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Dreams of Losing or Finding Something

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Dreams of losing something or someone can be very frustrating. You may awake feeling exhausted and aggravated after having spent what felt like the entire night looking for whatever you lost. In contrast you may awake from a dream in which you found something or someone feeling refreshed and peaceful. Both of these dreams are very common, but you need to examine them closer to truly understand their meanings.

Losing Something
Many people dream of losing every day items that are important to them – a vehicle, purse, or wallet. Without these items, they may feel lost. Not being able to find them is very exasperating.

A dream of losing something can have several meanings. One is that you feel overwhelmed and distracted with day-to-day life. This dream may be telling you that it is time to clean up and reorganise your life, not just of material things, but also of things that keep you on the run all day. Another meaning is that the lost item in your dream is actually symbolic of a lost opportunity, relationship, or part of yourself. This dream can occur when going through a big change, such as losing your job or the end of a relationship. Yet another, more common meaning of a dream of losing something is that you fear losing something in life that is important to you. This can include personal property such as your home, expensive jewellery, or family heirlooms.

The important thing to think about is what did you lose in your dream and what significance does it hold to you? Is this item really important or is it just a perceived importance? Is there anything you can do to assure that this thing is not lost? If you dream of losing personal property such as your home, it may make you feel at ease to know the property is insured, just in case of loss.

You may also dream of losing a person. If it is someone you know, how is this person important to you? You may be sensing during waking hours that they are emotionally pulling away from you, but you do not want to allow yourself to think about it. If this is a spouse or partner, they may be exhibiting subtle hints that they are not as committed to you as you would like them to be. If it is a parent, you may be worried about their health. If your mother or father has had health issues lately, even if it is nothing serious, you may dream you have lost them in the house or a public place. This is symbolic of your fear of losing them to death.

If the person lost in your dream is your spouse or partner, you might want to analyse your relationship to see where it is really going. It may help to talk to them to see if you can find out how they are feeling.

Finding Something
When you dream of finding something, you may actually be coming into contact with some aspect of yourself. You may have repressed this part of your psyche, but may find it in a dream. This can actually be a freeing experience if you finally realise that the part of you that you have found can now be presented during waking hours.

Some people believe that dreaming of finding gold is a good omen. It may be symbolic of actually finding hidden treasure within you as gold is symbolic of life, warmth, and well-being.

If you dream that you find your spouse or partner, it may be identifying new areas of your relationship. Has your relationship with this person grown or intensified lately? If so, your dream may be telling you that your relationship has gone to a new level.

Dreaming of finding something is rarely annoying, but dreaming of losing something or someone can be infuriating. Take inventory of your relationship with this person to see how the relationship has changed lately and what can be done to help ease your mind of actually losing this person in waking hours.

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Scarlet - Your Question:
One day I lost my purple eye glasses. About thursday of the week thought I just left it at home. On friday finaly admitted to myself that it was missing got off to work on monday before work. I had a dream it was somewhat a good dream then at the end of my dream I was looking down on my bes side and I found my eye glasses I was so happy and picked it up it feels so really. I place it back to my bag but not on its case but it feels so realy then I woke up. Got up to find me self excited for noting since it was a dream tried to look down on my bedside wisihing me eyeglasses will migically be there like in my dream.

Our Response:
It sounds like your dream is one of subconscious wishful thinking.
AnalyseDreams - 12-Jun-18 @ 2:01 PM
Balada - Your Question:
I have had a few dreams recently that I have pets such as cats and dogs and I keep loosing them and then I am frantically looking for them. In more detail my first dream was of my actual pets from the past who have now died. One was found in someone’s house and another was found on a train platform. I never went from the house to the train station my dream jus leapt to that destination. Another dream of mine was I found a mother dog which was a staff and her puppies which looked like bernards. They were all curled up together under a cover which looked like they was on the back of a truck cart, suddenly there was only one pup left out of 5 and I was looking everywhere for them and the mum but only had one. My last dream which was today was I was in a place that sort of resembled a warehouse. I had a small dog which was black and curly and I had a cat which I can’t remember what it looked like and at one min I had the cat in my arms and I was looking for the dog then I had the dog and was looking for the cat, (in all dreams I’m looking frantically.) At one point I had both cat and dog in my arms and I remember feeling a sigh of relief and then I lost one again, and the dream was just repeating itself. The basis of my dreams have been the same, I’m loosing an animal and then looking for it. I have never owned a dog in my life and I have owned 4 cats in which 3 have died. I don’t know why my dreams are fixated on loosing and finding animals.

