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Your present personality and body has arisen from processes and experiences that are millions of years old. The dinosaur or a prehistoric animal often represents your sense of this primordial past out of which your present self has grown. The dinosaur can also depict deeply instinctive urges, or your feelings about being a devouring monster.

Life on the planet is also only an extension of processes active in the cosmos. So in dreams we often sense this primordial past out of which our present self has grown, and frequently depict this meeting as a prehistoric animal.

The dinosaur might also suggest something you are dealing with that is no longer alive or functioning in your life. Perhaps it is outmoded, clumsy or instinctive.

Exploring dreams is like uncovering different strata of human psychological history – history we all share. The dinosaur often depicts one of these deeply buried strata, linking with our very basic urges of survival such as fear, reproduction, and survival reactions to situations. This does not make these brutal. They are fundamental and necessary in today’s life. Because these aspects of ourselves are so old, and have survived so long, there is often great wisdom in them if we can bring it to consciousness. Such urges as fighting over our territory or mate – grabbing what is available for ourselves – striving aggressively to provide for family, also need to be integrated in a way that socialises them, otherwise they exist in a primitive form still, perhaps in conflict with our present needs. This is similar to most animal symbols, but the difference is that the dinosaur portrays them at their most basic or unsocialised. They can also depict something that has not survived or the will to survive; something, or some element of your attitudes or feelings that is outdated or has no survival value.

Example: I was walking past a large building site which had been excavated for foundations. Rain had filled the excavated pits and a large lake had formed. As I walked past I could see ancient primitive creatures rising out of the water. One of them, a large dinosaur, came toward me. I was scared and ran away. The dinosaur followed and started speaking to me. I couldn’t understand what it said. Don.

Don explored his dream and says – I realised that through my internal digging into myself I had uncovered some feelings I had never met consciously before. This was about anxiety, which I had suffered from a lot, and about the anger I felt toward my step children for not appreciating the work I was putting into building them a home and working to provide. Seeing these things helped me understand what was behind my difficult feelings and fears. For instance I saw that fear is fundamental to all human experience, and I needed to meet it and help it to enter into the modern world instead of be repressed and remain primitive.

Example: It was darkening and the street was very appealing to me. I could just discern a house at the end of the street, facing me, and I walked toward it. I was not far advanced along the street when I saw, coming from the direction of the house at the end, in my direction, a very large dinosaur – as high as the house itself. It was walking upright on its large hind feet and the front feet were quite small and held in front. I was very nervous and frightened, but thought, If I walked very slowly, it might not notice me and pass by me But as I was just past it passing me on my right I quickened my steps in fear. It turned and caught up with me, and I thought, If I talk to it in a gentle voice, it might know I was a friend. I talked to it in a soothing voice, saying Good evening, and what are you doing with your little feet in the air? It turned its head down to me and said something in a very sweet voice, and I knew at once it was a friend, but I couldn’t understand what it said. I asked again what it did with its small feet, and it repeated what it had said before, softly, while we were walking toward the house at the end of the street. But I could not understand, though I knew it was something nice. Mrs. G.A.

Here there is an obvious meeting with fear, but this is transformed through communication. As with the previous dream, fear is part of this primeval level of us, along with flight or fight, reproduction and ritualistic behaviour. This means behaviour that is deeply instinctive and not learned. Like the dancing mating rituals of birds, it is behaviour that arises through an external stimulus. For instance some lizards will nod their head and expand their size if something red is flashed in front of them. They cannot help but respond in this way as it is hardwired behaviour.

Example: I meet a beautiful female from Jupiter, she is wearing a white cheesecloth dress and is almost divine in nature, and I am very attracted to her. We walk towards an entrance to her world (Jupiter), through the entrance I can see strange other worldly creatures, some look like dinosaurs, I am in awe of what I am seeing, as we step into her world, she tells me to look up, which I do, the reason for this was, she was telling me not to be distracted by what I am seeing around me, as a great raptor/eagle was coming out of the sky to pick me up.

From what you say of your dream it seems to me you are moving into a new awareness of yourself and what you life is – and its possibilities.

Example: My sister gets through the gate and we are being chased by dinosaurs, they are everywhere. We are running through an office building where I work but we cant find a way out. I distinctly remember reaching back to hold my sisters hand to keep her with me. Eventually we hide in an office and hope the dinosaurs don’t find us. My boss appears and we start to calm down but we are still in danger. As though the responsibility to keep us alive has switched from me to my boss. 

