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Dreams of Being Lost

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You know where you are going and you think you have taken the correct route. But suddenly nothing looks familiar. You look around to try to locate where you need to be, but you feel disoriented. You even ask someone for directions, but when you try to follow the directions, they seem to make no sense. You cannot even retrace your steps to return to your starting point!

Did you ever have a dream like that? A dream in which you are sure you know where you are going, only to find yourself lost? Having a dream of being lost is very common. It can make you feel confused and irritated when you cannot find the right way to where you want to go. Some dreams may include looking for a lost friend. What is the “lost” dream all about? How does it reflect upon what is going on in our real lives? Can we learn from dreams like this?

Losing Your Way
Dreams of being lost can vary and have many different meanings. The type of dream mentioned above is your mind’s way of telling you that you have lost your way in life. Are you paying attention to what is really important in life, or are insignificant things draining you of all your time and attention? If so, you may be losing focus of the big picture. Stop and re-evaluate your life. Make sure that significant areas in your life – marriage, children, and spirituality – are not being ignored because you have no time for them.

Unfamiliar Surroundings
Another “lost” dream scenario is similar to the first one, but this time, you may find yourself in a scary neighbourhood. You are so frightened to be there that stopping to ask for directions is not a possibility. The only thing you want to do is get home, but no matter which way you turn, you cannot seem to find your way. You may awaken scared and fearful. This type of lost dream may signify a difficult decision with which you are being faced. One route may be familiar, but keep you from what you really want. The other route may be unfamiliar, but ultimately will be more satisfying.

Look at your life closely to see what decisions may be making you uncomfortable. For example, maybe you are thinking of leaving your hometown of many years to move closer to family. While the prospect of leaving something as familiar to you as your hometown is scary, the ability to be closer to family – both physically and emotionally – will be a greater payoff in the end. Maybe you are thinking about leaving a job that is boring, but comfortable to start a new career, doing something you love, but with an unpredictable future. Look closely at your choices to see which one would ultimately make you happier. It is always frightening to leave the familiar, but the payoff of an important change could be immense.

Losing Someone Important
Yet another type of lost dream is one in which you lose someone important to you. Maybe you are shopping and you lose a friend and spend the dream searching for them. Of course, you never find them in your dream and you wake up feeling frustrated and sad. The meaning of this type of “lost” dream is pretty clear-cut. Think of people in your life and determine if there is someone important, with which you have lost contact. Examine why that person is no longer in your life. It may be that the reason you lost contact with them now seems petty. If so, contacting that person may put your mind at ease.

Dreams of being lost can be scary – after all, no one likes to feel like they are wandering aimlessly and cannot find their way home. Take time to examine your life, re-evaluate your priorities, see what pressing decisions you have to deal with or what friendships have been lost and for what reasons. If you can sort through those feelings, you may find your dreams of being lost going vanishing.

