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Climb Climbed Climbing
Trying to, or rising above, difficulties. Trying to achieve a new viewpoint, or to learn or develop a new understanding.
Sometimes we climb in a dream to avoid something; to get away; to climb out of some mess we are in. We also climb to reach something, and in doing so make take a risk.
Climbing has risks, whether you are climbing a tree or trying to climb the social ladder. Attaining new heights in work or relationship we reach the new and face anxiety, so may have a fear of failing/falling. In such dreams it is necessary to have the right support or foundation to climb from. So if the thing you are climbing over are insecure, it might be pointing to earlier phases of your life not helping you to develop confidence and a secure sense of yourself. See Secrets of Power Dreaming – Facing Fear
We climb: Often this is to avoid something, to get away, to climb out of some mess or difficulty we are in – in which case it expresses effort on our part.
If we climb to get something or somewhere, to reach it, this can express ambition or motivation.
Climbing may also depict the first half of life, and going downhill middle or old age. If you are approaching middle age, climbing a hill can represent the first half of your life, and going downhill middle or old age.
Example: I recently reached my fortieth birthday and dreamt I was walking uphill. It was quite tough going. When I got to the top I saw the road on the other side was very steep. I felt frightened of going down it. I looked around and saw that the top of the hill stretched away on each side, so there was plenty of space, like a plateau. I realised that I could walk around and there is no hurry to go down the hill.
The next example illustrates a common use of climb – to see what is there, beyond, above, out of sight. This aspect of climbing also often includes the process of personal growth or positive change. The higher viewpoint is also one that includes a vaster or more inclusive understanding of life. In the dream the child is exploring growth in this way, to see what maturity and death have in store.
Example: ‘We climbed this tree, the baby as well, to see what was at the top. The baby fell out of the tree. We climbed down and took the baby to a room and lay it on a bed. It seemed to be asleep and didn’t wake up. Later we went back to the room to see the baby but it had gone. In its place was a bluebird. As we looked the bluebird flew away.’ Dream of a nine year old girl.
Useful Questions and Hints:
Why am I climbing – is it to escape something or to get somewhere or something – and what does this point to in my life?
What do I see, achieve or understand when I have climbed?
If it is difficult to climb, what is stopping me or acting as a barrier?