Our Response:
It's always difficult to connect a dream for someone without knowing their background life and what it may link to. Dreaming of animals, can be a dream about nurturing. If you keep losing your animals then it could mean that you are feeling a loss of control in your life and are unable to keep everything together. Or it could be literal, for instance if you deal a lot with small children, it may mean that you feel you cannot control them as much as you like. You would have to think about what side of your life this dream relates to, whether it's about you personally or whether it's about a part of your life you cannot control.
AnalyseDreams - 12-Jun-18 @ 12:44 PM
I have had a few dreams recently that I have pets such as cats and dogs and I keep loosing them and then I am frantically looking for them. In more detail my first dream was of my actual pets from the past who have now died. One was found in someone’s house and another was found on a train platform. I never went from the house to the train station my dream jus leapt to that destination. Another dream of mine was I found a mother dog which was a staff and her puppies which looked like bernards. They were all curled up together under a cover which looked like they was on the back of a truck cart, suddenly there was only one pup left out of 5 and I was looking everywhere for them and the mum but only had one. My last dream which was today was I was in a place that sort of resembled a warehouse. I had a small dog which was black and curly and I had a cat which I can’t remember what it looked like and at one min I had the cat in my arms and I was looking for the dog then I had the dog and was looking for the cat, (in all dreams I’m looking frantically.) At one point I had both cat and dog in my arms and I remember feeling a sigh of relief and then I lost one again, and the dream was just repeating itself. The basis of my dreams have been the same, I’m loosing an animal and then looking for it. I have never owned a dog in my life and I have owned 4 cats in which 3 have died. I don’t know why my dreams are fixated on loosing and finding animals.
Balada - 12-Jun-18 @ 10:49 AM
One day I lost my purple eye glasses. About thursday of the week thought I just left it at home. On friday finaly admitted to myself that it was missing got off to work on monday before work. I had a dream it was somewhat a good dream then at the end of my dream I was looking down on my bes side and I found my eye glasses I was so happy and picked it up it feels so really. I place it back to my bag but not on its case but it feels so realy then I woke up. Got up to find me self excited for noting since it was a dream tried to look down on my bedside wisihing me eyeglasses will migically be there like in my dream.
Scarlet - 12-Jun-18 @ 1:33 AM
jelai - Your Question:
I dream about my two year old son playing in the school playground. There were children and I saw his feet wearing one shoes and suddenly he was gone. It took me for awhile to realized I lost him in the crowd. I don't know where to find him because I notice that everyone is gone and I keep calling but I can't find him. I feel like I'm gonna break down and feel like my heart is bursting with fear.i cried and blamed myself for it afterwards

Our Response:
It sounds like you feel a bit insecure regarding your son. This is understandable and affects most parents when our children our not in our care. I don't think this dream has any deep significant meaning, but is purely an insecure feeling you have over your child's welfare and safety.
AnalyseDreams - 11-Jun-18 @ 3:32 PM
i dream about my two year old son playing in the school playground.. There were children and i saw his feet wearing one shoes and suddenly he was gone. It took me for awhile to realized i lost him in the crowd.. I don't know where to find him because i notice that everyone is gone and i keep calling but i can't find him. I feel like i'm gonna break down and feel like my heart is bursting with fear..i cried and blamed myself for it afterwards
jelai - 11-Jun-18 @ 8:18 AM
RyJ - Your Question:
A few weeks back in real life I lost my gold chain and crucifix that I had for 20 years. I had a dream last night that I looked down and there is was sitting on my wooden floor. I picked it up and everything felt so real. My house, the weight and feel of the chain. Everything was so detailed down to the same dents I had in the cross and kinks in the chain. Only to wake up with excitement of finding the chain and realize I was dreaming. I looked up the finding of gold and chains and there are plenty of good and not so good interpretations. In the dream I never put the chain on. Just held it in my hand.

