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Dreams of Losing or Finding Something

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 7 Jan 2024 | comments*Discuss
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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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I lost something in real life but dreamt that I saw it, what could it mean?
Pamela - 7-Jan-24 @ 8:13 AM
The road marshials stopped me on my brothers car and after speaking with them, I told them that the car is not mine and they ask me to call my brother so they confirm. They took me to a corner and after the confirmation, they gave me back my key and told me to take my car. But before reaching to my car, I saw one of the road marshal open the car and wave to me to come the other side and take my car, that it is blocking other vehicles to enter. But when I arrived there, I couldn't see neither the io nor my car, I got very upset and going to the other side to check, I woke up
Luk - 4-Nov-23 @ 4:33 AM
Dreaming of finding things on the street I dreamed that I found unknown items on the street, such as a necklace, a plaque, a decoration table, and a travel tent along with a romantic postcard, and I took them home.
melika beyzave - 23-Feb-23 @ 6:06 AM
Few weeks back I dream of losing my car, it is gold in colour and is used mostly by my dad, in the dream I have travelled with my friends to Pretoria to party, and then I lost it there, now the dream came back as I found my car keys in one of my bags and I have a lead of where my car is and I already started to make contacts with someone that side to go and tow it and keep it for me as I am going to take a bus and fetch it there , I was so happy but the alarm awakened me
Thesh - 3-Jul-21 @ 8:54 AM
I had a dream of forgetting my bag and wallet because something bad happened at the dream (Idk what it is) and then I walk and walk then decided to comeback when I realized I dont have my bag and my wallet. We drove passed the place and then comeback. Then we were looking for my bag cause my wallet is in there. The order was changed but I think all of my money in my bag is complete
Pat - 23-Jun-21 @ 11:11 PM
I keep having dreams of finding things I have lost in the past what does this mean?
Lannies - 19-May-21 @ 9:17 AM
I dreamed of i went shopping with my sister in 1 of big shopping mall and i’m also didn’t know where i am. At tht time we buy medicine/herbal supplement/vitamins from my mum’s request but after i got the things because my sister wanna still walk around shopping mall so i decided to go back home first and while i try to find the train station but it seems i lost the way and didn’t know where is the station and also i lost the medicine that i bought. Try to trace shop by shop from where i walk and so sudden there is a shop found my medicine that i bought and the returned to me the thing that i bought. Once i get it back and i feel very thankful and i walkaway from that shop and somehow i hve a bad feeling of the things tht i brought it with me and once i opened it,it seems like they swapped the medicine that i bought to the fake one as the one who found my medicine is medicine shop as well. I went back and asked them of they swapped my medicine or not? And the boss is a guy said right away nope or try to deny as i don’t like arguement so i just said to the boss wht you did to me wht you’ll get in the future and because i was upset and so sudden i woke up
Rick - 12-Feb-21 @ 6:19 PM
I had a dream that id lost someone i didnt even know only to go searching the entire place for em and finially finding her. It was confusing
Romeo - 23-Dec-20 @ 5:27 PM
I hav dream that im finding something from someone'spocket...he is lik my relative...what it means
Sara - 24-Nov-20 @ 9:06 AM
I dreamed of loosing my tool box it means my hole life to me. Gowning through a separation at the moment so that says it all. When you are young live and love every day as one day it may be gone
Mike - 3-Oct-20 @ 7:03 PM
Recently I found my sister in a temple in my dream. Who is missing from past 6 months
Dhanu - 8-Sep-20 @ 10:49 AM
I had a dream where I lost a huge amount of money and property which were essential. I later found the person who stole them and got them recovered with my friends who helped me searched for them.
Tee - 30-Aug-20 @ 9:01 AM
I had a dream that my gf didn't show up on our weeding day and people at the church were calling different name ,I told them that , that is not the name of my woman before I woke up
Sek - 10-Aug-20 @ 9:47 AM
I lost my brother 3 years back and I keep dreaming that I am searching for him but I can never find him , but I can't leave the place I am until I find him. I never see his face or hear his voice, I just know I need to find him but I can't.
