Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
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Online Database of Past Dream Interpretations: Dreams About Running/Escaping

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I am happily married with a four-year-old daughter and love my husband so very much it almost hurts. About one year ago a new guy started at my place of work. We instantly became friends. Then I started dreaming of him. My first dream is of me at my place of work (a pizza parlor) with him cooking. He and I are both wearing our work clothes and nothing happens but he has this smile on his face that somewhat disturbed me. He grabs a pizza paddle and swings it around and smiles at me one more time then disappears. I then see my husband (who also works there) standing behind where my co-worker was and he is also smiling a strange smile. Then another co-worker who hasn’t worked their in two years shows up and tells me I have to work that day for her and if I don’t I will get fired. I wake up right after that feeling frustrated and the rest of the day seems chaotic to me. What does this mean? My second dream involves the same co-worker. Me and some old friends of mine from another town are sitting on the back of a lake by an old library. My co-worker comes and stands next to me and a friend of mine. He asks if we are ready to go and we say yes. It then flashes to us standing in the street and it’s raining however there is snow all around us like six feet. We are all wearing heavy jackets but I’m not wearing any pants just a long t-shirt and sandals. This co-worker wraps his arm around me and pulls me close to him and we start off to his house. My friend says, “You know she’s married right?” And the co-worker gets this strange smile and says yes. We travel down this path that is still surrounded by snow to jakes house. We step inside the door and there is a couch and table and large living room area. My co-worker calls him mom and she comes in and serves us drinks (white Russians) we drink them and my friend disappears. Then the co-worker and I sit on the couch together him with his arm around me and me lying on his shoulder. Then his sisters (of which in reality he has none) come in and say. “Ooooooh, you know she’s married right? And he smiles that strange smile again and says yes. I feel so comfortable during this dream and safe and warm and happy. I don’t want it to end. I wake up to hear my husband calling to me to get up for work. Please interpret these dreams they are driving me crazy.
Just briefly, the dreams are suggesting that you may have become so relaxed, comfortable, and friendly around your co-worker that he may be perceiving that there is an opportunity for a relationship between the two of you. [In spite of you suggesting that there is not.] You may need to reevaluate your playfulness with this individual without hurting your friendship because it is possible you are giving him the wrong impression. Being “safe and warm and happy” with a member of the opposite sex can easily be seen as entailing more than mere friendship. I hope this helps.

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I’ve dreamt that I’m horribly raped tortured and killed, and when I wake up I can feel physical pain and have panic attacks, crying, etc. I’m no longer sleeping because they’ve gotten so bad and I’m desperate to make it go away. Nothing bad is happening in my life at all but my health is going to hell from lack of sleep. I’m having a hard time closing my eyes – horrible things lie behind them. What does it mean? No one specific is hurting me in the dreams...I don’t even know who it is; half the time I can’t see the person and I cant stop shaking even when I’m awake.
The dreams all suggest there is some kind of fear or trauma in your life that part of you really doesn’t want to have to deal with. That trauma may include being controlled, manipulated or even abused. If this trauma is connected to early issues from your childhood, then it is probably being set-off or reawakened due to events in your waking life, right now, in which you are also feeling controlled. If the trauma is exclusively about the present, then it suggests that you may be seriously harming yourself by remaining in the situation. If you continue to have this experience, you may need to see a talented regression hypnotherapist or a psychologist for help with the issue. Good luck to you.

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I had a dream the other night that really bothered me. I dreamed that my husband was sexually abusing my little boy. In my dream, my current husband was my ex-husband (biological father, whom we haven't seen in years). In the dream, I know my son is being sexually abused even though I don't actually see the act. Also, I am trying to get to him, and for some reason I am outside at night going through obstacles like grass or weeds that are harmful if I touch them. What does this mean?
There a many possible interpretations, ranging from the horror of literal sexual abuse to simply ongoing communication disagreements between yourself and your husband regarding your son’s welfare and upbringing. The dream might also indicate concern on your part if your son seems closer to his adopted father than he does to you – a situation that would appear totally “inappropriate” to a biological parent. Since dreams often reflect an emotional feeling that we have experienced in waking life, ask yourself if there are issues between you and your husband that cause you a great deal of concern for your son. Abuse that is not seen can also be associated with emotional abuse. Walking through grass or weeds that are harmful might be symbolic of one’s own life path that is fraught with arguments or problems that occur whenever you point out something that doesn’t seem right to you. The fact that your current husband is being portrayed as your ex-husband might also suggest that there is an issue that is occurring in your second marriage that is similar to something that transpired in your first. If there are ongoing problems in your relationship regarding your son, then family counseling might be called for.