Our Response:
If you had not lost the chain, then to randomly dream of a gold chain would have a different significance. However, as you have lost the chain, the dream is your consciousness wishing you hadn't and is your brain working overtime to try to work out where your chain may be. The fact your dream was so real and that your chain felt heavy, is symbolic that your chain and crucifix meant/means a lot to you. The fact there were dints and kinks in the chain, means that you know the chain very well. I hope you manage to find it.
AnalyseDreams - 8-Jun-18 @ 10:32 AM
A few weeks back in real life I lost my gold chain and crucifix that I had for 20 years.I had a dream last night that I looked down and there is was sitting on my wooden floor.I picked it up and everything felt so real.My house, the weight and feel of the chain. Everything was so detailed down to the same dents I had in the cross and kinks in the chain.Only to wake up with excitement of finding the chain and realize I was dreaming.I looked up the finding of gold and chains and there are plenty of good and not so good interpretations. In the dream I never put the chain on.Just held it in my hand.
RyJ - 7-Jun-18 @ 3:53 PM
Dodo - Your Question:
I had a dream that my deceased brother is lost. And everyone is worried including people of my town and we are.searching for him. Then my mother and my aunty they go to search him while sall others stay at home. I got my stuff ready including keys incase I have to leave to search for him. The environment was sad and worried. What can this mean please help.

Our Response:
You don't say when your brother died (I am sorry to hear). However, if it is recently, this may be a way of processing your grief. While you know he is dead, subconsciously (as many people do) you cannot quite come to terms with the fact he has gone. Often when we grieve it is difficult to adjust to never seeing that person again. We also ask the questions; where have they gone, how can they just disappear from the earth, how is it possible we will never see them again? Your dream may be that your subconscious has not yet accepted that your brother has gone, so therefore you are processing it as he is lost. The fact the ambience surrounding the dream is one of sadness means that you know deep down he is gone, but your whole family cannot quite yet come to terms with it. Such dreams will fade as time passes.
AnalyseDreams - 4-Jun-18 @ 11:23 AM
I had a dream that my deceased brother is lost. And everyone is worried including people of my town and we are.searching for him. Then my mother and my aunty they go to search him while sall others stay at home. i got my stuff ready including keys incase i have to leave to search for him. The environment was sad and worried. What can this mean please help.
Dodo - 3-Jun-18 @ 2:27 AM
DMan - Your Question:
I dream sitting for an examination, while going for the test, I placed my bag that contains all my books and essential materials. After the examination, one of the students took my bag and left theirs. I looked for my bag but did not find it in the dream. What does this dream mean?

Our Response:
If you are currently sitting exams, then you are scared that you may forget something or something could go wrong. This is a typical worry dream where you might be scared that you have not organised or prepared your life properly.
AnalyseDreams - 1-Jun-18 @ 2:39 PM
Zita - Your Question:
I had a dream that I didn't wear my wrist watch. Like my wrist was bare/empty.

Our Response:
On such little information it is impossible to answer your dream @moaj's dream, as much depends upon the back-story to these dreams as much as the dream itself. Your dream has obviously something to do with the passage of time. Only you can connect what the dream may mean to a particular situation that is happening currently in your life.
AnalyseDreams - 1-Jun-18 @ 2:36 PM
Looking - Your Question:
I had a dream that I was in a type of class or something. It had a bunch of people, and we all had to put items that we owned of value on the table. It could be anything that had value, like someone had a keyboard. I looked in my bookbag for something to put on the table, but I just couldn't find anything. I found stuff that was valuable to me, but in a sentimental way, not actually of real value. Everyone had something to show except me, I kept taking things out and looking at them with fond memories, then putting them back in the bookbag. I placed everything neat and organized, and when I was done, my bookbag was much larger than it was before. I still didn't have anything, so I quickly reached in it and pulled out a keyboard like the other person had. What does this mean?

