If you escaped in the dream, then you know of some way to emerge from the restrictions of fears, attitudes, ignorance or beliefs, that have been holding you back in some way. There is a negative aspect of this however, as sometimes we escape from something to run from difficulties or avoid growing.

Finding a way of moving beyond restrictions, perhaps caused by anxiety or past pain. We often use ‘escape’, as in the example below ‘to avoid difficult feelings’. This is like reading an exciting novel because it distracts our attention. The problems remain.

Example: ‘ I often dreamed I was being chased by boys or men. I would suddenly take off like a helicopter and fly away. Sometimes narrowly escaping from my pursuer.’ M.C

Example: ‘I dreamt I was a prisoner with many others. Myself and other men were outside the prison working. Then a tremendous explosion blew a hole in the prison wall. I knew prisoners were trying to escape. I saw some wardens and shouted or signalled to the prisoners to be careful.’ Terry D.

Terry worked as a therapist without scholastic qualification. He represents his attitudes to authority as the prison, because he had felt second rate due to his lack of scholarship. The escapees are his potential that had been trapped by those attitudes.

Example: I saw myself chopping up my dog, and felt awful because or what I was doing; I chopped my dog into pieces.

This is an extraordinary dream, but it wouldn’t have meant much to me if we hadn’t talk about it and the background of the feelings were explained. The dreamer said that he wanted to escape from his job. That was because, as he explained, he is in a job of work that you constantly wish and desire to be out of. So  you have to kill the urges you constantly have to get away from work.

There is also in some dreams the theme is excapism such as going to a funfair, getting drunk or searching for sex. In extreme situations we sometimes ‘escape’ into neurotic behavior rather than meet the pain or difficulties of our experience.

Something escaping from us: A realisation, emotion or opportunity eluding awareness. See: enclosed.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What am I escaping from or to in the dream?

Are the details of the dream informative about the ways I try to escape?

What is it that escapes from me and what does that suggest?

See Facing Fear – Secrets of Power Dreaming – Associations Working With


-Jenny M. 2016-09-13 7:35:03

I have had various dreams of escaping (or trying to), but in my most recent one, I dreamed I and another girl that I knew in the dream (not waking life) were in some college ‘dormitory’ at a school. All the other girls there were evil and had wanted us to join some sort of satanic cult, but we didn’t want to. They were getting suspicious about me and my ‘friend’ found out they were planning on murdering me, so we were going to just escape. For some reason I had to kill one of them because she was going to rat on me to the others, I strangled her (she was screaming, and in dream I wondered why the others weren’t coming to see about the screaming), and then dismembered her body. I got rid of most of her body but still had one part left (a limb?), I had to put it in a bathroom stall to conceal it. Then the others were in the area I was trying to get out of, so I ducked into a dark, empty classroom and was trying the windows to find an open one. Outside the windows I could see some servants (chauffeurs?) doing stuff with the cars of the students. I finally found a window to get out and I dropped to the ground. I landed outside and I met up with the girl, I noticed she didn’t even have shoes on. In dream we were walking and either I had the dismembered body part with me and I thought that I had forgotten it, or I had forgotten it and I left it back in the bathroom. For whatever reason in dream I didn’t know which was the case. Song in my head when I woke up was the lyrics, “you’re the one that I really miss, you’re the one that I’m dreaming of baby you’re the one that I love”.

    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-13 9:34:17

    Jenny – As the stage manager of our inner theatre – dreams – we have the most abundant props, costumes and backdrops imaginable. Yet, because a dream is our own creation, no part of it, no emotion contained in it, no flight of fancy portrayed, is other than yourself. Even when we dream vividly of another person, such as the man in our life, the dream personality is made up of our own impressions, hopes and feelings. Most people are often totally unaware of the experience they take in and how it interacts with them when we live with someone. In other words, the memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event.

    So, Jenny, you are not only running away from your own emotions probably started during a rough time dealing with other people, but also you murdered an aspect of yourself – though your till carry evidence of it with you – the limb.

    The unknown dream aid represents a part of you also. A modern view of the personality says that our mind is made up of many modules which are quite distinct. These modules, such as the sexual drive and the ability to speak, usually function in a way which is reasonably integrated. But many areas of dissimilarity are evident if we closely observe the workings of our own responses to life. Because we each hold certain ideas about ourselves – our self-image – things we do which do not express this self-image may shock or even frighten us. Actions arising from a module of oneself which does not express our accepted self-image, may give rise not only to fear, but also a sense of evil, or being possessed by evil.

    You must be realised that our dreams are a perfectly safe area in which to experiment, explore, express ourselves any way and find pleasure in any way too. But this exploring can be a grand route to learning about life.

    To help you meet yourself more realistically or the change element of it read and use and


      -Jenny M. 2017-01-10 10:17:13

      Dear Tony,
      Just wanted to pop in again and express my deep gratitude for all your help! I’m still trying to grasp the profundity of your analysis as well as how to interpret dreams, but I wanted to just thank you for all your efforts. You really do help make a big difference and wanted to acknowledge that. I know we all need a bit of encouragement from time to time. Thanks again!

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