Abandon Abandoned

There may be a fear of being left or losing someone, perhaps arising from an actual experience of loss in the past. You need to consider whether your feelings of abandonment are also feelings of dependence. But it depends what you have a given yourself to – if it is careless abandonment it could lead to careless results. If it is to your wholeness then it might mean a journey into yourself.

Nearly always such feelings offer opportunities to meet ones fears and learn greater independence. Difficulties surrounding this are often linked with what we frequently call love, but might, for greater clarity, be called dependence. For instance, if a partner leaves us and we experience great pain, much of that pain and anxiety comes about because we have depended upon our partner to supply, or help supply, such needs as money, a place to live, social standing, sexual satisfaction, a sense of being wanted, companionship and support in crises.

Dependence and need are often so closely intertwined it is difficult to really separate them. But I feel that life in us is constantly trying to move toward survival and independence. But being independent does not mean leaving a partner. But if the thought or feeling brings distress or difficult feelings it becomes suspect and might have links with childhood experiences. But an amazing sense and experience can flower from the freedom of true independence. It is more rewarding than simple independence, and with infinite possibility. Life could begin in an entirely new way. Relationships could be things of depth, variability, and beauty, once freed of the shackles of the eternal buzzing fears and pains. Because on the end none of us are totally independent – or totally alone unless we have shut ourselves up in a small and lifeless inner world. See Inner World Making

Example: For instance, if a partner leaves us and we experience great pain, much of that pain and anxiety comes about because we have depended upon our partner to supply, or help supply, such needs as money, a place to live, social standing, sexual satisfaction, a sense of being wanted, companionship and support in crises.

Perhaps the difference is found in awareness? As in if the co-operation on different levels between two (or more) people was a conscious choice. I have struggled a lot with this dependence on my partner in the past and have often questioned if I had made the right choice to walk this path with him. Now I dare to trust that I did.

Perhaps all needed is to add “TOO MUCH” as in …….because we have depended too much upon our partner…………….too much would then mean a dependence beyond the mutual agreed co-operation.

 Longer  Explanation

Although, as an adult, you might now be capable of gaining your needs, such powerful feelings of helplessness, anxiety or sense of abandonment, can be stimulated by any situation reminiscent of the childhood situation that first called them into play. Therefore, it can help to carefully look at your life situation to see what changes are producing these feelings. You also need to decide whether there is real cause for fear, or whether you are suffering anxiety due to past experience.

Example: I was in a very loving relationship in which I had developed powerful emotional links with D. We communicated many times each day while apart at work, etc. But one day there was no communication. I felt tremendous anxiety and emotional pain and shock, really frightened that she had dropped me. In fact she hadn’t, but my fears were very real and difficult to deal with. A real shock.

In a certain sense, the pain arising from abandonment, and feelings attending it, can arise from other losses, such as termination of employment or a baby or loss of status. This can be seen as a confrontation with one’s own internal poverty. If this can be accepted, then the situation becomes an opportunity to gradually transform old pains and dependencies. The roots of these frequently become revealed if we accept the pain as a signpost to its source and understanding. Awareness of the part such pain has played in your life is a tremendous means of transformation. See Self Observation

But because facing the enormous emotions that are locked up with feeling abandoned are difficult, sometimes it needs us to grow to greater strength to meet them.

In general the dream might link with a sense of how others, particularly our parents, felt about us while we were a child. This feeling of not being wanted may have become habitual. It may not be true that we were not wanted, but our feelings are saying it is. A sense of abandonment powerfully influences our relationships as an adult, and can lead to feelings of being unloved in the midst of what is really a happy and caring relationship; sometimes carries an element of self pity. The feeling if abandonment can represent big changes in your life such as leaving home, or travelling and living in another country, and so feeling abandoned by all ones friends and usual sources of support.

Dreaming of abandonment may also link with feeling life has no meaning or purpose. They may occur after going through sepa­ration or divorce, or even the death of a loved one, especially a parent or spouse.

Such dreams can reveal grief, anger, resentment and despair that has not been faced or dealt with. Meeting such feelings is a way meeting and working through these feelings and is important and may show emotional block­ages. See Life’s Little Secrets

If by a friend or relative: Suggests either anxiety about losing friendship, or of illness creating a loss. It can also suggest that you feel unloved and unwanted.