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liz - 20-Jun-19 @ 9:00 AM
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Nance - 31-May-19 @ 7:47 PM
I dreamt I was at sea world, some odd reason I was taking a nap when i woke up and a baby was next to me. I picked him up. Next thing I know I was outside SeaWorld lost trying to get back to sea world. I was frantic, I didn't know why I still had this baby, I wanted to bring him back and I had a boy with me that was very slow. I just wanted the baby back. This was my strangest dream.
Cher - 26-May-19 @ 3:50 PM
I dreamt that my classmates and I were in a car and one of my classmates were driving me home. They dropped me off by a gate that looked somehow familliar to my grandmother’s hometown gate, but when I got through the gate, there were three paths I had to take. The middle path was a dead end, and it looked like some trash was on that path. It looked really short too. I took the middle path first and of course, I just saw trash. Then I turned to the left part. It was really scary and dark, but I kept walking. I kept walking and walking until I found a few streetlights that are kind of dying, and I saw a few houses with no lights at all. The neighbourhood looked really scary, dark, and unfamilliar but I just kept on walking hoping I’d find my house. Then the dream ended. I never took the right path. The right path looked like a really long path and It looked like a pain to walk in that path... and I always wonder what the right path would’ve given me.
lucidlips - 11-Apr-19 @ 12:18 PM
I dreamt That I was driving my car in a very narrow road. It almost felt like it was a car chase me from the back.I saw it overturn and I ended up in the place where everyone was rushing trying to find your way there with the new road is wide and narrow and I wasn’t sure which way to go so I saw a guy was having a wee in public just by the corner. I am still on the way to where I was going and told me to go back inside and follow the narrow road. I went back inside , I knew where the narrow toad was but I was struggling to get to it Or to find it.
Bee - 17-Mar-19 @ 7:47 AM
I had dreamt of being lost in unfamiliar surrounding and j am unable to make any kind of contact with my family but after being asked the people therethey lend me a helping hand offered me food and shown me the right path to return to my home
Vital pulp - 10-Feb-19 @ 2:59 AM
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Pabz - 3-Feb-19 @ 11:58 PM
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DaPinkVelvet - 22-Jan-19 @ 1:29 PM
My dream was really weird. I had awoken in school and met up with really weird adults. I didn't understand what I was doing there so I decided to leave. None of the guards in my school stopped me from leaving aside from 3 classmates who did. They asked me where I was going, I said "Home". Then somehow I ended up in a hospital (?) then started to cry at some stairs going up. And from running, I apparently lost my shoes. A little boy then saw me then gave me a pair of slippers. Then I decided to go out of the said place, but before I could the little boy asked if he could join me in looking for my family, I said "Yes please". I then met up with his mother or guardian with their car and walked across the street to where my house is. But.. I was so confused since the buildings were different and when I turned to look at my house, it was still in construction. So we walked to it and entered, along the way I had asked his guardian if you would ever believe someone who was a child of a mother that had a son way back, she said no. I was so hesitant to open the door (i live in a building) and when i opened it, everything looked the same. Except there was no room where I slept at nor baby pictures of me with them. After looking around the door had opened and asked me who I was. My own father and brother doesn't remember me then I woke up hyperventilating, tired, and with tears in my eyes.
lunii - 3-Jan-19 @ 3:24 AM
For two consecutive nights I dreamt of getting lost in my own hometown. The first night I was trying to get my way home and I was right at the town center, a place which I am familiar with. However, the more I walked the more I'm getting no where. I was just going round and round. I tried to use my cell phone to get help but all I saw was an abstract screen. In the dream, it was due a shared line with my ex-husband (something to that extend though not logical) and causing me not able to make call with the phone. I continued walking and eventually I saw my ex-husband, I told him I couldn't find my way I just didn't get it. He seems to take it lightly and couldn't be bothered. I was furious and I think he should have at least tell me the directions. The second night I dreamt of losing my directions again in the same town, my own hometown. If I remember correctly, I was there for work or something, I think I was carrying my laptop. I was trying to get home but I got lost. From a place that look familiar to me to a place that is totally unfamiliar. I was going round and round again and the unfamiliar place seems unsafe. There are strangers (men) staring at me as I walked. I decided to use GRAB (company that offers ride-hailing), but I just couldn't find any applications on my cell phone. I continue walking and going round and round until finally I saw someone familiar, my relatives. I decided to walk over to join them.
BeeBee - 1-Jan-19 @ 11:27 AM
Had a dream that I was lost & couldn't find my way home, I asked people for a ride & it was always in a minute. I had a very small bike that was hard to ride & would've taken forever to get home. I woke up exhausted.
Nana - 18-Dec-18 @ 7:34 PM
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen. I dreamt and lost my way buh I know the road already but lost it all completely and then was walking with one of respectful colleague. We got to a scary place and passed there. Was still walking and couldnt locate the place. We got to a place and someone, a friendly lady volunteered to show me who will direct us to our former place (where we came from), as we were discussing, and people came around to show us the way. The way one of the guys sounded, it seems we would pass through water to get to our destination. One of the guys to take me to the place asked me if I can still remember where we were going, I said yes and explained to him buh lo and behold, I couldnt see the guy (my colleague) that was with me. I was worried and do not know where to start looking for him buh I concluded in my mind to follow them so that they show me the road. They have already started to go, when I now remembered to take that my friendly lady's phone number so that I can call her when i get to where I was going and also to ask her how much it will take me to get where I was going bcos I do not have enough cash in my purse. I was removing the password from my phone inorder to take her phone number before i woke up from sleep. Pls, what could be the meaning of this. Thank you very much and more grace
GOD IS GOOD - 12-Dec-18 @ 8:41 AM
I had this dream tonight where I was with my husband and had picked up his friend then went to get sample of plantlife then I hear cop cars and was going to move the car and left them. I tried to turn around but ended up at home where our male roommate teased me. I plugged in my phone, sat down, and a few minute later remembered I left them. Started panicking and crying trying to find them. Called our best friend ho had not heard from them and I left still upser because my husband had not contacted me. This dream jolted me awake about 10 minutes after my husband left for work.
Rachael - 7-Dec-18 @ 10:36 AM
i have dream a wonderful day and a lovely dream then turns into an exciting adventure where i always lost in a awful river which one flows rapidly and in my second dream lately it is soft then. i dont know why i dreamed of this the river is always in my dream.... please help me understand. after the river there was killing o animals or war/choas. Please i ask you a favor to email me the answer ??
kahl - 29-Nov-18 @ 11:18 PM
I have recently had this dream where I found myself in my school, confident of where I was going, then when I walked up the stairs, it looked more like the hallway at my church. The hallway was filled with people I didn’t know and I just quickly ran around the corner, to find myself in a hallway that looked like it belonged at my school. There was a classroom to my left with an unfamiliar teacher standing in the doorway. I watched a bunch of people I had never seen before walk into the classroom, but then I saw my friend walk right past me, into the room. I tried to say something to her but she walked past like I wasn’t there. Right after that is when I woke up.
Kat - 26-Nov-18 @ 12:27 PM
Having a reoccurring dream/nightmare. I am stuck in a strange town, apparently not too far from my home town where I grew up (which I despise and will never return to).I am politely always asking people for directions to the nearest bus stop that will take me home and I either get "can't help you" or a bizarre set of directions that are too hard to follow.No taxi ranks are available either or I have an extensive waiting time for someone to give me a ride. So in each dream I can never get home and what should be simple seems impossible and I feel trapped.
Ad - 29-Oct-18 @ 4:40 PM
i dream't of being lost in place familiar to me and i was heading home with a friend walking but as we headed up the normal route we ended up somewhere else i have never seen before. We kept looking for someone to ask directions when we finally did we took the route and i ended up in a church with the pastor praying and i sat an listened for a while then i left to go home just walking along the road however i ended up in a place which is home in the dream but not in real life with family i don't live with and my ex boyfriend was living there but we were not staying in the same room or speaking to each other we haven't spoken in about 2 months after the break up, he looked old and had grey hair but i looked same way.The family in the house are people he had issues with and it had alot to with our break up. I am a hindu and i never attended church and i don't usually go temple. I just think this dream is strange to me and i would like your advice...
candy - 22-Oct-18 @ 3:54 PM
My dreams are starting bother me have had the same dream about being in another city and can’t for the life of me get back weather it’s in another state or city but it a scary feeling when you can’t find your way back home I ask for directions but I’m still lost when I fallow them I don’t know how to stop dreaming about this and it’s really starting to mess with my head
Royster676 - 21-Oct-18 @ 8:27 PM
I have had several dreams in where I'm going hiking and there is a particular trail that I want to go to. I know what the trail looks like, I know the landmarks to look for.I think I'm headed in the right direction to the path and some things look familiar but I cant seem to find it. Do you have any insight on what that could mean?
Kpup - 18-Oct-18 @ 4:07 AM
I have recurring dreams of being lost weather it be not being able to find my way home or to school that I haven't been to in years, lately it's been trying to find my husband and/or daughter, last night there where even angry ghosts.
Flop - 11-Oct-18 @ 12:38 PM
I have 2 reoccurring dreams. The first one is getting lost or taking the wrong way and going on some kind of adventure. The 2nd one is the one in question. I am going through my house and I find a secret panel that opens up into many rooms. Some of these rooms are finished, some are very elegant and some have funiture covered in white sheets. Some rooms are dirty.It keeps opening up to more and more rooms. I want to rent these rooms out. sometime I do and have a lot of extra income. This seems to be especially important in this dream.
pilotchic1 - 3-Oct-18 @ 2:29 AM
i have a reoccurring dream and though the scenario is different the theme is always the same.I am in familiar surroundings but completely out of control.I keep trying to figure things out but the harder I try the more out of control it gets.sometimes im trying to find my way home, and end up in the same place.sometimes im working in my office but everything has changed and im trying to figure it out but end up scared, frustrated, like im spinning my wheels and getting no where.
what? - 26-Sep-18 @ 1:34 PM
This one is one of the commonest dream, I saw every now and then , since past 10-12 years. I want to reach some place , and there are many obstacles , many work and other things because of which I am not able to reach that place no matter how hard I try to overcome that obstacle
Kiran - 22-Sep-18 @ 11:35 AM
Sfa - Your Question:
Hi there are three dreams that I would like to know 1 I dreamt where I'm at school writing exams but I don't finish writing until time is up2 I dreamt where someone takes my money or lost my wallet or someone cut my bank card into pieces3 I dreamt about going home but get lost and I don't reach home until I wake upPlease explain to me and give solutions

