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Dreams of Being Lost

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 22 Apr 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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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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