Danger Dangerous

This may be unfounded anxiety or a warning about possible outcomes. We may fear the danger of allowing our sexual urges – the danger of falling in love with its possible pain – the danger of failing if we take a risk. Even ideas, such as those of future peril cause enormous anxiety. These may be depicted as impending danger in a dream, or a sense of present danger. In such cases the real danger is of taking our anxieties as reality, instead of seeing them for what they are, feeling reactions to a situation. But in fact you cannot be hurt or die in dreams. See Nothing Can Hurt You in Your Dreams

But some dreams are very clear warnings and should be used to avoid or be aware of the situation shown. An example of this and how to deal with it is shown in the following dream.

“I awakened one morning with a sense of foreboding and the word `ETIWANDA’ ringing through my mind. Realizing that I had probably failed to remember all of the dream, I simply prayed about it.

“Although it was early November, I was prompted to get out my Christmas card list and addresses. One of the first addresses I saw was the street-name Etiwanda. I called the friend who lived there and learned she was about to take a mountain road trip to Big Bear, Calif. I warned her to be especially careful and to pray for protection. When she returned from the trip, she told me: `As I was coming around a sharp mountain curve, I heard brakes screeching. Because of your warning dream, I immediately drove completely off the highway onto the grass on the cliff side of the road. The next moment a sports car, out of control, came careening around the curve in my lane.'”

Awareness and seeking to stay open to ones core self can protect and guide when danger is imminent. In fact pray for help on avoiding danger.

A relative or loved one in danger: The temptation is to believe the dream is presaging a real event. Our concern for children and loved one’s, but more often our fears regarding them, create most of such dreams. A woman told me a dream in which her daughter was strangled while at university. In processing her dream the woman wept strongly as she met feelings of fear about her daughter leaving home and living independently at university. The daughter was in fact okay. See: Child Killed; attack; precognition.

Useful Questions and Hints:

Is this danger to myself or someone else – and what can I do either to calm my anxiety or deal with the danger?

Is there any sign this is simply anxiety, and if so where does it arise from?

How can I remain aware of this impending danger?

See Facing Fear – Secrets of Power Dreaming – Techniques for Exploring your Dreams


-Lynne mordey 2018-05-23 10:39:54

My aunt just told me she had a dream that I was hanging in The edge of a wooden boat and it looked like I was in the sky.
Inside the boat were her grandson and other kids and it looked like I was trying to hook it up.
She felt I was in danger and was shouting to me to get into the boat.
She said when she looked closer the boat was just above the floor.
Any ideas what this means please

    -Tony Crisp 2018-05-24 8:54:11

    Lynne – Sorry to disappoint you, but nearly always when people dream about someone they know or a strange new person or situation they automatically believe the dream is about that person, situation, or animal. But it is usually our thoughts or feelings that are portrayed as the person or even the animal; for when we think of our friend or partner our thoughts are not them – just our thoughts and feelings about them.

    A trick dreams often play on us is to use the image or person of someone else to represent themselves. This happens because we often do not want to see the truth about ourselves the dream portrays. See https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/characters-or-people-in-dreams/

    Your aunt needs to understand what she sees you as – what quality she feels you have that she has active in her own life. As such she feels perhaps that she is getting nearer to going to heaven – the boat in the sky. She obviously cares for children and in fact is not way off the floor. See https://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/people-person/#Inner

-Clara yeo 2018-03-13 2:54:36

Hi there, I dreamt about this guy who I was dating but lately we’ve stopped contacting and meeting up as much as before. In my dream, he was dragged away by some bad guys. Any idea what this could mean? Thanks.

    -Tony Crisp 2018-03-14 9:53:25

    Hi – It is important that you read https://dreamhawk.com/forums/index.php?topic=529.msg1472#msg1472
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practicing 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/

    Clara – To begin to understand a dream such as yours it helps to realise that all the people, animals, places you see in your dreams, are simply your own feelings, fears, hopes and wonder projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind as images.

    So the bad guys are your own negative feelings – maybe about feelings you had not admitted to yourself about him.

    Example: And even if I was the subject of the dream I developed two techniques to avoid having to deal with the emotions arising in the dream. One way was to change myself into another person and become the observer of that person; the other way was, when things got really scary, to ask myself whether or not I was dreaming and turn the dream into a dream within the dream; only realizing that they were both in fact dreams, when I awakened. I was always quite relieved that I could do this and avoid having to handle situations that I would rather not have dealt with.

    This dreamer has developed a massive technique of repression, a way of avoiding instead of dealing with his fears or feelings.

