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Online Database of Past Dream Interpretations: Dreams About Disasters or Tragedies

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I am a 21-year-old female and for the last couple years I've had a recurring dream. In this dream I am riding in the same blue car. Each time the car drives through a guardrail and over a cliff. As a result of the crash I am killed, but right as I wake up I see a date: 7-7! I cannot see the driver of the car. All I see is us drive over the cliff and that I have died. What could this possibly mean?
Dear Dreamer, Although it is possible to have accurate precognitive dreams about the future, a much more likely interpretation is a metaphorical one. A car generally has to do with your life's direction. The fact that you are letting someone else drive the car could indicate that you are sometimes prone to letting other people make choices about your life and direction and that if you continue along this path, it will lead to disaster. Essentially, I think the dream is suggesting that you need to take control of your life, especially in relationships. Just to be on the safe side, however, do not go for a ride on 7-7, especially wish someone in a blue car. :)

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The dream I wish to submit is my 26-year-old son's. He has only in the last couple of weeks begun dreaming of tornadoes. He his wife and her two children are in the middle of one tornado after another. He says these dreams are nightmares and he has never had nightmares before. The storms and tornadoes are all around them one after another. He is greatly bothered by these dreams. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Dear Dreamer, Although it would be possible to dream about a major weather disaster before it occurred, it is much more likely that your son is dreaming about some kind of emotional turmoil occurring within his own household. In fact, oftentimes dreams of tornadoes are symbolic of ongoing verbal arguments, fighting, and emotional tension occurring in a relationship. I hope that helps.

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I keep having this dream over and over again about nuclear attacks on Colorado Springs, where I live. I'm 12 years old and lots of the dreams I have come true. I've been having these dreams since September 2004. It scares me. Recently, I dreamed that I was watching TV and found out that China and the Asian communist states declared war on America. These dreams deeply disturb me and are extremely realistic. In them, everyone I know is dying around me but I don't. Please reply if your experts are truly serious about this. For all I know it could be a mater of Armageddon.

Although you could interpret your dreams literally, a much more likely interpretation is a symbolic one. In this respect, the dream would be a symbol for the "end of the world" as you know it - in other words, some kind of a personal upheaval that would completely change your life. Possibilities would include such things as: the divorce of your parents, having to move, ending your time at one school at going to another, having your best friend move, etc. Therefore, rest assured, the dream is probably NOT about the end of the world, but is instead about a big change in your world. I hope that helps.

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I have a recurring dream lately that is driving me crazy. I keep dreaming that the world is ending but somehow me and my husband survive and my two kids are never in the dreams. I never see them in the dreams but I see a lot of my other family members. In one dream I was sitting at my dad's house and it started to rain and thunder and lightning and I went outside to get my husband and when I would push the button to open the garage door it would come open but when I would get up to it the door would slam shut before I could get out. Its like the door was trapping me and when I did get out there was the blue rays coming from the sky and when they would touch the ground whatever it touched would freeze solid. Then when I went back into my garage there were these two old ladies sitting there and they were asking me if I believe in God and if I have my life right with him and I told them that I did and they told me that was good because the world was coming to an end and then everyone started disappearing but me. I must say that this dream really scared me and I cannot figure out what it means. I would really appreciate your help in figuring this out. Thank you.

Dear Dreamer, The dream suggests that you and your husband are having some kind of problems (e.g. financial, relationship, stress, etc.) and that these problems may affect change in your life (e.g. a move, a change of jobs, counseling). However, the important thing to keep in mind is that everything will be okay - the "world" that you currently know is simply changing. In terms of the elderly ladies in the garage, they are an encouragement to bring out your spirituality that may have been stored away for some time and start working with it.

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I am in Asia and two days before the Tsunami attack I had a dream and I'm disturb badly. It was all about my daughter and water; she is five. I saw her drowning inside the pool and I stretched my had to pull her up and saved her. I was standing nearby and the others who were inside the pool did not see her drowning. When I woke up it was difficult to think about the dream because of seeing suffering, but I was happy because I had saved her life. What does this mean?

