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This is about How we SEE the world and ourselves. Although eyes are not mentioned much in the collection of dreams used for data in this book, SAW, SEE, SEEING, LOOK and LOOKING, constitute the highest number of mentions. In a computer word count of 1000 dreams, these words were mentioned 1077 times. Feel, feeling, felt, came second with 855 hits. So dreams are predominantly a looking at and seeing activity, in the sense of insight and awareness.

Fundamentally eyes are about awareness – seeing and being seen. These aspects of relating to the world and others have enormous impact in our life. What we see, and how we are seen, leave great depths of feeling. Someone I know of saw his mother kill his father. That image will never ever leave him.

In many dreams the eyes represent our understanding, or how we ‘see’ the world, our view of things or other people. This is very personal. Also, they depict intelligence, our ability to give attention, and where we focus that attention, along with our boundaries of awareness.

Eyes are used in many ways in dreams. As these quotes from people’s dream descriptions show, eyes can represent the soul or psyche in its many moods – ‘dark deep eyes’; ‘desperation in its eyes’; ‘shining eyes’; ‘impersonal eyes’; ‘staring eyes’; ‘eye to eye’. So in most dreams the eyes display the inner feelings or situation of the person or yourself.

Here is another description of eyes that tells so much.

She looked at me quickly. Her eyes were very brown, but quite round. “I was very much in love with somebody, ” she said. Her eyes were wide open looking at me, and her mouth was trying to carry on speaking, but the weight of emotion behind what she wanted to say carried the words to her eyes, where they began to come out as tears.


Blindness: Not being aware, not wanting to see something – usually about oneself.

Eye Lashes: I have only seen a few dreams that mention eye lashed, and these either show a woman’s sense of her own good looks, or the loss of an attractive feature.

Example: This guy in a TV audience is telling how exciting his life is living with this black girl sitting next to him. As he is talking excitedly all this fake hair – side burns, eyebrows, eye lashes, etc. – falls off. She is laughing, embarrassed. He goes on talking without noticing.

Loss of sight in right eye: Not seeing what is going on in the outside world.

Loss of sight in left eye: Not seeing what you are really thinking or feeling; not aware of self, motives, behaviour; no ‘in-sight’.

Lack of eye contact: Avoidance of intimacy; feeling ashamed or bowed.

Closed eyes: Introversion or avoidance of contact; not wanting to see.

Hair in eye: This suggests some sort of irritant or irritation connected with what you can see or have seen. If it is the right eye it means something interfering with what is going on in the outside world. If the left eye it is an interference with what you are really thinking or feeling; not aware of self, motives or behaviour; no ‘in-sight’.

The following example shows how eye contact can change a relationship, as if the eyes are in themselves a form of contact and touching.

Example: ‘ I saw a young soldier with a gun, but as our eyes met we were attracted to each other, and he put his arm round me.’ Pauline B.

Example: ‘I was dimly aware of a biggish black bird that came down close beside us on the step and pecked at the baby’s eye, then it flew off. The eye was gone completely.’ Heather C.

Heather’s dream shows the eye depicting the ‘I’ or identity. In fact her sense of self was damaged in infancy. Therefore ‘eye’ can often be a play on words meaning ‘I’.

Many eyes: This is usually about feeling watched or noticed, often by a god like awareness, either that or an audience or crowd looking at you.

Example: So I stood and watched the bubbles rise, and saw in each one of them an ‘I’, watching me like many eyes – a reflection of me looking back at me. All the lonely bubbles separated from each other, individual I’s, looking at me only because I was looking at them. They existed only because I existed, and knowing that I was their God, suddenly I loved them. Then suddenly, and with some shock I realised that I was a bubble, and only existed because a godlike awareness had caused my existence and was looking at me.

Example: The image was of a smart very confident and aggressive young woman. She was attractive and attracted but her approach was one of attack, so to have a relationship I needed to fight her. What I appear to be facing is that I have the sex drive, but what I am facing is a monster. In fact I had the image of a huge spider that could come out from hiding and drag you helpless into its lair, its many eyes shining.

