You dream that you are lost, desperately trying to find your way home. No matter which direction you take, you never manage to find the right road and nobody you meet can help you. Often this dream indicates that you want a more fulfilling job or a different lifestyle but you have no idea how to proceed.
If you come to a crossroads and don’t know which way to take, it may mean that in waking life you are faced with several choices. You have to make a decision but don’t know what to base it on.
Your destination sometimes provides a clue to the meaning of the dream. Perhaps you are trying to get back to a place where you used to have happy times. This suggests that your current lifestyle is unsatisfactory. If you are looking for a place you associate with your youth the dream implies concerns about growing older.
Being lost in a place that feels dangerous reflects feelings of unease about a current situation. The dream is a warning that someone or something is posing a threat to your well-being.
Dreams about being lost have special significance if you’re middle- aged or elderly. The further you progress along your journey through life, the more essential it becomes to reassess your values and your priorities. Otherwise the more spiritual side of your nature remains unfulfilled so that, at a deeper level, you feel ‘lost’.
Questions to ask yourself - and what to do when the answer is ‘yes’
Do / feel unfulfilled?
If you find your job meaningless, career counselling could help you to identify both your innate abilities and the skills you’ve acquired through experience. It would also galvanize you into finding a more satisfying way of using them. Ifyou need to reassess your entire lifestyle, you could benefit from the services of a life coach.
Am I faced with several choices?
Your dilemma is offering you the chance to sort out your priorities, consulting your heart as well as your head. What do you most want from life? Which of the available choices would be most likely to help you get it? If you still feel confused, then why not follow a path that will make you feel glad to be alive?
Do I tend to live in the post?
The more you cling to the past, the less meaningful your life will seem. You need to find a way of rekindling your enthusiasm, perhaps by injecting some fresh stimulus into your life. This could mean finding the courage to do something you’ve always longed to do but lacked the confidence to try.
Do / long to find my ‘spiritual home’?
Your dream is urging you to embark on a quest for self-knowledge and find a more authentic way of being. This means turning your attention within, perhaps through meditation or prayer. Spiritual counselling or psychotherapy can also help you to get in touch with your inner world and find your ‘inner home’, a state in which you feel emotionally and spiritually fulfilled.
To dream of a book store indicates that fictional and unrealistic ambitions will divert your attention from more important tasks and projects. These goals, if achieved, will prove fruitless and unfulfilling.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you dreamed of working in a book store, you are craving harmony. Your dream signifes the need to keep your life in balance. It could also be saying that you need to take responsibility for some situation, or for your personal condition.
If you dreamed of visiting a book store, you will advance toward your goals at a slow and steady pace.... My Dream Interpretation
Aspects of yourself, such as vulnerability, innocence, openness, flexibility, playfulness. Your own children mirror your attitudes and beliefs. Often suggests you have forgotten the child part of self.... The Dream Books Symbols
All people in your dreams are reflections of your personality. At the heart of this symbol, children represent innocence. However, the behavior and actions of the children may affect how you interpret their presence in your dream. Also consider the age of the child or children in the landscape of the dream. They may represent new ideas, patterns, and expressions of consciousness that emerged in your waking life at the time of their birth. For example, a seven-year-old child may connect to some element of your life that began seven years prior to having the dream. You can also look at the age of a child in a dream as relating to a pattern that emerged in your consciousness at that age. From this perspective, the seven-year-old dream child relates to something that happened to you when you were seven.
If the children in your dream are your own, the dream is likely reflecting issues that are more literal and about your home life.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Children in a dream are symbols of joy and warmth, or of your desire for joy and warmth in waking life.
If children are giving flowers, fruits or sweets, this suggests unexpected success or happiness. If, however, the children are quarrelling, this indicates domestic problems. Children in dreams can also represent feelings about your childhood, or current feelings of dependency or vulnerability. What is happening to the child in the dream will help you determine the interpretation.
If the children in your dream are boys, they symbolize high energy levels and new beginnings.
If the boys are playing, this suggests the resolution of domestic or financial problems. If, however, the boys are quarrelling, this dream may be a warning to listen to the advice of people around you, especially if they are older than you. Perhaps you have been acting rashly.
If one or more of the boys are injured, it is a serious warning to take a sober look at how you run your day-to-day life.
If the children in your dreams are girls you know and they are smiling, friendly or affectionate, this suggests that your general attitude of honesty will be much appreciated by those around you.
If you don’t know the girls, this can suggest the beginnings of a new relationship.
