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?
Am I faced with several choices?
Do I tend to live in the post?
Do / long to find my ‘spiritual home’?
2. Situation where things are moving too quickly. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A city in a dream also represents a learned person, a wise man and a scholar.
If one enters a city and finds it in ruins in his dream, it means that the learned people of that city no longer live there.
It is said that seeing a city in a dream means the death of its ruler or an unjust governor from that place. Seeing a city being built in a dream signifies the growing number of its learned people and represents children who will continue the path of their fathers. Seeing a city with no governor in a dream means rising prices.
An unknown city in a dream represents the hereafter, while a known city represents the world. Seeing oneself in an unknown city in a dream is also a sign of righteousness.
The best of cities in a dream are the large ones. One’s home town in a dream represents his father, while one’s homeland in a dream represents his mother. Seeing oneself in a northern city in a dream mean increase of one’s cash flow. Seeing oneself in a southern city means increase in one’s trickery and deception. Seeing oneself in a low plateau in a dream means difficulties and trouble, while seeing oneself in a high plateau means trustworthiness and truthfulness. Seeing oneself in Egypt in a dream means longevity and a comfortable living. Seeing oneself in a farmland in a dream means pursuing innovation. Seeing oneself in a bower in a dream signifies the coming of a prosperous year. Seeing oneself in Jerusalem or at the feet of Mount Sinai in a dream also means prosperity. Seeing oneself in Bethlehem in a dream means increased religious devotion. Seeing oneself in Damascus in a dream means blessings, prosperity and wealth, or it could mean corruption.
A cold city in a dream represents adversities. Seeing oneself in a shore city in a dream means winning people’s acceptance. Standing on a sulfuric soil or a salinized soil in a dream means an illness. Seeing oneself in a large and populated city in a dream means prosperity and wealth. Entering a city in a dream also means making peace between people. Driving through an unknown section of a city in a dream means losses. Entering an old city that is rebuilt and restored in a dream means that a great and a pious person will be born in that city and he will grow to guide its people on the path of righteousness.
A city in a dream also signifies an oath, meeting with one’s beloveds, peace, tranquility and safety. Meeting with Godfearing people in a dream means attaining one’s goals and receiving glad tidings. Seeing the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in a dream means adversities, earthquake, fear and corruption. Seeing a city in a dream also could mean repentance from sin. Aprovince in a dream represents its governor or renowned scholars. Governing a city in a dream means rising to a suitable position, getting married, recovering from an illness, repenting from sin, or receiving guidance at the hand of a learned shaikh. Seeing a deceased person walking alive in a city in a dream perhaps means that he is in paradise enjoying its blessings. Seeing a deceased person in a village in a dream means that he might be in hell laboring with its people.
A city in a dream also represents the entertainment it provides for its dwellers.
The name of a city one sees in a dream should reflect some of the meanings of one’s dream.
The industry of a city also has a share in the dream interpretation. Known cities in the world in a dream represent their rulers. Entering a city one already knows in a dream means that one will not die until he enters it again, or it could mean that he will receive news from that city.
The walls of a city represent a strong ruler.
A demolished wall of a city in a dream signifies the death of its ruler or his removal from office.
If one sees a flourishing city with its urban construction, factories and farms, his dream will reflect the spiritual awareness and religious devotion of its people.
(Also see Village)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If the city is filled with happy people it symbolizes righteousness.
If the city is on a high hill it symbolizes blessing.
If the city is being torn down or in ruins it symbolizes wickedness, Prov. 11:10-11... Christian Dream Symbols
A large city represents a source of contact, a hectic lifestyle, and stress. According to Freud, a symbol of woman.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
A city may represent a hub of concerns ranging from success in your career to your ability to get along with others, or it may reflect the concerns you have about choosing the nght livelihood.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Depth Psychology: The city often represents a desire for diversion. Are you looking for more companionship, contact with other people? Has your life become boring? Is there too little stimulation from the outside?... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dream about a deserted city, you may be experiencing a sense of loss or a spurning by those close to you.
To dream about a city in ruins indicates that you are not paying attention to your social networks and they are now beginning to fall apart.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
A deserted city may portray our feelings of having been neglected by others.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream that you are in a deserted city, or that you feel alienated from the activity of the city, then it means that you feel rejected by those around you.
