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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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miralb - 18-Sep-18 @ 4:11 PM
I dreamt that I met my ex boss (a lady) and she was so happy to see me.Later I saw a boy loosing my bundle keys, he search for it everywhere but could not not find it, he came telling me, so I prayed and went and found it straight away. Can you tell me the meaning.
Lyla - 17-Sep-18 @ 3:50 AM
Pavi - Your Question:
Yesterday I had a dream that my boyfriend had come to me and talked so cute with a pleasent manner, I was very much surprised and happy too. Infact, he is more arragant we are away from eachother now. But I still sometimes dream about him, without knowing anything. For a while everything will be like a reality of my lively life. Hope that would become true. Because I need only him. Let him change himself, and his thoughts.

Our Response:
Unfortunately, I think this dream may be more to do with your subconscious wishful thinking than with anything that may come true. As difficult as it may be for you - you might want to focus more on someone who you can have a respectful relationship with.
AnalyseDreams - 13-Sep-18 @ 2:08 PM
willy - Your Question:
I had a dream where a guy who was flirting with my girl came for her at college he was walking to her room instead of using his car. I sow him and he sow me too, I followed him and when he reached her room he could nt find her. And am wondering if its a good dream or.

Our Response:
You are obviously on high alert that someone is going to come and take your girlfriend away from you. This is only natural when you are in a relationship where you care for the other person. However, it doesn't mean that it will come true.
AnalyseDreams - 13-Sep-18 @ 9:47 AM
Yesterday i had a dream that my boyfriend had come to me and talked so cute with a pleasent manner, i was very much surprised and happy too. Infact, he is more arragant we are away from eachother now.. But i still sometimes dream about him, without knowing anything.. For a while everything will be like a reality of my lively life. Hope that would become true. Because i need only him. Let him change himself, and his thoughts.
Pavi - 12-Sep-18 @ 8:40 PM
I had a dream where a guy who was flirting with my girl came for her at college he was walking to her room instead of using his car . I sow him and he sow me too, i followed him and when he reached her room he could nt find her . And am wondering if its a good dream or .....
willy - 12-Sep-18 @ 8:27 AM
I lost my bag but then after a war that i am currently in i won the battle and in the end i found my bag. But my bag contains my cellphone and that what i was worried about
Carter - 12-Sep-18 @ 12:38 AM
A woman sneaked into our house and stole a wrist watch which was gifted to me by a friend. I caught her as she made her way out of the house and collected my watch back. She was begging me not to create a scene in the process.
Upright - 11-Sep-18 @ 5:58 AM
I dreamt a woman sneaked into our apartment and stole a wrist watch which was gifted to me by a friend. On her way out of the apartment, I caught her and collected back my watch. She was begging me to escalate it.
Upright - 11-Sep-18 @ 5:52 AM
Baby T - Your Question:
I dreamed that I found the watch of a man I have been foolishly trying to convince that I am adorable and loveabl. However, decided to stop contacting him in an effort to free myself from this madness. Additionally, about a month ago I also dreamed that he was parked outside my father’s house looking for me. What does all of this mean?!