If the girls are untidy, disruptive, crying, angry or abusive, this could be a warning to show more understanding to your partner and those around you to avoid arguments and unnecessary misunderstandings.... The Element Encyclopedia
The child within, days gone by and memories.Children are under the care of an adult.Generally you are both child and adult, but not always.When shown a particular adult with a child, take note of how the adult treats the child.Could this be the way you are treating the child within you? ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
(Lactate; Milk) If a pregnant woman witnesses the protein rich fluid that is secreted for few days after giving birth in a dream, it means her deliverance, or a childbirth.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Shopping for clothing in a department store reflects shopping for a new attitude or image of yourself Shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, for instance, might represent adopting upper-class values and attitudes about style and image. Trying on clothes at Macy’s may represent putting on the attitudes of the middle class. And going through the racks at Wal- Mart reflects concerns about getting the best bargain for your money, with little regard for your image.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If your dream involved a drugstore, it indicates that you would benefit from a change of scene. Maybe you should consider changing your social group, or even switching schools or jobs.... My Dream Interpretation
The drugstore is a place where so many needs can get met, and it is in those needs that the meaning of such a location can be found. Pharmaceuticals may relate to a health issue or healing that needs to take place.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Vision + Depth Psychology: If you are about to enter a drugstore: a warning to pay more attention to your health—if neglected, it might be in danger. Being sick and walking into a drugstore: recuperation is possible. This dream might also indicate your having to pay too much money for something.
If you are the pharmacist: you would like to be wealthy.... Dreamers Dictionary
Fear of deprivation; difficulties, and poverty, as in Savings, Coin, Counterfeit Money. You don’t trust what you have, or are trying to protect it. But you have additional resources and energies at your disposal.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Vision: Searching, wandering aimlessly, or getting lost symbolizes your present emotional state. You are looking for the right path—in matters of love as well as in other situations. Have you made a decision to go either Left or Right? Getting lost in the Fog or Darkness means you are ignoring the sympathy offered by a valuable person. Getting lost in the woods: See Forest.
Depth Psychology: You have maneuvered yourself into a difficult situation because you are on the wrong track or were led astray. Find a solution—quickly!... Dreamers Dictionary
Dreams of a grocery store represent plenty, abundance, wealth, and prosperity; the ability to provide for yourself. You are realizing that the fulfillment of your needs is at your fingertips. Consider what you buy at the grocery store, because it is significant. See Shopping.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Hardware is symbolic of all the structural and mechanical elements of life, and a store is your ready access to the things that can make your life run more efficiently. Also, since many of the tools and materials purchased at such a location relate to the act of building, a trip to the hardware store in a dream could point to the need to construct something new or reconstruct something that is no longer functioning effectively. What needs fixing?... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
Concerns about your nutrition, weight, and general health may be reflected if your dream takes place in the setting of a health food store. Dreams express the condition of the body, and important messages that recommend conscious change in behavior patterns that are destructive to your health may be conveyed clearly.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Entering a jewelry store in a dream may reflect concerns about expressing your radiant qualities and self-worth. Shopping for fine jewels may comment on your readiness to embrace your true value.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
To dream of a liquor store symbolizes a feeling of temptation. You may be surrounded by friends or family who are tempting you to act against your own judgment. You may feel overwhelmed by the vast possibility of poor choices around you. Alternatively you may be excited by the idea of acting outside the norm.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The search for the lost object or the lost chord epitomizes the search for enlightenment. In spiritual terms we do not know what we are looking for until we have found it.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Psychological / emotional perspective: To experience ourselves as being lost denotes confusion and perhaps a sense of rejection. This may be emotionally or mentally as much as physically. We have lost the ability or the motivation to make clear decisions.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Material aspects: To lose something in a dream may mean that we have forgotten matters that could be important. This may be an opportunity, a friend or a way of thought that has previously sustained us.
To suffer loss suggests that part of ourselves or our lives is now dead and we must learn to cope without it.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
(Getting lost) If a man of knowledge sees himself lost in a dream, it means that he will benefit people with his knowledge, that his teachings will spread widely and that he will be remembered for a long time after he dies. Getting lost in a dream also means bad luck.
If one loses a garment or a house in a dream, it means extra expenses, repairs, or taxes he will pay for his property. Ifone is stripped of his entire wardrobe in a dream, it means that he will avoid an evil and a costly incident.
(Also see Wandering)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Being lost depicts confusion, loss of motivation or ability to make clear decisions. Sometimes suggests issues in your life have arisen and not been noticed and you are being negatively influenced, in which case consider the environment in which you are lost. Lost in unknown place: it suggests you are in a new area of experience, a new situation or period of your life. You need to take stock calmly and get your bearings. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
1- To have lost something in a dream may mean that we have forgotten matters which could be important. This may be an opportunity, a friend or a way of thought which has previously sustained us.