Dear Dreamer, The Edgar Cayce material suggests that it is very possible to psychically perceive elements of the future in our dreams. My sense is that part of you picked up on the possibility of a water disaster and then incorporated those images into a dream that would have personal relevance for you and your daughter. In other words, you had the dream not just because of the tsunami, but because the dream is personally relevant. I think the dream is suggesting that there is an emotional situation occurring in your daughter’s life (or in your life in relationship to your daughter) and it is up to you to try to “save” her from being overwhelmed by the experience. Because of your location, it could also relate to her fears/concerns/worries because of the tsunami. If you would like to read more about the possibility of perceiving the future, let me recommend the book Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, by Kevin Todeschi.

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I am a 29-year-old single parent, female with two children. This past year I have had similar recurring dreams about every 2 months of the world coming to an end and I am never near my children. In the dream I am running through meteors to find them with fear that I will be too late and somehow I do but when I do I am explaining to them that the world is ending and that they will have to go before me. I wake up traumatically. Please help me identify these dreams.

Dear Dreamer, The dreams have a couple of likely possibilities. One strong possibility is that the stress and demanding schedule you may be under due to work,for example, could be having serious ramifications on the amount of time you are able to spend with your children. If this is the case, the dream is pointing out how the relationship you once shared with them has come to an end because the "world" has changed. Another possibility could be that some kind of major life change (e.g. a move, a new relationship, etc.) will seriously impact their lives causing it to appear as if "everything has come to an end." However,as you pointed out in the dream, ultimately these changes will make them very happy.

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I am a 37-year-old female and for the last 5 years, I have had a dream about a man that hurts children. The dream begins with me standing at the doorway of an old seemingly abandoned home. I walk into the house, and I hear the cries of children coming from the second floor. I go up the stairs, and a child runs to me, it is never the same child. I grab the child, and try to make my way up the stairs, because I still here children crying. The child in my arms tells me it’s too late, and that we must go now, I turn and start back down the stairs. At the bottom of the staircase, the man is there, he’s holding a knife, and comes towards me…I know what the man that harms the children looks like; I even know what cloths he is wearing, and it never changes. This dream has bothered me so much, that I have even tried to find him. I have the dream every fall, between August, and October, at least once a week, and then it just stops.

Dear Dreamer, If there is no abuse in your own background and the images are not connected to your own childhood trauma, then the dream could be a psychic impression of something that is literally occurring (or something that someone is giving a great deal of thought to doing). Since there is no way to track down the individual or help the authorities in any way, at the very least the dream is a call to prayer. If you receive images that can be helpful to the authorities, then pass them on. As to why you are having this experience, generally one or more of the following is true for individuals who dream about tragedies over which they have no control: 1) the experience is something similar to what the dreamer experienced at some point in his or her soul history; 2) the dreamer is a natural “empath,” but the dreamer’s normal life does not allow them to use their talent for compassion and empathy so it comes out at night as intuition; 3) the dream is a similar “thematic” story to something occurring in the dreamer’s current life (e.g., in this case being threatened by experiences over which you seem to have little or no control). Good luck to you. Let me know what happens.

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I was driving my best friend’s little 5-year-old girl to her grandmother’s house last night and she fell asleep on the way. When she awoke she said she dreamed that I was killed. It startled me, so I asked her what happened and she said first daddy was shot then you. She kept saying, “you were killed.” This really scared me. I will be moving out of the state in a couple of months and I’m really close to the family. I haven’t told the family yet; do you think she may know that I’m moving? Why did she dream that her dad was killed? Very puzzled?

Dear Dreamer, I think you are exactly right – I think the little girl’s dream is the subconscious awareness that your old relationship with the family is coming to an end. It is a symbolic death. Gunshots can also be symbolic of verbal aggression – perhaps suggesting that the way the family may “cope” with this situation is to get angry. In terms of the girl’s father being killed, it also suggests some kind of a major change, such as his having an abrupt and sudden career change or perhaps even marital problems. I hope that helps.

