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Bridge

The bridge often has the significance of crossing or moving from one phase of life, activity or emphasis to another. So it can be used to represent leaving youth behind and meeting old age. It can also depict connection between yourself and another person, a relationship, a link between self and opportunity, yourself and change in life. Another possible meaning is a way of passing over obstacles or difficulties, as the song ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ suggests.

The bridge is a way of allowing passage, and it can show a constriction or a release of what was previously held back, blocked by a barrier. In personal terms this means that fears or other feelings can block the free flow of your creativity, love or growth. So what happens with the bridge in the dream might be illustrating something relating to blocking or unblocking of personal energies.

However, in many dreams crossing a bridge shows a change of outcome in your life, a deep shift in the way you relate to yourself and opportunities.

Example: ‘Having been enjoying ourselves with some work mates at a social club, my husband and I are travelling down a country lane in an open horse drawn carriage. It is dark. We come to a hump backed bridge. As we arrive at the brow of the bridge a voice says, ‘Fair lady come to me.’ I float and everything is black and peaceful. Then great fear overcomes me. I wake with terror and feelings of horror.’ Evelyn K.

Evelyn’s dream paints a vivid picture of her journey through life, drawn by the natural forces within her shown as a horse. She has enjoyed life, but comes to the ‘brow’ of her life, her 40th year, and feels it is all down hill now into old age, which horrifies her. But of course the horror comes because she has a wrong view of herself and old age.

Example: I do remember is leaving someplace and embarking on a journey at night. I’m frightened but I want to make this journey. I approach a stream with a very narrow bridge. It’s dark and I’m afraid I may fall off the bridge. But to continue I must cross the bridge. Suddenly a young man appears to help me across. I’m grateful. He takes me to a small cottage where there are other young adults.

This is very much like the Night Journey.

Broken bridge: A break in a relationship or connection. To drive off into space suggests a totally unexpected and emotional difficult situation. This is also a warning to watch out for difficulties ahead.

Building a bridge: Creating a way to deal with difficulties; building a link with others or another person; overcoming problems or hesitations.

Fallen bridge: this might link with a lost opportunity; broken bonds and connections; parting in a relationship, or broken opportunity or a difficult obstacle.

Falling or jumping off bridge: This is still about change or connection, and is therefore about avoiding change, trying to escape from what change is confronting you with, or making a break form something or someone.

Standing on a bridge: When we stand on a bridge we can see the flow of events on the river, so it may relate to gaining an overview of your life. It  might also depict a change or being in the middle of change – maybe indecision.

Standing on a bridge looking into water: Often refers to looking deep into oneself from an overall perspective. What you see in the water, or under the water relates to what feelings or fears you hold within yourself. The fears may indicate what is preventing you from making changes in your life, or extending into a more fulfilling life.

Under a bridge: In some dreams this points to what is involved in changes or links of relationship. There is also shelter under a bridge, and sometimes it is out of public gaze, so it may link with those feelings.

Idioms: Burn one’s bridges; cross that bridge when I come to it; water under the bridge; bridge builder; bridge the gap.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What is the underlying feelings or theme in the dream, and what does that indicate about me?

Are there any difficulties or barriers to my crossing the bridge? If so what are they and how can I deal with them?

What is the feeling difference between being on one side of the bridge and the other? Imagine yourself being on each side of the bridge and notice the difference. Then see what this is saying about your life.

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-Mrs. 2011-02-13 20:47:48

Recurring dream of happily, peacefully, walking across a pedestrian footbridge over a river.

Then just dreamed of approaching this bridge and be shocked to see that it has a metal railing across and then looking up to see the bridge is completely gone and a highway is where the river was. Very angy, disappointed, and want my bridge back!

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-Phoenix Girl 2012-03-23 16:58:04

In my dream this morning a lost love kept coming to me from under a bridge…

In the past year and a half he kept telling me that he was coming back to me but never made it back.

Now I’ve had this dream.