To suffer loss suggests that part of ourselves or our lives is now dead and we must learn to cope without it.
2- To experience ourselves as being lost denotes confusion on whatever level is depicted in the dream. It may be emotionally or mentally as much as physically. We have lost the ability or the motivation to make clcar decisions.
3- The search for the lost object or the lost chord epitomises the search for enlightenment. In spiritual terms we do not know what we are looking for until we have found it.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Dreams of feeling lost denote that you are venting out feelings of insecurity and powerlessness while you are in the midst of a transition or transformation. Keep in mind that it is typical and healthy to feel unfamiliar, awkward, or out of your element as you integrate into your next level of evolution. Or perhaps you are lost because you’ve not taken the high road. This dream may be a message to rethink your steps, and travel mindfully from this point forward. See Abandon.... Strangest Dream Explanations
If the dreamer is lost, there is a department in his life in which he has “lost his way.” Look to other symbols in the dream to judge which department this is.
If in the dream he finds his way, all should be well. But if he awakens before he finds himself, he should probably seek outside help with regard to the matter in question.
If an object is lost, or a beloved friend or pet, the dreamer needs to assess what that object or being, and the loss thereof, means to him.
For example: A dream of losing one’s wallet could mean fear of financial loss. Look to other symbols in the dream to find ways to avoid what one fears. Astrological parallels: Neptune, Pisces Tarot parallel: The Moon... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If you dream that you are lost, you may be feeling worried and insecure about the path you are taking in life. Or, you may be trying to adjust and get accustomed to a new situation in which the rules and conditions are ever changing.
If you dream that someone else is lost, you have unresolved feelings about the person that is lost.... My Dream Interpretation
Being lost in a dream can reflect feelings of being “lost” and confused in everyday life. Being unclear about which direction to go in life. Also note certain idioms to which the dream may be alluding, such as “making up for lost time,” “lost for words,” or “lost in the shuffle.”... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia
Dreams in which you are lost link with feelings of confusion, lack of direction or conflict. The dream environment in which you are lost will define what the confusion or conflict is about. Sometimes this lost feeling arises because there are issues or changes in your life that you have not acknowledged or do not want to acknowledge.
If you have this dream, ask yourself in what sense you have lost your way. Have you lost your identity, are you confused about your career goals or unable to make clear decisions? Do you feel as if you have no direction in life? Identifying the problem area and considering your options should help you get right back on track. In spiritual terms, you do not know what you are looking for until you find it and the search for lost objects represents the search for enlightenment. Some psychologists believe that dreams about being lost may also signify a new beginning as they express the anxiety of leaving behind the old and familiar.
Dreams in which you are lost in a maze or labyrinth are classic symbols of difficulty or confusion in various areas of your life. Dreams in which someone else is lost represent issues or feelings regarding that person that are unresolved; they can also indicate a lost opportunity. Consider also whether there are aspects of the person you have dreamed you have lost within your own self. Perhaps you need to recapture and re-acknowledge those aspects. To dream of losing your partner is a common dream for people in long-term relationships, showing that you are exploring their possible death. It is not a prediction, only an awareness of a situation that may or may not occur whilst you are still alive or together with them. Dreams in which you are happily wandering alone in a desert, forest or unknown land may be prompted by feelings that the source of all your problems lies outside yourself. Your dreaming mind is urging you to look within for the answers.... The Element Encyclopedia
In these extremely common dreams, you are lost and feeling desperate. You may be buried alive or locked in a cage. Or you dream of not being able to move; you are powerless to scream or breathe. Such dreams may occur when you feel confusion or conflict about how to act in waking life. The images are influenced by biological roots and experiences. Feeling trapped or unable to move also mirrors what occurs to the large muscles of the body during normal REM sleep, when they are paralyzed to prevent the body from acting out dreams. Such dreams could reflect frustrations in waking life, such as feeling trapped in a relationship or a deadend job. The flip side to such dreams is a dream of discovering new spaces; you may open a door in your home to find a new room or find something new in the neighborhood. These dreams occur usually when you feel that an aspect of your life is opening up.... The Element Encyclopedia
For a woman to dream she has lost her wedding-ring, signifies she has but small love for her husband; but if she dreams she has found it again, it is a sign her love is not wholly lost And if a man dream of losing his shoes, and then his feet are bare, if he be of a sanguine complexion, it signifies be shall meet with reproaches, especially if be dreams it in the first day of the new moon.... The Complete Dream Book
Your dream suggests a preoccupation with lack and limitation, for we are usually looking for something that we already have.
