Abyss Black Hole

Usually the abyss represents the unknown, and perhaps the infinite, of your own mind or consciousness. The fear of falling into the abyss represents your attempt to control your feelings and what emerges from within yourself. It also frequently refers to feelings about, or fear of, death. To quote from Dream Yoga, “Death is a fact that we all face, and it is no good running away from it in our dreams. That only makes it more scary. Because you CANNOT run away from death you should meet it face to face. If you do that it will transform into the beautiful part of life it is, instead of the horror we have been taught to see it as.”

The positive side of the dream is that it links your conscious mind with the immense potential you hold within yourself unconsciously. Part of this potential is an experience of going beyond opposites, of resolving paradoxes, of moving beyond the limitations of the rational mind and emotional responses. In these ways it is similar to the dream images of the Sea; void. It can also be thought of as the void or nothingness. This can be frightening until we realise that the void has everything in it, but it is without form. Another way of looking at it is that it is the polar opposite to waking consciousness – the deep dreamless sleep type of awareness. See Levels of the Mind in Sleeping


Falling into the big black hole:  Are things we avoid in waking life, but should not be avoided in dream life. Here is a dream of someone who is no longer afraid.

There was still a current trying to pull me back into the black hole hugeness, and I began to feel afraid as I felt that if I regressed any more I would cease to exist. Then it came to me that I regressed every day in this way when I went to sleep. I lose any sense of personal existence yet emerge none the worse the next day. But in sleep I regress to whatever lies beneath consciousness without being aware of it. The difference now was in being conscious of what was happening. So I knew the fear was unnecessary as every time we go to sleep we drop back into this condition.

So I let go and fell. I didn’t go to sleep though. Instead I fell into an awareness of immensity, of hugeness, and the immensity was full of knowing. Like a raindrop falling back into the ocean, I seemed to merge with that hugeness and yet maintain a sense of my own existence. And between the hugeness and my own sense of being there was communication. I was aware that what held me was the process that had grown me from being a tiny seed in the first place. It is so obvious, but I experienced it like a revelation that I had not created or grown myself. But now this deep part that had caused me to exist and grown me was unfolding me again, like a plant opening. I understood that we each have this force at our centre, and as I watched it working in my body and life, it seemed to communicate with me. I understood from it that if I opened to it each day, if I surrendered to its action, then it would grow me to a fuller life until it realised itself in me. This felt like a holy gift, that the mystery of life would live and know itself in me.

The hole is an important part of you and should not be ignored. If you can enter it you realise that it is the way to your own center and power. It is the hole described in Alice in the Wonderland.

The abyss in a dream gains its meaning largely from how you respond to it. It suggests a situation you might fall into or be lost in, but it is also space, infinity, a situation or state of mind not limited by form or smallness.

Sometimes the abyss is the same as a void, suggesting the formless spirit of life lying within and at the core of all physical formed life. Therefore it might link with the transcendental or the spiritual life of death.

Example: The first experience was looking at a green wall and seeing the huge moving circle of the mandala. At the centre of it was emptiness. Out of this nothingness poured forms of living creatures, all moving and dancing out from the centre in time with each other – though the individuals were not  aware of their synchronous movements. These emerging, dancing forms went out to a periphery – the edge of the circle – then they danced back to the centre and merged back into the nothingness. I knew this represented life and death and again life, for as things fell into that nothingness, at the same moment new life spewed out of it.

But holes can be like that at the base of the tree in the photo, can be an entrance into another experience or dimension,

If feared: Fear of losing control; loss of identity; fear of failure; meeting with those dark fears or worries we hide in our depths; lack of confidence; death in some form; the unconscious. Having these fears in no way suggests the external or internal world warrants anxiety. But lack of confidence will obviously hamper performance in dealing with the difficulties represented by the abyss.

Without fear: Being able to take risks, not be afraid of illness and death in a paralysing way. It suggests going beyond the boundaries of one’s own limitations, concepts, present experience. It represents the enormous personal potential lying beyond already formed conceptions and experience. It is the aspect of human consciousness existing beyond the opposites such as good and bad, right and wrong. Access to this gives tremendous liberation to the dreamer, freeing them from restricting rigid concepts or habits of thinking, responding and relating. See: death; falling; pit; void; archetype of the void.

Useful questions are:

Am I frightened of the abyss?