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    -Phantom D 2014-02-18 2:28:44

    In the particular dream, did you reconise the person? I recently had a frustratingly clear and very vivid dream, yet the person seems so beautiful and at the verge of recognisable and not so clear when I try to collect the details conciously. then there was the bridge a small very capable, sturdy, wooden construct closing a gap. the person/woman guided me through the words “I Love You” prior to leading me over to the acctual bridge. anything? thanks :-)

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-Amy 2012-11-29 17:19:23

I am very confused. I was dreaming I was driving on a beautiful sunny day in a convertible which I don’t own, near the ocean, where I do live: and I looked up and saw the biggest bridge I ever saw. It looked more like a roller coaster more then a bridge. I stopped to take a picture because it was so beautiful, when I realized I forgot my cell phone in which to take the picture.
I knew I had to turn back if I wanted the picture. When I went to turn around I looked back at the bridge again. It looked still beautiful but old and run down

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-Stella 2013-03-19 15:20:05

I keep having dreams about crossing a bridge to California. The first i was a bird and the second human..but i always wake up before i actually cross it. I mean i want to live there next year but i don’t think i could. What do these dreams mean?

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-ad 2013-04-23 14:25:13

this really helped me with my dream

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-ad 2013-04-23 14:27:02

My reoccurring dream was of me jumping off a bridge and landing in a fish science lab. The fish were always nice but it was very strange

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-Rae 2013-11-06 16:34:43

I had a dream this morning that I was on a trip. I was with my group and I saw a bridge with holes in it. I saw 2 girls crossing it and I was watching to make sure they would pass ok. One did but the other girl stepped in a wrong spot and fell through. But 1 or 2 seconds before that happened I yelled “look out!!!!” I knew what was gonna happen. I was all panicking and ran down the stairs on the side of this mountain to her to see if she died or not. But thank god she survived it. What does this mean???

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-Michelle F. 2013-11-18 22:29:11

My daughter (4-1/2 yrs old) said she had a dream where a friend from school told her to jump off bridge into water. She did, and then her teacher helped her out of the water, and then she kept running. Any idea what this would mean?

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-Seema 2013-12-05 13:45:55

I dreamed that I was standing on one side of a bridge with someone I met a few months ago and were in a long distance relationship, but in my dreams it wasn’t him. We couldn’t cross the bridge because of his passport. I looked over the bridge and saw the other side how the bridge was build up and down.

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    -Tony Crisp 2013-12-09 9:25:56

    Seema – I have had this type of dream myself and know what it means. It is about your inner world in which love is very important. The dream is saying that there are life lessons you need to learn before you can get across the bridge to be fully together with a partner. It is not about a particular partner, but you ability to pass through difficulties. But the dream doesn’t say what the difficulties are. Look for further dreams to say what you need to do.

    See http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/inner-world/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing

    Tony

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-Angela 2014-03-02 13:58:57

I had a dream that i was on a bridge shaped like a fugure 8 during a violent rain storm and there were hundrends of people on the bridge with me and they were holding on for dear life. Then I was standing safly helping all the others get saftly off the bridge. This is followed by a dream i had 2 nights ago wher i was being forced to take cover because there was a violent storm coming that was bring killer apes and everyone had to hide in there houses for saftey. Then all of a sudden everyone was dancing in the streets.

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-James 2014-04-19 0:47:56

I had a dream I was walking along a very long newly built pier and then there was a section where there was a heap of missing beams, I jumped over the gap and onto the next beam but couldn’t jump further as there was fog. The fog cleared and I was able to see that the pier was unfinished and looking back it was too far to jump off of one step, I sat down and I heard someone yell out that it was too far to drop down below into the water which I could also see and I waited for someone to help but no one came and I then woke up from the dream

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-Rachel 2014-04-28 0:54:07

I had a dream that my boyfriend and I was driving on a bridge. All of a sudden the bridge ended in a sudden drop and we was headed for the water. It was a very long drop and then I woke up in fear . what a dream; the next day we went to church.

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-04-28 8:42:01

    Rachel – Dreams all depend on how you ‘play them’. Considering that whenever we dream its images are not like real life. because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear. So all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    Therefore your dream could point to a dramatic end to the relationship, as a bridge often represents connection between two people. Or also if you are not frightened of falling in a dream it could be an adventure of a new type. It is only your fear that turned it into a failure. If you haven’t already looked at the following, please see http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/

    Tony

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-Rachel 2014-04-28 0:55:40

I had a dream that my boyfriend and I was driving on a bridge. All of a sudden the bridge ended in a sudden drop and we was headed for the water. It was a very long drop and then I woke up in fear . what a dream; the next day we went to church. This was not the first time I had a dream with a bridge.

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