-Caroline 2018-01-15 7:27:00

I dreamt a person i knew revealed some ones was planning to kill me and my family and was prewarning me. They also said they was plotting to kill him also. I was in a particular town i know, and i walked passed a drive way and there was a huge kitchen knife with my name on it. The writing was my writing and it looked as tho i dropped it. As i walked past i thought i must pick that up when i get my car because people will no its mine. I walked past my sister who i dont talk to, and was going to her house to pick up my items i previously left there. I was really concerned and in my dream thought my other sister has to come with me. Im currently thinking about moving flat, and this dream made me want to move. I was thinking if it was the right idea before i moved, funnily enough my partner had a similar dream also, that his family was in danger. Strange.

-mia 2017-12-26 6:09:06

HI Tony ,

Liked your explanation on each and everyone’s dreams ,
Normally i always have pretty unpleasant dreams , rarely or hardly do i get good ones .
however yesterday or rather today early morn as i somehow couldnt sleep the entire night i dreamt first that i got an apartment whose balcony was huge , n beautiful but the railings were pretty low and twice .. i almost fell off but somehow didnt . again in the same building , when got in to the elevator , the elevator initially stopped working and came to the mezzanine , again whwn i tried to put a hand written warning the lift door closed again and started rotating heavily for a few mins …. which went on for a couple of mins and then i woke up .

i rarely have a dream and wvwn if i have why is it that its always bad 🙁

-Abhipsa Sharma 2017-10-17 15:45:55

My mom often dreams about me in danger like sometimes some boys are troubling me and she protects me. And I have nail marks on my back as if I’m being tortured And she isn’t a over protective or over thinking mom ..she never thinks about anything that negative ..what can it possibly mean?

    -Tony Crisp 2017-10-19 8:38:13

    Hi – 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/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Abhipsa – Apart from having a conscious personality, we all have the Life Process in us that keeps us alive. That part of us is huge and we are mostly unaware of its workings.

    If we realise that Life existed quite capably for millions of years before the self-aware human personality came on the scene. In all that time the ancestors of the modern human being survived without having a conscious mind to reason with, or self consciousness to ask such questions as ‘What do I do about this?’ Nevertheless survival strategies were still developed in their unconscious intelligence. Dreams express this unconscious wisdom that was developed in humans and animals through millennia.

    Mothers have within them, whether they are aware of it or not, an enormous urge to care for their young. Their love and care for your child or children can trigger your mothering instincts with a vengeance. Being female and a mother holds with it an enormously increased anxiety about your children. You see all manner of things that might be a threat, and I believe that is what such dreams show. Your imagination for such dangers is enormously increased. This is natural in all mammals, and acts as a warning making you aware. It helps to check whether your child or children are okay, and if they are, say to the part of you that is worried, “It’s okay, I checked, but thanks for keeping me on my toes, you can relax now.”

-Tabby 2017-09-12 13:54:58

I was in my house and it was early morning and it seened like everything was in black and white. I had let the dogs out a few minutes earlier to pee and i heard music outside. So i sneak to the door and peak at the bottom and there are a set of black pant legs(looked like gothic pants with chains) standing up against the door. I freak out quietly and go to the bedroom. For some reason it all of a sudden feels like i keep wanting to pass out and like time slows and i fall down but it’s in slow mo. Likd my hair slowly falls and my arms slowly reach foe the ground. I scramble to the gun rack in my room and it’s like I’m struggling to pull even a gun down while wanting to pass out the entire time. Then the dogs come into the room licking me and i freak out even more cuz that means the set of legs are in the house. I finally grab a gun and struggle to stand up still trying not to pass out. I look at the door and it’s wide open so i start walking towards the washing machine area to start looking still wanting to pass out scared out of my mind and i force myself to wake up. It honestly felt real. What does it mean? I don’t know if you still answer comments since the last one you answered was years ago.

-Ashley 2017-04-21 17:07:42

I keep having dreams where my kids are in danger. Mostly my daughter. The last dream i had my family of 5 was on a boat (i hate boats and open water) and it started to take on water and i cant get to my youngest son so i grab my 2 older ones and send my boyfriend to grab my lil one. The whole time in my dream i was scared because i didn’t know what to do. I cant swim. I didn’t know why i was on a boat or how i got on it because I’d never willingly go on one. But other then that dream its usually just about my daughter being in danger.

-Gaz Johnston 2016-09-03 8:18:17

Ive had a dream twice where i am in a hostage situation with a gun to my head but managed to calm the person down and releive him from his gun and he was arrested, and also i had a dream i was in a car with a woman i dont know and she was driving fast to get me to an appointment with my girlfreind for a baby scan and twice she couldnt getvme there and crashed the car although i was injured i didnt give up and started crawing out the car to get there, what does this mean?