If so what is my fear about?

What does the abyss offer me if I enter into it?

What holds me back from it?

What have I found in meeting it?

Try Acting on my Dream.


-Brittanyy 2018-01-30 4:21:06

I dunno if it was the music I was listening to ( “sleep music”) or probably because I was watching videos about kids remembering past lifes right before I went to sleep. But I was dreaming that I was at my moms house waiting for her to get off work. She gets home around 2 in the afternoon. I noticed in my dream that it was dark outside when I think about it but in my dream I really didn’t pay it any mind. But I was in my sisters room playing solitaire by myself and when I believed to have heard my mom pulling in I got up and just randomly started dancing ( I do random stuff like that in real life especially if I’m by myself) and out of nowhere I fell half on the floor half on the bed as if I got lightheaded or something. But then the wind was being sucked out of my body and my vision was as I was falling through a back hole (think of the show “thats so raven” when they show her going into a vision but instead of going forward it was backwards and completely black) I was terrified and in my head I kept telling my self “its okaii, your okaii your not gonna die, stay alive” ect. It probably lasted for a quick 10 secs ( if that long) but since I was scared it seemed forever. But the way i was falling in the black hole backwards and then woke up it felt as if I fell into my body. I dunno it was weird and When I woke up I forced open my eyes and made myself sit up even though it took a little delay. But that dream really freaked me out and now I think im going to be up rest of the night lol

-Andrea 2018-01-19 22:31:41

So, my dream starts off in a random galaxy in space. All of a sudden, I find myself being sucked into a black hole. I didn’t feel anything. I just remember my eyes being close the entire time and then arriving at a big desert with a dim lit sky. I am told by a random stranger that since we all got sucked into a black hole, we are all eventually going to turn to dust and no longer cease to exist. The stranger then tells me that him and I are the only ones who know of this and to keep it a secret. The place where we were all at looked like a village where people were carrying out their normal activities and living their day to day lives. There was no technology, cellphones, TVs, etc. the dream was a blur after I was told about us all turning to dust.

-Nona 2017-11-02 17:02:46

I frequently dream of being pulled rapidly through a darkness. I have no idea what happens before that leads me to this place. It’s just instant and rapid. I’m not falling, per se. It’s as if I’m being pulled/sucked from behind and it is incredibly fast, lighting speed, and never ending. There is no specific direction either, but it doesn’t feel like I’m going down. More sideways, if anything. The darkness surrounding me feels very spacious, like outer space, but I’m uncomfortable.The longer I stay with it, the faster I go. Which, in turn, terrifies me. I try to feel into the sensation and stay with it as long as possible as one does with meditation, but I get too overwhelmed with the speed and fear of where I’m going that I force myself to wake up. The fact that I’m aware I can wake up is unusual. This “dream” happens often. I am relatively new to the spiritual path; trying to live consciously anyway. I often have glimpses of awakening/enlightenment in my waking life. But my dreams lately have been pretty dark. This one, in particular, is so very vivid. Do you have any advise?

    -Tony Crisp 2017-11-05 12:43:54

    Hi – The answers I give arise not out of me thinking up things to say, but from fifty years of exploring dreams in depth. So some of what I write may seem wild. This may be because dreams arise and are experienced by a level of your mind or awareness that very few people have any concept or experience of – usually called the unconscious. So their view of dreams arise from their thinking mind, a very different creature than the thing giving you Life. Life dreamt millions of years before even humankind awoke and developed self awareness – a very young and precocious child. So I try to describe what takes place in the deeps of you.

    But it would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPersonor http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Nona – Often the spiritual is described as if it is something far off, ephemeral, very divine or difficult to attain. What I have come to over the years is these ideas give a wrong impression of it. My simple explanation is that your spirit is you when you remember yourself fully.

    Remembrance is a huge process and we meet not only the light but also the dark, the wonder and also our tragedy. It is Life lived to the fullest.

    I want to quote something I often present – “To my amazement a huge living and wondrous circle appeared on the wall. It was full of movement, everything dancing in time to music. At the very centre of the circle was darkness, emptiness, nothing, a void. Yet out of this nothingness all things emerged. There were plants, animals, people, hills, rivers and mountains all coming to birth. They danced out in their own individual movement, yet each unknowingly was part of the whole wonderful and intricate dance which made a great pattern and movement in the body of the circle. All danced to the periphery and there turned and moved, still in their ballet, back to the centre. At that centre they plunged into its oblivion again. But at that very moment new life sprang from it to dance once more.”

