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Dreaming You are Dreaming

To dream that you are dreaming can mean a lack of attention to everyday affairs. It can also suggest you are only dreaming, only imagining, or that you haven’t woken up to something. But more likely it is a way to hide feelings we do not wish to acknowledge.

What you experience when you “wake up” in a dream suggests the meaning is very significant. Your dream creator is telling you to really be aware of what the dream is trying to communicate. It could also be a first step to the lucid state.

Bruce Marcot says, “ I’m sure I’m not the only one to have dreams within dreams … such as experiencing a nightmare and waking up in bed, only to discover that it’s still a dream because something unearthly happens and then I finally, really wake up from that”.

Example: And even if I was the subject of the dream I developed two techniques to avoid having to deal with the emotions arising in the dream.  One way was to change myself into another person and become the observer of that person;  the other way was, when things got really scary, to ask myself whether or not I was dreaming and turn the dream into a dream within the dream; only realizing that they were both in fact dreams, when I awakened.  I was always quite relieved that I could do this and avoid having to handle situations that I would rather not have dealt with.

But there is another definition of dreaming within a dream – lucid dreaming. See dream within a dream

Example: I noticed thousands of small stone’s embedded in the earth like a mosaic. I had never noticed these before, despite having walked that hill in dreams many times. I believe the boy threw a piece into the sky, making it fall like a meteorite.

In this case the person does not dream that they are dreaming, but in their dream remembers other dreams. The resulting insight into this was seen as; it means through an inner weakness or instability; I have not made it a conscious or whole life reality; I have not built it into my waking life. Therfore it remains a dream.

Useful questions and hints:

What feelings are in the dream, and can you acknowledge them?

What is the surface you and what is the deeper you feelings?

What are the differences between the do dreams?

See Secrets of Power DreamingTechniques for Exploring your DreamsProgrammed



-Jerneja 2017-01-13 8:05:34

I had a dream within a dream today, never happened before, but I dream a lot and remember most dreams. Today I dreamt (then realized when I woke up in the middle of the night that I was dreaming a dream)..about someone walking beside my bed, I heard slippers sliding around it and I even whispered to my boyfriend..psst there is someone walking, can you hear it (well, he even woke up to listen-he never wakes up-he sleeps so firmly everytime..)..for real.he didn’t wake up..I And then I got scarred and covered my head with a blanket and in few minutes I woke up and realized I had a dream within a dream.. What should this mean :) ?


    -Tony Crisp 2017-01-13 9:57:25

    Hi – I must take time to upgrade the dream dictionary, so must halt from answering your posts – I started revising the dictionary in 2006, and haven’t neared the end yet. I believe someone else may start giving interpretations.

    So, for a while I urge you to read http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/i-am-no-longer-interpreting-dreams/ – It describes ways that can help you. And often it would help too if you looked at http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing


    So, 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, so 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. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/useful-techniques/

    It is also important to realise that every image, every scary or terrifying thing, is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that every awful animal, every scary thing or person, is created out of your own fears and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. The problem is that we are often scared of or frightened of actually experiencing our emotions and so they confront us in our dreams.

    So, are you scared of someone entering or of dead people? See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/useful-techniques/


-Kylie 2017-01-19 15:33:31

I had a nightmare within a nightmare last night. I dreamt about a figure with no face. When I woke up from the dream (I was still dreaming obviously) I went downstairs and outside and the figure was still out to get me. Then I actually woke up, Any ideas if this means anything?


    -Tony Crisp 2017-01-20 10:46:21

    Hi – I am going to halt from answering your posts – the reason is that in so many of your post I give the same information to. This is because most people do not understand the difference between dreaming and waking life.

    So, most of what I put in answers is my attempt at explain what dreams are really about. It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing



-Blr 2017-01-20 11:47:25

Hey, so I’ve had a dream I was on highway that ultimately changed and I ended up in a room. I had a dream that there were terrorist and we (myself, my son, my kids father, a lady unknown. As I’ve never seen her face before) so we start running and the terrorist gets closer and she yells to my son to run as she gets shot in the back, only for me to wake up not consciously but in my dream for the same thing to happen again we’re all running when the same unknown lady yells for my son to run as she’s shot in the back and in the dream I’m thinking omg what I dreamt came true. So the terrorist makes his way and find me my son and my kids father to shoot but it missed I said thank you for sparing me and he comes back and says you die and shoots again but there’s no bullet left. My kids father and I look at each other in relief like wow did that just happen. Then I say get your stuff we’re moving right now and then I wake up.


-Jonathan Starr 2017-01-26 19:05:49

Hello this never happen to me before first time. I never usually remember my dreams they usually spotty kinda like can’t remember em.but this dream was way different. While i was in my second dream(I dreamt I was get chased I was n a ditch like a slue army crawling n a voice told me go under water so I took a breath went under was pitch black. Intill I see em lights under while under Water then I wake up in my dream telling my brother n sister they said was just a dream but to me was scary. Then my wife wakes me up was normal. My story thoughts crazy.


-john k. 2017-01-29 10:56:20

I keep having dreams within a dream, and I am not kidding, sometimes 3 dreams in a dream…..very scary.. what is wrong with me… they are not nightmares, but they are so realistic… the one dream that got me to go to a website and say something, was a dream I had that I could not wake up from… it kept going on for more than 3 times….im not sure if it was 4 but it shook me up….


-Siobhan Beckford 2017-02-13 20:47:35


I literally just had a dream within a dream and then woke up in the dream and continued the dream until I woke up in reality.

In the dream I’m living with a good friend of mine and we share a bedroom. I decide to go to sleep and get in bed. I then dream of my ex boyfriend who for some reason drags me by my feet in the bed, not in a hurtful way but to like move my bed. Then he gets in bed next to me and holds my hand (this is something he used to do in reality) it’s at this point I realise that I’m having a dream within a dream but I remember telling myself I’m just dreaming but enjoy the moment. Then i fall in the dream within a dream and wake up on the floor. my friend who is getting dressed to go out with her boyfriend ask me if I’m ok and the normal dream continues which I remain for awhile but can’t actually remember the details.

Just to give you some back details in real life about a week ago I broke up with my ex boyfriend for the 4th time! And my friend who was in the dream knows him well that’s how we met. She also is not talking to him at the moment as she is upset with how he has been treating me, any insight would be great!


-David 2017-02-14 14:50:45

I’ve had a dream within a dream several times before, but last night had a dream within a dream within a dream. I remember much of the original dream. Is this common?


-Bethany 2017-03-16 13:09:08

in my dream last night I dreamt I was dreaming and being chased through an old abandoned warehouse it was in total darkness I couldn’t see what was chasing me just a shadow. Do you know what this might mean?


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