The feeling of searching for something important and being unable to find it is challenging enough when it happens in life. In the language of symbols, it also taps into a deep fear shared by all people: the elusive search for meaning that all of us have to face from time to time in our lives. On the face of it, a dream of searching for a lost object has a primary purpose of helping us relieve stress so we can wake up the next day and face our day-to-day lives with greater psychic balance. This is the purpose of all recurring dreams of this nature.
If you have this dream on a regular basis, it may simply be a convenient way for your unconscious to process the pressures of everyday living. What it is that you are searching for should be your first consideration. Your personal associations with this object will reveal what you sense is currently elusive. When in doubt, ask yourself, “What does this thing do, or what is it for?” Keys represent your access to the various compartments of your life. Your wallet connects you to abundance and the ability to meet your needs in the world.
A more personal or specific item should be viewed through whatever meaning you assign to it.
If there is no specific thing that you are searching for or you do not know what it is that you have lost, the dream may be pointing to a free-floating sense of being inadequately prepared for some situation in your life. Where you are looking offers the next shade of meaning. Your own home connects to your personal sense of self. Any other environment should be used to guide you; where you feel that something has been lost may be telling you that a certain area of your life has left you feeling incomplete.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
In this dream, you are out somewhere and suddenly discover you have lost your purse or wallet and start to panic. You may try to retrace your steps but can’t find it and the problem gets worse when you realize you have also lost your keys and money. The loss of a dream purse or wallet suggests that change is occurring in your life and you are experiencing it largely with a sense of loss, confusion and even as a threat to your being. Your dreaming mind is urging you to reconnect with the things in life that bring you reassurance and joy, and to look towards the future with optimism instead of panic.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream of a music store suggests that you need to be more in tune with your instincts. Learn to pause before you speak or act, so you can think about what really is the best thing to do in this situation.
If you couldn’t find what you were looking for in the music store, this foretells arguments.... My Dream Interpretation
To dream that you are at a pet store, represents the responsibilities that you have in real life. Consider also the symbolism of any specific animal that you see or purchase - the dream may be telling you that you need to incorporate certain qualities of the animal(s) into your own self.... My Dream Interpretation
Stopping at a 7-Eleven in a dream may be a metaphor for enlightenment It may be a sign reminding you that life is abundant. Anything your heart desires can be available to you twenty-four hours a day if you adopt the law of abundance.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
To dream of a grocery or convenience store implies that you are feeling great pressure and stress with your personal thoughts and decisions. It may also mean that you are searching for alternative paths and choices.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
Dreams of a store signify materialism, options, opportunity and abundance. Your dream may be giving you the message to be mindful of what belief systems you are buying into. See Grocery Store, Shop and Mall.... Strangest Dream Explanations
A store can symbolize the assortment of opportunities and rewards that life offers you. However, dreaming that the store is closed or that you do now have enough money for your purchases indicates that you feel incapable of reaching what you want. In this sense, the dream recommends that you not make too high of goals and that you be more realistic.
If the store is a countryside store, it symbolizes evasion and protection.
It is possible that this dream also foretells discomfort, but in this experience you will gain knowledge. The store could suggest that you should isolate yourself so as to know your inner self more.
For the merchant, dreaming of a store is a sign of bad luck.
It is saying that you will suffer the pressure of creditors. For everyone else, the dream predicts prosperity, even when you do not buy anything. In this fashion, if you dream that you are working in a store, fortune will smile upon you.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
Book store—learning, study, research; clothing store—shopping for a new means of expression; department store—temptation and choices; drugstore—healing prescriptions; health food store—healthier diet; old- fashioned grocery store—inadequate nourishment; music store— harmony; supermarket—eating and living habits. See also MONEY AND SHOPPING.... The Element Encyclopedia
Basically, a lower storey of a building represents the unconscious; an upper storey, consciousness. The bottom-most basement might represent the collective unconsciousness (see Introduction, pages 41-42; the top storey might symbolize either worthy spiritual attainments or pursuits, or else a regrettable separation of the conscious ego from its roots in the unconscious, or from instincts and intuition.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
Dreams in which you meet someone who is yet to be born and they talk about their future life or birth and in time this comes to pass are one of the most stunning types of psychic dreams. They suggest that your dreaming mind may be able to communicate across the boundaries of time and space. Skeptics often dismiss such dreams as flights of fancy, but in dream interpretation, as in all disciplines, it is important to keep an open mind.... The Element Encyclopedia
To dream of a video store suggests that you are emotionally stressed, and you are trying to think of new ideas and look for the various choices out there for you, to find the one that will make you happier.... My Dream Interpretation
Symbol of commerce or greed, but also may refer to an independent life and taking care of the Self. What is offered in the warehouse or department store refers to talents that are available.... Little Giant Encyclopedia