Our Response:
There are no solutions we can offer. But it does sound as though your life is slightly disorganised or you are feeling some frustrations and financial difficulties currently. Only trying to sort your life out and get yourself back on an even-keel will help here. However, sometimes such situations are out of control. Your situation will resolve itself as everything always does. Good luck.
AnalyseDreams - 21-Sep-18 @ 11:04 AM
Hi there are three dreams that I would like to know 1 I dreamt where I'm at school writing exams but I don't finish writing until time is up 2 I dreamt where someone takes my money or lost my wallet or someone cut my bank card into pieces 3 I dreamt about going home but get lost and I don't reach home until I wake up Please explain to me and give solutions
Sfa - 20-Sep-18 @ 9:29 AM
Holly - Your Question:
Hi, many thanks for your response to my message on August 16th. I used to have a dream very frequently when I was a lot younger, it was about my mother. We were in a shopping mall and inside was a food van, my mother asked me to get her a Diet Coke as her sugar levels were low (I know this doesn’t make sense but at the time my mother told me she had diabetes and as a young child I didn’t understand what this meant, I just knew she drank Diet Coke instead of full fat coke) I got her the drink but as I gave it to her she suddenly collapses into a million jigsaw pieces, a voice comes over a tannoy to say that I have ten seconds to put her back together otherwise she’ll be gone forever, a countdown begins and I try my hardest to put her back together but it doesn’t work and she blows away as if she’s a tornado and after that I wake up. I used to have this dream a lot when I was young, I stopped having it until recently when I had it again, is there a reason why I had it again recently and what is the meaning behind this dream?