-Ahmad 2016-07-13 7:21:14

I just woke up from a dream because I had to know the meaning and I hope you guys will be able to help me out and find out what is going on and was this dream I had a sign. Dream #1 I had a dream I was over my best friends house they are brothers and live together and we’ve known each other for over 13 years we just reconnected our friendship back in September of 2015 the dream was I happen to sit on the floor and my best friends other close friend son happen to knock down the bulletin board and the thumb tab needles or the needles that keep the paper on the board fell into my skin and as I’m taking the needles out of my skin I could feel a little pain but not so much pain than I woke up dream #2 I was in my best friend car with this young girl and I don’t know who she is at all but her face looked familiar and I guess she was some type of demon because she was driving my best friend car reckless all on the sidewalks driving really fast in front of people home lawns before she would crash she would press on the break really hard so she won’t crash into anyone’s house I finally had a enough and said let me out the car she said no than I replied and said I will call the police she said ok let’s fight then I got out the car to get ready to defend myself a cop car road passed I couldn’t think of why I didn’t flag him down I heard glass shattered on the pavement and she started throwing glass at me and I remember the glass hitting my skin and getting stuck so I start running and the block starts to look familiar and it’s the block my best friends live on in real life as I’m running this cat ran past and started to attack me then the girl came running behind me really fast like a super hero fast and from there everything went into slow motion and everything was mute after that than I hurried up and woke up and started to research it on google came across this website and here I am writing this dream I had please reply to my comment I have to know what this means and is this a good sign or a bad sign I know it’s a lot but please look into this thank you.

-Laurie 2016-06-16 23:20:35

I had a dream that my family and my dog were in our house downstairs with our dog. I don’t remember who exactly killed her, me or my father, but one of us accidentally snapped her neck and she died, but then she came back to life and started talking, we believed her to be possessed, but we didn’t have any time to dwell on that fact because suddenly there was water filling up the house and suddenly we were upstairs. There was a shark in the water that we were trying to escape from and we had gone upstairs to escape it. Once we were there seemingly safe , at the waters edge, suddenly the shark appeared again, this time it came out of the water with disformed legs and it began to chase us. Then the dream ended, please tell me if you know what any of this means.

-Star 2015-07-04 15:53:21

Today I had a dream that my father was a cannibal and used our brain fluids and blood for food sauce and such, when me and my brothers escaped he tried to stop us with a lawnmower, when we escaped to where we thought safe, there was victims in the bathroom of this torture. It was really bad, but I woke up, wandererd around, chewing on gun because that relaxes your mind and muscles. When I went back to sleep the dream softened a bit and we cured my father, but this just disturbs me, anyone know what this means?

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-06 11:08:41

    Dear Star – I feel the dream reflects that you do not perceive your (inner) father as a parent who is giving love and attention to you, and merely as a parent who is manipulating you in order to fulfil his (childhood) needs that were probably never met.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/father-dad/#InnerFather
    “When we escaped to where we thought safe, there was victims in the bathroom of this torture” merely reflects that inner aspects of you still have to go through some form of cleansing which depicts a change of heart or forgiveness where old feelings are washed away. To do this you may need to cry or release and ‘wash out’ long held emotions.
    I see your chewing gum after waking up merely as a symbol of “chewing on it” and I suppose you explored what happened in the first dream and made some decisions to at least help your inner father, which willingness is symbolised in the second dream, for you cured your inner father. I wonder if you cured him by being willing to (for) give freely to him.
    I see your dreams as a beautiful healing and growth process, which dreams are probably like a dress rehearsal for the process you might choose to enter while being awake.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/examples-of-transforming-dreams/
    In order to move beyond feeling disturbed by your dreams, it will be helpful to explore these dreams using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/lifes-little-secrets/
    Good Luck!
    Anna 🙂

      -Faith 2016-01-22 12:29:58

      Hello! I’ve just woken up so I am very sorry if I miss spell things, but this was bugging me to the point of tears thinking about it. This morning I woke up from a dream that makes me want to cry because it wasn’t just me in danger but my mother as well. We were in this parking garage and it was full of people of all different races. There were Mexican selling tacos, and ect. My mother and I were walking to go to Buffalo Wild Wings for some odd reason to meet a friend of mine. We started walking in the opposite direction of the Mexican people and there were these two Asian men. One of them started to get in my face and I had pushed him. He started speaking broken English. My mom then got in front of me and told me to run to the Mexicans or anyone to get help. Reminder we aren’t that far from were there was people. So she dropped something and told me to run. I ran a little but could still see and hear everything back by my mother. I heard the man say “Oh you shouldn’t have done that” I looked back and saw him going towards my mom. I started shouting in English and Spanish since I’m speak Spanish as well. I’m watching as this man walk towards my mother then just about when he gets to her this woman jumps into the way of the blade and takes the stab for my mom. And this entire time I’m thinking I was a good person in life please someone help my mother don’t let her go this was. As I ran over to this woman I say she was around my age and I saw my mother pick up a picture of her and I. Then I woke up with tears in my eyes. Please help I love my mother and its really bugging me.