To see a city in ruins, suggests that you are neglecting your social relationships and allowing them to deteriorate.... My Dream Interpretation
(3) A buried city, or a city at the bottom of the sea, may symbolize a neglected self. This would indicate a need to dip into your unconscious (for self).
(4) If it is the busy-ness of the city that is emphasized in your dream, ask yourself what this means in terms of your feelings about everyday life, or about people. Alternatively, what is going on in the city (confused, chaotic movement in opposing directions, for instance) may be symbolic of what is going on in yourself.
(5) Are you lost in the city? This probably represents a loss of direction in your life.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
A need for community and working together, reaching out to others. Intense energy, need for balance and taking time to smell the roses.... The Dream Books Symbols
If the city offers a beautiful spectacle it means that harmony reigns inside you. In case it is noisy and polluted, it is a clear indication that your ideas are altered by the internal chaos you are experiencing. On the other hand, the city can represent everything around you, including family and friends.
If you feel alone as you enter it in the dream, you can feel that way with your social role in reality.
If you dream that it is fortified with walls it will express your need for self- defense against outside threats; and a ruined city warns against neglected relationships. Finally, to get lost in the city shows your own existential loss.
Mythological cities usually have eight gates, one of which is sealed. Each door represents a change in your life; the eighth is the end of the trip, in other words, death.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If you have a dream set in an urban landscape, this is your dreaming mind’s way of exploring your social feelings and beliefs. It can also be an expression of your work and career aspirations. Alternatively, such dreams can also represent you as a person; as Jung pointed out, cities can be a symbol of the self. In particular, he noticed that in dreams the structure of a city is often symmetrical in the shape of a mandala. Jung interpreted mandalas as an expression of the fullness of the self and wholeness. According to Jung, every town and city that is mapped to a mandala format is an expression of the human desire for wholeness; in dreams, the pattern can remind dreamers that the path to happiness is not to be found in the city but within yourself.
To dream that you are in a deserted city or that you feel alienated from the activity of the city suggests that you feel rejected by those around you. To see a city in ruins denotes that you are neglecting your social relationships and allowing them to deteriorate. This dream image can also stand for the destruction or ideals and goals.
If the ruins are ancient, you may be yearning for an idealized past. A walled city may signify resistance to change and the refusal to accept or listen to new ideas. Alternatively, it may indicate a desire for seclusion so you can recharge your emotional or spiritual batteries. In contrast to the city, a dream set in a village may evoke a longing for simple and traditional values in waking life. It may be an attractive ideal for dreamers disillusioned with the rushed and impersonal nature of city life.... The Element Encyclopedia
A deserted city may portray our feelings of having been neglected by others.
2- A city usually has a core community, and we sometimes represent the place of work or opportunity in this way.
3- A spiritual community to which we belong can be represented by a city, sincc a city was originally given status becausc it had a cathedral.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To a young woman this dream is a foreboding of unhappy estrangement from her lover by her failure to keep virtue inviolate.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
According to Jung, the emphasis is on the motherly function and protection.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the city was abandoned like a ghost town, does this mirror your feelings of isolation in waking life?... The Element Encyclopedia
If you are shocked by it you will face a deplorable danger.
To see live electrical wire, foretells that enemies will disturb your plans, which have given you much anxiety in forming.
To dream that you can send a package or yourself out over a wire with the same rapidity that a message can be sent, denotes you will finally overcome obstacles and be able to use your enemies’ plans to advance yourself. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Something powerful that must be handled with care because it’s dangerous. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To dream of electrical wires is to be aware of the dreamer’s capability, while to dream of switches is to be aware of the ability to control.
2- If in a dream we receive an electric shock it shows we are not protecting ourselves from danger, and need to be more aware of external events.
3- Electricity represents the greater Spiritual Power.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A sudden increase in personal energy. Look to see what the source of power is for further insight.
The driving force within the dreamer. Where the electricity originates should shed more light on the meanings here.
Being a “live wire” or knowing someone who fits this description.
The counsel here is to maintain a good sense of grounding so that the energy doesn’t go to waste or become harmful.... The Language of Dreams
A sudden jolt can either be destructive or bring us back in line.
The muscle jerk as we fall asleep might be interpreted by the dreaming mind as an electric shock.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To dream of electrical wires is to be aware of our capability and perhaps our use of energy, while to dream of switches is to be aware of the ability to control situations around us.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Cross-circuiting or fused wires indicate possible business reverses or property loss due to carelessness.