Our Response:
Your dream may have no more of a meaning than your own wishful thinking subconscious trying to dream up scenarios on your behalf. Your subconscious may be thinking that if you found something your love interest liked he may warm to you more. The second dream is again something that you would like to happen rather than a specific predictive dream that says it will happen. What your dream does mean is that although you have tried to get this man out of your system, he is still very much on your mind.
AnalyseDreams - 10-Sep-18 @ 10:50 AM
I dreamed that I found the watch of a man I have been foolishly trying to convince that I am adorable and loveabl.However, decided to stop contacting him in an effort to free myself from this madness.Additionally, about a month ago I also dreamed that he was parked outside my father’s house looking for me.What does all of this mean?!
Baby T - 9-Sep-18 @ 3:44 PM
I dream about my boyfriend died in my dreamat first time I dream about him.. then at second time again I dream about him and I lost him by keep watching that he took them away from me..then when I can't see him far I start to cry and I was tried harder to search him anyhwer I didn't stop till I found him again
Liana - 27-Aug-18 @ 6:53 PM
Hi..I want to know what is the meaning of my dream. Actually my boyfriend is a police officer, then I dreamed that many police are riding with a black motorcycle then all of the police who are riding stopped on my front. I dont know why, they are also wearing a police uniform. And I'm finding where's my boyfriend. I can't find him where is he.. Then he call me on my phone. He asked me if where I am?Then the policemen started to continue ridding to their destination. I said my location. Then he said he can't go to see with me because they need to go. I dont know where they are going but in my dream they came from hill and going down to city.
Jee - 25-Aug-18 @ 1:25 AM
Hello good morning,I dreamt that my phone fell down from my hand and was taken by an unknown person, I tried to collect it back from him,but he asked for money,so brought out the money I had but the Money seems not to be enough to him.so he left and I couldn't find him.
Olowolafetobi - 21-Aug-18 @ 1:45 AM
About 2 years ago I had misplaced my engagement ring in my bedroom. I had just gotten out of the shower and set my ring at the foot of my bed to towel dry my hair. I forgot about it, and when my (then fiancé) husband & I got in bed the ring must’ve gotten flung off of the blanket. I couldn’t find it anywhere for 3-4 months after that. I tore the room apart searching for it! My mom even came in and searched for it with no luck! Finally, one night I had a dream that I found the ring! We had a storage bedframe with 6 cubbies, 3 on each side. In this dream, it was in the 3rd cubby (by the foot of the bed) on the left side of the bed, the side I usually sleep on. It was inside the 2nd item I pulled out of the cubby. I can’t recall clearly if it was a helmet, a bag or notebook... but I was elated to have found the ring! I woke up in almost a panic knowing I didn’t have it and I had already searched the whole room without finding it. The feeling of needing to check the cubby was overwhelming but I had looked there once, so I ignored it for 2 more days before breaking down and searching the cubby again. I cannot even begin to explain to you the chills and feelings I got when I looked — not only was my ring in this cubby, the 3rd one on the left side, but it was inside the very 2nd item I pulled out of the cubby. It happened to be a leather duffel bag from my husbands grandfather who had recently passed away. I’ve never had a dream come true in that way before so I didn’t even know what to think about it. I was so happy to have my ring back I cried!
Miller0527 - 20-Aug-18 @ 6:27 PM
I saw someone else's child, who was lost and I've been taking care of that child since days. I'm trying to find that child's parents but I'm not able to. And the presence of the child is utterly annoying to me. Maybe because I don't get a good vibe from him. That child isn't ready to leave. There's something about the child that I don't like. Also, there are two new dogs in my neighborhood who are in forms of white tigers. But they are not good souls either. When one of them comes to meet me, and excitedly jumps around, my own dog shooed it away, in turn hurting it. And the tiger changes into some big evil ghost sort of thing. The evil thing is dying and I'm trying that it doesn't survive so I try to look around for something to kill it and the dream ends.
Lee - 18-Aug-18 @ 3:50 AM
I dreamed I lost my own leather jacket and a friends brown jacket,, I was searching every were for them, but I did wonder if they were stolen, didn't find them in the end.
Kymmi - 17-Aug-18 @ 1:43 PM
Chy - Your Question:
In my dream I forgot my house key in my office and I came back to pick it,but I didn't see it.It seem someone took it and I was bothered

Our Response:
This may purely be a dream where you may be a little disorganised currently in your day-to-day life and your subconscious is reminding you to be more careful.
AnalyseDreams - 16-Aug-18 @ 9:26 AM
In my dream I forgot my house key in my office and I came back to pick it,but I didn't see it.It seem someone took it and I was bothered
Chy - 15-Aug-18 @ 1:33 PM
Kkdp - Your Question:
Sir, in my dream, I took out some coins from the pocket of my friend and then put the coins back. Then I was walking with two friends of mine when I realised I lost my phone. I told them my phone was lost but they didn't seem to care. I went back and met a guy who showed me a phone lying underwater. That phone wasn't mine and I left it there. Soon after, I found my phone and thanked the guy for help.What could this mean?