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I’ve been having this reoccurring dream about tornadoes. One time it was my brothers and I playing in a big open field and I was the only one to see the tornado and I ran into a glass house and tried yelling to my brothers but they weren’t listening to me. Just before the tornado hit I woke up! Another one was me my boyfriend and my boss in a store and my boss was working but he wasn’t supposed to be working there for some reason but he was anyway. When I was talking to him my boyfriend was shopping and my boss and I walked outside and we saw this tornado form and we ran inside and they had the women and the men separated so I couldn’t go back to my boyfriend and we were both worried about each other when I went into the room for the women the room next to us started leaking water and we were yelling for help but no one would come…another time I had this dream that I was with my friends from childhood and we were outside eating on the grass having a picnic and then out of nowhere two tornadoes form and we are running trying to get away from them but they are following us and then I woke up! Please tell me about my dreams!

Dear Dreamer, A tornado is often symbolic of an emotional upheaval, an argument or excessive shouting. Just as a tornado consists of wind, when an individual is yelling at someone, we might imagine that “wind” comes out of his or her mouth. Edgar Cayce often stated that dreams contrast and correlate the events of the day. With this in mind, the next time one of these “tornado” dreams occur, look at what just transpired in your waking life. Did you just have an argument with someone? Did someone have an argument with you? Overall, the presence of so many tornadoes suggests that you are an extremely emotional person and that either you (or those around you) are prone to emotional outbursts. If this is the case, someone may need to learn how to communicate her or his intense feelings in an appropriate manner. Having a depth of emotions is a wonderful thing – it often enables an individual to be sensitive to the needs of others – but sometimes communicating those intense feelings to someone else can be a challenge. I hope this helps.

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My 10-year-old daughter woke up this morning and told me that she had a scary dream. She dreamt that I had died in a car accident on the way home from work. There was an accident yesterday that shut down the road that goes to our home. Could this dream have been as a result of thinking about that accident or could it symbolize something else?

Dear Dreamer, Most dreams can have both literal and metaphorical interpretations. Although it is possible to dream about an accident involving a family member before it happens, it is much more likely that your daughter’s mind is using an external event to symbolize something that is occurring within her life or the lives of those she is concerned about. From this perspective, the question would be is there something “dangerous,” or “disastrous,” or “anxiety-provoking” about your daughter’s current home situation, her concerns about your job (e.g. you’ve been verbalizing concerns about being laid off), or your overall direction as a family that has her worried (e.g. a potential move or divorce). In all likelihood your daughter is worried about a “disaster” in her own life and her subconscious mind simply chose an external event to symbolize that problem.

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I’m on a massive ship, somewhat like the Titanic, and it’s dark and cold. The ship is in the middle of the ocean. I look down at the water and all of a sudden someone pushes me and I’m falling, but as soon as I’m about to hit the water, I wake up. This dream I dream every so often – ever since I remember.

Dear Dreamer, Dreams about a ship can be associated with one’s spiritual journey, an individual’s life course, or even a person’s work life. The dream is suggesting that something going on in your present life experience may be making you feel isolated, abandoned or on the verge of some kind of a catastrophe or tragedy. In all likelihood, this dream occurs whenever a similar thematic experience is happening in your life. If this is the case, then it might be a partial past life memory (e.g. being on a sinking ship) that is thematically connected to a possible failure of some kind in the present.

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I dreamed that a new super skyscraper was being quickly built on the site of the old World Trade Center. The metal framework was about three-quarters of the way up from completion. The building was in the landing path of an airport. A 747 jumbo jet was coming in for a landing when a small plane came across its landing path. The larger plane put full thrusters on to avoid the smaller plane and abort landing to go around again. In doing so the backwash from the 747 easily collapsed the rising skyscraper. I was left feeling impressed how easily the structure went down but with the notion that it would easily be rebuilt better and stronger.

Dear Dreamer, Oftentimes the subconscious will use cultural symbols and images to bring to mind some thematic experience or situation. From this perspective, the World Trade Center can be symbolic of a tragedy, a horrendous situation, an attack, or the destruction of one’s working environment. With this in mind, one possible meaning of the dream could be suggesting that you are in the midst of rebuilding your career and work life after some calamity (e.g. layoff, downsizing, reorganization, etc.). The big 747 that is coming in for a landing can be associated with the ideas and goals that – up to this time – have been a part of your career hopes and expectations. Everything appears on track until some small plane (which can be indicative of a new idea, thought or unexpected situation) seems to come out of nowhere. This might suggest that something unexpected will cause you to change your work plans but rather than being a horrible event it may create a new working environment that is “better and stronger” than the occupation or direction you are currently pursuing.