    Your search for the spiritual has taken to the edge or what your awareness has known before. In other words a small world. But you enlarged it a little, and when people, as their awareness reaches beyond what they feel is their normal self, feel scared. Such fear or reaction causes us to create awful dreams and fears as a means of avoiding our own inner world and its wonders. We feel that we will be swallowed up and we will die. It is important to say that when we meet the experience of powerlessness through becoming aware of the hugeness of your Life, which we are usually unaware if, it feels like something alien or attacking, and it is a shock.

    You going backwards suggest you were not going into the More or the New willingly. The darkness is actually the very basic self – the everything from which all emerges as individual experience and objects. People tend to think we emerged from the light, a mistake. Light shows us things, people, and we are much more than that.

    If you understand that you will pass through and grow strong. Please realise that you pass into it every time you go to sleep, but you do so without personal awareness. But you are trying to do it with awareness. Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/lucidity/

    Maybe also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/mountain-path/

    I also suggest http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dimensions-of-human-experience/ But here is a big one – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/integration-meeting-oneself/

    You have done well to experience this so soon. The fear is natural at first; it is a means of feeling and being careful. Don’t give up, for it is, despite meeting ourselves in unflattering ways, a journey of wonder.

-dick tracey 2017-08-15 1:44:44

I have no idea what to make of this dream. I’ve read the posts about the void and the abyss and whatnot but I can’t figure out why I keep having this dream. they always start out different but the most recent one started out with me doing yard work. I was weedwacking a lawn of some house over never seen before. all of the sudden I became tired and fell forward into blackness. I fell for what felt like forever but eventually I stopped and was able to stand up. I started to look around and I noticed these white dots that looked almost like stars but they weren’t. looking at them was like looking through a cloudy window. I reached out to touch them but as I did I woke up. I have no idea what to make of this so I’m asking professionals.

-Laura Lynne 2017-05-09 6:20:20

I had a strange dream & it’s the closely related to an abyss. Since at this moment in time we know black holes as abysses, I suppose this is the most appropriate place to leave this personal puzzle of a dream. Most of it makes little sense & I won’t go into too much detail, as it was long.
I was working at a 711 that wasn’t enclosed. It wasn’t a building but more of a plot of land with a cashier desk & isles. At one point I realised I took off my top & bra & I was walking around half nude(I am honestly not very sexual & I dress in tshirts because I am conservative with my body so this was very strange). I didn’t care too much but I put it back on. Then I was having an orgasm & when I turned around I licked the guys finger(he finger me) & I started to lean in to make out. I remember the guy was in all black but his face was a black hole(abyss). I wasn’t afraid & it seemed normal to me. I know I loved who ever it was but I am not sure who it was. I have a partner who is the only person I’ve done anything sexual with & we just celebrated our 6 years on April 20th(if that helps) but everytime he appears in a dream I always know it’s him. I can’t say I know this was him or anyone in particular, which is the most puzzling part. Any comments are appreciated

-Tony Johnson 2017-04-11 22:10:11

I just had a dream where I was standing outside. As I was standing outside, a dog appears and starts barking at me. (I must add that I saw a homeless dog yesterday and I followed me around but it didn’t bother me). While I was outside the dog keeps barking me and I’m a little eerie and being to be frightened so I simply get into my car. As I enter the car the next thing I can remember is my car taking off. As the car is taking off I look straight and realize that there is a gate and trash can at the end. I realized that I was driving at extreme speeds and thoughts of crashing meant that I was going to die. As I got closer everything I saw started to form this huge black wall, and I’m still thinking I’m going to die. As I’m driving and coming to the end, I relinquish all control and my faith just believes God will take care of me. As soon as I said that while awake in my dream I wake up, but I didn’t wake up normally. I woke up with sleepy paralysis. I felt as if this was part two. My brain started having a tingling sensation. At first I was a bit frightened by the sleep paralysis, especially after my dream, but I yet again relinquished all control and prayed, and as soon as I did I was able to move my eyes followed my legs then the rest of my body. I would like to know what this all means.