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I am talking to my ex-husband (who tried to murder me in real life) I am trying to be nice to him so that he will go away. As soon as I think its safe I get in my car to get away from him. I am driving in a forest and it is difficult because there are many branches in the way. He sees me leave and is right behind me. I am very fearful. Then I am on a street in my hometown and he is still chasing me. Suddenly I stop and go in the opposite direction to go to the police station. I run into him and say, “You are just as bad as Ted Bundy.” He replies, “Ted Bundy wasn't as smart as me.” I start to try to get around him but realize it is useless because he will still get me as soon as I get out of my car.
If the dream is metaphorical, it may be suggesting that it has been extremely difficult for you to turn loose of your ex-husband. This difficulty might be because of emotional issues, the presence of children or perhaps even financial matters. In this case, the dream could be suggesting the challenges of getting on with your life. Note how even the branches of trees, which can be symbolic of confusion, are getting in the way of you and your direction. At the same time, if the dream is literal, the dream could be indicating the need for real caution when dealing with this situation – do not become unprotected and vulnerable (e.g. leaving your car). In either event, I think that the dream is suggesting that you need outside help and perhaps even counseling in trying to deal with this situation. Good luck to you.

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In the dream I am running away from something, which always follows me. Wherever I go it follows me, and I have this mind-numbing fear of what it would do to me if it caught up with me, so I can’t even face it. I just run – different places, places I've been to and places I've never been to before in my life and it’s always there. After much ado, finally a close friend meets up with me, and teaches me to fly; she doesn’t teach me as much as she's just and I know I can fly and I’m not afraid anymore. We zoom around the skies to distant areas and I finally face the thing I was afraid of and though it can fly too. I defeat it and then all of a sudden I fall to the ground, broken. Then I get up. What does this mean?
Essentially this recurring dream suggests that there is some type of conflict or challenge in your waking life that you have perhaps tried repeatedly to avoid. The conflict might be at work, at home, in a personal relationship, or perhaps even within yourself. The dream is suggesting that in spite of the fact you have resisted this conflict previously, you may now be ready to deal with it. Your friend in the dream could literally represent your friend or the image might represent some aspect of self. In either case, this image may suggest that there is something about the way in which your friend might handle a conflict or challenge that could be helpful for you to approach in the same manner. In other words, you might decide to ask yourself, “How would my friend deal with this issue?” The fact that you can fly indicates that you can overcome the situation. The fact that you fall to the ground broken could indicate that even when you successfully overcome whatever situation is currently bothering you, in all likelihood there will still be more things to face and learn from, for that is life. The bottom line is that you have what you need within yourself to deal with any situation.

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I have a dream at least once a month that I kill a lot of people. I'm usually a government secret agent type as opposed to a criminal murderer type. I almost always respond to someone there after the killings that it's my job and the dead people basically deserved it. I feel no remorse for the deaths even though I've killed dozens of people. The strange thing is, I don't own or ever plan on owning a gun, but in my dreams I know everything about combat, guns, and covert operations.
Depending upon your personality in waking life, the dreams could be suggesting at least a couple of possibilities. On one hand, there could be a great deal of frustration and animosity that is being suppressed during the day. For example, not feeling like you are able to speak up for yourself at home or at work. That frustration is manifesting itself outwardly in dreams as a “super government agent” that is able to deal with problematic personalities. The fact that this is a government agent suggests that the frustration could have something to do with a bureaucracy of some kind at work. On the other hand, if you are very self-assured and confident, the dreams could be showing you how you are inadvertently running over and taking complete control of others without any apparent remorse. In any event, the dreams may simply be connected to your response behaviors to others at work.