Our Response:
This dream means that you feel a little behind or a little out of your depth (possibly if you are taking exams currently?). The fact you kept taking out fond memories means that you will be soon putting part of your past behind you (perhaps you are leaving school or university) However, the fact you put everything back neatly, means that you are not feeling too much out of your depth and are still feeling organised and in control. By taking out the keyboard (the required item of value) at the last minute means that you will be fine and everything will end up going very well. Best of luck.
AnalyseDreams - 31-May-18 @ 3:42 PM
Licia - Your Question:
I had a dream that this little girl kept popping up wherever I was to be up under me and although it was kind of creepy I felt like I knew her. She popped up in my room and cuddled me and watched tv together. She seemed like a sweet little girl. Well, she had an adopted family and they wanted her back, but she said she didn’t want to go with them. The woman was upset and gave her back to me saying the little girl wanted to be with me, her real mother. I don’t understand what this dream means or if it has anything to do with my 9 month old daughter, my husband and I are currently raising together that was not adopted. I know dreams aren’t always literal but Im still lost. Could this mean anything?

Our Response:
Having a child always takes a period of adjustment and it may just be a dream of simple confusion, especially if you are being woken several times in the night. Sometimes when we have a child, we may feel that the child doesn't fully belong to us or that at some point we will have a repreive from the tiredness, or that we might have to give our child back (especially if this is your first child). Tiredness also takes a toll. So it may just be your mind playing tricks on you and may not have any significant meaning. If you think that your dream does have meaning, then try to make those connections yourself regarding how you are feeling about your transition into motherhood.
AnalyseDreams - 31-May-18 @ 10:36 AM
I had a dream that this little girl kept popping up wherever I was to be up under me and although it was kind of creepy I felt like I knew her. She popped up in my room and cuddled me and watched tv together. She seemed like a sweet little girl. Well, she had an adopted family and they wanted her back, but she said she didn’t want to go with them. The woman was upset and gave her back to me saying the little girl wanted to be with me, her real mother. I don’t understand what this dream means or if it has anything to do with my 9 month old daughter, my husband and I are currently raising together that was not adopted.. I know dreams aren’t always literal but Im still lost. Could this mean anything?
Licia - 30-May-18 @ 3:01 PM
I had a dream I lost my mobile phone and then found it but it was cracked
moaj - 28-May-18 @ 2:18 PM
I had a dream that I was in a type of class or something. It had a bunch of people, and we all had to put items that we owned of value on the table. It could be anything that had value, like someone had a keyboard. I looked in my bookbag for something to put on the table, but I just couldn't find anything. I found stuff that was valuable to me, but in a sentimental way, not actually of real value. Everyone had something to show except me, I kept taking things out and looking at them with fond memories, then putting them back in the bookbag. I placed everything neat and organized, and when I was done, my bookbag was much larger than it was before. I still didn't have anything, so I quickly reached in it and pulled out a keyboard like the other person had. What does this mean?
Looking - 28-May-18 @ 2:08 PM
I had a dream that I didn't wear my wrist watch. Like my wrist was bare/empty.
Zita - 28-May-18 @ 12:28 AM
I dream sitting for an examination, while going for the test, I placed my bag that contains all my books and essential materials. After the examination, one of the students took my bag and left theirs. I looked for my bag but did not find it in the dream. What does this dream mean?
DMan - 25-May-18 @ 7:30 AM
Dos - Your Question:
I have dreamed that my ex wife clothes were hanging on the way and one my friend took that all clothes. Tell me what does it mean

Our Response:
It may mean that your ex-wife has now symbolically left your life for good, or you feel that she has. However, much depends upon the other surrounding thoughts, feelings and emotions in the dream, plus the relationship you have with your ex-wife. It is difficult to analyse a dream with so little background information.
AnalyseDreams - 22-May-18 @ 11:59 AM
I have dreamed that my ex wife clothes were hanging on the way and one my friend took that all clothes.. Tell me what does it mean
Dos - 22-May-18 @ 4:34 AM
7 mysteries- Your Question:
I had a dream about finding three rings I had lost almost a year ago and happily wore it right away. What does this mean?