    -Tony Crisp 2017-04-12 9:43:58

    Hi – I am stopping from answering your posts fully – but will try to give hints; sometimes long ones because I quote from masses I have already put online. Also, I need to take time to update the site – dreamhawk.

    It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Tony – The barking dog represents your instinctive self trying to get your attention. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain

    The fear is because got near to another dimension/level of your being. most people only live in their body level of awareness, but we have other levels – and you were approaching a new one. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dimensions-of-human-experience/

    We have to remember that having a personality with self awareness is a very new thing and has only existed for a short time. Before that we were like animals that lived only in the Life Will – what we usually call instincts. So the development of self awareness was an immense step, and left us very vulnerable, and still does.

    Many people as their awareness reaches beyond what they feel is their normal self feel scared. Such resistances cause us to create awful dreams and fears as a means of avoiding our own inner world and its wonders. We feel that we will be swallowed up and we will die. It is important to say that when we meet the experience of powerlessness through becoming aware of the hugeness of your Life, which we are usually unaware if, it feels like something alien or attacking, and it is a shock.

    When we begin to meet the Hugeness that we are, we often react to it in our dreams or in waking with fear or panic. So we dream of being attacked by aliens or frightening creatures; or being swallowed by a whale or something huge, a tsunami, or even possessed by evil entities. If we realise that they are things we have created through our own fear we will pass on.

    Your faith that handing yourself over to God/Life enabled you to take another step into wider awareness.

    But it is just a small step. See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

-triage 2017-01-21 16:30:30

need help, cant find answers for this one…

simply put: i was standing on an invisible surface not moving up or down. Above me was a gigantic source of light and below me was an equally massive black hole.

The light was being sucked into the black hole and swirled all around me until disappearing into the void.

I was not scared the entire time! I was amazed at the sight, and then curious at the black hole. I thought about what it would be like to jump in but i didnt actually move. just stared. its been weeks since this dream and i havent forgotten any bit of it.

-Chad Charles 2016-12-04 5:02:01

I was dreaming I’m standing on the edge of a cliff looking down I couldn’t see the bottom.suddently I was falling down but I can’t say I jump off myself or push over just that I was very scared and I’m dreaming this same dream regulary but it almost happen like a flashback

-Melisha Schmitt 2016-07-05 16:38:18

I had a dream I discovered the earth was on direct route to a black hole. I was assigned to monitor the progress of the situation by spacecraft. There were other people on the spacecraft with me but I didn’t know who they were. I watched all the attributes of human nature I hate so much; the sex obsessed culture, the lying, the lack of morals and propriety by people. I was anxious for the black hole to engulf the earth and destroy what I hated at the same time I was terrified. The weather on earth changed. Half of the world was trapped in a harsh winter. The other half was in an extremely hot desert like environment. I remember other life forms arriving by spacecraft and offering to help. I refused help from them. Suddenly the earth was in the grasp of the black hole and was being sucked in. I wanted to call out for help to the other lifeforms that were still watching from their ship at a distance, but I was scared. Then I woke up.

    -Elif 2016-08-01 23:41:40

    Melisha your dream is so interesting…it feels important…not sure what to make of it, or to make of mine…
    I had a dream of a bright-light two years ago, coming out from under a closed door. Last year, I had the same dream but the door was open. It felt like my spirit…something deep within… Last month, I had the same dream again-however this time I was awake, with my eyes closed. I was in the white light, I saw what looked like neurones or lightning, and then its all faded and I was faced staring at a black hole….

-M.D. 2016-06-11 19:27:26

I am driving over the speed limit in a busy downtown area. It is night. There are narrow streets and people bustling around very quickly on all kinds of different business, but I am the only one in a car. Straight in front of me, a little outside the city, and the near horizon, I am approaching a brightly lit upper-class looking resort hotel. I expect to arrive at the hotel in only a few minutes, as I’m now outside of the city and surrounded by dark countryside.

The road reaches a dead end/fork at a cliff. I can see the hotel below and ahead of me. Each road follows, left or right, the cliff edge. I’m distressed that the hotel is so far offlimits for me that I can’t even find a road to get to it or devise a plan to get to it. The gulf in front of me is insurmountable by trekking on foot. I can either turn left or turn right, or turn back around, none of these am I willing to do however, as I see the hotel as my only destination i need to reach, and therefore of prime importance.

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