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Dreams of Being Lost

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 12 Jun 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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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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In my dream, I just returned from MX(not a good experience) and a bunch of us where downtown and I couldn't get a ride home since I lived so far. I was not lost. I knew exactly where I was, but I couldn't get home. Nobody would give me a ride, my friends and family weren't picking up the phone and the taxis weren't around because it was so late at night already.
Shortyanna - 12-Jun-18 @ 1:28 PM
I dream I went back to the place I were before but I lost my way because I haven't been back there for a long period time. The place has been changed. A place is a room I was once there, I can't even remember the room number or floor #. The scary part was I didn't have my cell with me, I left it at home and I have no money with me, all I have is a key change in my hand and I don't know if I even have a key to open the door to the room .I was thinking omg, no one will know where I go, my friend will think I abandon him because I don't reply his message . My husband will not know where to look for me neither. I didn't even have a car with me, I walked and scared it will be dark if I don't walk back soon but then I lost the direction to find way home too.
TT - 5-Jun-18 @ 2:21 PM
CG - Your Question:
My dream started with me being in some sort of a cafe. I have never seen this place in my life for real but there was nothing threatening about it. I saw a new friend of mine sitting on another table. I so saw a big group of young people, preferably students walk into the cafe and have a seat at one of the table. After some time, I walked out of the cafe. And I realized that I had got lost. The majority of the dream was about running/walking on the road to get back to my home (or possibly back to that cafe). While running on the road, I came across a swing, the one that is usually there in children's playgrounds. I hopped on to the swing and was trying to swing only to find out that it was too low for me because my entire lower body was touching the ground. Hence, it was probably for someone way to smaller than me. So I continued to look for my home. Again, looking a way to get back was around 80% of my dream. Finally I came across a building of sorts. I entered it cautiously. Moving through the building, I came across a wall that had long greean insects crawling across it. And right next to wall I saw a passage that had light coming out of it. Since the entire dream till now was during twilight, the bright light clearly showed that the passage would take me out of the building and to the place where I wanna go. I swiftly ran through the passage and out of the building and I was a little relieved/happy. I stood there for a second trying to figure out where I should go next now that I have come to a clearly better place. And then suddenly one of those long insects (the color was greenish to dark) moved on the ground right next to my leg. I got alarmed and spotted another one moving swiftly one the ground next to me on the other side. I gasped and that is when I woke up.If it helps, I am a 22 year old male student. A couple days ago, I had a dream of cockroaches.Kindly help me to figure out what my subconscious is trying to tell me.Thanks.

Our Response:
It seems that you may be or 'think' you are on a certain trajectory whether this is on your course work or study or in life in general, but there are obstacles in your way. These may be conscious or subconscious ones. The fact you are lost and in an environment with other young people to start with may mean it is regarding your college life. If you were sitting on a table apart from others, then this may mean in some way that you feel distanced from your peer group. The travels to find your way back to familiarity means that you may feel that you cannot see your way through the course. The insects and swing not working properly may mean small annoyances keep occurring. The light at the end of the tunnel is there, it may just take you a little bit of time to get to it (i.e reach your goal). However, given that there are insects still around may mean that there will continue to be small annoyances along the way.
AnalyseDreams - 4-Jun-18 @ 12:02 PM
My dream started with me being in some sort of a cafe. I have never seen this place in my life for real but there was nothing threatening about it. I saw a new friend of mine sitting on another table. I so saw a big group of young people, preferably students walk into the cafe and have a seat at one of the table. After some time, I walked out of the cafe. And I realized that I had got lost. The majority of the dream was about running/walking on the road to get back to my home (or possibly back to that cafe). While running on the road, I came across a swing, the one that is usually there in children's playgrounds. I hopped on to the swing and was trying to swing only to find out that it was too low for me because my entire lower body was touching the ground. Hence, it was probably for someone way to smaller than me. So I continued to look for my home. Again, looking a way to get back was around 80% of my dream. Finally I came across a building of sorts. I entered it cautiously. Moving through the building, I came across a wall that had long greean insects crawling across it. And right next to wall I saw a passage that had light coming out of it. Since the entire dream till now was during twilight, the bright light clearly showed that the passage would take me out of the building and to the place where I wanna go. I swiftly ran through the passage and out of the building and I was a little relieved/happy. I stood there for a second trying to figure out where I should go next now that I have come to a clearly better place. And then suddenly one of those long insects (the color was greenish to dark) moved on the ground right next to my leg. I got alarmed and spotted another one moving swiftly one the ground next to me on the other side. I gasped and that is when I woke up. If it helps, I am a 22 year old male student. A couple days ago, I had a dream of cockroaches. Kindly help me to figure out what my subconscious is trying to tell me. Thanks.
CG - 3-Jun-18 @ 4:11 PM
Maria - Your Question:
I dreamt that I got lost in a trail, while I went out for a jog and then come across a block of houses and apartments and I was asking people for help to get back home. What does this mean???