Perhaps you have been digging into yourself to let them loose. If not that, then you are meeting a very primal level of anxiety. But remember the images of the dinosaur are an aspect of yourself, as is the boss. I will try to explain.

When you were conceived you were at the very beginning of life forms. In fact we have to go to the very primal to reproduce. That may not mean much to most people, but in the dream world it means an enormous amount. Because from there we go through the whole process of evolution as we are in our mother’s womb. Again, most people say, “So what. I don’t remember!” You remember not in ordinary memories, but in ancient feelings of fear, or religious wonder or even intuitions of life’s meaning. But of course we do remember and such memories are seen in our dreams. So when you learned language you forgot all the past. A new program was running that aided you to have the waking, self conscious awareness you have today. And that awareness is often at odds with what are the foundations of consciousness your present self is built upon. That is what is happening in the dream. You need to meet and be at ease with what is actually a part of your experience.


Useful Questions and Hints:

How am I relating to the dinosaur – am I at ease or scared of it – and what does that show me about myself?

Is the dinosaur communicating anything to me, and if so what?

Am I caring for or injuring the dinosaur?

See Techniques for Exploring your DreamsBeing Person or thingFacing Fear – Dreams are Like a Computer Game






-DEBORAH GILSON 2011-03-24 13:40:11

I dreamed I wrote, “I’m a warm and wonderful dinosaur.”


    -Tony Crisp 2011-03-29 10:54:51

    Deborah – Lucky you!

    Maybe you do not feel like the most glamorous person around, but you have warmth, and being a dinosaur can have a lot of advantages. So stay with that feeling and watch for another warm and friendly dinosaur.



-Lee 2013-04-25 1:43:23

I dreamed I was transported into a simulated land as it had existed in prehistoric times. I was supposed to learn a lesson or pass a test by being there. There were many children in the land and though I was operating with my adult mind, I was in my childhood body. I noticed a young boy scratching at a tree. There was a raptor’s body caught in the tree as if the tree had grown around the raptor’s body – frozen in time. The boy was trying to free the raptor from the tree and I noticed the eye of the raptor looking at me. I knew if it was freed it could kill me and ran from the situation. I was then told by an unseen person that I was running with the creatures that would eventually become humans. A lot of primal activity was happening around me amongst many species of animals I had never seen before. I was thankful for being born in my time and thought to myself, “I don’t think I could have survived in this early time, with death at every corner. I don’t know how these animals survived.”


-jennifer 2013-10-15 19:45:04

I dreamt I was running away. I came into a huge warehouse. I followed some men up the stairs. When we got up the stairs and looked off of a platform in the warehouse there was a huge dinosaur that had been tied up by it’s legs. It was angry and I just new it was going to escape and kill us all. So I ran away from the scene down a hall and into a room. I was face to face with my ex. We both starred at each other for a moment and then I heard chaos outside the door and knew the dinosaur had escaped. I was struck with great fear. I ran to a sofa on the far end of the room and pushed it away from the wall so i could hide behind it. I grabed the blanket on the back of the sofa and threw myself down behind the sofa and covered up. All the while hearing the commotion outside of the door. My ex then scurried over and layed on top of me. He was terrified as was I.


    -Tony Crisp 2013-10-17 8:18:49

    Jennifer – Everything in a dream does not refer to what you are seeing but what you associate with what you are seeing. Everything is in fact a reflection of your inner feelings and beliefs. The warehouse is a symbol of your own storehouse of your own potential – a huge potential you had never seen before and it scares you. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/big-bigness/

    The dinosaur is a part of that potential. Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing it explains a great deal that you need to know to understand your dreams. Largely you are facing your tendency to feel feat about anything that is unusual. Pity because fear blocks the way forward in your life. As you can see from your dream you are hiding behind the sofa instead of integrating the huge potential you have.



-ellen 2014-06-02 4:40:50

I came across this explanation since I had a very intriguing dream last night and I don’t think it fits any of the examples? I was in my bedroom and looked towards the window because there was a darkening mist that was starting to dim the light in the room. At first I thought it was rain clouds but I saw it was mist and then I saw what at first appeared to be the tail fin of a whale swimming/flying through the air past my window. Then when I went to the window to see what it was it was actually huge large dinosaur skeletons swimming/flying slowly in the air past my window.. their were many of them, kind of like a pack of whales would look like. Then one of them slowed and came closer to my window with the head of a T-Rex and started smashing his nose into the window cracking it and trying to get inside. I got scared so I left the building quickly and when I got outside it was sunny and bright but when I looked back towards my window it was surrounded by that dark mist and the flying dinosaurs.