Our Response:
You're welcome. If your mother was ill and still is, it may be a subconscious reminder of the fragility of her health. It could co-incide with some particular recent worry about her health that has raised its head again. We are all fragile beings, alive but simultaneously at the mercy of circumstances that are beyond us. We all know that life can disappear in a puff of smoke and this may be where your concerns lie.
AnalyseDreams - 13-Sep-18 @ 12:29 PM
Julah - Your Question:
I been having a dream this past where I am in a familiar place from my past like my first job and my childhood neighborhood and I see someone I know from the present and they tell me they'll go get the directions and be right back! But they never come back. What could this mean I'm not scared in the dream just calmly wait

Our Response:
It may be that you are subconsciously being observational in your dream and filing people away under the category named 'the past'.
AnalyseDreams - 13-Sep-18 @ 11:13 AM
Hi, many thanks for your response to my message on August 16th. I used to have a dream very frequently when I was a lot younger, it was about my mother. We were in a shopping mall and inside was a food van, my mother asked me to get her a Diet Coke as her sugar levels were low (I know this doesn’t make sense but at the time my mother told me she had diabetes and as a young child I didn’t understand what this meant, I just knew she drank Diet Coke instead of full fat coke) I got her the drink but as I gave it to her she suddenly collapses into a million jigsaw pieces, a voice comes over a tannoy to say that I have ten seconds to put her back together otherwise she’ll be gone forever, a countdown begins and I try my hardest to put her back together but it doesn’t work and she blows away as if she’s a tornado and after that I wake up. I used to have this dream a lot when I was young, I stopped having it until recently when I had it again, is there a reason why I had it again recently and what is the meaning behind this dream?
Holly - 12-Sep-18 @ 8:20 PM
I been having a dream this past where I am in a familiar place from my past like my first job and my childhood neighborhood and I see someone I know from the present and they tell me they'll go get the directions and be right back! But they never come back. What could this mean I'm not scared in the dream just calmly wait
Julah - 12-Sep-18 @ 4:00 PM
Neecy - Your Question:
Hi, I'm 43 year old woman and I keep having a occasional recurring dream that I'm at my old high school. The thing is though I'm not attending my old school. I've graduated long ago, but I'm at some kind of event that takes place there. I'm also there with people from the church I grew up in. Some people I grew up with in church, and some people that watch me grow up like my grandmothers church circle of friend's, her pastor, and her pastors family, and grandchildren. I remember feeling like I don't want to be there at all, but I'm there anyway. In the dream I'm acting like I'm ok with being at my old school, but because of the people from my past I'm ready to leave, but I can't find my way out. The school becomes like a maze I can't figure out.

Our Response:
Are you currently trying to escape from some connection to your past in some way? Has something dragged you back subconsciously? It might be something very fleeting, such as someone or a situation from your past. Or it may be something in your life currently which has jogged a feeling of not wanting to return to your previous life. Likewise, it could be a situation that you are currently in that reminds you of a past situation that you were unable to find a logical way out from. If you think hard enough, you will make the connection.
AnalyseDreams - 10-Sep-18 @ 2:33 PM
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