Babz - 21-Jul-20 @ 8:40 PM
I dream that I let someone hold my id and credit card. I got lost and try to find my way back to that person, but the more I look the more I got lost. I keep wondering and I remember I pass a gate/entrance ... There were guards and animals stand by the gate. One was following me... I got scared and it went away. I was at another location and I see ppl that I know but they can't help me. I fight off some stranger who tries to get to me and I finally meet my sister. She was stand in line. I told her that I was lost. I lost my stuff and I don't know what to do. I want to go home. She just smiles and puts a bracelet on my wrist. I wake up. I still feel sadness, worry when I open my eyes, but Then realize it just a dream.
tina - 22-Jun-20 @ 2:27 AM
I had a dream where I was with a girl and we were so connected and then I lost her I traveled across the world to find her and then I did we met up and then I woke up with so much sadness in myself like I lost her when we were so connected.
Aadyn - 14-Jun-20 @ 2:01 PM
I had a dream that, something belonged to me completely, I try very hard to protect to be with me butI end up loosing it at the end of my dream, what does this mean?
Sandy - 9-Jun-20 @ 3:05 AM
I had a dream that I lost everything, I lost my phone, I lost my card, I lost my way home.
Naj - 25-May-20 @ 10:27 PM
What might it mean if I lose my partner in my dream but then find him again? In the dream, he floated away and I was very distraught. However, someone ended up finding him while he was floating and brought him back to me where we embraced and it was quite a positive ending.
Raven - 9-May-20 @ 9:37 PM
i had a dream i lost my everything bagel seasoning. and i had some fresh avacado toast that needed the seasoning. i don’t know what that means. i think it means i really love my everything bagel seasoning.
mad - 27-Apr-20 @ 7:11 PM
I had a dream that I had been lied to by my mother especially that I had missing siblings and I was not the child of my father. Personally I've always been alone most of my childhood and had a huge void that I wanted a sibling as this was my point in life where i felt most loneliest and voiceless. In the dream I was deeply hurt and I started digging, found a picture of my long lost brother and my mum confirmed he was my brother and I began looking for him. Then I woke up. (Ps I'm the eldest in the family)
Nicki - 24-Mar-20 @ 10:47 AM
I dreamt about loosing my current mobile phone, it appeared I was charging and someone came,took my phone away and plugged his/her own there, getting there to remove my phone I saw another phone of a lower standard, I picked it up and started using it. I didn't give up on looking for the phone even though people told me to forget about it. I thereafter went to where I was initially charging and saw my phone there plugged ....my friends were surprised I found the phone
Beejay - 18-Mar-20 @ 1:24 PM
I dreamt that someone asked me go return identification cards of people idk (and there was a lot of them) from my school with changes from their payments. I resorted on leaving them on the bench bc I had classes but they were submitted to the registrar but for some reason doing that wasn't the right choice so I had to retrieve them back
Jr - 17-Mar-20 @ 12:12 AM
I had a dreamthatI foundthe one i lostall my clothes andall my shoes
Hannan - 17-Feb-20 @ 3:58 AM
I dream that I went a hospital then after treatment I search for my kids and found them bring them together and searching for my husband and until we reach home then I wake up . It means what ?
Vino - 6-Feb-20 @ 10:58 PM
I had this dream where I was with a girl, and we liked each other. She embodied a deep part of me. I felt so connected to her, to this feeling, and it was as if she was there as to remind me about this part of me, making me feel incredibly sad and melancholy, the saddest i've been in a long while; also because in the dream kinda realised I was in a dream, and I knew I was gonna lose her and everything she embodied. 15 plus hours after that dream, I still feel those deep, sad, melancholy feeling, and I don't have much of a clue as to where this sadness come from, and what this symbolise, really.
Leonardo - 7-Jan-20 @ 8:41 PM
Hi, I’ve been grounded from my phone for at least a month and I started having continuous dreams about finding my phone on the place I’ve always have placed it (my bedside table). The dreams are heavily realistic and I’m not sure if this is normal, I hope I can get some better answers instead of google thinking I’m asking about some person. What I’m trying to ask is that what does it mean when I’m having realistic dreams about finding my phone over and over again?
Kathleen Wisnoski - 29-Dec-19 @ 5:17 AM
I had a dream about getting a call for a lost and found concerning a briefcase I had apparently lost. It was location specific but I have never been there neither did I lose a brief case.
Wes - 24-Nov-19 @ 10:21 AM
I dreamt about finding airpods in my suitcase that belonged to a guy I’m in love with. What does it mean?
Amo - 22-Nov-19 @ 10:30 AM
So i lost my airpods in real life and then i had a dream that i found them.
Jimmay - 21-Oct-19 @ 3:37 PM
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