7 Common Dream Themes and Their Spiritual Meanings


God can speak to us in many ways and one amazing way is through our dreams at night.

But unfortunately, most people don’t understand their dreams.

Many people wonder, ”What do my dreams mean?

After interpreting thousands of dreams for people, I began to notice patterns and common themes.  Dreams like flying, falling, teeth coming loose, running or being chased, having a baby, showing up naked, going to the bathroom in public, being late for a test …  recognize any of these?

Chances are you have had one or more of these common dream themes.

Here are 7 common dream themes and their basic meanings.  Your dream may have many more details, so know that I’m generalizing here.


By far, flying dreams are the most common.  Dreams that involve flying without the use of an airplane are usually very positive (depending on context).  They indicate you have a high degree of creativity, you have the ability to rise above circumstances, and you are possibly maturing spiritually.


The second most common dream involves your teeth coming loose or falling out.  This type of dream reveals that you are in need of direction.  Teeth chew food and make the food useful for the body.  Symbolically, teeth chew the Word or teaching of God, so it can be digested and made useful through application.  Chewing, or thinking about something, brings deeper understanding.  That’s why teeth coming loose or falling out means that you’re in need of direction, wisdom or advice.

Baby or pregnant

Both men and women can have this type of dream.  Most of the time, it is not a literal dream, but a symbolic one.  It’s referring to birthing something new into your life.  It could be a new job, a gift, an anointing, creativity, or even a clever invention.

Running or being chased

More often than not, dreams that involve running can be frightening.  This type of dream usually represents one of two situations – you are either running from something in your life, or you are being chased down by your own destiny, and it’s trying to catch up with you.  Either situation can seem scary, because they both require major changes.  This type of dream is a strong indication that there’s some calling on your life that you have yet to fulfill.  Why would something evil try to prevent you from this?  It is because you have something great to fulfill in your life for God.


Dreams in which you are falling indicate that you are out of control in your life.  Falling can also suggest that you may need to let go and take some risk.  Most people who have falling dreams also have flying dreams.  If you’re having a repeated falling dream, this indicates you need peace in your life.  Once the peace manifests, you can get the creative juices flowing and fly again.

Showing up late

Showing up late for anything in a dream is a warning to not miss what is coming.  It is just making you aware of something approaching.  So when you wake up, ask God to help you catch whatever it is.  Not able to run, move, or speak

Whenever we are unable to run or move in a dream, it indicates that something is trying to stop us or hold us back in life.  This interpretation can also be applied to dreams when we are not able to speak or cry out for help.  This can indicate there are dark forces working against you.  But, the good news is that there must be something great for you to fulfill, and that is why you are getting so much resistance.

So the next time you have one of these common dreams, you will be much more prepared to not only understand it but also how to respond to it.

What is a common dream theme you’ve noticed in your own dreams?

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~ Doug Addison

Doug AddisonDoug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages which he has shared on television, radio and the internet for over a decade.  Doug brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.


7 Common Dream Themes and Their Spiritual Meanings — 2 Comments

  1. I wish in no way to be presumptuous, but every believer must come to the understanding that every one is every singel moment under the influence of either demonic spirits or of God’s Spirit because there is no ‘neutral zone’ in the spiritual realm (in which we all exists)
    God never gives dreams without explanation and therefore is also these kinds of “dream interpretation” not from God.

    God that for to keep a sound mind we shall meditate on His Word (day and night), because if we don’t, we will meditate on Satan’s Word.

    “This book of the Law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein, for THEN thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and THEN thou shalt have good success( in body´, soul and spirit) Joshua 1:8

  2. I realize I am in need of direction because in my dream this morning my tooth was loose then it fail out. I have been consistent in paying my tithes, offerings, sowing and apply finances for the poor. I have a curtain amount in my account and need of car insurance, property taxes paid, need my passport paid for, and need to provide of my teenage son.  I need some direction on my matters and a supernatural miracle to over throw all of them because I have more needs than money for all areas in my life. Please pray for me.