Our Response:
While finding a ring or several rings is a positive dream (signifying that you feel there are positive times to come) in order to give any deeper meaning the circumstances behind the scenes in your dream and the back-story in your life that it could possibly relate to, would all have bearing. However, without that information it is impossible to fully interpret your dream.
AnalyseDreams - 21-May-18 @ 9:53 AM
I had a dream about finding three rings I had lost almost a year ago and happily wore it right away. What does this mean?
7 mysteries - 20-May-18 @ 1:19 AM
Les - Your Question:
I had a dream I noticed in my ear I don't have the gold earring that I always wear this earring my mom gave it to me, and when I look in my bed side they're both in there.WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Our Response:
Unless there is some background detail to help piece together what this dream means, we cannot give a definition as there is too little information.
AnalyseDreams - 18-May-18 @ 2:41 PM
I had a dream I noticed in my ear I don't have the gold earring that I always wear this earring my mom gave it to me, and when i look in my bed side they're both in there. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Les - 18-May-18 @ 2:27 PM
Renee - Your Question:
I had a dream. Than when I woke up all my belongings were gone. My landlord just when up on my rent to something I can't afford when I woke up I was very upset and couldn't shake it

Our Response:
This dream is obviously connected to the situation with your landlord. The move by your landlord to increase your rent has made you feel very insecure and distrusting - in other words it has taken away your foundations (your foundations being the items you possess and them being stolen). It is also your subconscious trying to solve the problem of how to pay your rent if you do not have the money. I cannot solve that dilemma for you - but if you think more about your dream and about other significant factors in it, it may give you a clue to the decision you should make in response.
AnalyseDreams - 14-May-18 @ 2:35 PM
I had a dream. Than when I woke up all my belongings were gone. My landlordjust when up on my rent to something I can't affordwhen I woke up I was very upset and couldn't shake it
Renee - 11-May-18 @ 10:03 PM
Sarzi - Your Question:
I have recently moved to take care of my Mum. My partner and I had previously separated although still friends and communicating. Long story short.I have been having reacurring dreams although different still similar that Im searching for him then I find him and I am reaaaally happy and crying happy tears. Can you please shed some light on this please ??

Our Response:
In this case, much depends upon how you feel after the dream has taken place. We can dream of loved ones (or former loved ones) and of some sort of reconciliation. However, if your gut feelings don't equate to the desires of the dream, then you're looking at the meaning relating to something else. You still obviously have strong feelings for your ex- you wouldn't be crying happy tears if your didn't. Having history with a person means you will have strong ties -but that does not mean you want to necessarily get back with that person. It may mean you still find them comforting or familiar, solid or secure in an unfamiliar landscape, especially if you are caring for your mum. The dream subconsciously means your feelings towards this relationship are definitely not dead and buried here. But, I think you need to ask yourself the question regarding exactly what your feelings are.
AnalyseDreams - 11-May-18 @ 1:54 PM
all of a sudden getting back from examination hall from my sister I've dreamed of having a brother whom was lost long ago returned to his sister.by this time I also see in dream that a road accident took place and a lot of people have been injured.I don't have any idea regarding this dream. the time was 5.00 pm of he day when I have dreamed this dream.
ahkam - 8-May-18 @ 12:48 PM
I have recently moved to take care of my Mum. My partner and I had previously separated although still friends and communicating. Long story short...I have been having reacurring dreams although different still similar that Im searching for him then I find him and I am reaaaally happy and crying happy tears. Can you please shed some light on this please ??
Sarzi - 8-May-18 @ 5:40 AM
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