        -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-01-26 11:05:44

        Dear Faith – It is important to understand that your dream has nothing to do with your physical mother in your waking life or with you being a bad and/or a good person. Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/whole-2/
        Everything you see as outside you is coming from you, your emotions, your fears, your beliefs, your joys and explorations and are all you, clothed in the dream images and drama.
        What I see in your dream – and please explore it as well http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/dream-yoga/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson – is that different aspects of yourself are in conflict with each other.
        People of all different races reflect how these different aspects of your personality are thinking/feeling/acting/relating when they meet other parts of your inner world. In order to explore the different people in your dream you can use “Being the person or thing.”
        It will be interesting to explore what caused this inner conflict; “My mother and I were walking to go to Buffalo Wild Wings for some odd reason to meet a friend of mine. We started walking in the opposite direction of the Mexican people.”
        This part of your dream reflects that when you decide to take “American food” into you, and so to add different flavours to your inner world of experience, your INNER mother is getting in the way “My mom then got in front of me and told me to run to the Mexicans or anyone to get help.” Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/mother-mum-ma/#InnerMother
        Any foreigner in your dream can show you an aspect of your personality or skill that you were previously unaware of. Perhaps it was repressed or hidden and so now feels foreign or new. It is usually good to unfold the possibilities of this previously unknown part of you. See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/potential/
        Do you think/feel/believe that you and/or your (inner) mother are in conflict with you living in a mix of a Mexican/Spanish and American/English world?
        Do you think/feel/believe that you have to make a choice between either the Mexican/Spanish approach or the American/English approach?
        Do you think/feel/believe that in order to take in the American way of living you have to get rid of the Asian or Mexican aspects/approaches inside you?
        Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/asian/
        Can you imagine that all these wonderful, different aspects (races) that are part of you can have a place in your inner world and that they all can be useful because of the different kind of food they have to offer you; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/food/?
        I believe that it serves a purpose to work your way through this inner conflict without the need to sacrifice – “this woman jumps into the way of the blade and takes the stab for my mom” – any of them.
        Let me know if you have any questions Faith.
        Anna 🙂

-Christina 2014-11-24 1:38:35

Greetings. Hope this finds you well.

This is me writing to you again. This time, it is about a best friend of mine who went through an open heart operation four months ago; he is now doing well. He just told me that since the operation, he has had a reoccuring dream every single night and every time he closes his eyes to sleep. This obviously affects his sleep and well-being, I would like to help him and will be very grateful for any advice that you may give. Below is what he told me:

“Since my operation I have been dreaming every night. I wake up often and when I eventually fall asleep, I dream again. The dreams are all full of tension as I am busy in the dreams trying to stop bad things happening to my family and friends. For example, my family are in some sort of danger and I’m trying to lead them out of the situation safely. No two dreams ever seem the same. Nothing ever bad to them actually happens as I always wake up before the ‘end of the story’. The dreams are very realistic and not abstract in nature.”

Additional information to the above is that he is a guy who has a humanitarian nature at heart and always go out of his way to seriously help his friends and family out of troubling situations.

-Arianna Rene 2014-06-02 1:57:58

I had a dream that everything was mute, like when I talked I couldn’t hear myself and when others talked I couldn’t hear them. It was like no noise whatsoever. Also everyone in my dream had gold masks and collars, any idea what that could mean?

-Ankita Chakrabortty 2012-03-03 21:05:15

i had a dream once that my ex was injured heavily & he was brought in stretcher & i was told to be beside him. I was continuously taking care of him, but as i saw him regaining his conscience i went away & sat but amazingly he was taking my name & wanted me to hold his hand & he said that be here please i need you. what is its meaning.is he safe….??

    -Tony Crisp 2012-03-05 14:05:44

    Ankita – This could either mean that you want your ex to show how much he cared, because in life he had not shown any affection. Or that he is now seen as someone who cares for you and needs you.

    But considering that he was injured I think it is your way of saying that you would have liked a bit more attention from him.


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