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I’ve been having dreams or actually more of waking up traumatically with thinking that I am choking; lots of times it is a pen that I am choking on and I wake up gasping & thinking if I literally swallow it, I could die. Once in awhile it will be something else sharp or such like a rock or something. But it becomes very frightening! What could or do you think it may be symbolizing? I also have a recurring dream about world destruction. I guess you could say, the world separates and everybody falls in this huge crack in the earth except for me. Then a huge wave of water comes gushing over them, suffocating and drowning everyone. I can feel their hurt, the pain, everything they our feeling. Then all of a sudden I see this baby girl, getting her newborn picture taken. Everything in this dream seems so real, I can fell and touch everything or so it seems. This dream is really bothering me to the point now that I cannot sleep.

Dear Dreamer, The first dream in which you are choking may suggest that there is something in waking life that is choking, strangling or squeezing the life out of you – a job, a relationship, a situation, etc. The fact that the thing that is often choking you is a pen might correspond to some kind of problem with communication. In terms of the world disaster – basically the dream suggests that in some kind of emotionally overwhelming experience that becomes a disaster for many (e.g. a layoff at work, a divorce in the family, etc.), you end up being unscathed and may even have a rebirth or a new beginning of some kind because of the experience. I hope that helps.

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This is going to sound nuts but a week before 9-1-1, I had a dream about the Moon splitting in two and crashing down to earth, the sky blacked out and tall buildings crashed all around me. People screamed and ran out of the US to Canada. Last week I had a dream I was in a desert area with my father and meteors fell to the earth; no one was hurt but it made everyone sad. I’ve been telling people that something bad was going to happen because last time I had a dream like this the two towers came down. Today the space shuttle crashed over Texas (possibly a desert area). My mom called telling me my dream came true. Has anyone else had dreams like this? Please take this seriously; I’m not making this up!

Dear Dreamer, It is not uncommon to have precognitive dreams that seem to be linked to world events, disasters or human tragedy. According to Edgar Cayce, while we are in the dream state our mind becomes open to higher states of consciousness. The highest state – which Cayce called the “superconscious mind” – is actually a connection to the universe’s Akashic Records. In addition to keeping track of the past, these records are also constantly in the process of calculating probable realities. Oftentimes the experience of déjà vu is simply remembering the fragment of a dream in which the mind had accessed one of these probable realities. In fact, Edgar Cayce suggested that nothing of significance ever happens to us without it first being foreshadowed in a dream. [If you would like to read more about how these Akashic Records work, let me recommend the book Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, by Kevin Todeschi. Generally, individuals who pick up on precognitive world events in their dreams are intuitive, extremely sensitive, or in the process of a personal experience that thematically corresponds to the “event” that they dreamed about. Rest assured that your experience happens to many people.

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I am having the same or similar dream repeatedly. I am traveling by plane. The plane always crashes on the return journey home from Japan. It either crashes into a field, trees or on water. Everyone on the plane survives each time. I am traveling a lot for work to Asia. My wife split up from me about a year ago. I never had the dream before this time. She told me she was leaving when I returned from a business trip from Japan. I started seeing another woman 2 months ago. Since then the dreams come more often. The relationship is going great but is quite loose, as we do not live in the same town. This month she is leaving to travel the world for basically the major part of 2003. Could it be the fear of going too deep into and failing in this new relationship?

Dear Dreamer, Certainly your interpretation is a possibility. However, since your personal past experience now contains a dream about a journey from Japan that is also associated with a break-up, another likelihood is either the fear or the reality that your relationship with this woman may also headed for a break-up.

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I am 16 years old and a senior in high school. I come from a small city in Louisiana. I have had this dream twice probably within the last month. In each dream there have been at least 5 or 6 tornados that are extremely close to hitting Plaquemine High. That is not the school I go to but I do know a lot of people that go there. It just really scares me because lately we have been having very windy weather.