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I am really having a horrible time sleeping. I generally sleep soundly but for the past few days I have been having a dream that a person is coming to my house and coming near me while I am sleeping and taking his knife with the intention of killing me. I want to avoid it so I shout for help but unfortunately I am unable to utter any word. I don’t know why I am unable to shout. Then I wake up from the dream and shout very loudly. All my friends sleeping near me become fearful because of my screams. This dream is really affecting me psychologically. Please help!
Oftentimes, in a dream being threatened by an individual can correspond to being afraid to deal with issues in the dreamer’s waking life. In other words, if there are challenges at work, at home, or in your personal life that you are having a hard time facing or that you are trying to ignore, those “threats” can manifest in a dream as someone trying to harm you. Not being able to speak might correspond to the fact that you don’t feel like you can speak up for yourself. Conversely, not being able to “speak” might also suggest that this is not really a dream but instead an “out of body” experience. As unusual as it may sound, the Cayce material suggests that sometimes when we sleep we leave our bodies and have no physical control over the body because we are not in it. In other words, lots of individuals have experienced what can be called “sleep paralysis” in which they become conscious but are unable to move or speak. Sometimes this process moves to the next level in which the individual becomes conscious of a threatening presence or even hands trying to touch him or her. Most often, this experience occurs when an individual is exhausted and not getting enough sleep. In order to deal with the experience when it is happening, try each of the following: begin to work with prayer and surround yourself with protection, focus your consciousness on your forehead, and repeatedly attempt to move your fingers. Rest assured that if this is actually an “out of body” experience, it is a common occurrence and you are not under any real threat.

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I had a somewhat disturbing dream last night. I was with a bunch of people in a school-type setting, and they decided that we were to be executed. We were lined up to be shot in the head. There were several people before me who were killed this way and I was about to be executed. The gun was put to my head but somehow they were stopped before they could shoot me. However, I whoever was executing us told me that I was to be executed the next day. I was waiting for my turn to be executed. I was scared but thought that I could not do anything about it so I was waiting, accepting my fate. However, no one came to get me, and the dream ended with me thinking that I was going to live after all.
The dream is suggestive of some type of worry or fear that may be occurring in your life. For example, if there have been cut-backs at work in which individuals have been laid off and you are constantly worrying about whether or not you will be next, this type of dream would be appropriate. Overall, the dream may be suggesting that whatever it is you are worrying about related to some kind of group endeavor (work? family? etc.) may be unnecessary because everything may end up being okay after all.

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I’m a 19-year-old male. Currently living far away from home. I keep having this recurring dream. I am in my hometown at my friend’s beachside house. Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves. Suddenly, a panic seems to be stirring in my friend’s family. I overhear them talking about some evil way to kill me and eat me. When I overhear this I run away from the house to the neighbor’s house: two upper-middle class people I have never met before. When I do this, my friend’s family freaks out and chases me. As soon as I approach the house I see the neighbors eating dinner. I pound on the windows and they invite me in. My friend’s family quits pursuing and goes on about their business. This dream has happened almost every night for the past month. Please help.
There are numerous possibilities associated with your dream. One likely possibility is that the friends and associates with whom you are currently involved with in waking life may be somewhat of a negative influence on you, perhaps even tempting you to do things that are somehow “eating you up” inside or proving dangerous to your life and your intended direction. You may have spent too much time partying and taking it easy and the time has come to get serious about life. If this is the case, then part of your mind knows that you are in danger of losing yourself and that you need to find a safe environment in which you will have some measure of protection (a stable home? your own family’s home? your hometown? etc.). In any event, the dream seems to be encouraging you to take stock of what is really important to you in life and to find the place where you really belong, in which you can become what you were truly meant to be. I hope that helps.

