Dreams are a beautiful mystery. The fact that dream themes involving spiders, being exposed in public, and, of course, being chased appear to be common among people all over the world is even odder.
We may apply the lessons we learn from our dreams to our daily lives by using dream interpretation to decode the messages in our dreams. According to therapist and dream specialist Leslie Ellis, PhD, if you have been having dreams about being chased, here is what they might be trying to tell you.
Being Chased In A Dream Entails What?
It is typical to dream of being chased. According to Ellis, therefore it is obvious that it must symbolise something quite universal. She continues by stating that dreams are, in part, “a reflection of the state of our neurological system” or “a representation of our embodied state.”
She claimed that “in that aspect, being chased is a metaphor for the ‘flight’ component of the fight-or-flight response—our systems’ initial reaction to danger.” She said that “it’s normal to assume the dreamer is activated and feeling threatened in some way,” in general. Short version: You’re definitely under stress!
Types Of Chased Dreams And What They Represent
There are many versions of the typical chase dream, and details always matter in dreams. What is following you? Are you the chaser, or not? These things are crucial.
“Ellis adds, “In the pandemic dreams, I’ve been experiencing, the chaser is more frequently something frightening and invisible—like a disease! Therefore, it is essential to pay close attention to what or who is pursuing you because doing so will enable you to realise the type of danger you are having.” She listed what different readings of this dream could be trying to Imply:
#1. Being chased by a person you don’t recognise
According to Ellis, escaping from an unknown person may imply that you are feeling threatened but are not aware of the true nature of the danger. This might even be a mirror of your daytime stress, which regularly appears out of the blue.
#2. Staying away from a friend or close family member
According to Ellis, you can ask yourself: What are the most distinctive qualities of this individual if you dream that they are chasing you? Are they particularly hostile or dictatorial? Do they have a troubled personality or a mental disease of some kind? Do you simply find them to be unbearable? Because we tend to transfer our own negative features onto others in dreams as much as in daily life, she says that these qualities may make you feel uncomfortable about yourself.
#3. A creature is chasing you
Being chased by an animal is a common chase dream as well. In that situation, according to Ellis, “It might be a phobia related to the natural world.” “Or you could think about the particular characteristics of that animal and why you’re scared of it…”She gave the example of seeing a bear, which she said may mean that you feel like the situation is too enormous or overwhelming for you to manage.
#4. Something harmless is chasing you
There may be times when you have dreams about being chased by an unthreatening animal or human. For instance, a deer running after you “is not a frightening animal,” according to Ellis. Therefore, it’s possible that the dream is trying to tell you that you’re running away from something that isn’t actually dangerous. Instead, it’s possible that you’re escaping your own frightened instincts or the deer-like flightiness in you.
#5. Recurring chase dreams
According to Ellis, if you keep on having this dream, your dreams are desperately attempting to attract your attention, making it even more important that you do. In general, repeating dreams are a sign of an issue that is unsolved or stuck, and they are also linked to greater stress.
#6. You are the one chasing them
Finally, if you are the pursuer in this dream which Ellis points out is much less common, it is “helpful to enquire into the nature of what you are after” and to consider whether the sense of chasing and trying to achieve your goals is one you are familiar with. This dream suggests you may feel as though something is out of your control.
What Should You Do To Stop Having This Dream
These perceptions, according to Ellis, are mere: interpretations. She believes that only the dreamer can be certain that an interpretation is accurate. But once you understand the significance of the chase dream you’ve been experiencing, you can begin to apply the lessons learnt so you can finally stop having them.
Simply turn and face what is after you, says Ellis, to stop experiencing these nightmares and learn from them. If you have the ability to clear your dream, you can conduct this exercise in the dream itself, but for the majority of individuals, it can be done while you are awake.
She urges that you “enter the dream world with as many senses as possible, and envision yourself back in your dream.” ” This will the experience more effective. After that, stop your movement, take a deep breath, and turn to face your enemy. They are likely to become paralysed by this.”
You can then find out what they need from you. “She continues, “I can’t anticipate what the dream image will do or say because that depends so much on the particular dreamer—but I can tell you that this action always transforms the dream. Usually, when you do this, the frightening features of the chaser magically disappear. After this, everything will not be the same as before.”
Don’t be shocked if a fast-chasing scene appears in your dreams or if you’re experiencing any kind of stress or pressure in your life today. We can uncover their meanings and, perhaps, stop the negative ones from bothering us in the future when we can understand the messages included in the chase dreams we have for ourselves.