Being shocked by a live wire or by static electricity signifies sudden surprising news.
T uming electricity on forecasts unexpected recognition for past efforts or favors.
Turning it off indicates depression or discouragement probably due to low vitality; try a vacation or a tonic.
A sudden general power failure in your dream suggests that you suspect you are wasting your energy; reassess your ambitions and consider a possible change of direction.
To be aware of a live wire (as opposed to being shocked by it) in your dream portends sudden opposition which you will have to circumnavigate by the use of careful diplomacy.
Tread softly and don’t try to force issues for a few weeks.
See also Lightning.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
See Energy.... The Dream Books Symbols
It is a positive dream when it comes to the dynamism and potential energy it symbolizes. However, it can also be an unconscious alert of a risk that you have not yet detected during wakefulness.
Dreaming of electricity indicates, generally, sudden changes that will not cause progress or pleasure.
If a shock is received you will have to deal with a deplorable danger. Seeing a flux of electricity through a wire predicts that your rivals will sabotage your plans.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If there is an accident in an power plant, and you can’t handle internal tension, this indicates repressed urges—see Termination, Attack, Fire, Surf, Kidnapping, Defloration, Flame, Violence, Greed, Harem, Skin Rash, Wire (High-Tension), Hooker / Prostitute, and in part Elf.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
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
• Sometimes dreams of being lost can relate to changes in your life that you’ve not yet adjusted to or acknowledged to yourself e.g. an unwanted divorce.
• Have you lost your way? Are you lacking in purpose and direction? Facing the confusion and getting help to clarify your options should get you back on track.... The Premier in Dream Dictionary
The unconscious, as in speaking in tongues—glossolalia—and of course in dreams, frequently moves towards clear awareness in stages.
The strange language is a halfway house, as is a dream.
If we bring focused attention to these, as explained in dream processing, the next step, clear verbal expression, can be reached. Speaking in language we are learning: the language is becoming habitual, making it possible to think in it. See speaking. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
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
It is a sign of domestic trouble if a woman dreams that she has Lost her weddin*” ring.
To dream that you have Lost your shoes, or some other important article of clothing is very unfortunate, for your troubles will be due to your own attempts at being too clever.... Mystic Dream Book
2. Difﬁculties in determining path or direction—usually in situations, often in life.
3. Reverse: good fortune is in the ofﬁng (to lose a game). ... New American Dream Dictionary
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
If you find a lost article you will have some good fortune come your way.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
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
If the theme of being lost recurs, it may point to a need to seek guidance spiritually or psychologically.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If you find a lost article you will have some good fortune come your way.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
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 someone else is lost, you have unresolved feelings about the person that is lost.... My Dream Interpretation
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
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
If such dreams are common, it would be a good idea to see a psychologist.
Multiplicity is the essential characteristic of all life events that register in the unconscious—the deeper in the unconscious, the more pronounced the multiplicity.
It is connected to the sympathetic nervous system, where whatever is happening is telegraphed to every cell in the body. Multiplicity has a destructive connotation, because it dissolves the unity of consciousness, occurring often where there is a conflict between the ego, the many different Ts, and influences in the environment. This dream may also point to conflicts and prejudices that are a hindrance.
According to the theorist Gurdjieff, the person who is not free always depends on many egos, and they make themselves known through such dreams. Other people suggest that the many egos of a person are what bring out his or her creative potential.
This dream often occurs during illnesses that are part physical and part psychological—delirium tremens, for example, where hallucinations involving many Mice are not uncommon.
However, multiplicity might also point to an early stage of a new awareness.
According to Freud, the frequency, or the accumulation, of symbols or facts in a dream indicates that they are real and will also appear during waking hours.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To be alone in New York City without any friends or companions is symbolic of being totally on your own. Whatever projects or enterprises you’re facing right now are likely to have to be done almost entirely on your own.
The bright lights of New York City at night, especially if they blink on and off, symbolize an encouraging message that the solution to a problem you’ve been wrestling with will come to you in a bolt of inspiration.
Dreaming of hearing any of the vast number of songs about New York City represents reassurance that a cherished goal or project of yours will indeed manifest - with a lot of work.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If the city was deserted or you felt alienated from the people/activity of the city, this suggests that you feel rejected by those who are currently around you.... My Dream Interpretation
The more modern approach to interpreting a dream with strangers in it is that they represent different sides or unfamiliar aspects of our personality.