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I was injured eleven years ago rendering me a quadriplegic. I was placed, at age 38, in a nursing home. Two dreams haunt me today. The first: I am running for my life, I can feel my pursuer's breath on my neck. I am chased trough halls and offices, college campuses. All these places are in my past experiences. First, I ran, now I don’t. The second dream is that I am floating through houses. There are no people, no children, just empty neighborhoods that I know, some I don't. Lately, my children, now young adults, are living in my house (I think it is). I'm cleaning and walking like I used to do when they were small. I hold a psychology degree and most of this is a mystery to me. Could you help?
The first dream of running from a pursuer is undoubtedly connected to trying to escape some aspect of your life or your surroundings. Generally, a dream of this type occurs whenever an individual is trying to escape something (oftentimes related to one’s self) that he or she does not know how to deal with effectively or would rather not deal with. The second dream of floating through empty houses is suggestive of spending a great deal of time living in one’s thoughts – visiting places and images from the past. Since the body is crippled and not the Self, it is quite normal to perceive yourself as able to move around as you did in the past. If the dreams are reoccurring even now, they may suggest that you are still trying to figure out how to use your talents and abilities in spite of the quadriplegia. If this is the case, I encourage you to find someone that you can talk with about your goals and/or a support group that can understand your situation and how to work through it.

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I had a dream that I was overlooking a bridge and on this bridge it was jammed with people. The bridge was in the state of Maryland (where I have never been). The state of Maryland has just surrendered to the Iraq army, and I was very mad at the people in the state of Maryland. There were Iraq soldiers on the bridge keeping the people from Maryland in line.
One possibility suggested by the dream is that you may be seeking some way out of a current situation that seems to be challenging or you may be looking for some kind of a “bridge” to get you from where you are to where you want to be. The “state” where you have never been could represent a situation that is unusual for you or something unique in your life. The army surrounding the state could symbolize the conflict or antagonism that is facing you at work, at home, or in another situation. The people being “kept in line” could indicate the control or state of siege that is overriding the situation.

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I have been having some strange dreams for one or two months. I have been dreaming that I'm fighting some sort of evil every night during this time period. I used to occasionally remember dreams, but it seems that I remember them nightly now and they frighten me. As I'm dreaming, I'll think that I've had the dream before. As I wake up, I'll remember that I've had the dream before, but I couldn't bring up these dreams on my own from my consciousness. Can you tell me what this means? I can't remember specifics right now, but all of the dreams have the same theme: that I'm protecting someone I love from something evil. I would appreciate you help.
The dreams suggest that you have been having some sort of conflict within yourself for the last one or two months. The conflict (e.g. fighting with evil) may be external and deal with another person about whom you are concerned or it might be internal and deal with some sort of indecision within yourself. The fact that the dream theme often repeats itself suggests that this conflict has been occurring for some time. The fact that you can't really remember the dreams upon awakening might indicate that - although you are aware of this struggle - you may not really want to have to deal with it. Protecting someone you love from evil can be a symbolic representation of temptation. Therefore, one possibility is that part of you might be tempted to do something that another part of you is fighting against. If it is an external situation, the struggle might be one in which you are preventing yourself from forcing another person to do what you think is best for them even though it appears that the other person is making a mistake about something. The overall sense is some type of conflict.

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In August, my uncle was fatally stabbed by his daughter's boyfriend at 2:30 a.m. Two weeks later to the day I had a dream that I woke up, looked at the clock and it was 2:30 in the morning. I was uneasy so I grabbed my butcher knife from under my mattress and walked into the living room. I noticed that there were two bath size towels in front of the sofa spread out flat. I instantly knew that someone had been in there. So I called the police. A policeman came and said no one was there. As I opened the front door to let him out I saw a man running down the stairs that I knew. I chased him trying to stab him but in turn he took the knife from me and stabbed me in my stomach. I could feel myself dying but there was no blood anywhere. I gained strength and was able to stab him with the knife and kill him. The police came to get me in their patrol car and I noticed television cameras outside the car window. I was dying but the blood was all inside. They took me back to my apartment and the dream ended. This dream has had me disturbed so much. It is step by step almost identical to the events leading up to my uncle's death. He too got out of bed to answer the front door; it was early morning. He was killed by someone he knew; the incident made the news. There are just so many coincidental things in this dream. Please tell me what it means?
Let's examine at least two possibilities. The most likely possibility is connected to the fact that oftentimes the mind will use real external events or situations as a symbolic metaphor for something going on in the dreamer's own life. With this in mind, it could suggest that part of you may feel like you are being "killed" by something in your own environment over which you don't seem to have any control. In other words, perhaps you may feel like you are being stifled at work, or continually suppressed or criticized in a relationship, or continually being beaten down by your own thoughts about your challenges and problems. Whatever the situation, the first possibility may be that you are feeling destroyed by something going on in your life. If this is the case, then the dream suggests that part of the reason this has been so challenging for you is that you are keeping all of your feelings pent up in side (bleeding internally) and that you really need to talk to someone. The second possibility is that sometimes when we are emotionally connected or empathetic towards others, it is possible to experience what they are going through in the dream state. If this is the case, then it could be that you are so empathizing with your uncle that you actually experienced what he went through in an effort to try and understand it.