I see this is a pretty old post with comments from last year but I would love some insight into this :)


    -Tony Crisp 2014-06-03 8:10:33

    Ellen – I believe that the dinosaur description actually fits your dream very well. Perhaps of you read this first it might help – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing

    To quote from another post – “We are all multidimensional beings, so have body sensations that are often quite distinct from our mental life. But often we may not realise that our mental life is also full of dimensions that are presented symbolically. We are like a landscape which if excavated is like an archaeological dig. It takes us back to the very beginnings of life, through to the beginning of time. For instance you are probably not aware of all the life processes that brought you into being and still carries on caring for you. We usually call this the unconscious. In your mothers womb you were the most primitive life form, and as you body develop it went from a vegetative stage into a creature with gills like fish, then transformed into a creature ready to breathe air.” But that is not all, you were still an animal when you were born and would not have become a human being if it were not for being taught language which programmed you. So yes it is all about what you carry within you as a remarkable heritage. See http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/animal-children/#Program

    Literally you are on the verge of transforming some ancient animal traits into modern life. It is important that you explore your dream and see for yourself. Try http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPersonhttp://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/clicking-on/



-janice 2014-09-12 15:57:21

I dreamed we were hiding in a big cave or rocky area above land. I was with my baby and my sister who was in her body of when she was a child. The dinosaur came to the cave opening wanting to eat us I suppose. . Well I grabbed my baby and ran . Left my sister behind. Ran into another above ground cave which had a wooden office which I got into hoping to be safe. Then I went back to the cave I ran from and their were old freinds there that I cared about from my dark drugged past


-Louise 2014-09-15 10:09:38

I have this reoccurring dream where I’m being chased by dinosaurs and just trying to survive. It’s usually just me, but this time I had a baby and a few people with me and last time I only had my husband with me. I have a 2 year old and am currently pregnant but that hasn’t made a difference in how the dream played out until now. During the whole dream it’s just about surviving but there always seems to be two giant dinosaurs trying to kill me and I have to hide until they fight each other or just go away. Fighting off the little dinosaurs doesn’t bother me it’s only when the big ones come do I run for cover. I was also asking for help a lot during this dream since I had my baby with me.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-19 8:12:54

    Louise your call for help was not answered because you were asking for something that your dream creator – Life – knows is not good for you or your precious baby.

    Dream images are all symbolising something else. So it is not real dinosaurs you are is part of something so huge and amazing that most people are scared of meeting it. Most people suffer enormous amnesia. For example you grew from a seed in your mother’s womb, and as it did so took you through the whole process of evolution, from the slime of your parents mating through the vegetative phase as cell division, then into the reptilian phase and up to the mammalian. Then you entered the time when you learned the amazing computer like program called language, up until then you were a little animal and you were living in the ‘unconscious’. Please read http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/animal-children/#Program and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing

    Life in you remembers your whole development from the most primitive to your life today. Your dream is asking you not to run from the dinosaurs but to accept them and start to become a whole person. For as Louise you have been programmed to cut yourself off from being a whole person. If you fail to understand that you will bring up you tiny animal baby to meet life with the same crippling deficiencies – open to depression, feeling lost amidst the human anthill, and being educated in a world that believes life simply leads to death.

    So try meeting the wonderful world of dreams by imagining yourself as the dinosaur by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson



-Alejandra 2014-12-05 14:59:06

my dream was about a father and two siblings trying to survive, they were hiding from velociraptors, and had to be very quite, the youngest of the siblings a boy kept making noises often putting the eldest a girl in danger and leaving the dad scrambling to take them to safety again. Towards the end of my dream the two siblings were hiding in a small bedroom with very little space, it didn’t have a door only a curtain that was open all the sudden I wasn’t just an espectator I was in the room with the kids and we were hiding behind the bed the only thing in the room and I bravely closed the curtain while hearing the dinosaurs get closer, the kids kept giggling and making noises making me anxious and trying to tell them not stop but I could see the dinosaurs outside sniffing the curtain, one of them came in but was quickly distracted by a noise in the back and left, I was still very nervous since there were still more dinosaurs lingerine outside this is when I woke up.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-12-08 9:20:02

    Alejandra – A fascinating dream and I will try to make sense of it for you. But to do so I will need you to read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing because most people have little information about the real nature of dreams.