Our Response:
It means somehow you feel in life you have gone slightly off course from a direction you were heading in. You would need to analyse how you think this may be.
AnalyseDreams - 31-May-18 @ 3:01 PM
I dreamt that I got lost in a trail, while I went out for a jog and then come across a block of houses and apartments and I was asking people for help to get back home. What does this mean???
Maria - 29-May-18 @ 6:34 AM
Somya - Your Question:
I have being dreaming about a girl and boy who lost their way. I am trying to finding way and going for dropping him. I really do like to know.Thank n regards

Our Response:
There is too little information to give more analysis about this dream than the article gives, sorry.
AnalyseDreams - 15-May-18 @ 2:41 PM
I have being dreaming about a girl and boy who lost their way. I am trying to finding way and going for dropping him. I really do like to know. Thank n regards
Somya - 15-May-18 @ 1:56 AM
None - Your Question:
I am a single retired senior at 60 and I’m in the process of moving from Hollywood back to old familiar ground in Long Beach Ca. I’ve taken all the necessary steps toward what I think may be best for me. But there is no rest or real solid connection when I’m out looking for a place there. I’ve been having these scary dreams of being lost and can’t find my way back home. I’ve had 3 of the same dreams since I started this process. The only reason I desired to move, is that I’m tired of the busy tourist areaI would hate to make the wrong choice and end up unhappy.so I’m thinking this is not the right thing to do at the moment.

Our Response:
I think you have answered your own questions here in this dream. The fact your dream is of being lost and not being able to find your way home, means that your real 'home', is the place that you are trying to get back to. Sometimes, we make decisions that we feel are best for us. However, in this case your subconscious is strongly objecting to your conscious decision to move elsewhere. I'm all for trusting our gut instincts and going with what they are telling us. Perhaps a compromise may help, in that you could try to move to a quieter space within your present locality. Or take heed of the UK saying; 'when in doubt - do nowt'. Best of luck with whatever you decide.
AnalyseDreams - 23-Apr-18 @ 11:17 AM
I am a single retired senior at 60 and I’m in the process of moving from Hollywood back to old familiar ground in Long Beach Ca. I’ve taken all the necessary steps toward what I think may be best for me. But there is no rest or real solid connection when I’m out looking for a place there. I’ve been having these scary dreams of being lost and can’t find my way back home. I’ve had 3 of the same dreams since I started this process. The only reason I desired to move,is that I’m tired of the busy tourist area I would hate to make the wrong choice and end up unhappy....so I’m thinking this is not the right thing to do at the moment.
None - 22-Apr-18 @ 8:11 PM
SUE - Your Question:
I am a single senior. I always dream that I need to get back to work but I am lost, can not find my way back to work and I keep asking people, but they never give me the correct information. I am fully employed and thinking of retirement, but keep on working due to financial issues.

Our Response:
It sounds as though while on the surface you may wish to retire the underlying feeling is that you cannot. There may be certain feelings of insecurity connected here. A job is a reliable way of earning money - leave the job and your bridges will be burned both regards to your familiar way of life and income. The fact you are lost may be your subconscious playing on your insecurities warning you that if you leave there is no way back. The interpretation really depends upon how you feel emotionally in the dream. If you feel uneasy and nervous about not being able to find your way to work, then perhaps you are not ready to make the final leap.
AnalyseDreams - 26-Mar-18 @ 11:33 AM
I am a single senior. I always dream that I need to get back to work but I am lost, can not find my way back to work and I keep asking people, but they never give me the correct information.I am fully employed and thinking of retirement, but keep on working due to financial issues.
SUE - 24-Mar-18 @ 1:10 AM
adunni - Your Question:
I used to have a dream of wearing tartad and worn out slippers since when I was young till I got married.i noticed this dream has stopped since my husband and I had a misunderstandg and he left om 4yrs ago.i know this dream was a message but I dont know what it meanr exactly.i realy do lik to know.

Our Response:
To dream of old worn out shoes or slippers means you have to tolerate a situation you are not happy with and/or you are not reaching the hopes and ambitions you had in mind for yourself. The fact this dream has stopped means you feel more comfortable in your skin now and you no longer feel you are falling short of your perceived expectations. If you dream of another pair of slippers in such a symbolic way, then this will show the state of mind you have transitioned to now.
AnalyseDreams - 16-Mar-18 @ 2:26 PM
i used to have a dream of wearing tartad and worn out slippers since when i was young till i got married.i noticed this dream has stopped since my husband and i had a misunderstandg and he left om 4yrs ago.i know this dream was a messagebut i dont know what it meanr exactly.i realy do lik to know.
adunni - 16-Mar-18 @ 4:21 AM
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