You Dream About Falling: Top 3 Meanings Decoded for You

Updated on February 14, 2019
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GA Anderson writes about mystical and psychological symbol interpretations and how to apply them to your dreams.

What Does It Mean When You Dream You Are Falling?

Many people experience dreams about falling, so you are not alone. However, that does not mean your dream isn't an important message from your subconscious.

Even though this is one of the most frequently shared dreams, it is the context of the falling that determines its special meaning for you.

How you are falling matters. Is it a quick fall or a slow-motion one? Are you falling down or off of something? Are you falling into something? Perhaps water, clouds, or a dark abyss?

These questions are about the context of your dream, and it is their answers that will decode the meaning of your dream, as it applies specifically to you.

A woman falling - a dream about falling
A woman falling - a dream about falling | Source

How to Understand Your Dream

Traditional dream symbol meanings and interpretations are always general in nature because they have to be. Without adding the details of a specific dream there can't be a specific meaning decoded for yours.

That is why the context and circumstances of your dream are so important to understanding it.

Think about the whole picture of your dream. Was it so bad you thought you were falling to your death? Or were you just falling off of a chair? Did you feel fear, or, embarrassment? Did you complete the fall, or did your dream end before you landed?

Keep these questions in mind as you read through these interpretations to decode what they mean to you. And most importantly, keep in mind that your dream is really a subconscious message from yourself. Deep down, you know the answer, you just have to understand it.

The Most Reported Falling Situations

Typical scenarios:

  • Falling into an abyss, or from a great height
  • Falling out of something, or off of something
  • Tripping, or losing your balance
  • Being pushed
  • Losing your grip

The One Thing Dream Interpreters Agree On

There is one common belief shared by all dream interpreters—that dreaming about falling is always connected to something you are experiencing in your waking life.

The emotions you feel in your dream are a reflection of that waking life meaning. Fear or terror, embarrassment or humiliation, or even expectancy, can all indicate your real inner feelings about whatever it is in your life that is coming out in your dream.

How Are You Falling in Your Dream?

Falling Into an Abyss or From a Great Height

Both are about fear, but the abyss indicates an unknown and the great height indicates a known ending.

However, the fear of the abyss is a mortal fear, the fear of dying or being killed, but that isn't the interpreted life event it is related to, it just indicates the strength of the fear.

The fear of falling from a great height could be just an anticipatory fear, a fear of what will happen at the end. This could be related to an ongoing life event of which you are unsure of the turnout. An ending you are expecting, but not sure of.

Some abyss examples:

  • Falling from a cliff's edge into a pit or dark valley
  • Falling from the sky at night
  • Falling from a tall building at night
  • Falling into a dark ocean

Some great height examples:

  • Falling from an airplane
  • Falling from a tall tower
  • Falling from a building in the daytime
  • Falling from a mountain top

If your falling never ends:

Most dream interpreters agree that if your falling never ends, or if you wake up before it ends, it indicates a life situation that you feel helpless to control. Not only do you not know how it will end, you feel you have no control over how it ends.

Falling Out or Off of Something

From falling out of a moving car to falling off a chair (or even off an animal you were riding), this inner message represents an unexpected event in your waking life. You thought things were fine and were shocked to find out they weren't. Or maybe you were expecting one result and something completely different happened.

Dream about falling off a chair
Dream about falling off a chair | Source

Like all dream symbols, this one is highly dependent on the other parts of your dream.

Details such as; what you were falling off of, or out of, did you land and stop, like falling off a chair, or did you land and roll, and roll, and roll, like falling out of a car?

Was the fall more of an embarrassment than an injury? How did the fall occur in your dream?

Looking at these questions will help you find the meaning of your dream by prompting you to consider them relative to events happening in your waking life.

Maybe there was, (or you are anticipating), an embarrassing moment in your personal life, or perhaps a jarring and unexpected event in your work life? Compare the "big picture" of your dream to recent events in your life.

You subconscious will fill your dream with clues, you just have to tie them to the symbolism of falling.

Common Situations Involving Falling Off or Out of Something

Examples of "falling off" something:

  • Falling off a chair (or something you are sitting on)
  • Falling off a swing
  • Falling off a horse (or other animal)

These types of falling usually indicate a less serious concern. You inner message might be more about embarrassed than hurt, or more of a message that you will soon recover from it.

However, your dream could be a much stronger message if you are falling off a building or cliff. This message is one of great concern to you. You are very worried about a tragic or damaging ending.

Examples of "falling out of" something:

  • Falling out of the sky
  • Falling out of a car or train
  • Falling out of a tree

Falling out of something in your dream could be pointing to feelings of loss of control, or losing your grip on something. Think of events in your life that you are struggling to control. Is a work task proving more difficult than you thought, or is a personal relationship going differently than you wanted or expected?

Tripping or Losing Your Balance

This symbolism is almost always about loss of control. It indicates you may feel you were handling something, but somehow stumbled and aren't handling it so well now. If the tripping, or losing your balance is not triggered by anything outside of you, it is probably a message that the problem is within you.

In your dream, what did you trip over, or what were you doing when you lost your balance? The context surrounding either happening will guide you to understanding whether your concern is about something in your personal, or your work life.

Also important, is whether you fell or recovered. Did you trip, and just embarrassingly recover, or did you fall down? Did you regain your balance? These answers could lead you to tie the dream event to a life event.

If this is your falling event, your dream is telling you that things will be okay. It is not a major thing. You will, (or have), recover without any serious consequences.

Falling Because You Were Pushed

This message is one of betrayal.

Dreaming that you are falling because you were pushed is a clear message that you have feelings that someone betrayed you. In your waking life this could relate to a relationship change that has been forced upon you, or in your work life it could represent your feelings about the actions of a co-worker, or new task assignment.

In both cases, you are holding feelings that it, (whatever the "it" is), is not your fault, someone has forced you into it. Compare your dream to recent life events, does something stand out?

You Fell Because You Lost Your Grip

You were trying to hold on, but you couldn't. In your dream you just didn't have the strength.

Dream hands falling from sky
Dream hands falling from sky | Source

Whatever it was, a building ledge, a cliff's edge, a rope, or even another's hand, your strength gave out and your grip slipped. And you fell.

All of these symbolizations show that your inner self doesn't feel strong enough to deal with the problem. You just have to look at the context of your dream for clues to what the problem is.

One sure interpretation, regardless of the life event it relates to, is that you feel you need more support. Either from circumstances, (such as needing more time or information), or from friends, a relationship partner or co-workers.

Is there something in your waking life that fits that description? If so, look to the other parts of your dream to confirm you are on the right path to understanding.

The Real Meaning Depends on You

When dreamers have spoken with interpreters and discussed all the parts of their dream surrounding the falling, these interpretations have been consistent, but you can't just pick one and be sure it is the one meaning of your dream.

It is up to you, either by yourself, or with an interpreter, to look at all aspects of your dream. More than just knowing what you were falling from, it is important to know if you landed before you awoke, and how you felt while you were falling, and whether, in your dream, you felt the falling was because of something you did, or something out of your control.

Feel free to add your comments about your dream about falling.

Tripping and Falling: Two Most Common Dreams

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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        Suraj 

        7 days ago

        Actually in my dream I was walking on a floor kinda watered it's slippery I can feel that but after 2-3 steps I slip down on the ground and somebody lifts me up and I just walk out of there this is actually first part

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