The best way to tell is to “check inside” of yourself and simply try to understand the message of this dream. Whether the message is coming from your unconscious or from a different reality might be irrelevant.
The lessons gained through a dream are far more important then where they came from. Just remember: The mind that dreamt the dream also knows its source and meaning (and that is YOUR own mind). See also: People... The Bedside Dream Dictionary
The image can also point to the shadow (the stranger within), rejected or unknown characteristics in yourself that you don’t want to see. See Shadow.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you dream of being in love with a stranger in your dream, especially if the dream is recurring, your heart is longing for a true love to call your own.... My Dream Interpretation
(2) Fear of a stranger may be an expression of neurotic free-floating anxiety, which, says Freud, may be a result of roused but unsatisfied, unused libido. (Repressed emotion of any kind will be transformed into anxiety.)... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If in dreams you talk to a stranger it means that you will receive news from some distant place. According to some oracles, the interpretation of this dream is reversed, namely, your friends will come to help.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The unknown assailant who chases us may simply be trying to give us our forgotten lunch money or an umbrella because it is raining. When there are clear personality traits apparent and the person’s identity is unknown to you, it likely points to an area of development within your own personal makeup. An angry or aggressive stranger may point to an integration of that energy into consciousness.
A more helpful or gentle stranger indicates that softer elements are being called into prominence. Whatever end of the continuum your dream stranger is on, be prepared to consider the necessity and power of the energy he or she is embodying in the dream.
A deliberate concealment of identity can also indicate a matter of the unconscious tricking the conscious into hearing a difficult piece of information; for just as in life, it is sometimes easier to hear impactful news from a stranger than from someone we love.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If such images appear, it is important not to ignore them as you need to acknowledge these dream figures as reflections of an aspect of yourself in order to face up to your fears.
If you do not do so, you will continually come up against feelings of insecurity and low self- esteem in waking life. The stranger in a dream represents that part of yourself that you do not know. There may be feelings of conflict or tension but you need to deal with these dark images before you can progress in waking life. Jung referred to the shadow as the dark side of a person that you would like to keep hidden—’the thing a person has no wish to be’. The shadow can be thought of as an instinctive and primitive side of your personality that you are trying to repress.
Dream strangers therefore generally represent aspects of your character that you either haven’t consciously acknowledged or that you have neglected. This is why they appear unfamiliar or strange in your dream. How these strangers look and behave will give you an important clue to the nature of the problem area.
If a sinister figure does appear in your dream, try not to avoid confronting it. Notice how it tries to control the action in your dream. Observe what negative aspects of yourself it may be addressing and try to address them in your waking life.
Self-destructive urges are less likely to overwhelm you if you are prepared to confront them.
If dream strangers represent aspects of your personality any spacemen, aliens or extraterrestrials in your dream usually indicate that you are feeling threatened by alien forces or situations. Starting a dialogue with them should help you understand them better and allay your fears of the unknown. The same applies if a foreigner appears in your dream speaking an unfamiliar language.... The Element Encyclopedia
Situational: Think back to see if you met someone recently who made a stronger impression than initially realized.
A part of yourself with which you have remained unfamiliar.
Does the stranger say anything? This may be an important observation, insight, or question to ponder. Strangers are sometimes easier to talk to because they have no personal involvement in our situations, so your subconscious may personify itself through such images.... The Language of Dreams
If you dream of Strangers, the more of them the better, it means the assistance of kind friends, who will help you on in life.... Mystic Dream Book
Strangers in your dream forecast happy reunions with valued friends.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Moving slowly in a dream may reflect taking your time and considering each step necessary for success. Alternatively, it can indicate procrastination or delays that may or may not be of your own doing.
Rapid movement represents hasty actions which may not have been thoroughly thought out. This can also reflect that you are moving through life so quickly and busily that you never stop to smell the roses.
Dream sequences that go in very slow motion are usually replays of something that’s happened so that you can examine the details more closely and from an alternative perspective.... The Language of Dreams
The walls of a city in a dream also represent the most pious and devout worshiper in that city, its most renowned men of knowledge, its supremejustice, or its just ruler. Seeing the walls of a city in a dream also meansjoy, festivities and celebrations.
(Also see Balcony; Castle; Citadel; Wall)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2. Feeling as if a friend has been lost.
3. Domestic difﬁculties. ... New American Dream Dictionary