old flying through the air and over an ocean in a dream? These are usually very joyful and exhilarating and leave the dreamer with a feeling of euphoria, even upon waking. You are reaching new heights in your life, maybe in your career, in your relationships, or even within yourself and your own spiritual path.

You can fly to the stars in your dreams!
You can fly to the stars in your dreams! | Source

Out-of-Body Experiences & Flying Dreams

Now, the ultimate question of out-of-body experience: could some of our flying dreams be indeed our spiritual selves separating from our physical and reaching new dimensions? Is there actually a difference between flying dreams and out of body experiences?

I have had a little experience with out of body experiences, and I can tell you that in many ways they are quite similar to flying dreams. The only difference in my personal experience is that OBE's are much more intense than flying dreams...and my OBE's consisted of my spirit or energy leaving my body and shooting up into space...to the stars. On both occasions of my OBE's, I remember looking down at earth from a place way up high.

It could very well be that out of body experiences are one-in-the-same with flying dreams. When we become lucid in our dreams, when we are conscious that we are dreaming, this is typically when we realize we can fly and soar to heights above the Earth and even into space.

Have you had an out of body experience? Do you feel that flying dreams are simply another way to experience OBE's or are they something totally different? I believe we create our own realities...so what you believe is what is right for you.

© 2011 Kitty Fields


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    addy mappy 

    6 months ago

    i had kinda Peter Pan dreams but trying to escape a whole army of foot soldiers. the experience in the dream was both fun and scary. i found this hub interesting

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    Ashutosh Joshi 

    2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Loved your hub..

    My recurring dreams F was always about Falling. However this recent one that somehow caught my attention was something I could totally relate to in real life while attempting to decode it...Got inspired to write a hub. If you ever find time, do let me know your views


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    Kitty Fields 

    6 years ago from Summerland

    precy - I've had flying dreams my entire life...many of which were to get away from someone or something...and some of which were to teach others how to fly, just as you've described. It sounds like you're a lucid dreamer, my friend!

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    precy anza 

    6 years ago from USA

    Love this hub! I was thinking about hubbing few of my most memorable flying dreams and did searched if there's some hub related to it and got here ^-^' Flying dreams are one reason why I look forward into sleeping at night. I had some flying dreams where I was running away from monsters and its so vivid, until now I can still close my eyes and see how beautiful the full moon was in that dream, and the clouds, it's just peaceful. But I also have about 3 or 4 dreams where I was showing and teaching my friends how to fly by lifting their hands on their side, stand on their toes and lift off! Voted up and shared! :)

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Chatkath - Thanks for agreeing with my interpretations of flying dreams. I've had them for so long, I never get tired of them! They are exhilarating and at the same time, innately spiritual. Do you have flying dreams?

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    7 years ago from California

    I totally agree with your interpretations Kitty, and I am also NOT a psychologist or certified in dream interpretation but I think that dreams are very significant and represent how you feel about what is going on in your life. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day survival that we aren't even aware of the bigger picture - subtle but significant changes taking place in our lives and that is where dreams can actually help us....Thanks for sharing!

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    delmer - That's wonderful! Do you find that you're remembering your dreams more and more? Journaling your dreams usually brings about increased dream recall.

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    7 years ago from Nebraska

    I've recently started journaling, and one of the things I've been recording is what I dream about. It's very interesting to go back and read what you recorded months ago, and I have always found dream interpretation fascinating. Thanks for posting this ! Voted up and interesting :-)

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    MonetteforJack - Thanks so much, you are very sweet. I fixed the big space...it was due to the ads reacting against the size of my picture. Minimize the picture and the ads fit better. :) Thanks again!

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    7 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

    Very interesting hub, kittythedreamer! Just like you said, flying dreams are representation of escaping what binds you and of goals what you want to achieve. I feel that flying dreams contain the messages of hope and that God is pointing out that we can choose our destination and we are gifted with free will, so use it best and good. I voted up and interesting and, as I've said, keep writing! Oh! By the way, I noticed there is a huge space between the paragraphs of the subtitles Flying Dreams and the Possible Meanings of Flying ... was it because of the capsule? Okay, just letting you know, because I thought the 1st 2 paragraph of our hub was all it was, then, I scrolled downward. Again, interesting hub!

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    Rod Martin Jr 

    7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Thanks, Kitty, your dreams and your insights remain an inspiration.

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    lone77star - My friend, I have gone through these exact feelings so many times. Just two nights ago I dreamt that I was killed in my dream and then I shot up through space into what I assumed was Heaven...and then returned to earth as an angel with feathered wings. So there was a lot of flying going on...which is always a very sacred and spiritual thing to me. I sometimes go to bed at night trying to will a flying dream to happen...thanks for sharing with me. You're explanation of your flying dreams is absolutely beautiful and touching!

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    Rod Martin Jr 

    7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Some of the first dreams I remember were of flying. I had the same recurring dream from about age 3 to 5 or 6.

    In it, I suddenly realized that I had long known how to fly and that the essence of that ability was simple and effortless. After flying awhile, I found myself losing my confidence and starting to sink. Below was a dark sea of claws reaching up to snatch at my heals. I would wake up kicking, trying to keep from being touched by the claws.

    My own interpretation is that this was a spiritual gift, possibly from my prior life -- a wisdom that may have been one of the few things I could "take with me" across the bardo to this life.

    The meaning to me is one of the simplicity and ease of faith compared to the effort of doubt. I have had several lessons this life which were similarly symbolic, but highly influential, and not all of them dreams.

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Lord - That sounds like an awesome flying dream...a superhero, hmmm? I'll check out your poem for sure.

    Paradise7 - I love having flying dreams, they are truly the best dreams to have.

    AP - Thanks for enjoying it. :) And you're right, the subconscious is the last frontier!

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    Alastar Packer 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Thanks for sharing your flying dream kitty. You've overcome the low-est. beautifully. Very interesting the different meanings. The sub-conscious is still a vast world to explore. Cheers to ocean soaring!

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    7 years ago from Upstate New York

    I liked this hub a lot. I have a lot of dreams that I can recall on waking. Most of them are ways to put away fear, including the flying dreams, which, I must admit, are so joyful I don't want to wake up!

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    Joseph De Cross 

    7 years ago from New York

    Oh! talking about flying dreams..used to dream about flying like one of my superheroes...in a way helps me to write when... I'm in a situation where I feel like flying... and have to describe in detail that sensation. Check my 'ANGEL WON HIS WINGS' poem and you will understand. Thanks KITTY- VOTED UP!


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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    venzkhvam - Thanks for voting and reading. :)

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    7 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

    Hi KITTY,

    Nice imaginary dreamy flying. I think e very person in their life must have had the dream flying. Just a guess. But good imagination.



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