Being abandoned in the sense of allowing sexual and emotional liberty: Finding a new freedom; dropping usual social codes and unashamedly expressing ourselves.

An abandoned building, project etc: Something that you were involved in and had life for you at some time, but is now either in the past, or that you have withdrawn energy or enthusiasm from, or perhaps given up on.

Also: It can be an example of one of the functions of dreams, which is to release held back sexuality and emotion. See: alone; functions of dreams; hero/ine.

 Example: ‘My Mother asked me to go and buy some butter for her. A chain on my left leg prevented me from going very far. I look down the road and see my Mum, Dad and my four brothers in the back of a car. I wave and call and they drive right past me, going over the chain I am wearing on my leg.’ Lorraine. LBC.

Lorraine’s dream illustrates not only her feelings of being left out of family life, but also the chain on her leg shows her not fully independent. We often feel ‘abandoned’ while we are trying to become more independent.

Useful questions:

Is the feeling in the dream one I have often?

If I look backwards through my life, when did this feelings start?

Because this feeling might deeply influence the way you feel in a relationship, it is helpful to recognise the difference between the history of this feeling as it has played in your life, and what is actually real in your present relationship?

What or who have I abandoned or been abandoned by?

What are you seeking through being abandoned?

Are you gaining anything from it?

See Talking As  – Habits –  Techniques for Exploring your Dreams


-Disha 2016-06-06 2:52:31

Hi. I am 24years old and have healthy relationship with my parents, brother, and friends. But, I saw a dream where all of us went out to spend some quality time and towards the end, all of them abandoned me. They walked away from me as i do not exist. Then, I tried to go back to them by taking a ride with a stranger and eventually I meet my family and friends. Still they walked past me but the stranger who helped me was standing beside me. The last incident occurred in a temple. May I know what does this mean? Thank you

-Nico 2016-03-31 2:44:07

Hi, I’m still a kid and I had this bad dream twice already. Me and my brother always loved my mother, she also loves us. But one day, in a street, she was being asked by a boy (I don’t know who he is or what he is asking), she suddenly shocked us…. She told me and my brother that she’s leaving us… Me and my brothers cried and were frozen for hearing that. She then, walks away with the boy. Me and my brother took different ways to go (Well I guess this is goodbye?) I got to a mall, i saw my friends eating something, but I didn’t manage to go to them and tell them, so I just passed then I woke up, with my heart feeling like something is crushing it, I felt happy when I saw my mother just beside me doing some works, so I slept again.

I was with my brother, beside what we both call “Bermuda Triangle” (Even if it isn’t), we got to the water and told him that nothing was happening so we got away from the water he said “Nah, it’s really gonna change”. Suddenly a large tsunami raging in, we were scared, we ran, we ran and we got to a mall, the mall were filled with people, and they saw a large tsunami approaching us, they were shocked, others that didn’t hear the news, we told them “There’s a tsunami you gotta run!”, then they run, people were shocked and scared, they ran up with us, hoping to find a safe place to hide and where the tsunami can’t reach. Me and my brother reached the farthest we can and we saw an elderly couple waving on us and telling us “Come here! Hide in Here! It’s safe!” so we ran up to their house, we reached, they locked the door, and closed the windows, inside the house was nothing, it reached at night, the tsunami only reached the mall, thanks to the heights of the mall, the water only peirced the mall. I was raging and said to my brother “WE NEED TO FIND MOM”, we got out of the house, we found my mother and the boy’s house, we got inside, I believed it was recked, we got upstairs, in the bedroom we saw the boy, was pierced in his stomach with a long and big wood, he was dead, and there was we can’t find my mom, I got a scattered stick and wrote on the bed/floor “HELP” because I don’t want to leave someone dying, but I have to, so I left him and kept finding my mom there I woke up, somehow, I believe, i’m going to find my mom, do I need t finish this dream to find my mom?

-anu 2015-07-15 19:04:48

I had a dream of being abandoned by husband last night which is true in real life. what is the significance?

-DENICE 2015-07-12 0:34:08


-janelle 2014-09-09 3:34:53

This was a great help I think. Wish me luck in my journey please

    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-11 8:31:33

    Janelle – I pray for you every night. All you need to do is to reach out in yourself for the strength offered you.


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