Dear Dreamer, Although the dreams could be suggesting a literal tornado as you have surmised, a much more likely interpretation is a metaphorical one. In a dream, a tornado can often be symbolic of arguments or verbal yelling. A tornado is made up of wind moving very fast, just as air comes out of one’s mouth very fast during an argument. The fact that the tornadoes are in danger of hitting a High School that you personally don’t go to but you know people who do might suggest that you are aware of many arguments, rivalries, gossiping and back-stabbing that are occurring around you–perhaps because many of your friends confide in you. I think that the dreams are about arguments and fighting threatening the relationships of many of your friends and not about a literal tornado.

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Last night I was in a semi awake dream state where I "saw" a threat to a commercial airport. There was a person, a man holding a "hand held" weapon on his left shoulder where he can shoot a rocket or a rocket with nuclear power from the ground into the air. I felt this to be a real threat where I "saw" the inside of a damaged airline terminal, an air traffic control tower and that there would be several shots made at jets both taking off and landing. I saw mountains as well as a baseball park near by and I remember the number 98. I "heard" San Francisco, Chicago and Washington. I do not fly on a regular basis. As I had similar dreams of this nature last summer, where I never had such dreams before, these coming up to a week before Sept 11, I decided to not ignore this message this time. I am not a psychic. I am an artist. I had a great weekend and am in a good place spiritually. Please help me because I do not understand what I am supposed to do with these visions. Thank you.

Dear Dreamer, Most often individuals who have prophetic dreams about real events that eventually occur ask the same question you've asked, "What am I supposed to do?" These individuals feel like they were given the vision in order to somehow prevent what transpired. That is generally not the case. What often happens is that these dreams actually correspond thematically to the individual's real life. As one example, an individual who dreamed about the destruction of a building that they eventually came to believe was the World Trade Center was actually on the verge of losing her job - her job was being completely annihilated. Because that individual was very sensitive/intuitive, and because part of her mind was aware of the upcoming job loss, during the dream state her consciousness found an "external event" that would correspond to a personal happening. Therefore, for most individuals one of these dreams, which is usually so general that an exact location cannot be pinned down ahead of time, the reason they are having the experience is simply for themselves. All that said, it is possible in the dream state to sometimes pick up on real events with enough specificity (city, area, timing, etc) to affect a probable outcome. When that happens, I tell individuals that since it is a warning specific enough that if followed could save lives, they need to contact someone locally like the FBI and at least relay the information. At all times, individuals can also work with the power of prayer to surround all those involved.

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I dreamt that the part of America that I live in was being destroyed by fire. In order to stay alive people were trying to make it to any islands that were around this part of the country. But the only people that were able to make it to any islands were the people that had boats, which were the people that were well off. In my dream, I did not feel afraid. As everyone tried to escape to these islands I stood and watched.

Dear Dreamer, In a dream, fire can be a purifying influence, it can relate to anger, or it might be suggestive of destruction. In any event, its appearance in your dream seems to suggest that something in your life (most likely related to work or home) is in the midst of vast change. While you are trying to deal with this change, it becomes apparent to you that the only way to survive is to have a boat. This seems to suggest that the best way to deal with whatever is occurring in your life right now is to rely upon your own spiritual resources, your spiritual direction, and your soul's journey.

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I was at a party in Hawaii. An earthquake hit while myself and a group of other people were riding the elevator in the hotel we were staying. I lay down on my back while everyone else panicked. The ride seemed enjoyable to me.

Dear Dreamer, My sense is that this is a work dream-one place where you often stay with other people is work. The dream suggests that you may be having a good time (partying, being in Hawaii) and might even be laying down on the job. There seems to be some kind of a shake-up coming to work (the earthquake). On the other hand, rather than laying down on the job, another possibility is that regardless of what transpires at the company you might have a relatively relaxing, easy time of it. Being in an elevator can correspond with riding up the corporate ladder or trying to get ahead on some project or activity.

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I am in a house and smell a strong acid smoke odor. I then see thin wisps of smoke swirl around the room. I know I must find the source. Following the wisps leads me to an attic door, a steam of smoke is coming from the keyhole and around the door jam. The smell is stronger now. I turn the doorknob, open the door and see stairs leading up. The stairwell is filled with smoke and I hear a crackling sound but see no flames. I call out, "Oh, my God. Call 911".