    So the velociraptors represent your meeting with basic and ancient feelings in you. To understand this read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#reptilebrain

    To give an example – I was walking past a large building site which had been excavated for foundations. Rain had filled the excavated pits and a large lake had formed. As I walked past I could see ancient primitive creatures rising out of the water. One of them, a large dinosaur, came toward me. I was scared and ran away. The dinosaur followed and started speaking to me. I couldn’t understand what it said. Don.

    Don explored his dream and says – I realised that through my internal digging into myself I had uncovered some feelings I had never met consciously before. This was about anxiety, which I had suffered from a lot, and about the anger I felt toward my step children for not appreciating the work I was putting into building them a home and working to provide. Seeing these things helped me understand what was behind my difficult feelings and fears. For instance I saw that fear is fundamental to all human experience, and I needed to meet it and help it to enter into the modern world instead of be repressed and remain primitive.

    So you are meeting some of your very basic emotional responses, and doing quite well because you handled them well. It might help if you actually explore your dream too using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/



-Andrea 2015-01-29 12:36:24

I have been dreaming this for years. Same dinosaur same situation but different location. I was with friends and family when all of a sudden we hear loud footsteps and feel the earth shaking. Minutes later a huge dinosaur comes and tries to destroy everything and eat everybody buy for some reason I’m the only one who always escapes. I really want to know the reason why I have been dreaming this for years.


-Rick 2015-02-09 11:17:54

Started off with me trying to get my mom somewhere safe before dark, was into this building that I was trying to secure. I didn’t know what was coming, just that something bad was about to happen. I was blocking doorways and preparing guns and knives. I never saw her, just knew that she was in the little building. Before it got dark though this dinosaur with a name showed up, can’t remember the name. I was trying to hide from it and fight it. It was like a volicaraptor. Other people were there and getting eaten. Then more and more dinosaurs showed up and I was being hunted. I eventually found some were safe with other people. It was some kind of fortress with other people. I don’t know who they are but I liked them. But somebody somewhere outside decided the only way we could fight the dinosaurs was to make people into werewolves. The wolves hunted the dinosaurs and us. But being smarter than the dinosaurs, the wolves knew how to get into the fortress. So once again I was fighting to not get eaten, just this time by the wolves. Many I liked got eaten. Each time someone got ate it was a bloody mess and scary. Eventually everyone in the safe place was either dead or changed into a wolf. Some who I had known in the fortress and liked and had been turned explained that we either become the wolf or get eaten by the wolf or eaten by the dinosaurs, and that the wolves were winning over the dinosaurs. So I let her bite me. I was scared, but as the bite took effect I was better then I was before, faster, stronger able to do new things. I found someone I knew and changed them after explaining to them what was explained to me. For a while all was good, we were killing all the dinosaurs. Then we found out about other people somewhere and we started traveling to them. I knew that most of the people we would eat. But some we would change and that made me feel really conflicted and scared me. I woke up then


-Kylie 2015-03-13 17:01:14

I dreamed I was traveling with two large Long Neck dinosaurs and two baby Long Necks. We were going somewhere, but these large predator dinos kepts finding us. I would hide from them with the two baby dinos. I remember at one point in my dream we came across this beautiful pasture, it was green and the trees were blooming. But when I stept on the grass it was frozen solid, hard as a rock. The babies started making this crying sound, I told them it was just ice, then said, I wonder why there is ice when its so warm out? I woke up after that.


    -Kristy 2015-04-03 10:01:09

    I was driving on a bumpy, single lane road and I saw a small dinosaur. (It looked like a 2 foot tall t-rex.) I was so surprised that I pulled over to try to get a picture of it. The cars behind me wouldn’t pass me even though I was pulled over & I ended up holding up “traffic”. I eventually made a u-turn but by the time that happened the dinosaur was gone. That dream ended and another began. Now the dinosaur was in my apartment. My son & I were playing in his room and a much smaller version of the same dinosaur crawled out from under my son’s bed. It bit me on my Achilles’ tendon and wouldn’t let go of his grip. I remember thinking in the dream “That’s his animal instinct to bite me where it could potentially take me down.” Only it didn’t take me down because he was so small that it didn’t hurt very much. It was a small pain but almost tickled.
    The only thing I remember after that was my son scaring off the dinosaur. I looked for him but couldn’t find him. The last thing I remember was telling my son “You know you have to move cautiously around animals. Please don’t scare him again.”
    After reading the above posts I think I know what this means but your opinion would be much appreciated.