Our Response:
It sounds as though you are an honest person (by giving the coins back) - but perhaps you might be questioning whether everyone else around you are quite so honest or supportive. However, the fact a man helped you find your phone, you are still satisfied there are decent, honest people out there.
AnalyseDreams - 14-Aug-18 @ 2:44 PM
Sir, in my dream, I took out some coins from the pocket of my friend and then put the coins back. Then I was walking with two friends of mine when I realised I lost my phone. I told them my phone was lost but they didn't seem to care. I went back and met a guy who showed me a phone lying underwater. That phone wasn't mine and I left it there. Soon after, I found my phone and thanked the guy for help. What could this mean?
Kkdp - 14-Aug-18 @ 3:58 AM
Esa - Your Question:
In my dreams, it seems as if I lose something in every signal dream, not extremely important items or person, but was super looking forward to dealing with said not as important items or person. I dont know if I got used to losing something in my dreams, so I just move on from the dream, but this dream really pissed me off, found and rescued a little tiny white dog, after being forgotten to be picked up to go to a family xmas party, that didn't even look like xmas, found him on the way there, I put him in one of the rooms so he can roam free without getting lost in the house, when it was time to go home, not only was I lefted again going home, but my little white snow flake was his name was gone. Spent all night looking for him, dont know if my mom took him or if my grandma, did something, I just kept feeling like she did. :( in every dream that I remember, I lose something, but this one really made me sad.

Our Response:
When we lose items or inanimate objects, we don't have as much of a personal connection as we do of something living. The fact you found this small white dog and tried to protect it and you named it, showed you had a deeper connection to the animal than you would a non-important item. The fact you put the dog in a room and in order to let him roam free and the dog disappeared ( as a possible fault of your mother or grandma) means you have suffered some sort of disappointment or a series of disappointments relating to your family or yourself (and you somehow blame your family). You would have to think about what these disappointments might be. Perhaps you hoped for something from your family and it didn't materialise. Perhaps you were promised something, and the promise was not fulfilled. Or perhaps you feel you cannot trust your family in some minor way. All in all, it sounds like the losses equate to a series of minor disappointments. However, the dog means a recent disappointment you have felt is more crushing or impactful that the others.
AnalyseDreams - 13-Aug-18 @ 9:54 AM
Mandy - Your Question:
Hi! For years I been having dreams I lose or think I lose my ring husband gave me before we were even married. It always ends up either on my finger and I just got scared it wasn't or I find it pretty quick. I haven't had them in several months but I had one last night. Lost it and found it easily. I've had them for like 3 or 4 years pretty regularly. I often wake up feeling for it kinda scared I lost it. I would love your thoughts. Thanks!