Idioms: All eyes; an eye for an eye; apple of his eye; bat an eye; beauty in the eye of; believe my eyes; black eye; bright eyed; catch your eye; can’t you see; cry your eyes out; eyeball this; eagle eyed; evil eye; eye of the storm; eye opener; eyes glazed over; eyes peeled; evil eye; feast your eyes on; fresh pair of eyes; give her the eye; got my eye on; I see; I saw it with my own eyes; sheep eyes; keep an eye open; keep an eye out for; lay eyes on; one in the eye; meet eye to eye; more than meets the eye; out of the corner of my eye; turn a blind eye; keep your eyes open; easy on the eyes; right before my eyes; turn a blind eye; sight for sore eyes; wink of an eye; you must be blind; your mind’s eye.


Useful Questions and Hints:

What is it I am ‘seeing’ or understanding in my dream – can I define it?

In what way are eyes shown in this dream, and what idiom or life situation does that suggest?

What feelings or unspoken words are being expressed here?

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-Mickey 2014-02-09 11:46:03

I have really spaced out patchy dreams..or just my memory of them. But at the end of my dream, I was kicking people out of my old apartment and was in a dark room looking at the doorway which was like a hallway with people walking past and the person I was looking for earlier in the dream who allowed the party walked by and stopped was in the doorway and facing me from the hall. Then his eyes got all squinty and starred directly at me like he was pissed off or was going to “show me”. The thing is it was some kid from like 9 years ago that i don’t even really know, anyway during his evil stare, another person whom i dont recall stopped next to him and did the same gesture with his eyes and I woke up…It kinda freaked me out.


-Ash 2014-06-18 18:44:18

I had a dream that some how I accidentally knocked out my right eyeball by rubbing my eye….found it and was trying to get to a hospital so they could fix it somehow but it disintegrated and I broke down and sobbed because I knew I wouldn’t have my right eye sight ever again. I’m not sure how to decode that!


    -Jon 2014-06-27 10:57:02

    The same thing happened to me, but not the last part. I woke up before I could get to the hospital. I lost my right eye but I could still see…


-samantha 2014-11-28 13:50:14

I woke early and my eyes were really dry from a late night wearing my contact lenses, but as If I’d been around smokers. I’ve often had late nights and my eyes sent this dry and uncomfortable. I fell asleep again and dreamt I had small blisters appearing under my upper eye lids and explaining to my friend that I’m allergic to tempeh (soy fermented) which makes my eyes swell terribly. My friends gave me directions to the hospital.. I had just eaten tofu for first time in she’s so surely I’m just dreaming about the days events?


-Bry 2014-12-28 0:32:06

I had a dream where I went to a house that appeared large on the outside, but was pretty small on the inside and the main character in my dream showed me this office that was cluttered with stacks of papers. I looked at the end of the tiny room and noticed a dead grandmother on a bed and no one was going to bury her unless if we found her eye, because she stated before she died that she wants to be buried whole. So the entire dream, me and this character are searching through the office and found 5 human eyes, 3 rabbit eyes, and 2 lizard eyes, all individually soaked in formaldehyde in baby food jars. We burried all the eyes with her because we weren’t sure which eye was hers. What does this mean? I can’t decipher it much!


-Jordan 2015-01-18 7:20:37

I was dreaming about eyes. They were all looking at me, and they were just eyes and they were green and pink they were everywhere and I can’t stop thinking about them and what they mean


-aude 2015-03-08 8:44:06

I dreamed of a man that would not let me look in his eyes he was very sad but did not want to be touched. what does this mean.


-Amanda 2015-03-23 11:33:29

Hi, I woke up screaming last night at 2:20am. I was sweating and shivering at the same time. All I remember is some lady with grey eyes staring at me..and her face getting closer on a steady pace…and then her eyes / face immersing in my eyes..and I woke up screaming multiple times. Please help me interpret it.


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