-Liz Fawley 2015-04-22 7:29:55

I had a dream that I was walking through a tunnel and I stopped and a pterodactyl came out of the ceiling and it was coming toward me and it stopped and I turned around and saw a t-rex and it was leaning down and trying to eat me so I ran toward the pterodactyl and out the tunnel. Then it was dark and I was walking with someone and we here small dinosaurs running at us so we ran home. Then me and my brother had to go to school, and since dinosaurs where alive and we did not want to get eaten, so we took the tunnel and I got a call saying the tiny dinosaurs got in the tunnel we had to run. We got to the cross way, but the gate was locked. Then I look across and two guys I go to school with where there too. I gave the tiny dinosaurs a dog treat. So I traind them and they turned into pets. Then when we opened the gate and I walked to the guys they told me to stop, because a raptor was behind me. So I turned around and fed it a dog treat. Then it didn’t eat me and I went to school. And after school I rode the t-rex home. Then I woke up.


-Skye 2015-04-26 1:39:49

I dreamt that the world got struck by a meteor shower, the earth beneath was erupting with lava. My father, past co-workers, past acquaintances and close friends from highschool where all there and we where hiding in a house that was on top of a high mountain and was not familiar to me.
We where hiding from dinosaurs and i had to keep running around the house turning all the lights off.. Eventually i made friends with a dinosaur and she helped me smash all the lights around the house before the big ‘mean t-rex’ could reach the house, but we where to slow and it found us.. Then i woke up because i was scared


-alex fradkin 2015-05-25 6:54:14

Tonight I dreamt that I need to climb down a tree I was on top of. It’s a huge tree with big branches, its like a small jungle of itself. As i climb down I see that on top there are birds, lots of them. Thats pretty standard I think in my dream. But under the birds there are small dinosaurs (the fast ones with the scary teeth)- running back and forth, I was a little scared but I saw they weren’t interested in me. So I kept going down where I saw big dogs, they were also living on the tree. In order to get down I had to slide down, so I did, and one of the dogs was there to stop me from falling down. I loved these big dogs, and was thankful. Then i woke up.
in ‘real’ life I’m going through a rough time with my girlfriend. For some reason I cant stop wondering if she’s the person I want to be with, or is this the right relationship for me. My girl is great, she’s a listener, she’s beautiful, she loves me and shows it, she wants me. I know I love her, but it’s hard for me to just be with her and not try to escape or run away. Couple of days ago I told her that some times I question is this the best (relationship) for me. She got very mad since its not the first nor second time I say that. Now she’s angry and distant, and I am dreadful of her leaving me. I cry. I feel like I love her so much. I don’t feel like that when we’re not fighting.

Do u think there is a link between the two- my life and my dream?


-Chris 2015-08-15 22:54:26

I am a 21 year old man fresh out of college for media journalism. Since I was a child I felt separate from others due to me constantly moving, so most of my emotional growth has been self processed. Although many of the dreams are not fully recoverable memory wise I have had a dream of a tyrannosaur chasing me at least once every two years. The most recent one involved a cityscape along with myself, my family and hundreds of strangers. It begins as in an (apartment?) and with me alone looking out a window upon a long Main Street in town. At the end of the street there is the t-Rex slowly but surely headed straight for me. (Unrelated but I also had a dream like this with the war of the worlds tripod). I hide not upstairs, or an area without windows, but in the living room area right in front of the windows and doors. I hide on top of a tree and do my best to cover myself from its continual search. Next I am in what looks to be a school auditorium with hundreds of strangers and my family as if we are being rounded up like refugees when suddenly panic sets in as a group rushes in screaming they found us! I lose my family in the chaos and I am forced to hold out within the school itself alone. Suddenly another shift and the tyrannosaur is now in a wooded area but it is not alone. A distinctly different large carnivorous dinosaur with the appearance of a t-Rex but with a frilled more reptilian head. I had the distinct feeling this was a female (albeit a different species). They walked as one behind the other and worked in tantrum increasing one another’s silhouette and fearsomeness I even pointed this out mid dream, despite me originally seeing only the male and despite this portion of the dream being in third person view.


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