If you suffer asthma then the dream will probably be illustrating something about the physical or psychological cause of your condition. Otherwise it probably depicts feelings to do with struggling to survive, or being smothered in a relationship or situation, or maybe some form of anxiety.

This dream experience can arise from powerful fear or anxiety and not due to any physical problems. A response to anxiety is sometimes that of holding the breath, but it can also cause difficulty in breathing. See the Example under Nightmares.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Am I experiencing heightened stress or fear about something?

Am I meeting a fear of death or illness that I am not really allowing to be felt or expressed?

If I imagine myself struggling for breath what emerges; what am I seeking or facing?

Try using Stand in role to clarify the feelings.

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