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I am going to begin studying for the MA at Atlantic University and am very excited about it. In my waking life I do not feel as if I am doing my life's work. Last night, I dreamed I was with a man and a woman and we were either escaping from prison or trying to avoid getting caught, though I am not sure what we did wrong. There was a third woman who was helping us and she had an old car (get away car) for us to use. The car was very loud, and I had to get a few things and the man and woman were waiting in the car for me. I was frustrated because I couldn't get the things I needed and I was afraid they would leave without me. I finally returned to the car, which was still running but now the man and woman were not there. The woman helping us escape (she sort of looked like a waitress as she was in a uniform) said they had to go get something. I waiting on the passenger side of the car for them but they didn't come. So I got out and went to look for them. I was going up and down streets looking for them (it was night time in my dream), but I couldn't find them so I returned to the car, which was still running. The woman helping us said maybe the cops got them and that I should just take the car and go alone. I got behind the wheel and I was so afraid of going alone (it was a strong feeling of fear), in my mind I thought maybe I should just turn myself in also because I was so afraid of going alone. Then I woke up. What could this dream mean?
Obviously the dream suggests that part of you wants to escape or run away from something but you are not clear how to do it. The fact that the dream imagery shows you don't want to get caught and you don't want to go alone may suggest that you have been thinking of making some major changes to your life (work, relationships, etc.) but you haven't necessarily told anyone else nor do you yet feel comfortable enough to make those changes on your own. The imagery of the car constantly running can indicate the fact that you are all revved up to go, but you haven't yet put your actions into "drive." Not getting the things you need and being hesitant to leave without them suggests that you may feel the need to obtain certain goals before you move forward with your plans. The cops may represent your sense of authority or your own higher self. The waitress can be a play on words for the act of "waiting." Overall, I think the dream suggests an inner struggle between wanting to make big changes in your life right now versus trying to make those changes in a well-thought-out, responsible manner. All of the various characters in the dream can represent the various parts of your personality that are struggling over this issue.

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As a boy I had continuous dreams in which I could not run as fast as I know I could. I seemed to have some kind of paralysis of my leg muscles as if everything was put into slow motion. Not only was it while I was running but crawling...and I was always trying to get away from something.
Oftentimes dreams of running away from someone or something correspond with trying to avoid or not have to deal with something in the dreamer's present situation. Having paralysis in the leg muscles could again suggest the fact that this is something that the dreamer cannot avoid. It might also be indicative of the fact that the dreamer cannot get away from the issue because it is within him or her self. Dreams like this often suggest the dreamer needs to finally decide to face something and deal with it directly, whether it is within self or within her or his surroundings.

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I am constantly having dreams that I am running, trying to get away and hide from bad people (robbers), wild animals, people with special powers etc. And when I wake up I am exhausted. Could you help me understand this?
Most often dreams that involve running away from someone or something are suggestive of the dreamer trying to avoid, ignore, or get away from some situation or experience in her or his life. Very often this situation can have something to do with the dreamer trying to "run away from" something within him or her self. On other occasion, it can be suggestive of the dreamer's inability to speak up for him or herself in regards to some situation that is occurring in waking life. The next time the dream occurs, take stock of your feelings and experiences going on in your life at that time. See if you can discover what you are trying to overlook or ignore in regards to yourself and/or what you may be trying to run from in waking life. The dream suggests that the time has come to try and begin dealing with the situation/issue directly.
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