Dear Dreamer, Oftentimes, dreams can have both a literal and a metaphysical interpretation. From a literal standpoint, the dream suggests a danger of fire. If, for example, you are living in a house with old wiring, then you might wish to follow-through on having the electricity checked. However, a much more likely possibility is a metaphorical one. From this perspective, it suggests that you may be on the verge of experiencing some sort of a challenging situation at work, at home or in your life in general. Calling 911 in a dream is often symbolic of the dreamer feeling the need to call upon outside help. Another metaphorical possibility suggested by the imagery of looking for the source of smoke can be feelings of frustration, anger or irritation that may be building up inside in regards to a situation that you don't know how to deal with on your own.

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I am standing in the middle of New York (have never been to America) I look up at the masses of skyscrapers; the sky grows dark and dense clouds form. I see a fireball coming down the main street and the buildings start to fall like dominoes. The dream ends.

Dear Dreamer, The interpretation is really connected to whatever New York (or the United States) symbolizes to you. If you think of it as a place where people can find a good job, then it symbolizes work. If you think of it as a place of personal freedoms, then it symbolizes freedom. If you think of it as a place where people are rude or aggression, it symbolizes a situation in your own life where individuals have been frustrating you. Therefore, decide what New York symbolizes to you. If it's work, for example, it may be suggesting that some kind of an experience over which you have no control is about to befall your job.

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I have had dreams of planes crashing for the past ten years or so. I was never in the planes, but usually I was in the house I grew up in, or in the front yard. The first dream like this involved a helicopter, and graduated to planes from there. The planes would usually cross over the house, then turn around and crash either to the west or east and once to the south. I would see the planes overhead and hope they would not crash, but they always would (until the past couple of years, when a couple of them actually would not crash.). The explosions varied from just running into a tree to nuclear-type detonations. Once, a plane crashed there were injured people walking up the street. Also, the space shuttle lifted off, and then went down and crashed. My family has a history of sexual abuse by the father. I am the only person who has tried to get help, and I am also the one who "spilled the beans." Our father died in 1991, and the dreams started soon after. I wonder if there is a connection there?

Dear Dreamer, In a dream an airplane generally corresponds to travel, spirituality, or thoughts and ideas. The dreams you experiences suggest that there are thoughts and idea that are having a traumatic impact on the perception/surrounding experience of the dreamer. For that reason, you are probably right in thinking that the dreams may have something to do with your abusive background. Note in the dream that you are often standing in your own yard, suggesting that these thoughts and ideas are connected to your personal experience of the past. Survivors of abuse do report dreams like yours. Other survivors have reported that their dreams are filled with space ships and/or aliens that seem hostile. The fact that there have been occasions lately when the planes have not crashed are suggestive of your own healing process and the fact that you have made great strides in overcoming this horrible situation.

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I dreamed that I was in NY City, but I did not recognize it at all. I saw the twin towers and they were on fire again. Everyone was screaming but I kept moving towards the towers. I wanted to be near them as the fell. When they started to fall I tried to run to a basement type room with my friend and got only to the door. When I looked at myself, I wasn't covered in any debris, ash, or anything. Afterward, the twin towers were still standing, and they kept collapsing, but were still there when I looked at them. On the 4th time collapsing, they were both gone.

Dear Dreamer, The Twin Towers can represent a horrible tragedy or work (the towers were essentially offices). There are a number of possibilities suggested by this dream but perhaps the most logical is that you have been having an extremely difficult time at work and you have been avoiding dealing with these challenges (hiding in the basement) for fear that you cannot easily find another job at the same level. The fact that the towers have been collapsing four times may indicate that you have thought repeatedly about leaving and have only stayed because you are worried about the financial tragedy that would befall you by leaving. However, in the dream you are not affected in any way by the collapse, suggesting that you would not be harmed by leaving. Another possibility is that the company may be in financial trouble and you are staying around in order to see what happens. In the end - regardless of what happens to the company - you and your life appear unaffected.
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