Dreams

Dream About Flying and Meaning

Have you ever been walking, maybe in your hometown, when suddenly you feel the air between your feet and the ground?

You look down and realize you’re floating…wait, no, you’re flying. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s you! You are literally flying.

You will never have to pay for air travel again! And then, you wake up…just before you’re free-falling out of the sky.

And you think it was just a dream, but it felt so real…. When you wake up from your dream, you still feel weightless, and you spend the rest of the day wondering what it really means to dream of flying, you know, now that you are awake.

Dreams about flying are common lucid dreams, which means that you are aware that you are dreaming at the time. In this type of dream, you can even control the characters, the setting, or the narrative (as in the Inception style).

However, this is not necessary for a dream to be lucid, which typically occurs during the REM (rapid eye moment) phase of sleep, also known as one of the deepest stages of your overall sleep cycle.

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Lucid dreams can occur spontaneously, and some people can even train themselves to dream lucidly.

Generally speaking, lucid dreams are super complicated to understand, but make no mistake, they’ve been a thing for a long, long time.

The first recorded lucid dream came from the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who described the experience in an essay titled “On Dreams” as actually challenging your ability to recognize whether you’re awake or asleep, at almost any given moment.

More recently, however, a 2014 study published in The American Journal of Psychology found that more than 83% of 684 surveyed participants said they experienced lucid dreams during their teenage years.

The research found that these dreams lasted about 14 minutes on average, and typically involved having sex, talking to other dream characters and, yes, flying.

Dreams about flying, whether lucid or non-lucid, could mean a couple of different things. Both Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung – renowned psychologists who analyzed dreams as part of their research – seemed to agree that all dreams represent unfulfilled desires of some kind, although the two experts tended to disagree on what those unfulfilled desires were in reality or how they should be treated.

The classical Freudian interpretation thought that dreams about flying were due to men’s nocturnal erections, which would then explain, I suppose, why men feel that they are “overcoming gravity” in these types of dreams.

And psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber agrees with Freud that dreams of flying tend to be male, but from his perspective, it has nothing to do with erections.

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In 2011, Sumber told HuffPost that although flying dreams are typically more common for men than women, they often represent a man’s desire to be free from the pressures of life.

“They usually occur when we’re dealing with issues of freedom, drive, or lack thereof,” he explained. These dreams may be purely informational in the sense that they highlight an experience we are having, but are not yet aware of.”

Of course, that’s just one interpretation, and when it comes to dreams, there are many ways to interpret them, and very rarely is there a “correct” answer.

Actually, both men and women can experience flying dreams and, in a sense, represent good fortune.

It can mean that something in your real life is going very well: “Things are very good right now; The sky is the limit. Keep doing what you’re doing.”

If this interpretation does not apply to you, I suggest you ask yourself these questions:

  • What is lifting your spirits right now?
  • Are you realizing a high goal you have set for yourself?
  • Do you have high hopes for something in particular?
  • Are you reaching a higher level of status, a higher level of career, or a higher level of spirituality?
  • Have you recently freed yourself from something that had been weighing you down?

In other words, challenge yourself to think a little outside the box in terms of what “flying” and being “weightless” might really mean in your own waking life.

Dreams involving flying often mean that you are letting go of a burden of some sort, which can lead to “the opportunity for your imagination to take flight and bring a particular plan or idea up off the ground.”

“You realize that you have an opportunity to rise to the challenge and free yourself from a situation that may have been a burden to you.”

Whether your flying dreams are lucid or not really depends on who you are and what’s going on in your life when it comes to interpreting these night visions.

  1. Maybe you’ve been singing “I Want to be Free” by Queen, and all you want in your real, waking life is to rise above certain pressures that you feel are weighing you down.
  2. Or maybe you are overcoming challenges that once held you back.
  3. Or maybe you’ve just trained yourself to have lucid dreams of flight, for no other reason than because you like the way it feels.

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