In the dream world we often find ourselves operating, riding in or encountering various vehicles, just like in the real world. And just like in the real world, dream vehicles crash! Because dreams often seem and feel so real, and the emotions we experience in the dream are definitely real, it’s understandable that crash dreams can make us worry that, due to some sort of warp in the time-space continuum, we may be dreaming of a future event.

This is so so so not true! Dreams are about what is going on in your life RIGHT NOW. And what’s more, dreams are symbolic. So the vehicle in your dream is not about an actual vehicle you drive to work or to the corner bar, it’s symbolic of your ability to progress in your life; your ability to move toward a goal or even your ability to move on from the past. And when a vehicle crashes in your dream, it reflects that something in your life that was previously moving along quite nicely has suddenly become a mess.

The following dream illustrates this perfectly. It is from my nationally syndicated newspaper column The Dream Zone…

Dear Lauri,
I just had a horrific dream that I saw a pickup truck speed past me and drive right into a train. I covered my daughter’s eyes from seeing the crash that happened right in front of us. After the impact I went to the police station and the dispatcher said that someone already reported it. Oh but the truck made it thru the train but it was all broken up. And not sure but the man driving the truck was singing really loud and I could hear him as he drove by. – Sigourney 28, Ottawa, OH

Lauri: The crash represents something that has recently and greatly impacted you, something that came “crashing” into your life metaphorically. Why a train? It could mean that this issue has crashed into your normal “train” of thought. Is it on your mind a lot? Or it could mean that you felt you were on “the right track” until this mess happened. It is important that it is a pickup truck in the dream as opposed to another type of vehicle because it is a message that you need to “pick up” and carry on.

Sigourney replies: Wow. That is so exact! Last week I went to my apartment that I hadn’t been staying at due to flood damage and found out I had been robbed! Literally everything was gone: books, pictures off of the walls, sheets, blankets, all of my daughter’s clothes, you get the hint. The robbery is all I have been thinking of. And now that you say all of that, I have been “covering” my daughter from this. In the dream I covered her eyes and in waking life I haven’t allowed her to really see what’s going on. But you’re right, now it’s all about picking up pieces and waiting for insurance to come thru so I can get new furniture because we have nothing left. That is amazing. Thank you!

Notice how Sigourney was not behind the wheel of either of the vehicles that crashed? That’s an important detail as well and it is because she had no involvement in the breaking in of her apartment. She does, unfortunately, have to deal with the aftermath. Good luck Sigourney. And remember, in the long winding road of life, this is merely a pothole.

How many times have you woken up from a dream and wondered what it could mean? How many times have you told your crazy dreams to others hoping someone might have an idea of its meaning? I’ll bet you do that a lot. Guess what? You don’t have to wonder about your dreams anymore! Imagine waking up from a weird dream and being able to understand it. Imagine being able to recognize the important made-just-for-you message hidden in youe dream. You CAN!!

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