Our Response:
If you are having a re-occurring dream then it is symbolic of something subconsciously preying on your mind. It's very difficult to interpret a dream without knowing the back story to your life. However, it sounds as though you have a slight anxiety regarding your marriage. Perhaps, it is something such as you have a happy marriage and you are frightened of something going wrong to ruin that happiness, i.e the loss of the ring being symbolic of that. The fact you find the ring quickly, or realise you haven't lost it at all means this is just a passing thought and all is OK. It could come on the back of a row or a bit of bad feeling or it could just stem from nothing, merely a slight feeling of insecurity. However, as I don't know anything about the fundamentals of your relationship, it would have to be something for you to think about and try to make the connections. I hope this helps.
AnalyseDreams - 13-Aug-18 @ 9:38 AM
In my dreams, it seems as if I lose something in every signal dream, not extremely important items or person, but was super looking forward to dealing with said not as important items or person. I dont know if I got used to losing something in my dreams, so I just move on from the dream, but this dream really pissed me off, found and rescued a little tiny white dog, after being forgotten to be picked up to go to a family xmas party, that didn't even look like xmas, found him on the way there, I put him in one of the rooms so he can roam free without getting lost in the house,when it was time to go home, not only was I lefted again going home, but my little white snow flake was his name was gone. Spent all night looking for him, dont know if my mom took him or if my grandma, did something, I just kept feeling like she did.... :( in every dream that I remember, I lose something, but this one really made me sad.
Esa - 12-Aug-18 @ 7:30 PM
Hi! For years I been having dreams I lose or think I lose my ring husband gave me before we were even married. It always ends up either on my finger and I just got scared it wasn't or I find it pretty quick. I haven't had them in several months but I had one last night. Lost it and found it easily. I've had them for like 3 or 4 years pretty regularly. I often wake up feeling for it kinda scared I lost it.I would love your thoughts.Thanks!
Mandy - 11-Aug-18 @ 7:52 PM
Tommy91 - Your Question:
What does it mean when you find an item in your dream that you've been looking for in previous similar dreams, its a very important item in your dream but it doesn't actually exist in waking life?

Our Response:
Much depends upon what the item is, as the item may be symbolic of something. The way you feel when finding the item and what the item means to you in the dream will mean something. Also, where you found it, how you found it and what you intended to do with the item will all play a part in attempting to analyse your dream meaning.
AnalyseDreams - 9-Aug-18 @ 2:30 PM
What does it mean when you find an item in your dream that you've been looking for in previous similar dreams, its a very important item in your dream but it doesn't actually exist in waking life?
Tommy91 - 9-Aug-18 @ 4:33 AM
Thermy - Your Question:
In my dream my girlfriend and I split up while living together, when I came home the next day (in my dream) she had a man over and they were having sex, suddenly the focus of the dream was on the feeling of "how could you in front of me?" and also finding my wallet and cell phone. the cell phone I have looked for in other dreams, unsuccessfully. in this dream just after the confrontation mentioned before, I was obsessed with finding it, during the process I found my wallet 3 times, then I found the phone, and woke up with a betrayed and lonely feeling. weird thing is, our relationship is going very well, we are vocal and share a lot of trust.

Our Response:
Even when relationships are going well, doubt can creep in. In fact, most doubts can creep in when things are running smoothly or if we are in love as we subconsciously think 'this can't surely last' or 'this person cannot possibly love me'. Therefore, really this is your subconscious playing tricks and playing out your current worst-case scenario. A little bit of envy/jealousy doesn't do much harm as long as it doesn't become an issue in your day-to-day life (it is often a barometer of how much you care for the person). With regards to finding your phone and wallet, it seems like it is your subconscious telling you that even if the worst thing happens with your girlfriend there are also positive things that happen too which shows a balance to your life. The fact you woke up feeling lonely and betrayed confirms that you feel a lot for this person and if things are going well you have nothing to worry about. You do not need to see this dream as any kind of warning.
AnalyseDreams - 7-Aug-18 @ 2:44 PM
in my dream my girlfriend and i split up while living together, when i came home the next day (in my dream) she had a man over and they were having sex, suddenly the focus of the dream was on the feeling of "how could you in front of me?" and also finding my wallet and cell phone. the cell phone i have looked for in other dreams, unsuccessfully. in this dream just after the confrontation mentioned before, i was obsessed with finding it, during the process i found my wallet 3 times, then i found the phone, and woke up with a betrayed and lonely feeling. weird thing is, our relationship is going very well, we are vocal and share a lot of trust.
Thermy - 7-Aug-18 @ 1:06 PM
Aro - Your Question:
I was finding some thing in my dream I was ill n in a very bad situation my body was in pain still I was finding every where n then I found it I dont know what. whats that mean. I think may b with the blessing of allah almighty what I wish or want so much comes true.

Our Response:
You might have been lying in a strange position. Sometimes, a pain we feel in our body can translate through into our dreams.
AnalyseDreams - 6-Aug-18 @ 2:36 PM
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