Choke Choked Choking

This can suggest many things, and you need to look to the dream for confirmation. Choking can be about swallowing something that has got stuck, suggesting a experience you are ‘choking or gagging’ on. It can be about breathing in something that you are reacting to, suggesting being in an environment or ‘atmosphere’ that you have difficulty with.

Constrictions of the throat can cause choking, and in dreams this points to the possible holding back of powerful emotions. In other words you are choked up with feelings.

Example: In my dream,  which sometimes comes within three quarters of an hour of falling asleep, I  have swallowed something which is literally choking me or is going to poison  me. I wake up and rush down the stairs to the kitchen spitting and choking,  holding my throat and making all sorts of disturbing noises which frighten my wife. I have had this dream as many as five or six times a night. My doctor says it could be to do with the last war. Mr. K.T.

Mr. K.T. says that as a child he lived through the war and “.. my dad had to constantly wake me up to take us down to the shelter, sometimes as many as four times a night, and we were bombed out twice.” So there are probably strong feelings still trying to be expressed that were never felt during his childhood.

A difficult birth or the cord around the neck during birth, could lead to feeling you can’t breath and you are choking.

Choking can also be the result of a conflict between expressing and repressing something, and so indecision – as when we choke on our words, repress emotions.

There is an action in the dream process that attempts to bring to the surface of our awareness memories or experiences that were deeply buried or repressed. As the emergence takes place there is a swing between release and suppression, and this can result in choking. See Life’s Little Secrets

There may of course be a much more down to earth explanation as the following example shows.

I had an interesting learning process recently, a friend of mine was telling me that he’d had a terrible dream where a man was in his room, and lifted him up by the throat, up in the air above the bed, and was choking him and shaking him about. He said it was intensely real and scared the bejesus out of him. At first I was at a loss to explain it. Then another friend walked in on the conversation and said that she’d had sleep apnea for a while and had had similar dreams. The guy who had the dream then said that he was just getting over a cold and a bad chest which had been giving him trouble breathing, which instantly seemed to explain the dream.  Karen.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What am I feeling as the choking takes place, and can I put it into words?

Is the choking about something going in to me or something coming out, and can I connect that with daily life?

Am I in an environment that leaves me with difficult feelings?

Have I been suffering breathing difficulties?

Try using Use the body to discover dream powerBeing the Person or Thing


-Mely 2017-06-16 11:41:58

I dreamed that i was in the restroom and while in there a man came in and tried to rape me so i ran out the window of the restroom it was very large then in the backyard was woods i was in the middle of nowhere and another man appeared and i ran faster then i found the house and i started chocking on a leaf and that slowed my running down but then I started to yell and the people inside the house heard me and the two men left then i woke up

-Molly Rucker 2017-05-03 4:41:46

Can you give me your analysis on dreaming that you’re choking on bullets? My fiancé suffers every single night and dreams he is choking on bullets. He will jump out of bed every night and start coughing like he’s trying to get the bullets out. He has a history of dreaming things and acting them out unconsciously when he “wakes up.” It’s all confusing to me. I guess it’s like sleep talking. I wonder what the swallowing/choking of bullets mean though. He just wants to know why. It has gotten to the point that he wakes up with a sore throat.

Thank you.

    -Tony Crisp 2017-05-03 10:00:44

    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 – and also 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 – or


    Molly – To explain I will need to to read some things – first

    As you will see, we have a natural part of us that tries to heal past hurts, for these get in the way of living a full life and expressing our potential.

    But because we tend to consciously avoid hurtful memorises the only way we can usually express is in our sleep.

    The bullets are the awful things that have been hurting him, and his dream shows the pain of this as bullets. His coughing is an attempt to ‘vomit’ the pain up. If he could make sounds it would help him to do it while awake. Try
    1 – Start by taking a full breath and letting it out noisily with an AHHHH sound.
    2 – Do this until you feel it resonating in your body. This may take one or two minutes.
    3 – Change to a strong EEEEEEEEEE sound. Once more, continue for at least a minute.
    3 – Now try MMMMMMMAAAAAA.
    4 – When you feel as if you are loosening up your voice, start making any sort of animal sounds, grunts, monkey noises, birds – but then let your voice go wherever it wants to, making sounds of expressing the hurt and the bullets.

-Susie V 2013-10-28 14:35:25

I dreamt that I was in my old room at my mother’s home and that I saw a dark shadow walk by down the hall in the living room. I called out to it in the following manner “psssst psssst” and it came back and looked over at me with bright green glowing eyes. I instantly starting walking towards it in an aggressive manner telling it over and over “get out of my house”. When I finally reached it, I grabbed it by the throat. It looked up at me sweetly and I remember it’s eyes turning light and almost bloodshot like, it resembled a rottweiler. Something told me to continue choking it, that it was only pretending to be friendly so I continued to choke it and tell it to get out of my house until it disappeared in my hands and then I woke up.

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